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Big Buff With The Cup

from Brad Elliott Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald,

At 6-foot-4, and 257 pounds, Dustin Byfuglien can handle almost anything.

But with the Stanley Cup on his left, his family on his right and about 2,000 Roseau hockey fans in front of him, it was too much.

“I want to thank you all for coming out,” Byfuglien said, his voice cracking.

He then put down the microphone, turned away from the audience in Memorial Arena and let the tears flow. He tried for a few moments to compose himself, then gave up and continued with tears in his eye.

“This means a lot to me,” he said. “I worked hard to bring it back to you. I hope you guys enjoy it.”

Many in the crowd also teared up during the day’s most touching moment. The others started chanting “Big Buff” at their hometown hero, who helped the Chicago Blackhawks win hockey’s biggest prize in June.

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Morning Line

“There is a learning curve that goes along with coming into any organization and dealing with changes that are made, and the acceptance and resistance that’s met on both sides of it,.  I think we’re way further along on the acceptance part of the changes, we’re way further along on the understanding of both how we need to play, how we do play, but also understanding the personalities of the team, understanding the strengths of individuals and how they connect in the group.”

-Marc Crawford, coach of the Dallas Stars.  More from John Tranchina of DallasStars.com.

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This Can’t Be Called A Resolution

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Brian Burke professes to be pleased there has been a “resolution” to the Tomas Kaberle situation.

Resolution? What resolution?

For 14 months, ever since a weird piece of NHL draft-day confusion had the Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins thinking they had a deal involving Kaberle before they realized they weren’t talking about the same deal, the Leafs have been trying to get Kaberle on to a plane and out of a Toronto uniform….

The Leafs, meanwhile, have already started pretending they’re happy that he is still part of the team.

This is going to be one big whopper of a lie both sides will have to tell.

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Habs chances in 2010-2011, News & Notes

What’s this, another blogger added to KK?  Yes, please help me welcome The Upper Canadien to Kukla’s Korner.  He will have his own blog come sometime in September, until then, his posts will appear in the KK Hockey section.

To find out more about The Upper Canadien, click his name in the byline. -Paul


Hi everybody, I’m excited and humbled to be writing here for Kukla’s Korner starting this fall. A longtime hockey fan who has always dabbled in writing, I look forward to providing my thoughts and opinions on the goings-on in today’s NHL. While I plan on contributing a couple of pieces a week, I endeavour to provide up to date commentary when stories are breaking, both league wide and specific to the Montreal Canadiens. While my columns will often focus on the Habs, I will also be providing pieces on the NHL and adding a “News & Notes” section to most of my articles. Without further ado…

With training camp a month off, I felt it would be a good time to discuss the potential of the 2010-2011 Montreal Canadiens. While a trade or signing could still happen, the uninterrupted silence of the past month and a half suggests otherwise (unless you include the deafening roar, I mean slight ripple, generated by the signing of defenceman Alexandre Picard).

 

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  Tags: carey+price, lars+eller, news+&+notes

Niemi Talks Blackhawks

from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,

In another 15 years, I wonder if the image of Niemi making saves still will be recognizable in the memories of Blackhawks fans. Or if, by then, Niemi will be a mere answer to a trivia question asking who was the goaltender the first time the Hawks won the Cup this century.

If you still have a hard time accepting the salary-cap machinations two weeks ago that resulted in Niemi becoming an ex-Blackhawk, you’re not the only one.

“I thought it would get worked out all along and never really thought it wouldn’t,” Niemi said. “And then when it happened and they signed (Marty) Turco, I was real disappointed. I still am. But it worked out for them, so …”

Niemi didn’t finish his sentence.

But the pain in his voice was obvious when he discussed the speed with which the Hawks moved on after an arbitrator awarded Niemi a $2.75 million salary the team chose not to pay.

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  Tags: antti+niemi

The Latest Kaberle Trade Watch

via Darren Dreger tweet,

One team from each conference still in the hunt for Kaberle. Sources say there’s still a chance he gets traded tonight, but not likely.

added 8:29pm,

The Jackets are no longer in serious contention for Kaberle, an NHL source told the Dispatch. Jackets general manager Scott Howson and Toronto general Brian Burke had several good discussions, the source said, but there’s “no fit there.”

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added 9:15pm, via Nick Kypreos tweet,

With Bieksa and Mitchell in play, its slowed the urgency for Kaberle. As of now teams like SJ seems more interested in grit than finesse.

added 11:00pm, via Scott Burnside tweet,

Barring a miracle (ie. In the next hour) Tomas Kaberle will remain a Maple Leaf. Now back to Madmen.

added 11:59pm, via Darren Dreger tweet,

No trade for Kaberle

added 12:07am 8/16/10, via MapleLeafs.com,

STATEMENT FROM BRIAN BURKE

The hockey club confirms this evening that Tomas Kaberle remains a Leaf. While a number of Clubs made offers to trade for Tomas, none of them reflected Tomas’s value to our team. I understand a period like this is stressful to the player, and we are pleased that there is a resolution, and we can all continue to prepare for the coming season.

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Remembering Charley Finley’s Hockey Team

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Imagine if Charlie Finley were still around.

It is 40 years since Finley, then owner of baseball’s Oakland A’s, bought the NHL’s Oakland Seals and changed the team’s name to the California Golden Seals two games into the 1970-71 season.

He also made his players wear white skates, colorful uniforms and wanted to introduce an orange puck. The league rejected his puck idea.

The Seals were the first NHL team to put players’ names on the back of their jerseys.

“Charlie was a legendary guy, without a doubt,” recalled former Devils director of player personnel Bert Marshall, who played for the Seals. “I never had a problem with him. Maybe we just didn’t know.

“We were the outcasts, the bottom feeders. We were the black sheep of the whole league at the time, dressed up in Kelly green and whatever that yellow was called. Gold or whatever he called it. He was quite a guy. We didn’t see that much of him, but we sure felt his presence all the time.”

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Being Patrick Kane

from Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times,

It’s not hard to reach the conclusion that Kane lives in two completely different worlds. In the one fans are most familiar with, he’s the leading scorer for the Stanley Cup champions and an icon in a sports-crazed Chicago, glitz and glamor included.

The other is one in which he has a father who still nudges him to be better at everything he does, a mother who prepares him steak when he asks, three younger sisters to compete against in backyard games and a group of friends—or goofballs—not afraid to give him a hard time.

But what those closest to Kane want you to know about him is that ‘‘Chicago Pat’’ hasn’t influenced ‘‘Buffalo Pat’’ and that NHL superstar Pat is the same as I-drive-around-with-my-sisters-and-dance Pat. To them, Kane hasn’t changed at all.

But that leaves the question: Who, then, is Patrick Kane?

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Chara Wants To Play Like Lidstrom

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

• But just as a current contract is undergoing scrutiny, Bloch’s decision is affecting a future deal: the pending extension for Zdeno Chara. The 33-year-old defenseman is entering the final season of his contract, and while nobody expected Kovalchuk to be lacing up his skates at age 43, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Chara still in uniform in his 40s. Chara, who once relied strictly on brawn and intimidation, has already begun his transition into a Nicklas Lidstrom-type defenseman with an emphasis on positioning, smarts, and stick skills….

• While Philadelphia and San Jose are most likely in the mix for Antti Niemi, the Cup-winning goalie cut loose by the Blackhawks, don’t rule out Washington. General manager George McPhee has been telling other GMs he’s committed to youngsters Semyon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth, both on their entry-level deals. But with plenty of cap space and arguably the league’s best offensive duo in Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom in their sweet spots, it’s risky to lean on two young goalies.

more hockey talk…

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  Tags: zdeno+chara

Leafs May Have Overestimated The Value Of Kaberle

from Steve Simmons ot the Toronto Sun,

It’s just me, but I can’t understand why NHL teams such as Colorado, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Dallas, with very little offence from their defence, aren’t lining up to take a run at Tomas Kaberle. The lack of staunch offers for Kaberle almost certainly means whatever the Leafs thought they would get for the defenceman is less than they will end up with.

a few more hockey notes…

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  Tags: tomas+kaberle

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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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