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All Carter

from ESPN,

Q: When it comes to hockey hair, we've seen the mullets, Mohawks, and everything in between. How did you get your unique dreadlock look? Answer from Anson Carter: When I was in Boston, Joe Thornton and Jason Allison bet me $1,000 that I wouldn't grow an afro. They didn't think I would do it because I always shaved my head bald in honor of Michael Jordan. So I did it. In fact, those guys still haven't paid me [laughs].
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Report- Paul Maurice Will Coach Leafs

from the Globe and Mail,

The worst kept secret in the National Hockey League – that Paul Maurice is destined to be the next coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs – will become a reality as early as today, according to sources. The announcement is expected possibly today or Monday because Ferguson will be busy in New York early next week, attending the arbitration hearing regarding Owen Nolan.
read on Our friend Loose Change of the Hockey News reports:
So far they have interviewed Paul Maurice, Jerry the Janitor, one of those chicks from The View and the ghost of Toe Blake. GM John Ferguson wants to make absolutely certain he’s found the right man (or spirit) for the job.
update 9:00am, via TSN,
The Toronto Maple Leafs have scheduled an 11 a.m. ET news conference to introduce Paul Maurice as their next head coach.

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Stick Shaping

from the NY Times,

Today, every N.H.L. arena could pass for a workshop. Two hours before game time, stations are set up outside each locker room with all the necessary equipment — hacksaws, blowtorches, heat guns, belt sanders. As players shape their sticks, shortening shafts and curving blades, it is a wonder they do not injure themselves. Wood chips fly. Paint fumes fill the air. Everyone gets fired up. Even though most modern sticks are made of graphite instead of wood, and manufacturers design the sticks to players' specifications, no one seems willing to put away the sandpaper and the glue. The ritual stick work is as therapeutic as a pregame massage, as predictable as the morning skate. Even a millionaire athlete apparently needs to get his hands dirty in manual labor.
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Avs Miss Foppa

from the Denver Post,

The hockey season officially ended for the Avalanche at 10:34 p.m. Thursday, with a 4-1 loss to Anaheim. But it was all over for your local NHL heroes long ago. Circle Aug. 3, 2005, on the calendar in black. That was the day the Avalanche died. That was the night Colorado said bye-bye to superstar Peter Forsberg. But know what was far worse? That was also the night Colorado signed center Pierre Turgeon and defenseman Patrice Brisebois, two regrettable moves by general manager Pierre Lacroix that mocked the Avs as they were swept from the playoffs by Anaheim. The Avs we knew and loved are gone.
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No Buzz

from Cox News Service via the Hamilton Spectator,

While hockey fans have been celebrating the return of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the new-and-improved NHL, something has been undeniably missing. The buzz. Sports-talk radio ignores the games almost completely. Television saves the highlights for the last few minutes of hour-long shows. And TV ratings, always poor for hockey, are even worse than usual. "It's very frustrating," ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose said yesterday. "The product is so good; we've got so much going for us. There should be such a buzz, with the overtime games we've been having, the great hits, the tremendous goals. That's the depressing part."
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Could Sundin Retire

from the Toronto Sun,

Mats Sundin is selling his Forest Hill home and contemplating his future with the Maple Leafs. This isn't just another real estate transaction. There is more to this than a 'For Sale' sign. There is the thought that the Leafs' best player is seriously considering retirement because of his disenchantment with the state of the hockey team.
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Smyth Not (Can’t) Talking

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Smyth took a shot in the mouth from teammate Chris Pronger in the second period of a game that went into a sixth period — and still ended up playing more minutes than every Oilers forward, except Horcoff. “The gash, I was told, was a really bad one,” Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish said, “but by the time I saw him, after he had the medical attention, it looked okay. I couldn't see the teeth missing, so he looked normal on the bench, for having taken a puck in the mouth. It didn't affect his game at all. “The one thing about Ryan is, no matter what the circumstances, he'll never back off. That's why he gets so much out of his game — because he's got that level of competitiveness.”
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Trouble At The WC

from Hockey Refs,

Fans at Thursday’s Canada-Latvia game at the World Championship could have been mistaken for European soccer hooligans. "Our players were not ready to play. I could not find the right words to pick the players up,” Latvian coach Piotr Vorobiev said. “The Canadian players know how to play with such a referee, we don't.” Fans were so disgruntled that a resurfacing was ordered at 18:00 of the first period to remove all the coins, noise makers, mobile phones and other objects – including a single shoe – thrown.
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Yzerman Has Earned Respect

The talk around Detroit regarding Yzerman is their is no timetable for his upcoming decision. Does the Canadien Press know something we don't in Detroit? from the CP via NHL.com,

It may be time for Detroit to rebuild and time for Yzerman to hand off the torch and give his body a break. No matter what he decides, his No. 19 will be the sixth jersey to be retired in Joe Louis Arena, and he'll be an automatic pick for the Hockey Hall of Fame when the three-year waiting period expires.
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Forget Stanley Cup- Invite Hockey Bloggers

Well OLN is trying to figure out some stunt to promote the NHL playoffs. So they decided to bring the man named Stanley Cup to NYC to cut some promos and create some excitement. That is such old news OLN, you should have invited a few hockey bloggers into NYC to discuss how great the playoffs have been and where the game is headed. Just bring us hockey OLN, we are fans, we know the game inside and out, we don't need some coal miner's son yukking it up. Heck, you'd be better off inviting my neighbor to be on OLN, his name is Art Ross!

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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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