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Report- Weinrich To Retire

from Maine Today,

Defenseman Eric Weinrich, a veteran of 19 National Hockey League seasons, is expected to join the Portland Pirates' coaching staff. Weinrich, who lives in Yarmouth, was unavailable for comment Thursday night. However, Portland Pirates Coach Kevin Dineen confirmed Weinrich, who grew up in Gardiner and played at North Yarmouth Academy and the University of Maine, has been hired by the Anaheim Ducks to be one of his assistants.
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Hummmm

from the Edmonton Journal,

Oilers centre Shawn Horcoff and ex-Oilers tough guy Georges Laraque, now of the Phoenix Coyotes, added two, one-hour sessions of hatha yoga a week to their rigorous off-season training at the Body by Bennett fitness studio in downtown Edmonton. They get around the humiliation factor by doing their yoga work a deux -- just the two of them and their instructor, Breanna Johnson. "Yoga is no longer seen as a sissy, weak-kneed, wimpy workout," Bennett said. "We used to call it flexibility training and we realize now that 10 minutes of stretching just won't cut it. "You need to invest in it just as you would your strength elements." In the New NHL, mobility, quickness and skill are golden, so players all over the league are tweaking their workouts to de-emphasize simply pounding on the muscle mass
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Weird- Oh

Mke Chen must be very bored. He tagged me and now I have to answer five weird things about me. 1. I once raced my slot-car on a national TV show and won a case of candy bars. 2. My father was one of 19 chlidren, yet I am the only male living to carry on the family name. 3. I can name the top 30 goal scorers of all-time, in order! 4. I can blow tiny spit bubbles out of my mouth, yes they float right out. 5. I am blogging about hockey in this heat!!! I've tagged DC Sports Chick because I am interested in her answers, A2Y Guy (sailors have great stories) and Christy since I know she is around.

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Remembering Those Nicknames

from Tom Layberger of Sports Illustrated,

The Great One, Mr. Hockey, The Rocket and The Golden Jet are among the best nicknames in the history of professional sport. Images of Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard and Bobby Hull are conjured up by simply referring to their famous monikers. While those four nicknames will forever have their place, there have been several colorful nicknames throughout the great history of the National Hockey League.
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Pens Hire Lange For Radio

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday reached an agreement with Mike Lange as their radio play-by-play broadcaster for the 2006-07 season. Mike Lange Lange has called Penguins games on either radio or television for 30 years, having started with the club as its radio play-by-play voice in 1974-75. He received the Foster Hewitt Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.
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Full Disclosure

from Terry Frei of ESPN,

It's time for full disclosure. And that doesn't mean -- well, at least not necessarily -- all National Hockey League owners releasing their tax returns, providing a list of everything else they own, and detailing what they knew about Enron and when they knew it. Get all the salary-cap figures in the open. Let everyone easily play along at home, screaming at general managers about cap numbers as if we're watching a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune" trying to buy a "U" when the puzzle shows:
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St. Louis Blues: Marketing For Dummies

Hello KK Readers! My name is Alanah Downie and a few of you may know me from Vancouver Canucks Op Ed. Paul has graciously invited me to post here along with a couple other hockey bloggers. However, it is my understanding that I am the ONLY west coast blogger in the house, so consider me your source of all that is good and pure in the world of Kukla's Korner. And please feel free to comment or email me at vancouvercanucksoped (at) gmail.com for any reason. Thanks! ______________________ I've been thinking about writing this for a while, but then got busy with things and forgot temporarily. But today I got a new reminder, via this video. If you can, watch this first (38 secs) then I'll explain more. See the "average Blues fan" picking up autographs:

Now, this little piece (and more) of so-called Average Joe Fan footage was produced by The Blue Revolution, which is a public relations propaganda(?) site created by the St. Louis Blues in June. Which would be fine, except that it makes every effort to appear to be a fan-created blog. I first found out about this website when reading Sidearm Delivery a few weeks ago, and was pretty shocked that any NHL team would do something this foolish. The NHL itself has shown signs of trying to create better relations with their fans in the past year, but then a team like the St. Louis Blues officially sanctions nonesense like this? Let me be clear: it's cool that the Blues want to build an interactive site for their fans, but it's NOT cool that they're dressing it up as a fan-run blog. The perspectives on that site filter through their own head office, and a page like "The Fanifesto" is highly misleading, since the Blues themselves are creating and editing this so-called 'fans rights' (or whatever) page. And furthermore, it is intentionally misleading. An example of this "blogger's" words are: "I'm just one Blues fan and the idea of The Blue Revolution is to include all fans." Uh huh. Right. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch certainly refuted that when they pointed out this comment by the president of the advertising agency that created the site:
"The intention was to make the site look like fans did it. If you come out initially and say this is the Blues' Web site, it would become very commercial."
The truth is, it IS commercial, and an NHL team agreeing to create something deliberately misleading is extremely bad form. It is staged publicity, and Blues fans deserve better. Hockey fans are very internet smart (just consider how much fan-created hockey media there is) and St. Louis seems to be treating them like children. If they wanted to get in on the grass roots with Blues' fans, why not work with the Blues fan websites out there? They've got a huge built-in fan base right under their own noses, but it seems like they don't want to interact with those fans at all. Perhaps because it's much easier to manipulate them at The Blue Revolution than it is to answer to them directly. Clearly they wanted to create a grassroot viral marketing type thing with this site, so I'm just giving them what they asked for. And it looks sleazy from where I'm sitting, St. Louis. Use your head.

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A Conversation With Ken Holland

How's your summer vacation been, Kenny? No, really...I want to know. Have you found this relaxing, stimulating, stressful, challenging, emotionally destructive? Because, I'm no GM...just a Sailor who likes hockey. But, man; this summer's frigging killing me. I have to assume, Ken, that you're feeling the heat. I'm looking at the issues you've had to deal with and I can tell you I would have been in the fetal position around mid-June. Your team got punched in the face by the 8 seed, after which your starting goalie said he just may go ahead and string himself up. You told him to leave and we agreed with you. And your Captain? Well, The Captain was going to retire any day. But then he didn't. Back to that in a minute. You made some comments early on Kenny. You told us there were changes on the horizon..."a seven skater turnover", "more grit", "improving the blueline." And a new frigging goalie, Ken. You promised us a new goalie. You said it. We believed you. And then they started disappearing. Gerber...gone. We wanted him, Ken. Roloson...stayed in Edmonton. That's ok. A few of us weren't sold on him anyway, despite the repeated kidney punches he gave us in April. Names started popping up Ken...Giguere, Nabakov, Brysgalov, Biron. We thought any of them would do. We weren't greedy. No we weren't...stop interrupting. But the summer drug on Ken, your summer, the summer of Ken. The summer where you would prove to the world that you aren't just a rich kid with money to throw around. Then the defensemen started to leave. McKee...ours. Mitchell...ours. Jovo and Blake...pretty expensive, but we certainly would have welcomed them. Heck, Witt?...ours. We wanted all of them Ken. But, we didn't get any and we started to get sad. We wondered about you Ken. I'll admit it. Then we started hearing about a young man in Florida that you were trying to acquire. We don't know, Ken. We have no idea if that was true, if you were trying to bring us our Franchise Goalie. But, yeah...we got our hopes up. We started telling you to trade little Pavel, to hold on to Kronwall, to trade Robert and his flowing hair. Anything to bring us our Franchise Goalie. But then...he was gone, too. And, Ken...I'll admit it. We started to panic. We threw things and stomped our feet. We demanded answers Ken. We wanted you to tell us just how you were going to spend some cash, and spend it soon, but not too much because of the cap, just enough to get us back to our rightful place in the Finals. Then the Captain left. Man, right or wrong Ken, that sucked. Then Shanny left. Ken? Ken? Shanny and the Captain both left Hockeytown. No Franchise Goalie, no Stevie Y, no Irish Jig. It made us forget that you re-signed our boy Nick to a bargain deal...well, a bargain by your standards. Insane, obscene money to us. But a bargain for you. Then a picture showed up on the internet Ken. We had to minimize it in case the kids walked by. It was horrific...you and Eddie Belfour, together, in the basement of the Joe...walking. We revolted Ken. We lost it. And, well...we feel silly. We know courting Edward was a ploy on your part. We know now you would never bring that sociopath into our quiet, happy homes. But we still didn't have a goalie and that made us nervous. Yes, you signed our little pal Ozzie. We smiled and said "good for him." But, he's not the guy you promised us Ken. You told us in May that we'd have a goalie through trade. Then you said through free agency. Then they were all gone. In July you got us some grit. And you got him cheap. We like the Markov signing Ken. We look forward to watching him hurt bad men. But he can't hipcheck pucks out of the net, Ken. We wanted that goalie. And then you turned up the heat Ken. On the day the Tigers were certainly going to deal for their own Franchise Player, you jumped back in time and came back with a brittle legend. Your boy across the way, Double D, didn't get his guy Alfonso, but you woke us up with Dominik. Now some of us are confused. We don't know what to think or say. One minute we're happy, the next we're not. Can he stay healthy Ken? Is he going to disrupt that happy Wings lockerroom, the same room that's been home to first-round losers and underachievers? It's been a long summer Ken. Your summer. The Summer of Ken. How about closing it out by spending a bit more of that 4.2 you have left over on a power forward? That'd be cool. I know there's really none out there, but hey...make it happen.

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KK Update

A new chapter begins on KK today. I have added a few bloggers, who will post at their own pace. They will be updating you on specific teams as well as all things hockey. Their opinions are their own, they of course will continue to blog at their "home" site and I invite you to welcome them to KK. As always, you can .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or pm me with any questions or comments. The first blogger to appear is Bill..you know him but maybe by another name.

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Car Hockey

Did you know they play car ice hockey in Great Britian Norway? image

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