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Take Your Pick- Zherdev Or MacLean

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

The more clear it becomes that MacLean, the Blue Jackets president and general manager, is serious about letting one of the team’s most dynamic young players spend the season in Russia because he won’t accept a "fair" offer, the more obvious it is that MacLean is the one who could use a little downtime in Siberia. With the security contract, MacLean probably believes he is working from a position of strength. But before we go any further, let’s take a quick poll: Who do you like more right now, Zherdev or MacLean?
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He Has Spat Upon Us

from MOSNEWS,

Russian run-away hockey player Malkin’s parents, frightened by their son’s frenzied Russian fans and hopeless chiefs of the Mettalurg hockey team where Malkin played, are going to sell their house and move from their native city of Magnitogorsk, the Zhizn’ newspaper reported. “When Evgeni was still missing they stayed in our house day and night. They thought we would help them to find him. But we didn’t know where he was either. We understand he just could not call. He calmed us down as soon as he was able to do so,” she said. According to the newspaper, some of Malkin’s fans in his native city want revenge for his defection. “I will not be surprised if fans burn to the ground his restaurant,VIP Zone!” one fan said. “You just can’t do such things. He has spat upon us”.
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Caps Go First Class

from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

It has a view of the Washington Monument, a modern exercise room and sauna, secure parking and is accessible via Metro. Sound like a classified ad for a luxury condo? It's actually a description of the Washington Capitals' new practice facility and headquarters being built atop a parking garage attached to Ballston Common Mall in Arlington. Team officials hope to begin moving into the $42.8 million building late next month, which for the first time will put the organization's corporate offices and training site under the same roof.
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Brisson’s Sour Grapes

By George Malik Pat "Baghdad" Brisson has a unique take on his client's lack of employment:

Anson Carter is unemployed, frustrated and disappointed, but he's not going to panic and sign an under-market deal, his agent said Wednesday. "We're not looking for him to get paid like a 50-goal scorer but, at the same time, he should be paid like a 25-30 goal scorer," Pat Brisson said from his office in Los Angeles. "He deserves a fair deal in the right environment. He will be patient."
"Anson is not looking for a home run," said Brisson. "If something happens in the next week, so be it. If not, he will wait. We're not going to panic and jump on anything. Some players aren't strong enough to go through this, but Anson has the backbone for it."
"Everyone thinks they are going to win the Stanley Cup this week," Brisson noted. "It's a little frustrating. It's disappointing more than anything. It's hurting his pride."
Is this called "taking the high ground"? Brisson's not lending Anson a hand by pounding the "poor Carter" angle into the ground. If I was a general manager (Ah, the power, the power! Ha ha ha...Oh, sorry...), I'm not sure I'd want to take on a "bruised ego" rehabilitation project, especially if that project had a $2.5 million price tag and a two-year commitment.

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Thrash Go Blue

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

The Thrashers unveiled their third jersey in 2003, but now it has proved so popular that the team will wear it for all 41 home games in 2006-07.

“We will be wearing what had formerly been our third jersey — that’s our permanent home jersey and going forth,” said Lou DePaoli, Atlanta Spirit’s chief marketing officer.
The change is due in no small part to marketing. The dominant color of the jersey became the underpinning for the franchise’s “Blue Land” marketing scheme.
DePaoli said sales of that jersey as compared to its predecessor are as different as “night and day.”

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Prepare For The Season

Do you think you are ready for the season? You know, the puck drops October 4th. Get everything in order, and double check with VCOE, you may have missed something.

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Talking Sweaters

OK folks, stop with the emails!!! Seems a blogger just received some "new" information regarding the change of sweater design for the start of the 07-08 year. If you are a regular KK reader, you would have known about it in April. No use sweating the small suff, do you think the NHL & the teams wants to put out a jersey no one will buy? -Back to my shade tree...

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Good News For Lacroix

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix Wednesday confirmed he had a major scare this summer, when doctors feared a mass in his spine might be cancerous or an indication of another serious disease. After hospital stays in the Las Vegas area and in Denver, plus two visits to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Lacroix finally got the good news on Aug. 18: The mass isn't a tumor.
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Isles Prospect Dies In Car Accident

from the CP via TSN:

Slovak hockey player Stefan Blaho, a fourth-round pick of the New York Islanders, has died in a car accident. He was 21. The International Ice Hockey Federation said the crash happened just after midnight Tuesday near the Slovak town of Krasnany. That evening Blaho had scored a goal for Slovak champion MsHK Zilina, the team he was about to sign for, in an exhibition game against Banska Bystrica.
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No Movement For Sens

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

With the possibility of having as many as 10 new faces in the lineup when the season opens Oct. 4 in Toronto, Muckler is going to take some time to let the battles develop in camp. "We want to see where everybody fits in training camp and I don't think we're going to do anything else at this point," said Muckler. "We've done a lot this summer. "This is probably the most changes that this club has made in a long time and we want to see how it all looks before making any more decisions."

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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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