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My Thanks

On this day of Thanksgiving, I want to heap some praise on a few individuals.

First off, a great thank you to Alanah for her dedicated work at KK and for her posting prowess at Canucks and Beyond.

To Bill, for doing his real job first and finding time to post at Abel to Yzerman.  His following is massive and he attracts readers worldwide.

To George, for being George.  One day he will post a topic you can read in less than five minutes.

Thanks to all the KK members and readers, who visit on a daily basis- Without you, there would be no KK.  I am doing something I love and hope to continue to make KK a “must stop” on a daily basis.

To Phil Coffey at NHL.com.  It was his decision to bring me in as a blogger there, something that had not been done before and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity he gave me.

Posting may be a little on the slow scale today, but we will be back in full-force on Friday.  In the meantime, don’t forget the KK Shopping section and look for some great Black Friday deals tomorrow.

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Savard Faces Keenan Tonight

from the Daily Herald,

Whatever problems he might have had with Keenan all those years ago are in the past, according to Savard.

“To tell you the truth, Mike’s a good coach and he had to do what he had to do then and that’s just the way it goes,” Savard said. “I think you know my personality. I’m not one of those guys that’s going to hold a grudge against anybody, whether we worked well or not together. I moved on a long time ago and he’s been a good coach in this league for a long time.”

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High Praise For Holmgren

from Philly Burbs,

It’s easy to get caught up in the nightlife, the wrong crowd.

To have someone like Holmgren as a role model can help steer a young player back onto the right path.

“He’s a very highly respected person, not only in the hockey world but in general,” Fedoruk says. “It’s the way he carries himself; a lot of people want to carry themselves the way he does.

“I myself am one of those people. The respect he’s gained and the amount of work he’s put into his personal life . . . he’s a guy who leads by actions. You want to follow a guy like that. He’s a loyal person…..”

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  Tags: paul+holmgren, philadelphia+flyers, todd+fedoruk

Avs Trying To Break Slump

from the Denver Post,

Arnason is just one of several Avalanche forwards hoping to bust out of a slump. Joe Sakic hasn’t scored in 10 games, former Oiler Ryan Smyth hasn’t scored in four straight and has one goal in his past nine, and Paul Stastny is scoreless in his past four games.

“I don’t want to just look to Arnie for contributions in Edmonton, but he really does seem to have the special touch when we play them,” Avs coach Joel Quenneville said. “Whether it’s Arnie or someone else, we need more production than, obviously, the one goal a game.”

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Steve Sullivan Finally Seeing Improvement

from the Daily News Journal,

He’s elevated his off-ice workouts without suffering any of the relapses or back spasms that have plagued him for so long.

It may not sound like much, and there’s still no timetable for Sullivan to return, but a player who’s spent his entire hockey career turning doubters into believers is confident he’s in the process of doing it again.

“The last two weeks have been great because every day I’m able to do a little bit more and wake up somewhat pain free, or at least not being worse the next day,” Sullivan said.

“Am I planning on skating next week? No. But on the other hand, am I three months away? I don’t think so. In my mind, I’m finally seeing results, whereas for the first eight months I hadn’t seen any.”

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  Tags: injuries, nashville+predators, steve+sullivan

A Lot Of Work For Colin Campbell

from George Gross of the Toronto Sun,

“I try to watch what’s happening on the ice and then discuss it with Mike Murphy (former Maple Leaf head coach and now vice-president of hockey operations), Kris King (former Maple Leaf player and now director of hockey operations) and Jim Gregory (former Maple Leaf general manager and now senior vice-president of NHL hockey operations),” offered Campbell.

“There is a lot happening in NHL hockey these days. You have a lot of games and even some outdoor games. We are trying to keep discipline in the game. Then we have to keep an eye on the length of the game, actions of the game officials because people can see the games in super slow motion and in high definition.”

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Believe In Maurice

from the Toronto Sun,

“It’s silly,” McCabe said of recent suggestions that Maurice’s days might be numbered. “There is absolutely nothing wrong with Paul or any of our coaches.”

“They have us prepared every game. Our practices are as good as they’ve ever been.

“The blame is 100% on us, the players. It has nothing to do with the coaches.”

One look at the beleaguered Maurice and it is easy to see the toll the Leafs woes are having on him.

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Tortorella 10K Lighter

from Lightning Strikes,

Tortorella was fined $10,000 by the league today for blasting league on-ice officials after some questionable calls hurt his team Monday night. The coach reached a boiling point after his team blew a 3-1 lead and a phantom holding penalty on Brad Richards in overtime led to Atlanta’s game-winning goal.

“The frustrating part for me is these organizations pay the players millions upon millions of dollars,” Tortorella said. “They’re the ones who need to decide outcomes of games….

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Wings Get Some Off-Ice Help

via the Tennessean,

Steve Violetta, executive vice president of business affairs for the Predators, will leave the organization in early December to take a similar position with the Detroit Red Wings, a Predators spokesman confirmed.

A Detroit native, Violetta is in his third season in Nashville, where he’s helped boost attendance and season-ticket sales even as the Predators have raised ticket prices.

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, nashville+predators, steve+violetta

The Panthers Room

from On Frozen Pond,

JM got testy today when asked about the reported division in the room, telling us to name our sources. That, of course, is not going to happen. And it can’t happen. But none of this is new. JM hasn’t been a good communicator and I don’t think he thinks he needs to be.

JM is an old-school guy in the thought he feels these guys should be able to motivate themselves from within, that they make enough money they should play with pride and be up for every game. Yet this is the real world. That always isn’t the case.

Has Jacques lost the room? I don’t think he has.

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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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