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The Monday Report

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

• Quote Of The Week: “It’s not a 16-game season!” Doug MacLean. The Blue Jackets poo-bah is right. Once Sergei Fedorov rounds into form, the BJs should be OK. • NHL execs are privately urging TV outlets to increase camera coverage to enhance the broadcasts. • Tim Thomas reminds us of another one-year-Boston-whiz-goalie, Blaine Lacher of yesteryear. A season after his flash, he was in the pan.
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McGuire Pumped

from Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports,

I'm pumped. I love hockey and I really love the NHL. Starting today, I get the chance to share information with readers around the world about the NHL and the people that make up this awesome league. If the NHL were a stock and I were a broker I would be advising you to buy, big time. The price is right and the future of the league is bright. Here are some of the major reasons why: The speed and skill of the Buffalo Sabres. These guys are for real, and are a must-see team.
much more...

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Nonis Rips Free Agency

from the CP via TSN,

The age for free agents in the NHL "is a joke" and could result in the Pittsburgh Penguins losing Sidney Crosby when he's just entering his prime, Vancouver Canucks general manager Dave Nonis said Monday. "Pittsburgh is going to put seven years of development money into him and he can leave when he's 25," Nonis told a B.C. Chamber of Commerce meeting. "I think if you assemble a good team, fans want to see that team stick together for more than one or two years. Our current agreement does not lend itself to that." Nonis also criticized the NHL's current unbalanced schedule. "I hate the schedule," he said, answering a question from the floor. "It does nothing for us.

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All About The Goaltender

from David Shoalts at the Globe and Mail,

Goaltending is the difference this season. The Thrashers do not have a different goaltender, just a healthy one. "I think we've got really good balance in our lines and our goaltender is playing really well," said winger Ilya Kovalchuk, who was chosen the NHL's first star for last week with six goals and two assists in the first four games of the trip. "He is giving us good saves." He is Kari Lehtonen, who is tied with Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres and Manny Fernandez for most wins with eight. Last season, Lehtonen missed a total of 41 games due to groin and ankle injuries.

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Build It The Right Way

from John Buccigross at ESPN,

I just hope there is an owner or an architect out there who has the vision and the courage to build the NHL fan a "destination" once again, a hockey rink of worship that has the sight lines and camera angles of Boston Garden and the soul of Chicago Stadium. An arena every hockey fan just has to experience to bring back that loving feeling. I don't see why this can't be done, why an intimate hockey arena can't be built again with the purist in mind. Baseball did it, and it reinvigorated the game. It appears Jim Balsillie, the Penguins' owner-in-waiting, will have the next shot at building that rink, whether it is in Pittsburgh or in Waterloo, Ontario.
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Make It Personalized

from the D.C. Sports Bog,

From which we learn that the Sabres bandwagon is filling up, and that Pittsburghers are going way above and beyond their normal t-shirt buying responsibilities. T-shirts, I'll grant you, are a little bit lame, but here are the Web site's top 5 in uniform sales: 1. R. Miller 2. S. Crosby 3. M. Afinogenov 4. E. Malkin 5. A. Ovechkin

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The Play Of Malkin

from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News via the Globe and Mail,

I have never been the type to not admit when I am wrong. With that in mind, I stand before you and take back what I said about Pittsburgh rookie Evgeni Malkin. I suggested, a week or so ago, the Russian center would be a good NHL player, perhaps even great, but not a superstar. Wrong! With goals in each of his first five games, Malkin has served notice he very much has the potential to skate among the very best players the NHL has to offer.

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Hockey Podcast Catalogue

imageBy Alanah Downie I've finally pulled together some hockey podcasts for everyone to sample and enjoy. Most are NHL-related, but there are other levels of hockey represented as well. The intention was to stick primarily with the work of amateur hockey broadcasters, but some professional efforts are found here as well, primarily the section of "Official" hockey podcasts produced by numerous NHL teams. The links below will take you to the main webpage of each podcast, so people can choose their own means of download. Quite a few are listed in the iTunes Store, for instance, but with many of these you can simply listen directly from a media player built right into the webpage.

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Staal Staying

The Pittsburgh Penguins will keep 18-year-old centerman Jordan Staal on their NHL roster, it was announced today by General Manager Ray Shero. Shero also said the Penguins will send 19-year-old defenseman Kris Letang back to his junior team, Val d’Or of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Staal, the second overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, has recorded four goals and one assist for five points in nine games. He is averaging 13:14 of ice time and played more than 17 minutes in the Penguins’ 8-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday night. “Jordan has earned his spot on our roster and deserves to play at the National Hockey League level,” Shero said. “We all knew about his skill level when we drafted him, but his work ethic, maturity and consistent effort have enabled him to make what is normally a difficult transition for a teen-ager.”

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“The Absence” Soon Returns

From here forward, it will be referred to (in the A2Y glossary) as, "the absence." Yes, Abel to Yzerman fell off the face of the earth. Yes, it's my fault. No, I was not sent to an area with 130 degree heat. Yes, I was in a lovely spot without computer access. No, that's not a good excuse. But, and thank you for the emails, with "the absence" behind me, A2Y will be returning shortly. Where? Right here. Paul and I have been in discussion for a few days now and it looks like you won't have to go far too find the new Abel to Yzerman since it's going to be linked directly (and be part of) Kukla's Korner. What's going to change? Nothing. A2Y will remain Wing-specific. All the same features will remain. My views on Bubba, the Dive, The Punch in the Face and The Enigma haven't changed. In all seriousness, it's great to be back and thanks to Paul for welcoming me into the KK fold. Note from Paul: The logistics of adding A2Y to KK will be completed in the very near future. A2Y will have a unique url, RSS feed, etc. and I welcome Bill and his readers with open arms. Also, stay tuned for more news... KK continues to grow and expand!!!

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About Kukla's Korner Hockey

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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