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Gustavsson Or Toskala

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Ulmer of TorontoMapleLeafs.com,

Imagine you are Ron Wilson. Your team is three points out of the playoffs after being left for dead. You want to develop Gustavsson at the right pace. His talent, and his shortcomings, jump out. But do you ride Toskala in consecutive days, easing the load on your rookie while pinning your playoff chances on a veteran often trying to rebound from ineffective play and injuries?

Or do you throw Gustavsson in and hope he negotiates the dangerous ground between becoming less active and more poised?

In professional sports, fairness isn’t a frequently used word. Maybe that’s because no matter what you do, it seems impossible to reckon who you are being fair to.


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Senators Want To Make Sure Alfredsson Is Healthy Enough To Play For Sweden

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun or ESPN,

Murray and Alfredsson have a tremendous relationship and will need to draw on that in four to six weeks when the veteran star winger is scheduled to return from a shoulder injury. If it’s six weeks, it will be right on the eve of the Olympic Games, and that makes the Sens nervous.

“That’s the whole thing, it’s right on the bubble,” Murray told ESPN.com from the world junior championships in Saskatchewan.

So Murray and Alfredsson had a chat a few days ago to make sure everybody is on the same wavelength.

“You know full well that we’re not going to hold Alfredsson back if he is healthy and ready to go. That’s not our intent,” Murray said. “In talking to Alfie, I just wanted to make sure that he’s back playing and somewhat healthy before he makes a commitment to go to there and have any further possible aggravation or whatever it may be. He’s a very caring guy. He’s a great team guy. He wouldn’t do it to jeopardize anything with our franchise, I know that. But he does want to play in the Olympics. He cares greatly, and he knows it’s probably his last kick at it.”


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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson, team+sweden

The Cost Of A Signature

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Chandler of Out of Bounds at NBC Sports,

Yes, the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin will be charging $150 per autograph at an appearance at a sports memorabilia store on Jan. 30, but that’s only if you want your jersey or helmet signed. For a card or a puck, it’s only $125; very reasonable I’m sure for all the young Caps fans out there.


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Selanne Close To Return

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

As the Ducks piece together a lineup missing several offensive performers for tonight’s game against Minnesota, they did reveal some good news in that Teemu Selanne could be back within the next few games.

Coach Randy Carlyle said that Selanne will accompany the team on its three-game road trip that begins on New Year’s Eve in Dallas. Selanne has been out since Dec. 3 when he suffered a broken bone in his left hand in a game ironically against the Stars.

It’s doubtful that Selanne will make an appearance on the trip but …

“Teemu’s time frame is after the first of January,” Carlyle said. ”So we will take him with us to skate. He will wear a protective device. We’ll probably have an X-ray or an MRI done on his hand before he’s cleared to play.”

continue for more on the Ducks…

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  Tags: teemu+selanne

A2Y Goes National

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Paul here because your guy is traveling and he asked me to post this (I am using his byline so he will get the comment notifications instead of me).

I don’t have the time to put this into on big file but here is the interview Bill did this morning with the guys from the War Room on XM NHL Home Ice.

It is broken down in three parts, so go ahead and use all my bandwidth…

update:  working on the download issue, hold on…

update 2, You need to save each link, so right click each part as ‘save as’...

update 3, all is well, I forgot the http…click left or right…

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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Nicklas Backstrom Will Only Get Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Nichols of Sportsnet,

We’re only into Backstrom’s third NHL campaign and he’s already established himself as one of the best passers in the league, but his overall game has been rounding into form for awhile now. Offensively, we’ve Alex Ovechkin’s pivot fire home 11 goals in his past 13 outings.

Coach Bruce Boudreau attributes Backstrom’s uptick to being less “cute” in scoring areas.

“He’s shooting the puck,” Boudreau noted to The Post. “That’s a [sign] of maturation. He’s not trying to be cute. He’s getting older. When he’s close to the net, he’s starting to like to score goals. It’s a good thing to want to dish, but he’s enjoying scoring goals and he’s pretty good at it.”

more and additional hockey talk too…

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Burke May Have To Move Kaberle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jonas Siegel of AM640,

Could Ian White’s career year be the tipping point for Tomas Kaberle’s exit out of Toronto?

It certainly seems that way.

Here’s why.

White, a restricted free agent at season’s end, will command a big-time raise from the $950,000 he’s earning this season, something perhaps in the neighbourhood of $2.5-3 million per season.

And that’s where it gets tricky for Burke.


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4 Years Down

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Funniest Wing post ever.  After you read that, read it again, and then one more time.  Like The Hangover? You can’t just watch it once.  There are things you’ll miss.  Once you’re done…come on back. I have a few things to tell you.

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Does Anyone Want Mathieu Schneider?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

It might be a sign that Mathieu Schneider’s playing days in the NHL are nearing an end.

On Tuesday, the Vancouver Canucks placed the 40-year old blueliner on waivers. Schneider is now eligible to be claimed by Noon et on Wednesday by any club, with the Canucks on the hook for half his remaining salary. If he clears waivers, the Canucks can opt to send him down to the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League.

In 17 games this season, Schneider has two goals and three assists.


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  Tags: mathieu+schneider

How Detroit Lost Their Offence

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One of the more surprising developments so far this season is the drop in the Detroit Red wings offensive production.  In 2008/09 they were the highest scoring team in the NHL with 3.52 goals per game.  One season later, they are the fourth lowest scoring team with 2.49 goals per game.  They have dropped off by more than a goal per game.  How can that big drop happen in only one season?

Last year’s Detroit Red Wings had three players scoring at near point per game pace, including Pavel Datsyuk who was well above it with 97 points in 81 games (the other two were Henrik Zetterberg and Marian Hossa.  This season the only near point per game player is Zetterberg who has 32 points in 34 games.  Zetterberg is currently out with a separated shoulder.

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