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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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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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Devils Take To The Road

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Record,

They’ve moved out of Continental Arena and can’t move into Prudential Center until Oct. 27. That’s forcing them to travel for all six of their preseason games and open the regular season with nine consecutive road games.

This might be Brent Sutter’s biggest challenge in his first month as an NHL head coach. A team could dig itself a significant hole while trying to find its identity during those first three weeks of the season.

“It will be a different experience definitely going on the road for the first nine games,” Jay Pandolfo said. “You’ve got to learn to win on the road right away.”

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The Class of ‘89

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Just saw an ad for some sort of cheesy melt thing now offered at a big-named Mexican food franchise.  The slow-mo imagery of cheddar cheese inspired me to post instead of continue to flip between MSU/Domers and UM/Penn State. 

Larry Wigge’s written a nifty little diddy on Dallas Drake and mentions the Wing draft class of ‘89: an amazing effort.  Lidstrom, Konstantinov, Fedorov, Bob Boughner, Mike Sillinger and Drake.  Think about that:  if not for Konstantinov’s misfortune in June of 2007, you’d probably be looking at three hall of famers drafted by one team in one year. 

Plenty of good quotes in Wigge’s story from former teammates and opponents.  Makes me wish we’d picked him up three years ago when I started whining about it.

”Players often ask you if you caught the license plate on that truck after you get plastered into the boards,” Foote said. “When you play against Dallas Drake, you have that license plate memorized. You expect to be pounded by him. Not a more fierce and honest competitor in the game.’‘

This guy’s going to win some fans in Detroit..quickly.

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  Tags: drake, fedorov, konstantinov, lidstrom

More On Center Ice Online

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Thought I’d log on to the NHL Video Portal, just for fun.  Watched the highlights of the San Jose series, which made me warm.  Then clicked on “Center Ice” to see if the Wings game was going to be offered tonight.  Ran into some problems in that a registration screen popped up. Filled it out, even though I’d done that previously.  Then I got the option of the early bird special for $149 or the free preview.  Selected free preview and got some sort of error code 500, which prevented me from going any further.

Called the customer service and actually spoke with someone who said “eh” and had a decidedly Canadian accent.  The guy told me that they’re having “issues” with the interface right now and that if the problem isn’t solved soon they’re going to do a work-around to make sure all the games scheduled for tonight (including the Wings) will be available.

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Last Year Out - This Year In?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,

Instead, let’s take a skate down the path less Zamboni-ed and look at the chances of last year’s also-rans in 2007-08. In other words, which teams that missed the playoffs last year are ready to rise up and make a post-season charge this time around?

Here, in order of their likelihood to rebound, is a look at last season’s non-playoff teams in the Eastern Conference:

Carolina

The Hurricanes missed the playoffs in 2007 with virtually the same lineup that won the Stanley Cup in 2006. The Canes also have a history of alternating good seasons and poor seasons.

read on... Bruins fans, don’t read…

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Minnesota Twins Justin Morneau Makes NHL2K8

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Star Tribune,

Twins first baseman Justin Morneau thought it was pretty cool getting picked for the cover of a baseball video game, but now things have reached a whole new level.

Morneau is featured as a goaltender in 2K Sports’ latest release, “NHL2K8.”

Morneau, a New Westminster, British Columbia, native who played junior hockey in Canada before signing with the Twins, is wearing blue and green Vancouver Canucks gear in the hockey game, though he’s listed as a free agent.  “My buddies at home are going to be more excited about that than being on the cover of the baseball game,” said Morneau, who is pictured in his Twins uniform swinging a bat for 2K Sports’ “The Bigs.”

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The QMJHL’s 10 Best of All Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Willy Palov at The Chronicle Herald,

During its first 37 years, the QMJHL has produced countless stars.
With the 2007-08 season just under way, here’s a look at the 10 best players ever to play in the league.

1. Mario Lemieux, C, (Laval Voisins, 1981-82) — Scored an incredible 282 points in 70 games to set a league record that is likely never to be broken.

continued… (*check out the entire list at the link)

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