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Stillman Preparing For Return

from Eric Duhatschhek of the Globe and Mail,

"It's tough watching," said Stillman. "It was tough early and it's getting tougher now, when you get close to the end of rehab. It's almost four months and almost 30 games into the season, but I'm getting closer. I'm hoping to play on this trip." It's a trip that takes the Hurricanes into Vancouver for a Friday match with the Canucks and then finishes with a Monday game against the Colorado Avalanche, the most likely date for Stillman's return.

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Anaheim’s Chris Kunitz is Thriving

From Pierre Lebrun, Canadian Press:

Chris Kunitz's 15 goals have him tied with linemate Teemu Selanne for tops on the powerhouse Anaheim Ducks. But just last season, Kunitz found himself on the waiver wire - twice. "It tested my thoughts about whether I would ever make it," Kunitz said of being waived. "But good things happen sometimes when you get a second chance." The Ducks first waived the 27-year-old Regina native last fall and he was picked up by Atlanta on Oct. 4. After two games with the Thrashers, they also waived him. He was then re-claimed by Anaheim on Oct. 18.
Continued... Note: Evaluating players on a dollar-per-goal basis, James Mirtle of the Globe & Mail has Kunitz down as one of the top buys in hockey.

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Consequences Of A Schedule Change

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

The heavily unbalanced schedule, with its emphasis on intra-divisional games and the once-in-every-three-seasons appearances in the other conference's arenas, has another downside. Well, maybe it's not a downside. If one of the more influential franchises in the league, or one with the highest-decibel fan and media bases, again gets skewered by it, as Toronto did last season, that will increase the chances of the system being scuttled, at least at the end of the first three-season cycle.

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Turgeon Activated

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has activated forward Pierre Turgeon from the injury reserve list.

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On the Hockey Blogs

By Alanah Sorry this is a couple days late. Here are this week's selected moments in hockey blogging brought to you from around the 'net. Sidearm Delivery put together a soul-destroying post on the worst hockey jerseys you never dreamed of -- those one-game wonders created for games on special occasions, like Christmas and Valentine's Day. There are many fine choices, but I've just chosen one to give you an idea what you're in for: The Richmond Renegades "Spring" edition.


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Goalie Contact During Shootout

from the Star-Dedger,

Martin Brodeur, who complained to the league about Alexander Ovechkin's mirrored visor because it prevented goalies from seeing the eyes of the Capitals forward, is at it again. Now Brodeur is unhappy about contact being made with goaltenders during shootouts. As Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored the winning goal against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin Tuesday night, the Minnesota Wild winger made a spinning move and then kicked Khabibulin's right skate before scoring on his backhand. The goal was allowed to stand, prompting Brodeur to send an e-mail to Mike Gartner, who is director of hockey affairs for the NHL Players' Association.

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Perlman Leaving NHL

via Sports Business Daily (paid sub.),

NHL Exec VP/Media Doug Perlman is leaving the league to become President of IMG Media, North America. In the newly created position, Perlman, an 11-year NHL front-office veteran, will oversee all of IMG Media's North American business, including traditional and digital media, production, distribution and consulting.

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Favorite Arenas

from Martine Gaillard of Sportsnet, I'm thinking of converting.

After seeing a hockey game at Madison Square Garden on the weekend… I want to become a New York Rangers' fan.... While I haven't been to every single arena in the NHL, some of the other memorable experiences I've had include games at Rexall Place. Talk about passionate fans! A recent study showed that during the playoffs, the noise level of the fans rivaled that of a jet engine. I also loved seeing the Wings at Joe Louis, like MSG, another oldie but goodie. So, is it the fans or the building that sets one NHL team experience apart from another? Is something lost in these fancy new buildings where you can feast on sushi and drink wine? Was it better in the old arenas where you could feel the history of NHL teams from days gone by?

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Cleary Takes Advantage Of Opportunity

from the Windsor Star,

This season, Cleary, 28, has moved from the fourth line to one of Detroit's top two units. Recently, he's added time on the Wings' power-play and he's one of the team's key penalty killers. Heading into tonight's home game versus St. Louis, Cleary is second on the team in goals behind Henrik Zetterberg. He's already equaled his point total and nearly tripled his goal output from last season. "I was given a good opportunity," the six-foot, 211-pound Cleary said.

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Goalie Pads Should Adjust To Goalie Size

from Anthony SanFilippo of the Delco Times,

The league maximum on pad size is 38 inches, which is the size Niittymaki wears. Although, there are so-called experts who believe he can wear smaller pads and still be protected properly. One former goalie, Kay Whitmore, who works in the hockey operations department for the league, suggested to ESPN the Magazine that each individual goalie should have pads measured out to fit their body only, preventing super-sized equipment in the NHL. "We have to customize the length of the pads for each goalie," Whitmore told the magazine. "If we do that, each goalie would be properly protected, and no one will have an unfair advantage."

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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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