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Kukla’s Korner Blogger alumnus enters HNIC “Next Great Hockey Song” contest

Phil Davies, a former International Hockey blogger for Kuklas Korner (until teaching took over his life;), has entered CBC's Hockey Night in Canada's "Next Great Hockey Song" contest.

CBC has asked Canadians' to write a stadium-sized rocker to accompany HNIC's opening montage for Hockey Day in Canada. 

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A Game Winning Goal?

I was hoping someone would mention the Dave Bolland breakaway in OT that sent the Leafs over the Oilers, 6 to 5. The goal itself was pretty, but the means to set it up were quite goonish. Take a look at the punch to the back of the head on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and explain why there wasn't a call. Getting mugged in front of 20,000 plus an international audience with absolutely no consequence is pretty amazing. 

(the mugging comes 5 seconds in)

 

 

I'd love to hear your comments on this one.

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10/10/2013 GDT: Detroit Red Wings vs. Phoenix Coyotes

GDT: Detroit Red Wings (2-1-0; 4 pts) vs. Phoenix Quebec Seattle Arizona Phoenix Coyotes (1-2-0; 2 pts)

[When] 7:30pm EST, 4:30pm Coyote Time

[Where] Joe Louis Arena (Detroit, MI)

[Catch It] TV: NHLN-US, FS-D; Radio: AM1270

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Week 1 by the Numbers: Pacific Division

The first week of the NHL's regular season has provided plenty of "buzz" fodder, be it good, bad, or otherwise.  But in the interest of objectivity, let's let the numbers do the talking.  Here are the cold, hard stats behind week 1 in the Pacific Division:

11 - teams in the NHL with as many or fewer goals than San Jose's Tomas Hertl

46.2 - Hertl's shooting percantage, with 6 goals on 13 shots

15/20 - players on San Jose who have tallied points through the first three games

2 - point total of Los Angeles Kings' leading scorers Jeff Carter, Jake Muzzin, Matt Frattin, and Anze Kopitar

28 - teams with fewer goals against than the Edmonton Oilers

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Seven storylines in the bigger, better new Pacific Division

For its 20th birthday, the Pacific Division got a few new playmates as the NHL's geographic realignment meant out with the East and in with the new.  After jettisoning the Dallas Stars, the Pacific added former Northwest Divisioners Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton to its existing tenants: Phoenix, Los Angeles, Anaheim, and San Jose.  As the season gets under way, here are a few storylines worth following among the NHL's West-coast contingent.  

1) Will Jonas Hiller stay a Duck?

This is sort of an aside to the more obvious storyline in Anaheim: Teemu's "last season."  Hiller has never known any other home since the Ducks signed him as a free agent in 2007, but there are plenty of places that would welcome him with open arms.  With Victor Fasth proving to be a more than capable 1A goaltender and white-hot prospect John Gibson waiting in the wings, one has to wonder if Hiller wouldn't be the perfect expendable asset to help GM Bob Murray fill some gaps in the reigning Pacific Division Champs.  Hiller's stock isn't quite where it was before his bizarre, vertigo-shortened 2010-11 campaign, but he has still proven he can be a dependable backstop and could probably challenge for a starting job with any number of organizations.  There’s no immediate pressure for Murray to make a move, nor is there any guarantee he will, but Hiller represents a very playable chip if the Ducks need some pieces later in the season. 

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AHL All Star Classic to feature inter-league game with Färjestad BK

The American Hockey League is apparently looking to build on the hockey connections between Sweden and North America, and build a little rivalry in the process.

The league has announced that this year's AHL All-Star Classic in St. John's NL will feature an inter-league game between a team of AHL stars the SHL's Färjestad BK.

This is a really cool idea, and one that will probably get tongues wagging about increasing the integration between North American and European pro-leagues. No word on any reciprocation by the AHL - but one has to assume that something could be in the works that will see an AHL team head to Sweden at some point.

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Bobby Ryan Asks…What do you know about Bobby Ryan?

Bobby Ryan took on the role of a 'Sens TV' reporter, and asked some Sens fans what they know about...Bobby Ryan.

 

 

If there's been good news about the Senators in the media this off season, it's mostly been about the deal the Senators made to bring in Ryan, and the positive attitude he's shown since he arrived. One of the first questions that usually gets asked when a player comes in from a place like Anaheim, where there's no natural ice, to a hockey-first Canadian market is whether they'll be able to handle the increased media attention.

Bobby doesn't seem to be shrinking from it. He may even have a lucrative ice modelling career ahead of him.

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That OTHER rookie tournament - Sens impressions.

As some will be aware, the Senators, Maple Leafs, Penguins and Blackhawks recently conducted their annual rookie tournament in London Ontario.

I had a chance to attend Saturday's games - including the Sens 4-3 shootout win over Chicago, and the Leafs 4-3 shootout win over Pittsburgh. I also paid attention to the other games, but most of my impressions come from seeing all four teams play on Saturday.

Here are one Sens fan's impressions of individual players (completely un-professional impressions, heavily biased towards the Sens, natch). Unfortunately, I didn't get to see Sens prospects Derek Grant, Matt Puempel or Shane Prince as they did not play Saturday. Prince had a great tournament despite not being in Saturday's lineup, including scoring a pair in the Sens 6-2 win over the leafs on Sunday night.

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5Hole Yahoo Fantasy Hockey League

Since Bettman has decided to grace all of us fortunate hockey fans with a full year of NHL hockey, I've decided to bring my long running 5Hole Fantasy Hockey League out of hiatus.  After taking a break last year, we're looking to fill some spots for the upcoming season, and I wanted to offer those spots to KK members first.  We've had members in the league in the past, and they have been some of the most active and competitive GMs to date.

Some of the league details are:

  • 10 team Head to Head league
  • Live Draft on September 26, 2013 @ 9:00pm EST
  • 7 Max Aquisitions/week
  • 3 Minimum Goalie Appearances
  • All Trades Reviewed by League
  • Roster Add/Drop Deadline is Daily, and Changes Take Effect the Next Day
  • Positions: C, C, C, LW, LW, LW, RW, RW, RW, D, D, D, Util, Util, G, G, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, IR, IR
  • Scoring: G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, SHP, GWG, Wins, SV%, SHO

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Why Sam Gagner should wear the C

It was on July 5th when the Edmonton Oilers traded their captain Shawn Horcoff to the Dallas Stars in exchange for a 7th round pick in 2016 and Philip Larsen. Since then, there has been some wondering as to who will be wearing the C for the Edmonton Oilers this season. One of the names that's been thrown out there quite a bit has been Taylor Hall's, who would be a solid choice, but no the best. 

It was last Wednesday when reports came out of Edmonton saying that'll Sam Gagner wearing the C for the Oilers this season. Nothing has been confirmed, nor has there been anything ceremonies to happen since the reports came out. If it is true that Sam Gagner is the next captain, that, would be the right decision. 

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