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The Right NHLPA Leader Is Critical

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

As the Vancouver Canuck players prepare for the oncoming season, one of the last things on their mind is union politics, and rightfully so.

But over the next few months they’d better start to get serious because they’ll be voting on a new leader or leaders and that decision is going to be absolutely critical to their long-term interests.

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  Tags: nhlpa, vancouver+canucks

Stealing The Work of Others

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Seems like a good day to visit other hockey blogs, steal their best stuff and grudgingly attribute it to them rather than take credit for it myself.  First, Center Ice Online has fifteen days to get it together before a few of us have to decide whether to drop the equivalent of fifteen twelve-packs of Rolling Rock on their product.  After last night, it’s hard to justify it.  Several crashes, intermittent audio, frozen pictures and a couple tantrums.  For the second time in as many attempts, I stopped trying mid-way through the second.  I’d rather not watch than deal with the frustration.  If the glitches aren’t straightened out by 9 October (when the free preview is supposed to end), I’d suggest they extend it until they’re sure what they’re offering is worth the investment.

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Headshots Need To Stop

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott M. Reid at the OC Register,

As the Ducks and Kings prepare to open the 2007-08 National Hockey League season Saturday in London, coaches, current and former players and doctors who treat them maintain the NHL’s failure to deter headshots and escalation in dangerous play in recent years has placed the league and its players on a potentially catastrophic course.

“Is it going to take a death to make the NHL see the problem?” said Dr. Charles Tator, a professor of neurosurgery at the University of Toronto, who has treated NHL players with concussions.

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  Tags: fighting, injuries

All Wet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins agree, pretty much to a man, that the high-tech sweaters they will be wearing this season are lighter and more comfortable than the ones they replaced.

They also concur that the new sweaters are extremely effective at repelling moisture, exactly as planned.

Trouble is, quite a few have concluded that is not necessarily a good thing….

“[The sweaters] don’t soak anything in, which I guess is what they wanted,” Recchi said. “But the problem is, it goes through all of your equipment. It goes into your gloves, goes into your skates.”

And eventually saturates the leather in both, leaving the players feeling as if their hands and feet are immersed in liquid. Perhaps because, at least in some cases, they are.

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  Tags: pittsburgh+penguins, rbk

Rangers Trying To Mesh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Post,

It’s way too early, but it has already started. Even Tom Renney jumped in, breaking them up briefly. In their first exhibition game together, Scott Gomez and Jaromir Jagr did nothing to dismiss the idea that one puck isn’t enough for the two of them….

Meshing players whose game depends first on skill is always more difficult than throwing together a line of diggers, grinders and hard-drivers, and Jagr and Gomez are still looking for an intuitive understanding even in practice. Those who play with Gomez must learn that the puck is coming when they least expect it.

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  Tags: new+york+rangers

Tightening The Screws

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Now we head into the third post-lockout season, uncertain what the NHL will deliver other than a novelty outdoors game in Buffalo on Jan. 1 that it seems to believe will somehow sell the sport.

There’s a plethora of young, exciting sharpshooters around the league, but it’s unclear whether the game will be played and officiated in a manner that will allow them to flourish.

With fighting and defence on the rise, it appears more and more that the thrilling 2005-06 season was just a blip, a brief moment in the long history of the sport with the game played as one imagined it could be before they tightened the screws on it again.

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  Tags: fighting

Next Stop- China

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Further proof of some forward thinking around the NHL emanated last week out of San Jose. Sharks boss Greg Jamison, approached over the summer about a venture in the Asian Ice Hockey League, agreed to back and engineer a plan to send five players and three coaches to join the China Sharks. Yes, that’s China, specifically Beijing, which is part of the six-team AIHL that includes four clubs in Japan and one in Korea.

According to Jamison, there were many good reasons to try to give the game a boost over there. Among them, he said, “Obviously, they have a few people living there.” Some 15 million (about half of Canada’s population) live in Beijing, which actually looks like a couple of pucks in the bottom of the bucket when compared with the country’s overall population of 1.3 billion-plus.

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Columbus Owner Discusses His Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

With a new leadership group intact, and with the Blue Jackets’ seventh NHL season drawing near, McConnell sat down with The Dispatch last week for his first public comments since MacLean’s firing.

Question: What are your expectations for the 2007-08 season?

Answer: I say the same thing every year, but I think we’re going to win, I think we’re going to be better. Better than last year, for sure.

Q: Blue Jackets fans have never had a chance to watch a winning hockey club. How tenuous do you feel the fan base is right now?

A: It might be a little bit. But I think with the changes we’ve made, the fans are going to stick with us. They want to see how the new regime works out….

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, john+h.+mcconnell

KK Hosting/Server Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Unfortunately, Kukla’s Korner was unavailable for a while tonight. Our host apparently suffered some serious difficulties, as it appears a number of other websites on the same server went offline as well.

I’m not sure about the cause of the problems as yet, so I can’t guarantee they are over. For the moment, I’ll just cross my fingers and hope the site stays online.

Sorry for the inconvenience—thanks for being patient.

update 6:56am(Paul), All is well… There was a scheduled maintenance that I failed to note here at KK…

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Tampa’s Dan Boyle Injured in Freak Accident

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Dan Boyle will undergo surgery on Sunday following a freak accident at the end of Saturday’s 2-1 pre-season loss to the Washington Capitals.

Boyle was injured in the Lightning locker room when distracted while hanging up his skates. A skate slipped off of the hook and hit him in his left wrist, cutting a tendon.

He was to have surgery on Sunday and will be out of action for several weeks.

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  Tags: injuries, tampa+bay+lighting

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