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Hockey Sense

from the San Francisco Chronicle,

In the span of his first eight NHL games, Joe Pavelski has scored in his debut, put together a three-game goal-scoring streak and scored a game-winner in the final six seconds of regulation to give the Sharks a rare win in Detroit. He also has picked up the nickname "Little Joe", which might be his proudest achievement to date. Anytime a 22-year-old rookie can get linked to Joe Thornton that fast is impressive indeed. This Little Joe didn't come straight off the Ponderosa, but you can't blame the Sharks if they think they've struck a bonanza. "He's just a hockey player," general manager Doug Wilson said. "He can play anywhere, he can play with anybody. Hockey sense not only allows you to step in, but it allows you to play."
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Bondra A Blackhawk

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have signed forward Peter Bondra. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. “He’s a proven goal scorer,” said General Manager Dale Tallon. “He’s a tremendously fit athlete who will add more speed and skill to our lineup. He will help our power play and his experience will greatly help our younger players.”
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Would Hockey Work In KC?

from the Kanas City Star,

Sure, the KC hockey team would be popular the first few years simply because of the novelty. But for hockey to have success long-term, many Kansas Citians would have to embrace what is, to them, a foreign culture. But to Brian Dostal, 28, that culture might already exist in Kansas City. “I don’t think Kansas City is an NBA town,” Dostal says. “Hockey is more blue-collar. I see basketball as prima donna, for the East and West coasts. “You watch a Lakers game, and you see Jack Nicholson. Who do we have? I can’t see Kobe Bryant out on the town here. But I could be sitting right here at Willie’s, and a third-line defenseman could walk in, and you wouldn’t even know it.”
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Gainey’s Daughter Swept Off Ship

from the CP,

The Montreal Canadiens hockey club is confirming that the woman swept off a Nova Scotia tall ship is the daughter of the club's executive vice-president, Bob Gainey. Laura Gainey, 25, was washed off a deck at the back of the vessel in a storm at 9:30 p.m. Friday. Dan Moreland, the senior captain of the Picton Castle, says she is a volunteer on the vessel who is known to be very fit, and is "a well loved crew member." Meanwhile, the U.S. coast guard says the search for the woman is in a crucial stage this morning. Spokeswoman Faith Wisinski says aircraft resumed searching at first light and a U.S. coast guard vessel has searched through the night for Gainey. However, she says that as of 9 a.m. this morning, Gainey has been in the water 30 hours. Wisinski says the water is warm in the area, but it's expected hypothermia would normally take a person's life after 36 hours.

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Columbus Radio Affiliates Pick & Choose

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Where broadcast time on their radio network is concerned, the Blue Jackets are learning that competition comes in many forms. In a survey of the 25 affiliates, The Dispatch found just five stations that expect to air more than half of the 82 scheduled games this season — and six stations planning to carry 20 or fewer. Affiliates cite several reasons for not transmitting more games: conflicts with highschool sports, the obscurity of hockey in some parts of Ohio and the Jackets’ poor on-ice performance.... "How many people in Marion are going to stay up till midnight to listen to a hockey game?" said Jeff Ruth, sports director of WMRN (106.9 FM) in Marion, which aired a talk-radio program Nov. 28 instead of a Blue Jackets game in Vancouver, British Columbia. "Maybe if they had gotten off to a great start, it would be different."
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Trade Talk

Last night on the Hot Stove on HNIC mentioned Peter Bondra may be heading to Chicago, Atlanta has interest in Conroy but want him closer to the trade deadline. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun (via the Edmonton Sun) has numerous trade scenarios...

Don't believe this stuff about the Canucks trying to trade LW Markus Naslund. An executive said the only players who could be on the move in Vancouver are C Brendan Morrison and LW Matt Cooke.
read on added 11:15am, more trade and movement talk at Spector's Trade Rumours...

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Get A Life

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The write-in campaign to get Vancouver Canucks' No. 6 defenceman Rory Fitzpatrick on the Western Conference all-star team is a joke. What happens if he actually gets named to the team? What will the National Hockey League do? The whole voteforrory.com website, dreamed up by Buffalo Sabres fan Steve Schmid, is a dig at the NHL. It's proof positive that fans voting online is just that -- fans voting -- and how is it regulated? One Surrey, B.C., subscriber says he voted 500 times in two days. Obviously, he has no job and no life.
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Flyers Falling Apart

from the Courier Post,

The Flyers' injury-depleted roster took two more big hits Saturday night when forwards Mike Richards and Geoff Sanderson were sidelined with abdominal strains that will keep them out of the lineup at least three weeks. An MRI today will determine if surgery is required for either player. If surgery is required the recovery period could be as long as two months. With forwards Peter Forsberg (right foot) and Jeff Carter (left ankle) sidelined indefinitely, Holmgren almost certainly will be forced to make a trade or perhaps claim veteran right wing John LeClair off waivers.
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Ratings Tumble

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

The NHL governors got a rude awakening at their board meeting this week at the beautiful Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Fla., when they had the U.S. television ratings plunked in front of them. Talk about devastating. And unless there is a rapid recovery, it's very difficult to understand what will become of this sport in the U.S. Keep in mind this has nothing to do with the league's appearance on Versus network, or the old Outdoor Living Network as it was known last year. This is virtually every U.S. city in the league as viewers seem to be turing away from the game at a remarkable pace.
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Is Kitchen Next

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues coach Mike Kitchen understands what's going on behind the scenes. With the losses piling up, new owner Dave Checketts and team president John Davidson are "trying to find out the right avenue to go," Kitchen said. The Blues endured their seventh consecutive defeat Saturday night, losing 5-1 at home to Columbus, and certainly need a shake-up. And with the salary cap making it difficult to do trades until closer to the Feb. 27 deadline, that shake-up may include firing Kitchen. Davidson declined to discuss Kitchen's status this week. "Regarding coaching, I can tell you they work," he said. "Other than that, I don't make any comment on coaching. They work hard. It's senseless to make comments on coaching in any direction at any time."
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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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