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More Of The Same

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from Daniel I. Dorfman of the Northwest Herald,

This year was supposed to be a fresh start for the Blackhawks and a chance to emerge from a decade-long doldrums.
But 2006-07 appears to be more of the same. Unless something truly dramatic happens in the second half, it will be another year without postseason play.
The Hawks stagger into the All-Star break having lost nine in a row and 12 of 13. With 41 points, they are 13 points out of the final playoff position. Conversely, they are tied for 13th position in the Western Conference, three points out of the cellar. After 48 games last year, the Hawks were 16-26-6 with 38 points.
The struggles can be traced to several areas.

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Campbell’s Climb To All-Star Status

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from the Democrat and Chronicle,

The question is being asked over and over wherever Buffalo Sabres hockey is discussed.
Just 14 months ago, could you have ever imagined Brian Campbell starting on defense in the NHL All-Star Game?
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff is asked the question outside the team’s HSBC Arena dressing room.
“No. Easy answer. No,” Ruff said.
At the Ed and Lorna Campbell house in Strathroy, Ontario, Mom and Dad ask each other the question.
“No,” they say. No way.

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Bettman Can Control NHL Schedule Change

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The only news of any consequence that may come out of the NHL’s All-Star festivities won’t happen until Tuesday’s much-anticipated board of governors meeting which will, once again, address the possibility of a scheduling change. In the past week, the league gathered feedback from its 30 clubs on three revised schedules that could be introduced for next season and the sentiment for change remains high among 22 or 23 of the league’s 30 clubs.

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Attention Versus: Clean Up Your NHL Forum

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A KK reader emailed me last week and pointed out the pure filth and garbage that has spammed the NHL Forum at the Versus website.
I contacted Versus by phone and email to alert them of this problem. 
As of this morning, nothing has been done about it and I do see the Forum is un-moderated.  Perhaps they should just shut it down….

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The Flame-Breathing Buck Crest

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from the Calgary Sun,

As the future of NHL jerseys is unveiled in Dallas today, fans can say their fond farewells to one of the old Calgary Flames silks.
While it hasn’t been officially retired, the team’s alternate jersey—the black version featuring a flame-breathing buck crest—is no longer being manufactured.
You won’t find it for sale at the FanAttic, the team’s official store, and the Flames have yet to pull on the sweater this season.
It’s not expected they’ll do so anytime soon, either, although Flames president and CEO Ken King suggests the design still exists as an option.

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Whatever Larry Wants…

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

I want the people running the Rangers to decide what’s best for the Rangers; not the person who runs Hartford. (Is it better for the Rangers organization or is it better for the 2006-07 Wolf Pack to have Hugh Jessiman playing in the ECHL right now?).
I want Renney this week to make personnel evaluations based on the best interests of the Rangers. And in conjunction with Renney’s visits to Wolf Pack practices, I want Sather to use waivers to cut the safety net of veterans the head coach has used as a security blanket right out from under him.
I want to see two or three fresh faces - Brandon Dubinsky, and maybe Ryan Callahan, maybe Lauri Korpikoski, maybe Dane Byers, maybe Nigel Dawes - when the Rangers reconvene Thursday.

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Vokoun #1

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via the Tennessean,

Predators Coach Barry Trotz said Tomas Vokoun remains the team’s top goalie heading into the NHL All-Star break.
“Tomas is the No. 1 goalie, plain and simple,’’ Trotz said. “We’ve just got to get the rust off him like we would with anyone coming back. I’m actually the luckiest coach in the league to have two guys who can step up like that.”

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KK- Shopping Begins Again

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If you have been a regular reader of KK and been around for some time, you know I created a KK Shopping section.
My intention was to update date it on a regular basis, but sometimes intentions go “bad”.  To be truthful, I simply did not have enough hours in the day to maintain it.
But in the last week or so, I have been updating that section on a regular basis and will continue to do so.
As many of you know, I only ask that if you have an interest in the products or services offered by any of the advertisers you see throughout the KK Sections, to please consider taking advantage of those offers.
KK will never ask for donations and the bloggers here are very determined to continue growing.

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Blues On The Comeback Trail

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from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

In the NHL, it is possible to go from dead-in-the-water to a playoff team in a few months. Things change that quickly in a league that has seen a hard salary cap narrow the gap between the top and the bottom.
The Blues have suffered through an 11-game losing streak that led to a coaching change. They trail Minnesota by eight points for the final playoff spot in the West.
Given those circumstances, the NHL should give the Blues permission to print playoff tickets any day now.

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Khan(!)‘s State Of The Game

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

DD Captain Ansar Khan(!) has posted his written testimony regarding the state of the league, and finds it wanting. He's got the usual suggestions: bigger nets, more physical play and, yes, a heaping plate of humble pie in the form of a return to ESPN.

Both sides have the option of terminating the deal after this season, and many believe the NHL should go back to ESPN, feeling whatever the league loses in revenue it will recoup in exposure and credibility.
Designated Wing loose cannon Jimmy Devellano disagrees, which is completely insane.
"I'd rather be on a network that cares about our league,'' he said. "On ESPN, you didn't know if games were on ESPN or ESPN2, at 7:30 or 10:30 or on what day of the week.''
To put it mildly, that may be one of the stupidest statements I've ever read. You don't know when the games are on, Jimmy? Well, the games played in the eastern time zone start at 7 or 7:30, the western at 10 or 10:30. Don't know what day of the week, check the schedule. OLN/VS is a disaster. A frigging disaster and a joke. It's a USFL-sized example of how far the league has fallen. It's time to suck it up, take our medicine and get back to The Network.

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