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Looks Good, Eh?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yeah, I’m talking about the cosmetic changes here at the Empire.  But, I’m a little disturbed.  In the comments below, one of the 19 asked if the new “professional look” was an indication I may have shifted from my self-appointed role as keeper of all juveniliciousness to a more “mature”, “adult”, “responsible” approach toward blogging.

I’ve done some introspection and realized that yes, I have.  I’ve decided that with the unveiling of the new KK look, it’s time I grew up.

Example?

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Get On The Frigging Bus:  McCarty Signs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Helene St. James reports Mac’s back in the fold.

I just got off the phone with Pat Morris, the agent for Darren McCarty, and Morris told me McCarty has signed a two-way deal with the Red Wings.

“He’s back for another year,” Morris said. “There’s stiff competition to make the lineup, but there are not a lot of guys like him in the top 12 forwards.”

 

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“It’s obviously a privilege to be part of such a prestigious organization and now be captain of it.  I am going to do my best. We have a lot of great team leaders right now on our team and we don’t have to change anything. I think that everyone really helps out around the dressing room. There are so many leaders that you just kind of have to do your own thing and more worry about yourself and help out where things are needed.”

-Mike Richards on being named Flyers captain.  More from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post…

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Feature Improvements of the New KK

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

With the launch of the new Kukla’s Korner website design, I want to quickly point out a few of the new-and-improved features of the site:

  • KK’s new design is meant to be easy to navigate around.  Using the nav bar above, visit the Home page to see everything published on KK all in one handy spot, or go to Blogs to check out each blog individually.
  • One of our priorities has been to speed up page-loading time on the site, and that has been improved drastically—it’s now rendering about 30-50% faster than before.  This will allow readers to navigate from page to page much quicker than in the past.
  • Mobile device users will particularly benefit from the faster page loads, but also from the improved page rendering. Bottom line: the content you look for when you come to the KK site via your smartphone will now appear much higher on your screen, and much cleaner than in the past.
  • Appearance on iPhone:

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Welcome KK Members & Guests

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Welcome to the new look Kukla’s Korner. 

I suggest you hover over the Blogs section on the black navbar near the top of the page.  You will notice a few more additions to KK and Alanah, Bill and I welcome them with open arms and wish them much success.

Feel free to take a tour around the blogs, click the areas in the navbar and as always, let us know what you think. 

Feel free to leave a comment about the new look and KK members, don’t forget to upload your avatar too.  If you don’t like the look of avatars in the comment areas, go to your member profile and you can edit your preferences there.
We have removed the forum, but fear not, we have a better solution coming by the start of the regular season, which means, there is a phase II of the new Kukla’s Korner, so more to come!

I also want to personally thank Alanah for all of her hard work behind the scenes.  Organizing a new group of bloggers and setting up many of the pages on KK are not the easiest things to do, but she passed the test with flying colors.

Also, Kevin of Venn, our KK web designer, did a great job with the site and has hung an “Open for business”, sign in his window.

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Uncle Mike Lays Down The Law

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Edit:  Banner will be back up there some time tomorrow.

First, hope you’re all enjoying the third iteration of the Empire…this time complete with a whole slew of quality bloggers.  What a concept.  First-rate writers representing a number of teams, blogging consistently.  And you don’t even have to pay for it, not even the trade rumors.

Fan of Uncle Mike?  Of course you are.  Why? 

Here:

“You know what I did because everyone kept telling me it was a short summer?” Babcock told ESPN.com. “I said, ‘OK, let’s do the math.’ I said to [assistant coach] Paul [MacLean], ‘How many days did we have off last year?’ He said, ‘113.’ ‘How many this year?’ ‘106.’ ‘OK, then, don’t anyone tell me it was such a shorter summer.’ We had seven fewer days. Who cares. So let’s gas that thing right away so we don’t have to hear about that anymore.”

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Justin Williams Tears Achilles

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terrell Williams of CarolinaHurricanes.com,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that right wing Justin Williams will have surgery this week to repair a torn right Achilles tendon. Williams suffered the injury on Wednesday morning and is expected to be out for four to six months.

continued

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Out-of-the-Blue MVP

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,

Most teams have a star player who can take a run at the Hart Trophy as league MVP in any given year. But what about their supporting casts? Here is a rundown of potential MVP candidates who you may not see coming.

Boston
Patrice Bergeron could get more than a few sympathy votes if he comes back with a vengeance after a washout of a year last season when he missed 72 games due to concussion symptoms.

Buffalo
Two seasons ago, Maxim Afinogenov burst out of the gates and had people making Pavel Bure comparisons. Last year…not so much, after he scored just 10 goals in 56 games. He’s no Bure, but Afinogenov is much better than last season’s debacle.

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Money Counts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

And now that a group that wanted to build an arena in Las Vegas that could house an NBA team has backed off, it is an opportunity for the NHL to become the first major sports league to put a team there. That, too, is tempting.

But would it work? And more importantly, what will owners be left with after they deposit their share of the expansion fees into the bank accounts? I’ll tell you what: a further watered-down product and two more teams on shaky ground from the moment of inception.

They can get in line behind Phoenix, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Florida and Atlanta. Even Tampa Bay, which generated a lot of buzz with new ownership and an aggressive rebuilding program this summer, isn’t out of the woods in terms of being able to generate a profit.

more

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KK- An Updated KK Will Soon Be Here

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Around 5:00pm ET

tomorrow

today, KK will be down between 45 minutes to 2 hours.

When we come back online, you will see the 3rd edition of Kukla’s Korner.  Stay tuned, we are very close.

Note: This post was originally put on KK yesterday afternoon. Just bumping it up now as a reminder that we’ll be offline briefly, later today.

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