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Happy Thanksgiving From The KK Crew!

For those of you celebrating Thanksgiving, both here in the States and abroad, we wish you a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving.

Please be safe throughout the day and night and do remember to pass the car keys if need be.

I will be around this morning, although maybe a little later than normal and will stick around until 3pm or so, then it is off to dinner with the relatives and friends.

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Ducks Make Moves To Call-Up Backup Goalie

from Chris Foster of the LA Times,

The Ducks find themselves doing a salary-cap tap dance again.

Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere returned to Montreal because of a personal situation unrelated to hockey and will not rejoin the team until Sunday when the Ducks play at Carolina. That left the Ducks needing a backup goaltender for Friday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Honda Center.

Team officials had to move money, and bodies, around. Defenseman Brett Festerling will be sent back to Iowa today to make space under the cap to recall goaltender David Leneveu.

The NHL would have allowed a player exemption for the Ducks, who are at the 23-man limit. But the team is currently only about $400,000 under the NHL’s $56.7-million salary cap. The NHL minimum salary is $475,000.

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  Tags: jean-sebastien+giguere

Early Cup Favorites

from TSN,

With a quarter of the season gone, who is the favourite to win the Stanley Cup?

Bob McKenzie: “I’ll go with the Detroit Red Wings.  Stanley Cup hangover?  What Stanley Cup hangover?  We’re seeing that at the quarter point of the season that the Wings are just as effective as they were during the Stanley Cup playoffs, so I pick them to win the Cup.  Why?  Because we know they’ve done it before, as recently as last spring.”

John Tortorella: “I like the San Jose Sharks.  I said it at the beginning of the year, and I like the pick more after the first quarter.

more questions and answers from the TSN experts…

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Against the Odds

From Sunaya Sapurji at the Toronto Star:

[Gregg] Sutch, the Sarnia Sting’s rookie wrecking ball, was born with what doctors term “severe to profound” hearing loss. He uses a hearing aid in each ear to help amplify sound, but finds that once he’s on the ice his biggest asset is his finely honed hockey sense.

“I’ve learned to be a better hockey player,” says the affable 16-year-old. “To play this game you have to keep your head up and know what’s going on at all times. Because of my hearing impairment I’m not able to rely on the people who are around me. I’ve got to know myself where they are (on ice).”

Making an Ontario Hockey League roster in itself is difficult, but for Sutch to have accomplished his success with a hearing impairment is even rarer still.

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  Tags: gregg+sutch, ohl, ontario+hockey+league

Bep Guidolin—Youngest Player to Ever Skate in the NHL—Dies

From the CP via TSN:

Armand (Bep) Guidolin, who at 16 became the youngest player to skate in an NHL game and later went on to coach Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr, has died. He was 82.  Guidolin died Monday at a Barrie hospital, according to his family.

Guidolin, who was born in Thorold, Ont., made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins on Nov. 12, 1942, at the age of 16 years 11 months, becoming the league’s youngest player ever. The Bruins desperately needed his help to fill holes left by players who were serving in the Second World War.

He went on to play nine seasons in the NHL, recording 107 goals and 171 assists in 519 games with Boston, Detroit and Chicago.

more at TSN and his story at Legends of Hockey

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Team Yashin vs Team Jagr

From Canwest via the Ottawa Citizen:

The inaugural Continental Hockey League All-Star Game will have an NHL ring to it.

The KHL announced on its website that the all-star game - which will be played outdoors at Moscow’s Red Square on Jan. 11 - will pit “Yashin Team” vs. “Jagr Team.”

The Yashin Team, headed by former Ottawa Senator and New York Islander Alexei Yashin, will feature players from Russia and former Soviet republics. Jagr Team, headed by former Pittsburgh Penguins great Jaromir Jagr, will be made up of non-Russian players.

The format was decided by fan voting on the KHL website. The KHL announced Wednesday that 50.13 per cent of voters favoured the Yashin vs. Jagr format, while 49.87 per cent favoured a more tradition West vs. East format.

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Pick 12

With 24 teams in action tonight, let’s see how smart you are.

Pick the winner of every game for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to IceJerseys.com.

Anyone who enters will also be included in a random drawing for a $25 gift certificate to IceJerseys.com.

So, all I need from you is this- In the comment area, list only the winner of each game tonight.  Also, we need a tie-breaker so give me the total goals scored tonight.

The $50 gift certificate will be awarded to the person who selected the most total wins.  If there is a tie for wins, we go to the tie-breaker and if a tie still exists, a random drawing will be held between the people who met the previous criteria.

You need to be a KK member (free registration) in order to be eligible for the prizes and your submission must be time-stamped no later than 6:45pm ET tonight.

Tonight’s schedule is listed below and good luck.

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Quit Whining About All-Star Voting

From Scott Morrison at CBC:

The league will still make sure that best players are represented in the game. Chances are at least a couple of those Canadiens would make it any way.

It’s curious that a game, the all-star game, that is annually mocked and criticized for what it is, can muster so much emotion from people.

There is, of course, a simple way to solve the problem, or at least attempt to solve the problem. Turn on the computer and vote. Often.

Otherwise take a valium.

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  Tags: all+star+game, asg

Nationality in the NHL

From James Mirtle at From the Rink:

Make no mistake, with a decreasing number of Russians, Eastern Europeans and even Canadians in the league, the NHL is becoming more and more American. I remember running these numbers 10 years ago and Canada came in around the high 50s and the American representation would be about 11 or 12 per cent.

European players make up 27.3 per cent of the NHL this season, which I’ll bet is a bit lower than many expect.

read on for more analysis plus stats and charts

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Those Who Should be Thankful

From Lyle Richardson (Spector) at Fox Sports,

In the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend, here’s a list of several notable folks in the NHL and what they have to be thankful for this season.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: That the current economic crisis began in September rather than earlier in the year. Almost all of the season tickets — the league’s lifeblood — were sold over the summer, avoiding a potentially devastating effect upon league revenues this season.

Former Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke: He has to be thankful the Toronto Maple Leafs are so desperate to sign him as their new team president and general manager. They’re reportedly about to make him one of the league’s highest paid executives.

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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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