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Marc Crawford Talks Booing

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

However, Crawford thought the prevalence of new media — round-the-clock highlights packages, an endless parade of Internet information — has heightened scrutiny everywhere around the NHL. And in places such as Toronto and Montreal, the attention is so great as to become almost suffocating.

“Truthfully, I think it’s compounded, especially in hockey markets, by the volume of information that’s available — with blogs, with all the replays, those things become such a big fabric of hockey life,” said Crawford. “It’s a different environment now than even 10 years ago.”

much more on the “booing” subject and other NHL bits…

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  Tags: los+angeles+kings, marc+crawford

A Conversation with Keith Jones

Today I had a chance to chat with Keith Jones—“Jonesy”—about his 8 year NHL career with the Washington Capitals, the Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers.  Jonesy was good enough to share the story of his unusual journey to the NHL, as well as his media work these days with Versus.

Jonesy has a book out, co-authored with ESPN’s John Buccigross (whom Paul interviewed earlier), titled “Jonesy: Put Your Head Down and Skate: The Improbable Career of Keith Jones.”  The proceeds from this book go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a Philadelphia-area charity which helps the childhood victims of cancer.

The interview can be heard on the flash player below, (or you can download the mp3 audio file here).

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  Tags: interview, keith+jones, media, versus

KK Talks to ESPN’s John Buccigross

Yesterday, I spoke with John Buccigross, ESPN commentator on all things hockey, and currently the co-author of the book “Jonesy: Put Your Head Down and Skate: The Improbable Career of Keith Jones.” 

The proceeds from this book go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a Philadelphia-area charity which helps the childhood victims of cancer.

The interview can be heard on the flash player below, (or you can download the mp3 audio file here).

Note: Alanah also had a chance to speak with Keith Jones himself. That audio is available here.

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  Tags: john+buccigross, media

Home At Last

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,

Cory Murphy muttered two words.

“Lyndon Slewidge,” said the Florida Panthers defenceman.

Murphy’s long hockey odyssey, which began two minutes from where Scotiabank Place was built and included six years in Europe, finally comes full circle Saturday night when the Ottawa native stands for the national anthem before a game against the Senators - performed as usual by the Ontario Provincial Police constable Lyndon Slewidge.

continued

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  Tags: cory+murphy, florida+panthers

Pronger Talks Hockey With Jim Rome

Chris Pronger appeared on “Rome is Burning” yesterday.

Check out the video…

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, chris+pronger

Back To Juniors Or Not

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Heading into the weekend, just six junior-eligible players remained on NHL rosters: Boston’s Milan Lucic, Chicago’s Patrick Kane, Edmonton’s Sam Gagner, Minnesota’s James Sheppard, Phoenix’s Peter Mueller, and David Perron of the Blues.

Every one of them thinks he belongs in the NHL. None would have lasted this long without that belief. But players don’t always know what’s best for them. To be honest, neither do the teams who employ them. And that’s why the decisions regarding their fates are so open to second-guessing.

more

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Could Richard Be The “Rocket” Today

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

The question has been asked before and today, on the 50th anniversary of the Rocket’s 500th goal, it bears asking again: could Maurice Richard have been successful in today’s NHL?

Was he a good enough skater? Would he have been big enough to ward off defencemen? Would his legendary temper have bubbled over and gotten the better of him in an 82-game schedule?

continued

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  Tags: maurice+richard

Technical Difficulties

The “Home” page of Kukla’s Korner—that scrolls news from all the areas of the website—is temporarily offline.  The “Hockey” page is working fine, however.

We promise to have it fixed as soon as possible. Sorry for the difficulties.

Update 1:00pm ET:
Problems solved. Thanks for your patience.

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Addressing The Issues

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

...Still, we cling to a phrase from that legendary American and abuse victim Rodney King: “People, can’t we all just get along.”

Apparently not.

Look, I’d love to delve into hockey issues like why Sid ‘The Kid’ Crosby is being matched in the goals-scored department by Jeremy ‘The Old Man’ Roenick, why the Montreal Canadiens can’t score or even what a phenomenal yet still overlooked talent Paul Stastny has become.

The problem is: issues keep getting in the way, so let’s deal with them….

Gary Bettman’s tenure: Make your own decisions regards whether or not NHL hockey is better now than the day he took over some 14 years ago, but I can guarantee you there are many inside the business of hockey who feel the Commissioner has made their business much more difficult to operate profitably.

many more issues…

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Coming Soon To A Website Near You

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Basically, enough is enough. There’s a critical mass in most everything in life and the innate ability to recognize when you’ve indeed reached that point is as important as knowing the precise time to let go of a hand grenade.

NHLPA IV is set to open soon and frankly, I think the franchise is already dead….

You probably remember the original NHLPA I: The Evil Empire versus The Embezzler. In that classic (filming started in 1967), the National Hockey League battled the original version of the PA in a timeless David versus Goliath tale.

read on

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  Tags: nhlpa

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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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