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With Or Against The Odds

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Wanna bet? Legally, of course? Disclaimer: The last time I took a crack at selecting the NHL's "best buy," after checking out the list of summer odds of teams to win the Stanley Cup in the upcoming season, was in September 2003. After much hand-wringing and pondering which choice to make with my imaginary money, I decided to take the Dallas Stars, at 10-1. At the time, Detroit and Colorado were the co-top choices to win the Stanley Cup in 2004 on the online lists (at 4-1), but I decided that I needed at least double-digit odds and settled on the Stars. Oops.
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Nicknames- Post Expansion

You may remember a few days ago, Tom Layberger of Sports Illustrated announced his top 10 nicknames, pre-expansion. Well, Tom is back with his post-expansion list. My favorite, Pat Verbeek Little Ball of Hate

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Swedish Report- Zetterberg Hurt

from Radiosporten (not translated),

A serious wrist damage risks to intercept Henrik Zetterberg from playing for Detroit when the season draws igång, experiences Radiosporten. The Swede has been flown over to USA for survey. An off Sweden's hockey heroes from OS in Turin, Henrik Zetterberg, is injured. His employers in Detroit fear that that tube itself about a serious wrist damage. The each at training with Timrå at the start of the week that” Zäta”, three sek's second best objective shot when the became OS gold last winter, got pains in the wrist. After a contact with Detroit was forced the Swede puton first goodest flat in order to be examined of club doctors and experts in Detroit.
added 3:02pm, more at LGW... added 4:02pm, Detroit Free Press story, basically a recap of what we know...

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Now That Would Have Been Fun

The ongoing Q & A with Brett Hull at the Dallas Stars website:

On what he has been doing this summer: I got back not too long ago from my wedding down in Cabo San Lucas. That was a great time and we just had a blast. Some of the people that came down to the wedding were Wayne Gretzky, John McEnroe, Chris Chelios, Mike Modano, Sean Avery, Jamie Rivers, Brenden Morrow and Guy Carbonneau. You never have seen a group of around 125 people get along so well. We are very lucky to have them in our lives.
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What- No Action?

While I was gone, I thought for sure Carter would sign, joined by Bondra, Dumont and a few others. Looks like I didn't miss much, except for a transcript of Harry Sinden's speech from yesterday.

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KK- A Short Break

I have a few meetings to attend today so updates will continue around 2:30pm. If anything breaks, KK members can post in the forum to inform readers of the latest hockey news.

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Unique Scouting Method

from the Buffalo News,

The Sabres over the past two years have forsaken hockey doctrine. Rather than dispatch a gaggle of scouts to scour the globe, the Sabres rely heavily on video analysis and young office assistants to splice it into easily digestible packages that rarely leave HSBC Arena. The Sabres call it efficient. Many others label them cheap. Regier's assumption that as many as 29 teams would object to how the Sabres run their assessors office might be incorrect. Maybe there are more teams than that. It would appear a fraction of the Sabres' own scouting department had a hard time accepting the new approach.

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Looking At Dumont

WDFN in Detroit had Dumont's agent on yesterday and he stated five teams have shown interest in him. RDS (translated) reports four teams, including Detroit, possibly LAK and also notes Dumont does not plan to make a decision this week.

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Gillett Owns More Of The Canadiens

from the Rocky Mountain News,

Molson Coors has sold part of its interest in the Montreal Canadiens hockey franchise to majority owner George Gillett for $36.1 million. As part of the deal, Molson Coors has been released from an obligation to guarantee the bank loan Gillett took out to buy the hockey team from Molson in 2001. The deal involves a "preferred interest" Molson Coors held in the club since the sale. Molson Coors still owns 19.9 percent of the common shares in the hockey club. NHL spokesman Frank Brown said the league's board of governors has already approved the transaction.
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Welcome To “Prison”

from MosNews,

Russian hockey star Evgeni Malkin has opened a posh restaurant where visitors can enjoy the cozy atmosphere of a typical Russian jail. Barred windows and ceiling, lamps designed as police flashlights, barbed wire and excerpts from the Russian Penal Code are significant parts of the interior design at VIP Zone, Magnitogorsk. You can have a seat on a plank-bed (there are comfortable chairs for the more delicate) and eat your food with an aluminium fork. When you have finished, waitresses dressed in striped prison wrappers will bring you a bill dotted with fingerprints. “I wanted to open a restaurant that would be something absolutely new, like nothing before it,” Malkin told Komsomolskaya Pravda daily.
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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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