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All George Parros

from A.J. Perez of USA TODAY,

Q: We’re one month into the season and you’ve already reached your career high in goals. Did you find your scoring touch in the offseason?

Parros: I don’t know. I’ve been able to get some good shots on net. Some years they go in for you, some years they don’t. I usually don’t get too many shots, but I’ve gotten myself into some good position. I don’t think there’s any way to explain it. They’ve just gone in. Thank God for that and I hope they keep coming.

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Sutter Released From Hospital, Surgery For Pitkanen

via the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that center Brandon Sutter suffered a concussion in the Hurricanes’ game on Saturday at the New York Islanders. Sutter, 19, has been discharged from a Long Island hospital and will return to Raleigh where he will be further reviewed by the Hurricanes’ medical staff later this week.

Rutherford also announced that Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen suffered a torn meniscus during Saturday’s game. Dr. Marty Isbell will perform surgery this week at Rex Hospital in Raleigh to repair Pitkanen’s knee. Pitkanen, 25, is expected to miss three to four weeks of action.

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Earning Respect

from Bill Davidge, Columbus radio analyst at ColumbusBlueJackets.com,

No big deal?…I beg to differ because the points lost now cannot be replaced…. 2-4 points were lost……can you say April and a possible playoff spot up for grabs?.....also the confidence of a team that deserved better is what irks those of us that have been part of trying to build a winning tradition in a struggling infantile franchise. This is called RESPECT…you earn respect…you do not demand it, but you show up and have to earn those calls. We are in year 8 of this program and still fail to EARN the much needed respect in the league to allow a call to possibly slide our way.

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Defense First

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Is there too much defense in the National Hockey League?

Wouldn’t it be better if teams with offensive talent just “let ‘er rip” against opponents of perceived lesser offensive talent?

No and no are the correct answers. Just look at last year’s final standings. The team that allowed the fewest goals during the regular season (184) was the Detroit Red Wings, who won the Stanley Cup.

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Breaking Down The Games From Saturday

from Ross McKeon of Yahoo,

• The 15 games drew nine capacity crowds. The United Center in Chicago housed the biggest showing, a franchise-record 22,690 to see the 698th all-time meeting between the rival Red Wings and Blackhawks. The smallest crowd was an announced 11,219 gathering at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island for the Hurricanes and Islanders. A total of 267,729 attended the 15 games for an average of 17,849 per contest.

• The biggest minute-muncher on Saturday was Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom with 32:01 of ice time. Buffalo’s young defenseman Andrej Sekera was the only other skater in the league to log more than 30 minutes (30:44).

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No Off Day For The Lightning

from Bolts Report,

In hockey terms, what Barry Melrose put the team through is what’s called a bag skate (so called because players skate until their bags fall off).

There was very little pucks used through the 45-minute, except for some early drills and battle drills. The rest of the time it was guys skating back and forth from line to line.

“The message is pretty clear, if you’re not going to work at night you are going to work during the day,” Melrose said.

I’ve never experienced what the players go through on practices like this, but it sure doesn’t look fun. But Ryan Malone did his best to keep up a good attitude during the whole thing.

“You have to or else its going to feel like it will last longer than it does,” Malone said.

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Winner of the Hall of Fame Contest

A couple weeks ago we invited registered members of Kukla’s Korner to enter our Hockey Hall of Fame Contest to win 4 tickets to the Legends Classic game on November 9th, plus 4 more tickets to visit the HHOF itself. 
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The contest closed last week and so it’s high time we announced the winner, chosen by a random draw:  MrGordy.

Congratulations!

Our sincere thanks to the Hockey Hall of Fame for providing such a great prize. Anyone else wanting to attend that game or any of the other events being celebrated in Toronto in November, hit this link for more information.

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Report- Franzen Out 3-4 Weeks

from TSN,

Johan Franzen of the Detroit Red Wings is expected to miss three to four weeks with a knee sprain.

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added 2:47pm, from Red Wings Corner,

With Franzen out for a month, the Red Wings bolstered their forward corps by calling up Ville Leino from Grand Rapids. Leino was impressive in the preseason. Signed as a free agent this summer, Leino was the Finnish elite league’s player of the year. Very skilled. Puck follows him around the ice.

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added 8:36pm, Guess Leino is still in Grand Rapids...

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Dallas Coach Upset With Stars Play

from Mike Heika of Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,

“The goals against is a joke right now,” Tippett said after a 6-5 OT loss to the Washington Capitals. “There are a lot of guilty parties out there. You have to evaluate your personnel, how they are playing, who is making mistakes. It is not the way we do things around here, to have to score seven goals to win.”

“You can’t have an .820 save percentage and survive in this league.”

Turco officially has an .842 save percentage and a 4.26 goals against average.

“Our goaltending hasn’t been very good,” Tippett said.

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High Scoring Games Doesn’t Mean Great

from Bud Barth of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,

The NHL is laboring under the delusion that more goals mean better hockey. The beauty of a close-checking, well-played 1-0 hockey game cannot be appreciated by everyone, to be sure, but if you’re going to replace those with 8-7 games, you’ll maybe add a few new fans, but in the process you’ll also lose a certain segment of your existing fan base. And the net result might not be good for hockey.

Let’s face it: The NHL will never be able to compete with fall Sunday afternoons in the NFL, or lazy summer evenings with the national pastime, or even slam-dunking athletes on the hardwood. Hockey has its little fourth-place niche in the sports world, and it should be content with that.

The idea of bastardizing the sport to try and bring in peripheral fans who don’t even know the definition of icing or boarding is outrageous, especially to hockey purists who are still the backbone of the NHL’s support.

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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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