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Modin Out With Groin Tear

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck-rakers,

Left winger Fredrik Modin has a small tear in his groin. That’s what the MRI revealed yesterday. Modin is expected to miss 7 to 10 days.

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, fredrik+modin, injuries

Hartley Fired

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

After six straight losses to open the season, the Atlanta Thrashers have fired head coach Bob Hartley. General Manager Don Wadell will take over behind the bench on an interim basis until a replacement can be hired.

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  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, bob+hartley

Rehab For Havlat

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Chicago Blackhawks winger Martin Havlat will undergo rehabilitation on his injured shoulder and will be out of the lineup for about four more weeks.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, injuries, martin+havlat

Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Spector has all the trade and signing talk today…

Yvon Pednault reported during last night’s Montreal-Florida game that the Canadiens and Calgary Flames might be talking about a swap of Alex Kovalev for Alex Tanguay. Scouts from the Calgary Flames were apparently in attendance, possibly to scout Kovalev, who used to play for Flames head coach Mike Keenan in New York…

read on

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  Tags: calgary+flames, montreal+canadiens

Backstrom Adjusting With Help From Nylander

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Washington Capitals,

Watching Nylander darting about in the attack zone, curling off in sharp tight circles to elude defenders and protect the puck, you wonder how hard it would be to play on a line with him. Backstrom is picking up the art of playing with the slick Swedish center.

“I try to be close with him on the ice, so he can pass to me and I can pass back,” says Backstrom. “After a couple [practices] and games, I think I can read what he is going to do. We can know each other, that’s not a big problem. I think that is going to be good.”

As a rookie playing a strange position (left wing) in a strange country and on a smaller ice surface than he is used to, Backstrom is growing accustomed to his new environment both on and off the ice.

read on

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  Tags: washington+capitals

Belfour In Sweden

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Eddie Belfour has arrived in Sweden.

You can watch the video (will open wmp video) of the press conference.

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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  Tags: eddie+belfour, goalies

Paul Kelly’s Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Speaking Tuesday from Boston, where he is in the process of trying to inform his clients of his impending move to take this job if hired, Kelly indicated that if people are thinking the NHLPA is in the process of “hiring a junkyard dog who wants to open everything up with the NHL just for the sake of creating confrontation, they are sadly mistaken.”

At the same time, the days of the patsy Saskin are over.

...“I was flattered when the [headhunting] firm first called me to see if I’d be interested and the more and more I’ve learned, the more and more I want to do this. I would say my interest in this has mushroomed over the past couple of weeks.

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  Tags: nhlpa

Is Paul Maurice On The Hot Seat?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Maurice has a serious hockey problem on his hands: The Leafs, through seven games, are getting fine goaltending, killing penalties well—two things they didn’t have a year ago—but are giving up goals against in mind-boggling numbers.

Numbers that indicate this roster may be ill-suited to compete at the NHL level.

Numbers that indicate this coaching staff may not be able to fix what is wrong.

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  Tags: toronto+maple+leafs

Spezza Searching For Goal Number One

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Sun,

Going into last night’s games, Spezza led the NHL in assists with 11 and sat second in scoring, behind Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg, who’s had five goals as part of his 13 points.

Spezza was the only player in the league’s top 44 scorers that has yet to light the lamp.

Also baffling to Spezza is the fact he’s 11th in shots, with 24. Last season, he had the league’s second-best shooting percentage behind Pittsburgh’s Jordan Staal, scoring 34 times on just 162 offerings for a 21% connection rate.

read on

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  Tags: jason+spezza, ottawa+senators

Time To Get It In Gear For The Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Times,

He is a veteran superstar who commanded a five-year, $35.25 million contract in the off-season, a former captain and Stanley Cup winner who is widely considered the best clutch player in the N.H.L. None of those prevented Chris Drury from feeling like the new kid at school when he started playing for the Rangers.

“I think a lot of times, you’re just trying not to step on anybody’s toes,” Drury said. “You don’t want to sit on anybody’s seat on the bus or anyone’s seat on the plane or get in someone’s way on the ice.”

But the acquisition of Drury and Scott Gomez, a free-agent center who arrived the same day as Drury, has not provided immediate success. The Rangers (2-3) have sputtered. Every time they want to hit the gas pedal, they grind a few gears.

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  Tags: new+york+rangers

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