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My NHL Christmas Wish List - Part 5

Tis the season to be jolly, be merry, and of course to have wish lists for those shiny boxes under the tree come Christmas morn.

Like some children asking for a pony, or like me every time I asked for a car, some wish lists go unfilled, but just like the gifts themselves, the wishing and hoping is important. If not for now, then in some cases at least for later.

With that, I continue writing my NHL wish list, five things I’d like to see from the League that I believe will benefit not only fans, but the players and the League as well. Today, it’s about spreading the good word.

My NHL Christmas Wish List thus far:


Better out-of-arena viewing options for fans
Better and more accessible statistics
Better direction with the next CBA to heal and even grow the League
Better approach to League discipline, suspensions, and acceptable conduct
Today’s item: Better advertising for our game

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My NHL Christmas Wish List - Part 4

Tis the season to be jolly, be merry, and of course to have wish lists for those shiny boxes under the tree come Christmas morn.

Like some children asking for a pony, or like me every time I asked for a car, some wish lists go unfilled, but just like the gifts themselves, the wishing and hoping is important. If not for now, then in some cases at least for later.

With that, I continue writing my NHL wish list, five things I’d like to see from the League that I believe will benefit not only fans, but the players and the League as well. Today, I want to stress the importance of ‘coal’.

My NHL Christmas Wish List thus far:


Better out-of-arena viewing options for fans
Better and more accessible statistics
Better direction with the next CBA to heal and even grow the League
Today’s item: Better approach to League discipline, suspensions, and acceptable conduct

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My NHL Christmas Wish List - Part 3

Tis the season to be jolly, be merry, and of course to have wish lists for those shiny boxes under the tree come Christmas morn.

Like some children asking for a pony, or like me every time I asked for a car, some wish lists go unfilled, but just like the gifts themselves, the wishing and hoping is important. If not for now, then in some cases at least for later.

With that, I continue writing my NHL wish list, five things I’d like to see from the League that I believe will benefit not only fans, but the players and the League as well. Today, I’ll look a little into the future, not expecting to see this gift under my tree in a week, but hoping to see it someday nonetheless.

My NHL Christmas Wish List thus far:


Better out-of-arena viewing options for fans
Better and more accessible statistics
Today’s item: Better direction with the next CBA to heal and even grow the League

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My NHL Christmas Wish List - Part 2

Tis the season to be jolly, be merry, and of course to have wish lists for those shiny boxes under the tree come Christmas morn.

Like some children asking for a pony, or like me every time I asked for a car, some wish lists go unfilled, but just like the gifts themselves, the wishing and hoping is important. If not for now, then in some cases at least for later.

With that, I continue writing my NHL wish list, five things I’d like to see from the League that I believe will benefit not only fans, but the players and the League as well. Today, I’ll take it down a notch from a big gift, and go for a more stocking-stuffer item, but one with value nonetheless.

My NHL Christmas Wish List thus far:


Better out-of-arena viewing options for fans
Today’s item: Better and more accessible statistics

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My NHL Christmas Wish List - Part 1

Tis the season to be jolly, be merry, and of course to have wish lists for those shiny boxes under the tree come Christmas morn.

Like some children asking for a pony, or like me every time I asked for a car, some wish lists go unfilled, but just like the gifts themselves, the wishing and hoping is important. If not for now, then in some cases at least for later.

With that, the next few days I’ll be writing my NHL wish list, five things I’d like to see from the League that I believe will benefit not only fans, but the players and the League as well.

Today’s wish list item: Better out-of-arena viewing options for fans.

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Balsillie’s NHL Franchise Aspirations Won’t Fade

From Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Over the last little while, the NHL has accepted a guy who makes slasher movies and a former NHLer over Jim Balsillie. It enthusiastically took in William Del Biaggio over Jim Balsillie. It allowed Craig Leopold to divest himself of a money-losing franchise, only to land a lucrative one in Minnesota. And still Balsillie sits on the outside looking in.

Gee, you’d think a guy would be discouraged by this time. But not Balsillie. I visited the BlackBerry magnate at his offices in Waterloo, Ont., for an upcoming story in The Hockey News and came away with the distinct impression he isn’t going anywhere when it comes to his pursuit of an NHL team.

“I would absolutely love it to happen and I hope it will happen and I want it to happen,” Balsillie said for a piece that will appear in the Dec. 29 issue of THN, “and I’m somebody who stays with things. I’m predictable and I’m consistent. I’m a passionate person, to the point of too much sometimes in some people’s minds. It doesn’t seem so to me, but I’m sure it is for some.”

None of this is a surprise to me, even as some might stare wide-eyed when they read of his openness to cooperation, not a colour he’s been painted with all that much, especially of late.

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The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Gerber Starts

The Senators’ continued brain farts, and a good look at why the Sens and all teams might not clamor for Bouwmeester and others as hard as they’d thought, or be able to, but first…

From the Ottawa Sun, on Gerber starting in Chicago,

With the Senators 12th in the conference and in dire need of a lift back to the winning ledger, coach Craig Hartsburg has made the logic- defying decision to start Gerber in goal tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks, one of only four NHL teams to have hit the 90-goals-for plateau at the end of yesterday’s business hours.

It will be the first start in a more than a month for Gerber, and if he’s to get another one any time soon, he’ll have to play very well.

“With this busy week, it’s a good challenge for our team, but it’s a good challenge for Martin,” Hartsburg, who was expected to break up a back-to-back situation for Alex Auld by giving Gerber a game in either Washington Friday or back home against Tampa Saturday, said before climbing aboard a charter for the Windy City. “We trust that Martin can go in and play good for us.”

Not exactly a logic-defying decision, as the busy schedule and uncharacteristically average Auld against Florida necessitate a change, but it will be interesting to see if this start puts any fire into the team or media.

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Shadow Looms Over BOG Meeting

This week, the NHL’s teams will converge in Florida for the board of governors meeting, with plenty to discuss.

There will likely be talk about Avery, head shots, and even Sundin, as an initiative will be brought forth to put a UFA signing deadline in place, even as it will need clauses for injured players, but not for those needing a year to ponder retirement, or drum up some profit in online poker ads.

The biggest issue, of course and without doubt, will be the economy, and how to get the League back on track, something that the League can tackle, if it is willing to make the new, harder choices.

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Stop The Pittsburgh Madness

November 20th, a 3-2 Penguins win over the Thrashers, and a very important date for Penguins fans, one they seem to have forgotten, along with a great many other fans of the NHL.

Figured it out yet? I only thought about it today myself…

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Nothing Wrong With Avery Being Punished

Avery shot his mouth off, not a soul the least bit surprised.

The reaction to his suspension, however, has been shocking, in that him receiving one shocked or upset anyone at all.

Was it the wrong thing to say, was it detrimental to the NHL, does Avery need to have a talk with Bettman and merit a suspension? Yes, on all counts.

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Native of Northern California.  Hockey fan since 1998... sort of... there's a hiatus in there that I still can't explain.

I want to know about anything and everything related to the sport and the spectacle.  I watch, I react, I write it down.

My interest in the Sharks was initially a matter of geographic convenience and regional loyalty because that seemed to be how it worked.  I had no prior interest (at all-- AT ALL) in professional sports of any kind.  When I met hockey, it might have set off a chain reaction of general sports fandom.  It hasn't, I don't think it will.  At all.

Since then, that interest developed into full blown (mostly sort of usually almost completely) exclusive loyalty to the Sharks.

I started blogging a couple years ago on wordpress. I still occasionally put things there that I don't think fit here because they are not about the Sharks. Wherever my words wander, here on Kuklas Korner, they will (usually) hang on to a teal thread.

I can be found in cyberspace on Twitter @petshark47, or emailed at talkingstick@petshark.net

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