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Stop Puck Abuse

If you've ever participated in, or been to a hockey game (or even seen one on TV) you will have witnessed the incredible brutality and unspeakable horrors that a hockey puck must endure during the course of the game. The constant banging, thumping, and pummeling that these vulcanized warriors sustain as they are are batted from one end of the rink to the other is savage and merciless. Yet, as the crowd cheers on the furious action that unfolds before them... no one seems to care about the traumatic effect that all this brutality is having on the hockey puck. read on

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Sabres Honor Gare

from the AP via TSN,

It took the former Buffalo Sabres captain just 18 seconds to score his first NHL goal as a rookie in 1974. And on Tuesday night, the team he scored 267 goals for in more than seven seasons will officially retire the No. 18 he wore. Gare will be honoured by the Sabres before the team's game against the New York Rangers. ''It was a very nervous and intense opening shift,'' Gare said recalling his first NHL game against the Boston Bruins. ''I guess when (the goal) happened, it was kind of like maybe you belonged in the National Hockey League.''

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Mario Unsure Of Olympics

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Lemieux appeared non-committal on the issue of playing in the Olympics, saying he hadn't spoken to Team Canada executive director Wayne Gretzky or anyone at Hockey Canada about whether he would play. But does he expect to be there? "I'm not sure," said Lemieux, who captained the Canadians to their first hockey gold medal in 50 years in 2002. More to the point, does he want to be there? "Ah, you know, I think they have to look at who's playing well at the time and who can help the team the most and it's still a little bit early to say anything in that regard," Lemieux said.
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Islanders Lose Bates For A Month

via the CP, Shawn Bates will be out four to five weeks with a strained hamstring, the New York Islanders announced Monday.

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Wing Prospect On A Roll

Of interest to Wings fans... from the AHL,

The American Hockey League announced today that Grand Rapids Griffins left wing Valtteri Filppula has been named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending November 20, 2005. In four games, Filppula erupted for 11 points (five goals, six assists) and a plus-9 rating as the Griffins took over sole possession of first place in the North Division in dramatic fashion.

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100 Players Should Not Be In The NHL

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Toronto Maple Leafs senior scout Craig Button, former GM of the Calgary Flames, said this week he thinks there are 100 players currently in the NHL who cannot play in the league. Some of these players have big contracts that make it difficult to weed them out in the short term, although they may see their ice time dwindling. Those without the big contract are more apt to find themselves being pushed unceremoniously from the game.

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NHL POW

via the CP,

Defenceman Bryan McCabe of the Toronto Maple Leafs is the NHL's offensive player of the week after scoring three goals and adding four assists in three wins. St. Louis Blues goaltender Curtis Sanford is the defensive player of the week after going 2-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and .971 save percentage. Also considered for the offensive award were Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vaclav Prospal, who posted seven points (3-4) four games, Colorado Avalanche forward Pierre Turgeon (2-5 in three games) and Edmonton Oilers forward Ales Hemsky (2-5 in three games). Sanford, meanwhile, turned aside 68 of 70 shots in two games as the Blues posted consecutive victories for the first time this season. Lightning goaltender John Grahame (3-0-0, 2.00 GAA) and Maple Leafs goaltender Ed Belfour (2-0-0, 1.00 GAA) were runners-up for the defensive award.

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First NHL Game

Lang Whitaker of Sports Illustrated attended his first NHL game,

So, Saturday afternoon I went to my first real NHL game. And what better place to go than Madison Square Garden, the World's Most Famous Arena, to see one of the "original six," the New York Rangers, against the Carolina Hurricanes. Walking into the seating area at The Garden, seeing that huge expanse of gleaming ivory ice, it was a breathtaking sight. Well, it was a mix of the sight and the cold. I was guessing the arena would be chilly, but I also figured by now they'd have a way to cool the ice and keep the building warm. Guess not. What I enjoyed the most about the experience of going to a hockey game was the relative peace and quiet of the game. Go to an NBA or NFL game, and you're assaulted by loud music, flying t-shirts, hopped-up dance teams. There was music at The Garden, but unless you count Sweet Caroline as a club banger, it was like spending an afternoon at a pizza joint with an outdated jukebox. During timeouts (are they called timeouts?) an organ would play, and people would be able to talk to their neighbors. It was as if hockey was saying, Here we are -- love us or leave us. And despite the extended lockout, the fans seem to have come back in full force. They love it.

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Ducks Claim Marchant

via TSN,

The Ducks put in a waiver claim on the 32-year-old veteran centre who was put on waivers twice in the last week by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
update 12:24pm, Bill Watters on Leafs Lunch said he can see Marchant not reporting to the Ducks, he wants to stay in the Eastern part of North America. He said Burke may dangle Marchant as trade bait.

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Surprising Stat

The three teams at the bottom of this stat is surprising to me; Road Game Attendance %: 28. Pittsburgh, 29. Washington and 30. is Tampa Bay. You would think fans would want to see Crosby, Ovechkin and the defending Stanley Cup Champs in action, maybe it is a reflection of the teams they are playing.

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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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