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Sundin’s Real Hip Problem

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Mats Sundin has a torn labrum, which is the soft tissue surrounding the joint in his hip, according to a National Hockey League source.
Surgery is one of the treatment options, but it is not required as long as he is in no discomfort. A medical source said surgeons will not recommend surgery as long as there is no pain and that the Toronto Maple Leafs captain can play with the injury.

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Trust In Spezza & Heatley

from the CP via Metro News,

The two Ottawa offensive engines have gained the trust of coach Bryan Murray to play at times when defence is the team’s top priority.
“Last year, I wouldn’t have dared to do that,” Murray admitted.
It is appreciated by Heatley and Spezza.
“That’s nice to have from a coach,” Heatley said after practice on Tuesday. “We showed him that we can play safe and responsible.
“Me and Spez, we’re offensive guys. We came into the league as offensive guys and sometimes you get a rap as guys who take too many chances. But this year, we’ve learned to play a little tighter and he’s rewarded us for it.”

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Blame Global Warming

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Conspicuously absent from the list is the one villain who everyone’s currently pointing a finger at, for everything under the sun, - the NHL can’t even play the Blame Game properly – Global Warming! Yes, my rapidly-thawing friends, Mother Nature is keeping fans from warming (brilliant reasoning, I know) up to the sport of hockey.
If you think about it, it makes so much sense.

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Russia Ready To Sign Transfer Agreement

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

Having failed in their bid to extort great sums of money from NHL teams with the emergence of phenoms Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin, it appears Russian hockey czars are prepared to come in from the cold and sign a transfer agreement with their international colleagues, ESPN.com has learned.

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thanks to a KK member for the tip in the KK Forums...

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Hockey History and Gossiping About Stanley

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An Interview with Michael McKinley,
Filmmaker and author of
Hockey: A People’s History
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With the NHL playoffs well underway, excitement for hockey in North America is at its highest point of the season. Especially true for the fans of the eight teams fighting their way to next round, but also for the many new fans that are seduced by our favorite sport during this time of year, when passions are at their highest. 

One of the pleasures of playoff hockey is all the extra analysis we can indulge in.  We entertain ourselves with fool predictions, screaming arguments about the officiating, even crazy dreams of seeing the Stanley Cup in our own arena.  At a time like this, it’s also natural to reflect on historical greatness as we watch new history being made before our eyes. 

On that topic, I spoke with hockey historian Michael McKinley recently, to learn more about hockey’s past, and some of the great stories the make this game what it is today.

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NHL Trophy Finalists

from NHL.com,

NEW YORK—Goaltender Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils, center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and goaltender Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks have been voted finalists for the Hart Trophy as League MVP as the NHL announced today the nominees for eight annual awards.

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NHL Goes Viral

Why put up an older video?- just a test but read on hockey bloggers.

NEW YORK, NY / RESTON, VA (MAY 1, 2007) — The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that it has teamed with Voxant, the Viral Syndication Network (VSN), to distribute video clips of game highlights, bloopers, noteworthy moments and other news to thousands of websites and blogs through TheNewsRoom (www.thenewsroom.com). The clips, available beginning today, may be obtained for free and are accompanied by advertising, which provides revenue to content owners and sites where content is published.

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Canucks Ready For Big, Bad Ducks

from the OC Register,

Game 4 is tonight at GM Place, and the Canucks are not about to back down.
“The main thing is what we believe in this locker room,” Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo said. “There’s going to be speculation outside the locker room, but the most important thing is we believe in our group and we believe we can get the job done. We’ve proven that we can play with these guys. Apart from the first game, they’ve been all tight games. We’re just going to keep plugging away.”
While many in the media, particularly those from Vancouver, might have been guilty of writing off the Canucks after the first game of the series, the Ducks certainly did not fall into that category.

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Duhatschek on The Wings/Sharks Series

I had the opportunity to speak with Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail this morning to get his views on the Detroit/San Jose series.
Eric has been covering the series for the Globe and Mail and I really appreciated him taking about 15 minutes out of his busy schedule this morning to discuss the series.
The audio should be of interest to all hockey fans.
I started out by asking Eric about the lack of scoring in this series… listen and enjoy!

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KK- Stats For April 07

Well, I was wrong.  I thought we would see a slight decrease in April, but instead, we went over 4 million page views for the month.
The whole Krew thanks you!
To see previous month stats, begin here.

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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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