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KK- RSS Feed Issue From The KKHockey Blog

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The last two days feeds were not working for the KK Hockey section.  It has been resolved and was a FeedBurner Issue.

The feeds were showing up but when you clicked or hovered over the link, you got this before the actual link… h**p://feedproxy.google.com/~r/

In case it happens to anyone else, this resolved the issue….

From your FeedBurner account, navigate to the Analyze tab for your feed and select “Configure Stats.”
Disable all of the checkboxes and save it.
Now the links should work again.

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The Fight For The Playoffs Start Early

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from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Who will emerge? That’s where the intrigue lies. Last year, the Columbus Blue Jackets (currently seventh overall at 10-6-2) made it for the first time and the so-far disappointing St. Louis Blues (6-8-4) put together a second half that catapulted them from last to sixth. Maybe this time, the L.A. Kings (12-7-2) will continue their fine early-season play and be there as a fresh entry. It’s also possible that the Anaheim Ducks, presently occupying the conference basement, won’t find their stride and will stay mired on the outside looking in.

The top five may be easier to spot with only a quarter of the work done, but figuring out seeds six through 15 is going to take the whole schedule.

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Report- Forsberg Staying In Europe

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via Sportsnet,

Former Hart Trophy winner Peter Forsberg informed Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis that he will remain in Sweden this season and not attempt another comeback in the NHL.

Gillis confirmed the news after speaking with Forsberg on Monday morning. On February 25, 2008, Forsberg signed a contract with the Colorado Avalanche for the remainder of the season, but played in just nine games due to a groin injury.

Forsberg will play the remainder of the season in Sweden with league club MoDo.

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How About Now

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

The Oilers had three days off, and blew a lead Sunday to an Atlanta club playing its third game in four days. Edmonton lost, 3-2.

“We got the lead, and we have to be able to finish a team off ... we have to be a lot hungrier,” Shawn Horcoff said.

How long have you been hearing that one, Oil fan? Pat Quinn is getting sick of it already, with his team a quarter of the way through the season and on pace for just 72 points.

“We (have) a lot of nights where we’re saying if, and, but and when,” Quinn said.

more on the Oilers plus other topics…

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Talking With Gretzky

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

I wanted to bounce a couple of rumours off Gretzky while I was at it. One - that he might be interested in getting involved in a second Toronto-based NHL team that would operate out of Vaughan in the north end of city.

“Nothing to it,” he said, although he mentioned that he played hockey Sunday nights for the Vaughan Nationals on the same team as Bill Kitchen, brother of former NHLer Mike Kitchen.

Another idea making the rounds: That Hockey Canada will ask him to coach at the 2010 world championships this spring, post-Olympics. So far, they haven’t contacted him about the opportunity, but he didn’t rule it out either. Gretzky did note that he’d played golf for a couple of days in California with former Oilers teammate Craig MacTavish, who will coach Canada’s entry in the Spengler Cup over Christmas. Gretzky put himself in the same category as MacTavish - of a coach currently between jobs but looking eventually to get back in.


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  Tags: wayne+gretzky

Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (November 16, 2009)—Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg, Atlanta Thrashers left wing Ilya Kovalchuk and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Nov. 15.

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Only One Winter Classic Game

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from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

Creating revenue streams for the league and teams is important, particularly in these trying days of disappearing sponsorship dollars. But just adding games won’t necessarily add extra dollars, but it will dilute what has already been created.

That means play one game – and one game only - on Jan. 1.

There are forces within the league that would like one, two, maybe even three more games. And it’s not just the “New York office” wanting these things. It’s no secret that Montreal wanted to host a game at Olympic Stadium. And there was a lot of discussion of a Toronto-Calgary game at McMahon Stadium. But the league and the teams have to show some level of composure and realize what is best for the game.

And what is best for the game is just one game on Jan. 1.


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Follow The Rule Book

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from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

Very little of what Mike Milbury says makes sense to me, but he was right about one thing on Saturday night.

  The NHL does not need new rules to address the worst of the head shots – the predatory, blindside attacks.

  “The rules are already in place,” he said on Hockey Night In Canada. “There’s enough power for Colin Campbell to make a change.”

  Not said by Milbury is that Campbell, the NHL’s senior vice-president in charge of discipline, won’t do anything.


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Injuries And Short Summers

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One problem that can derail a team is injuries.  When several core players get hurt simultaneously, it is very hard for a team to continue to compete at their expected level.  Predictably, some of the more injured teams this season have been the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings.  These are the two teams that have competed in the Stanley Cup finals in each of the last two years and have thus had the shortest summers.  Short summers lead to less time to recover from the long NHL season and less time for recurring injuries to get better.

Detroit started off the season with a rash of injuries.  Johan Franzen had knee surgery very early in the season.  Valtteri Filppula has a broken wrist.  Andreas Lilja has missed the entire season so far recovering from a concussion suffered last year.  To make matters worse, free agent signee Jason Williams has a broken leg.  In October, Detroit seemed to be the team most affected by injuries, though they have recovered from a relatively slow start.  Detroit has won seven of their last ten games (including three straight) and currently hold down sixth seed in the West Conference.

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Ducks Dealing With Criticism

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from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Ducks general manager Bob Murray, his team mired in a rut that has seen it lose nine of 12 games and fall to the bottom of the Western Conference, lashed out Thursday to light a fire under his underachieving squad.

How did they react to Murray’s comments that “it’s about time some of these people prove that they’re good hockey players” and that he doesn’t think they’re serious enough about playing the game?

It depends on who you ask.

“It’s the first I heard of it,” center Ryan Getzlaf said Saturday night after a 7-4 loss to Detroit. “I don’t read anything anyways. I’ve haven’t been here that long, but I’ve been here long enough not to read stuff.”

Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer also claimed to not know of Murray’s tongue-lashing. But when he was made aware, Niedermayer did not have any problem with the team taking the brunt of the criticism for their 6-9-3 start.

“Rightly so,” Niedermayer said. “We feel the same way. The coaching staff probably feels the same way. We feel we need to be playing better. Tonight (Saturday) we didn’t do it again for as long as you’re supposed to and we paid the price for it.

“We all probably have that same opinion.”


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