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What’s In A Name

from the Ottawa Citizen,

Senators could use some inspiration from likes of Golden Jet, the Rocket But for a few exceptions, the Ottawa Senators are a sorry bunch when it comes to nicknames -- a rite in sports for many decades. True, nicknames aren't what they used to be, but the Senators could use a lot of help judging from the ones listed in the club's 2006-07 guide. Take bruiser Brian McGrattan, for example, the guy who last season beat up Tie Domi, one of the most notorious NHL fighters of all time. McGrattan is nicknamed "Ernie," after a toupee-wearing bowler played by Bill Murray in the 1996 movie, Kingpin.

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Wings-Sabres Online?

Once again, Yahoo Sports is promising an online stream, and tonight's selction is the Wings-Sabres game: NHL/VersusWatch it live: * Sabres at Red Wings, 7:00pm ET stream link

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Sabres May Have a “Snow Day”

from the Associated Press:

Buffalo — It's game on — more than likely — for the Buffalo Sabres as the team considers whether to postpone its home game Saturday against the New York Rangers because of the unprecedented fall snowstorm that paralyzed the city. Sabres spokesman Mike Gilbert said Friday that while the team intends to play, a final decision won't be made until Saturday afternoon. He added that the Rangers confirmed plans to travel to Buffalo after the city's airport was reopened Friday afternoon and the team was notified its hotel has power. The region's sports schedule was disrupted by a rare early October snowstorm that left parts of the Great Lakes and Midwest blanketed with two feet of snow and 350,000 homes and businesses without electricity in western New York.

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Isles Bring Back Bossy

from the New York Islanders:

Legendary Islanders right wing Mike Bossy is returning to the organization in an official capacity for the first time since his retirement as a player in 1987. The 49-year old Bossy has been named the team’s new Executive Director of Corporate Relations. “It’s wonderful to be back with the Islanders,” said Bossy, whose No. 22 was retired by the Islanders in 1992. “This franchise and all of Long Island hold a special place in my heart. I have made a commitment to (Islanders owner) Charles Wang to do everything in my power to make the Islanders successful. A big part of that will be establishing partnerships with local and national businesses. A major professional sports franchise like the Islanders needs the support of corporate sponsors.”

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Talk of the Three-Point Win Returns

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail:

Through the first 54 games of the season, fully 15 have ended tied in regulation — and of those, only four were actually decided in sudden-death overtime, none since the third night of the season. The rest all went to a shootout, which tends to skew the NHL standings, because a shootout victory is counted the same way as a victory in regulation or in overtime. Last year, the Dallas Stars won 12 games via the shootout and it really was the difference in them winning the Pacific Division crown and getting the No. 2 seed in the playoffs (where they were promptly upset by the No. 7 seed, the Colorado Avalanche, who finished 17 points behind them in the standings, largely because they were less proficient in the shootout, winning only three times and losing six). Eliminate the shootout results and the gap between the teams wasn't nearly as significant as it first appeared. With so many games being decided in extra time, it creates a scenario where some games are worth two points in the standings and others three.
continued, and then some, in Duhatschek's notebook...

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Berard May Have Back Surgery

from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Bryan Berard will meet with Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles next week to explore potential surgery to repair a recurring back problem, team President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. Berard missed the final 31 games of the 2005-06 season and has not played this season. At this time no date has been set for the potential surgery.

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KK- Doubleheader

I am off to Comerica Park for Game 3 of the ALCS, then onto the Joe Louis Arena for the Buffalo/Detroit game. Wind chill in Detroit is around 30 degrees!!! Hot chocolate and gloves, perfect baseball and hockey weather. I will be updating on a limited basis for the rest of the day.

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SI Tour

Sports Illustrated reviews the NHL week...

Perhaps it isn't PC to dis your team's new uniforms, so let's say Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault is just a fan of the Canucks' old threads: the simple blue-and-white with the stick and puck encased within an oval. "I prefer the old colors," Vigneault told the Vancouver Province recently. "That old sweater is what it's all about."
much, much more... A little photoshop work by KK member Tony... image

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Still Available

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

They are the last of the last, that small group of free agents without a home, a group comprised almost exclusively of the aging and injury prone. And yet, for NHL teams desperate to shake off early slumps or to fill gaps caused by early injuries, they are names that cannot be ignored: Brian Leetch, Jason Allison, Peter Bondra, Yanic Perreault.
continued...plus numerous NHL bits...

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Playoffs In Columbus

from Linda Cohn of ESPN,

Now, the Blue Jackets are starting off the new season strong, and relatively healthy. And like the Edmonton Oilers before them, the Jackets have a chance to make the playoffs this season. Don't believe me? Well, I'll tell you why it's more than possible. Grassroots effort One example of the community's dedication to hockey is its effort to promote the sport from the ground up. Hockey is in action at every level: youth leagues, high school, the USHL. Hockey is working in Columbus. Obviously, a playoff berth would help even more. There is an undercurrent of hockey hysteria in Columbus. They are doing it right there. People are ready for an NHL team. You can't just put an NHL team in a town without there being some desire within the community to have a team.

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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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