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Forget Lidstrom- It Is All About Chara

from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

Technically, my Bruins season preview won't hit this site until Labor Day, but today is a little preview. Chara is arguably the best defenseman in the NHL. The argument (from me, at least) comes at the mention of Scott Niedermayer. But put the two in a pairing together and there is no question -- sorry to fans of the truly great Nicklas Lidstrom -- Chara and Niedermayer are the best two defensemen in the game heading into this season.
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Crawford Looks At The Big Picture

from the CP via Yahoo,

Crawford, 16th all-time on the NHL coaching ranks with 411 regular-season wins, drew attention from several other clubs but settled on the Kings. They intrigued him. "I look at the challenge here in L.A.," he said. "I know that if we can win here and do the right things, it isn't only going to be great for the Los Angeles Kings but on a greater plane it's great for hockey and great for the National Hockey League and that interested me as well."
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According To The Maven

from Stan Fischler at the New England Hockey Journal,

• Nicklas Lidstrom as the new Red Wings captain is about as apparent as automobiles being made in the Motor City. The four-time Norris Trophy-winner oozes as much class as he does talent. Plus, the man is a career Red Wing. So, forget about Chris Chelios, et. al. It has to be the sensational, understated Swede! The other captaincy no-brainer is in Boston where – without question – Zdeno Chara must get the ‘C’ on his jersey. • If it’s true that Pat Quinn will be a Scott Bowman-type consultant with Dallas, it means that Doug Armstrong has done a very good thing!
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Oh the Waiting

Anyone else think this week may be the slowest one yet? We were a bit spoiled last year at this time, news was floating around fast and furious, all due the the CBA approval. Given a choice, I would not want to go through what we did last year, but this "dead" period is getting to me. I do plan to make the upcoming Labor Day Weekend a very slow posting period on KK. Come next Tuesday, I would expect the hockey news to pick up with training camp just around the corner. In the meantime, we sit and wait and wait... added 1:33pm, A2Y digs deep for some inside information!

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Another Howe

from Bill Meltzer at NHL.com,

Even if he didn't come from the NHL's most illustrious family, Travis Howe would be one of the sport's rising stars in the scouting and coaching communities. Still several years shy of his 30th birthday, Howe already has begun to make a name for himself through his work with USA Hockey and International Scouting Services, as well as his own East Coast Selects program and Howe Hockey camps. He is energetic, sharp as a tack and cares deeply about the quality and integrity of his work.
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EA’s New NHL 07 Control Scheme & Gameplay Video

Hi KK readers, I’m Matt and I will be keeping you up to date on the latest of hockey gaming during the upcoming season. I have 20+ years of gaming experience and want to bring my expertise to you. This year’s hockey gaming lineup looks especially promising! Look for posts on a regular basis, a Kuklas Korner Xbox Live video game hockey league and be sure you check out the new Gaming Section of Kuklas Korner. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or suggestions! IGN.com interviewed David Littman, former NHL Goalie and NHL 07 associate producer, mainly focusing on the innovative new control scheme. image

These controls are something that will change the way hockey games are played
We made it to give people the same skating and stick control that an NHL player has. Think of the left analog as your skates and the right as your hockey stick
If you have ever played hockey in real life, this is the closest thing to that experience without actually lacing up the skates.
Read the ign interview. Also, take a look at Video captured at a German Gameplay Convention. The interesting video shows the learning curve on the new controls as well as the real gameplay AI. If you listen carefully, you will hear an EA rep talking about the game. My one complaint is the gameplay speed; it's too fast for a sim-style game. Hopefully, there will be a way to customize the game speed like the 2k series has had for years. Click here to view the video

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Hamhuis Still Waiting

from the Tennessean,

As of the end of last week, there hadn't been much in the way of talks between the Predators and defenseman Dan Hamhuis, the last returning player without a contract. "All I'm thinking about is getting it done by training camp,'' Predators General Manager David Poile said. "That's my only concern.'' Hamhuis' agent, Ross Gurney, said he is starting to wonder when he'll next hear from the team. "Over the last couple of weeks, we've probably talked about two minutes,'' Gurney said. "Our number is listed, so we're waiting for a call.''
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Staying Or Going

Last week I pointed to a story in Brand Week stating Michael LaBroad, the CMO of the NHL, may not return this season. Today, a press release states he will be speaking at the CMO Summit.

Tapping into the CMO Council Summit's theme, "The Power of Engagement. Gaining Customer Intimacy, Insight & Inspiration," LaBroad will reveal his strategies for future growth opportunities, plans to leverage new media platforms to appeal to shifting demographics and fan-base expansion in his keynote address, "New Channels of Engagement: Growing the Fan Faithful."

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Face Time

I am surprised the face recognition software didn't spit-out the Stanley Cup when Mike Commodore's pciture was pointed out by Alanah yesterday. As keepr of the Cup Mike Bolt said, "no player has had more face time with the Cup than Commodore." Read about Commodore's adventures in the Calgary Sun today.

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Seinfled Theme Week- Show About Nothing

from the Spector's Fox Sports blog,

Heading into the final week of August and with the start of training camp fast approaching, I can't help but wonder if this'll be yet another week of nothingness when it comes to our favourite unrestricted free agents. For weeks now we've heard that there are teams interested in Anson Carter and J.P. Dumont, if only they'd lower his asking prices. I think they and their agents (especially in Carter's case) expect the approach of training camp and pre-season to spur teams into accepting their asking price, but the longer these guys wait, the greater the likelihood they could still be unsigned at the start of the season.
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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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