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Close To A Turnaround

from the East Valley Tribune,

Injuries, undisciplined play, a lack of cohesiveness and underachieving performance by the team’s best players resulted in a dreadful start for the Coyotes. But with recent improvement in all areas, Phoenix is on the verge of turning its season around.
“We feel like we’ve made strides,” coach Wayne Gretzky said.
“(The players) see how much fun it is winning right now and how hard they are working and the rewards they’re getting for winning. We’re right back in the race now.”

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A Resolution For Each Team

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

Be it resolved that in 2007:
The Anaheim Ducks will find a way to stop passing off ticket increases as “fees” and simply tell their fans that if they want to watch the best team in the National Hockey League it does cost money.
The Atlanta Thrashers will find a fan base worthy of the product on the ice and a quarterback for their power play (come on Brian Leetch, this is your wakeup call).

continued... a resolution for every team…

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Double Standard

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

There is no doubt that Colton Orr earned the five-game sentence handed down yesterday by NHL VP Colin Campbell for charging 60 feet across the ice to plant his stick across bystander Alex Ovechkin’s face with 4:20 to go in the Rangers’ throwback 4-1 victory over the Caps at the Garden on Saturday….
With that understood, however, the double standard of justice that often seems to apply to incidents involving the Rangers remains a curiosity of the one-time Blueshirt coach’s tenure in the league office.
Donald Brashear, an oafish goofball of renown, most certainly could have concussed Aaron Ward when he sucker-punched the defenseman in the face in the immediate aftermath of his third-period bout with People’s Champion Brendan Shanahan, and yet received only a one-game suspension for his transgression.

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There Is Hockey Today

I believe a few college bowl games are on today too.

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KK- A Little Fun

As a thank you for hanging around this week and for your patronage of KK, A2Y & Canucks & Beyond, I present an easy game for you.
Guess the total amount of goals scored (not including shootout) in the six NHL games scheduled for New Year’s Eve.
If more than one person picks the correct number, a random drawing will be held to select the winner from those who guessed correctly.

You must leave your answer in the comment section of this post and be a KK member (you can register at the left sidebar under KK Sections).
All guesses must be submitted by 5:00pm ET, December 31, 2006.
Past KK winners are eligible for this contest.

The winner receives a $50 gift certificate to IceJerseys.com.
Let the guessing begin and the winner will be contacted on January 1st or 2nd.

note:  originally posted on 12/26 at 7:10pm, moved to front page so it won’t get lost…

update 1/1/07 9:14am, We have a tie, Puckhound61 and Left Wing Lock correctly guessed 38 as the final total.  So, what the heck, I think they both should win and therefore will award both with a $50 gift certificate.
Congrats to both and I will notify you tomorrow.

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On To 2007

To every KK member and guest, wishing you the best in 2007!

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Broken Foot For Pronger

via the AP,

Anaheim defenseman Chris Pronger broke his left foot Sunday night in the Ducks’ 4-3 loss to Minnesota.
Pronger was injured when he blocked Mark Parrish’s shot in the first period.
“It wasn’t really that hard of a shot. It just catches you on the right spot and there’s not much padding down there,” said Pronger, who tried briefly to skate after the shot. “Every time I went to push off, it didn’t feel very good.”
Ducks officials said the All-Star defenseman will fly back to Anaheim to meet with team doctors. He left the arena wearing a protective boot on his left foot.

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Suspensions Handed Out

fro the CP via TSN,

New York Rangers forward Colton Orr was suspended five games by the NHL on Sunday while Donald Brashear of the Washington Capitals was handed a one game suspension.

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The Russian Game

from P.J. Swenson’s Sharkspage:

Longtime Dynamo Moscow and Red Army head coach Viktor Tikhonov re-assembled the hockey greats on December 9th, 2006 for the first hockey game ever played in Moscow’s Red Square.
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If the visuals do not immediately grab you in the Youtube video, Igor Larionov’s daughters Alyonka and Diana Larionov sang a beautiful rendition of Ave Maria over a clip of classic Russian hockey highlights during the first intermission.

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This Is Not A Test

from Russian Hockey Digest:

[The] Russian Hockey Federation once again refused to join the transfer agreement that IIHF and NHL are expected to sign in February of 2007. The decision was based on the will of top Russian Hockey Clubs from Superleague.
General Director of Metallurg of Magnitogorsk Gennady Velichkin had a comment that once again the proposition from NHL suggests that NHL wants to treat Russian league as its farm.
Other club managers thought the money offered in the transfer agreement are “laughable” and way below than what it costs Russian clubs to raise and train hockey players.
Rene Fasel, the president of IIHF also was present at the meeting of Russian Hockey Federation board. According to Itar-TASS Mr. Fasel said that NHL clubs will not allow Russian players from NHL to participate in the upcoming World Championship in Moscow but when asked how NHL clubs can prevent players from playing in the tournament IIHF president could not give a satisfying answer.

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The NHL and NHLPA would invoke a clause in the CBA (24.6) which states that they have the right to refuse player participation in the World Championships if the IIHF or the player’s national team cannot provide insurance for the player’s contract.

 

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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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