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Captains Needed In Montreal & Toronto

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from TSN,

Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau and Bob Gainey.

George Armstrong, Dave Keon and Darryl Sittler.

These are just some of the names that have been honoured to be captain of two of the most storied franchises in the NHL. But which names will be added to that list for this season.

With the Canadiens and Maple Leafs set to begin the regular season on Thursday, both teams have yet to name a captain. So who would be the leading candidates to take on this all-encompassing responsibility?


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Lang Looks Like A Coyote

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via Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

The Phoenix Coyotes, who open the regular season Saturday in Los Angeles against the Kings, have reached a tentative contract agreement with center Robert Lang, contingent on him passing a physical.

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Let’s Go Old-School Sponsors

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from Jamie Bradburn of the Torontoist,

Source: The Telegram, December 2, 1948.

We can picture it now—a giant, disembodied head floating in the locker room of Maple Leaf Gardens, hovering near his microphone as he interviews battle-scarred hockey players preparing to dazzle the rest of the country with their skills over the airwaves on Saturday night. Interviewees were too focused on the game ahead to notice the lack of a body…

Sportscaster Wes McKnight (1909–1968) began his association with CFRB in 1928. Four years later, a chat with Charlie Conacher of the Leafs launched his long-running Bee Hive–sponsored Saturday night hockey interview series. Players received twenty-five dollars for appearing on the show, which aired before Hockey Night in Canada…

continued with an old time print ad…

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Hey It Is Early, Let’s Talk Hart Trophy Candidates

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from Sam McCaig of The Hockey News,

Here are the top 10 candidates for the Hart Trophy this season: 

9. Henrik Lundqvist, NY Rangers
After being nominated for the Vezina Trophy in each of his first three NHL seasons, Lundqvist didn’t garner top-three support last year. But he still collected one first-place vote and he’s recognized around the league as the reason the Rangers remain relevant. Aside from Niklas Backstrom in Minnesota, there might not be a more important player to his team’s fortunes.
Odds: 30-1

10. Zdeno Chara, Boston
A long shot, seeing as he’d have to rise above last year’s elevated performance. But if Chara and the Bruins come through big again, look for the specimen defenseman to get some Hart support.
Odds: 50-1


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Kings Have Interest In Gretzky

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via Noah Love of the National Post,

Los Angeles Kings general manager hopes he can bring Gretzky back to the place where he left his biggest stamp.

Lombardi told Toronto radio station the FAN 590 on Tuesday that he would like the Great One to come back to the Kings in an advisory capacity.

While nothing has been finalized, Lombardi joked that Gretzky could be the team’s “minister of character.” L.A.‘s young squad will have star veteran leadership for the first time in years this season in Ryan Smyth.


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Armchair Pools- A Single Place For All Of Your Hockey Pools

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KK is happy to announce Armchair Pools as a direct advertiser on Kukla’s Korner.

If you run or are in a hockey pool, you may want to check them out, plus they are offering a free, 3 week trial right now.  Some of the highlights are:

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• Armchair Pools helps you organize your hockey pool with a built in evite feature.  You can invite friends using email addresses and you can invite friends from your Facebook account.  Pool invitations are tracked and as they are accepted, poolies teams are created and added to the pool.
• simple messaging feature that allows you to easily send messages to one or many members of your pool.

• have a single account at Armchair Pools and can view all your pools while logged into this one account.
• can view your pool standings from the web or from your Facebook profile.
• a clean pool standings page that is not cluttered with stats you don’t really care about.  There is also a “full screen” option when viewing pool standings.  This allows you to easily see 30+ teams each with 25+ players all on one screen.

To get all your questions answered, visit this section of Armchair Pools


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Atlanta Working On Contract Deal With Afinogenov

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via the Twitter of Bob McKenzie, Free agent Maxim Afinogenov has earned a spot on the Atlanta Thrashers, who are in the process of getting a contract done.

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Atlanta Thrashers Ready For Some Hockey

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Rob Schremp Claimed By Islanders

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In case you missed multiple reports, Rob Schremp was claimed by the Islanders today.

added 12:32pm, via Katie Strang of Isles Files at Newsday,

“It was something Scott [Gordon] and I talked about yesterday when he was put on waivers,” Islanders general manager Garth Snow said. “For us it’s a situation where we can give a highly-skilled player with great vision on the ice a new opportunity. It’ll be a good change in scenery for him.”

Said Scott Gordon: “He’s got incredible skill.”

“He has the opportunity of a second chance. What he does with it is in his hands.”

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Challenges Face Tavares

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from Damien Cox of the Spin at the Toronto Star,

Five years after announcing the 150-acre Lighthouse Project, Wang still hasn’t seen a shovel in the ground. The scheme would include a new arena, commercial and residential development including a canal and all kinds of goodies, so naturally there are multiple layers of bureaucracy and politics to wade through, just as there would be in the GTA if such a plan were ever proposed.

Wang has complained the process is taking far too long, which is why he has set an unofficial deadline, and why local politicos are balking.

“We don’t tell them when they have to bring in a Stanley Cup,” said one town official quoted in Newsday.

That’s nasty. The once-great Isles have a lease at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum until 2015, but we already know from Phoenix the NHL doesn’t much worry about that stuff.

So into this maelstrom of insolvency and uncertainty goes Tavares. Stamkos had to deal with a lot of on-ice and off-ice issues in Tampa last season and survived, so theoretically so can Tavares.

It won’t be easy. But it helps that not as many people are watching the Islanders as once did.


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