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Knee Swelling Still Bothering DiPietro

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Five days after the Islanders returned home from their Western Conference road trip and there’s still no update on the condition of goaltender Rick DiPietro’s surgically repaired knee. There’s a good reason for that.

Indications are that DiPietro is traveling to visit specialists who might be able to determine why the knee still is swelling and hasn’t responded well to the latest surgery performed on Halloween.

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What’s Wrong, Dion?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From George Johnson of the Calgary Herald (via the Vancouver Sun):

For the first time in a meteoric rise to the front lines of NHL defenceman, though, Dion Phaneuf’s timing has betrayed him.

His minutes may be up. But his plus-minus is lagging, badly, and his goal and hits total are way down. After being feted a Norris Trophy finalist nod and first all-star team selection last year, he wasn’t even an addition for the Jan. 25th All-Star Game at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

That couldn’t help but sting. During a half-season of astounding maturation for the Calgary Flames as a group, Phaneuf’s individual struggles have become a staple of Calgary Flames’ chat rooms. He’s on pace for six goals this season. He notched 20 a year ago. A minus-8 is second-worst on the team.

Inquiring minds want to know why.

read on

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Flames Not There Yet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

A December-January burst of success is not uncommon for the Flames who seem to come together at a time when many other teams, even elite teams, have a holiday and post-holiday season sag.

Part of that might be because the Flames often have had to dig out from under a slow start. They tend to come together when there is criticism and adversity and that rush to success usually comes at a time when many other teams are in a lull….

The Flames are a good team that has turned around a poor start, but as for getting onboard Calgary’s Stanley Cup express, I think I’ll wait just awhile longer.

I’ve seen this version of the Flames before and only time will tell if this edition really is a different team.

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Hockey Coverage In Dallas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page,

There’s a change on the horizon for how our local newspapers will be covering the Dallas Stars. Under an agreement between the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Morning News will now be providing basic coverage of the Stars for both newspapers….

I haven’t talked to Mike Heika of the Morning News or Tracey Myers of the Star-Telegram since the official announcement, but this wasn’t a big surprise. The two papers had been discussing the content sharing idea for some time. The bottom line is it will mean less coverage of the Stars because it will mean the same stuff will be in both papers most times.

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A Little Early, But…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rand Simon at the Hockey News,

The National Hockey League announced its Eastern Conference reserves today for the 59th annual NHL All-Star Game to be played in Las Vegas on Jan. 25. 


After overzealous New York Islanders’ fans voted John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Kyle Okposo, Mark Streit, Chris Campoli and Rick DiPietro (currently sidelined with a lower body injury) to the starting lineup, the league had a challenge in filling out the Eastern Conference roster as the NHL requires every team be represented by at least one player in the game.


With the league’s expansion to 32 teams this season and the move of the Detroit Red Wings to the Eastern Conference, there was room to name exactly one player from each remaining team to the squad.

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Just Say No Vinny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

A memo to Vincent Lecavalier: Say no.

When Tampa Bay Lightning owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie or general manager Brian Lawton formally approach you about a trade to the Montreal Canadiens, tell them sorry, but forget about it.

If you want to go “home”—and really, you haven’t lived in Montreal since you left to play hockey in Saskatchewan as a teenager—you can drop by for a few weeks in the summer. Try the smoked meat and bagels.

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Why The Blogging Stopped

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Corazza of ESPN The Magazine,

Montreal Canadians tough guy Georges LaRaque had been penning an insightful, well-written blog this season for Sportsnet in Canada. Like most athlete blogs, it was rarely updated, but when he did write LaRaque’s work was top-notch.

Perhaps it was too good.

At the beginning of his latest entry, LaRaque said it would be his final one, citing a Canadiens team rule to be fair to all media entities that ask for their players to blog. Say no to one, say no to all….

But was there more to it? Had this been an issue of censorship? His latest entry touched on the code of fighting in the league and racism he’s been on the receiving end of—his entries have been anything but vanilla. Or was this just a move to transport LaRaque scribing to the Canadiens’ site, a move to have the team disseminate the media to the fans, instead of another outlet?

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The Hardware Belongs To…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

With half of the regular season now behind us, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what we’ve already seen and, of course, predict what’s in store for us during the next three months before the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin.
 
In that vein, here are the players we feel have been the true standouts in the first half of the season and would be walking home with some serious hardware if the NHL season were just 41 games.

Here, then, is the NHL.com’s Trophy Tracker:

HART MEMORIAL TROPHY
Predicted winner: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Ovechkin overcame a slow start by his standards and, to date, has arguably been the League’s most dominating player.

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Briere On Rehab Assignment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

The Flyers announced this morning that they are sending Danny Briere to the Phantoms for a two-game conditioning assignment.

It’s an unusual move for a top player, but general manager Paul Holmgren said it was necessary to make sure that Briere is ready to return to the lineup. It also likely a move to avoid having to add his salary to the team’s cap total before being sure he can play and prevents Holmgren from having to make roster moves to fit him in….

“We are doing this just to make sure everything is okay with Danny,” Holmgren said. “This will give him the opportunity to play in some games prior to re-joining the Flyers. He will play two games with the Phantoms on Wednesday and Friday. He was absolutely receptive to this.”

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World Cup Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

If you’re a fan of elite international competitions, you’ll be happy to hear the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association are working toward staging another World Cup of Hockey tournament in the not-too-distant future.

According to an informed source, the sides are looking at two dates, the most probable being late August/early September of 2011. Another possibility is Feb. 2012. That date, however, is less likely because of the need to shut down the 2011-12 NHL regular season to accommodate the tournament. The owners aren’t thrilled with the idea of dimming the lights during the season for any reason. They do so grudgingly to allow the players to participate in the Olympics. In this case, I believe they’d be wise to at least consider it.

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