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Don’t Even Call Them Hockey Fans

from the Calgary Sun,

The early Sunday morning beating of an Oilers jersey-clad Andrew Parker on 4 St. S.W. by who he described as four or five men wearing Flames sweaters is being investigated by city police.

Flames boss Ken King said if it’s true, the team would immediately disown such fans.

“We have no interest in having any fans who’d even think of doing such a thing,” said King while on his way to Edmonton to attend tonight’s Flames-Oilers game.

“I’d be happy to invite them back and refund their jersey money and not be associated with them or have them in our building or at any other event.”


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The Playmaker

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Let’s face it, while we’ve seen some spectacular goals in Crosby’s 3 seasons in the NHL, goal scoring doesn’t come easily for this young phenom.

He’s incredibly strong on the puck and loves to battle physically.

One on one, he’s hard to beat.

Among the leagues great playmakers, he might be the greatest.

However, when it comes to scoring goals, Crosby isn’t great…he’s good.


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Yzerman Getting Noticed In Canada

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Every time I hear Steve Yzerman talk, I’m more and more convinced that he will be the general manager of Canada’s men’s Olympic team sometime soon, maybe even as early as 2010 in Vancouver. I’m trying to put my finger on the quality that comes through when he speaks and I’ve concluded that it’s because, in an era of non-answers, where people in position of authority can talk at great lengths without actually saying much at all, Yzerman represents the polar opposite.


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Stars Of The Month

from NHL.com,

NEW YORK – Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Detroit Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the month of March.


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Canes Getting Healthy

from TSN,

The Carolina Hurricanes have activated forwards Ray Whitney and Justin Williams from injured reserve and the pair are eligible to play in Tuesday’s game against the Washington Capitals.


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E.J. Hradek Talks To KK

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing E.J. Hradek of the NHL Hour on XM 204, the NHL Network and ESPN.

We discussed the West, the East and the ESPN outlook regarding the NHL

You can download the audio file here, or click on the player below to listen online.

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Zubov Sees A Specialist

from Five for Fighting,

The news doesn’t sound too good on defenseman Sergei Zubov. He didn’t skate today, as he went to see specialists for his ongoing injuries. And won’t skate for the next few days. Coach Dave Tippett called the situation “a concern.” When asked if the problem was the foot or the groin, Tippett said, “all of the above.”


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Babcock Talks Wings

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock participated in an NHL tele-conference today.

In each of his three seasons behind the bench Mike has recorded 50 wins and he has posted an overall record of 160-55-28. With their eighth consecutive 100 point season Detroit has tied the NHL record held by the Montreal Canadiens. With 17 consecutive season in the playoffs Detroit has the longest post season streak in pro sports.

The red Wings play in Chicago tomorrow, host Columbus Thursday and finish the regular season with the NBC Game of the Week on Sunday against the Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena.

Q:  Are you worried about just cruising into the Stanley Cup Playoffs

MIKE BABCOCK:  I’ve been on both ends of it in the Stanley Cup playoffs. When you’re the higher seed, the other teams have usually been battling like crazy and sometimes you’ve been drifting along. The great thing for us this year is our games down the stretch here have been against teams that are good teams that have played us real difficult. We had Nashville in here the other day. We’ll get Chicago here tomorrow or there tomorrow. And they’re battling for their playoff life. So they’ve given us really good games.

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Draper Bothered By Groin Issue

from the Detroit News,

Kris Draper left practice early Tuesday with a tight groin and definitely will miss Wednesday’s game in Chicago, and likely the final two games of the regular season, as well.

“I can’t imagine him playing until the playoffs,” coach Mike Babcock said.

more on the Wings…

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Re-Think The Lady Byng

from Jeff Marek at Upon Further Review at CBC,

As it’s getting close to trophy time in the NHL as writers fill our their ballots, perhaps it’s time to redefine what “sportsmanship and gentlemanly” conduct is and how the Professional Hockey Writers Association should decide on the Byng. Traditionally, the lazy man’s way to vote for the award was to look at the scoring leaders in the NHL and whomever had the least penalty minutes of the bunch got the nod.

But is there not another way to look at what being a Lady Byng winner should be? Should it always be the highest scorer with the softest touch? Or should we not look at the way players in the NHL talk about playing with respect for the game and respect for one another?


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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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