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Odgers’ Neighborhood

Jeff Odgers, Thrashers radio analyst, now a video star!  Actually Jeff does some one-on-one interviews.  The opening and closing has some nice memories.

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The New Year

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

As the final seconds tick off, following are some suggested NHL-oriented New Year’s resolutions:
Sidney Crosby, Penguins: To maintain his upward curve, which is really scary. And exciting.
May you have many pleasant stats in 2007, Sid.
Peter Forsberg, Flyers: To either get and stay well, or go home to Sweden before he suffers permanent brain damage.
Officiating czar Stephen Walkom and NHL referees: To not back off. At least not more than they have already.

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The Winners Are Announced

Greg Wyshynkski at the Fourth Period has named Kukla's and Off Wing as his co-Blogs of the Year.

Both Paul Kukla and Eric McErlain have changed the face of hockey blogging, turning entertaining Web sites into fully-staffed, must-read daily visits. They've also landed some pretty plum gigs — Paul with NHL.com, Eric with NBCSports.com — and have championed the rights of the alternative media to become credentialed members of the press box. Kudos to both on an outstanding, and eventful, year.
What Greg doesn't say, but I will, is that both Eric and Paul have blazed a path for hockey bloggers. Their efforts, along with others, have established this medium's credibility in ways we never would have predicted a year ago. Congrats to both. added by Paul at 3:05pm, Thanks Greg for the props and IwoCPO for pointing this out, it is much appreciated.

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Tapeleg Moves

A nice new design and domain for Jerseys and Hockey Love.
Great job Tapeleg.

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Fisher Out With Knee Injury

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

It wasn’t a very merry Christmas for the Senators. And today’s revelation that Mike Fisher is out after being injured in Wednesday’s win over the N.Y. Islanders will certainly put a damper on New Year’s celebrations, too.
The Sens confirmed today that Fisher, who had just moved into the No. 1 centre slot on the club’s top line, is out indefinitely with a knee injury. He was hurt in the third period of Wednesday’s 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders at Scotiabank Place.

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Kozie Goes Unnoticed

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Over the course of his 15-year NHL career, Kozlov hasn’t garnered anywhere close to the amount of press or prestige as some of his fellow Russian-born NHLers. Nevertheless, he has been an integral part of Atlanta’s ascendancy in the standings this year and was among the league’s top scorers (15 goals and 43 points in 39 games) as of mid-November.
The 34-year-old is on pace to obliterate personal career bests of 36 goals and 73 points in a single season, two totals he set more than a decade ago as a Red Wing. But ask Kozlov what he’s doing differently this year and you’ll see that he is well-versed in the “Aw shucks, I can’t take all the credit” routine.

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KK- Host Issue

from my hosting company…

Sorry folks a few performance issues on cluster 1 this morning but staff is working on correcting as I write this. Will post an update as soon as performance has returned to normal. Thank you and sorry for the impact.

In normal talk, KK is having some issues this morning, will keep you updated.

added 12:20pm, Things appear normal again, but no “official” word yet from the hosting company.

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Marleau Leads Off The Ice Too

from the Mercury News,

All of that is impressive. But if you want an even bigger reason the Mercury News is today naming Marleau the 2006 South Bay Sports Person of the Year . . . well, let me tell you about a phone call that happened last weekend.
Many of the Sharks do community work. But Marleau is usually the go-to man, according to Rob Jaynes, the Sharks’ director of fan development.
``He’s just one of those guys who loves doing that stuff,’’ Jaynes said. ``Last week, we heard from a family in Connecticut with three kids and their dad is in the final stages of ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. They were Shark fans. I spoke with Patrick and he agreed to have me set up a call to the family last Friday.’‘

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Get Rid Of Fighting Or The Instigator Rule

from the Harford Courant,

Removing the fear of retribution has rid the sport of an unspoken code among players. Players in past generations thought twice about their conduct because there was the threat of retaliation.
It was part of the NHL.
“It’s self-policing,” Clement said. “It traces back through the history of hockey.”
Either the NHL should work toward eliminating fighting or it should embrace it as part of the sport. One way or another, the league needs to figure out what to do with an element of its sport that has been around since the first puck was dropped.
“I think it’s an inherent, important part of our sport,” Clement said. “It’s part of the heritage of our sport. ... I don’t like apologizing for the fighting.”

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Keep An Eye On The Biega Family

from the Montreal Gazette,

Many years from now, when people are looking for answers as to what is behind the legend of the Biega brothers, they will need look no further than the backyard of their Pointe Claire home.
In the image of the Staal hockey family of Thunder Bay, Ont., that is starting to make its mark in the NHL, the Biega family has four boys with very bright hockey futures ahead of them.
The eldest of the four brothers, Alex, 18, is in his freshman year as a defenceman at Harvard University and was a fifth-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres in last summer’s NHL entry draft.

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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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