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Gone Before He Came

from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

Brian Burke? Hates European players.

“Really, the league is pretty 50-50 these days, there’s so many Europeans,” the player said, shaking his head when asked about Burke’s reputation. “I don’t think there is that mindset any more. Not really. There are certain jobs and roles that appeal to certain types of players, but I think that’s the same whether the guy’s a Canadian or a Euro.”

The player paused. “I don’t think people view it that way any more … although, I don’t know that for sure.”

An hour or so later, Alexander Steen — the player talking — was traded by the Maple Leafs to the St. Louis Blues

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What Happened To Dallas

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Welcome to the Stars, where the harder the team digs in, the deeper the hole gets.

At some point in the transition from Western Conference finalist to NHL doormat, the Stars probably got too cocky.

Management probably looked too hard at taking the next step and adding the piece that would “beat Detroit.”

Players probably believed too much in the hype that they were Stanley Cup contenders and felt the magic would instantly return once they hit the ice.

Coaches probably trusted the players too much and allowed them to skate through a lackadaisical preseason.

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Half Way Throught Road Trip, Can Chicago Sweep

from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Is it being a little too greedy to think the Hawks can go 6-0 on this road trip?

Wednesday’s game in San Jose won’t be easy, but the Sharks can be beat and the Hawks almost did it last week at the United Center. The Hawks led 5-4 going to the third period then took a couple dumb penalties and wound up losing 6-5.

It’s on to Anaheim Friday and the Ducks aren’t anywhere near as good as they were when they won the Stanley Cup.

The Hawks close the trip Saturday at Los Angeles against an improved, but nothing special Kings team.

The way Khabibulin is playing and the way the Hawks have shown they can score goals, there’s not a game on the schedule they can’t win.

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Is Icing Needed

from Razor With An Edge,

...I think the game could do without an icing rule all together and here’s why:

  1. The modern NHL goaltender can handle the puck every bit as deftly as a defenseman so pucks sent down the ice to relieve pressure should merely be played and transitioned by the goalies. Take a look at how strong puckhandling goalies like Marty Turco trap teams who “ice” the puck during penalty killing situations, which is allowed. Same thing could be employed throughout the game if teams mindlessly fired the puck the length of the ice in an attempt to change players.

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Your NHL ASG Starting Lineup

From an NHL press release today:

If the puck were dropped today, the first shift of the 57th NHL All-Star Game would look a lot like a Montreal Canadiens home game—or a latter-day version of the early All-Star games that pitted the defending Stanley Cup champs (often the Canadiens) against a team of luminaries from the rest of the League.

One major difference: Should current voting trends ultimately prevail, the Canadiens would become the first team in the history of NHL All-Star fan balloting to ice an entire starting lineup when the NHL All-Star Game faces off in Montreal’s Bell Centre Jan 25.

So the current starting lineup is: Alex Kovalev, Saku Koivu, Alex Tanguay, Andrei Markov, Mike Komisarek and Carey Price.

Below is the complete list of Eastern Conference nominees and their current voting numbers:

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You Should Be Rooting For Claude Lemieux

from Eric McErlain at the Sporting News,

Then again, an organization can’t ever have enough good players, which is probably why Wilson and the Sharks might be willing to take a chance on perennial pest and post-season hero Claude Lemieux….

While we’re only about a quarter of the way through the regular season, it’s very probable that the Red Wings and Sharks stand in one another’s way on the path to the Stanley Cup Finals. Throwing Lemieux into that mix in a playoff series could only make a potentially titanic clash all the more epic.

I’m rooting for Lemieux and you should be too.

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There’s Potvin

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Felix Potvin jumped on the ice for a mid-morning practice, but noticeably absent were the goalie skates.

“They’re long gone,” he said.

Four and a half years after Potvin made his last NHL start and slipped away without any fanfare, we found him on the ice at the Arena de Magog, a classic, throwback rink that, with its wooden seats, could have easily been a stand-in for a “Slap Shot” remake.

You see, The Cat is now The Coach, an assistant for the Midget AAA team, les Cantonniers de Magog.

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Bad State Of Sports

from Nathan Sandals of Slap Shot at the NYT,

The state of Michigan already had its fair share of lackluster sports teams: the winless Lions, the 3-9 Wolverines football team and the disappointing Tigers to name a few. But now the college hockey season has added a couple more unpleasant surprises to the rolls.

The hockey version of the Wolverines and their counterparts at Michigan State went a combined 0-4 in C.C.H.A. action over the weekend, dropping them into the mediocre middle of the conference. It was the first time the teams were swept on the same weekend since Nov. 28-29, 2003.

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Remember The Floor When Talking Trades

from NYI Point Blank,

For the 2008-09 season the NHL salary cap is $56.7 million. A less-heralded fact is that teams must meet a minimum player payroll - the salary cap “floor” - of $40.7 million. While it is unclear to the penny how much the Islanders are currently above the floor, a league source estimated the figure at $2 million.

Since Mike Comrie (’08-09 salary: $4 million) began the season slowly and is now on Injured Reserve while the team gives his surgically-repaired hip more time to heal, the point may be moot. But for fans wondering if the Islanders could trade the No. 2 center for a prospect or a draft pick, the answer is clear.

Even if the Islanders wanted to move Comrie for a pick, they could not right now. In just about any major deal the Islanders make, they will need to bring back approximately equal (or more) dollars in salary than they unload.

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Challenging All Hockey Fans

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

On Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, I unofficially proclaim that day be one of Happy Hockey Talk.

I want to read on that day, and hopefully others will agree with me, only good things about the game of hockey. I feel it is time let the sporting world in on our little secret, the game of hockey is good, really good.

imageCan I pull this off? Only with your help. First off, to all the bloggers and main stream media (MSM) types who are reading this, I ask you post, online, a positive hockey story on Monday.  It doesn’t matter if the story is about the NHL, the AHL or four kids playing shinny on a frozen pond.  Just write it and make sure to let me know about it by emailing me at pk@kuklaskorner.com.

To those of you who would like to participate, but don’t have a blog or a way to publish the story, fear not, just email me your Happy Hockey Talk story and I will find a way for people to read it.

I plan to point to all the hockey stories I receive notice about and also discover on my own next Monday. If all goes well, my [NHL.com] blog next Tuesday will be one filled with hundreds of links filled with wonderful hockey stories.

For more information, check out NHL.com.
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*image credit to hockeydogs.com

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About Kukla's Korner Hockey

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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