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-New York Ranger goalie Henrik Lundqvist practiced yesterday wearing a mask fitted with a camera at the tip for use in today's game, the first on NBC as part of their national television deal with the NHL. However, he found the mask uncomfortable and will not wear it until the padding is adjusted (hopefully in time for the game today).- New York Post -Along with his first career hat trick, Ovechkin had a nice hit (will open wmp video) last night. AO beat the Ducks 3-2, with the winning goal coming in OT. -Not sure what NHL game you will see on NBC today, check the USA Coverage map (will open as PDF).

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Luongo Will Wait To Sign Contract

from the Sun-Sentinel,

The Panthers have made a substantial offer to keep Roberto Luongo, but the star goaltender says that money alone is not enough. Luongo said Friday he will not sign a five-year, $30 million contract from the Panthers -- $5 million more than he left on the table last summer -- until the team proves to him it is serious about contending for a Stanley Cup.
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KK Dark Tonight

I am attending the North American International Auto Show Charity Preview tonight so new entries to KK will be put on hold for most of the evening. If anything major breaks in the hockey world, I will attempt to post but can't guarantee it. It is a little awkward trying to post from a pocket pc. So off I go to mingle with 16,000 other auto buffs!

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Weight Denies Asking For Trade

from the CP via TSN,

If Doug Weight had a dollar for every time his name was mentioned in a trade rumour this season he'd probably have doubled his $5.7-million US salary. Truth is, Weight said Friday, Blues GM Larry Pleau has not approached him yet about a trade or about possibly waiving his no-trade clause. "At no time have I received any inclination or prodding from the organization to think about my no-trade clause or think about these rumours that are out there right now," Weight said from Atlanta, where his team faced the Thrashers on Friday night.
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Marc Potvin Passes

via the AP,

Adirondack Frostbite head coach Marc Potvin died Friday morning in Kalamazoo, Mich., according to a release from the Kalamazoo Wings of the United Hockey League. Further details were unavailable. An autopsy is planned. The Wings were scheduled to host the Frostbite Friday night, but the game was postponed. Potvin was in his third season coaching Adirondack, and previously coached Springfield of the American Hockey League. He played in the NHL with Detroit, Los Angeles, Hartford and Boston.
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Gretzky & Crosby Q & A

from USA WEEKEND,

What are fans screaming at you from behind the glass? Gretzky: "Hey, Gretzky, get your skates on!" [Laughs.] I have yet to feel the urge. Crosby: I honestly don't hear too much of what gets said, but I can tell you that the fans in New Jersey get pretty vocal. [Laughs.]
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Bad Flashback

I break out into a cold sweat just thinking about it. No!, I can't get it (will open wmp audio) out of my head.

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Not As Bad As A Corked Bat

from the Oxford Press,

Atlanta Thrashers star Ilya Kovalchuk, who has been caught using a stick with too great a curve three times, was accused of the infraction Wednesday in a game against Nashville. "In terms of competitive advantage, I don't believe the curvature of the stick can be equated to a corking of a baseball bat," NHL director of officials Steve Walkom said. "There are certain limits that have been decided upon. ... I've been in the game a long time and if someone thinks an opponent is breaking the rule, then you can get a penalty. That in itself is a pretty big penalty in the game."
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Maybe You Didn’t Know

-Australia’s Minister for Human Services is Joe Hockey. -Stan Fischler was once the Vice President of the Rangers Fan Club. -Ralph Waldo Emerson was the organist to open the Chicago Stadium and introduce the gigantic organ to the world. -The ice on a rink is around 3/4 of an inch thick. It takes 8-10 layers of ice to get to that figure and about 10,200 gallons of water. note: I had to re-post this entry from earlier today, a coding issue prevented the comment tracker from working properly.

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Gainey On Theodore

When asked if he is looking to trade Theodore, who for the second straight game sat Wednesday night while Cristobal Huet got the start, Gainey said, "Well, we're looking to get Jose in the net. We signed him in the summer because we felt that to be a competitive team, we needed above-average goaltending, and that's what we believe he provides us. … We're hardly halfway through the book. I think there's still a lot to be written, and on our team, a lot of it will and can be written by him."
- from Terry Frei of ESPN, in an article about Habs owner George Gillett Jr.

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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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