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Hockey Names

from Fox Sports,

The NHL has seen it's share of classic nicknames over the course of its history, so we figured we'd take a look at some of the greatest. To be sure, this was no easy task. Our first list, after editing, ended up at just under 100 names. But we were able to whittle it down to the best of the best. Keep in mind, this is not a reflection on the talent of the player, just his alias. Therefore, classics like "Super Mario" and "The Rocket" won't make the final cut. Likewise, we also have to look past immortals such as "Toe," "Mr. Hockey" and even "The Great One" — not to mention "The Grate One." And while there's nothing like a Hall-of-Fame-caliber father and son combination, there will be no mention of "The Golden Jet" or "The Golden Brett." "The Silver Jet" is right out. We're going to focus on the mean, the original and the witty. So let's get to it.
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Pronger Ailing

from Spector at his Fox Sports blog,

TSN reports Anaheim Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger missed practice yesterday because of symptoms attributed to stomach flu.
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The Numbers Game

from the CP via Slam,

Picture a computer geek thumbing through a thick stack of printouts with the front-office staff of an NHL team. They're in deep discussion, breaking down the merits and faults of players using numbers no hockey fan would recognize. Rather than goals, assists and shots, they're examining an on-ice grid that shows who scored how often from where, and who produced most at different points of a game. That info is then used to project the output a team can expect from a certain player and help attach a dollar-value to him.
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Toronto Area Needs Another Team

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

A second team in the metropolitan Toronto area would galvanize all the Leaf haters into one faction and presumably, put them squarely behind the new team, in the same way the New York Mets came along at the start of the 1960s to give New York baseball fans an alternative to the Yankees. If anything, the presence of a second team in Toronto would only enhance the franchise — by adding one more natural geographic rival — and if they ever met in the playoffs, it would represent great drama, a Gardiner Expressway series between the downtown Leafs and the Mississauga-based newcomers.
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Lindros Refreshed In Dallas

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

"It's all refreshing, it's all new to me. The city of Dallas is a wonderful place to play. It's a great organization. The practice facility is fantastic, with great ice down there for being so hot all the time. Really, the ice is fantastic, which in turn helps in our practices and our skill level." That statement might seem predictable and mundane. But here's what is striking about Lindros. As he talked about the practice ice, there was genuine excitement in his voice. Practice ice! And this from a man with a reputation for dispassionate, guarded detachment when in the spotlight. We are rooting for him.
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Perfect For Each Other

from Chris Russell at the Sporting News,

Critics said last year that the NHL was wrong -- and that might be a kind description -- for jumping to a little-known network. However, as I said then, the NHL in my opinion made a great move to find a new cable home. The NHL needed Versus, and the network needed the NHL. It's a marriage that was good for both. For example, on Wednesday afternoon, there was a block of pregame programming that included a show called "Soul of a Champion" on Devils great Martin Brodeur, a show dedicated to Game 7 of the last year's Stanley Cup finals and a show that featured the travels of the Stanley Cup during the offseason.... You might construe this as a programming plug for Versus, but, more important, it proves the NHL struck a brilliant deal. The league is getting more than just game coverage, which is all it got from ESPN in the last few years of its deal. On Versus, the NHL won't get put on the back burner. The NHL got a network that is growing and hungry, and reliant on the league, to some degree, to be a cornerstone of its programming.
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Fan Law

from Jay Russo at ESPN,

Fan Law: The eyebrows of TV analysts can not be bigger than their foreheads. That means you Tie Domi. You can have a face like Borje, but not the eyebrows of Andy Rooney. For more styling tips, please see Mr. Melrose. Fan Law: The actual banner-rising-to-the-rafters moment should not be longer than a two-minute minor for roughing.
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Hockey Pool Still Open

Last week we introduced a great new hockey pool for fans everywhere. The prizes are awesome, the pool is free and easy to join and the only risk? You might actually win something! You can jump straight into the pool here -- it'll take you only a couple minutes to join. Or you can read more about the prizes and rules here. This pool is open to join and to adjust your rosters until next Wednesday, October 11th. After that there's nothing left to do but hope for the best and start into the trash talk... and I know you're all good at that! (*just drop me a comment or PM if you have any problems.)

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The Focus Is On The Game

from John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal,

Can a relaunched NHL suffer a sophomore jinx? Not likely, you'd think. Too much diversification in the portfolio, the on-ice possibilities too rich to be brought low by some off-ice hiccup or other. Certainly, Year 1 of the New NHL was such a smash success -- goal scoring up, attendance up, fighting majors cut nearly in half, shootouts a boffo artistic success (hey, there Marek Malik!), Stanley Cup final a seven-game thriller -- that even the industry grouches had little to mutter darkly about. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, on the other hand, was about as giddy as his Type A personality permits on the eve of the league's 89th regular season.
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Americans Don’t Care

from Canadian Business Online,

American TV viewers have been tuning out since the mid-1990s. It can't be the product any more. Hockey is more exciting than ever, the broadcasts are of good quality and don't have annoying gimmicks such as the glowing blue puck, and there are some marquee young players in the league. Yet Americans still don't care. And that makes the business of professional hockey less certain than it should.
read on... A blanket statement saying "Americans still don't care" is a kick to my stomach!

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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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