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Jason Baird Could Use Some Help

from Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News,

A career minor leaguer, Baird recently signed on to play with the Muskegon Fury of the International League, but he will likely never suit up for them.

On July 17, Baird was working a summer job as a landscaper in Youngstown when the riding lawnmower he was steering exploded, engulfing the 27-year-old father of three in flames. Baird received third-degree burns to more than 70 percent of his body and the weeks since have seen the gritty winger in and out of surgery and fighting for his life.

Like a lot of kids in North America, Baird was keeping his dream of playing hockey for a living alive by doing what had to be done. If he could only earn about $500 a week, he would take a job in the summer and make up the income that way.

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Not Impressed By Sharks

from Ryan Garner of the Vallejo Times-Herald,

Two months from the start of the NHL season I’m trying to see the logic in the San Jose Sharks’ recent offseason moves, but I just can’t.

Crafting a Stanley Cup-winning team carries a high degree of difficulty; almost as difficult as touching your ear with your elbow. Sharks general manager Doug Wilson deserves credit for molding a competitive roster, but his latest moves indicate a growing sense of desperation that could have adverse effects on the franchise for years to come….

In short, when you consider what the Sharks have given up to stabilize a defense that wasn’t the team’s most pressing need to begin with, Doug Wilson took the incredibly long way around to make the team worse down the road, limit his salary flexibility, and sacrifice more of the future in pursuit of the Sharks’ first Stanley Cup.

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Travelling Road Show

from Ned Powers of the StarPhoenix,

Former National Hockey League defenceman Jason Woolley is coming to the Saskatoon Exhibition with a show he likes to describe as “hockey’s version of Disneyland.”

The exhibit is called Hockey Canada Fanfest, assembled in a 20,000-square-foot area, complete with Hockey Canada memorabilia and trophies, major graphic displays and seven inter-active games.

“The interactive components are like nothing you’ve seen before. For those who want to test their competitive urges, they will get all they can handle in our high-tech world,” says Woolley.

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Mark Your Calender

via the Province,

The organizing committee for the 2010 Winter Games has released a detailed schedule of events for the Olympics and Paralympics….

The final sport event of the Games, the men’s gold-medal hockey game is set for Feb. 28 at 12:15 p.m. (PT) at General Motors Place.

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Sens Need Some ‘O’ On Their ‘D’

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Citizen,

Look no further than the last two Stanley Cup champions to see what every coach preaches: Successful teams get offence from their defence.

The Red Wings’ “Top 6” (Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski, Niklas Kronwall, Brad Stuart, Brett Lebda and Andreas Lilja) combined for 209 points during the 2007-08 regular season. And that’s with missing 49 games between them.

The year before, the Ducks were the beneficiaries of 206 points from six of their most- used blueliners (Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger, Francois Beauchemin, Sean O’Donnell, Joe DiPenta and Kent Huskins).

The Senators stack up like peanuts to coconuts by comparison.

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Play If You Can

from the CP,

Steve Yzerman and Joe Nieuwendyk were forced into retirement by injuries and never really had to wrestle with the decision about when to call it a career.

So when they see players like Mats Sundin or Joe Sakic struggling to make up their minds, they have one simple piece of advice.

“If there’s any doubt and guys aren’t sure, I think they should be playing,” Yzerman told The Canadian Press on Friday. “You can be retired for the rest of your life. You’ll know when you’re done.

“If you’re not 100 per cent certain that you don’t want to play anymore, then the decision is that you should be playing.”

Added Nieuwendyk: “People always told me: ‘Play as long as you can.’ I think these guys you’re talking about still have some good years left in them.”

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A Week of Gretzky

From NHL.com

imageOn August 9, 1988, a day that changed the game, Wayne Gretzky was traded from the Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers to the lowly Los Angeles Kings.  The trade changed the fortunes of the Kings, was a driving force for National Hockey League expansion into the ‘Sun Belt’, and generated extensive growth of the game at the grassroots level in “non-traditional” hockey markets. 

To commemorate the anniversary, The NHL Network will highlight its “Wayne Gretzky Week” programming by presenting a one-hour special that features exclusive interviews with Gretzky, former Oilers owner Peter Pocklington and former Kings’ owner Bruce McNall, among others, at 9 p.m., ET, on Wednesday, August 6. A VNR of the interview with Gretzky will be provided Tuesday.

Here is the complete NHL Network schedule of Gretzky-related programming for next week:

 

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The Finger Points Right Back At The GM

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Kudos to Minnesota Wild GM Doug Risebrough for his refreshing honesty when it came to buying out Mark Parrish’s contract.

Finally a GM in the NHL takes personal responsibility for signing a bad contract. What a concept.

“I looked at Mark’s salary and at what I thought his contributions would be and they were not totally in line,” Risebrough said after Parrish was put on waivers by the Wild. “It’s not Mark’s fault. I negotiated the contract.”

Not blaming the player, the CBA, the marketplace or the rising costs of doing business, Risebrough’s admission represented a willingness to be accountable for a mistake in judging a player’s worth.

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Best of Hockey Blogs

USA Hockey Magazine recently came out on news stands with their August edition, which includes a feature on the hockey blogging world. The article should be available online soon. 

Meanwhile, we were too excited to wait since they named Kuklas Korner.com to the top of the list—#1—for best hockey blog. (How cool is that?!)  Our sincere thanks to USA Hockey Magazine for such a flattering mention for us, plus an excellent list that includes other familiar hockey faces, both mainstream media as well as some independent fan bloggers. Represented are James Mirtle, Ted Leonsis, TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Tom Benjamin, A View From the Cheap Seats, and many others.

Thanks to our friend Patrick Hoffman at The Hockey News for sending us a scan so you can check out the complete list.

Update August 5th: Story now available online.

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Keep Kovalchuk

from the ICEMAN Bloggeth at the AJC,

See, unlike Hossa, Ilya Kovalchuk isn’t just an Atlanta Thrasher… he IS the Atlanta Thrashers right now. He is the man to build an O-fense around. One cannot give up and send him away simply because they’re afraid he might walk in two years. Besides, the players you’d get in return…are THEY going to make this team their own? Are THEY going to arrive in Atlanta all smiley-like and giggling ‘til they puke because they just left Montreal or Calgary or Minnesota or Colorado or New York or Boston to play for the Waddell/Spirit Group-led Thrashers?

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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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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