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Habs Will Spend Aggressively

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

Gillett said that despite the rising value of the loonie, the NHL’s salary cap will keep the team’s payroll in check.

But a stronger dollar allows the hockey club to spend aggressively and continue to build with younger players and supplement with free agents.

“No matter what happens with the exchange rate, up or down, we’re going to spend aggressively toward the cap,” he said.

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Fighting Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

The NHL handed out 230 fighting majors through Sunday (201 games), up from 167 through the same number of games last year. All around the league, tough guys are taking names and leaving lumps.

The surge in fisticuffs early this season flies into the face of what had been happening. Fights have steadily gone down the last few years, especially after the lockout. In fact, this year’s pace is still behind the pre-lockout numbers. There were 299 fighting majors handed out in 2003-04 through the same number of games.

But the numbers are back up this season.

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Highlight Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Goals of the past week.

Check out the video…

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Detroit Knows How to Find Diamonds

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Kevin Dupont at MSNBC,

All these years later, considering that the likes of Holmstrom, Datsyuk and Zetterberg make up arguably the NHL’s best line this season, a casual hockey fan (not you, of course, dear reader) might figure the Winged Wheels had first dibs each of those years when it came time to selecting the game’s future stars.

But it was hardly the case. In fact, the Red Wings selected Masseurs Holmstrom, Zetterberg and Datsyuk so late in those respective drafts, it is nearly an embarrassment to the world’s international scouting brotherhood.

more…

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, scouting

Scott Walker Still In Pain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

More than two weeks after the Carolina Hurricanes forward tore cartilage in his chest, Walker is still in excruciating pain. He has no idea when he’ll be able to sleep comfortably, let alone ride an exercise bike, lift weights or get back on the ice.

“I wear a brace around my chest that holds it, and that feels the best,” Walker said Sunday. “Other than that, I’m just getting to the point where I can get in and out of bed without too much discomfort. It’s frustrating because every day you wake up and hope it’s going to be better. It’s just one of those things where they told me it’s going to take some time.”

continued... I saw the injury occur and thought to myself, this is not good.  Scott could barely move his upper body without being in pain.

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Paul Kelly Would Like “Widespread” TV Coverage Of The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at MSG Network, (Paul) Kelly wants to canvass his constituency to get an overall feel for the membership’s thinking. One thing he emphasized to us is his desire to see more widespread TV coverage in the U.S.

He didn’t mention ESPN by name, but rather by implication that a renewed marriage between the biggest sports network and Bettman, Inc. would be highly desirable. It’s tough to argue that point!

more from The Maven…

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Leclaire Seeing Shots & Stopping Shots

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the STATS Blog,

The Columbus Blue Jackets are the surprise team in the early going, and their goaltender, Pascal Leclaire, has been stellar, posting a league-high five shutouts in his nine starts. It shouldn’t come as a shock that Leclaire, who turns 25 on Wednesday, also ranks first among his peers with a 1.12 goals-against average and .957 save percentage.

In the last 10 days, Leclaire has secured wins despite facing his two highest shot totals of the season. On Oct. 25, he faced a season-high 36 and stopped all of them for a 3-0 win over St. Louis. In Los Angeles on Halloween, Leclaire was 33-for-34 in a 4-1 decision against the Kings. He hasn’t lost when facing 30 shots.

read on for some interesting stats when goalies face a high amount of shots…

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, goalies, pascal+leclaire

Gaborik & Demitra Out Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Pioneer Press,

The Minnesota Wild will throw another depleted lineup on the ice tonight when they play host to the Edmonton Oilers. Marian Gaborik is out, Pavol Demitra is out and Wes Walz hasn’t come back.

Gaborik and Demitra have groin injuries; Walz hasn’t returned from an excused, and unexplained, absence and will miss his third game.

Gaborik played the past two games and played well, scoring five points, including a two-goal game in Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Calgary. He sat out practice Sunday, but reporters were told he was simply given the day off.

Asked if something changed between Sunday and this morning, when Gaborik was pulled from practice, coach Jacques Lemaire said, “Something changed a bit.”

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  Tags: injuries, marian+gaborik, minnesota+wild, pavol+demitra

Report- Havlat Close To Return

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from ESPN Fantasy Talk,

A little birdie (aka a report in the vaunted Chicago Tribune) told me that Havlat may be back in the active lineup at some point during the current Chicago homestand this week. Say what you will of Havlat’s fragility—and much has been said, after all—but he’s shown he’s capable of point-per-game pace when in the lineup, and there’s no reason to believe he won’t achieve that upon his return.

read on for more fantasy talk…

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, injuries, martin+havlat

Blue Jackets Ranked

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mike Brophy of the Hockey News ranked the NHL teams today…

1. Ottawa
Spezza signed, sealed and delivered

2. Detroit
Ozzie has been really good

3. Carolina
Look who’s bouncing back to life

4. Columbus
Leclaire unbelievable with five shutouts

read on and Columbus should be going hockey crazy…

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