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Blog: KK Hockey By Ian Gooding


We’re still dealing with hot weather and barbecues, but I’m already into my first Fantasy Hockey Mailbag article for Kukla’s Korner. If you already have a burning question about fantasy hockey, send your question to gooding74 at shaw.ca.

Here goes!


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Time To Say Good-Bye To Bettman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Gray of the Ottawa Citizen,

Look, I’m a big fan of journalist/businessman Mark Sutcliffe and his column Sports Ink in the Citizen. Don’t get me wrong.

Sutcliffe and I might not agree on everything (remember your Canadian Tire column, Mark?), but you have to like his entrepreneurism and contribution to this community.

That said, I didn’t agree with his Sports Ink column on Sunday. I’m not as big a supporter of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman as Sutcliffe, not at all.

Bettman has orchestrated a league that has absolutely glorified violence to the point where the players are being irreparably harmed. Concussions from head hits and fighting would have normal business owners concerned. Sutcliffe would do something about it in his workplace. The pads are too hard. Bettman should have acted.

Furthermore, the game is basically flawed.


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Are The Bruins The Team To Beat?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Corey Masisak of NHL.com,

The Bruins could very well be better this season, especially if the kids continue to improve. They will also be a team to watch at the trade deadline, as Chiarelli will likely have lots of cap space and plenty of young assets to move.

The core of the Stanley Cup champions remains intact, with upside to improve. Even if Thomas can’t repeat his magical season, Tuukka Rask is one of the League’s top backups and could give him some extra rest this season.

Pittsburgh will be better if Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are healthy. Washington has improved its roster this summer. Philadelphia now has a goaltender.

Those three franchises were something of a big three in the East before last season, but Boston has wedged its way into that elite group. The Bruins are likely still the team to beat in the conference.

more on the Bruins…

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Red Wings overnight report: Chris Chelios’s US HHOF induction, and future—and Nick Lidstrom’s, too

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Chris Chelios was named to the US Hockey Hall of Fame’s 2011 induction class on Monday, and while the official press release from USA Hockey offers what we’ll call an economical take on Chelios’s first call from a hockey-related Hall of Fame…

Chris Chelios, Mike Emrick, Ed Snider, Gary Suter and Keith Tkachuk will be enshrined as the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2011 it was announced today by USA Hockey. The five-member class will be formally installed into the Hall in Chicago this fall, with a date to be announced in the near future.

“It’s an extraordinary class,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. “The varied contributions to the landscape of hockey in our country is truly amazing and, collectively, this class has positively impacted every level of hockey.”

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Referendum on New York Islanders Arena

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Chris Botta of Islanders Point Blank:

11:10 pm: With 45% of precincts in, NO leads by 58% to 42%.

10:35 pm: With 25% of precincts reporting, NO leads by 60% to 40%.

9:05 pm: The polls for the Islanders arena referendum have closed. It appears neither side will ask a judge to get involved with extending voting hours despite major delays for thousands of commuters on the Long Island Railroad.

The NYI current lease at Nassau Coliseum ends in 2015. Assuming the final tally will go with the ‘NOs’ what do you think happens now?

Update 11:48pm ET: Katie Strang at Newsday (quotes from her Twitter)—

-Mangano: Tonight not an ending, it’s a new beginning
-Mangano: I still believe in Sports Entertainment Destination….I’m so confident that we will find a way. A solution we shall find
-Wang said he will not address any specific plans/options at this point #Isles Wants to focus on upcoming season
-Isles owner Charles Wang at the podium: I have to tell you I’m disappointed and to put it bluntly, I’m heartbroken.

Update 11:53pm ET: More from Chris Botta here.

Update 12:04am ET (Aug 2): From NHL.com

Nassau County residents voted down a $400 million referendum in Monday’s special election that could have led to the construction of a new home for the New York Islanders, according to The Associated Press.

With 62 percent of the vote reported, opponents of the referendum carried 58 percent of the vote.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Nashville knows it can keep Weber for the next two seasons. But if they can’t sign him to a long-term deal now, they may be best off to bite the bullet and move him for assets that are a better fit for a franchise that, even in a salary cap world, cannot spend with the big boys.

-Damien Cox of the Toronto Star on the Shea Weber arbitration that is scheduled for tomorrow.  More from Cox on this topic.

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Quiet days

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

These are the quietest days of the year for hockey, and the Montreal Canadiens are no exception. I got nothing. Nada.

Except the news today, via Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette, that neither Brent Sopel or James Wisniewski received a phone call from the Habs after the season. Not even a thank you.

Sopel, as you have probably read, recently signed in Russia. Wisniewski is ready to ply his trade as a Blue Jacket.

But no contact from the Habs at all?

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A Day Late and a Dollar Short… Happy Birthday Geno!

Blog: KK Hockey By brianmetzer


How selfish of me.

I spent the last week enjoying all that the summer has to offer, taking in several different concerts in and around the Pittsburgh area such as Exodus, Slayer, Rob Zombie, Motley Crue, Poison, U2, Kingdom of Sorrow, Megadeth, Godsmack, Disturbed and even managed to give Dave Mustaine a Penguins jersey in the process (but that will be a story for another day).


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Every Hockey Site Needs A Goalie Expert

Blog: KK Hockey By lsefton

And we have ours.  Let me introduce you to Laurie, who knows all when it comes to goaltending.

Don’t believe, me, read on…


It’s 42C in the Mojave Desert, and I’m thinking about goaltending in the NHL,  possibly a bit in the AHL, and what’s going on the NCAA. No, this isn’t a diversionary tactic to keep my brain fron frying in the heat.

There’s been a lot of “change partners and dance” going on in the goalie ranks. Bryzgalov headed east, Varlamov headed west, Theodore headed south, Vokun headed north, and Osgood just headed on. The pundits didn’t even let the goodbye cake get stale before they declared Osgood not fit for the Hockey Hall of Fame. Good thing these aren’t the same people who vote. But Skippy’s ultimate Hall of Fame fate, and where that Skippy moniker came from, is another column….


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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“It’s obviously been a long road for me; I’m still suffering with a lot of daily issues, right now it’s been a tough go. I’m just trying to get through and not worry about hockey right now, just worry about my health because I have three young kids and they’re important to me.”

“Mornings have been tough. When I get up in the morning I’m a little foggy sometimes.  But as the day wears on I’m pretty good. Hot sun is tough; I try to stay in the shade and stuff like that and pop the odd Advil and it seems to be okay.”

-Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins during his day with the Stanley Cup.  More from TSN on Savard.

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