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NHL Draft Order

from the NHL,

The National Hockey League Draft Drawing, a weighted lottery system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2006 Entry Draft, will take place Thursday, April 20, at 12 p.m., ET, at the NHL's New York office. The Draft Drawing will involve clubs that do not qualify for this seasons Stanley Cup Playoffs, or clubs that acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff clubs. The Draft Drawing result does not affect the draft order for the remainder of the first round and rounds two through seven.
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OLN Official Playoff Plans

Over the last two weeks or so, I have disclosed much of the OLN plans for the playoffs. Here is their official release via NHL.com. Not much new to the readers of KK, but it goes into much more detail and describes their ramped up coverage.

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Barnaby “Wired”

Recently Sportsnet upgraded their website and I noticed they now have an A/V section. The "wired" Barnaby video is very amusing. Matthew wore a microphone during a recent Columbus/Blackhawks game and there are some comments that are priceless and some that are bleeped out. Around the 1:22 mark of the video, Barnaby tells Fedorov to take off the slippers. image

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Begin Out With Sprained Knee

from the AP,

The Montreal Canadiens announced on Tuesday that center Steve Begin is out for at least the remainder of the regular season with a sprained left knee. The 27-year-old Begin is hopeful for a return in the playoffs but no specific timetable has been set for his comeback. Begin suffered the knee sprain on April 8 in a 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils.

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Semin Reaches Agreement With Caps

via Hockey Fights,

Left wing Alexander Semin has committed to return to the Washington Capitals next season, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced. The Capitals and Semin have reached a two-year agreement, beginning in 2006-07.

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The Maven Tour Of The NHL

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-The good news for those who give a damn about the NHL’s welfare is that Gary Bettman has no plans to go bye-bye. The bad news for his collection of chronically vitriolic foes is that the Commish is dedicated to leading the league to new-found prosperity. -And, by the way, how come John Ferguson, Jr. gets no credit for the brilliant goaltending addition of Jean-Sebastien Aubin? The 28 year-old could be a starter for the Leafs next year. -Any player who says this ought to check his contract and paycheck: “I don’t know why we weren’t ready!” Latest to utter this garbage is Ryan Smyth.
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Reminder- Robitaille Retirement At 3:00pm

The LA Kings will be streaming Luc's retirement conference at 3:00pm EST today. A nice tribute to Robitaille from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

On draft day in June, 1984, the Los Angeles Kings were so sure of Luc Robitaille's Hall Of Fame potential that they used their ninth pick, 171st overall, to select him from the Hull Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Five rounds earlier, with the 69th pick in the draft, the Kings chose what they considered a surer bet - a Minnesota high school prospect named Tom Glavine, who never played a game in the National Hockey League, but went on to have a pretty good major-league baseball career, mostly with the Atlanta Braves.
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Fleury Still Trying To Establish Himself

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Marc-Andre Fleury has spent the past few months trying to establish himself as a No. 1 goalie in the NHL. And he's done a pretty good job of it. But for all the good work he has produced while laboring behind the NHL's worst team, his greatest challenge might not come for another week or so, after Fleury joins one of the best clubs in the American Hockey League. For it is only after the Calder Cup playoffs begin that Fleury will be able to convince skeptics -- and there seem to be many -- that he can perform well in high-stakes games.
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Q & A With Kronwall

from ESPN,

In this week's Facing Off, the man dubbed "Baby Lidstrom" discusses how he became the most unlikely of Olympic heroes, why everybody (including his own brother) had better keep his head up on the ice and why the Red Wings deserve to be considered Stanley Cup favorites. Q: Who is the best offensive player in the NHL right now? A: I haven't played [Jaromir] Jagr myself, but he is putting up incredible numbers. Joe Thornton is also a top guy. He is huge, he's a really good skater and he can handle the puck as well as anybody. My teammate Henrik Zetterberg has also been awesome this year.
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All E-Mails From Buccigross

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

I often get e-mails from you saying how much you enjoy the e-mail bag. So, with just over a week left in the regular season, let's blow out the e-mail bag.
In response to a recent Wirtz article, John responds,
It will be yet another playoff picture without Boston and Chicago. Boston's fan base has yet to be obliterated like the fans in Chicago, but it is teetering. The reason why the Red Wings are the Red Wings is because owner Mike Ilitch LOVES sports and LOVES competition. Bill Wirtz and Jeremy Jacobs do not. Their passion is concession and parking numbers. That's not a knock at Wirtz or Jacobs. And it's not intended to be a compliment to Ilitch. It is what it is.
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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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