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Sundin Out 3-4 Weeks

I get home from the dentist and get hit with this... Sundin is out 3-4 weeks with ligament damage to his elbow, reported by Fan 590 in Toronto and posted in the KKF. added 11:48am, TSN now has it...

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Kariya Honing Fight Skills

C'mon..not little Paulie. His sister Noriko is a boxer. And to her credit, she's made a name for herself while avoiding using her brother's name as a publicity tool.

There is an up-and-coming female boxer with fast hands and a famous last name, but unlike Laila Ali, she does not want to be known or promoted as anyone’s relative. Paul Kariya declined to comment on his sister’s career. Paul’s name appears in small print on the promotional postcard for the bout next week: “Sister of N.H.L star Paul Kariya.” But as a sign of respect, the promoter Lou DiBella refrained from mentioning him when he introduced Noriko at a news conference in Manhattan late last month. It was a delicate dance for a businessman. DiBella would love to see the brothers at ringside to generate more interest in Noriko. “Having brothers is something she is going to have to take advantage of,” he said. But he has no plans to fly them to the fight. “I know they won’t show up,” Noriko said.
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Gambling On Connolly

Via the Buffalo News,

Connolly, on long-term injured reserve, is trying to overcome another concussion some fear could wipe out most, if not all, of the season. A concussion shelved him the entire 2003-04 season. "We made a decision with a certain amount of risk," Golisano said. "We speculated we might see him before the end of the [calendar] year, but we weren't sure. Nobody was sure. But we are confident we made the right decision."
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KK- A Little Delay Today

I am headed to the dentist with a bad tooth. Biting into a very hard apple last night, I felt part of a tooth chip away. I hope a root canal is not in my future, but I have a feeling it is.

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NBA On Ice

from the Vancouver Province,

It's at the point now where you can't put your stick on a player in any way, you just kind of turn and face him like you were playing defence in basketball," said Kevin Bieksa. How right he is. The game is literally turning into basketball before our very eyes. And what's really pathetic is what these changes are doing in minor hockey. In the hands of the anti-violence zealots who flourish throughout minor hockey in various pockets, it's quickly becoming a penalty to lift somebody's stick to get the puck. The trickle-down effect is nothing short of frightening. At the risk of sounding alarmist, the entire game itself as previously known is being threatened. At this point somebody will scream, "What was so great about the hockey back in '04?" -- when the owners allowed the NHL game to reach football proportions, perhaps on purpose.
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Voice Of The Red Wings Needs To Wake Up

WXYT in Detroit, the flagship radio voice of the Detroit Red Wings is reporting this during their morning sports update- The Wings/Oilers game at the Joe Louis Arena will start at 8:00pm tonight because the game is nationally televised on OLN. First off the game is on TSN in Canada, not OLN as you refer to it. Another point WXYT, it is no longer OLN, didn't you get the memo? Also, why did you refuse to cover the Lester Patrick Awards on Monday?

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Rangers Riding Their Vets

Via Larry Brooks at the NY Post,

And not only are Jagr (fifth in the league among forwards at 22:36), Shanahan (12th at 21:36), Martin Straka (15th at 21:29) and Michael Nylander (25th at 20:48) being asked to assume too much of the burden and too soon, there isn't a set of young legs among them. Straka and Nylander each turned 32 within the last two months. Jagr will be 35 in February. Shanahan will turn 38 in January. At the same time, while the top of the lineup is being overworked, others are wasting away.
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Boston Could Use Raycroft Now

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

As he prepares for his highly publicized return to Beantown, goaltender Andrew Raycroft insists the Boston Bruins gave up on him far too early. "Yeah, absolutely," he said. "And I'm not exactly sure why." He's not the only one who feels that way. During a pair of phone interviews yesterday, both Joe Thornton and Glen Murray, former teammates of Raycroft in Boston, agreed that the Bruins may have prematurely cut bait this past summer when they dealt Raycroft to Toronto for highly regarded goaltending prospect Tuukka Rask, the 21st overall pick in the 2005 entry draft.
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Preds Spreading The Wealth

Via the Daily Tennessean,

The Predators have only four players on the roster who have yet to score a goal this season. The only other team to have that few players without a goal is Atlanta, which is second in the Eastern Conference behind Buffalo. For the Predators, that shows a scoring balance that makes them hard to stop. "I think that really helps your team stay at a constant pace because everyone can contribute, everyone is dangerous, and everyone is responsible," Predators Coach Barry Trotz said.
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Wings Welcome Nemesis To The Joe

Understatement of the year from Mathieu Schneider,

"This is a team that's given us problems."
Yep. He's talking about the Oilers. More from the Detroit News.

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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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