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Cap May Hurt Penguins

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It's almost comical that the Penguins, of all teams, find themselves boxed in by the collective bargaining agreement that was allegedly crafted for the benefit of small-market, low-revenue franchises such as Pittsburgh, but instead, and in fact, discriminates against every hockey team and operation in the NHL.... Slap Shots may have had trouble with trigonometry, but even we're smart enough to be able to calculate that it will be impossible for Pittsburgh to construct even the semblance of a complete team if the Penguins wind up paying 60 percent of the cap to max contracts going to Crosby, Malkin and Staal, either through arbitration or to keep them from defecting as 25-year-old unrestricted free agents.

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Tallinder Re-Breaks Arm

from the Associated Press:

Buffalo Sabres defenceman Henrik Tallinder has a broken left arm and the club said he will miss up to two months. He is scheduled to undergo surgery on Sunday. Tallinder was hurt in Buffalo's 3-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night, and missed Buffalo's 5-4 shootout loss to Atlanta on Saturday, the Sabres' first of the season. It is the same arm he broke in a collision along the boards in Game 3 of last season's Eastern Conference finals against Carolina. "It's tough," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "I'm disappointed for him because he was playing real well for us, and now the same thing happened. I know how frustrating it is."

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Phoenix - Perreault Close

via Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN veteran centre Yanic Perreault is close to agreeing to a one year deal with the Phoenix Coyotes. Perreault, believed to be fully recovered from abdominal surgery, previously turned down contract gestures from both Chicago and the New York Islanders

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Belfour Involved In Scuffle

from the Palm Beach Post,

Panthers goaltender Ed Belfour, who has gotten into trouble off the ice in the past, scuffled with teammates, bartenders and bouncers Thursday night at a nightclub attached to the hotel where the team was staying, according to two sources who witnessed the incident. The Panthers' other goaltender, Alex Auld, was hurt later while they were "horsing around" in the hotel lobby, Belfour said Saturday. Auld needed an unspecified number of stitches for a cut over his right eye. A source who witnessed the nightclub incident at the Posh club in Garden City, N.Y., told South Florida reporters that Belfour was drunk. But he denied that.

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White In Washington

from Evan Weiner at NHL.com,

The 1970s were a time of leisure suits, plaid patterns, various neck chains and for one hockey team, an unusual fashion statement ... white pants. In the 1974-75 season, the original Washington Capitals home uniforms featured a red, white and blue jersey and white hockey pants. It was the only time in NHL history that players wore white pants as part of a home uniform. The white pants experiment has been largely forgotten by most people connected to hockey, as it was ditched rather quickly by owner Abe Pollin and his staff. But Pollin did try something different with his expansion hockey team that would win just eight games in its first season.
continued image The above picture is from NHLUniforms- a great site to visit and look around.

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For The KK Members

What's up for grabs? A $25 gift certificate to IceJerseys.com. How do you win? Check out the NHL games tonight, and from any of the those games, tell me who scores the game winner for any game. Again, pick any game and give me the name of who scores the game winner. So pick your favorite game and give me the player who will have the game winner. Please limit your choice to one game only. If more than one KK member makes the correct selection, a random drawing will be held. If no one selects the right name, the next time I hold this type of contest, the gift certificate will be $50. Do not send me an email- just comment in this post and the cutoff time to enter is 7:00pm EDT. If you are not a KK member, you can register under the KK Sections on the left sidebar. Have fun and good luck. To clarify, if a game goes to a shootout, the game winning goal will be given to the player who scored the goal to secure a win.

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Being Watched With Every Move

from the Edmonton Sun,

Would you rather be analyzed to death, or ignored? Under the microscope in Montreal, or off the radar entirely in Florida? It's a question National Hockey League free agents have been wrestling with for years. In Canada, he becomes public property. Everyone knows him, everyone is watching him and everyone has an opinion about what he's done this week - on and off the ice. He's hero worshipped when he's winning, dissected like a frog when he's losing. And who knows, the fans might even spread a rumour or two about him.

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Samsonov Will Rebound

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette via Canada.com,

Samsonov is a stranger to me, but his numbers aren't. The Canadiens acquired him at great expense to light a fire under Kovalev, but the question I've got to ask is why someone blessed with as much talent as Kovalev needs anyone to juice up his offence. It would have been a lot cheaper to buy a mirror for Kovalev. Samsonov's condition isn't terminal. Give him a little time and he'll find his way out of this early-season downer. The good ones always do.

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Down Goes Fedoruk

Derek Boogaard with a nasty right last night! image added 12:23pm, from the Star Tribune,

One punch later, and Fedoruk would be rushed to the hospital with what the team called a facial injury. Wild players said the right side of Fedoruk's face caved in when Boogaard clobbered him. "It was disgusting," defenseman Kurtis Foster said. "I can't believe he got up."
update 9:45pm, via Sports Ticker,
The Anaheim Ducks placed left wing Todd Fedoruk on injured reserve Saturday, one day after he suffered facial lacerations in a loss at Minnesota. Fedoruk, who will return to Anaheim for further evaluation, has registered three assists in 10 games this season. He also has 36 penalty minutes, placing him second on the team.

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Kasparaitis Looking Over His Shoulder

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

"I've been a little bit uptight. I have not been myself since I've been back in the lineup," Kasparaitis told The Post after yesterday's practice here in preparation for tonight's match against Wayne Gretzky's Coyotes. "It's been very stressful reading in the papers about the possibility of being put on waivers. I have the feeling that I'm competing for a job every night, and I think that's been affecting the way I play and why I'm trying to be so careful not to make a mistake.
read on

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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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