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The Cup Goes To Buffalo

from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

The Buffalo Sabres will win the Stanley Cup. You read it here first. (Unless you read it in our hockey yearbook before now.) This is your year, Buffalo. Seriously, it'll all come together this time around and end -- not with a heartbreaking defeat -- but with Ryan Miller and teammates raising the Cup.... The experience of last season's playoff run to the conference finals will help, and the depth and speed and skill and quality goaltending will bring the ultimate success -- the Stanley Cup. Congratulations, Buffalo.
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NHL Season Getting Close

A certain blogger points out the season is getting close.
Also, I am doing a slight re-design on my hockey blogroll. If you are a blogger and want to be included, please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and include some information on your blog. To be included in the blogroll, you must post on a regular basis and have been established as a blogger for at least one month. Those of you who ae included in the current "Hockey Blogs" on the left sidebar, need not reply.

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Depending On The ‘Q’

from the QMJHL,

With the new hockey season rapidly approaching, NHL teams will invariably look to their head coaches to deliver a promising and successful season. Seven of those franchises will look to former Quebec Major Junior Hockey League talent to lead them to Lord Stanley’s Cup. Indeed, seven of the thirty current NHL head coaches come from the QMJHL ranks. Among them, three are making comebacks to the NHL this year.

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Hockey Is Close - The Carnival Is Back

Hockey Rants pulls a surprise on us and kicks-off the 22nd edition of the The Hockey Carnival. The Big Top is back and Jes brings it to us in his own style!

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Report- Svatos Signs 1yr. Deal

According to Hojek.sk, Marek Svatos has signed a 1yr deal with the Avs. Thanks to Puckhound61 for posting in the KKF. added 4:30pm, Official release from the Colorado Avalanche.

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Creds Or No Creds- Do You Care?

Tom Benjamin asks the question-

"How does the blogoshere benefit if the NHL recognizes the new media? What's in it for the blog reader?"
As a reader, you may want to respond. Interesting conversation going on now.
Now read Continuing The Media Credentials Discussion at Off Wing Opinion.

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Armchair GMs: It’s Your Turn


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KK- Shop.NHL.com Gift Certificate Winner

The winner of the $25 gift certificate to Shop.NHL.com is Drew. Another winner will be announced after the 400th KK member is registered, then again after the 600th member and so on.

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Ward Still Thinking Carolina

from the News & Observer,

Aaron Ward, a big contributor to the Carolina Hurricanes winning the Stanley Cup, was traded (signed as a UFA) to the New York Rangers two months ago. But he's having trouble getting from traded away to gone away. At 10 a.m. most weekdays a handful of Hurricanes skate at their regular practice facility, the RecZone. Most mornings Ward skates with them -- a popular teammate turned lone Ranger. He doesn't wear the Canes colors, and he can't enter their locker room. But he still feels part of the team. "I can't say that this transition is as easy as I thought it was going to be," said Ward, 33. He joined the Hurricanes in 2001 and was part of the team's two runs to the Stanley Cup finals.

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Florida Owner Wasn’t Leaving

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

There are those who believe Elvis Presley is still alive. There are those who believe Mike Keenan resigned as general manager of the Florida Panthers on the weekend. The former group has a better chance of being right. The Panthers, now serious contenders with the New York Islanders and Chicago Blackhawks in the battle to become the National Hockey League's most dysfunctional team, announced Keenan had "resigned" and that Jacques Martin would be assuming double duties as coach/GM. That is what's known as making a bad situation worse.
continued added 7:44am, from Spector at Fox Sports,
Considered the face of the franchise for several seasons, Luongo is almost universally considered one of the game's elite netminders, despite never playing a single NHL playoff game. Keenan's inexplicable hard line approach to contract talks with Luongo, however, created a poisonous atmosphere between the two, ultimately resulting in Luongo's trade to Vancouver in June. I have a feeling that may have led to the beginning of the end for Keenan.

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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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