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No Off Day For The Lightning

from Bolts Report,

In hockey terms, what Barry Melrose put the team through is what’s called a bag skate (so called because players skate until their bags fall off).

There was very little pucks used through the 45-minute, except for some early drills and battle drills. The rest of the time it was guys skating back and forth from line to line.

“The message is pretty clear, if you’re not going to work at night you are going to work during the day,” Melrose said.

I’ve never experienced what the players go through on practices like this, but it sure doesn’t look fun. But Ryan Malone did his best to keep up a good attitude during the whole thing.

“You have to or else its going to feel like it will last longer than it does,” Malone said.

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Winner of the Hall of Fame Contest

A couple weeks ago we invited registered members of Kukla’s Korner to enter our Hockey Hall of Fame Contest to win 4 tickets to the Legends Classic game on November 9th, plus 4 more tickets to visit the HHOF itself. 
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The contest closed last week and so it’s high time we announced the winner, chosen by a random draw:  MrGordy.

Congratulations!

Our sincere thanks to the Hockey Hall of Fame for providing such a great prize. Anyone else wanting to attend that game or any of the other events being celebrated in Toronto in November, hit this link for more information.

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  Tags: canadiens+centenniel, hhof, hockey+hall+of+fame, legends+classic

Report- Franzen Out 3-4 Weeks

from TSN,

Johan Franzen of the Detroit Red Wings is expected to miss three to four weeks with a knee sprain.

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added 2:47pm, from Red Wings Corner,

With Franzen out for a month, the Red Wings bolstered their forward corps by calling up Ville Leino from Grand Rapids. Leino was impressive in the preseason. Signed as a free agent this summer, Leino was the Finnish elite league’s player of the year. Very skilled. Puck follows him around the ice.

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added 8:36pm, Guess Leino is still in Grand Rapids...

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  Tags: johan+franzen, ville+leino

Dallas Coach Upset With Stars Play

from Mike Heika of Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,

“The goals against is a joke right now,” Tippett said after a 6-5 OT loss to the Washington Capitals. “There are a lot of guilty parties out there. You have to evaluate your personnel, how they are playing, who is making mistakes. It is not the way we do things around here, to have to score seven goals to win.”

“You can’t have an .820 save percentage and survive in this league.”

Turco officially has an .842 save percentage and a 4.26 goals against average.

“Our goaltending hasn’t been very good,” Tippett said.

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High Scoring Games Doesn’t Mean Great

from Bud Barth of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,

The NHL is laboring under the delusion that more goals mean better hockey. The beauty of a close-checking, well-played 1-0 hockey game cannot be appreciated by everyone, to be sure, but if you’re going to replace those with 8-7 games, you’ll maybe add a few new fans, but in the process you’ll also lose a certain segment of your existing fan base. And the net result might not be good for hockey.

Let’s face it: The NHL will never be able to compete with fall Sunday afternoons in the NFL, or lazy summer evenings with the national pastime, or even slam-dunking athletes on the hardwood. Hockey has its little fourth-place niche in the sports world, and it should be content with that.

The idea of bastardizing the sport to try and bring in peripheral fans who don’t even know the definition of icing or boarding is outrageous, especially to hockey purists who are still the backbone of the NHL’s support.

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Morning Line

I want to be in Calgary Dec.2 when Avery meets up with Jarome Iginla, whom Avery slagged for being “boring” as a face of the league. If Iggy gets ahold of him, he’ll wring Avery’s neck and several hundred NHLers will probably cheer.

-Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.  More hockey notes from Jim…

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Hockey Wit

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Something happens to goalies who play for the Ottawa Senators. Like, suddenly, they lose their co-ordination or their brains. No team lets in more ridiculous looking goals on a regular basis than the Sens, no matter who is in net.

• Why it is hard to take the Calgary Flames seriously: Their best players age Iggy, Kipper and Dion. Apparently, Beany and Cecil weren’t draft eligible.

more hockey bits…

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Sens Linked To Ohlund

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators have been linked heavily to Vancouver D Mattias Ohlund, a potential unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. If he doesn’t sign an extension with the Canucks soon—and talk is there hasn’t been any discussions—then he could get moved.

more hockey talk…

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Tape-to-Tape-to-Tape-to-Tape-to-Goal

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  Tags: pavel+datsyuk

What Is Going On Here

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

...when I asked Bill Guerin if the Isles were inspired to play harder in the second and third periods as a response to losing DiPietro because of an injury, he said, “I wasn’t aware of an injury.”

From that statement, I only can deduce that, if the Islanders didn’t know DiPietro was injured, then, they assumed he was pulled for the bonehead play. If that had been the case, it would have sent a message that Gordon isn’t afraid to discipline his star player for careless or selfish mistakes.

But when Gordon and DiPietro both attributed the decision to switch to MacDonald to an injury while refusing to specify the nature of said injury, when it occurred and how long it might affect the starting goaltender, the message was mixed and invited speculation. Gordon and DiPietro both expressed some discomfort about discussing the subject, which only added to the doubt about what really happened.

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  Tags: rick+dipietro

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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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