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Edmonton Prepares To Greet Pronger

from the Edmonton Journal,

Insecurity, immaturity and foolishness. That's what will drive some fans to ride Chris Pronger relentlessly at Tuesday evening's game between the Anaheim Ducks and the Edmonton Oilers. Rexall Place will fill with the sound and fury of booing, every time Pronger touches the ice. Will it throw him off his game? Unlikely. Instead, it will reveal more about the fan than the player. It will reveal how some sports fans lose themselves in the fantasy of home team and "our" players.
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The “New” Blue Jackets

from the Columbus Dispatch,

As far as Blue Jackets generalship goes, it might be the best three days since Gettysburg. The Jackets are suddenly a different team. They have the puck, they’re poised, they’re attacking and they’re not panicked. They’re suddenly using their size to grind down teams. What has Hitchcock done? "He explained our roles individually and as a group," center Sergei Fedorov said. "(Saturday night), everyone really understood what we were trying to do as a group. The group speed is better. We played patient hockey. It’s only one game, and we will see where it goes from here, but it’s a good start."
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Life After Europe

Via the Toronto Sun and Slam!,

After three seasons in Switzerland (Jamie) Heward is in his second year on the Washington Capitals' blue line. "Years ago it was different," Heward said. "Guys would pretty much go over to never come back and now it has changed. It's not necessarily a death sentence (for a career back home) like it used to be." Heward is a part of a small trend of players who went to play in Europe and returned to the NHL, whether it was native Europeans or others.
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Souray Enjoying His Rebound Year

from the Montreal Gazette via Canada.com,

Through 22 games, Souray has nine goals and nine assists, an output that has him on an unscientific pace for 33 goals, 18 better than his career high, and 67 points, his best by 28. Now, he seldom breaks a stick, ripping pucks at 100-plus mph past or through goaltenders, comfortable at last with the fifth stick model he's used since the start of last season. And he's enjoying regular visits from his 3-year-old daughter, Valentina, something he craves. All of this as Souray skates toward unrestricted free agency at the end of the season, which will either lock him up in Montreal with a healthy increase in his current $2.432-million (U.S.) salary, or send him to a pot of gold elsewhere.
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Shanny Gets The Lemon Face Treatment

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Someone asked Shanahan whether he had received an explanation after the final non-call helped Chris Drury get the winner on a deflection. Shanahan, who left the ice screaming at Leggo, chose his words purposefully. "The guys tonight were a little bit above giving explanations," said No. 14. "Instead, they made a face like they ate a lemon and [gave] a wave of the hand. "The league has done so much the last few years to eliminate the old mentality of [referees] not talking to players and waving players away. It's kind of disappointing that with the improvement in communication under [director of officiating] Stephen Walkom, that I didn't feel that way tonight."
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CBA Guarantees Game’s Financial Future

Via the Toronto Sun,

It’s about as dull and as dry as it gets, dead certain to make your eyelids heavy within seconds. There is, however, no denying that it is a finely-crafted document that should guarantee the game financial stability into the foreseeable future. Of course, it could never have been put into place without the acquiescence of the players association but, please, no crying on that one. The players are making out just fine, thank you. If revenues hit projections this year, they’ll average about $1.8 million US a man, not far off pre-lockout levels.
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Rules Hindering Competition

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Choosing his words carefully, Tortorella pointed out before yesterday's game against the Senators that he believes NHL officials need to take another look at the game and the way they're calling obstruction penalties. He's concerned with the quantity and quality of the fouls being called. "I'm not crazy about how the game is being played. Last year, everybody was pleased with what happened with our game because they were so glad we were back," said Tortorella.
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Wings Looking For Offense

from Mlive,

"I'm going to work the phones, but given the cap and the competitiveness of the league, no one will give up a guy who can score goals and makes a relatively small amount of money,'' Holland said. "It's hard to go out and add a guy who makes $3-4 million a year. You have to move money for money.''
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Shootouts Need To Go

from the South End (student newspaper of Wayne State Univ.),

There are many factors and strategies that determine the winner of an NHL hockey game. The Scotty Bowman ingenious mastery of juggling lines. The Dave Lewis stupidity of juggling lines. Quick shifts to compensate for tired legs. Icing calls leading to critical face-offs in an opponent’s zone late in the game. Power-play combinations. Penalty-killing combinations. The list goes on and on. With the “New NHL,” another factor comes into play: the shootout, otherwise known as the Mini-Mite Classic. Shootouts are for 8-year-old hockey players during intermissions at Joe Louis Arena during Red Wings home games.
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Own A Piece Of Ranger History

Bid for a part of the 1968-98 NY Rangers bench. image More hockey items and general information about the auction, which ends December 6th, can be found here.

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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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