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Don’t Forget Iginla

from the Calgary Sun,

Certainly, a case can be made Sid the Kid is indeed the best player in the game, as has been stated by his Pittsburgh Penguins head coach, Michel Therrien, and Montreal bench boss Guy Carbonneau.
But the Calgary Flames believe captain Jarome Iginla is still very much in the running for that title, as well.
As defenceman Andrew Ference pointed out yesterday, the title of ‘Best Player in Hockey’ is about more than just goals and assists.
Remember, Ference played on a Pittsburgh Penguins team that featured Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Alexei Kovalev, so he knows a thing or two about playing with superstars.


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Downey Has New Marketing Idea

from the St. Peterburg Times,

Step into Aaron Downey’s office.
It is a simple bench in front of his locker at the Bell Centre. But it is here the Canadiens right wing has come up with a marketing device he said would boost NHL attendance and TV ratings:
Get rid of the instigator rule, which doles out heavy penalties for starting a fight.
Downey said he doesn’t want to go back to the bad old days of the Broad Street Bullies and bench-clearing brawls, but there is something to be said for allowing players to police themselves on the ice.


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Leafs Planning Outside Game

from the Toronto Sun,

The Maple Leafs are finalizing plans for an outdoor regular season game to be played around New Year’s Day 2008 at their new 20,000-seat BMO Field.
“I have spoken to commissioner (Gary) Bettman and he likes the idea,” said Richard Peddie, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. “We haven’t signed off on it yet, but it would be a special event for a new stadium and put it on the map. It’s certainly feasible to put the ice in, but now we have to work with the City of Toronto on such things as the sports bubble (that is to cover the field for winter community use)....”


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Ducks Trying To Get Noticed

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Ducks, whose Anaheim home at the newly renamed Honda Center is only 40 minutes away, have the best record in the National Hockey League.
But there are no flags. No giant portraits. And their games might not even be on the TV at the local sports bar — Lakers, Clippers, Bruins and Trojans often take precedence. And in the spring, add Dodgers and Angels to the list.

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KK- Some Issues

Some tweaks are being done to KK and should be finished within the next day.
RSS feeds may only be showing headlines instead of the complete post but should be corrected within 24 hours.
Also, the KK Front (home) page is not functioning at 100% capability, such as “Continue Reading” links not working or appearing.  If you don’t see a link, just click on the permalink and you will see the complete post.
Sorry for the issues, but the tweaks are being done to enhance your reading pleasure.

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Love To See You Smile

from the Star-Tribune:

Tom Reid tells the story with some relish. Thirty-five years takes away memory of the pain, allowing Reid to smile as he tells the tale. It’s a full, bright smile, too. But all those teeth aren’t his own. Which ones? Only his dentist knows. Which is the point of his story, and of this one, too: A lot about hockey and missing teeth has changed in the past three decades.
Reid is playing defense for the North Stars against Vancouver at the old Met Center. Someone takes a shot, which deflects off John Arbour’s stick and winds up hitting Reid in the mouth, destroying a tooth.
“The nerve is hanging down,” said Reid, now the Wild’s radio analyst. “Well, I had to finish the game. We used to chew gum, so I packed the gum around the nerve so the cold air wouldn’t hit it.”


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Hockey In Asia

from the Bakersfield Californian via the ECHL,

When Josh Liebenow first heard about the Asia League, one of his first thoughts was: “There’s hockey in Asia?”
Then he went through a tryout in Calgary. Then he got a passport. Then, suddenly, he landed in Seoul, South Korea to play for Kangwonland.
“It was different,” the Condors right wing said. “It was definitely a life-changing experience.”

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1st Game In The Bigs

from the AP via Yahoo,

Japanese goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji says he had trouble keeping his emotions in check as he took the ice for the warmup prior to the
Los Angeles Kings’ National Hockey League game against the Dallas Stars.
Fukufuji, who is seeking to become the first Japanese to play in an NHL game, didn’t see any live game action against the Stars but he did get his first taste of what it is like to be part of an NHL club.


update 7:08pm, via the LA Kings,

The Los Angeles Kings have assigned goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji to the Long Beach Ice Dogs of the ECHL, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

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Another Possible Buyer Of The Penguins

via TSN,

According to a report in the Ottawa Citizen, Steelback Brewery owner Frank D’Angelo wants to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins.
D’Angelo, who failed in an attempt to become an owner of a new CFL franchise in Ottawa, thinks he would be a perfect fit to take over the Penguins.
‘‘Steelback beer in Steeltown, what an incredible fit,’’ D’Angelo said told the Ottawa Citizen.

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Watching Crosby

from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,

The Generation Gap sat in the front row yesterday watching Pittsburgh’s morning skate.
A father wearing a Mario Lemieux jersey flanked by three boys and a girl in Crosby jerseys.
Even the kids, it seems, are with The Kid. A few dozen atom players attended the skate with their coaches and parents and the chants echoed from all over the building: “CROS-by! CROS-by! CROS-by!”


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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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