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Some of the sharp-eyed KK members and guests have noticed a few tweaks to KK. On the right of every section, a right vertical bar has been added, thereby giving KK some "balance". Also, I have combined permalinks and comments into one area. On the bottom of the first page of every KK Section, you will see a referral link; click it an you can follow how folks are being referred to KK. This option is only available to KK members. When it comes to site design, I am a novice and plan to stay that way. Without the help of Kathy from Moxie Design Studios, I would be lost. If you ever need a service like Kathy offers, make sure to tell her I sent you and try to explain the game of hockey to her, she has no clue about the "coolest game on earth". More tweaks are in the process, I will update date you when they are completed.

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Hasek Getting In Shape

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from the Prague Post,

"It's true that I insisted that I wouldn't play anywhere else but in Ottawa," Hašek said. "After the Senators' elimination from the Stanley Cup, I told my agent that if he received some offers from other clubs, he could politely reject them immediately." "At that point, though," he said, "Detroit was not at stake. I've got special feelings for the Red Wings, and I knew from the very beginning that it was a fantastic offer." Hašek spent one of the best seasons of his NHL career with the Red Wings in 2002, winning his only Stanley Cup. His goal is to get another one. "I'll be working hard to get in the best possible shape," he said. It's clear that the Red Wings are expecting a lot out of him.
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Where Did Hockey Begin

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from the Vancouver Sun,

Based on discoveries in 2003 by sport historians and CanWest News Service, the town of Deline on the southwest shore of Great Bear Lake has a strong claim to being the site of the world's earliest documented account of hockey being played on ice. References to the game 181 years ago on a small lake near a remote northern fort were found in the writings of John Franklin, the famously ill-fated British explorer who died while leading another Arctic expedition decades later. Overlooked for nearly two centuries, the 1825 documents were freshly interpreted in the light of a thorny debate in Canada about hockey's origins and hailed as important new records in tracing the game's evolution.
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All Bossy

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from the Edmonton Sun,

Nearly 20 years after a debilitating lower back injury cut short his NHL Hall of Fame career, Mike Bossy still suffers chronic pain on a daily basis. Yet the 49-year-old legendary New York Islander, who stands at an even six feet, weighs a lean 190 pounds - roughly 10 pounds below his playing weight. So what does he do to keep himself trim and in decent condition - despite his painful flare-ups? "I do a lot of gardening. I do a lot of stuff at home, especially during the summer," says Bossy, who sat down with the Sun during a recent visit to Edmonton.
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Blues Have A Chance To Win

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from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“When I talked to Dave Checketts and John Davidson, I loved everything that was coming out of their mouths,” Weight said. “They’ve done everything they said they were going to do. I don’t want to be a player that’s here just to get through two or three lean years. I want to be here to give you a chance to win. John said, ‘We’re going to have that chance.’ Those final four teams (last season) showed that if you sign guys and build momentum, you can win.”
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More Malkin Intrigue

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from MosNews,

Metallurg Magnitogorsk general director Gennady Velichkin has called Evgeniy Malkin’s letter of resignation a “crude falsification”. Evgeni Malkin filed a letter of resignation today with his Russian Super League team, a procedural move necessary for the star forward to sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins and begin his career in the National Hockey League, media reports said. Velichkin told ITAR-TASS news agency Wednesday that he had got a strange fax. He claims that the document, allegedly Malkin’s resignation latter, was not signed by him.
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Brendan Morrision Finding His Stride

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from the Vancouver Province,

The return of Morrison's familiar strong stride following May 9 surgery in Vail, Colo., to repair a torn labrum muscle in his left hip has the Pitt Meadows cautiously optimistic. "It's only the third time I've skated and it's gotten better every day," Morrison said following the one-hour session. "I'm still tight pivoting and with a quick change of pace or direction. But as far as skating straight and keeping my momentum going, I feel pretty good. I'm happy where it's at, but I still have a little ways to go. But I'm not labouring, limping or favouring it, so it's definitely progressing." There are several theories why hip-flexor injuries have become the latest ailment affecting many players. From sharper blades and softer ice, to a crackdown on obstruction requiring quicker strides to training methods, there's lots of head scratching going on in the NHL.
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Kessel Picks Bruins

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from E.J Hradek of ESPN,

According to a league source, University of Minnesota forward Phil Kessel has decided to forego the final three years of his college eligibility and sign a three-year contract with the Boston Bruins. The club likely will make the formal announcement on Thursday. Kessel will earn the entry-level max $850,000 in annual salary for the duration of the contract. He'll also be eligible for significant performance-based bonuses. For example, rookie stars Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby earned approximately $3 million in bonuses during the 2005-06 season.
added 7:07am, from the Boston Globe, Yesterday, Phil Kessel's college coach cautioned that the Bruins had not signed their first-round pick yet. But University of Minnesota coach Don Lucia sounded like a man nearly certain that Kessel, who would be a sophomore in 2006-07, will be going pro. "Who knows, it could all fall apart in the next 24 to 48 hours," said Lucia, who has informed recruit Jay Barriball, originally slated to join the Golden Gophers in 2007-08, that he could take Kessel's spot this season. "But I'd be surprised. Right now we're preparing for life after Phil. If he ends up back in college right now, I'd be very surprised."

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Ducks Lock-up Beauchemin

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from the Anaheim Ducks,

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Francois Beauchemin to a two-year contract extension. Beauchemin is now under contract through the 2008-2009 season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed. "We are very pleased to have three of our key defensemen under contract for the next three years," said Anaheim Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke. "Francois has brought character and skill to our hockey club and we are happy to have him signed long-term."

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They’re Back

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from Fox Sports,

Teemu Selanne was one of the first. Now many NHL veterans are trying it. From Dominik Hasek to Shane Willis, players are signing contracts with (or in some cases being traded to) clubs they have previously played with. Which begs the question ... can you really go home again?
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