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PD Talks To PK

from Puck Daddy of Yahoo Sports,

Already a daily destination for thousands of fans (and more than a few mainstream media pundits) thanks to its amazing collection of hockey headlines from around the world, KK dramatically expanded its editorial scope by growing its roster of bloggers. In addition to mainstays Bill “The Chief” Houlihan of Abel To Yzerman and Alanah McGinley of Canucks and Beyond, Kukla added eight new bloggers to provide their own insights and news focus.

“What I do is what I do. But I wanted to expand that, and start allowing other people to express their own views on the game of hockey,” said Kukla in a recent phone interview.

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Thanks Greg (yes, I still have trouble calling him Puck Daddy)!

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Hurry Up and Wait

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

If you’ve ever seen the “Seinfeld” episode where the manager of the Chinese restaurant keeps telling Jerry and friends they will be seated in “Oh, five, 10 minutes,” you know how the Lightning, and especially hockey ops chief Brian Lawton, felt Sunday morning….

The person in charge of the charter, a Czech gentleman who spoke with a thick English accent and was receiving phone calls every 30 seconds, it seemed, assured Lawton the plane would be coming, and he really said this, in five or 10 minutes. He said there was a maintenance issue and the plane was parked at another terminal.

Well, five or 10 minutes go by and Lawton asks again. This time he is told seven minutes. Seven minutes later, we’re told, I’m not kidding, five or 10 minutes. On the next go-round, the Czech Airlines guy says he has word from the control tower that the plane is on the move. How long will it take to arrive? No joke, five or 10 minutes. He scurries out of the office to take yet another phone call.

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The Little ‘P’?

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

The Oilers Dustin Penner has just a bit of Mahovlich in his game, but it’s enough that it’s worth mentioning….

Penner does have Mahovlich-like reach and range, something that 6-foot, 5-inch Petee, the Little M, employed to his great advantage for the Montreal Candiens as a penalty killer, and something we should see more of from Penner if he continues to kill penalties this year, as he has been doing in the preseason.

Big, mobile guys with long reaches, such as Big Pete, such as Penner, present huge obstacles on all parts of the ice for power play specialists, much more so than little guys like, say, Todd Marchant.

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Bettman Looks Forward To The New Season

from the CP,

Another thing he’s not complaining about is a collective bargaining agreement that’s now entering its fourth year.

The NHL lost an entire season before owners and players ended up agreeing on a salary cap system that is tied to league revenues. Both have steadily increased during the three years since. The cap first began at US$39 million - a number that is no longer enough for a team to reach the floor because the current cap is set at $56.7 million.

Overall, the agreement has turned out to be something that both sides can be happy with, according to Bettman.

“I think this CBA has been fair to everyone,” he said. “It has made the industry healthier and it has made the game better.

“I think we give our fans a better product and environment to the game than we did before. I don’t think it’s close. And it’s working the way we anticipated it would.”

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Selanne Signs For Two Years

from Dan Wood at Ducks Blog,

Right wing Teemu Selanne is scheduled to be in the Ducks’ lineup for Sunday’s 5 p.m. exhibition game against the Vancouver Canucks at Honda Center after signing a two-year, $5.25 million contract earlier in the day.

Two years? Perhaps next summer, unlike the past two, we won’t have to endure persistent and ridiculous Internet rumors that Selanne is headed to play in Montreal, Dallas, Sweden, Russia, Timbuktu or wherever else….

The signing of Selanne once again pushes the Ducks above the NHL’s $56.7 million salary ceiling for this season, by about $1.225 million…

The Ducks’ current salary-cap projection includes having rookie winger Bobby Ryan on the NHL roster, which isn’t a given, but appears more likely than not. Were the Ducks to assign Ryan to their American League affiliate, the Iowa Chops, the Ducks would slide more than $500,000 beneath the cap with that move alone.

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added 7:03pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The pertinent numbers: Selanne will earn $3.25 million in the first year of the deal and $2 million in the second. It’s a total package of $5.25 million, with no performance bonuses, so the annual salary-cap charge is $2.625 million – reasonable by today’s standards for a player of Selanne’s caliber, who will play in the Ducks’ top six.

Presumably, the Ducks are convinced of his commitment too, because if Selanne decides not to play next year, they take a salary-cap hit anyway (a function of his being over the age of 35).

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More Teams May Open In Europe

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

BERLIN—It looks like the NHL is going for reinforcements in its European invasion.

With four teams in Europe to kick off the 2008-09 regular season this week it’s possible that number could double next fall, the head of the National Hockey League’s Players’ Association, Paul Kelly, said Sunday.

The number of teams taking part in what is now a two-year tradition of starting the regular season in Europe will grow next fall to six teams presumably in three cities and maybe as many as eight teams, Kelly said before the Tampa Bay Lightning faced off against Berlin in an exhibition game Sunday.

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Niemi Gets Start Over Khabibulin

from Cris Kuc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune,

First, veteran goalie Nikolai Khabibulin will not play tonight. He had been scheduled to see his first action of the preseason. Savard’s explantation for the switch was the team wanted to get a good look at free-agent signee Antti Niemi.

With rumors of the Hawks looking to move Khabibulin since the signing of Cristobal Huet, there’s always cause for a pause when a change is made without a definitive explanation. If something is going on, it makes you wonder if it wouldn’t be better to see Khabibulin in the lineup so teams can take a look at him.

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More Preparation & Leadership Needed For Sharks

from the San Jose Sharks,

Team Teal wasn’t quite up to snuff in the first two periods, falling behind 3-0 and taking way too many penalties.  They rallied in the third with an impressive final stanza, but it was too little too late.

“The team wasn’t prepared and it’s squarely on my shoulders and on the leadership’s shoulders,” said McLellan.  “We had a little discussion between the second and the third.  We had to manufacture a moment to get them going and that was unacceptable.”

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Retirement Talk

from Eric Stephens at NHL.com,

Retirement.

NHL players certainly are not immune. Eventually, the rush of speeding up ice, the sensation of delivering a hard body check, the thrill of scoring a big goal or making an important save and the jolt of energy felt from the home crowd fades, ultimately disappearing to memory.

Most face the end of their careers either seeing that they’re unable to keep up with younger players or having someone make the decision for them. Some are lucky to call it a day on their own terms.

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Erik Johnson Sets The Record Straight

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Since an MRI confirmed that Johnson has torn knee ligaments in his right knee, which will force him to miss the 2008-09 season, rumors have swirled that the 20-year-old was involved in horseplay while attending a team golf outing Sept. 16 at The Club at Porto Cima in Sunrise, Mo.


Johnson maintains the incident happened when he got his right foot caught between the accelerator and the brake in a golf cart. Johnson has heard the different versions of the story and seems irritated that some are continuing with the speculation.

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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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