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Norrena’s Play Sparking Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Growing up in Pietarsaari, Finland, Fredrik Norrena was a playmaking, goal-scoring center. It wasn’t until his early teens, when his club was short on goaltenders and absent of volunteers, that Norrena donned the bulky pads and headed for the other end of the ice. A distinguished career was born that day, but Norrena’s instincts, his love for playing with the puck on his stick, never died. And it is that combination that led him to back-to-back shutouts for the Blue Jackets, including an eye-popping 42 saves Tuesday in a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in the Pepsi Center. Three days earlier, he had 21 saves in a 4-0 victory over Edmonton.
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MRI Today For Alfredsson

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators could be without their captain for an extended period. Daniel Alfredsson wasn't in the lineup last night against the Washington Capitals and he'll be sent for an MRI today in Ottawa to find out the extent of the damage of what's believed to be a hip injury he suffered Tuesday.
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Treadmill Designed For Skaters

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I am sure many Wings fans have seen the treadmill designed for skaters. Kris Draper (top left in picture) has promoted it a few times during a Wings pre-game show and actually made the radio rounds promoting it too. Thanks to Glen of Hockey Music who passed the video on to me. Glen found it at the blog of Ted Leonsis. image

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Play By The Rules

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from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

The reason that a team can't change personnel if it ices the puck is that the National Hockey League wants to discourage icing. So if a team ices the puck to ease pressure when one of its players is without a stick, why not keep that premise in mind? If one of your players is without a stick when you ice the puck, then one of your players should be without a stick on the ensuing face-off.
continued, plus a little schedule talk...

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And The Hits…They Just Keep On Comin’

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The Red Wings have two butt kickers on the back end. Unfortunately neither of them can stay healthy. First Nik Kronwall, then Kronwall again, then Danny Markov, then Kronwall again, then Markov...this time for three weeks. And it's not unexpected. Markov's injury problems have followed him all over the league. Ted Kulfan/Detroit News

"He came out for one shift to start the third period but didn't play after that and didn't finish the game," coach Mike Babcock said.

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Words of Wisdom from Walter Gretzky

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From Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun:

Gretzky said Hockey Canada's campaign to silence verbally abusive parents is working, but he added that the problem will never go away entirely. After all, Gretzky himself used to be one of those parents. The biggest problem today, he said, is parents who have those unrealistic expectations for their children. "More parents think their son is going to be a millionaire when he's 17 years old and in the NHL than ever before," he said. "Never before did I encounter more people who truly, truly ... they don't hope their son gets to be in the NHL, they expect him -- expect him! -- to be there."
More from Gretzky here

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Joe Who? Joe Nieuwendyk, That’s Who!

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The end — for the man they called Joe Who — came unexpectedly, and maybe not quite the way he imagined it would. In a perfect world, Joe Nieuwendyk would have skated out on top, alongside long-time teammate Gary Roberts, who signed with him in Florida last year just so they could get one more chance to play together. It didn't quite work out that way. Persistent back problems that limited Nieuwendyk to only 15 of the Panthers' first 29 games this season ultimately forced him to announce his retirement Wednesday after 20 seasons at the age of 40.
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Legace Goes On IR

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St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that goaltender Manny Legace was placed on injured reserve after suffering a head injury in Wednesday’s practice. The club has recalled goaltender Marek Schwarz under emergency conditions from the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.

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Nieuwendyk Hangs Em Up

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via the Sun-Sentinel,

Panthers center Joe Nieuwendyk announced his retirement Wednesday, saying that he had no choice but to follow doctor's recommendations to stop playing because of back problems. Nieuwendyk, 40, in his twentieth NHL season, played in just 15 of the team's first 29 games, because of injuries. He visited a back specialist in Cleveland last Friday. "I have the reached the stage where structurally my back isn't going to get any better. It's not the way I intended it, but I have to be realistic as well, " Nieuwendyk said. Nieuwendyk informed his teammates of his decision in what he described as a "pretty emotional meeting" before practice Wednesday.
thanks to Spector at his Fox Sports Blog for the tip...

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Concussions Declining In The NHL

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from the AP via the West Central Tribune,

After a decade of ever-increasing concussions, the National Hockey League seems to be solving the problem. A combination of better helmets, an increased awareness of the risks involved, more flexible safety glass edging the rink and stiffer rules aimed at promoting a smoother flow of the game have led to fewer headsplitting attacks. Nonetheless, NHL spokesman Frank Brown said there are always going to be some concussions in ice hockey. "One concussion is too many, but with more than 700 players contesting 1,230 games of at least 60 minutes, when they're skating at great speeds and regularly colliding with each other, no matter what preventative measures are taken there are going to be events that cause concussions," said Brown.... Players are also increasingly aware of the dangers, and despite their aggressive games, some players are trying to keep their fights clean. "We have to be more respectful of not going after each other's heads," said San Jose Shark's captain Patrick Marleau. "We have to be more careful that way."
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