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Ready- Or Not

from Robin Brownlee of the Edmonton Sun,

Watching Alexei Mikhnov wheel around the Coca Cola Centre during the second day of training camp with the Edmonton Oilers in Grande Prairie yesterday, it's obvious the towering winger from Ukraine has come a long way - in more ways than one. A mystery man since the Oilers selected him 17th overall at the 2000 Entry Draft, Mikhnov suited up for Team White and looked like a completely different player than when he made a marquee appearance in Sherwood Park three years ago, struggling around the ice in borrowed equipment and skates plucked from Cory Cross. The question now is whether the six-foot-five, 225-pound behemoth from Kiev, the last Oilers first-round pick from the Barry Fraser era, is ready for prime time in the NHL.
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Captain Or Not

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson says that now, finally, this is his team. But what about the captain? Does Ferguson want Mats Sundin in that role? More importantly, does Sundin want to be in that role? The only person who knows the answer to that question is Sundin himself, and his nature is such that even if he didn’t want the job, he wouldn’t say so publicly. But the indications are that he doesn’t.
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A Different Type Of Dman

from the Toronto Star,

In a world where his peers commute to work in pickup trucks and Hummers, Calgary defenceman Andrew Ference shows up in a Hybrid. While teammates spend much of their summer looking for their golf balls on the links, Ference can be found searching the kitchen cupboard for just the right ingredients for his next culinary creation. That Ference isn't your average bear has been apparent since he broke every stereotype in a wide-ranging interview with reporters during the Flames' run to the 2004 Stanley Cup final. He's been the go-to guy for anyone looking for an insightful quote ever since.
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Recapping The Talk

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The institutional hysteria revolving around Bob Clarke's $1.9 million offer sheet to Ryan Kesler is, in a word, hysterical. The abundant ignorance displayed by those in the industry who have attacked the Flyers GM for his acute use of the NHL's collective bargaining agreement is revolting. What part of 54 percent of the gross, exactly, is it that these people do not understand?
continued (reg. req.)... and on NYI Wang, Brooks had this to say,
In signing Rick DiPietro to that 15-year, $67M contract, Wang simply gave a lifetime contract to a pal with whom the owner can tee it up and talk shop. It's his way of doing business. Nothing more and nothing less.

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KK- Now In Read Only Mode

Just a reminder to KK members and guests, KK and the KK Fourms are now in read only mode. A geographical move of my server will be performed tonight and I was advised not to add anything new to the site until sometime tomorrow. So no new blog or forum posts until you see a new post made sometime Sunday. Feel free to look around and see you soon. added Sunday, Sept. 17th at 10:36am, All clear to post again. Comments have been turned on and posting in the KKF is now allowed.

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Kovalchuk Talks Sticks

Ilya on the new curve stick rule, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (reg. req.),

I think this was the worst rule in the world with the illegal stick because you can use whatever you want," he said. "Some guys use the big curve; some guys use the open curve. Everybody plays with a different stick. I don't think it makes a big difference because, anyway, like half the league uses illegal sticks and now everyone will use legal ones." Can he stay within the new standard of 3/4-inch? "Oh, yeah, I'm all set now," he said. "And the good thing is if they call me and my stick is going to be legal, they're going to pay five grand and the coach will have to pay a thousand."

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Who Starts In San Jose

from the AP via the Mercury News,

After leading the Sharks into the playoffs last season during the first sustained playing time of his NHL career, Toskala is back in competition with veteran incumbent Evgeni Nabokov for the starting job in San Jose.... Wilson has been understandably coy about his plans to clear this logjam. Ottawa and Detroit were among the clubs who spoke to Wilson about deals for either goalie, but Wilson didn't pull the trigger during the summer - and now he'll probably have to wait until another team's goalie gets hurt or struggles. "I've always said it's a great problem to have," Wilson said on the Sharks' first day of training camp. "We're just zeroed in on not having too many distractions. They're very professional, and we'll go from there. We have such great depth, which very few teams have."
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Yuck!

from the Reebok store: shut eye Fear not, Wings fans: every other team's "Replica Fashion Jersey" looks exactly the same, save the silk-screened logo.

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Greg Johnson- Irregular EKG

via the Detroit Free Press,

Red Wings forward Greg Johnson has left training camp because of an irregular Electrocardiogram (EKG). The results first appeared Thursday as players took physicals at Centre ICE arena. Team spokesperson John Hahn said Saturday that Johnson, 35, has returned to Detroit and is expected to see a specialist on Wednesday.
thanks to KK member for the heads-up.

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The New Buffalo Look

There you have it folks. New Buffalo Sabres jersey from training camp today. image

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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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