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By Alanah Downie This feature disappeared for a while but now I'm back from vacation and ready to roll. From now on, this column will be published every Tuesday and some Fridays.
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To start, here is Mike Chen's view of the preseason-- that it's a lot like Vegas and what happens in preseason stays in preseason -- the results mean nothing. (Man, I think everyone has more fun in Vegas than I do.) But probably the Wicked Bruins Fan would like to argue with this perspective, since her team is steamrolling everyone in sight at the moment. At Sweet Tea, BBQ and Bodychecks, the Acid Queen just urges everyone to get a grip -- it's only the preseason and we all need to chill out. On another subject, she also points out that the Hurricanes jumbotron at last Friday's game was urging fans not to heckle the opposing players. (Dear Carolina Hurricanes: Is this hockey or golf you're promoting? Geez.) And over in Vancouver, The Pink Seats has some thoughts on the love life of one particular ex-Maple Leaf. If you want something a bit fun Jerseys and Hockey Love is showing some of that love to a few Zambonis. (Not as kinky as it sounds, but you can dance to it!) And at the Army of the Ohio, Michael asks, “Is it just me or is ESPN actually showing a little more acknowledgement of the NHL recently?" (I don't watch ESPN but my impression was that they were more interested in this sort of crap than actual sports. Are things changing at ESPN, hockey fans?) I discovered a new blog this week (via the Battle of Ontario) called Scarlett Ice -- a Sens fans who's becoming concerned that maybe Alfredsson, Redden and Schaefer are "overusing" their groins. (Oh my...) And speaking of groins, the ladies of Hot Oil would like you to register your vote for the last man standing. (I don't think I need to elaborate here. Just go vote against Roloson, okay?) At Sidearm Delivery, Brushback has put together a photo collection of the ugliest jerseys you have ever seen. Seriously horrible, horrible designs -- so bad, I'm guessing a few of them are hugely collectible and expensive. (Personally, I really want to get my hands on the Utah Grizzlies, Jean-Marc Pelletier '04-'05 Halloween jersey, featured towards the end of the post. Take a look and tell me you don't want it, too.) Finally, here are some entertaining Hartford Wolf Pack videos (with thanks to Brushback for pointing them out at his blog) produced by the team's marketing gurus. The one below is a poke at one of their rivals, the Providence Bruins, and I seriously think the NHL's teams could learn something from the minor leagues about having a sense of humor in their marketing. (Note: Clicking this image will open WMP. And be sure to have the audio on, or you'll miss that Saturday Night Live feeling...)
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Don't forget, this is the time of year for hockey pools. Head over to The Common Fan and join some of their free hockey pools. And be sure to check back here at Kukla's Korner tomorrow when we launch our own TCF hockey pool adventure and maybe win a great prize this season! Catch ya later.

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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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