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Seabrook & Toews Out Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Chris Kuc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune,

The Blackhawks will be without captain Jonathan Toews and defenseman Brent Seabrook when they take on the Nashville Predators Saturday night at the United Center.

Toews was injured after taking a big open-ice check from Vancouver’s Willie Mitchell on Wednesday night. The center left that game and missed practice Thursday and Friday with what is believed to be a concussion. Seabrook also left Wednesday’s game in the third period with what is also believed to be a concussion.

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Oshie Out After Emergency Apendectomy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues forward T.J. Oshie had an emergency apendectomy this morning and will be out of the lineup indefinitely, a source has told the Post-Dispatch.

Oshie went to the hospital Friday night, following the Blues’ 3-1 victory over Minnesota at Scottrade Center. He played 17 minutes, 33 seconds in the game.

The recovery time for the surgery varies from person to person. Blues goaltender Chris Mason had a similar surgery last season and missed approximately two weeks.

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David Booth Puck Toss

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Last night, David Booth losses his stick so he decides to grab the puck and toss it out of his zone.

Sorry David, two minutes for you.

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Watching The Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

Fourth in the league in fights and second in goals scored, these guys are getting fun to watch.

“Right from Day 1, it was something everybody in the room was aware of, that we needed to change our philosophy, especially at home,” said captain Ethan Moreau.

“And we did that. Nobody really had to re-invent themselves, it was just a few subtle changes, adding a few physical guys, and it carried through the team.”

Combine that with a coach who favours attacking rather than defending and they’ve already delivered six months’ worth of wow in October alone.

read on

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Trade Trends

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun via the Sudbury Star,

Of the more than 40 NHL trades made since the 2008-09 deadline, involving both players and draft picks, about a third involved teams dealing within their own division or conference.

That’s a change in attitude from 20 years ago and something to keep in mind as November approaches and teams looking for an extra lift start to evaluate some deals.

When old rivals Boston and Buffalo made a truce this week, the Sabres sending ex-first-round pick Daniel Paille away for a third-rounder next year and a conditional fourth-rounder in 2011, it was the first time the old Adams Division rivals did any kind of swap since Buffalo gave the rights to Peter McNab to Boston in 1976.

“What it really speaks to is the economics of the league today,” said Sabres’ GM Darcy Regier. “Ironically, I was one that always wanted

to place a player in the Western Conference. It’s not always doable, and in this case it wasn’t do-able. So you make the best deal you can in the East.”


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Sounds Like An NHL Reunion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press,

On a night when the Manitoba Moose—and one former Manitoba Bison—moved freely among Wolves and 42-year-old Mike Keane was just the second oldest player on the ice, everything seemed possible.

And so here it is, from the opening faceoff to the final horn:

They put on quite a pre-game show. Fireworks, fireballs, lots of fire… And lots of smoke. There’s a thick haze hanging over the ice as they prepare to drop the puck. It reminds me of those old photos of the Montreal Forum in the 1970s, when you needed a ticket and a pack-a-night habit to attend a Habs game… Izzy Idonije, who played for the University of Manitoba Bisons before he played for the Chicago Bears, dropped the ceremonial first puck, wearing a Wolves jersey emblazoned with the No. 71… Wayne freaking Messmer sang the anthems tonight. Yeah, that Wayne Messmer, the guy who at old Chicago Stadium nightly walked the line between singing an anthem and inciting a riot. He’s still got great pipes, but the atmosphere here at the Allstate Arena isn’t nearly the same.

There’s the old Winnipeg Jet Ron Wilson behind the Wolves bench. Wilson and Don Lever were hired as assistant coach and coach this week and are making their debut tonight… This guy Chris Chelios can apparently play hockey.

read on

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Morning Line

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“He’s the best goalie in the game right now, though he might have had some recent problems. He’s the best goalie in the NHL and he’s a great player. My point is that a lot of great players don’t sell tickets. I don’t think (Detroit’s multiple Norris Trophy winner) Nicklas Lidstrom sells tickets and he’s a lock first-ballot Hall of Famer. I think my team’s the same — we don’t have anybody who sells tickets. A player like Pavel Bure sold a lot of tickets.”

-Brian Burke speaking about Roberto Luongo.  Via Jim Jamieson at the White Towel.

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Smile Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

...Twenty-three years later, Bob Fisher is still sweating the details.

He was on Bell Centre ice this past Monday at 9 a.m., the empty risers in front of him awaiting the 2009-10 Canadiens for the first of two team photos that he’ll shoot this centennial season. A second will be taken after the March 3 trade deadline, of the roster the club hopes will skate into the playoffs.

“But this is the most historic picture I’ve ever done,” Fisher said, admitting that nerves kept him awake most of the night before. “This is (essentially) the team that will be playing on Dec. 4, the Canadiens’ 100th birthday.

“People are going to talk about this picture 50 years after I’m dead. They’ll ask: ‘Who was there in the centennial season?’ Well, this is the team.”

One hundred years ago, the first team photo of the pre-NHL National Hockey Association Canadiens was merely a montage of 11 players and league official Eddy McCafferty. This image, signed by Albert Dumas, was a template for many photos to come, mug shots or frozen poses cobbled into a single print.


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Jimmy D:  “We Suck, And We’re Going To Keep Sucking All Season Long”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Inflammatory stuff right there sister.  Inflammatory.  Good thing I made it up.  OMG you must be breathing a huge sigh of relief right now. 

Well, not so fast…because our Senior Executive President For Not Being Able to STFU did say something frighteningly similar.


“I don’t know how I can put it any other way than to be truthful; you can’t lose those types of players and have the record we had a year ago.  We are going to have to work very, very hard to be competitive, and to make the playoffs.  That’s the truth.”


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Tuomo Ruutu Hit On Darcy Tucker

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ruutu received 5 minutes for boarding along with a 10 and game misconduct.

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

...it seems like Darcy Tucker escaped potentially catastrophic injury tonight. After being taken from the ice on a stretcher from Tuomo Ruutu’s hit from behind, eyewitnesses said later tonight that Tucker walked out of the Pepsi Center. He was on his way to the hospital for further tests, but Avs personnel told me Tucker appears to have “escaped” with a concussion and stitches to the head.

read on

added 11:40am, According to Ben Hankinson, Ruutu receives a 3 game suspension.

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