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Laying It On The Line

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

So, do you have an extra $100 you can part with? Need some advice on who you should bet on to win it all this year? Why ask Mistress Cleo? Our advice is just unreliable and hell of a lot cheaper… 2007 Stanley Cup Odds Detroit Red Wings 6-1 A good bet if: Dominik Hasek can do what Yogi Bear couldn’t; that is, live a whole year without a Boo Boo.
read on

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Sabres Knocking On The Door

from Fox Sports,

The Sabres will once again finish a season without one of the top snipers in the league at the conclusion of the 2006-07 campaign, but that doesn't mean this team won't be successful. Like last year, expect this team to have balanced scoring up and down the lineup, with a new hero emerging almost every night.... The health of two key players, Tim Connolly and Teppo Numminen, may also be a concern during the year. Connolly (16 G, 39 A in 63 games) is still not fully recovered from a concussion he suffered last season and Numminen underwent off-season surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat. If either or both of these players can't aren't ready for the 2006-07 season, the Sabres may have to unload Biron to bring back a replacement or replacements. Where they'll finish Division: First Conference: Second

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The Value Of The Backup Goalie

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Question: What should be the going rate for a National Hockey League back-up goalie, an experienced hand, with a strong dressing room presence and great leadership ability? Is $1.6 million per season too much in the new NHL? Yes? Then how about $800,000? It is a decision that a handful of NHL teams will need to ponder in the weeks ahead, following the Tampa Bay Lightning's decision to put goaltender Sean Burke on waivers over the weekend.

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No More “New”

I blogged about it today at NHL.com, I have used it, and Buccigross just used it too. I promise never to use it again. The "New" NHL is history in my book. How about "improved", "better" or nothing at all? Suggestions are encouraged!

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Too Much Sun For Bucci

from John Buccigross (remember him) of ESPN,

Thank God, hockey is back. One new twist to this season's preview columns will be a player point projection. Last year I received a Nobel Prize for my Sidney Crosby preseason point projection.... Tampa Bay Lightning I'm going to jump back on this bandwagon for the 2006-07 season. His time in Columbus should only help goaltender Marc Denis. He will play with a very good team in front of him that should have received a dose of humility last season. There is no logical reason why Martin St. Louis went from 94 points to 61 in the "new" NHL.
just go... John will explain...and anyone else have an Uncle Kenny?...

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Don’t Forget What Was Learned

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The biggest fear for hockey people heading into this season is that they'll wake up on Oct. 4 and find out that they're like Pam Ewing on the old television show Dallas, that all the good that was accomplished last season was a big dream. Only it won't be Bobby Ewing coming out of the shower, it'll be Jacques Lemaire and he'll be wrapped in the neutral-zone trap. AAAAARRRRGGGHHH! The genesis of this fear is the understanding that last year was but one step down a long road toward Hockey Shangri-La.

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My own version of the +/- system at my blog on NHL.com.

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On the Hockey Blogs

By Alanah Downie This feature disappeared for a while but now I'm back from vacation and ready to roll. From now on, this column will be published every Tuesday and some Fridays.

To start, here is Mike Chen's view of the preseason-- that it's a lot like Vegas and what happens in preseason stays in preseason -- the results mean nothing. (Man, I think everyone has more fun in Vegas than I do.) But probably the Wicked Bruins Fan would like to argue with this perspective, since her team is steamrolling everyone in sight at the moment. At Sweet Tea, BBQ and Bodychecks, the Acid Queen just urges everyone to get a grip -- it's only the preseason and we all need to chill out. On another subject, she also points out that the Hurricanes jumbotron at last Friday's game was urging fans not to heckle the opposing players. (Dear Carolina Hurricanes: Is this hockey or golf you're promoting? Geez.) And over in Vancouver, The Pink Seats has some thoughts on the love life of one particular ex-Maple Leaf. If you want something a bit fun Jerseys and Hockey Love is showing some of that love to a few Zambonis. (Not as kinky as it sounds, but you can dance to it!) And at the Army of the Ohio, Michael asks, “Is it just me or is ESPN actually showing a little more acknowledgement of the NHL recently?" (I don't watch ESPN but my impression was that they were more interested in this sort of crap than actual sports. Are things changing at ESPN, hockey fans?) I discovered a new blog this week (via the Battle of Ontario) called Scarlett Ice -- a Sens fans who's becoming concerned that maybe Alfredsson, Redden and Schaefer are "overusing" their groins. (Oh my...) And speaking of groins, the ladies of Hot Oil would like you to register your vote for the last man standing. (I don't think I need to elaborate here. Just go vote against Roloson, okay?) At Sidearm Delivery, Brushback has put together a photo collection of the ugliest jerseys you have ever seen. Seriously horrible, horrible designs -- so bad, I'm guessing a few of them are hugely collectible and expensive. (Personally, I really want to get my hands on the Utah Grizzlies, Jean-Marc Pelletier '04-'05 Halloween jersey, featured towards the end of the post. Take a look and tell me you don't want it, too.) Finally, here are some entertaining Hartford Wolf Pack videos (with thanks to Brushback for pointing them out at his blog) produced by the team's marketing gurus. The one below is a poke at one of their rivals, the Providence Bruins, and I seriously think the NHL's teams could learn something from the minor leagues about having a sense of humor in their marketing. (Note: Clicking this image will open WMP. And be sure to have the audio on, or you'll miss that Saturday Night Live feeling...)
Don't forget, this is the time of year for hockey pools. Head over to The Common Fan and join some of their free hockey pools. And be sure to check back here at Kukla's Korner tomorrow when we launch our own TCF hockey pool adventure and maybe win a great prize this season! Catch ya later.

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All Hockey Talk

from the Tyee,

When Vancouver writer Michael McKinley got the call, the request was a dream. Write an encyclopedic history of hockey in Canada. The deadline was a nightmare. McKinley produced it in just three months in the spring of 2005. At least he had the support of an enormous team of researchers working on the current 10-part CBC documentary series, Hockey: A People's History, produced by CBC genius Mark Starowicz (head of the documentary unit, and creator of As It Happens and Canada: A People's History). The Tyee talked to McKinley last week, at one of an unmentionable coffee merchant's ubiquitous downtown cafés. On the best non-fiction books about hockey From an inside point of view, there's [Ken Dryden's] The Game. I think Net Worth is up there, because it made us take a cold-eyed look at some of our hockey heroes and the professional world they played in. In the end, the heroes often emerge as even more heroic because of the knavish owners and managers they had to survive.

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Roenick Wants To Avoid Limelight

from the Arizona Republinc,

Jeremy Roenick is back with the Coyotes after a five-year absence, but, in some ways, he has no interest whatsoever in picking up where he left off. In other words, Roenick doesn't want to be the face of this team again nor its marquee player. "I've been there and done that," Roenick, 36, said Monday. "We have some pretty good names and faces on this team and some young, talented stars and soon-to-be stars. I want to come here and just play. I don't need any of the hoopla."

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