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Vokoun Out For The Year

from the Tennessean,

Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season and the postseason due to injury.
The Preds have scheduled an 11:00 CST press conference as mentioned in the article, so noon EST. update 11:31am, Kevin Allen on Detroit radio reporting it is a blood clot that will sideline Vokoun. update 11:45am, from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Nashville Predators starting goaltender Tomas Vokoun will be lost for the season while he undergoes treatment for a blood illness, according to Nashville general manager David Poile.
update 11:56am, more from the Nashville Predators...

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No To The NHL In Hartford

from the Hartford Reporter,

Before the National Hockey League returns to Hartford, pigs will sprout wings and fly. Donald Trump's eyes will well up, he'll cry out "I just can't do it," and he'll hire all the contestants. Barry Bonds will say he's sorry. In other words, it won't happen. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has no interest in a return to Hartford, a smallish market nestled between Boston and New York.
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A Beautiful Day For A Ball Game

I am leaving for an annual holiday here in Detroit- catching all of the Opening Day festivities and the home opener of the Detroit Tigers. Posts may be a little limited today but I am prepared with pocket pc in hand. Temperature in the low 60s, and the Tigers are 5-1, better enjoy it while it lasts.

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Iggy’s Dad Steps In

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Turns out Jarome isn't the only Iginla to play a big role in the Battle of Alberta of late. On a night when the Flames captain spearheaded a line that buried the Oilers 4-1 last Saturday, his father Elvis stepped up to play a key peacemaker role on the Rexall Place concourse.
read on...and an imformative around the league update...

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The Voting Process

Instead of posting every writer's picks for the different awards, which can become a boring read very quickly, how about some information about the voting process. from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Delaware County Times,

Each member considered "in good standing" of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association will have an individual vote count in the voting for the Hart, Calder, Norris, Selke, Lady Byng, and Masterton trophies. This is a significant change from years past where participating chapters of the Association were given a limited number of votes based on the number of regular print media that covered the team. In years past, the Philadelphia chapter received two votes, which is actually one of the larger contingents, as most member cities got only one vote. But now, it is up to the chapter chairman of each city to determine how many members of their chapter are in "good standing."
read on...but it does include his picks...

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OLN Has Improved

from the Philadelphia Flyers,

Fortunately for NHL fans and OLN, everything has improved as the Stanley Cup playoffs near. Further good news: OLN hopes to air playoff games every night. "We had four or five weeks basically to prepare," Marc Fein, OLN's senior vice president of programming and production, said from his Stamford, Conn., office. "We had no time to build a (studio) set. You're only as strong as your weakest link. But everyone pulled together and got the right people on board. We're pretty happy and proud, especially recently, how the telecasts have been."
read on

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Who Starts For Buffalo

from the Buffalo News,

The Sabres are about to make their first postseason appearance since 2001, and neither of their goalies has been there before. Some fans, given the club's erratic results of late, might wonder whether Ryan Miller or Martin Biron will be the Game One starter. Last week, after Biron won consecutive starts over the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, Ruff admitted hard decisions are ahead and wouldn't name Miller the No. 1 netminder heading into the playoffs.

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Welcome Ice Age Readers

Thanks for stopping by Kukla's Korner. If this is your first visit, please look around and feel free to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) me if you have any questions. Take advantage of the search feature on the left sidebar, you just may find something about your favorite team. If you are looking for the Ted Leonsis post, just follow this link. I want to publicly thank Phil Coffey from NHL.com for pointing his readers to Kukla's Korner. Originally posted on April 7th at 4:49pm.

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We Want Our Highlights

Time for a nightly NHL show on OLN!!! Do you think OLN can get the message quick enough to do something now?

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#2 Goes To The Rafters

from the AP via NH.com,

Al MacInnis got a big sendoff to match the big shot that defined his career. The St. Louis Blues retired his No. 2 jersey on Sunday night in a ceremony that included dozens of former and current Blues players and featured 10 video testimonials from the likes of Brett Hull, Wayne Gretzky and Steve Yzerman, that likely was the highlight of the season for the team. The Blues had a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak and were saddled with one of the worst records in the NHL entering Sunday's game against the Edmonton Oilers.
continued You can also watch Al's speech (IE only and wmp only)... image

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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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