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Mike Smith- #1 Goalie

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Asked what he thinks about the fact many suggested goaltending was one of the big question marks facing the Lightning heading into the 2008-09 season now that his numbers rank among the best among NHL puck-stoppers, Smith smiles.

“Some people are still saying that,” he says with a laugh.

They shouldn’t be.

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  Tags: mike+smith

Recovering From Super Saturday

How to hold a hockey party… from Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

* Total number of hot wings consumed by the 80 or so guests that invaded my home on Saturday: 482
* Number of trips made to the local Coney Island: 5, and 20 Coney Island hot dogs were brought back each time.
* Pizza, varying sizes and toppings: 24
* Cashews and pistachios consumed: 10 pounds of each, gone by 10 p.m.
* Number of hockey-themed cakes that were brought by guests: 4—and 2 were exactly the same. Must have been bought at the same bakery.

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  Tags: hockey+fans, super+saturday

The Spiritual Side of The Grim Reaper

From Emily Weirenga at Christianity.ca:

Off-ice, however, his fists unfolded into helping hands. Grimson was known for devoting countless hours to charitable causes including work with the American Cancer Society, the Canadian and American Spinal Research Organization and local hospitals.

“Most people are kind of stunned when they realize what kind of person I’m like off the ice,” Grimson says with a laugh. “That’s true of most guys who play my position in the NHL; most of them are easy to get along with and soft-spoken.”

read on for more on Grimson’s spiritual and family life.

Or you could just watch the highlight reel below for a whole other point of view…

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  Tags: fighting, stu+grimson

Mair Fined

from TSN,

Sources say Adam Mair of the Buffalo Sabres has been fined $2,500 by the NHL for venturing down a hallway and trying to get at Ottawa Senators players during Monday’s NHL game in Buffalo.

The fine is the maximum amount that is allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

continued

In case you missed the incident, you can view it here.

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  Tags: adam+mair

Free Night Of GameCenter Live

NEW YORK, Oct 29, 2008—The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced that on October 30 it will offer fans a free trial of NHL GameCenter Live(TM), a new online subscription service that enables fans to engage with live NHL games via TV-quality streaming video.

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Avery Answers

from AskMen.com,

Are there any good looks for facial hair right now? What would you recommend?

(Avery): Facial hair is still going strong. I am rocking a really red beard that looks like sh*t right now, but I feel fall/winter is the time to do it. I think women like a man with a beard because it reminds them of their dads.

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  Tags: sean+avery

If Only It Were That Easy

from Craig Kanalley of Hawkey Central,

The Frenchman, Huet, is 1-2-1.  The Russian, Khabibulin, is 2-1-2.  For those keeping score at home, that’s 3 points for Cris and 6 for Nik….

This situation needs to be resolved, and it needs to be resolved quick.  It’s just a distraction, and it doesn’t need to be.  The players shouldn’t have to be looking over their shoulders wondering who’s in net one night to the next.  Especially when one goalie is clearly struggling compared to the other.

My recommendation is to unload Huet real cheap - he should have never been here to begin with.  Ottawa needs a goalie.  Give him to them for a draft pick.  Hopefully this mess is resolved sooner rather than later.

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Headline of The Day

A hockey website had this headline today:  Teams Scouting Gaborik!

I did not read on, but did wonder, are they following him around, checking out his walking ability?  He hasn’t played a game in two weeks, so it may be a little difficult to ‘scout’ him these days.

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

Pick One Player - Vinny Or Iggy

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

In the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, one of the most memorable exchanges occurred in Game 3, when the Lightning’s Vincent Lecavalier and the Flames’ Jarome Iginla, each team’s best player and biggest star, dropped the gloves.

The fight sparked both teams to a memorable seven-game series, eventually won by the Lightning.

Who won the fight that night in Calgary four years ago is pretty meaningless. What does matter, though, is who the better player is. That’s for the fans to decide.

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  Tags: jarome+iginla, vinny+lecavalier

Rangers Need To Think Ahead With Dubinsky

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Dubinsky is tied with Scott Gomez for the team lead in scoring with 11 points (4-7). When on his game, he plays with a chip on his shoulder the size of his native Alaska. He is a team guy and a leadership guy.

He also is on the final year of his Entry Level contract, and is the class of the prospective Group II Class of ‘09, all due respect to Paul Stastny and Jordan Staal.

With an anticipated 10 percent increase in average, a team making a Group II offer sheet of $5.7M would only owe compensation of a first-, a second- and a third-round draft pick for Dubinsky if the Rangers refused to match.

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  Tags: brandon+dubinsky

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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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