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Goalie Grades

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

In this week’s rankings, we grade the performances of the goalies so far this season for each team:

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(Last week’s rankings are in parentheses).

1. San Jose Sharks (1): Before getting injured, Evgeni Nabokov was solid, if not quite up to his usual standards. Brian Boucher (7-1-1, .928 save percentage) has been great in a relief role. Grade: B+

2. Boston Bruins (3): Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez have emerged as the league’s best goalie tandem. Grade: A

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Happy Hockey Day!

Today is deadline to receive stories (or links) in for Happy Hockey Day.

Several people that don’t have their own blogs or websites emailed us their tales and you can find them posted on the KK Members Blog:

Anyone who wishes to add their own hockey memories to the KK Member Blog, please do so.

Other websites and blogs around the net have posted their own stories which will all be linked from Paul’s NHL.com blog tomorrow, and I’ll add other links to this post later today.  (But you can still .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) the links to your stories up till 7am ET tomorrow if you wish to be mentioned.)

 

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  Tags: happy+hockey+day, hockey+fans

Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (Dec. 1, 2008)—Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller and St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 30.

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Teams Outworking The Wings

from the blog of Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

There was an interesting development at the morning skate at Joe Louis Arena – while talking about tonight’s game against the Ducks, Mike Babcock threw out a question of his own.
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“Who’s the hardest working team in the National Hockey League?” he said. “Well, in the past I’ve been able to say without any question, here. I don’t think that’s the case right now.”

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Winter Classic TV Spot

For more on the TV commercial, visit this post from earlier today.

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Ex-NHLer ‘Pit’ Martin Feared Dead

from the CP via the Winnipeg Sun,

Quebec provincial police say Hubert (Pit) Martin, a four-time NHL all-star in the 1960s and ’70s, is feared dead after his snowmobile plunged into an icy lake.

Spokeswoman Marie-Josee Ouellet says Martin, 64, was driving the vehicle on Lake Kanasuta in northwestern Quebec on Sunday when the ice cracked and he plunged into the freezing water.

Ouellet says a team of divers will attempt to retrieve Martin’s body today.

She says their efforts are being hampered by inclement weather.

Martin would have turned 65 next week.

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GM Talk

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

So, Brian Burke is finally the GM (and president) of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Here are five things you should know about NHL general managers:

1. One of the reasons we put Ken Holland at the top of our list isn’t because he continues to build Stanley Cup contenders every single season despite drafting in the top 10 about once every two decades….

2. GMs can be a volatile lot. Hey, they’re hockey guys. We remember being in the cramped press box in Detroit during the first round of the 2006 playoffs when Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe raced the length of box to try and get at the NHL officials after a call went against his Oilers. Think gauntlet and you get a sense of Lowe’s path. Lowe’s journey was made even more difficult by the fact he was trying to force out expletives every step of the way.

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Will Kovalchuk Get The Message

via Mike Knobler of Thrashers Blog,

Yes, that’s Ilya Kovalchuk wearing a red sweater today at Thrashers practice, along with Marty Reasoner and Chris Thorburn. The red sweater has been the fourth line sweater all year. Reasoner has been a third-line center, and Thorburn has bounced between the third and fourth lines.

If John Anderson wanted to make a statement, he picked a strong way to make it.

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Canadian University Goalie Suffers Skate To Neck Injury

from the CP via MetroNews,

A university goaltender is in fair condition in a Windsor, Ont., hospital after having his throat accidentally slashed during a game.

Kury Jory, of Brandon, Man., was hurt Saturday while in net for the Brock University Badgers from St. Catharines, Ont., against the Windsor Lancers.

The 21-year-old netminder suffered a severed vein in his neck when he was clipped by a skate during a goalmouth scramble in the third period.

The Badgers say Jory is in full recovery after undergoing surgery and will return to St. Catharines in a few days.

The Canadian Hockey League requires players to wear neck guards, but Canadian Interuniversity Sport does not have a similar requirement.

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Winter Classic - Tune-In

added 11:48am, Thanks to a heads-up from a KK member, you can now watch the video here.


I happened to catch the video last night and was very impressed with it, hopefully it will draw some attention to the game on 1/1/09!  I did try to find it on the web, but no luck so far.

NEW YORK (December 1, 2008) – The National Hockey League (NHL), in collaboration with NBC, CBC and RDS, has released a new tune-in marketing campaign to promote the upcoming NHL Winter Classic™ 2009 game on New Year’s Day at Wrigley Field. The TV spot, backed by the singing of the late, legendary baseball broadcaster Harry Caray and his iconic version of “Take Me Out To the Ball Game,” debuted Sunday in the U.S. on the “NBC Sunday Night Football Game” between the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings. NBC’s Bob Costas narrates the U.S. version. This marks the first time that the League and its rights-holders have worked together to create a universal campaign for a single event.

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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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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