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Teams Playing Goalie Roulette

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Caps should have found the way to keep Cristobal Huet rather than signing free agent Jose Theodore and the Blackhawks would have been better off sticking with Nikolai Khabibulin this season than signing Huet to a long-term deal. Everyone will lose this game of goaltender roulette.

more NHL bits and some CBA talk too…

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Foppa Wanted In Russia

from David Staple at the Cult of Hockey,

And so it begins, the endless speculation on where Peter Forsberg will play if and when he plays this season. 

Ak-Bars Kazan has started talks with Forsberg’s swedish representatives, in an attempt to get the Tre Kronor artist to join the new Russian Continental Hockey League team, reports Peter Adler, the Euro-hockey expert.


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  Tags: peter+forsberg

The Rumor Talk

The boys on Hockey Hot Stove on HNIC with the following:

Pierre LeBrun states the starting point for signing Zetterberg will be $8.25 million per year.

Mike Milbury mentioned Marian Gaborik talks are at a standstill.  May be an ego thing with Gaborik, the Wild make him an offer, he turns them down.  LeBrun said he will be traded “soon”, Wild won’t wait for the March 3rd trade deadline.

Pierre also mentioned Satan on the wing in Pittsburgh is not going well, so keep an eye on the Penguins getting involved in the Gaborik trade talk.

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  Tags: henrik+zetterberg, marian+gaborik

Devils Concerned About Financial Future

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

There are 13 Devils players who will earn $2 million or more this season. Four others will come very close to $1 million.

“We’re like anybody else. We see what is going on and understand it,” Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner said. “It may not have a direct effect on us at this moment, but it’s not good. It’s not good for pro sports in general. People aren’t going to spend the money to go watch games.”

Certainly a guy who earns $2.8 million, as Langenbrunner does, is more concerned about investments than the average Joe.


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OK, All Done, Play Some Hockey

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  Tags: sarah+palin

Palace Sports & Entertainment Finances $70M For New Tampa Owners

from Lightning Strikes,

Palace Sports financed $70-million of team sale

Why is this interesting? Because the company that wanted so badly out of the hockey business is still so entwined, and even more deeply (about $20-million more deeply) than we originally believed. It also is in a position, though unlikely, to regain control of the team if OK Hockey cannot repay the loan.


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A New Meaning To ‘Vertical Game’

A billboard in Toronto kicking off the Leafs season.

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Wings Waive Quincey

via TSN,

Defenceman Kyle Quincy was placed on waivers on Saturday.

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  Tags: kyle+quincey

More Hockey Talk—Live From Gretzky’s

From Gretzky.com

imageLive From Wayne Gretzky’s is 2-hours of live, interactive radio from Wayne Gretzky’s Restaurant in Toronto. Host Rod Black, brings you inside the game every week starting with hockey’s pre-season; right through to the playoffs. Each show will feature big name guests and analysts from the world of hockey with the opportunity for callers to be a part of the show. Simply call 1-866-GRETZKY (473-8959) or listen to your local radio station every Saturday at 4pm (EST) or 1pm (PST).

Hosts are Rod Black and Doug MacLean, former GM of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Phil Esposito will be on the show today, and Neil Smith in the studio from 4-5pm as well.  Also, their ‘Outside the Box’ segment today features Kato Kaelin to talk about OJ Simpson. 

Can be heard online or by local radio via these stations:  XM 204 NHL Home Ice, Fan 590, Team 990, Team 1040, Team 1260, Fan 960 or 1290 CJBK.


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  Tags: doug+maclean, media, neil+smith, rod+black, xm+radio

Flames Need To Get Better

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

A comparatively slow team that struggled mightily on special teams last season, the Flames shuffled the deck chairs in the summer, thinking their off-season acquisitions (except for Todd Bertuzzi) made them quicker overall — able to play a more straight-ahead style and compete far better with the rest of the Western Conference powerhouses.

One game does not a season make, but the Flames need improved goaltending from Miikka Kiprusoff, better special teams and more balanced scoring.


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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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