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from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

We did the Oilers and Blue Jackets game Wednesday night.  Columbus has two of the best rookies in the NHL in Derek Brassard and Jakub Voracek.  Coach Ken Hitchcock, not one to over hype young players, calls them this year’s version of Toews and Kane.  Brassard scored Wednesday, and leads all NHL rookies in goals and points.  He has arguably been the best player on the team.

more hockey bits…

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KK Members, Start Your Posts!

A new feature has been added to Kukla’s Korner, allowing KK members to begin blogging.

We hope you enjoy this added feature and as always, we are looking forward to reading the posts of the many knowledgeable hockey fans that visit KK on a daily basis.

Let the writing begin and you can follow this link to get started.

You will also notice we have changed the navigation area of KK a bit too, simplifying things with a simple drop down menu when you hover over ‘Blogs’ in the black navbar at the top of the page.

P.S. Posts on the KK Member Blog will not appear on the front page of Kukla’s Korner, but they can always be accessed by clicking on that ‘Blogs’ link in the navigation bar.

*original post-time 3:40pm ET Nov.5

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Early Season Trends

from Ted Montgomery of USA TODAY,

In an NHL season that so far has been exciting but fairly nondescript, let’s take a look at a few emerging trends.

The early mediocrity of the Southeast Division: No one expected this to be a powerhouse division, but Carolina, Washington, Tampa Bay and Florida are all hovering around the .500 mark, and none of those teams are showing convincing signs of getting hot. No team in the division has scored more goals than its opponents

read on for more trends…

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Yzerman Meets New Challenges

from the CP,

Now 43 and busier than ever, Yzerman paradoxically looks younger and fresher than he did during the final injury-filled seasons of his career with the Detroit Red Wings. The intensity that made him one of the greatest NHLers in history is still there, but there’s also a renewed vibrancy that has come with new challenges.

Perhaps that’s why it seemed just a little strange to see him among the inductees to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Yzerman is a little more than two years removed from announcing his retirement, but his contributions to the game continue as a vice-president with the Red Wings and the executive director of Canada’s 2010 Olympic men’s hockey team.

read on

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  Tags: steve+yzerman

What Else Could They Do

from Brian Hamacher of NHL Blog at the NY Post,

I’ve spent the past few days trying to figure out a way to be unhappy with the way the NHL is handling ticket sales for the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago on New Year’s Day. As much as I generally disagree with much if not most of what Gary Bettman and his NHL crew do, I hate to say it but they got it right this time.

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  Tags: winter+classic

Upgrade In Goal Would Help Avalanche

from Terry Frei of All Things Colorado Sports at the Denver Post,

Do I think the Avalanche should be considering taking measures to upgrade in goal? Absolutely. And they should be considering that possibility, whether it’s the drastic step of using all the available cap space (and a little more) to land Khabibulin or anything else. (Budaj to Chicago as Huet’s backup to clear the cap room and give Chicago a No. 2? Well, that would make sense except for the fact that Budaj would be playing for Joel Quenneville, which raises all sorts of issues.)

But for now, Budaj’s far from the only problem.

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Jack Johnson Could Return Ahead Of Schedule

via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

Jack Johnson was expected to be out until after the all-star break, as he recovers from surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his shoulder, but Johnson’s recovery is going faster than expected and he might return a month ahead of schedule. That could put him in line for a late-December return, but that depends on his continued progress.

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Together Again

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

It’s hard to believe it was 16 years ago that Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne and St. Louis Blues center Keith Tkachuk were part of a tremendous rookie class with the former Winnipeg Jets….

“I’m glad I had the opportunity to go through that first season with him,” Tkachuk said. “It was one of the most phenomenal things I’ve ever seen. He was outstanding. No one knew anything about him. He just came in and dominated. No one could keep up with his speed, and everything he touched, everything he shot, went in.”

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  Tags: keith+tkachuk, teemu+selanne

The State of Sports Journalism

With credit to Matt at the Battle of Alberta, we came across a couple of interesting articles published in recent days that I don’t believe we linked on KK, both looking at sports journalism (though not just hockey media).  They are:

 

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  Tags: journalism, media

KHL Invites Media to Observe Medical Testing

The KHL recently dealt with the fallout from Alexei Cherepanov’s death by adopting a list of resolutions in hopes of avoiding such tragedies in the future. 

Today they’ve issued another press release related to those issues, this one inviting members of the media to observe their medical evaluation process.  Presumably this openness is meant to reassure current and prospective players of the KHL’s commitment to their welfare.

Full text of the press release is available below.

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  Tags: alexei+cherepanov, khl

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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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