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A sports fan: Choosing a team

Continuing my experiment with trying to become a fan of another team, I am partially motivated to choose a team that is different from Detroit. I listed the following qualities for choosing Detroit in my previous post: a rich history, good management and ownership, winning culture, and class. I provided two requirements for my new team previously: first, that it be a team without much recent success, and second, that it be a newer team.

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Top UFAs available

We are now 42 games away from the first preseason game of the year, and there is still plenty of key free agents looking for a new team. Yet, there is little to no noise. Here are my top 5 UFAs still available and which team(s) would be best fit.

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A sports fan

I had never been much of one for sports as a child. I was small and uncoordinated, and tired easily compared to other kids. My parents quickly gave up on bringing me to play baseball as I just could not hit the ball. Along with and perhaps because of my lack of interest in playing sports, I also did not watch any sports. 

Because of this, the idea of watching sports and particularly being a fan of a team or athlete was alien to me. I could not understand what the players on television had to do with me. Why should an athlete's success at a sport, which has no inherent value, influence my emotions? For every athlete that wins, there is at least one other who loses, and there was usually no reason for me to cheer on one over the other.

All the same, in 2009 I decided that watching sports would make me a more well rounded person. Sports are something you can talk to almost any male about, even when you meet him for the first time. But unlike most, I had the unique opportunity to shop around and choose which sport I wanted to watch. Most of us become interested in a sport because it's the sport we played or continue to play, and that sport is often the sport our father played. I am not one for getting into something that will take a significant amount of my time without research, and so I did my studying. 

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A Day with the Cup

I have heard all the wild stories about the Cup's summer travels, but this one is hard to top, the Cup visits Children's Hospital of Chicago.

Photo album of the visit.

The accompanying video.

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James Mirtle - Prrofreader

Hehe!

 

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Goaltending Development - Swedish Style

It has only been a few weeks since the CHL announced the ban on European goalie. At the time I was in Finland instructing and learning how to instruct in their system.  Since then a few articles have surfaced discussing the Swedish system of developing goaltenders.  The Finns view the Swedes as the country most likely to overtake them as the leading developer of goaltenders.

What is the Swedish Recipe for goaltending development.?  The two links below will reveal their secret ingredients.

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Why Hockey Organizations Trump All Others

In a world filled with Footballers being arrested, LeBron addressing his haters, and other HOT news stories, this ad in today's Boston Globe deserves as much attention.

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2013 Mock Draft

I'm a long time KuklasKorner reader/follower, but I've never contributed before via a blog or even message (not really sure why).

Regardless, every year, I love putting together mock drafts.  With the draft being on Sunday, I thought you all might enjoy my crack at guessing who will be taken where.  Whenever I do a mockdraft, I consult team needs, drafting tendencines (CHL over European leagues, Canadian players only in the first round, etc.), as well as best player available (I consult ISS, Central Scouting, Bob McKenzie and other ratings).  Feel free to comment and point out where I'm wrong or need work in my selections smile

1. Colorado – C Nate MacKinnon

Everyone, including myself was convinced Colorado would opt to take Denver native Seth Jones with this pick.  However, after a recent announcement from the Avalanche, they seem to be going in a different direction.  The likely choice for the Avalanche with the #1 pick therefore is Nate MacKinnon.  MacKinnon has game-breaking speed, an excellent shot, great passing ability and vision.  He is a player the Avalanche will be able to build around, a franchise player that will be the face of the Avalanche for years to come. 

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Some NHL views current and upcoming

- The Caps were thinking what exactly trading for Erat?  Brooks Laich's "tenure and term" is insanity too. 

- I don't believe Philly and Vancouver have any choice but to amnesty Bryzgalov and Luongo.  Maybe they'll trade them and their new teams will amnesty them after next year.  Unless there's some rule against that.

- I thought I was listening to Chicago radio with all the people picking Chicago over Detroit. It was Detroit radio, though.  I'm sure everyone picked the Ducks over the Wings in 2002 too, right?  I picked Detroit in 6 immediately after this match-up became official.  Frankly I was more worried about Chicago's 2009 team. 

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Bad-Ice

Ovie yesterday astutely noted that the ice at MSG is bad.  That's pretty obvious and yet never discussed. 

The Rangers clearly have a big advantage on the perennial slush vs. the visitors.  Does the NHL actually regulate ice conditions?  What are the tolerances?  Do they allow for slushy conditions.

Granted, the venue in question is a center of many activities that tend to raise the temps, but this should not be an excuse for allowing the ice to deteriorate during an NHL game.

There definitely should be huge fines for failing to meet a minimum that is conducive to player health and parity.  Does anyone know if this regulated and, if so, how?

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