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Goodbye Georges

from Canada.com,

The lineup was a two-hour wait from back to front, but still not enough time for Colleen Zaworski to compose herself at the sight of big Georges Laraque. Tears welled in her eyes as she told the fan favourite that the Edmonton Oilers made a mistake not re-signing him and how the community will miss him and his big smile. ''Biggest mistake since (trading) Wayne Gretzky,'' added Zaworski, trying to gather her kids and leave before more tears started to flow. ''We feel like we're losing our best friend ... . He's their idol.''
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Determined Arnott

from the Tennessean,

On a steamy morning four summers ago, Jason Arnott glanced out his kitchen window and saw something floating in the backyard pool. He scrambled outside to find that his English bulldog, Rocky, had sunk close to the bottom. Arnott dove in and hauled the dog out, but Rocky's situation looked bleak. No breathing, stiff body, eyes bulging out. "He was pretty much dead,'' Arnott said. So Arnott did what any real dog-lover would do. He administered CPR.
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PSA- Nice Items For A Good Cause

Sports Radio 1130 WDFN's 9th Annual Stoney & Wojo Radiothon for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is taking place from 3pm on Thursday, July 13 to 7pm on Friday, July 14. Some great items of interest to hockey fans are available, including a Carolina Hockey jersey signed by the entire team. That item is not listed but is available throughout the radiothon and the high bid at the time of this post was $350. Aaron Ward provided the jersey to the station. Also availaable is a Swedish Olympic Hockey jersey signed by five of the Swedes from the Wings who participated in the games. The current bid for this item is $700. For more information, see the WDFN website. image update 11:06am, Many local and national figures have been calling into the show, offering their support. One guest was Ken Holland. He menitoned the Wings are still talking with Belfour but he now has had a few trade options for a goalie if the negotiations with Belfour don't materialize.

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Sellout Streak In Danger

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Every year, we ask: Is the Avalanche sellout streak, the longest in the four major leagues, about to end? The question was appropriate to an unprecedented degree a year ago, with the NHL coming off a dark season and the Avalanche suddenly minus Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote. It is even more pertinent now, with Alex Tanguay, Rob Blake and Dan Hinote also gone and other signs pointing to a possible deterioration of the on-ice product. The gloomy prognosis could turn out to be wrong, of course, and as the re-signings of Joe Sakic and the others attest, it's not as if the Avalanche completely turtled on the contract front and let everyone depart. But the streak is in danger.
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Kessel May Return To School

from the Boston Herald,

It seems Bruins top draft pick Phil Kessel, the No. 5-overall selection in last month’s NHL draft, will be playing at least one more year of college hockey at Minnesota. According to a St. Paul Pioneer Press report yesterday, the 18-year-old center told the Gophers coaches Monday he will be returning to school in the fall, not turning pro. Bruins assistant general manager Jeff Gorton was neither surprised nor bothered by the report, though he said he believes Kessel’s final decision for next season hasn’t yet been made. “We’re sort of trying to figure out what’s going on,” Gorton said. “At this point, he may go back, yeah. My understanding is he’s up in the air and has not decided what he wants to do...."
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More Than A 12 Pack

from the Daily News (North Carolina),

The most important question of the day came minutes after Glen Wesley of the Carolina Hurricanes hoisted the legendary silver cup of Lord Stanley over his head before a crowd of wounded Marines Thursday at Camp Lejeune. “How much beer does that thing hold?” asked Sgt. Jack Durgala, a Marine who was wounded by an improvised explosive device in Iraq and has been living in Lejeune’s Wounded Warriors Barracks since early November.
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Lindros Shopping

from the Globe and Mail,

Eric Lindros is in the same boat as Michael Peca, but is rowing at a different speed. Both unrestricted free agents want to resume their careers with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but while Peca has exhibited patience in dealing with general manager John Ferguson, Lindros has been seriously entertaining a change of address. According to National Hockey League sources, Lindros has made visits to Dallas to listen to a pitch from Stars management and to Edmonton to discuss a possible future with the Oilers. The New York Islanders also are believed to have interest in No. 88.
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Recap For The Day

The Toronto Star has a nice recap of all the NHL transactions for today. Some have been posted today at KK, but some have not, but I am trying to make sure anything considered "major" is updated ASAP on KK.

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Avs Sign Pair

from the Colorado Avalanche,

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Peter Budaj and forward Cody McCormick. Budaj agreed to a three-year contract with the Avs. The 23-year old appeared in 34 games in goal last season, one shy of the franchise rookie record set by Mario Gosselin in 1984-85. Budaj tied for sixth among all NHL rookies with 14 wins, posting a 14-10-6 record. “Peter Budaj showed tremendous ability last season,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “Our hockey staff is convinced that he will be a strong asset for our team for years to come. Along with Jose Theodore, we believe they will be one of the top goaltending tandems in the NHL heading into the 2006-07 season.”

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We’re Talking About Practice

from Let's Play Hockey,

Do we really think that athletes in other sports can improve from practice — and, somehow this doesn’t work in hockey? How about a team basketball practice where they stop the team drills periodically, and go off to the six baskets in the gym and work on free throws or jump shots for 10 minutes? Then, they come together again and resume team practice. Can’t we do that in hockey? If we had stations — four extra portable nets or targets, each one designated in advance for a particular kind of shooting practice — would players not improve from 100 extra reps per practice? If we broke up for five minutes and worked on various stickhandling drills while moving the feet, would this not make us better stickhandlers?
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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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