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Back In Denver

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

Al Pacino told me to never be a name-dropper, but I would return to Denver in 2002 and 2003 to host Joe Sakic’s charity golf tournament, and in 2004 to play in Peter Forsberg’s charity golf event. Then the lockout hit, and all of our worlds changed forever. It hasn’t been the same since. I hadn’t been back to Denver until Thursday.

Of course, the reason I was returning to Denver was hockey-related. I was hosting the 2008 United States Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. And what a class it was: Brett Hull, Brian Leetch, Mike Richter and Cammi Granato. Granato was the first woman to be inducted into the U.S. Hall.

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Sometimes An Honest Captain Doesn’t Work

from Rich Chere at NJ.com,

“It was a tremendous honor because my personality doesn’t necessarily fit to that position,” (Bobby) Holik said. “It didn’t change me. It’s something I value very highly as far as my career goes, but as the season went on I realized I’m not captain material because sometimes you have to be more politically correct or get along with people. Or not be too honest, because I feel you have to kind of keep the peace.

“I guess I’m just too blunt about some things. Or too honest. You’d think that would be a strength or a good thing about a captain, but not the way I am, I guess, sometimes. At least I don’t think it worked out that well there.”

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Martinek Out With Upper-Body Injury

Islanders lose Radek Martinek for 4-6 weeks with upper-body injury.

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Wings Visit The White House

Snapshot at Mlive points out…

WJBK Fox 2 Detroit will webcast the Red Wings’ visit to the White House today, starting at 2:30 PM.

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added 2:52pm, webcast is over.

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Kozlov Out With Leg Injury

via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Viktor Kozlov could miss two weeks with an undisclosed left leg injury, General Manager George McPhee said moments again. Kozlov appeared to injure his knee when he was hit along the boards by Rob Davison in the second period of last night’s 5-1 win over Vancouver.

“We suspect it will be a couple of weeks,” McPhee said. “But we’ll know more in a couple of weeks.”

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TSN Opening

Behind the scenes look at opening of TSN’s hockey broadcasts.

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No Reason To Panic

So your team is on a two game losing streak, goaltending looks bad or the offense is non-existent.

No need to panic yet, read more at my NHL.com blog today.

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Getting The Stars Out Of Their Funk

from Razor With An Edge,

So what would Razor do to snap them out of their little funk?

Good Cop nurturing.

And

Bad Cop fanny kicking.

Good Cop wants to let them work through this, allow the leaders to grab ahold of the group and demand more.

Bad Cop wants to spark a flame thrower and singe some fuzzy arse hairs.

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Just Wrong About Cherepanov

from Gare Joyce at Sportsnet,

They took satisfaction and considered themselves validated when Brandon Sutter, Colton Gillies and Milan Lucic ran Cherepanov and the Canadians knocked out him out of the Summit Series in the summer of ’07. Cherepanov had a concussion. Sutter had his own diagnosis: “He’s a pretty soft player and when you hit him, he doesn’t like it.”

They said that he stayed in Russia instead of coming over to the NHL because the Summit Series put a scare into him. One account: “The alleged Russian star maybe never want to go anywhere near the New York Rangers, where [sic] he’ll have to face those big hitters in the NHL.”

At best, they’re xenophobic stereotypes. At worst, slander. Maybe they’ll be cleaned up in remembrances and tributes. Maybe they’ll be given an extra layer of veils.

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Can The Flames Find Their Game Again

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

The disheartening thing that comes off the Game 2 loss is that the Flames were at home and that they tried hard, and they still didn’t look all that better than they did in Game One or than they did last season.

In many ways, they looked the same, a fact that did not go unnoticed by Flames captain Jarome Iginla.

“There were many good things out there, but we obviously had some breakdowns,” he said. “Again.”

It’s that one-word, “again”, that seems to accurately size up the plight of the Flames in this early going.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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