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Before all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow run away for the weekend, I wanted to wish you a safe and peaceful Holiday.

Remember, if you have had a few too many “pops”, pass the keys to someone who hasn’t.

Also, you may have noticed the re-introduction of the KK Shopping section.  A tab is now located at the top of the page and there are some great deals there.  Many more will be added in the coming days so please check it out on a regular basis.

Using the KK affiliates sure does help us out and you are not “paying a premium” by using the available links.

One more thing, KK members now have the ability to add YouTube videos in the KK Forum posts.  Directions are located in the forum.

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Oilers In Rebuilding Mode

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from the Vancouver Sun,

Apparently, the Oilers are rebuilding. Rebuilding with a payroll nudging the $50.3-million salary cap. Rebuilding without any of the first three Oiler draft picks in 2008 that Lowe surrendered to sign Penner, who had produced three goals in 20 games before facing the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday night. Rebuilding after stating all summer the objective was to win now, although Edmonton is last in the Western Conference.

“We’re a young hockey team right now,” Lowe said Monday on an Oilers’ radio show. “There’s no question we’re back into a rebuilding situation.

more

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  Tags: edmonton+oilers, kevin+lowe

Shooting For The Playoffs

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from Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald,

There’s no reason why the Hawks can’t make the playoffs with a tweak here and there, or even be a team that finishes in the top four or five. There’s only one dominant team in the Western Conference—the Detroit Red Wings—and the Hawks have beaten them four times already.

The Anaheim Ducks and the San Jose Sharks are strong, but after that the Hawks can be as good as anyone in the West, provided Martin Havlat returns to health, Tallon adds a veteran defenseman and a forward, and goalies Nikolai Khabibulin and Patrick Lalime play better.

read on

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, playoffs

Flyers Have Room For Improvement

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from the Courier-Post,

Tonight, the Flyers enter Game No. 20 with an 11-7-1 record, good for second in the Atlantic Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference. In other words, they’re 5-6-1 since starting the season with a bang.

So what kind of grade would the Flyers give themselves as they approach the quarter mark of the season?

“I’d give us a high B,” Flyers right wing Mike Knuble said.

more

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  Tags: mike+knuble, philadelphia+flyers

Watching The MVP

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via Gayle MacDonald of the Globe and Mail,

CBC’s new winter dramas include MVP, a steamy soap that could appeal to both sexes. The network is calling MVP “a keyhole look” at the “sexy and scandalous world of a fictitious professional NHL hockey team of hunky players and their gorgeous girlfriends, wives, lovers and puck bunnies.” The cast includes Kristen Booth and Lucas Bryant, and it airs on Jan. 11.

Insert real NHL player name here ________________

Watch the promo for the MVP…

Continue Reading »

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Three Quarters To Go

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from Peter Maher at the Calgary Sun,

The first quarter is meaningful, but generally it’s in the second quarter that determines who’s real and who isn’t. The first quarter of an NHL season is about adrenalin rushes, adjusting, and sometimes the unusual.

History has shown that if teams, positive or negatively, perform the same way in the second set of 20 games, the remainder of the season usually follows that trend, although there have been exceptions.

The Flames were a game under .500 in the opening 20, and as defenceman Anders Eriksson admitted, “We are capable able of being much better than that.”

more and even though this is Flames specific, this could hold true for any team in the NHL…

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Shutdown Dmen

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David Goricki of the Detroit News lists five of the NHL’s top shutdown defensemen...

Nick Lidstrom- Yes

Chris Philips- Yes

Anton Volchenkov- Yes

Brian Rafalski- Huh

Doug Murray- Ah, NO!

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Current Players Who May Be HHOF Worthy

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from John Buccigross of ESPN,

But man, it is fun to speculate, debate and play the Hall of Fame game. That’s the value. It’s good fan petroleum. I had a great time scouring the record books last week, comparing Peter Bondra to Joe Mullen and why Bondra is an obvious Hall of Famer (check last week’s big e-mail bag).

I thought it might be fun to take a look at the rosters of all 30 NHL teams and make a quick-snap-mode “yes” or “no” Hall assessment.

read on

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  Tags: hhof, hockey+hall+of+fame

Questioning The Gray Area Penalties

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from the St. Petersburg Times,

So a day after Paul Devorski’s questionable holding call on Brad Richards led to the Thrashers’ winning overtime goal, players simply, and calmly, said they want the standard for penalties applied more consistently.

The league’s director of officiating, Stephen Walkom, said numerous “check and balances” help maintain the standard.

But Lukowich, after a workout at the Ice Sports Forum, insisted, “There should be less of a gray area. When the ref and rules are enforced the right and proper way, the players just go out and play. That’s what we do.”

more

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  Tags: officiating, penalties, tampa+bay+lightning

The Shootout Debate

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from Alan Ryder of the Globe and Mail,

Like it or spite it, the shootout is embedded in the rule book and it shows no sign of evaporation. NHL leadership has firmly embraced it. The fans are electrified by it. General managers, coaches and players need to embrace it, too….

There have been 337 shootouts in NHL history and there have been clear winners and losers since the shootout was introduced to resolve ties:

read on to see what teams have done very weill in the shootout and what teams have not…

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  Tags: nhl+rules, scoring

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