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Tough Day For Craig MacDonald

via Lightning Strikes,

An update on center Craig MacDonald, who had to leave Thursday’s game after being hit in the mouth with a wrist shot from Maple Leafs defenseman Hal Gill.

The team said on Friday MacDonald lost nine teeth, five cleanly while four were shaved in half. He received numerous stitches to his tongue and the inside of his lower lip, and a few more on his chin.

As if that weren’t enough, Friday morning he needed three root canals.

Amazing that given all that damage he skated himself off the ice. He’s a hockey player.

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  Tags: craig+macdonald

Thinking Russian Hockey

from “The Scout” at Globe and Mail,

One of my contacts in the business is a Russian insider who grew up under the old Communist regime, who played for the Soviet Wings and worked for NHL teams . On the eve of the world juniors, I spoke with him to help us understand the Russian mentality these days….

Where do you see Russian hockey in five years? What has to be done to restore the glory?

Good coaches. There is a big change of coaches coming. Most of the coaches in the Elite league are over 60 years old. New guys will come. With their desire to create something, with their willingness to win, Russian hockey will step up and forward. It won’t take a long time and I am sure new Tarasovs and Tikhonovs are coming.

much more

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Injuries Hit Bruins

via Bruins Blog,

Glen Murray will most likely miss the next two games because of an injured hip flexor.

Murray didn’t practice today and Claude Julien said he will be re-evaluated after Christmas, making him unavailable tomorrow and Sunday against Pittsburgh. Murray left in the second period of last night’s game and didn’t return.

Peter Schaefer (bruised left foot) and Andrew Alberts (post-concussion syndrome symptoms) also didn’t practice and are questionable for tomorrow’s matinee against St. Louis.

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  Tags: glen+murray

Did You Expect Anything Different

from ESPN,

In our “Friday Faceoff,” ESPN.com NHL writer Scott Burnside (based in Atlanta) and Toronto Star columnist and frequent ESPN.com contributor Damien Cox (based in Toronto) duke it out over any given hockey topic. Let the games begin!

This week’s topic: Is this season’s outdoor game a good or bad thing?

Damien: Actually, it’s endeavour. Not that you were born here in Canada or anything. The outdoor event? Oh sure, great idea. Well, great old idea. Or just old idea. Look, if people want to sit in a Buffalo snowdrift and “watch” an NHL game from 300 feet away, God bless ‘em. But don’t tell me this game should count in the standings. It makes a mockery of the game. You’ll have guys out there in toques playing on crappy ice hoping to get the wind for the third period.

read on

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  Tags: winter+classic

Snow Not Making Friends In The College Ranks

from College Hockey News,

With people searching for answers for why Kyle Okposo left Minnesota for the NHL in mid-season, New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow provided some incendiary reasons.

In a phone interview conducted by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Snow, a former four-year goaltender for the University of Maine, placed the blame entirely upon the coaching ability of the Gophers’ Don Lucia.

“Quite frankly, we weren’t happy with the program there,” Snow told the paper. “They have a responsibility to coach, to make Kyle a better player, and they were not doing that.”

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  Tags: garth+snow

Thanks for the Stories

Thanks to those of you who participated in my spur-of-the-moment little hockey story contest the other day.  For the cost of a $25 gift certificate to IceJerseys.com, I was grateful for the entertainment as we all wind down for the holidays. smile

By a random draw, the winner is BSalmon, who will be contacted by email to receive the prize.

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Report- Flyers Coach Stevens Agrees To Extension

from TSN,

Another Philadelphia Flyer has agreed to a contract extension. This time, it’s head coach John Stevens, who has agreed in principle to a one year extension.

continued

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  Tags: john+stevens

It Always Starts On A Pond

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

It was seven years ago that “Pond of Dreams,” the Emmy-nominated short hockey film, was shown before the 2000 NHL All-Star Game in Toronto. Viewers of the national television broadcast and fans in the Air Canada Centre watched as young NHL stars Jaromir Jagr, Pavel Bure, Eric Lindros and Paul Kariya paid tribute to three retired greats – Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux – while playing pick-up hockey on a small Ontario pond.

“I’m Wayne Gretzky,” said one, unaware that Gretzky, Howe and Lemieux were walking toward them in the video.

“I’m Gordie Howe,” said the second.

“You’re always Gordie Howe,” chided a third.

continued

Watch the video…

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  Tags: gordie+howe, mario+lemieux, wayne+gretzky

Ovechkin A Canadien, What Will The Lightning Do?

Spector covers all the trade, UFA talk of the day.

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Promoting The Winter Classic

NEW YORK (December 21, 2007) – The National Hockey League (NHL) is promoting the upcoming AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic outdoor game through print, TV and radio ads, as well as a viral video that is being distributed online.

The print ad, premiering Monday, Dec. 24 in Sports Illustrated, depicts a neighborhood outdoor pick-up game with the phrase “It’s a Great Day For Hockey,” written in large icy letters at the top. This ad also will run in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Toronto Star the week of the game.

A new national TV spot promoting the upcoming game is currently running on NBC, CBC, VERSUS, TSN, HDNet, NHL Network, NHL.com and in NHL Club arenas. The spot begins with the definition “Cold: having little or no warmth,” positioned across the screen before cutting to a fast-paced version of “Auld Lang Syne” over game footage of the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins. The spot ends with an image of a football field frosting over and becoming a hockey rink.

The NHL has also released a viral web video titled “Vapor”.  Watch the video…

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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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