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NHL Poster Boy- Sean Avery

from the News & Observer,

In an increasingly anonymous league -- one that promotes a faceless player in its own commercials -- Avery is providing a welcome dose of animosity. He may be insensitive, wrong and impossible to love, a reprehensible diver and an execrably mediocre hockey player, but the NHL could sure use a few more like him.
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Luongo To Colorado Talk

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Nearly 10 years after pulling the Dec. 6, 1995 deal with Montreal for unhappy, elite goaltender Patrick Roy that positioned his team to become an NHL power, Colorado GM Pierre Lacroix is closing in on a trade for unhappy, accomplished Florida netminder Roberto Luongo, Slap Shots has been told by a league GM who's been involved with other talks with the Avalanche. The Panthers, like everyone else in the league, love rookie winger Marek Svatos. He, defenseman John-Michael Liles and freshman goaltender Peter Budaj all are earning the league minimum $450,000, and as such have both talent appeal to Keenan and financial appeal to the cheapo Florida ownership.
more (reg. req.) and Larry takes another look at the Saskin mess...

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Primeau May Be Out For The Season

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

There is fear in Philadelphia that Flyers captain Keith Primeau may miss the entire season. It has now been one month since he was elbowed in the jaw by the infamous Alexander Perezhogin of the Montreal Canadiens and suffered another concussion. If the fears are realized, the loss to the Flyers would be monumental.
read on plus Al has a few comments on other NHL topics...

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Draper Frustrated With Only 1 Goal

from MLive,

Sports fans have heard of the Sports Illustrated cover jinx, but could there also be a Detroit Red Wings media guide cover jinx? If so, then Kris Draper might be the first victim. Draper graces the front of the guide this season as a tribute to his breakout performance in 2003-04, when the career checking-line center scored a career-high 24 goals and won the Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward. "I'm not going to sit here and make excuses for not chipping in offensively," Draper said. "Come on, I got one goal. There's no reason why I should only have that. I'm not putting pressure on myself to score, but it's something I want to do to help this team."
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Malik Shootout Goal

Marek Malik had a fantastic shootout goal tonight. As you can see, he pushed the puck between his legs and fired the shot from there. He was the 15th shooter for the Rangers and it was the winning goal against Washington. Watch the video too. image update 9:45am. Monday Nov. 28th, I have made this a sticky today. Getting a huge amount of hits from search engines, by placing it at the top of the page, it will make it easier for first time visitors to find.

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NHL Missed A Chance To Showcase The Game

The NHL explanation in my mind just doesn't cut it, they used the old excuse "the games were scheduled well in advance........" Hey guys, this is 2005, anything is possible and you should have planned to switch to this game a month ago. from the NY Times (Sunday edition),

The National Hockey League's version of Bird and Magic -Sidney Crosby of the Penguins and Alexander Ovechkin of the Capitals - faced each other for the first time as professionals on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh. For a league starved for attention after the cancellation of the 2004-5 season, the game was the kind of marquee matchup that should have had a national audience. But the league did not ensure that a wide audience could see the game. OLN, in its first season as the N.H.L.'s cable television-rights holder, was locked into the Tampa Bay-Philadelphia game. "I don't think we missed an opportunity," Adam Acone, the N.H.L. vice president for broadcasting and programming, said Wednesday. "And OLN did a very good job of covering the game."
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Cherry Stands Up For NHL Players

from CBC,

Dick Pound has now incurred the wrath of Don Cherry. On Saturday's edition of Hockey Night in Canada, Cherry lent his voice to the debate. "Gary Bettman has to stand up and make this guy (Pound) prove it. Take him to court, sue him, make him prove it. He can't come out and say something like that about our guys. We are the cleanest sport in the world," Cherry said. "Gary [better address it] because it's in the headlines ... make this guy prove it or sue him."
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Drug Issues Or Not

via Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

Executives in the NHL continue to say the league doesn't have a problem with performance-enhancing drugs (ever hear of Sudies, fellas?) even though people like anti-doping czar Dick Pound beg to differ. Our question is this: if the NHL hasn't been conducting routine drug testing until this year, how would they know?

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No Ice Time For Fighters

from the Toronto Star,

The new NHL has laid a beating on the league's enforcers. In fact, several of the league's top heavyweights from the 2003-04 season, when mucking was mandatory, have punched out for good. They're either completely out of the game or they've dropped down to the minors to drop their gloves. Of the NHL's 13 most frequent fighters from 2003-04, only two — Ottawa's Chris Neil and Chicago's Matthew Barnaby — are playing significant roles today in a league that puts a much larger premium on fast feet than fast hands.
more, including Spezza shooting for the Olympics.... related story from the Toronto Star, where are the fighters now....

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Instigator Rule Needs To Vanish

from the Edmonton Sun, f the NHL's goal, in creating a schedule overloaded with conference and divisional games, was to foster animosity and rivalries, it's working - there is bad blood brewing all across the league. The latest hot spots are Phoenix-Anaheim where Ducks' enforcer Todd Fedoruk received a three-game suspension for his blindside charge on Petr Nedved, and Nashville-Los Angeles, where things got ugly after Darcy Hordichuk jumped Sean (The Turtle) Avery. more

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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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