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Black Aces POY

BLACK ACES HOCKEY has selected Edmonton Oilers goaltender Jussi Markkanen as Black Aces Hockey Player Of The Year. When Oilers backup netminder Ty Conklin struggled, in came Markkanen, a true Black Ace having been rated as the number 3 goalie who had not played in 2 months. Markkanen was a big reason the series went 7 games. The final could have been a 4 game blowout without him. He gave the Oilers a real chance to win game 7 with great save after great save.
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Baldwin Still At It

from the Courant,

Howard Baldwin picks through his Cobb salad for a moment, looks up and you swear the next thing out of his mouth will be about partnering someday with Larry Gottesdiener for an NHL franchise in Connecticut. But, no, it's nothing so dreamy, so fanciful, so pie-in-the-sky. It's even more fanciful than that.
continued...talk about a Gordie Howe movie included...

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Vishnevski Traded To Thrashers

from the Anaheim Ducks,

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired a 2007 second round draft pick, the rights to center Karl Stewart and a conditional draft pick from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski.

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The “Old” NHL Is Fading Away

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

The Old Guard attitude was that while college boys and Europeans are handy to have around, they must prove their talent is so exceptional or their grittiness so evident that they can be forgiven for not coming up through the ranks in Canada. In essence, those players were on probation their whole careers. Of course, that's completely behind us. Because members of the Old Guard now are such men as Lou Lamoriello, the former coach at Providence, and Brian Burke, his one-time captain.
much more...

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The Russian Side

from the Moscow Times,

Hockey stars born, bred and trained -- at great expense -- in Russia are using a loophole in the labor law to get out of contracts with domestic teams and play in the National Hockey League. The growing problem of Russian players fleeing the country mid-contract to play for pre-eminent U.S. and Canadian clubs is costing the Russian Super League millions of dollars, hockey officials say. In recent days, the Westward flight of up-and-coming hockey greats has gained international notice with the disappearance of Evgeni Malkin, 20, Russia's hottest hockey prospect since Alexander Ovechkin, who plays for the Washington Capitals.
continued...recommended reading...not just about Malkin

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Spotted In LA

from TSN,

Evgeni Malkin is in Los Angeles with his agents JP Barry and Pat Brisson. Malkin is seeking counsel to determine how he can join the Pittsburgh Penguins. "It's been a difficult week", Barry told TSN. Barry has been with Malkin since the pair connected at an airport in Helsinki, Finland on Saturday, at which point they went into lockdown in a nearby apartment to await Malkin's visa clearance.
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Ask Rogie

from the LA Kings,

Rogie Vachon has seen the L.A. Kings from every possible viewpoint. The first player to ever have his number retired by the team, Vachon has served the Kings as a player, coach, General Manager and now as the team's Royal Ambassador. Now is your chance to ask Rogie a question. E-mail him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Vachon will answer your questions and lakings.com will post the answers next week.
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Bruins Sign Kessel

from the Boston Bruins,

The Boston Bruins have signed center Phil Kessel to a multi-year contract, it was announced today by Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli. Terms of the contract were not released. "Phil is a player with world-class speed and gifted offensive talents," said Chiarelli. "We feel he is ready to begin his professional development and we are looking forward to seeing him compete at training camp.”

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KK Info

Some of the sharp-eyed KK members and guests have noticed a few tweaks to KK. On the right of every section, a right vertical bar has been added, thereby giving KK some "balance". Also, I have combined permalinks and comments into one area. On the bottom of the first page of every KK Section, you will see a referral link; click it an you can follow how folks are being referred to KK. This option is only available to KK members. When it comes to site design, I am a novice and plan to stay that way. Without the help of Kathy from Moxie Design Studios, I would be lost. If you ever need a service like Kathy offers, make sure to tell her I sent you and try to explain the game of hockey to her, she has no clue about the "coolest game on earth". More tweaks are in the process, I will update date you when they are completed.

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Hasek Getting In Shape

from the Prague Post,

"It's true that I insisted that I wouldn't play anywhere else but in Ottawa," Hašek said. "After the Senators' elimination from the Stanley Cup, I told my agent that if he received some offers from other clubs, he could politely reject them immediately." "At that point, though," he said, "Detroit was not at stake. I've got special feelings for the Red Wings, and I knew from the very beginning that it was a fantastic offer." Hašek spent one of the best seasons of his NHL career with the Red Wings in 2002, winning his only Stanley Cup. His goal is to get another one. "I'll be working hard to get in the best possible shape," he said. It's clear that the Red Wings are expecting a lot out of him.
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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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