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Lehtinen Out With Abdominal Strain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the AP,

Stars right wing Jere Lehtinen will be out indefinitely with an abdominal strain, but might not need surgery as the team originally thought, coach Dave Tippett said after Friday night’s 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Earlier on Friday night, the club said Lehtinen would undergo surgery on Monday, but Tippett said that was “premature.”

“We’ll continue to look at it,” Tippett said. “We’ll do some tests and see how it reacts over the next few days.”

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  Tags: dallas+stars, injuries, jere+lehtinen

The Great Jagr, But…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News (Sunday edition) via the Santa Barbara News Press,

I simply don’t have any great playoff memories of Jagr past 1992….

Maybe Jagr is more Scottie Pippen than Alex Rodriguez. Maybe he’s the sidekick who could never get it done on his own. Jagr floundered with the Penguins when Lemieux wasn’t there. He actually made the Washington Capitals a worse team. They are paying about $4 million a season for Jagr to not be on their team.

He’s all flash and no grind, and that’s a major sin in hockey.

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr, new+york+rangers

Uh, Guys

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Empty Netters,

Steigerwald loses all his street cred however when he says Lyndon Slewidge is maybe the greatest national anthem singer in the league. Jeff Jimerson might have something to say about that.

We will acknowledge that Slewidge’s ability to go alternate between English and French during “O Canada” does give him a distinct advantage over Jimerson, but we subscribe to the school of thought that a language doesn’t really exist unless it comes out of Jimerson’s mouth.

Karen Newman doesn’t even need to move her lips!!!


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  Tags: karen+newman

Frolov Out With Strained Groin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Inside the Kings,

Alexander Frolov will be out for at least the next two games with a strained groin. You probably remember his strained groin from the end of training camp. Well, this is the other one. It’s always something, isn’t it? So they will shut him down for a few days, perhaps even a week’s worth of games, and see how it goes.

Scott Thornton out too...

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  Tags: alexander+frolov, los+angeles+kings, scott+thornton

Surprising Or Not

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Seven weeks into the NHL season, the Predators are nowhere near the NHL cellar, sitting in a playoff spot in the Western Conference at 11-8-2 despite having the league’s lowest payroll.

“Surprising? I don’t know why we’re surprising,” said forward Radek Bonk. “I know we had a tough start, but before the season we didn’t think we were going to be bad. So I don’t think we’re surprising ourselves.

“Obviously when you lose players like Forsberg and Kariya and Timonen, they were stars on this team. But we have good team chemistry here and a good bunch of guys. And lately that’s been showing.”

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Selanne Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I received numerous emails over the last few days asking why I wasn’t reporting the “Selanne to play in Sweden” story.  My response was I didn’t believe it was true…

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Several reports out of Sweden recently suggested Selanne was close to signing with Leksand, the current team of former NHL goaltender Ed Belfour.

“I know nothing about this,” agent Don Baizley told the thehockeynews.com. “I haven’t spoken with Teemu in 2-3 weeks and I find it hard to believe this would be true.”

more NHL talk from Ken…

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  Tags: teemu+selanne

Parity in Action

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

After subtracting the NHL’s top two teams (the Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators) and its bottom one (the Washington Capitals), there were 27 teams separated by 10 points as of Thursday morning, when the first quarter had officially concluded. In the West, only eight points separated the bottom-dwelling Los Angeles Kings from the No. 2 team in the conference, the San Jose Sharks. In the East, 10 points separated the 14th-place Buffalo Sabres from the second-ranked New York Rangers — and the Sabres held three games in hand.

In the old way of measuring a .500 record, in which a team earns as many points as games played, 20 clubs were above that mark and a 21st, the Calgary Flames were right at it, or until they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks later that night. The Capitals may turn it around now with a new coach behind the bench, but at nine points out and with six teams to leapfrog, their playoff hopes are hanging by a thread.

Mathematically, however, the other 29 teams could all legitimately argue that they’re still in midst of the playoff race.

more…

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30 Needy Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Scott Cullen at TSN,

As we move past the quarter point of the season, teams are starting to have a good idea what they have and what they’re lacking on their current roster.  Here’s a look at team needs throughout the NHL.

Around the Rinks:

Anaheim: Need a decision from Scott Niedermayer and could use second-line scoring help, whether it comes from Todd Bertuzzi, Teemu Selanne or someone not currently on the Ducks roster.
Atlanta: Now that the offence appears to be clicking, the Thrashers could use at least one more reliable defensive defenceman.

continued…

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Aebischer Being “Loaned” to Switzerland

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Phoenix Coyotes,

Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have loaned goaltender David Aebischer to HC Lugano of Switzerland National League A. 

Aebischer, 29, appeared in one game for the Coyotes this season and stopped 30 of 33 shots in a loss at Columbus on Oct. 10.  The Fribourg, Switzerland native signed with the Coyotes as a free agent on July 19, 2007.

Updated 3:16pm ET: Some comments from Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail.

 

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  Tags: david+aebischer, phoenix+coyotes, switzerland

Alfredsson Suffering With Sore Groin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the AP,

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson has a groin injury and isn’t expected to play Saturday against Philadelphia.

Ottawa’s top scorer was injured during Thursday’s shootout loss to Pittsburgh. He had three assists in the game, but wasn’t able to take a shootout attempt.

Senators coach John Paddock says his captain is day-to-day, but “I don’t think that day-to-day includes playing tomorrow.”

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson, injury, john+paddock, ottawa+senators

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