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Fighting Canes

from the News & Observer,

Kevyn Adams suffered a cut over his left eye in a fight with teammate Bret Hedican midway through an hour-long skating session as the tension of a winless season overflowed on the RecZone ice. On what had been a scheduled off day, the Hurricanes went through an unscheduled rough day as Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette attempted to take corrective action after only three games to prevent things from getting worse in the next 79. "We have to start playing the game the right way," Laviolette said. "The biggest thing that I can take from exhibition season and the first three games of the year is that we're not paying a price to be successful. If we're not going to do it in games, we have to do it in practice."
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KK- A Mention In Newsweek

Thanks to Nick Summers for mentioning Kukla's Korner in the current online edition of Newsweek.

As traditional media outlets devote less and less coverage to the NHL, the hockey blogosphere gets bigger every day. Fans write their own analysis, cut their own highlight reels—and sometimes have more influence than their professional counterparts.
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The league, still dwarfed by the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball, is focusing on a smaller base of more-intense fans. Officials cite statistics that say hockey followers are the most tech savvy and most likely to consume content via new platforms like wireless devices, as compared with fans of other sports. "Our demographic is younger, and that's what they want," says Doug Perlman, the NHL's head of new media. "We went as viral as possible during our relaunch."
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Best Buy No Longer NHL Sponsor

from Sports Business Journal via the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal,

Consumer electronics retailer Best Buy Co. Inc. is out after spending about three years as an NHL sponsor. Without Best Buy as a balloting sponsor, it's unlikely the league will have a retail distribution point for all-star balloting, which normally begins in early November. That means the NHL will likely resort to in-arena, online and cell-phone voting, with new sponsor Verizon Wireless getting a piece of that action.

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Belfour Looking For Answers

from the Palm Beach Post,

Although Saturday night's meltdown was a team effort, a large share of the blame had to fall to Belfour, who set the stage for the collapse when he gave up a pair of soft first-period goals. He was pulled early in the second after giving up four goals on nine shots. A team source said last week that the plan was to start Belfour tonight against the Leafs, for whom he played the past three seasons, but that may no longer be the case. "I don't think it gets any easier as you get older," he said Saturday before declining to address the media after Sunday's hourlong workout at Ricoh Coliseum. "You're still angry and disappointed. (You) just try to learn from it, try to take something from it." If things don't improve, there's a chance Belfour could reach the conclusion that former All-Stars such as Brett Hull and Ron Francis reached just about this time last year: that he just doesn't have it anymore.
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Pittsburgh City Officials Can Control Pens Destiny

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Isle of Capri is the best plan for Balsillie and the Penguins. The money all comes from the licensee. But there is more than one way for things to work, and it's up to local politicians to ensure that. What the sale of the team really means is that the owner no longer has any sentimental ties to Pittsburgh. Balsillie didn't become a billionaire businessman by being a bleeding heart. If he doens't get his building, make no mistake, unlike Mario Lemieux -- who was left waiting hat in hand well beyond his promised deadline -- Balsillie will leave town. The ball has been dropped on this issue too many times. Somebody needs to pick it up and run with it before Balsillie does the same thing with the hockey team.
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Wings Back Tigers

from the blog of Shawn P. Roarke at NHL.com,

Babcock said Saturday morning that he had put a call out to Jim Leyland, the Tiger manager. Babcock has never met the larger-than-life Tiger skipper, but wanted to wish him well. "No, I've never met (Leyland), I just left him a message," Babcock said. "I called him. He's done a heckuva job there. (Tigers GM) Dave Dombroski, too. Mr Ilitch has gotta be proud as hell." The Red Wings flew home after Saturday's game and knew they would find a mob scene downtown as the city eagerly embraces the renaissance of the Tigers. To a man, they were looking forward to the still-rollicking celebrations in the city Saturday night, as well as the tense games to come as the postseason drags deeper into October in Detroit -- a most unlikely scenario at the start of this season. For the Red Wings, like the rest of the city, will be happy to suffer Tigers fever for another three weeks.
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Streaming Confusion

Yahoo has been streaming some NHL games this year, but the problem is you don't know what game(s) they decide to stream until the puck drops. Today, on their NHL homepage, you see the banner below. Confusing with the NHL/Versus logo, since the game is not on Vs. tonight. Is Yahoo streaming the game? If anyone has any information on the schedule for Yahoo, feel free to comment. I will try to get more information on this on Monday. image

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No Trainers- Now What

from Eric Weiner of NHL.com,

"One went down with a bad back caused by carting along the extra bags and the other went down with a cut hand that took him out of the action," Kingston remembered. "The players stepped right in, sharpened the skates, did the things that needed to be done to keep the show on the road. The players were great." Some NHL teams have taken long training camp road trips with the hopes of having players bond quickly. That wasn't a problem for Kingston and his group. The coach didn't have to tell the players to help out until replacements came along. They volunteered to assume the trainer's duties and Kingston thought that brought his team together. "They saw the only way it was going to happen is that everybody had to pitch in and help and the players were excellent at helping out," Kingston said.
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All Alone

from Tony Gallagher of the Province via Canada.com,

The world has essentially crumbled around the best player B.C. has ever produced, the magnificent star entering his 18th season in the NHL surrounded by youngsters brought in by the Avs to get under the cap. Realizing that it's bad for his own morale as well as that of the team -- to say nothing about the colossal kick in the jollies it is to the league's most loyal fans -- Sakic says he's fine with it. But whereas the goal used to be the Stanley Cup every year, now it's a playoff spot. When once he centred one of the top lines in the game no matter whom he played with, Saturday he found himself between Andrew Brunette and Ian Laperriere at the Avs practice facility.
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More Defensive

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

"Every coach in this league does his homework," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "There are 14 teams that are disappointed when they don't get [to the playoffs]. They want to know why." Not to worry, the game should remain plenty exciting. It might even be faster because so much emphasis has been placed on speed. But teams that spent half the season last year trying to figure out what worked should be more prepared defensively, which could decrease the number of scoring chances and, thus, the number of goals.
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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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