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The Net Experiment

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

The NHL is experimenting with different-shaped posts and crossbars to see if more shots that normally clang off the iron might instead be directed into the net.

It’s a way the league might be able to increase scoring without changing the size of the nets.

Mike Murphy, the league’s vice-president of hockey operations, described the new post as a “teardrop” shape, like the rim of a paper coffee cup that has been squeezed.

The league did its first testing of the new nets at the Air Canada Centre during yesterday’s Leaf practice, filming the workout to see how pucks reacted when they hit the posts. A DVD of the experiment will be studied internally and then passed on to the league’s general managers.

“It’s a little bit of research and development to see if, without changing the size of the nets, we can make the nets more rewarding offensively,” said Murphy.

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With Other Options, Why Is Prucha Always Pulled?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Petr Prucha doesn’t need to look up at Tom Renney’s greaseboard to read the writing on the Rangers wall.

“When the team needs a spark by changing players, there are not too many who can come out, and so it’s me,” Prucha told The Post following yesterday’s morning skate. “I’m disappointed.”

Prucha, a healthy scratch for 27 of the first 38 games, was in street clothes for last night’s match at the Garden against the Ducks after a run of nine straight played. The winger scored goals in each of his first two after being restored to active duty before recording three assists in the following seven matches.

“I feel like I need to [score] points to stay in,” Prucha said. “The coach probably doesn’t have much confidence in me to keep me in the lineup.”

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  Tags: petr+prucha

KK- Down Time Tonight

Just a little heads up, I am taking the night off.  I’ve been going pretty strong lately and just need a night to re-charge.

Therefore, this can be considered an open, hockey related post.  Feel free to leave any related hockey comments.

Of course, if any major news breaks, I will be behind the keyboard once again.

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DiPietro Gone for the Rest of the Season

From TSN:

The Islanders announced on Tuesday that knee issues will sideline goalie Rick DiPietro for the rest of the season.

DiPietro, who has only played in five games this season, has had three operations in the past year, including hip surgery in March and arthroscopic knee surgery in October to repair a torn meniscus.

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  Tags: injuries, rick+dipietro

ASG SuperSkills Lineup

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The NHL announced the rosters for the Cisco NHL Hardest Shot, Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater and McDonalds NHL Accuracy Shooting competitions Tuesday afternoon. The roster for the NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck and Scotiabank NHL Fan Fav Breakaway Challenge were announced earlier. All 42 All-Stars, meanwhile, take part in the Gatorade NHL Elimination Shootout, the closing event of the SuperSkills.

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  Tags: all-star+game

Listen To Obama

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Obama said that the challenges for America are many, but that “those values upon which our success depends - honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths.”

It takes both leadership and co-operation, but the hockey world could also live by those words.

If it did both we and the game would be better for it.

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NHL On NBC Ratings

from Puck The Media,

The NHL On NBC’s regular “Game of the Week” timeslot debut was even with last year’s.  The Rangers/Penguins game scored a 1.1/3 overnight, #2 in non-football programming that week (behind college hoops on ABC).

The matching game from last year, Rangers/Bruins on 1/18/08, also drew a 1.1.  This likely means the final rating will drop below a 1.0.

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  Tags: nbc

NHL Officials Make a New Fashion Statement

New officials’ uniforms from Reebok to be unveiled at the All Star Game in Montreal this weekend. From Market Watch:

Features on the officials’ uniforms include stretch mesh in the underarm and back of the jerseys, a zipper-less neckline, numbers on the back and sleeve and an enhanced Referee arm bar design to allow for greater on-ice visibility. The uniform also features a microphone channel that allows the officials to maneuver seamlessly across the ice with their microphones securely fastened to them.

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  Tags: referees, uniforms

Hockey Talk with Kukla

Today on NHL Home Ice XM204, Paul Kukla will be joining Mick Kern and Dan Blakeley of the War Room to talk about the All Star Game, about the NHL in general, and to take phone calls and answer question from hockey fans. 

Paul will be on at approximately 11:25 am ET, but the show runs from 11-12pm.  If you don’t already have an XM subscription, you can register for a free, 3-day trial, here.

Update 2:07pm ET: Here is the audio of Paul’s conversation on XM Radio this morning.

The player below features Part 1 (which can, alternatively, be downloaded).  Part 2 can be heard by downloading this link.


Note: Original post-time was 10:00am ET

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  Tags: interviews, xm+radio

The Voice Of Mike Lange

NHL Network profiles one of the NHL’s signature voices, play-by-play man Mike Lange of the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at 7:30 ET.

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  Tags: mike+lange

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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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