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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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Pat Quinn Turned Down Bruins

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

"I'm open if the right opportunity comes along to stay in the business. It's been my life," Quinn said from his Vancouver home. "One thing you miss is getting up and going out the door every day." Quinn revealed he actually turned down a chance to get back in with the Boston Bruins. "As a matter of fact, I assume they were serious, they made me an offer," Quinn said. "But it wasn't anything that at that time was acceptable. So they moved on (the Bruins hired Dave Lewis)."
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Strong Vital Signs

from CBS Sportsline,

"Our vital signs are strong," commissioner Gary Bettman said in his state of the league address during the playoffs. The league's No. 1 booster is supposed to say that, but the NHL's business has actually grown in 12 months, enough to significantly raise the spending levels that are based on projected revenues for next season. That has attracted attention from well-heeled investors looking to buy in, a welcome sign of market confidence for a league that had owners tripping over each other to sell before the lockout. It could be the best indicator that the new era heralded by the NHL and the players association when they reached this collective bargaining agreement has truly emerged. Still, one year might not be enough time for everyone to fully appreciate the impact of was has happened.
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Blues Hike Ticket Prices

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

In the aftermath of the Blues spending $30 million on players’ salaries during the free agency period and introducing detailed plans to enhance Savvis Center, the club announced Thursday that it will be raising ticket prices 10 percent for the 2006-07 season. “I think it’s all part of the commitment to quality and the commitment to improving everything that we’re doing here,” said Peter McLoughlin, the CEO of Blues Enterprises. “I can’t emphasize enough the excitement that we feel here as an organization . . . the energy that’s being created by ownership."
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High Def Hockey Fans With Comcast

The word is INHD2 will no longer exist as of August 1st. Even though we were able to catch some OLN-HD hockey games on INHD2, this may be good news. Perhaps Comcast is going to provide a full time HD channel for each area they are in. An example is here in Detroit, Tiger games will soon be available in HD but only via Directv. Maybe Comcast is planning on televising the games on a yet to be announced HD station. The same could hold true for each Comcast market. I would also think the OLN HD hockey games could be broadcast on this type of channel for the upcoming year. If anyone has any more information on future plans, please feel free to post a comment.

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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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