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Home Team in Caps

Calgary 5, BUFFALO 1

Pittsburgh 5, PHILADELPHIA 2

Arizona 2, VANCOUVER 1

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Notes From Larry Brooks

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- It is not as if I’d relinquish a valuable asset to acquire him, but in the wake of the news Chris Kreider will be sidelined for at least two months and perhaps much longer than that, it would seem to make sense for the Rangers to check on the price of bringing Anthony Duclair back to Broadway for a look-see.

- I’ve never been mistaken as an apologist for Zac Rinaldo, but after getting popped with a six-game suspension, in the words of the Department of Player Safety, “for a punch to an unsuspecting opponent,” isn’t the only logical question to ask why on earth Colorado’s victimized Samuel Girardi wouldn’t have suspected what was coming?

more on each of the above topics plus other hockey notes...

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Video- Hits Of The Week

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The TSN Insiders Tonight

The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss the rumours circulating that owner Eugene Melnyk is considering selling the Senators, how the Sabres are willing to eat some of Evander Kane's salary to move him, how the Penguins are searching for goaltending help, whether Pittsburgh is shopping Ian Cole, and much more.

Watch at TSN

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George McPhee Is About To Get Real Busy

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

McPhee’s phone is already buzzing with GMs trying to make deals in principle. He is permitted to eventually make expansion-draft trades with teams. In other words, McPhee says, “Maybe we take a pick or prospect to promise not to take this player from a team or to take a player from that team.”

“I’ve built high-flying teams in the past, offensive, entertaining teams and would like to do the same thing,” said McPhee, the Washington Capitals GM for 17 years. “What we do with the expansion draft hasn’t been settled yet because until we see the entire universe of what teams want to do, who they want to protect and expose, we don’t know which way we’re going to go.”

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Afternoon Line- Rick Westhead On The “Jersey Ads”

If you missed the news earlier, start here and I agree with Westhead and I did not even include the "jersey ads" in the main story since I felt Collins was talking in general terms.

Yet it has become a hot topic of the day elsewhere.

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All About Shoulder Pads

imageDown Low Hockey was recently added as an advertising partner on KK, and so you may have noticed this photo (on the right) appearing on the site. Given the nature of the product, we asked the company’s owner and designer, Dave Lewandowski, to answer a few questions for us.

Can you tell us how the company got started?

I designed the shoulder pads for my senior project while majoring in Industrial Design at Wentworth Institute of Design in Boston. The response to the pads was received so well that I decided to start Down Low Hockey and get the pads manufactured.

A dislocated shoulder gave me the inspiration to design a better pair of shoulder pads since I switched from small shoulder pads to big bulky pads after the injury.

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Should There Be A Canadian Conference?

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Canadian Conference: Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver.

Eastern Conference: Boston, Rangers, Islanders, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, Carolina.

Midwest Conference: Detroit, Columbus, Chicago, St. Louis, Colorado, Minnesota, Buffalo, Nashville.

Sunshine Conference: Tampa Bay, Florida, Dallas, Anaheim, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Jose.

(If you like, you could create a Western Conference instead of a Sunshine Conference by flipping Colorado and Minnesota for Tampa Bay and Florida.)

Advantages: Canada produces a champion and a Canadian team is guaranteed to get at least as far as the semifinals ... NHL gets to create trophies for two more conferences, adding them to the Clarence Campbell and Prince of Wales.

Disadvantage: Some teams in the Canadian and Sunshine conferences won’t like the east-west travel ... Some conferences have seven teams, some have eight, meaning it’s easier for some teams to make the playoffs.

more realignment options…

Update 4:32pm ET (alanah): This observation from David Mayberry at the Star-Tribune

The Toronto Star’s article on shuffling conferences and divisions was solid - a good, easy-to-digest piece on a problem facing the league with the return of the Winnipeg Jets.

A graphic to accompany it was duck soup. Show fans, on a map, where teams would fall in the different options with logos, labels and borders.

The first version, shown with this blog post and posted online about 1 p.m. on Tuesday, showed the Colorado Avalanche in Wyoming and Denver somewhere near the Powder River. After some Twitter traffic (and perhaps a few calls from Colorado), the graphic was fixed by the folks in Toronto about 90 minutes later.

The Wyoming Avs? Maybe the Star knows something we don’t… wink

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Talking Hockey

Paul was on NHL Home Ice‘s The War Room today, chatting with Mick Kern and Peter Berce about the Stanley Cup playoffs and more.

Here’s the audio of their conversation. If the player gives you problems, you can download it from here.

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On ESPN Radio

imagePaul Kukla will be on the air in a few hours, 5pm ET, joining the crew at ESPN 770 to talk about Game 6 tonight between the Penguins and Red Wings.

Head over here and follow the link on the left side of their web page to listen live. 

update 5:26pm, Well, that did not go well.  No call back from the show, I was listening and heard Buccigross on.  I must have been bumped by him.

Guess that is the way the radio biz goes but a email would have been nice notifying me of what was going on.  First time something like that has happened to me.

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About Kukla's Korner Hockey

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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com


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