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A Different Kind Of Game In Russia

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Rick Mrozik, a former Calgary Flames' farmhand who spent the lockout playing for the Edmonton Roadrunners, the Oilers' No. 1 farm team, decided he would try Russia last summer. Russia seemed like the land of opportunity, a chance to earn a major-league salary for the first time in his life. Russia wasn't the most attractive destination, but he was going to Moscow, which is better than playing in the hinterland, and he was going with goaltender Tyler Moss, a former minor-league teammate... ..."He must have hit me on just the right spot on the head because it knocked me out," said Mrozik. "From what I was told, I helicoptered in the air and landed face-first on the ice. They brought me to the locker room and lay me on the floor.
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One Game Suspensions For Kovalchuk & Lecavalier

from TSN,

Atlanta Thrashers forward Ilya Kovalchuk has been suspended one game for throwing his broken stick into the stands during Thursday night's game against the Washington Capitals.
from TSN,
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier has been suspended for one game, without pay, as a result of a highsticking incident against New York Rangers' forward Dominic Moore in a game played on Dec. 22. The incident occurred at 19:25 of the second period and Lecavalier was assessed a minor penalty.

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The All-Snubbed Team

from Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports,

Today, meanwhile, marks the beginning of the second-guessing, especially in those countries with a strong hockey base and a legitimate shot to take home a medal. And, as always, there was plenty to second guess as the dozen rosters were digested by hockey-mad fans across the globe. Great players were left off of the rosters of every traditional hockey power, angering not only the players left behind but various factions of each team's fan base.
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The Heart Of The Game

from Brent Severyn of HockeyFights.com,

Remember way back to 2003-04 with the trap that led to the clutching and grabbing making end-to-end rushes scarce? Goal scoring became as tough as pulling teeth. While true, isn’t that gritty, hard nose attitude an aspect of our sport which makes it unique? Getting to the goal, losing a couple of teeth in the process, then having blood streaming down your face as you raise your hands after a goal – now that’s hockey!
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Hockey Wives- AHL Style

from the AHL,

They say behind every good man is a good woman. Hockey wives are more than good women. They are superwomen. A hockey player will be the first to admit that being a player’s wife is a full time job and quite possibly the most demanding job in the hockey industry. Their career is their husband.
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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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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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