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Fenway Arena

from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,

Putting the Bruins in the Red Sox locker room guarantees new standards for civility and accessibility in the 97-year-old clubhouse. It also means the polite hockey guys have to walk down 13 steps to get to the dugout runway. At the end of the long tunnel, it’s another four steps to the dugout floor, then five steps to the playing surface. Skate guards are required.

Boston’s ancient, beloved ballpark is ready for hockey. The indoor batting cage behind the Red Sox dugout has been converted to a hockey shop with skate sharpeners and propane torches. Retired Bruins numbers have been attached to the right-field facade alongside the Red Sox numbers. Bobby Orr walks hand-in-hand with Joe Cronin (both No. 4). Same for Cam Neely and Carl Yastrzemski (No. 8), and John Bucyk and Ted Williams (No. 9).

Orr has his own stall and nameplate in the Red Sox/Bruins locker room. It’s a locker last used by John Smoltz. Shawn Thornton was issued David Ortiz’s locker, which makes some sense, but how do you figure Zdeno Chara dressing in a front of a stall that belongs to J.D. Drew? Think the big fella knows about J.D.’s reputation?

The standings on the Green Monster look strange. It’s weird to see “Buffalo,’’ “Ottawa,’’ and “Montreal’’ under the heading of “AL East,’’ but it’s nice to have Baltimore erased entirely for a few days.

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Blues Lose At Home Again

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The club fell to 0-3 on a four-game home stand and 5-13-3 at Scottrade Center, where they also surrendered a 3-0 lead to Edmonton in a 5-3 loss Dec. 11.

“We’ve been here before and they all hurt,” Blues coach Andy Murray said. “I don’t qualify losses. This hurts just like every loss that we’ve had.”

Murray wore a bullish expression after the game, saying countless times in his postgame press conference that the Blues would only focus on gearing up for Chicago at home on Saturday. But the mood in the locker room was one of disbelief, as players wondered how it could happen again.

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Should The Rangers Bury Almost $40M In The Minors?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, I

f it is true that pride goes before the fall, then if Glen Sather is too proud to admit his mistakes in signing Wade Redden, Michal Rozsival the second time and Donald Brashear, he has no place running the Rangers any longer.

If Sather is not willing to, a) admit to his fantastic errors in judgment; and, more important, b) suck it up and inform Jim Dolan that Cablevision must be willing to send what amounts to $39M in remaining contracts to the minor leagues in order to begin cleansing the environment, then the GM’s tenure of nearly 10 years has run its course.

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Another Day, Another Weather Forecast For Boston

Looks overcast to me but not much precipitation. 

The temperature may be a little high for outdoor hockey, but with the ice system they have in place, it should not be a problem.

Check out the Weather Channel for more…

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Rypien vs. Janssen Tonight

Rick Rypien and Cam Janssen battled tonight in the first period.

 

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Winter Classic Game Could Be Shortened

from ESPN,

When is a hockey game two periods instead of three?

Worst-case scenario: possibly New Year’s Day at Fenway Park.

A league source confirmed to ESPN.com on Thursday that it is possible the Winter Classic could only go two periods if the weather doesn’t cooperate and the game would still be deemed official.

But that’s only if all else fails.

The league has the same detailed contingency plan it’s had in place for the past two Winter Classics. Snow threatened the 2008 event in Buffalo, N.Y., and there is a chance for frozen precipitation for Friday’s game at Fenway.

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Those Precious Leafs

from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

Generally, the Leaf players are given a soft ride by the reporters covering the team and also by most of the commentators in the city. Too many reporters — not all — carry on as fans rather than journalists. See Leafs TV, for starters.

  So, when Burke signals to his players, by way of the movement freeze, that they’re receiving preferential treatment compared with those on other teams, he’s just giving them another reason to think they’re special, when they don’t deserve to be. Special? Precious might be a better word.

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Snow Now In The Forecast For The Winter Classic

Earlier in the week, the prediction was rain for the Winter Classic in Boston.

Now, according to the Weather Channel, the rain has turned to snow.

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Babcock Covers All The Bases

from Eric Duhatschek at CTVOlympics,

The first thing that you need to know about Mike Babcock’s coaching style is that he’s all about planning and preparation.

Not everyone will fret over having a right-handed centre to take a critical defensive zone face-off late in a game, but Babcock will. It’s what makes him an accomplished NHL coach. The devil is in the details.

It also explains why, once all the big obvious decisions about Canada’s 2010 men’s Olympic team were made - yes Sidney Crosby, Jarome Iginla, Martin Brodeur and Scott Niedermayer all cracked the line-up - the final few players were chosen to fill in any possible gaps on the team, small as they may be.

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Out On The Town Or Watching Hockey?

My plans for tonight is to have a few close friends over to watch some hockey and when the games are over, bring in the New Year.

Anyone out there have any unique plans for tonight?

The schedule for tonight is below with 22 teams in action…

Also, I’ve heard Olympic hockey jerseys and apparel is flying out the door at IceJerseys.com.

Previous experience is many of the items get sold out early, so get your orders in before everything is gone.

Thanks to many of you too for making making your purchases through the KK affiliate link to IceJerseys.com.  It sure does help with the cost of running KK.

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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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