Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/11/07 at 03:33 PM ET
from Gare Joyce of ESPN the Magazine,
Akim Aliu is trying to figure out what those guys are saying about him. He doesn’t know their names, and he can’t make out exactly what it is they’re muttering about, but he can tell it’s not good.
Aliu, in a navy, pin-striped suit, is killing time in the basement of Toronto’s Park Plaza hotel, waiting for his next interview with an NHL team at the combine. He’s watching other prospects go through their physical testing, the tests he went through this morning. He sees scouts milling around, glancing at him, then turning and talking in low voices.
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