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Two Americans Leading The Leafs

from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

You can bet that fans will be talking coast to coast about Burke’s rumored six-year, $18 million salary. They will surely go deep into the speculation as regards exactly how much control he received from the historically meddlesome management there….

Me, I’ll be wondering how all of Canada will deal with the fact that Canada’s team—and love or hate the Leafs, that’s what they are—is now being managed and coached by a pair of Americans.

I know we’re dancing around a touchy issue here, but my intent is not to deal in cultural stereotyping and bigotry. I’ve spent more than half my working life in Canada. I love the country and its people. The only point I’m making here is that hockey—at least from a Canadian perspective—is Canada’s game.

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Looking At The Playoff Picture In The East

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

As it stands, the Rangers, Bruins, Capitals, Penguins, Devils and Flyers appear to be a lock to participate in the post-season. The Hurricanes currently sit in the eighth and final playoff spot, with a mere 59 games remaining in the regular season, but they are the most likely candidate to fall from grace with one of either the Sabres or Senators overtaking them.

Of course the reality of the situation is any of the bottom feeders could miraculously turn things around and salvage their season.

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Watching & Talking Burke

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Just how Burke goes about getting the Leafs on the winning track will be the most compelling part of watching the new regime operate — who stays and who goes among players and front-office staff.

However, it will be interesting to see how Burke handles the communication demands in a market that’s unlike any he’s ever worked in before; and in an era with more information sources than ever before.

Burke’s never been afraid to try new things. The year his Ducks won the Stanley Cup, he wrote a trading-deadline diary for USA Today that was astonishingly good reading. Even if only referenced players who were actually traded (so as not to compromise the relationship between teams and players who were talked about, but not moved), his candor wasn’t especially well-received by every member of the general manager’s fraternity.

more plus many other NHL topics…

Update 3:19pm ET: (Alanah) Just a note… if you scroll to the bottom of Duhatschek’s article, you’ll see a note about HHOF broadcaster Jiggs McDonald being trapped in Bangkok along with many other Canadians. For more info on that and how their family and many others need help, you can check out this post I put up earlier as well.

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Deadline Monday: Your Best Hockey Stories

Last Tuesday, Paul Kukla’s NHL.com blog invited readers, bloggers and all media to share their favorite personal hockey memory. The hope is to create a list of links at NHL.com on Tuesday, directing hockey fans to all those stories.

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  • To those readers who don’t have a blog or website you can .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) directly and we’ll be sure to publish all them on the KK Member Blog by Monday. (Thank you to all of you who’ve already sent them in. Everyone else, keep ‘em coming!)
  • To all other blogs and websites that post their own stories be sure to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) the links to your sites and Paul will post those links at NHL.com as well.  (You can also add those links to the comments of this post, if you want.)

More details here.  Hopefully by Tuesday we’ll all have a nice list of personal hockey tales linked at NHL.com that everyone can enjoy.

P.S. A big thank you to everyone that’s taking part and also helping promote this on their own sites. It’s greatly appreciated. smile

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  Tags: bloggers, hockey+fans, hockey+stories

Performance Of The New Guys

from Spector at Fox Sports,

With the NHL’s 2008-09 season past the quarter pole, it’s time to see how well last summer’s notable unrestricted free agents are performing for their new teams.

Worth the money

Marian Hossa: One of last summer’s most expensive signings ($7.45 million for this season), Hossa has proven to be worth every penny for the Detroit Red Wings, leading them in goals (11) and points (24).

Rob Blake: Considered washed up when he signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the San Jose Sharks, Blake is enjoying a career renaissance with 18 points in 23 games.

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Oilers GM Still Has Faith In Team

from the CP via TSN,

“We still have faith in this group,” Tambellini said. “We have a big weekend coming up. We can have a solid weekend here. We need a strong effort against St. Louis, no question.”...

“The players have to produce,” Tambellini said. “They have to play regardless of system or pressure, whatever the situation is. That’s their job.

“We’re working hard. We’re under-achieving in some areas as far as the offensive output, but I think everyone would agree there is enough skill on this hockey team to be a good offensive team.”

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Talking Blackhawks

from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

The Register checked in with longtime Blackhawks beat writer Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald before Chicago came to Honda Center on Friday….

Q: Speaking of goaltending, Nikolai Khabibulin (above) has recently taken over the No.1 spot after he split time with Cristobal Huet, who was brought in during the offseason for $5.62 million. Is the goalie controversy settled or is this going to be a season-long issue?

A: It’s messy. That might be the best way to put it. When they signed Huet on July 1, it shocked everyone. Nobody saw that coming.  As long as they couldn’t get rid of (Khabibulin), he’s been playing great … now they’re backed into a corner. You can’t trade him and you’ve got a $5 million goalie sitting on the bench

They’re just going to ride it out and see how long they can go this way.

more on the Blackhawks…

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Oilers Need Goals

from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

Despite seemingly trying everything to light a fire under his team’s butt - to little success - the Edmonton Oilers head coach still believes he can get through to his squad.

“When you go through phases like this, you’re never out of ideas on how to improve your team,” MacTavish said. “The answers are right there.

“It’s like going to university and going through an open-book exam, all you have to do is open your eyes and see what the issues are. Then you come to the rink with a game plan. So there is never a shortage of ideas that you can forward to your team and to your players.”

Currently the issue at hand is the inability to score.

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Briere Close To Return

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

But if you don’t see Briere in the lineup today for the Flyers’ 1 p.m. matinee against the Carolina Hurricanes, it’s because Flyers coach John Stevens wants to be absolutely certain his star center is completely healed from the left groin strain that has sidelined him for seven games.

“Danny’s feeling better, but I’d say he is doubtful for (today),” Stevens said Thursday after putting his team through a brief on-ice workout. “We need to be careful here. He thinks he can play, but we don’t want him to feel any hesitation.”

With a game Saturday night in Toronto against the Maple Leafs, Stevens sounded hesitant to pencil Briere into today’s lineup.

“There’s the concern of a little fatigue, and we don’t want to make him susceptible to reinjury,” Stevens said. “These athletes are real competitive, and sometimes it’s our job to hold them back for their own good.”

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David Frost Verdict Delivered Today

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

In what may have been the most poignant and dramatic moment in the sexual exploitation trial of David Frost, defence attorney Marie Henein aggressively and sarcastically attacked the credibility of key witness Kristy Boyer.

“We know there were threesomes with Mr. Frost in Deseronto,” Henein questioned in cross examination, “Because you say so?”

But a shaking and clearly upset Boyer maintained her composure, stared at Henein and whispered cryptically: “Because I know so.”

When everything else is stripped away, this is the essence of the case against Frost, the former hockey coach, who faces four charges of sexual exploitation involving teenaged hockey players.

The verdict in this case will be delivered today by Justice Geoffrey Griffin in a Napanee courtroom.

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update 12:49pm, Frost found not guilty on four counts.

added 12:53pm, from Sportsnet,

Notorious former agent and coach David Frost was found not guilty on four charges of sexual exploitation involving minors in a Napanee, ON, courtroom on Friday.

In his ruling, Judge Geoff Griffin stated that the Crown did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the alleged offences occurred.

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added 3:35pm, Watch a CBC video on the ruling below…

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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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