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Making Airplane Noises

from the Calgary Herald via Canada.com:

After polishing off the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Saturday, the [Calgary Flames] travelled to the airport. Once there, Flames coaches, trainers and staff -- not to mention The FAN 960 broadcast crew -- actually shoved [a 737] down the runway. Really.
With everyone aboard, the step-truck, flush against the plane, had conked out. Which put takeoff in limbo. "The captain went out, looked at the tarmac, realized that there was a little bit of slope going backwards," said Flames coach Jim Playfair after Sunday morning's workout. "He asked for help."
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Kukla’s Korner Born From the Lockout

Following up on an earlier post today, here is another article from Jean-François Bégin at La Presse:

A few, like Paul Kukla... make a living from rehashing the hockey news they cull from a litany of sources, while adding their own thought on the subject. A former ad sales man for a Detroit radio station, Kukla, 50, was taking care of his ill mother when he launched the precursor to his current blog in February 2005, while the lockout was in full force. "I did it because even here, in Detroit, we weren't being informed on what was happening in the dispute between owners and players," explains the Wings fan who saw his first game in the old Olympia stadium in 1961. One and a half years later, the man who describes himself as a "search professional" works 70 hours a week on his site, which he updates several times a day.
Read the entire article here (via Google's translator). Or go to James Mirtle's site for a proper translation. *The original French is here.

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Ups and Downs in AHL for Kasparaitus

Via Slam,

The rough-and-tumble NHLer then caused a stir in his AHL debut last Wednesday in Hartford for a crunching hit on Portland's Tim Brent, who has since been out of the Pirates' line-up. Still, the transition has not been completely smooth for Kasparaitis, who went scoreless and minus-2 over four AHL games this past week. The NHL veteran even found his way into head coach Jim Schoenfeld's rather crowded dog house for a stretch this past weekend.
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Wings Finally Release Headshots

The Wings' PR arm doesn't just blow off its paying customers; it stiff-arms the media as well. The Red Wings and Islanders are the only teams in the NHL that don't release their media guides to the NHL's media, their press releases are sparse, the team's inaccessable. "Headshots," which look suspiciously like "first day of school" pictures, are important as they add faces to the names that newspapers or websites write about. They're seen as simple, easy-to-provide references that should be made available by, at the latest, the beginning of the season. The Wings don't buy into the concept of having "courtesy" for anyone, whether you buy a ticket, watch games on TV, buy team merchandise, or write about the team, and that attitude's symbolized in the "when we feel like it" approach it takes to making these beauties available:

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NHL Working On Live Game Streaming

from Paidcontent.org, via GoogleWatch:

The NHL wants to stream games in Canada during the upcoming season but it doesn’t sound like it has all the pucks in a row just yet. Doug Perlman, EVP-media, told the Toronto Globe & Mail the league needs to clear carriage with national and regional television rights holders. That complicated scenario, which also includes the out-of-market NHL Centre Ice cable/sat package, explains why Internet rights will be one of the main topics as the NHL negotiates its next TV rights deals there; agreements with CBC and TSN expire at the end of the ‘07-’08 season.

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Skrastins “Used To” Blocking Shots, Pain

from the Rocky Mountain News:

Skrastins said. "[Blocking shots] are not big pains. After a game, just put the ice on and you're all right the next day. You don't have time to think about small injuries. "Every season I had a couple things that I was going through. I had bad ribs and sore shoulders, too. It's hockey, a tough game." Taking that into account, it makes his feat of playing in 447 consecutive games, the most by any active NHL player and the second- longest streak by a defenseman in league history, even more remarkable.
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Platooning Goalies Catching On In NHL

NBC's Pierre McGuirre tackles that issue, plus eleven others.

How many teams will have a goalie that will start 60-plus games this regular season? Is the platoon system better now that goalies are facing more work and more stress, especially with the overtime and the shootout being a very real part of the NHL game now?
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Inside the Game

Veteran NHL play-by-play announcer Doug McLeod is hosting a new NHL online audio broadcast called Inside the Game:

NHL.com, the NHL Coaches Association and flexxCOACH bring you “Inside the Game” with audio podcasts providing insights and features on the game you all love provided by coaches; players and writers from around the hockey world! If you’re a FAN you won’t want to miss this show!
The first episode is now available and features an in-depth interview with former Wings' coach Scotty Bowman and a short conversation with Phil Coffey of NHL.com. Having just listened to it, I enjoyed the program a lot. McLeod does a good interview and the guests were well-chosen. My only reservation is minor, but irritating nontheless: the music added to the production is a bit of a nightmare. Way too 1980s for any normal human being to endure with a smile. Ah well. Aside from that minor complaint, it's a great show -- check it out.

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Muckler Working The Phones

And, according to Bruce Garrioch, he's looking for a second-line center,

How long can Muckler afford to wait? He's a man with great patience, but the Senators will find out exactly where they stand as they take on Washington, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Boston in a four-game trip that begins tonight. "The problem is if they don't start winning, the options are limited," said another league executive. "You can't go out and remake your team in the middle of the season."
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Therrien The Pens’ Weak Link?

That's what Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette thinks,

Even before the Penguins ran into a wall in San Jose, however, you had to wonder: Just how far can this team go with Michel Therrien as coach? How long will it be before they lose three straight and Therrien has another meltdown?
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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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