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We Will Not Forget

I was going to prepare a tribute on this day in remembrance of the 9/11 tragedy, but IwoCPO could not have said it any better.

This from Craig Conroy at the Calgary Herald,

“I was actually sitting in my basement watching the whole thing unfold,” he recalled. “I remember thinking how is there a fire in the World Trade Center? It doesn’t make any sense. Then the second plane hit. Then you realize it’s an attack on the U.S. and on New York City. It was unbelievable to see those buildings fall, that you wouldn’t ever think would come down because they sort of symbolize New York.”

“There’s bad things and we have to get through it,” he said. “There is another day. Terrible things happen and you try to move forward and do your best. It’s not that you ever forget and you never want anything like that to happen again, but you definitely you’ve got to move on.”

more from Conroy…

A KK reader sent in this…

You will see the clips of that horrible moment seven years ago today, but never forget those who lost their lives on that day and the families they left behind! And regardless of your politics, always be grateful for those that have fought and are fighting for our freedom. May they reach a point where the fighting is not needed and there’s peace on earth.

God Bless!

The reader also points out a CNN Memorial.

 

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It’s All About The Presentation

from Erik Erlendsson at Bolts Report,

Not knowing how long Kuba might be in town (he said he’s probably heading to Ottawa on Sunday), I figured I’d try to catch up with the soft-spoken Czech defenseman to get his thoughts on the trade and how everything went down….

This is what he had to say: “The way it was presented to me at the time, I knew even if I said no [to the trade] I wasn’t going to stay here on the team,’’ he said. “So it didn’t make any sense to say “no I’m going to stay’’ and then know I’m going somewhere else anyway.’’

This was one of those ear perk type moments when you start trying to read between the comments and begin to wonder, what does he mean by the way things were presented to him

read on

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What To Do With The Sedins

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Since pronouncing his mission statement at his now-famous opening press conference, Gillis hasn’t exactly dazzled this market with his offseason moves. Anyone who saw the Canucks play for more than a period last season was painfully aware the team needed to add two or three top-nine forwards to ease the burden on the twins.

His response? He exchanged Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison for Pavol Demitra and Steve Bernier, while virtually every team in the Western Conference improved themselves.

As a result, the twins are now as important to the Canucks as Roberto Luongo and, if you doubt that, consider what their lineup would look like without the Sedins.

Gillis might have had more ambitious plans this summer but, as the new season dawns, he’s left with one option.

more

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  Tags: daniel+sedin, henrik+sedin

Nilson Looking At Other Options

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Reports Calgary Flames forward Marcus Nilson has signed to play with CSKA Moscow are “not correct,” according to his agent.

However, J.P. Barry said he and the two clubs are trying to work out a way for Nilson to play in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.

“We’re exploring the possibility of him playing there,” Barry said yesterday. “We were hoping to do it quietly.”...

The Flames could have bought Nilson out of the final year of his two-year, US$2-million contract, but decided not to exercise that option. GM Darryl Sutter said the veterans would have to earn roster spots this season.

Still, it appears Nilson isn’t in the team’s plans, which is why Barry and the Flames are negotiating.

more

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Morning Line

“It all started when Peter came on board,” Jacobs said. “It was a tough change because Harry (Sinden) had been the GM and led this organization and bringing Peter in, and subsequently Cam, it’s gone from an old organization to a young vibrant organization. And it needed it. I’m so proud to see the rejuvenation I’m seeing here. The sixth game (against Montreal) was very reminiscent of the old building. And the identity is very much like the identity of the old Bruins. It’s something we’re going to build on.”

-Boston Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs at the Bruins Town Hall Meeting last night.  Read more about the Bruins at the Boston Herald.

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Senators Invite Richardson To Camp

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

In 20 NHL seasons, Luke Richardson has never gone to training camp without a contract.

Until now.

The Senators have extended the 39-year-old Ottawa native a tryout offer and Richardson has eagerly accepted.

“I’m excited ... I’m getting a chance and we’ll see what comes of it,” the 6-foot-3 and now 212-lb. defenceman said last night. “Obviously, the best scenario would have been to sign a contract, but I understand there’s only so many of them to go around….”

continued

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Oilers Talk

from The Cult of Hockey,

The Oilers aren’t actively looking to make a trade right now, but do have their eye on one guy as a training camp invite. (Dan) Tencer (630CHED) guessed faceoff specialist Yanic Perreault, but Lowe shot that down and wouldn’t say who the player was.

Lowe said the team was looking for the right kind of enforcer, and this summer pursued Georqes Laraque and one other unnamed player, who went to another NHL team. “It’s got to be the right fit.”

Lowe said that tough guy Zack Stortini does put the fear of God into some people, but added, “Maybe not in Derek Boogaard and some of the heavyweights.”

more Oilers talk…

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Bert Likes Espo

from Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

Wonder why Todd Bertuzzi wound up with No. 7 with the Flames when he’s always worn either 4 or 44 as an NHLer (and before that as an OHL star)? Roger Millions of Sportsnet asked Bertuzzi that very question today at the Flames’ charity golf tournament luncheon and this was the response:

“Obviously, I’ve always worn 4. I think it was just time for a change. Me and a couple of buddies were having a beer and trying to figure out what to do (about his sweater number) and one of the players that came up who I’ve always idolized is Phil Esposito. So I thought I’d go with it and see where that goes.”

continued

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Look For Big Things From The Blue Jackets

from the blog of Craig Custance at the Sporting News,

...I got it today from Michael Peca. He flat out said that this is a 100-point team right now in Columbus. Last year, they had trouble getting the puck to their forwards. That’s been solved with a revamped blue line. Rick Nash has never had an equally skilled player to get him the puck. Enter Kristian Huselius.

You could tell that Peca loves the acquisition of R.J. Umberger, who he thinks would do well skating with Nash and Huselius.

“I think we have a great blend of youth and experience, size and skill,” Peca said. “There are just a lot of things to be upbeat and excited about.”

more and a few other hockey notes.  Nice to see Craig also mention the Dwayne episode too, a first from a MSM today.

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Hey, At Least It Is Hockey

Prospects Tournament at Traverse City, Michigan coverage on NHL Network
(All games on next-day tape delay)

Sunday, September 14
8:00 PM ET – Thrashers vs. Lightning
10:00 PM ET – Stars vs. Blues

Monday, September 15
8:00 PM ET – Wild vs. Blues
10:00 PM ET – Stars vs. Blue Jackets

Continue Reading »

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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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