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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.
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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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Hockey’s Most Important Players

Today's "Free Friday" submission is from KK member Joe Pelletier. A great and must read for every hockey fan. Make sure to check out Joe's websites, Hockey's Greatest Legends and the 1972 Summit Series.com. "Free Friday" is open to any KK member and must be hockey related. All you need to do is send me a brief overview of your topic and chances are you will be appearing on KK in the near future.

There is no shortage of great hockey players. But there is a lack of important hockey players. When the Toronto Maple Leafs recently honoured Hall of Fame defenseman Borje Salming, I realized something. He may not have been the greatest player of all time, but his legacy suggests he was arguably the most important. While a handful of Europeans preceded him, Borje Salming was hockey's first great European player. By doing so he quickly diminished stereotypes and blazed the trail for more Swedes and all Europeans to come the NHL. The impact was far reaching, and still being explored today. The influence of the European skill game took hockey from the dark era of 1970s goon hockey to a more skilled game that has evolved into what we have today. The league that was once ruled by hard working, small town Canadian boys was greatly enhanced by influx of European players and their different schools of the sport. The acceptance of the European player has also greatly enhanced hockey's global status, spurring on generations of new players and fans worldwide. Fans and future stars on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean worshipped the likes of Pavel Bure, Jari Kurri, Peter Forsberg and Niklas Lidstrom. While history may remember others as better players, there are only a handful of figures who can claim an equally important legacy:

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The Trophy Battle

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

The Heisman Trophy is college football's Hobey Baker Award. Both pieces of hardware are earmarked for the top players in the U.S. college game, meaning it would be futile to try to sneak in votes for star quarterback Benoit Groulx of the top-rated Laval University Rouge et Or.... The head-to-head academic year tally as a harbinger of professional success? Hobey 6, Heisman 8, one push. Though extremely subjective, that's a lot closer than we expected, too. Maybe we should stop looking down on the Hobey. Or somewhere amid all those weekly charts and polls, make fun of the Heisman.
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All Masks

What did you expect on Friday the 13th? Check out Masks from the Past for vintage goalie masks. image

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Who Did That Stat

from Chirs Young at his JABS blog,

A truism from the (pardon the expression) New NHL™: Special teams are important. A key stat, the PP and its PK flipside. But what I'd like to see: stats kept on fouls committed, and who they've been committed against. The NBA (at least on fouls in the act of shooting) and soccer keep track in their play-by-plays of both ends of the candle, but the NHL, as far as I can see, does not.

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Federko Keeps The Faith

from the St. Louis Review,

In his National Hockey League playing days, Bernie Federko often turned to other Catholic players when he needed support. "You knew that support was there. You knew who they were, and if you needed something they were the first people you would go talk with," said the former member of the St. Louis Blues and now a Hockey Hall of Famer. Some people might not think that a person who takes his faith seriously would play a physical sport such as hockey, but Federko said the perception that the game and its players are violent is a false one. "It’s totally the opposite. There is some intimidation involved, but when you play against somebody it’s just competition," he said.
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Yotes Need Help

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

For this season, Phoenix Coyotes are wearing large patches on the right shoulders of their jerseys with the slogan "Decade in the Desert" to commemorate the passage of time since they made the move south from Winnipeg. Well, the Coyotes might want to pick it up a bit, or it's not hard to see that slogan being mocked and twisted around a bit. How about "Disaster in the Desert," or perhaps, "Doomed in the Desert?"

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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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