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Philadelphia to Honor Desjardins

By Pierre Lebrun on Slam Sports,

Eric Desjardins will stand between the only two NHL teams he ever played for when he’s honoured at centre ice in Philadelphia on Thursday night.
On one side he’ll see Montreal, the team that gave him his NHL start and is currently enjoying one of its most successful seasons in recent years. On the other will be the Flyers, the team with which the defenceman finished his 17-year career and is currently last in the NHL.
It hurts him to see the team he captained at rock bottom.


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KK- An Introduction & Another KK Game

imageIt has long been my goal here at KK to attract direct advertisers to Kukla’s Korner.  That goal has was met when Black Aces Hockey inquired about advertising on KK.  You may have noticed their ads running throughout KK, A2Y and Canucks & Beyond.

The folks at Black Aces wanted to participate in one of the KK games that are occasionally offered to KK members.  They will be giving away a Black Aces hat and every KK member is eligible to win if you can answer this question…. What is your favorite hockey number?

Ah, no real, correct answer.  But do put a number in the comment section of this post to be eligible and maybe tell us why you like the number.  The contest will end Wednesday night at 11:59pm ET, so be quick.  If you are not a KK member, just look at the left sidebar under KK Sections and register for free.  A random drawing will be held on Thursday and the winner will be announced at that time.  Good luck and previous KK winners may participate. 

A little about Black Aces Hockey…

Astute hockey fans know that the Black Aces are not a team, yet every pro team has Black Aces.  The Black Aces are the extra players a hockey team carries that have to be ready to play at any time.  You have probably heard hockey announcers and comentators praising the efforts of the Black Aces and their importance to the team.  Ever wonder why they are called the Black Aces?  It’s a classic hockey story and you can find the answer to this question at BLACKACESHOCKEY.COM along with great looking Black Aces Hockey apparel and much more.


added 4:27pm on 1/10/07, moving this to the forefront to remind you the contest ends tonight.  Original post was 10:30am yesterday.

Update, 1/11/07, The winner of the Black Aces Hat is johnnygloveside.  Congrats and thanks to everyone for participating.

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The SoftCap

Last week I pointed to a story regarding a device used on the dasher boards to make the game safer.
Today, Intek Plastics emailed me a picture of the SoftCap (the blue strip at the top of the boards) used on the boards at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, home ice of the New York Islanders.


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David Amber of ESPN does a Q & A with Jean-Sebastien Giguere,

Q: You’ve been fighting a groin injury, but I want to know about the other injuries goalies get. What happens when a shot somehow finds that area where there is no protection?
A: It sucks. We’ve all been through it. Sometimes, you’re late getting into position, so the puck catches you in a bad spot and sometimes it just gets you where you have no padding. It really hurts, but in the heat of the game, you don’t worry about it.
Q: Teemu Selanne and Niedermayer are known as two of the nicest guys in the league. Who wins a fight between them if they drop the gloves on the ice?
A: [Laughs] I don’t know. That would be a fun fight to see, though. It would be a finesse fight. Not a lot of punches thrown, just some slapping!

much more

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Leighton On Waivers- Ducks May Have Interest

via the Tennessean,

The Predators have placed goalie Michael Leighton on waivers.
If he isn’t claimed by another NHL team by 11 a.m. on Thursday, Leighton will be reassigned to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League. But Leighton is likely to be grabbed off the waiver wire first.
Anaheim, Leighton’s previous organization, has said it would have interest in re-claiming him.

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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Penguins rookie sensation Evgeni Malkin is one of five finalists for ESPN The Magazine’s NEXT cover athlete.
Each year, ESPN The Magazine’s trademark NEXT issue looks ahead and identifies those athletes whose talent and style will shape the landscape of sports in the years to come. This year, in addition to showcasing the innovations and trends that are changing the games we love, The Magazine has selected five finalists to vie for the prize of NEXT cover athlete: Dwight Howard, Calvin Johnson, Evgeni Malkin, Juan Pablo Montoya and Jose Reyes.
For the second year in a row, fans can log on to ESPN.com, from Jan. 10-17, to vote on who should be NEXT. The winner of the poll will appear on the cover of The Magazine’s NEXT issue, on sale January 31.

read on...Hmmm, maybe we can get the web guy behind the Rory campaign behind this….

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The Phoenix Turnaround

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

...At this stage of his career, Joseph is beyond worrying about losing his standing. He is all about the big picture.
“We have to worry about things like putting points on the board, the team, team chemistry, cheering for each other,” Joseph said. “He adds a lot to our team.”
And so, with Joseph closing in on his 40th birthday, the Coyotes might have found two things they couldn’t have imagined when Tellqvist arrived—a netminding tandem that would get them into the playoffs and a goalie for the future.

read on

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Quality Shots

from Alan Ryder at the Globe and Mail,

Is it important to shoot the puck? The simple answer is “if you don’t shoot, you can’t score”. But a shot is always a choice. And, in some cases, a pass or better positioning may lead to a better chance.



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Leafs Pick Up Travis Green

Leafs Lunch reporting Leafs pick up Travis Green off waivers from the Ducks.

Update: 5:45 PM ET
From The Sports Network via WFTV,

The Toronto Maple Leafs claimed center Travis Green off waivers Wednesday from the Anaheim Ducks and assigned forward Erik Westrum to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.
The 36-year-old Green appeared in seven games with Anaheim this season and recorded one goal and an assist.


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Credit Legace

from Jeff Gordon at St. Louis Today,

Since Andy Murray took over as head coach and cleaned up the team’s defensive play, Legace has been one of the NHL’s best goaltenders.
He was 5-2-3 in December with a 1.96 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage. This month he is 2-2 with a 2.23 GAA and a .909 save percentage.
Legace stole two points for the Blues in Columbus on Tuesday, somehow extracting a shootout win after a so-so team effort.
He is staying up, moving well from side to side and projecting lots of confidence in goal. His teammates are feeding off him, too.


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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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