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The Human Side

Phil Coffey of NHL.com gave me a great perspective on the human side of a few NHL players. Most of the stories have been mentioned at KK, but these go a little deeper and really bring out the human side of the following NHL players. Read on for more on Luc, T.V., Ricci, Curtis Brown and Wardo...

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Think Pink

via the Philadelphia Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers have introduced new pink jerseys that are on sale at the Wachovia Center Fan Gear stores. The jerseys are $150 and can only be purchased during home Flyers or Sixers games.
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The Streak Ends & Can Jose Handle It

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

If Shakespeare was penning the story of this seminal St. Louis Blues season, he might start something like this: "I come not to praise The Streak but to bury it." Or something like that. As the hours tick away on this most unusual of NHL seasons, with excitement growing in New York and Anaheim and all the playoff markets in between, the sad sack Blues are a footnote, an asterisk.
continue from George Johnson, special to ESPN,
Pinpointing the pivotal position for the Colorado Avalanche as these playoffs approach doesn't require a crystal ball (or a Cristobal, for that matter). Look no further out than the goal. Look no further than Jose Theodore "Pressure?" defenseman Patrice Brisebois says with a laugh. "I don't think Jose is affected by pressure. The best school for that is to play in Montreal, isn't it?"
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Getting Ready For The Playoffs

Are you ready? Ankles taped? Anything else (will open wmp video)? image Thanks to a KK reader for sending this in.

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Wear A Visor, Save An Eye

from the News & Observer,

"Each All-Star break, all the doctors get together," said Peters, who usually has to treat three to five serious eye injuries a season. "As eye docs, the biggest thing we talk about is, how can we talk these guys into wearing visors? We're all real frustrated from the standpoint of saving these guys' vision." The NHL has changed its rules, added a salary cap and moved forward from a debilitating lockout, but, when it comes to eye protection, the league and its players have largely chosen to remain in the dark ages.
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Selanne Rips Refs

from the Edmonton Sun,

“There’s some guys on their team who could take a penalty every second shift,’’ said Teemu Selanne, tearing a strip off an officiating crew (Bill McCreary and Kelly Sutherland), that let everything go last night. “They (the Oilers) get away with so much stuff. Then, it’s just amazing what they called on us. I’m really disappointed about that.’’ Selanne says the standard of enforcement has slipped a notch down the stretch, and it was virtually non-existent yesterday. “It was a jungle out there,’’ he said. “If that’s going to be the case, tell us. Nobody is complaining."...
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Gagne For Selke

from the Delco Times,

"The award reads ‘defensive player’ but the people who win are really two-way players," Hitchcock said. "They’re players that can kill penalties, play against the other team’s top players and they’re great in both ends of the rink. Those are the kind of players that win the award, and for me that’s Simon Gagne. "Yeah, he’s got 45 goals, but he’s a great penalty killer, he plays against the other team’s best players and if I have a player that needs to get shut down, he does that." It wouldn’t be unprecedented for a player with Gagne’s gaudy offensive statistics to win the award.
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Hartnell Not Happy With Benching

from the Tennessean,

Hartnell had played in the first 79 games of the season and was none too pleased about missing out on a chance to play in every contest. He's fourth on the Predators with 24 goals, including a franchise record seven game-winning scores. "It's a little disappointing to work my butt off and then to sit out with three games left in a perfect season," Hartnell said. "That's a little unclassy, but if they feel like they need to do that to help them win, great." Hartnell had posted just one point (an assist) in his last six contests, but Trotz said he was more concerned about the rest of Hartnell's game. "He's a talented player who can take the puck to the net and has a good skill game," Trotz said. "But he's got to play a better two-way game. He's got to be more complete."
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This Week The NHL On NBC

SATURDAY, APRIL 15 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. NHL ON NBC (*New York Rangers @ Philadelphia/Minnesota @ Dallas/Boston @ Atlanta) (live) Commentators: Mike Emrick, John Davidson, Pierre McGuire (NYR @ Philadelphia); Chris Cuthbert, Peter McNab, Cammi Granato (Minnesota @ Dallas); Dave Strader, Brian Hayward, Joe Micheletti (Boston @ Atlanta) * Lead game (NYR @ Philadelphia) available in High Definition

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Enjoy The Weekend

Before many of you run off for the Easter Weekend, I want to wish everyone a peaceful and safe Easter. It is the times we spend with family and friends that should be remembered and cherished. Updates will continue the next three days, but Sunday will be a "very limited" posting day. 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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