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Now What Lou

from the NY Post,

Lamoriello already is believed to be right at the cap, thanks to the payroll discounts afforded by the Long-Term Injury exemptions granted Alexander Mogilny, Jason Wiemer, Richard Matvichuk and David Hale. Hale and his $600G salary are on conditioning assignment at Lowell, and the initial three-game allowance runs out tomorrow, although the league can be expected to grant a one-time, two-game extension that would run through next weekend.... Lamoriello's dilemma will be deciding if a player like Matvichuk is worth dumping another player or two. Would keeping both Brooks and Hale be worth waiving or trading Brad Lukowich, who was solid in his two games back from his ankle injury? Would Matvichuk be worth bidding farewell to someone like Sergei Brylin? These are the issues facing Lamoriello, and teams with helpful cap room are vanishing quickly.
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Equity’s What The Lockout Was All About

By George Malik: As one peruses the Forbes report on NHL franchise values, something stands out immediately--21 of the league's 30 teams made less than $5 million in operating income, and most barely broke even--before taxes. The Atlanta Thrashers and New Jersey Devils lost over $5 million apiece, and yet their teams experienced 21% and 19% increases in value, respectively. Why? Larry Brooks, love him or hate him, was right about one thing: the NHL's owners don't get make their financial hay from gate receipts and operating profits. It's all about equity.

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HHOF Worthy Or Not

from Brian Cazeneuve of Sports Illiustrated,

Here's a look at the key NHL players who will become Hall of Fame eligible during the next three years, and their chances for induction. Let's also look at some players who are already eligible but have yet to receive a call. The Hall requires that players be retired for three seasons, and a maximum of four can get in during any given year. Al MacInnis He'll get in for sure, but not on the first ballot. Scott Stevens He'll very likely get in, but not on the first ballot. Luc Robitaille He'll get in, but not on his first try. Phil Housley He'll probably get in, but he doesn't deserve it.
many more players...and you can read why Brian thinks some will make it and some won't...

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Flyers Crash & Burn

From the Associated Press via TSN,

Peter Forsberg really is sick of losing. The Flyers captain and former NHL MVP skipped practice with the flu and might miss Saturday's game against Buffalo, leaving Philadelphia without its best player against one of the Eastern Conference's top teams. Even with a sniffle-free Forsberg in the lineup, the Flyers have been the worst team in the league this season. While Philadelphia wasn't picked as a legitimate pre-season Stanley Cup contender, no one could have predicted this dramatic freefall to the bottom of the standings.
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Full Mailbag

Phil Coffey of NHL.com had his hands full this week answering some of the fan mail he received this week. Take a step back and read some of the comments and questions, then ask yourself if you fall into the same category. If you do, take another step back, have a laugh, then enjoy the game.

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KK- Settling In

Well it looks like Abel to Yzerman is settling in nicely here at the Kukla Kompound. A few details are still being addressed over at Bill's site, but overall, I think everything went smoothly. The growth of KK is continuing and should take place by the first of the new year, more on this as we get closer to that date. Have a great weekend and thanks for your continued support.

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Doan Out With Back Issues

via the Phoenix Coyotes,

Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that Coyotes’ captain Shane Doan will be out of the lineup 2-3 weeks with a back injury. Doan met with Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles this morning and it was determined that the injury will not require surgery. The Coyotes also announced today that defenseman Nick Boynton has a bruised foot and is listed day-to-day

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Forbes NHL List: Leafs, Rags, Wings “MVFs”

from the Toronto Star:

Forbes magazine has released its annual list of team valuations and the Leafs remain the NHL's richest franchise with a value of $332 million (all figures U.S.). That's up slightly on the $325 million figure the magazine attached to the team last season, when it also topped the list. Toronto edges out the New York Rangers, valued at $306 million, and the Detroit Red Wings, third on the list at $258 million.

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Surprising Stars

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

One writer suggested in his season preview that "things are about to get ugly in Dallas." (Full disclosure, those words were penned by this writer. An investigation into the matter is under way.) Well, not so fast, pardners. Proving once again that he is one of the most underrated coaches in the business, Dave Tippett has managed to get his team to put aside the disappointments of last season and has them on track for another 100-point season.... Up front, Modano and Lindros are tied for the lead in team scoring with 12 points in 15 games and the Big E has found Big D to his liking. "I don't think I've been surprised. You're hoping. You're hoping he's got lots left in the tank, but you don't know until you see it on the ice," said Tippett, who moved Lindros, a natural center, to the wing.
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Always Last

from Chris Russell at the Sporting News,

A lot of people believe, and undoubtedly a lot of you believe that it is not the "mass media's" job to help promote the NHL. Keep in mind however, it is the mass media's job to be fair and provide quality, balanced coverage. The NHL can only do so much to present their sport, and while they can always do more -- you need the medium of delivery to promote your product. Promotion and awareness equals familiarity. Familiarity equals interest. Interest equals a brand new world of opportunity. There is a reason why the NHL struggles to keep up with the other 'major' sports, and that is simply because when you out of sight, you are out of mind.
more... I can't agree more with Chris. Here in Detroit we have a columnist, Rob Parker, claiming hockey is dead. The radio flagship station of the Wings, won't talk hockey in mid-days, because one of the hosts, claims no one cares about the NHL. I am sure many of you in the States know what I am talking about, and it is time we call out these people and start getting a fair shake.

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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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