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Attention Versus: Clean Up Your NHL Forum

A KK reader emailed me last week and pointed out the pure filth and garbage that has spammed the NHL Forum at the Versus website.
I contacted Versus by phone and email to alert them of this problem. 
As of this morning, nothing has been done about it and I do see the Forum is un-moderated.  Perhaps they should just shut it down….

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The Flame-Breathing Buck Crest

from the Calgary Sun,

As the future of NHL jerseys is unveiled in Dallas today, fans can say their fond farewells to one of the old Calgary Flames silks.
While it hasn’t been officially retired, the team’s alternate jersey—the black version featuring a flame-breathing buck crest—is no longer being manufactured.
You won’t find it for sale at the FanAttic, the team’s official store, and the Flames have yet to pull on the sweater this season.
It’s not expected they’ll do so anytime soon, either, although Flames president and CEO Ken King suggests the design still exists as an option.

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Whatever Larry Wants…

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

I want the people running the Rangers to decide what’s best for the Rangers; not the person who runs Hartford. (Is it better for the Rangers organization or is it better for the 2006-07 Wolf Pack to have Hugh Jessiman playing in the ECHL right now?).
I want Renney this week to make personnel evaluations based on the best interests of the Rangers. And in conjunction with Renney’s visits to Wolf Pack practices, I want Sather to use waivers to cut the safety net of veterans the head coach has used as a security blanket right out from under him.
I want to see two or three fresh faces - Brandon Dubinsky, and maybe Ryan Callahan, maybe Lauri Korpikoski, maybe Dane Byers, maybe Nigel Dawes - when the Rangers reconvene Thursday.


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Vokoun #1

via the Tennessean,

Predators Coach Barry Trotz said Tomas Vokoun remains the team’s top goalie heading into the NHL All-Star break.
“Tomas is the No. 1 goalie, plain and simple,’’ Trotz said. “We’ve just got to get the rust off him like we would with anyone coming back. I’m actually the luckiest coach in the league to have two guys who can step up like that.”

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KK- Shopping Begins Again

If you have been a regular reader of KK and been around for some time, you know I created a KK Shopping section.
My intention was to update date it on a regular basis, but sometimes intentions go “bad”.  To be truthful, I simply did not have enough hours in the day to maintain it.
But in the last week or so, I have been updating that section on a regular basis and will continue to do so.
As many of you know, I only ask that if you have an interest in the products or services offered by any of the advertisers you see throughout the KK Sections, to please consider taking advantage of those offers.
KK will never ask for donations and the bloggers here are very determined to continue growing.

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Blues On The Comeback Trail

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

In the NHL, it is possible to go from dead-in-the-water to a playoff team in a few months. Things change that quickly in a league that has seen a hard salary cap narrow the gap between the top and the bottom.
The Blues have suffered through an 11-game losing streak that led to a coaching change. They trail Minnesota by eight points for the final playoff spot in the West.
Given those circumstances, the NHL should give the Blues permission to print playoff tickets any day now.


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Roy Questioning Future

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Former NHL all-star goalie Patrick Roy says he is questioning his future with the major junior hockey team he co-owns and coaches following claims he was involved in a shoving match….
Roy denied Sunday that he did anything wrong following the game Friday.
“From my part and the part of the Remparts, we have absolutely nothing to feel guilty about in this incident,” he told a brief news conference following a Remparts game at the Pepsi Colisee.

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Modano Named Special Ambassador

DALLAS - Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars has been named Special Ambassador to the 2007 NHL All-Star Celebration, the National Hockey League announced today. Modano, the Stars’ all-time leader in several statistical categories and a member of the franchise for the entirety of his 16-year career, will appear at selected All-Star events and will drop the puck in a ceremonial face-off prior the 55th NHL All-Star Game Wednesday night.
“Mike is the face of the franchise and a true All-Star,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said of Modano, the only remaining player on the Stars’ roster to have made the move with the club from Minnesota to Dallas in 1993.
The 36-year-old Modano - the Stars’ all-time leader in goals (495), assists (708), points (1,203) and games-played (1,206) - suffered a hip muscle injury on Dec.4 and has missed the last 21 games due to the injury.

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Welcome Gordie

from the Dallas Stars,

After countless personal appearances and autograph sessions, Gordie Howe still savors every moment of his seemingly endless meet and greets. “If they’re interested enough to come down, then I should feel interested, too,” said Howe, who appeared in 29 All-Star games during a career that began in 1946. “You have to get the people to know you.”...
Thirty minutes before he was expected, and with no entourage like some of today’s showy athletes, Howe humbly walked into the Upper Deck booth, shook a couple of hands, sat down and immediately began mingling with the crowd. Sporting his Hockey Hall of Fame blazer—he was inducted in 1972—Howe’s presence drew a line of fans that seemed endless.


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Another Kind Of Vintage Memorabilia

from Victor Chi of the Mercury News:

After Weight won the Stanley Cup with Carolina last season, Guerin wanted to give his buddy a special gift to commemorate the championship.
Guerin decided a bottle of wine would be appropriate, so naturally he reached out to Bert George, the San Jose native who has become a celebrity among NHL players for his wine selection and artistic bottle creations.
George delivered a 12-liter bottle of a 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon with a picture of Weight lifting the Stanley Cup above his head on the front.
``Bert is the best,’’ Guerin said.



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