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Peter Bondra Retires

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via Globe & Mail,

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — NHL veteran and Slovakian star Peter Bondra retired from professional hockey Monday to become general manager of his country’s national team.

“I kept it a secret for a long time. They will know overseas only after this press conference,” Bondra said, according to the Slovak national hockey association. “I hope I can help Slovakia win another medal at the world championship.”

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Interesting…The Central Doesn’t Suck

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Feeling refreshed today. Thanks Gary.  That’s the extent of my whining on that subject, though.  As DJ pointed out in the comments of last night’s live blog, I have little room to complain watching the game in the comforts of my living room when Wing fans like him are lucky to catch (maybe) four or five games per year on the Armed Forces Network.

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Tucker Positive After Workout

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

From the Toronto Sun,

Wearing a navy blue nylon training suit and a determined look on his face, Darcy Tucker glided around the Lakeshore Lions Arena ice with relative ease yesterday.

Not bad for a guy who, according to some reports, had little more than mush inside his right knee.

“I was pleasantly surprised at how well it went,” Tucker said. “I just wanted to see how it felt.”

more...

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  Tags: darcy+tucker, injuries, toronto+maple+leafs

Savard Not Taking Hawk Skid Lightly

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

From the Chicago Sun Times,

Finally, on Sunday, Savard conducted a practice when the rest of the organization was anticipating a day off. Only Tuomo Ruutu, Robert Lang and Jason Williams—nursing minor ailments—didn’t skate.

Signs of premature panic perhaps? The 5-6 Hawks already have won more games in October than all but three of their predecessors since the United Center became home ice in 1995, and there’s still one game left in the month—on Wednesday at Dallas.

more...

 

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks

Hitchcock Work Ethic Taking Hold

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

From the Columbus Dispatch,

In crafting a franchise-best 6-3-1 start, the Blue Jackets have shown three traits—three strengths they can count on when the puck drops every night.

1. Playing hard
2. Playing stifling team defense
3. Killing penalties

Continued...

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets

Penner Gets His Ring

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

From the Edmonton Sun,

Ducks owner Henry Samueli, his wife Susan, and general manager Brian Burke presented the ring to Penner after the game.

“I shook Burke’s hand, he said ‘Good luck’ and that was it,” Penner said. “I really didn’t know what to expect because it was a unique situation. But I’m done with this one and now I’m moving on to the next one.”

Continued...with more on a silent night between Burke and Lowe.

 

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  Tags: dustin+penner, edmonton+oilers, los+angeles+kings

KK Website Business

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Paul Kukla will be unavailable for personal reasons for a couple days, and won’t be posting or able to respond to emails during that time.

Kukla’s Korner will be updated as normal, but for tips or anything urgent during Paul’s absence, please don’t hesitate to drop me an email instead.

Paul expects to be back by Wednesday, October 31, at the latest.

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Scary Scratch for Cogliano

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Derek Van Diest at the Edmonton Sun,

“I don’t remember much, I just remember falling back,” Cogliano said. “My visor was up obviously and I think he was just jumping over me and his skate came up and caught me.  It was pretty scary I didn’t want to open my eye, I just wanted to hold my hand over it.”

Cogliano was sporting a pair of small cuts on his cheekbone.

[Rob] Blake was stepping over Cogliano when his back skate came up and caught him just under the eye. Cogliano was back in the lineup yesterday against the Anaheim Ducks.

“There wasn’t a lot of blood, but for the most part it was a pretty scary incident,” Cogliano said. “My head was tilted backwards and that’s why his skate was able to get under my visor.”

more…

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  Tags: andrew+cogliano, edmonton+oilers, injuries

Doubting the Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rich Chere at the Star-Ledger,

Those lucky enough to attend the Devils’ first game in the Prudential Center agreed that the $375 million structure has everything.

They were fairly certain the same cannot be said for the Devils, who seem to be lacking something 10 games into the season. Whether it is a goal-scorer to kick-start the offense or an experienced defenseman to solidify a shaky defense corps (did someone suggest Richard Matvichuk?), the Devils are very much aware that if they do not start winning on this three-game homestand the whispers about a shakeup will become a roar.

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  Tags: arena, new+jersey+devils

Extra Security For Feuding GMs Not Needed

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Stephens at the LA Times,

The juicy subplot to Sunday’s game between the Ducks and the Edmonton Oilers seemed certain to come to a head.

But there was no shouting match or chance public encounter between the Ducks’ Brian Burke and the Oilers’ Kevin Lowe, the teams’ bickering general managers who avoided each other even as the NHL dispatched extra security because of the tension between the two.

And the subject of the controversial offer sheet at the heart of that tension, Dustin Penner, did little in his first appearance at Honda Center since he skated around the ice with the Stanley Cup in June.

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(*the NHL sent extra security for those guys?! Wow)

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, brian+burke, dustin+penner, edmonton+oilers, kevin+lowe

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