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A Goalie Mess

from the Longmont Daily Times,

There’s no other way to say it. The Colorado Avalanche’s goalie situation is a mess. The Avs are 35 games into the season and they’re like a marginal baseball team thinking it can get by with a closer-by-committee approach. Go with the hot hand and ride him until he falters. Except it doesn’t work. Somewhere along the line, someone has to emerge as the go-to guy, or it’s an early vacation. That’s what the Avs have on their hands, and head coach Joel Quenneville has a bad situation to fix.
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My Holiday Wishes

To Gary Bettman: A bottle of Crown Royal- to help you relax and relate to the NHL fans. To Bob Goodenow: A $1,000,000 advance on the book I hope you are working on. To Brett Hull: A trip to Turin, all expenses paid- The Karaoke Bars are waiting for you. To the Hockey Bloggers: Your work is much appreciated and your dedication to the game does not go unoticed. To Steve Yzerman: One more Stanley Cup run. To Alex Ovechkin: An appearance on Saturday Night Live. To Phil Coffey: An Italian to English Dictionary. To Stan Fischler: Dinner with Jean Beliveau, Mark Messier and Gordie Howe. To anyone with the NHL: Do a story on the 'secret' room where all goals are reviewed. Is this room in Toronto, NYC, or someone's basement? To Andrei Zyuzin: A new spelling of your last name, so you are not listed as the last NHL player. To NHL Goalies: Agreeing to decrease the goalie equioment even a little more. To Elisha Cuthbert: Why Sean Avery?

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Seabrook Out 4-6 Weeks

via the CP,

Impressive rookie defenceman Brent Seabrook of the Chicago Blackhawks will be out four to six weeks after sustaining a sprained left knee in Wednesday night's game against the Nashville Predators.

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Hockey Is IT In Canada

from the Globe and Mail,

In 2002, as Team Canada headed for Salt Lake City to reclaim its supremacy after a 50-year hiatus, another Canadian star, Steve Yzerman, said, "It's not about putting up a good show. There's a winner and there's everybody else." Yes, Mr. Carlson, it's a tough country to figure out -- even for those who bother to try. But as you said yourself, "That's Canada" -- and the national news had its priorities right.
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A Great Hockey Season

Before everyone moves on with their holiday plans, I wanted to first thank many of you for the "Season Greetings" emails I have received. I warmly wish everyone a safe and peaceful Christmas and Holiday Season and hope you are able to spend quality time with family and friends. Kukla's Korner will be back at 100% on Boxing Day (that's December 26th for the non-Canadians, Aussies and Brits). In the meantime, if you happen to notice some funky looking posts or ads on the blog, I am doing some experimenting but everything should be back in place today or tomorrow. image

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The Russians In Turin

from Sportsnet,

With Ilya Kovalchuk of the Atlanta Thrashers and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washinton Capitals leading the way, Russia will have a potent attack at the 2006 Winter Olympic tournament in Italy. The Russians missed Thursday's deadline to release the 23-man roster but Sportsnet has learned who is on the list. The forwards will also include Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, Alexei Yashin of the New York Islanders, Alex Kovalev of the Montreal Canadiens, Viktor Kozlov of the New Jersey Devils, Maxime Afinogenov of the Buffalo Sabres, Alexei Zhamnov of the Boston Bruins and Alexander Frolov of the Los Angeles Kings.
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Kiprusoff Pulls Out Of Olympics

via Sportsnet,

A few short hours after being named to the Olympic squad, the Calgary backstop decides to pull out because of injury concerns. Calgary Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff has withdrawn his name from Team Finland for the 2006 Winter Olympics, Sportsnet has learned.
from TSN,
Kiprusoff has inflammation of the hip and upon advice from doctors will use the period during the Olympics to help heal the injured area. ''It is in the best interest of the Calgary Flames that I use this opportunity to ensure I am totally recovered for the NHL playoff drive,'' Kiprusoff said in a statement. ''I have always been very proud to represent my country in international competition and I'm disappointed that I will not be joining them at the Olympics in Italy.''

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Doan Now Target Of Canadian Minister

from TSN,

It appears that the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is not the only one voicing its opinion over Team Canada's player selections. Former Minister of Amateur sport Denis Coderre on Thursday lashed out at Team Canada's selection committee saying Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan should not represent Canada after reports he verbally slammed French Canadians.
I mentioned in the comment section of the Bertuzzi post earlier today that I am receiving numerous hits from search engines regarding the slur Doan made earlier this year. I wonder if this will be a hot topic for the next two months.

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The Magic Number Is 4 When Playing Colorado

via STATS blog,

Avalanche 2005-06 Record When Allowing… 4+ Goals 0-13-0 3 or Fewer Goals 17-1-3

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Avoid The Groin Injury

from Let's Play Hockey,

The NHL has had a rash of groin injuries earlier this year, and there have been several articles written about the causes — none of which hits the nail on the head. The major cause of groin (or hip-flexor) injuries is that hockey players don’t train in the summer like they want to be hockey players. They don’t skate enough.
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About Kukla's Korner Hockey

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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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