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Jarkko Ruutu Welcomed In Ottawa

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Along with a player like Sean Avery (who topped the SI poll) of the Stars, Ruutu sets the standard when it comes to agitating in the NHL.

“I guess you could say so. That’s why I get paid a lot, I’m sure,” said the 33-year-old. “I don’t think they want me to score goals. I have to play with my strengths and not try to do too much other stuff. Obviously, you want to score when you get the chance.

“I have to prove myself every night. That’s the key. Whether you have a 10-year contract or not, it doesn’t matter. You have to put yourself in situations where you can make the difference in the game. That’s what’s fun about the game in Canada. You can’t get away with stuff like taking a night off.”

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NHLPA Taking NHL to Court Regarding Pension Plan

From TSN:

The NHL Players’ Association hopes to see a pension dispute with the league solved in court.

The NHLPA announced Thursday that it had filed an application in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice regarding an interpretation of the league’s pension plan.

The issue relates to the calculation of the death benefit for players with NHL service prior to July 1, 1986. The NHLPA believes widows and other beneficiaries of players who passed away before taking their pension were paid less than is required by law.

The NHL disagrees.

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  Tags: nhlpa, pension+plan

More Changes Needed To Goalie Equipment

from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

Protection is the most oft-stated reason for the overall lack of change. That’s valid, but only to a point. There is new equipment on the market that is so good that serious goalie injuries, once the bane of the game, are virtually non-existent. Slimming down the equipment without threatening the health and well- being of the players is known to be a doable deed.

What seems to be the obstruction here is that no one has or is willing to exert the necessary authority to make change happen. The goalies have power on the ice, with the players’ association, and with a strong, powerful voice in the media.

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Brian Heaton Passes Away

from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

Brian Heaton, the Kingsville resident who helped revolutionize goalie equipment design in the past 25 years, died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack while competing in a horse-riding competition in London.

The 58-year-old Heaton built up a world-wide reputation in hockey by offering a customized service and design to NHL goaltenders.

Among the innovations Heaton has been credited with included introducing coloured equipment, using new man-made materials and coming up with several flap and safety designs that allowed goalies to enjoy superior protection in lighter equipment.

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Rangers Will Be Busy

from Rangers Report,

In talking to a number of players about the preseason schedule, almost everyone is aware of the challenge it presents. Some just rolled their eyes and said it was unfortunate. Others were more direct.

“Who approved this?” one veteran asked me. “I know we approved the Prague games, but not this.”

Indeed, while players signed on for the Europe trip, the preseason schedule is made up by Rangers management. Almost everyone would agree that the six games, including trips to Ottawa and Tampa Bay, is a bit much on top of the Europe trip.

read on

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Pay Now or Pay Later

From Lyle Richardson at FoxSports:

The Hurricanes are following a league-wide trend which began in the summer of 2007 of re-signing potential restricted and unrestricted free-agent stars well before they become eligible to entertain other offers.

Since July, the notable re-signing was Vincent Lecavalier—who was eligible for UFA status next summer—inking a staggering 11-year, $85 million deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The most recent such deal was the Florida Panthers re-upping defenseman Keith Ballard to a six-year extension believed worth over $4 million per season.

read on for more on this trend and a look at the names that may sign some big offers before next summer

*Article references the news of Eric Staal’s new contract, announced earlier today

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White Would Go Without A Visor

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

If the vision in Devils defenseman Colin White’s damaged right eye somehow miraculously returned to normal, he says he would not wear a protective visor.

“If I had my eyesight, I wouldn’t be wearing one,” White said this morning after participating in an informal skate at the team’s practice facility at Prudential Center.

When White reports with the other Devils’ veterans for training camp physicals next Friday, it will mark the one-year anniversary of his injury. During a training camp practice on Sept. 19, 2007, he was struck in the right eye by a deflected shot off the stick of Nicklas Bergfors.

Although White’s vision in his right eye improved marginally at first, he says it hasn’t gotten any better since the end of last season and doctors have told him, “This is going to be it.”

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Toronto’s $40 Million Facelift Includes HD Scoreboard

From Mark Zwolinski at the Toronto Star,

Toronto’s Air Canada Centre will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year by unveiling a year-long $40-million renovation. The home of the Maple Leafs, Raptors and Rock, today unveiled an expansion to the west side of the building including a new multi-level concourse, retail space and more concessions.

The centrepiece of the ACC reno is an $8-million high-definition scoreboard and display system.

More on the snazzy new system can be seen on video at the Star website. The caption on the video probably says it all: “No one claims it will improve the Leafs—but it is a spectacular addition over centre ice.”

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Beat Babcock At His Game

from the Detroit Red Wings,

So you think you’re as good as the pros?

The coaching staff of the Stanley Cup champion Red Wings and their alumni invite you and seven of your friends down to Joe Louis Arena for the 4-on-4 Coaches’ Challenge. Seven dates still remain during the 2008-09 season.

Play against coach Mike Babcock and assistant coaches Paul McLean and Brad McCimmon.

continued and oh yes, it will cost you $1850.00 per team.

added 2:58pm, The link is no longer working, so who knows what is going on.

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Behind The Scenes With Rick Nash

Watch below

for behind the scenes action in the making of NHL 2K9 with Rick Nash.

I deleted the vid, it was crashing Firefox, instead, here is the link to watch...

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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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