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Malkin Talking

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Evgeni Malkin sat back in the lobby of his luxury beachfront hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Saturday. He couldn't be farther from the life he left behind in dramatic fashion earlier last week, escaping from his Russian team and life in the tiny, Siberian industrial town of Magnitogorsk. He also couldn't be farther from his family, friends and culture.
continued thanks to a KK member for pointing out this story in the KKF.

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Kids Toss Wood Sticks Aside

from the Ottawa Sun,

The days of the $14.99 Sherwood or Victoriaville have gone the way of the eight-track stereo. Now, kids have to have the composite, one-piece sticks and it's costing their mothers and fathers a fortune. There's the Easton Stealth that Ottawa boys and girls are watching score 50 goals for Dany Heatley. It's in the $200-$300 range and it has plenty of company on that lofty shelf. Like the new Warrior Mac Daddy, which is also being adopted by NHLers. "We sell 50 Synergy sticks to every one wood. All the kids want them. "We have Synergys from last year that are half the price, but they don't want them, they want the knew stuff. And the parents are saying yes.
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Wang Holding Up Negotiations

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Slap Shots has learned that talks between the Islanders and Group II free agent DiPietro have not yet even begun, with Snow following orders from I, Me, My Charles Wang not to engage in a dialogue with the goaltender's representatives until the owner returns at the end of the month from a lengthy summer vacation. (Neil Smith as well was not permitted to speak independently to DiPietro's people.) This edict means that the team and DiPietro will have approximately two weeks in which to complete a deal, given Wang's policy that the Islanders will refuse to sign any of their own free agents if they are not under contract by the first day of training camp.
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Mogilny- “We Must Play Wherever We Want”

Alexander Mogilny reportedly spoke with Sport-Express and had this to say about the Malkin situation.

“I can’t judge as I don’t know all the details of this story. I have learned the news from the press. But one thing is clear: if a player wants to play in NHL, he must not be kept. He has the right to choose where to play,” says Mogilny. He does not think that Malkin chose NHL for financial reasons only: “Though it is not a secret that in America the economic situation is more stable than in Russia. The living standards, human relations are absolutely different. What I want to say is that we, the players, are not slaves, we are free people. We must play wherever we want.”
This comes from Regnum News Agency which reports on Russian News.

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Thrasher’s Waddell Under The Microscope

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

The departure of the Thrashers' former director of player personnel indicates how tenuous general manager Don Waddell's tenure is with training camp looming less than a month away. Waddell, the only general manager in franchise history (since June 1998), has not gotten the Thrashers into the playoffs in six seasons, the longest current drought in the NHL. In fact, Waddell, whose contract was recently extended through the 2007-08 season, is the only member of the team's front office whose deal does not expire at the end of this season — including coach Bob Hartley. "You know the situation with Bob right now," Waddell said of Hartley. "Because Bob can't get a multiyear contract and we're on very good terms [that puts me in an awkward position]." Waddell was asked if he thinks ownership could make wholesale changes if the team does not perform up to expectations this season. "Absolutely, we're all under the microscope," he said...
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Deadline For Zherdev

from the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets and restricted free agent Nikolai Zherdev remain entrenched in their negotiating positions and, unless one side budges, Zherdev will play next season in Russia. What’s new is that a decision might be coming sooner rather than later. "If we don’t have a deal by next week, he’s playing in Russia," Zherdev’s agent, Rolland Hedges, said yesterday. So there’s a deadline? "Our deadline is Oct. 5," Hedges said, "but we’ve been told (by the Blue Jackets) that we need to get a deal done within the next week. To me, that’s a deadline. In fairness to the team, they want to know where things stand so they can prepare. I can understand that."
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Soon It Will Be Fall

With the fall season approaching, I begin to shudder about the dreaded leaf raking- You too? Maybe this will motivate you to get the job done! image

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A Little Bit Of A Stretch

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Penguins television play-by-play announcer Paul Steigerwald believes that having Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin together is going to be like having Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky on the same team. "That's a bold statement, but I don't throw that stuff around lightly," Steigerwald said Friday, the day after Malkin appeared in Los Angeles. "I don't compare every guy with good reach to Mario, but after seeing video, (Malkin) reminds me a lot of Mario ... And he's more physical than Mario was at that age. He runs over people, makes long saucer passes and makes it looks like he's going to pass then shoot, shoot then pass."
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Flyers Looking For You

If you can play this (mp3) and this (mp3) and this (mp3), the Flyers want you.

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Stick To Hockey Alexei

from Reuters via TVNZ,

Spain's Francis Valera shot five-under-par 67 to move into a three-way tie for the lead after two rounds at the Russian Open on Saturday. Valera joined fellow Spaniard Carlos Rodiles and overnight leader David Drysdale at 12-under-par 132. NHL All-Star Alexei Kovalev, making his European Tour debut as one of only four amateurs in the 111-strong field, came dead last at 19 over par. The Montreal Canadiens right wing, who captained Russia's ice hockey team at this year's Turin Olympics, was nevertheless satisfied with his performance. "I think I did just fine considering it was my first tournament of such a high calibre. Making the cut here would practically be equivalent to winning a Stanley Cup," Kovalev, who lifted hockey's biggest prize with the New York Rangers in 1994, told Reuters.

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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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