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Eddie O back in the booth

From NHL.com's Louie Korac:

Eddie Olczyk was sitting in a room talking with St. Louis Blues coach Mike Yeo on Wednesday, getting the nuances that normally aren't discussed with the media following a morning skate.

It's what the 51-year-old color analyst has missed most while being gone from the booth working with partner and NBC lead play-by-play voice Mike "Doc" Emrick.

But Olczyk will be part of the broadcast when the Chicago Blackhawks play the Blues at Scottrade Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV). After announcing that he was diagnosed with colon cancer on Aug. 8, he is six weeks into a 24-week chemotherapy regimen, and after recently taking the third of nine treatments, he called NBC to let them know he felt good enough to work.

"I feel it's going to be great for the soul," Olczyk said. "It's going to be probably one of the medicines I'm going to enjoy taking. Over the course of the last several months, I've been taking a lot."

Olczyk will be part of the WGN broadcast with partner Pat Foley for the Blackhawks game against the Edmonton Oilers at United Center on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; NHL.TV) and will work other games as his health allows.


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No news is no news regarding Tuukka Rask

From NHL.com:

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask had to be helped off the ice after rookie forward Anders Bjork collided with him in front of the net during practice Wednesday.

Rask did not return and there was no immediate word on his condition. The Bruins play the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, TVA Sports, NESN, NHL.TV).

"He left early obviously," coach Bruce Cassidy told the Bruins website. "We had a line-rush drill where there was some contact around the net. He'll get evaluated. I've got nothing right now; hopefully he's fine. Until he gets checked out, I don't know. That's where it's at right now."

Bjork appeared to be knocked off balance before the collision. Teammates immediately rushed to Rask's assistance and he was helped off the ice after a couple of minutes.

"It was incidental contact on a hard drill," Cassidy said. "We're trying to build in more net action and net drive. I guess that's the spillover from it sometimes."

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Fans to vote on NHL’s ‘Greatest Moment from Past 100 Years’

From the NHL:

Fans to Select Greatest NHL Moment from Past 100 Years
Winning Moment to Be Revealed at 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic Outdoor Game

NEW YORK / TORONTO (Oct. 18, 2017) – Adding another fan-driven element to its year-long Centennial celebration, the National Hockey League announced today the launch of the Greatest NHL® Moments Presented by Coors Light and Pepsi Zero. This bracket-style, interactive, digital and mobile program will give fans the opportunity to select the Greatest NHL Moment of all time. Choosing from 64 of the NHL’s most memorable events, milestones and achievements – spanning from the League’s inaugural season in 1917-18 to present day – fans will have a chance to define history and vote for their favorite moment during the six-week period from Oct. 18 – Nov. 28.

Starting today, fans can visit http://NHL.com/GreatestMoments to begin Round 1 voting, and join the conversation using the hashtag #NHLGreatestMoments. The 64 moments, as determined by a Blue Ribbon panel consisting of broadcasters from NHL national rightsholders NBC Sports Group, NHL Network, Sportsnet and TVA Sports, have been placed into a bracket-style format, and are divided into four regions: Hart Region, Norris Region, Calder Region and Vezina Region (see below for voting schedule). From the Toronto Arenas becoming the first NHL team to win the Stanley Cup® Championship on March 30, 1918, to the Pittsburgh Penguins becoming the first team since 1998 to repeat as Stanley Cup® Champions on June 11, 2017, the site includes video vignettes for each moment, bringing each of the 64 stories to life.

The selection process includes six rounds of voting, with the Greatest NHL® Moment announced during the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™ on Saturday, Dec. 16, featuring the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa:

  •     Oct. 18-24 – Round 1 voting
  •     Oct. 25-31 – Round 2 voting
  •     Nov. 1-7 – Round 3 voting
  •     Nov. 8-14 – Round 4 voting
  •     Nov. 15-21 – Semifinals voting
  •     Nov. 22-28 – Final voting
  •     Dec. 16 – Greatest NHL Moment announced at 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™

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Friedman on early-season jitters

Among Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman's "30 Thoughts":

There’s a GM who has one of the best lines I’ve ever heard about life in sports: “There are only two moods — winning and hell.”

In conversations over the last week, one theme stood out: This league is tense.

“Well, it’s always tense,” one executive laughed. “But even more than normal for this early.”

Various coaches, players, execs and media said they could see it in places like Arizona (winless after some good summer moves), Boston (injuries and a slow start, despite talented young players), Minnesota (injuries and expectation), Montreal (losses and intense local pressure), New York Rangers (roster in transition), Vancouver (attendance), Washington (organizational pressure) and Winnipeg (rough start before three straight wins).

Watching the Rangers’ last two games, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Alain Vigneault look so stressed. Until their young prospects — Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil — are ready, they’ll be thin at centre. And in the Metropolitan division, it’s very hard to win like that as Pittsburgh proved on Tuesday night.

I’m sure it’s similar in other sports, but one of the biggest changes over the years is the decrease in early-season optimism. It used to last 10 games. Not anymore. I’m not one to complain about the stresses of my job; I always think of Hyman Roth in Godfather II: “This is the business we’ve chosen.”

But pro sports takes its toll, and you can already see it.

Friedman continues at length...

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Olczyk Back In Booth Wednesday

Good news.  Eddie Olczyk, battling colon cancer, returns to the NBCSN broadcast booth tomorrow to call the game between the Blues and his decidedly favorite Hawks. 

Olczyk said Aug. 8 that he was diagnosed with colon cancer. He is six weeks into a 24-week chemotherapy regimen.
"Three treatments in. Nine to go," he told USA Today on Monday. "We are a quarter of the way into the race and we are grinding it out."
Olczyk said he also will be part of the WGN broadcast for the Blackhawks game against the Edmonton Oilers at United Center on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; NHL.TV) and will work other games as his health allows.

More and nice to hear.  Not all of us may appreciate his approach, or his biases, but it's good to see him, or anyone, battling back against a wicked opponent. 

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Leafs: Playoff OT Losses Suck, But Better When You Learn From Them

Terry Koshan spoke with the Leafs today, specifically about how disgusting it was to lose the way they did to the Caps in last year's playoffs.  Nazim Kadri lied to his face and said the Leafs have no sad feelings.

“I don’t know how there can be,” Kadri said Tuesday after the Leafs’ morning skate at the Capital One Center.

“When five games go to overtime, that’s just anybody’s game, doesn’t matter who you are. I don’t think we would have changed anything or done anything differently. There are some mistakes we made that maybe we would want to take back, but that just happens over the course of the game.


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TSN Insider Trading: Double A and Calgary Arena Update

The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss what's next in the Flames' arena saga, whether Andreas Athanasiou is any closer to returning to Detroit, why the Kings could make Jake Muzzin and Alec Martinez available, and the Capitals' interest in adding a defenceman.

Watch here...

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KK- Health Update

I just wanted to pop in here to say I won't be doing any posting at least for today.

Some of you know I am a type 2 diabetic and deal with it on a daily basis.  For the last few months additional issues have come up but I have continued to do what I do at KK.

I will go into more detail once I feel a bit better but right now, I am seeking some additional advice on my next medical step and really not feeling well at all.

Thanks for your understanding and I will update as soon as possible. 

In the meantime, IwoCPO will do what he can here at KK.

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KK Note

Morning everyone. Paul is currently under the weather. I'll try to get on here a bit later and very neutrally bring you a quarter of the material Paul typically would.  As some of you know, I'm very unbiased and not prone to hyperbole. My selections, if there are any, will reflect that.

If I have updates on Paul, I'll pass them along.

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Bad Start For The Boston Bruins

from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

The B’s have played five games in this young season. Two were highly positive, wins against Nashville and a weak Arizona club. Three were troubling, as the B’s were outworked and outplayed by unsung Colorado (twice) and Vegas teams.

Like so many NHL clubs, the Bruins are a work in progress. But it seems, with two weeks completed, that the work hasn’t really started yet.

So the Bruins are back in Boston this week, still trying to find an identity and consistency of effort and execution, which more often than not, have eluded them.

Center David Krejci tried hard to defuse the negativity just after Sunday’s , 3-1 loss to the upstart Vegas Golden Knights.

“There’s no reason to point fingers,” said Krejci. “Yeah, we lost the game. (It was) a frustrating loss. But it was just the fifth game of the season, so don’t make a big deal out if it. We’re going to go back to Boston, work hard in practices and get ready for the next game. We’ve got to figure things out.”

read on

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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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