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Can The Streak Continue

from the Vancouver Sun,

There was an elephant in the Vancouver Canuck dressing room Tuesday that Roberto Luongo’s teammates were doing their best to tip-toe around.

“I think it is probably in the back of everyone’s mind now because you guys are bringing a little attention to it,” said defenceman Willie Mitchell.

“You don’t want to jinx him, eh,” added Canuck winger Alex Burrows. “So you don’t really want to talk about it.”

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The Islanders Identity

from Ian Winwood of the Sports Blog at the Guardian,

There is no reason whatsoever that fans of a terrible club should throw good money after bad watching their team lose, but there is something noble about those who do. What is certain, though, is that the club today in no way resembles the powerhouse that dominated hockey more than a quarter of a century ago. What’s more, it’s difficult to imagine how the Islanders might soon climb out of their slough of despond; for them failure became first a tradition, then a habit, and now an identity.

...Somewhere among the Giants jerseys, the Knicks vests, the Rangers sweatshirts and the Mets caps you might see someone wearing a piece of apparel that has the “Y” of NY fashioned into a hockey stick. But don’t let this fool you, because a night with the New York Islanders is these days the coldest ticket in town.

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Klatt Talks

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

In his first post-lockout interview, retired NHLer and NHL Players’ Association executive committee member Trent Klatt told The Hockey News how betrayed he felt after discovering that former NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin and another union official hacked into players’ personal email accounts.

“It was like I got kicked in the balls, pardon my French,” Klatt told THN for a story that will appear in the Dec. 1st issue of the magazine. “To think they’re hacking into my emails in my house, in Northern Minnesota, and reading everything…there are just lines you don’t cross, and I never imagined that would take place. I still can’t believe it.

“At the time Ted first took over, that wasn’t something I thought was possible. But he just brought it on himself.”

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  Tags: trent+klatt

Blackhawks Raise #3 To the Rafters

from Chris Kuc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune,

The Blackhawks will retire jersey No. 3 and raise it to the United Center rafters prior to Wednesday night’s game against the Boston Bruins to honor Keith Magnuson and Pierre Pilote.

The legendary defensemen both wore No. 3 during their playing careers and the number is the fifth retired by the organization and the first since Denis Savard’s No. 18 on March 19, 1998.

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What To Do With Jason Blake

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

The dilemma, of course, is the whopping Blake contract they are shackled with. The veteran forward is in just the second-year of a five-year, $20-million US contract, a deal that will end when Blake is 38.

Blake does not have one of those irritating no-trade clauses in his pact like the famed Muskoka Five sported last season. But as one Eastern Conference general manager said last night: “That ridiculous salary makes it a no-trade contract. So does his age. And so does his reputation.”

If the saga continues to decay, don’t be surprised if the Leafs ship Blake down to the minors. According to sources, it’s a concept that theoretically has been kicked around behind closed doors.

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A Look At Streaming

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

The Internet is transforming sports broadcasting to such a degree that cable and satellite companies could become redundant and even go out of business.

That was the consensus of a blue-ribbon panel of sports executives during a sports-management conference in Toronto yesterday.

As for sports television, it has suddenly become a very old term in the new media world.

“It’s not sports television anymore,” Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, said.

“It’s sports media.”

The revolutionary element of new media is, of course, the Internet, which is rapidly growing as a means of distributing sports programming.

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Bingo Bango!

Sorry for the Mickey Redmondism…

from Barry Melrose Rocks,

Here’s how it works. While you’re reading through your daily allotment of NHL blog posts, be it through a feed reader, your favorites or what have you, simply check off a box when you see a post that matches one of the descriptions on your bingo card.

read on and have fun…

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Morning Line

Henrik Zetterberg clearly has a secondary role right now. It’s an interesting dynamic to follow this season—a contract year for Z. It’s not that Zetterberg doesn’t get plenty of opportunity or that he’s not centering a scoring line. But Zetterberg is the No. 2 center behind Datsyuk. Would you rather have Hossa and Homer as your wings every night or a mix of Hudler, Samuelsson, Filppula or Cleary?

-Wings beat writer Bruce MacLeod at Red Wings Corner

added 9:13am,

“I’m a parent full-time now, I have to live my life too, because if I keep on living just for that, I’m going to go crazy. . . . You have to live your life. My life right now is not playing hockey.”

-Martin Brodeur, more from Marty at the NY Post.

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Ruutu Elbow To The Head

Jarkko Ruutu of the Ottawa Senators delivers an elbow to the head of Maxim Lapierre of the Canadiens.

We will let Pierre McGuire describe the play…

added 10:11am, via Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The NHL has scheduled a disciplinary hearing today for Ruutu, who in the third period of last night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, elbowed Maxim Lapierre in the head.

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  Tags: jarkko+ruutu, maxim+lapierre

Morrow Facing Suspension

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,

It’s one step forward and two steps back for the Stars, who ended their three-game California road trip with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings and might lose their captain for the next game.

Sticking up for teammate Mike Ribeiro, who was knocked into the boards by Kings forward Dustin Brown, Morrow started a fight with Brown and received an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of a game….

Ribeiro was in a shooting position when Brown hit him, and Ribeiro flew into the boards and hit his head. He received stitches over his left eye, but did return to the game and made an incredible goal to help extend the shootout.

read on and watch a video of the Brown hit below…

added 10:53am, via Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The NHL has rescinded both the automatic one-game suspension to Brenden Morrow and the $10,000 fine to Dallas Stars head coach Dave Tippett.

Morrow received an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of the game when he fought Kings forward Dustin Brown after Brown hit Stars forward Mike Ribeiro into the boards.

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  Tags: brenden+morrow, dustin+brown

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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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