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HD In Turin

Watching the women play hockey in high definition from Turin is great, even the experts at AVS forum agree. The PQ (picture quality) is great although it is a little 'soft'. I would give the broadcast a slight edge over what I have seen from NBC with the NHL games. On another point, are the boards higher in the arena in Turin? I know the women are smaller but for some reason the boards look about 6 inches higher than what we see in the NHL.

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Bragging Rights

from the Anchorage Daily News,

For Gomez, the 26-year-old pro hockey player from Anchorage, the Olympic men's pucks tournament is also about the chance to seize shameless bragging rights inside the New Jersey Devils' locker room. The way Gomez figures it, you win the gold, you get to chirp the fellow Olympians on the Devils for the rest of the season. "Whenever I come down on Marty in practice and score, I say, 'Gold medal, United States!' '' Gomez cracked. "Or I yell, 'U-S-A! U-S-A!' ''
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They Drink Too Much Booze

from the Columbus Dispatch,

In six days, the Blue Jackets left winger will marry his longtime girlfriend, Sarah, in his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta. Chimera wanted a small wedding, so the invitation list is limited to 30 people, none of whom plays hockey for a living. "No teammates," Chimera said. "(I’m) too cheap. They drink too much booze. Just people who know her and me are invited." Chimera is laughing as he says this, which is perfectly in character. Chimera always seems to be yukking it up.
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Blake And Pronger Hurting

via TSN,

Rob Blake of the Colorado Avalanche left Friday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second period with an apparent groin strain and did not return. His injury status remains unknown but a good indication will be if he plays in Sunday's game against the Detroit Red Wings. Meanwhile, Chris Pronger of the Edmonton Oilers has a cracked bone in his right foot -- but says it won’t affect his Olympic status.

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Affiliate Update

I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has supported Kukla's Korner by actually using the affilliate advertisers on this site. My statistics tell me the Olympic hockey jerseys have been popular in the last 2 weeks or so. Many of the jerseys are moving very quickly and although some teams ar not on the right sidebar of the hockey section, all jerseys are in stock. Remember, games start next week and you still have time to get yours before the puck drops. If you don't see your team, just click on any jersey and you will be able to choose your favorite team.

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Let Gretzky Decide

The media, half of them who have no idea what PIM, GAA, SOG, etc. stand for now are telling Gretzky what to do and how to do it. I for one think the Olympic break comes at a great time, if you can call this great. Let everyone get away for a bit, if the media wants to follow Wayne and Janet (she will be going with Wayne) through the Itailian Alps, go for it. But I can tell you 99% of the media now keying on 'Operation Slapshot' will be writing about something else by the time the Olympics are over. MLB will be into spring training and Barry Bonds has a bullseye on his back. To Kostya Kennedy who thinks Gretzky should distance himself from his wife, good for you, go write for some gossip newspaper. To Michael Rosenberg who says Wayne should stay home, well Michael, we could attack your Detroit Free Press columns, but that wouldn't be fair. But I do find it funny that you are writing for a media source that for the last few weeks, has been giving us an Olympic hockey preview by writing about a fantasy Olympic tournament they created. I guess you fit right in.

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R & R In Turin Suggested To Foppa

via TSN,

The Swedish Olympic team has suggested Forsberg go to Turin and not play in Sweden's preliminary-round games and give his groin more time to heal, allowing him to play in the sudden-death playoff games that matter the most. It's not likely the Flyers like that idea, figuring that if he's not healthy enough to play for the Flyers now, he should be using the Olympic break for rest and rehab.

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Avery Lacks Respect

from the OC Register,

When told by reporters that Coach Andy Murray told them Avery was taken out of the lineup because of things he did or said that showed a lack of respect to his teammates and the game of hockey, he was stunned. "What exactly does that mean?" said Avery, one of a handful of players who skated Thursday. "I'd say two of the things that I probably value the most is my teammates and the game. What else would I be doing? I would say that's not an accurate statement. I don't feel it is."
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Questions For Gretzky In Turin

from Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports,

His arrival will be a media circus, not just in Canada, where he is a near incomparable hero, but around the globe. It is the last thing hockey needs. It is the last thing the Olympics needs. It is the last thing anyone wants. But the questions are as enormous as they are serious, and while Gretzky has not been charged with anything, he will be required to speak. Where did his wife get half a mil to gamble? Residuals from "Police Academy 5"? How believable is it that a former Hollywood starlet-turned-suburban-homemaker is the high-stakes sports gambler and not her ultra-competitive husband? How could Gretzky's wife and friend be caught and he not be involved? Just as Tocchet and Gretzky allegedly asked about the authorities, Gretzky will now be asked himself what he knew about the gambling operation, and how (and when) did he know it?
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2006 Winter Olympics In High Definition

I am looking forward to the High Definition coverage of the Winter Olympics. You will notice many HD events will be on NBC owned Universal HD channel. Many cable and satellite systems have added UHD to their lineup for the Olympics. In the Detroit area, UHD can be viewed on channel 208. Check out the complete HD listings for all events, via HD Sports Guide. The listings are for USA stations only, but I do believe CBC in Canada will be offering many events in HD. Too bad Detroit area residents can't get the OTA (over the air, you know via antenna) feed from the CBC in Windsor.

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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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