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I Have Questions, Hopefully You Have The Answers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have many questions and need your answers.

Also, a good way to get the hockey talk going in August.

Check out my NHL.com blog today.

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I’ll Take A Cup Of Mitchell While We’re At It

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

In The Caine Mutiny?  Ensign Keith’s name was Willie.  He was kind of a candy-ass. An uppercruster and a perfect portrayal of an officer who would get eaten alive in the fleet. 

Willie Mitchell is no ensign.  He likes to hit people.  He likes to hit them hard and I’d like him to hit people who wish the Wings harm.  And I’d like him to do that for the next few years with new BFF’s Nik Kronwall and Brad Stuart.

Rumors, one cultivated by the Emperor himself (in the comments), indicate Detroit may be in the running.  I find it hard to fathom an economic situation that would allow it.  But…

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Helene’s Got A New BFF And His Name’s Asdfasdf

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Herm made a funny. Go to the second page of comments in Voox’ latest manifesto and you’ll see that our South American little buddy noticed a ditty around 10pm last night and tracked it like a bird dog.  Helene St. James was just too excited to do her damn job.  And here’s how trouble starts when a Deep Digger is given the keys to the kingdom, blogging rights without editor or filter.

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Niemi No Longer The Man In Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,

Now, months after fans at the United Center chanted Niemi’s name, I have heard from many people trying to disparage it. Suddenly the Finn who beat out Cristobal Huet and outplayed Roberto Luongo is merely serviceable?

Not only is it unnecessary to minimize Niemi’s contributions to justify the Blackhawks’ tough decision to let him become a free agent, doing so unfairly portrays the team as the winner in this standoff. Breaking news: Nobody won here. I don’t need an arbitrator’s ruling to declare this one of those rare cases of lose-lose.

The Hawks lost a 26-year-old goaltender whose Cup experience one day may work against them. Niemi lost out on the chance to play behind a team full of elite defensemen for a first-class organization that gave him an opportunity in a great city that considers the Finn part of hockey history.

He will be missed. The Hawks just found “Nemo.’’ Now we have to say goodbye?


added 7:25am, from Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Move on, get over it and get to know Jack Skille, Bryan Bickell, Jake Dowell, Viktor Stalberg and, of course, veteran goalie Marty Turco.

That would be my advice to Blackhawks fans who are ready to tear their Indianhead sweaters to shreds because of the seemingly never-ending dismemberment of the team that won the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in 49 years.


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Modano Coming Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Mike Modano will join the Red Wings, the Free Press has learned.

The Wings have been in hot pursuit of Modano, flying him in from Dallas a month ago and wooing him over lunch and a Tigers game. He also has suitors in San Jose and Minnesota, but has made up his mind.

“Big announcement Thursday,” Modano sent in a text Monday.


Modano returns from his European vacation mid-week and he could be landing in Detroit and sitting in on a press conference on Thursday.

I’ve been telling readers how Modano will strengthen the 2nd unit of the power play, now we are about to find out if I was correct.

update:  Poll added 7:30am

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Numerous Teams Show Interest In Willie Mitchell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Dan Murphy tweet,

Willy Mitchell feeling great after 18 days of training/skating. He’s narrowed 12 interested teams to 4 and suprise! Van may still be in mix

thanks to Nucks Misconduct for the pointer

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Shaone Morrisonn Signs With Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BUFFALO, NY (August 2, 2010) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defenseman Shaone Morrisonn on a two-year contract.

Morrisonn (12/23/1982, 6’4”, 217 lbs., shoots left) has spent the last five seasons with Washington. The 27-year-old was consistently among Washington’s leaders in hits and blocked shots throughout his career, including 163 hits and 104 blocks last season. In 418 career games with Washington and Boston, Morrisonn has 70 points (10+60), 423 PIMs and is a plus-36

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A New Home for JJ Right Here at KK

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

He could not wait and truthfully, neither could I.

Please welcome Jon to the KK family of bloggers. -Paul

JJ at KK…

Sure has a ring to it, no?

Allow myself to introduce… Myself…

For those that aren’t already familiar, I’m happy to join the team at Kukla’s Korner after three years of covering the Tampa Bay Lightning at HockeyBuzz.com. I was fortunate enough to establish a loyal and passionate following in my time there, as well as to earn the respect of the organization on the basis of my work and can only hope to see that grow here at my new home.

Along with continued coverage of the Bolts, my work here at KK will also largely center around the Southeast Division’s other four clubs and I will chime in on leaguewide issues from time to time as well.


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Best Sports Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Monte Buke of Forbes,

Coming close behind the Red Sox is another nation of fans—although members of “Steeler Nation” would be quick to point out their nickname was coined 11 years before “Red Sox Nation.”

These passionate football fans are everywhere…

Any guess what team is #3?

See the story in pictures or read the story…

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All David Backes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

SN: From here, it looks like St. Louis has plenty of cap space and a team ready for a big free-agent addition. Are you disappointed by the lack of big moves from the front office this summer?

DB: I think they’re being smart about it. You don’t necessarily want to spend all your money and commit to long-term contracts to someone looking for the highest bidder. … We’re not spending to the cap but now we’ve got that room to add a few other trinkets to the puzzle in the season that other teams don’t have.


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