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Spezza Still Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Jason Spezza, who was hoping to play today, didn’t take part in the Senators’ workout, and is now aiming to return to action Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres. “He wouldn’t be playing if this was a playoff game,” said coach John Paddock. “I thought there might be some consideration (to him playing today) based on how he was thinking ... Until he can practise with the team for 60 minutes hard then he’s not close to playing. I hope he’s on the ice with us Monday or Tuesday at the latest.”

more on the Sens…

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  Tags: jason+spezza, ottawa+senators

Not Showing Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,

Attendance problems in Boston and Chicago are more troubling. These cities had passionate fans when Bettman was in knee-pants, bossing other kids around the playground. When Chicago Stadium opened in 1929, it was the largest indoor arena in the world. The Stadium sat 17, 317 for hockey, but standing-room boosted attendance to a record 20,069 for a 1982 playoff game against Minnesota. The legendary Boston ‘Gahden’ was smaller - about 16,000. Attendance Thursday night was an announced 15,183 - above the season average, but still disappointing.

more

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  Tags: arenas, boston+bruins, chicago+blackhawks

Gagne Proceeds With Caution

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from PhillyBurbs,

After admitting he probably came back too soon from his first bout with concussion-like symptoms, the Flyers left wing vowed to take more time off before jumping back into NHL action with his latest woes, which include dizziness and fatigue.

When a return date might be is anyone’s guess.

This much we do know: Gagne was examined by team doctor Gary Dorshimer on Friday. While Dorshimer continues to decline to use the word “concussion” in describing Gagne’s condition, the simple matter is that it took Gagne three attempts before passing a baseline test the last time around and now says he isn’t ready to take another since once again complaining of symptoms.

read on

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  Tags: injuries, philadelphia+flyers, simon+gagne

President Bush Calls Modano

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars center was on the ice playing the Phoenix Coyotes when a call came from the White House. So he had to wait until Friday morning to take the call in which President Bush offered congratulations to Modano for becoming the all-time American-born point scorer in NHL history.

“He was great,” Modano said. “He just told me how special it was and how I should be proud.”

read on

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  Tags: dallas+stars, george+bush, mike+modano

Leafs & Canadiens Headed In Different Directions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

But if the past is similar, the future looks entirely different for the two men and their teams, the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs.

“They both have mediocre current situations,” said one NHL executive, who wished to remain anonymous.

“But Ferguson put the Leafs in a situation where they have a terrible future and Gainey put the Canadiens in a situation where they have a great future.”

more

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  Tags: bob+gainey, john+ferguson, montreal+canadiens, toronto+maple+leafs

Nashville Deal Put On The Table

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

Mayor Karl Dean made a final, take-it-or-leave-it offer to the Nashville Predators’ potential new owners Friday, proposing a more generous arena lease in exchange for a commitment to stay in Nashville for five years.

Under his deal, the Predators could still leave town in three years – after the 2009-10 season — if the investors lost $20 million in that time and paid attendance fell below 14,000 per game.

continued

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  Tags: nashville+predators

Miroslav Satan’s Career Timing

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Herrmann at Newsday,

Timing is crucial for a big goal-scorer such as Miroslav Satan, who was just where he needed to be when he needed to be there in each of the Islanders’ past two games. His timing has been good ever since he grew up at just the right moment to be a hockey player in Slovakia.

As a boy in what was then Czechoslovakia, he never pictured himself in the National Hockey League because he barely knew there was such a thing.

“There wasn’t a lot of information before ‘89. After all the changes in Russia and Eastern Europe and the fall of the Berlin Wall, basically, the information stream opened up,” he said at Islanders practice Friday, the 18th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

continued…

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  Tags: miroslav+satan, new+york+islanders

Sakic Nearing a Milestone

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jim Morris at the CP (via Yahoo)

But won’t it be special to become only the 11th player in league history to reach 1,000 assists?

“We’ll see when we get there I guess,” Sakic said after a pause. “Not that many players have gotten to that. It would be a tremendous honour, obviously. I haven’t thought too much about it.”

From some players the false modestly would sound contrived. But from Sakic the words sound as honest as the work ethic he delivers each night.

more… about Sakic and the team

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, joe+sakic

Malkin Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin didn’t practise Friday because of an unspecified knee injury but said he expects to play Saturday night in Philadelphia.

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin, injury, pittsburgh+penguins

Gretzky More In Control - Yotes Start Winning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via The Hockey News,

With veteran assistant coach Barry Smith gone to Russia last summer and Rick Tocchet not allowed back until February from his leave of absence, Gretzky has had to take on more. And Morris said the players have responded.

“With our coaching situation having changed, I think he’s taken on a bigger role and he’s demanding a lot more out of us,” said Morris. “And it’s good to see him take that step and really say listen, ‘This is my team, and we’re going to play the way I want us to play. And if you don’t like it, you’re not going to play.’

“I think everybody on our team has bought into his system. He’s not a screamer or a yeller, but he’s an honest guy and he demands a lot out of us.”

more

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  Tags: phoenix+coyotes, wayne+gretzky

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