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Bad Legs

from Tarik El-Bashir’s blog, Capitals Insider, at the Washington Post,

I spent the minutes leading up to last night’s “Fastest Skater” competition bragging to my fellow reporters in the press box about how Alex Ovechkin was going to smoke the competition.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. He hesitated a bit at the start, never really caught up, and wound up posting the slowest time of the six competitors - by far, lapping the rink in 15.19 seconds.
I was stunned. The other reporters were stunned. Ovechkin was, too.


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Pittsburgh Talks Continue

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Gov. Ed Rendell and Penguins co-owner Ronald Burkle resumed their arena negotiations late Tuesday by talking over the phone, Rendell said this morning.
The two men agreed to talk again next week and could meet in person, Rendell said. He spoke after appearing at an Oakland event related to his health care reform proposal.
Rendell said the conversation with Burkle went well, adding that he does not think public officials will have to resort to asking the National Hockey League to block the Penguins from moving to a new hometown.


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Hockey Fan Creates Customized McFarlanes

imageJoe Pelletier is a frequent KK contributor.

One of the few collectibles I actually indulge in are the Todd McFarlane’s SportsPicks. I’m pretty picky, and only collect a very few players I like, although my collection is growing too quickly. I usually grab most of the Legends series, always the 6 inch variety.

At my original website, 1972 Summit Series.com, I’ve been quite vocal in my desires for McFarlane to come out with more specific releases, particularly regarding the legends series. Of course I’ve been telling anyone who will listen that I’d pay big dollars for a 1972 Summit Series set. But as of yet there is no sign of such a gem. So I must wait like all fans, and hope.

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Habs Move Lapierre To Hamilton

via the Montreal Canadiens,

The Montreal Canadiens General Manager, Bob Gainey, announced today that centreman Maxim Lapierre has been assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.

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No Bites On Preds

from the Tennessean,

Predators owner Craig Leipold said with the exception of some folks hoping fortune smiles on them, he hasn’t heard from anyone wanting to buy a piece of his team.
“I have heard from a lot of fans indicating that if they win the Powerball, they will want to buy into things,’’ Leipold said with a laugh.


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Another Heads Up For Versus

On Monday I mentioned the Versus NHL Forum is filled with porn links and garbage.  I emailed and called them and suggested they either clean it up or shut it down.
As a hockey fan it is embarrassing to see the “Official Home” of the NHL in the USA filled with this junk.  If sort of makes you wonder if Versus even cares.
Just imagine a fan going to that forum for the first time and seeing pure trash.
As of this morning, nothing has changed, except for more porn links.

update 11:10am, Well I think they got the message…

Sorry, but this board is currently unavailable. Please try again later.

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Wings Want A Top 6 Forward

from the Ottawa Citizen via the Windsor Star,

The Wings are after a top six forward, who ideally will have some sandpaper to his game. A certain Swedish forward in Philadelphia (Peter Forsberg), who used to torment Detroit regularly when he played for Colorado, is known to intrigue the Wings should he become available as expected.
However, Holland expects more than just one big fish to be available in the trade market.
“We’re a month away from hearing more and more names,” Holland said.
“Look at the standings, there’s 14 (teams) in the east and 12 or 13 in the west, so 26-27 teams feel they have a chance to make a legitimate run at the playoffs. They want to give their teams another month or 15 games to see where they’re at.”


thanks to a KK reader for the link…

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Following Forsberg

Ah, Forsberg is very comfortable in Sweden, enjoying his vacation with his Canadian girlfriend.
Afton Bladet story with a rough translation below…


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Find The Right Direction

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

...Bettman, however, must find a new route for his bus.
If he’s going to make household names of Sidney Crosby and the other youngsters who are beginning to have an effect on the scoreboard, if he’s going to add new fans without alienating the small but loyal group of core fans, this is the time to do it.
Maybe it can’t be done.
Or maybe Bettman’s not the man to do it.

more (reg. req.)

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The Schedule Vote

from Mark Spector of the National Post via Canada.com,

“It’s the same eight guys. They’d vote against free Viagra,” said one Western Conference executive.
What kind of stings Canadians though, is that heading into a 2007-08 season in which the Northeast and Northwest Divisions are not scheduled to meet at all, the Montreal Canadiens were one of 10 teams who twice voted against altering the current NHL schedule. But it gets worse.
What really hurts is, the swing vote for the whole day came down to the Ottawa Senators, who changed their minds from one motion to the next, thus ensuring that Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton do not meet Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa next season. Not to mention submarining the CBC’s Hockey Day In Canada triple-header, which will likely now become four games, with Buffalo and Detroit drawing into the picture.

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added 9:27am, from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Why would Ottawa, Montreal and nine other franchises vote no?
This is about the Washington Capitals not having a game outside their time zone after they played the Oilers here on Oct. 28.
This is about the Rangers, Islanders and Devils playing each other eight times without having to leave home and, at the same time, fill each other’s rinks using each other’s fans.
This is about players sleeping in their own beds after most of their scheduled games on the road in most Eastern markets.
This is about having the hammer in negotiations with players who would rather play in the no-travel East than the West.


added 9:40am, from Ed Willis of the Province,

You’d like to think that, just once, the NHL board of governors would focus on the good of the game instead of their own self-interests.
You’d like to think that, just once, these men would demonstrate they’re worthy of the responsibility with which they’ve been entrusted and they’d be able to put the fans’ wishes ahead of their team’s concerns.
You’d like to think the BOG—and seldom has an acronym been more telling—would listen to the uproar from the game’s stakeholders and plot a course that suggests their league is no longer mired in 1973.


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