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2009 HHOF Class

from Chris Johnston of the CP via the Globe and Mail,

There will probably be a crowded class when the Hall opens its doors again next November.

Steve Yzerman is a lock to enter in his first year of eligibility and it’s hard to imagine Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Luc Robitaille not joining him. All four of those players were legitimate stars in their prime and each has won a Stanley Cup along with one of the league’s major personal awards….

Adam Oates and Doug Gilmour are the highest eligible players on the NHL’s all-time point list that have been passed over. Oates finished his career with 1,420 points — good for 15th overall — and Gilmour is a spot behind him with 1,414 points.

Pavel Bure, Eric Lindros, Steve Larmer, Mike Vernon and Dino Ciccarelli are among a long list of players who continue to warrant some consideration.


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NHL GameCenter Live Review

from Eric Benderoff of Eric 2.0 at the Chicago Tribune,

I’m loving the NHL GameCenter Live product. The video is sharp—no, not HD sharp, but the NHL is working on this—the quality of the feed has been excellent (not a single drop) and I can watch four games at once.

The product was quietly introduced last season but re-invented this year, said Andre Mika, the league’s senior VP for broadband. It’s filled with enhancements, including on-demand content from classic and recent games, a choice of audio feeds and alternate camera angles during select games….

The single game view can be enlarged to fit your computer screen.

read on

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An Original Six Flashback

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

I admit it, there’s a soft spot in my heart when I hear or think of the Original Six. Those two words bring back so many fond memories because I am actually old enough to remember when only six teams played in the NHL.

Growing up in Detroit, I was lucky enough to have a father who worked in the auto industry and was the recipient of a boatload of tickets to all the sporting events, especially Red Wings games.  I attended about 30-35 games a season for a span of about 10 years, and during that time, my love of the game was established.


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  Tags: original+six

Oilers Claim Boulerice Off Waivers

From the Edmonton Oilers:

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today that the Edmonton Oilers have claimed forward Jesse Boulerice off waivers from the Colorado Avalanche and have placed left winger Steve MacIntyre on the NHL Injured Reserve List. [...]

Boulerice has played 170 NHL games with Philadelphia, Carolina and St. Louis, scoring 8-2-10 with 333 penalty minutes. He spent his first full season in the NHL with Carolina in 2002-03 and played a career-high 76 games with the Hurricanes in 2003-04.



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  Tags: jesse+boulerice, steve+macintyre

Carney Quietly Retires

from Terry Nau of the Pawtucket Times,

Keith Carney revealed his retirement over the weekend in the quiet, unassuming manner we have come to expect from this modest city native who competed for 17 years in the National Hockey League.

Carney — the ultimate family man — let his wife Amy announce the news via email to family members and friends. Talk about old soldiers slowly fading away.


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Talking Panthers HOF

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Put in HOFer Denis Potvin (TV guy since Day 1), Bill Torrey too. I say the Panthers also honor Bobby Clarke and Roger Neilson.

And, if and when Dino Ciccarelli (1998-99) finally goes into the Hall, honor him as well.

Put in Pavel Bure now. When Olli Jokinen says goodbye to the game, he goes in too. That’s a no-brainer. Joe Nieuwendyk? In. Roberto Luongo? Done.

This franchise needs to be more about hockey and less about putting ads on anything bolted down. More about honoring the game and less about inflatable cows, dancing girls and dancing bananas.

If the Panthers put hockey first, they might get more respect around the league, might turn on people in this market to their product.


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Cleary Out With Eye Infection

via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Update from the morning skate: Dan Cleary will miss tonight’s game against Pittsburgh due to a left eye infection, for which he was scheduled to see a doctor this afternoon, coach Mike Babcock said. Cleary has been experiencing some irritation in the eye most of the season, affecting his vision at one point and prompting him to wear a visor.

As expected, Johan Franzen will return to the lineup, after missing five games with a sprained left MCL.

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  Tags: dan+cleary

A Few Notes

Yes, the Holiday Season is upon us and I wanted to point out two deals that are in progress right now.

Both Shop.NHL.com and Modells.com are having a 20% off sale today.  Check out the links below to get the savings.

Also, don’t forget about the KK Member Blog.  This area is a great place to let your opinions be known, maybe alert readers about a blog post you made at your own personal blog, or just talk hockey with other fans.

Shop.NHL.com 5 hour Sale!  Get 20% off your entire order.  12PM - 5PM ET today only.

Take 20% off your entire order at Modell’s from 12 - 4PM ET, today only.  Exclusions apply.

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Who Wins Tonight

from Empty Netters,

Red Wings Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Hossa. While he does have 39 points in 30 career games against the Penguins, we really don’t have a tangible reason for picking him here. We just see him scoring a goal against his former team and endearing himself even more to Penguins fans.

more Wings/Pens hype.

We have our fair share of both Wings and Penguins fans who visit KK on a regular basis, so the question is…



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Wrapping Up The HHOF Inductions

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The Hall of Famers were finished strolling down the red carpet and most of the attending media was downstairs in the restaurant, Piazza Manna, which turns into the media center for the induction ceremony.

Of course, no matter where the media goes there has to be food, and there was here and it was good. Wings and pizza and lasagna and sandwiches and wraps and a salad. Good stuff, right?

Yeah, Steve Yzerman thought so….

If you think it was strange to have a hockey legend come into the media center for a meal, you’re not alone.

“You guys invade our territory all the time,” Yzerman said, “so I figured I’d invade yours.”

read on for coverage of the induction ceremony…

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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.

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.

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