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Just Having Some Fun

from the Washington Post,

By day, they are defense contractors, NASA engineers, car salesmen, teachers, economists, insurance salesmen and orthodontists. But at night, on a lighted oval of concrete just off Seminary Road, when they have their skates laced, helmets on, hockey sticks in hand and are dripping in sweat, they are Benito, Rocket Man, BFL (Big Fat Liar), the Egg, Tight Lips, NASCAR and FFO, the Fleet Footed Orthodontist. Or, if he's having a bad night, just FO. They are the Phantoms. And they rule in the Thursday night coed roller hockey league at the Washington area's only outdoor roller hockey rink.
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KK- Software Upgrade

The upgrade I mentioned yesterday has been completed. There are few perks available to KK members and I will post them over the weekend.

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Another Stastny Set To Join NHL Ranks

from the Rocky Mountain News,

Joel Quenneville isn't tipping his hand just yet, but it sure sounds like a 20-year-old rookie from a prominent hockey-playing family will be in the Avalanche lineup when the 2006-07 season starts Wednesday. "He looks like he belongs," Quenneville said of Paul Stastny, who left the University of Denver after his sophomore year to sign with the Avalanche in July. "I just think as we go along here, we'll be trying different things, but he gives us one more guy who could be considered on both the power play and penalty killing. As a rookie, he's pretty impressive."
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Travel Along

from the Gwinnett Daily Post,

"A few teams started (chartering planes) so, for everyone else to stay competitive, they did the same thing," Holik said. "At this point, I don't want to say impossible because everything is possible, but it just wouldn't work (to fly commercial now). The league is a lot more competitive than it was back then. Chartering a plane isn't a luxury, it's a necessity because the flexibility of your schedule gives you the opportunity to practice more. "If you had to follow the commercial airlines schedule, you would never have time to get quality practices in."... t doesn't always go perfectly, of course - "I'm not complaining at all, but the travel part is not as glamorous as people think," Holik said - but it's better than it was and something most people won't experience in their lifetime. So for those masses who aren't destined for the upper echelon of sports, here's a glimpse into an NHL road trip ...
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Planning For The Future

from the Detroit News,

Owner of the National Hockey League's Red Wings since 1982, Ilitch is seriously considering doubling down on Detroit. He says he's buying more property behind the Fox Theatre, headquarters of Ilitch Holdings Inc., with an eye toward building an arena for the Wings should the company abandon plans to refurbish Joe Louis Arena. A decision could come in roughly 30 days, depending on the Tigers' playoff run. "We want to keep it in Detroit," says Ilitch, a pioneering downtown investor long before investing in Detroit was considered pioneering, cool or a smart play. "Going somewhere else is out of the question. We're pretty well entrenched here."
read on...mostly about Ilitch's other team, the Detroit Tigers...

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The Other Rookies

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

With all the pre-season rookie chatter surrounding Evgeni Malkin – with the likes of Gilbert Brule, Matt Carle and Wojtek Wolski tossed in for good measure – there wasn’t much said about two of the more intriguing prospects in this year’s NHL pre-season. Dustin Penner of the Anaheim Ducks and Alexander Radulov of the Nashville Predators have emerged as pre-season standouts and two players who might vault themselves into the Calder Trophy race.

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Building A Foundatin

from the Calgary Sun,

Relax. Take a deep breath and clear your head of all negative thoughts. That's Miikka Kiprusoff's routine when a puck gets by him. "He's building a foundation. Right now, his mindset is Oct. 5 and to get Jim Playfair his first win as an NHL coach," said Marcoux, adding the team learned its lesson from a slow start last year and will give Kipper a full extra game this pre-season.

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When Is It Enough

from the Ottawa Sun,

Tie Domi and Belinda Stronach would be the current U.S. tabloid superstars, with the paparazzi pulling in big bucks. Larry King, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert would have enough shows to last them a year. Inevitably, Domi and Stronach would get a lucrative book deal, and a huge contract for their own reality TV show called "Jugs and the Jock" that would pull in far more viewers than did the screwed-up Gotti family, Osbourne family, and the current Gene Simmons family.
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NHL Store In NYC

via the NY Post,

The National Hockey League will soon plant its puck in Midtown with plans to open its first-ever retail store on Sixth Avenue at 47th Street, The Post has learned. The league has signed a lease with landlord Reckson for the glass-wrapped corner of 1185 Sixth Ave., where it will have 6,712 square feet to display its sprawling array of sportswear, team accessories and other merchandise. An announcement is expected after the NHL season gets under way next week. Not coincidentally, the NHL also plans to move its corporate offices into the tower from 1251 Sixth Ave. next year.

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Time To Grow-Up

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Moments after the Blue Jackets signed Nikolai Zherdev to a threeyear, $7.5 million contract yesterday, president and general manager Doug MacLean stressed that a baby sitter will no longer be part of the deal. "We’re not going to have a fulltime baby sitter for him," MacLean said. "There’s a difference between getting him help and getting him a baby sitter. We’re willing to help the kid, of course. But we need Nikki to come in here ready to be a better teammate. That’s the bottom line."... MacLean said yesterday that Zherdev has promised to buy $125,000 worth of tickets during the next three seasons to be donated to charity. "Nikolai is a good, young kid," MacLean said. "He wants to do well and he wants to do the right thing."

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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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