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It’s Here! Go Time for the NHL’s 2010-11 Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

So, it might be taking place a half a world away…

And, sure, those of us burdened by the demands of troublesome day jobs might not get to take in all of today’s matinee action…

But, finally, hockey’s back in a little less than one hour.

The Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild kick off the NHL season from Helsinki, Finland at noon in the East today and four other games are scheduled this evening meaning that, once again, all is right with the world.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Atlanta Thrashers, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: cam+ward, jeff+skinner, nhl+premiere

More Doubters Among The Diggers?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

From today’s Wing preview in the Freep...Rosenberg (zero Wing columns the last ten months), Sipple and Sharp (“I don’t care what bloggers or fans think”...yes, that tool really said that) all pick someone other than Detroit.

The running tally is as follows:  Wojnowski, Niyo, Kulfan, Sipple, Sharp, Rosenberg.  Oh, and now this…

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We Want The Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe O’Connor of the National Post at Canada.com,

Hockey is our game. We get that. We see that, in all the international gold medals our players collect and on the Plains of Abraham where Quebec Nordiques fans stomp their feet, demanding government funding for a new arena — and an NHL tenant to pay the rent.

But the Cup, sigh, is not our trophy. It has not been since 1993, when the Montreal Canadiens held it aloft. That was 17 years ago. Where were you 17 years ago? Exactly. It’s been that long, an eternity. Still, we have hope. It is the only thing we can have as the NHL season begins anew.

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Penguins recall Tangradi:  Don’t Ask Me

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

UPDATE:  From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled left wing Eric Tangradi from Wheeling of the ECHL, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Tangradi recorded two assists and a plus-2 rating in five preseason games with Pittsburgh.

For more information please check http://www.pittsburghpenguins.com and the Penguins’ official Facebook and Twitter page.

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  Tags: nhl-hockey, pittsburgh+penguins

Can Giguere Become ‘Giggy’ Again?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The reinvention of Jean-Sebastien Giguere begins in earnest when the lights come on Thursday night.

This is another chance, maybe his last, to reclaim the kind of hockey greatness that won him a Stanley Cup and a Conn Smythe Trophy in two different seasons in Anaheim. This is his final year on a contract that pays him an elite wage, more than either Ryan Miller or Martin Brodeur. And this, more than anything else, is what the downtrodden Maple Leafs are counting to begin their own road to redemption.

“Re-establishing myself as a No. 1 guy is my main priority right now.” said Giguere. He knows where is he and where he was. He isn’t one of those athletes who tends to fool himself. He know he doesn’t have Brodeur talent.

To be back, to be great again, all begins with hard work.

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  Tags: jean-sebastien+giguere

Early Team Rankings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

1. WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Garrulous head coach Bruce Boudreau may not make it to the end if, a) his team doesn’t tighten up defensively or, b) owner Ted Leonsis needs to fill his blog with interesting news.

2. SAN JOSE SHARKS

Come playoff time, which is the greater oxymoron, Jumbo Shrimp or Jumbo Joe Thornton?

3. NEW JERSEY DEVILS

U.S. Marshall Lou Lamoriello turned outlaw, Ilya Kovalchuk and Marty Brodeur outride the posse.

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White, Henry go down as Habs make final cuts

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

As you’ve probably already read, the Canadiens trimmed their roster one final time yesterday, and two players who had excellent camps were sent to Hamilton. Ryan White and Alex Henry both head to the Bulldogs, along with Curtis Sanford, Ben Maxwell and Yannick Weber.

Many Habs fans, including myself, are especially frustrated by the demotion of White. He had an excellent camp, scoring goals, setting up his teammates and establishing himself as an imposing checking forward. He is exactly what the Canadiens have lacked for years on their 3rd line, a 2010 Shayne Corson-esque player, willing to plant himself in front of the net, take his whacks, and stand up for his teammates when necessary.

However, consider for a moment that Pierre Gauthier and Jacques Martin may have made a great decision.

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  Tags: alex+henry, ben+maxwell, ryan+white, ryan+white

I Could Panic, But I Won’t

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The upgraded Kukla’s Korner has truthfully been a pain in the butt and has drained me over the last few weeks.

I am sorry it has taken longer than expected but with that being said, we are very close to releasing the newest version of KK.

Hopefully it will be worth the effort and KK members and readers will have their visits enhanced when it finally is released.

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Captain Thornton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Now it’s official: Joe Thornton will wear the ‘C’ on his jersey this season.

Beyond that, Todd McLellan announced that Dan Boyle will have a “permanent ‘A’  and Patrick Marleau and Ryane Clowe would rotate as the second assistant — Marleau at home games, Clowe on the road.

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  Tags: joe+thornton

Finally, Our Game Is Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The summer was too long, but now, the weather has a little bite in the air and you know what that means, our game is back.

The first puck drops at noon today when the Hurricanes and Wild meet in Helsinki.

The rest of the NHL schedule can be viewed below along with a KK tradition.

Enjoy the season, and may the best team win the Cup.

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