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Back To Juniors Or Not

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Heading into the weekend, just six junior-eligible players remained on NHL rosters: Boston’s Milan Lucic, Chicago’s Patrick Kane, Edmonton’s Sam Gagner, Minnesota’s James Sheppard, Phoenix’s Peter Mueller, and David Perron of the Blues.

Every one of them thinks he belongs in the NHL. None would have lasted this long without that belief. But players don’t always know what’s best for them. To be honest, neither do the teams who employ them. And that’s why the decisions regarding their fates are so open to second-guessing.

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Could Richard Be The “Rocket” Today

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

The question has been asked before and today, on the 50th anniversary of the Rocket’s 500th goal, it bears asking again: could Maurice Richard have been successful in today’s NHL?

Was he a good enough skater? Would he have been big enough to ward off defencemen? Would his legendary temper have bubbled over and gotten the better of him in an 82-game schedule?

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  Tags: maurice+richard

Technical Difficulties

The “Home” page of Kukla’s Korner—that scrolls news from all the areas of the website—is temporarily offline.  The “Hockey” page is working fine, however.

We promise to have it fixed as soon as possible. Sorry for the difficulties.

Update 1:00pm ET:
Problems solved. Thanks for your patience.

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Addressing The Issues

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

...Still, we cling to a phrase from that legendary American and abuse victim Rodney King: “People, can’t we all just get along.”

Apparently not.

Look, I’d love to delve into hockey issues like why Sid ‘The Kid’ Crosby is being matched in the goals-scored department by Jeremy ‘The Old Man’ Roenick, why the Montreal Canadiens can’t score or even what a phenomenal yet still overlooked talent Paul Stastny has become.

The problem is: issues keep getting in the way, so let’s deal with them….

Gary Bettman’s tenure: Make your own decisions regards whether or not NHL hockey is better now than the day he took over some 14 years ago, but I can guarantee you there are many inside the business of hockey who feel the Commissioner has made their business much more difficult to operate profitably.

many more issues…

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Coming Soon To A Website Near You

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Basically, enough is enough. There’s a critical mass in most everything in life and the innate ability to recognize when you’ve indeed reached that point is as important as knowing the precise time to let go of a hand grenade.

NHLPA IV is set to open soon and frankly, I think the franchise is already dead….

You probably remember the original NHLPA I: The Evil Empire versus The Embezzler. In that classic (filming started in 1967), the National Hockey League battled the original version of the PA in a timeless David versus Goliath tale.

read on

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  Tags: nhlpa

Caps Plan A “White-Out”

from Empty Netters,

We’re going to jump the gun a bit here and briefly preview the Penguins-Capitals game in Washington Saturday.

Many EN readers have told us of the Capitals’ attempts to minimize the healthy contingent of Penguins fans that usually show up at Verizion Center anytime the Penguins are in town. We went to both Penguins games in Washington last season and there were at least 5,000 Penguins fans in the house each game.

The Capitals are attempting to stage a “white-out” night and are encouraging their fans to wear white to the game. They are also handing out white towels to the first 15,000 that show up.

read on for more and numerous NHL bits…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: fans, pittsburgh+penguins, washington+capitals

Don’t Ask Coach Sutter About The Road

from Fire & Ice,

“I’m not talking about the road anymore,” Sutter said. “I’m tired of talking to you guys about the road, the road, the road. God, we played in Pittsburgh last night and it was a 30-minute flight here and they’ve been lying around here all day to play today. They’re pros. That’s what you’re supposed to do. You play games on the road. It doesn’t matter where you play hockey games. You’ve got to play.”

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  Tags: brent+sutter, new+jersey+devils

Foppa Loves Crocs

from All Things Avs,

This info. is this: The money Foppa makes from playing hockey now is PEANUTS compared to what he’s raking in from the sales of Crocs in his native Sweden.

My source said that last year, Forsberg - through his business interest of companies he calls Pforce, and distibutes Crocs in Sweden - needed to sell about 38,000 pairs of the comfy plastic shoes to “break even” financially. And how many did he sell through just HALF the year?

Almost 700,000 pairs, he said. And guess how much Crocs sell for in Sweden? About $90 a pair. I don’t know Foppa’s total take on each sale, but it’s safe to say he’s making money in the multiple millions of dollars - or, in Sweden, the Krona - just from that alone.

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  Tags: merchandising, peter+forsberg

Guerin Has Hat Trick With Sixth Team

KK friend Roman at eNHL.cz just contacted me and he believes Guerin set a record last night, scoring a hat trick for six different teams.

Even though Roman’s site is in Czech, you can get a clear picture of some of the stats he produced.

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Islanders, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: bill+guerin, new+york+islanders

The Four Point Plan For Carolina

from the News & Observer,

For the Canes, the key will be maintaining their play in four important areas that brought them success on the road:

1. CAM WARD. Amid all the talk about how Ward’s hard work over the summer restored his quickness, it’s important to remember that quickness was only half of his problem last season.

Consistency was the other, and this is a chance for Ward to prove that he can not only play at a high level—which he did at times last season—but do it on a night-to-night basis.

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  Tags: carolina+hurricanes

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