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Penguins Are One Of The ‘Most Wanted’ Teams

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

“We’re fortunate to be a part of these things,” Therrien told NHL.com Monday. “The Winter Classic was a great experience for us and we were looking forward to it for a long time. We’re fortunate to be involved in events like these. That’s the way we look at it. We see the positives.”

Penguin General Manager Ray Shero was singing a similar song Monday as his team went through a strenuous practice at the Hovet Arena. Shero has been to Stockholm several times to scout tournaments here and loves the city. He is glad his team can experience such a magical place, especially those players from North America who have never been abroad.

More importantly, he is glad the Penguins have this time to bond and develop team chemistry.

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Islanders Claim Pock

from the New York Islanders,

The New York Islanders have claimed defenseman Thomas Pock off waivers from the New York Rangers. Pock has played in 59 career NHL games and has scored seven goals with seven assists for 14 points.

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Rick Nash Ready To Lead Columbus

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

“I think last season was the first season teams actually started taking us serious,” Nash said. “We weren’t as consistent as we wanted to be, but you could sense that teams were taking us serious. We’re the only team to not make the playoffs (in the NHL), but with Ken Hitchcock as our coach, now teams are watching us and that puts us on the map.

“We’re lucky for how patient our fans are already, but we have to show them a good product and start winning to get the whole city excited.”

Nash appears ready to lead the surge.

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Khabibulin On Waivers

Bob McKenzie of TSN just mentioned on NHL Live that Nikolai Khabibulin is on waivers.  Bob said maybe Tallon knows someone will pick him up, or, if not, he comes back on re-entry waivers at half price and maybe gets picked up.

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The Influence Of Bettman

from BusinessWeek,

It’s no surprise then that Bettman, 56, ranks among the most important people in sports according to BusinessWeek’s upcoming Power 100 survey, placing 21st in the annual balloting.

Bettman earned his spot by taking on the biggest brawlers in pro sports—the NHL Players’ Assn. In 2004, Bettman concluded that rising player salaries were pushing many teams, and perhaps the league itself, toward the brink. His fix: a pay cap similar to the one used in the National Basketball Assn., where Bettman worked from 1981 to 1993, in the marketing and legal departments.

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Job Openings In Vancouver

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

Vancouver Canuck general manager Mike Gillis vowed Sunday to let players determine the market and said he won’t set limits on how many new players could make the National Hockey League team or how many veterans—who are on one-way contracts—might need to shed.

“I think the timing is right this year for that approach,” Gillis said. “We were determined to change the makeup of the team as best we could. You have to allow players to compete if you want competitive behaviour. You have to give players the opportunity.”

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Scoring On Opening Night

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

The Rangers might want to get Brendan Shanahan in uniform, at least for opening night. He and Cam Neely share the NHL record with hat tricks in two different season opening games, Shanny’s coming in St. Louis in 1993 and Detroit in 2001. He’s just about due again.

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All-Time Top Goalies

from Mick Kern at the NHL Home Ice Blog,

Everyone thinks his or her man should be included in a list of top goaltenders.  Red Wings’ fans are easily riled when Chris Osgood is not included in any Top Five list for last year, yet these are the same folk who weren’t all that enamoured with him during his first tour-of-duty in Detroit.  Similar passions are stirred when the likes of Tim Thomas doesn’t crack the Top Ten, or Twenty.

Trying to come up with the Top Thirty N.H.L. Goaltenders of All-Time meant that some very good netminders were not going to make the cut.  So many different factors went into determining these rankings.

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Morning Line

“I think we need to give him some breathing room right now to see if the change is going to affect him positively or negatively. We’re going to find that out within the first month and from there we’ll have a plan which way to go from.

“I really believe Patty Marleau is going to have a really good year. I think he’s excited about a fresh start and we have to let that evolve a little bit. I can’t be in his kitchen on an hourly basis. We have to let him breathe and let him play his game.”

-Sharks coach Todd McLellan on Patrick Marleau.  More on Marleau by David Pollak at Working the Corners.

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PD Talks To PK

from Puck Daddy of Yahoo Sports,

Already a daily destination for thousands of fans (and more than a few mainstream media pundits) thanks to its amazing collection of hockey headlines from around the world, KK dramatically expanded its editorial scope by growing its roster of bloggers. In addition to mainstays Bill “The Chief” Houlihan of Abel To Yzerman and Alanah McGinley of Canucks and Beyond, Kukla added eight new bloggers to provide their own insights and news focus.

“What I do is what I do. But I wanted to expand that, and start allowing other people to express their own views on the game of hockey,” said Kukla in a recent phone interview.

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Thanks Greg (yes, I still have trouble calling him Puck Daddy)!

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About Kukla's Korner Hockey

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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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