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Alright. To answer a few of your questions: RSS is up and working. Click on the icon on the port side. Fan Post of the Day will return soon. Glossary will be up soon, as well. Yes, there will be some additions. ----- KK Note: Also on the left side there is an area called "KK Sections." There you will find a link that prompts you to join the Kukla Empire, thereby allowing easier opportunity to comment, participate in forum conversations and earn eligibility for random prizes from NHL.com, IceJerseys.com and other sponsors. It costs you nothing.

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Trade Rumors Set Straight

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Some of these rumor sites have been talking rumors for two months now, and not a trade to be made. It will never end, the rumors will continue because that is what they do, attract the gullible for reasons unknown to me. The only place to recap the legit rumor talk, with sources, is Spector's site. Mr. Spector breaks down the possibility of a trade and tells you why it may or may not happen.

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Dogfight Expected In Atlantic

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from Newsday,

"I really felt, from the day I signed here, that it's going to be scratching and clawing to make the playoffs," Shanahan said after the 4-3 shootout victory in Florida during which the Rangers surrendered a two-goal lead in the second half of the game. "But if it's that kind of a season, once you do make the playoffs, you're a hardened team. You look at this division, you look at some of the teams who are improved, and it's going to be like this, just a battle throughout the whole season."
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Passionate Play Returning

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via the NY Post,

"There's a physical element that can prevail," says Ranger coach Tom Renney. "Last year I thought [calls] were pretty tough, but this year they are allowing passionate play to be part of the game." Currently, this offer is available only on an official-by-official basis. But if the pendulum is indeed swinging back - and there remains zero tolerance for defensemen swinging sticks at scorers' backs - the NHL is reintroducing the element of courage, a good thing, just not necessarily for the Rangers.

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The Best Player In The NHL

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from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

But if a player is to be judged the best in a time when there is no clear-cut megastar, he probably has to excel at the most difficult position. That would mean he's a defenceman. And the best defenceman? The two guys in Anaheim, Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer are certainly on the list. Young Matthew Carle in San Jose is opening a lot of eyes in the hockey world and the even younger Dion Phaneuf in Calgary is a phenomenal talent. But in this corner, the vote for the best player in the world at the moment would go to Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings.
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Lidstrom Still Under The Radar

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Corleone just posted a link to Al Strachan's column this morning. In it, Strachan offers his opinion that Nick Lidstrom is the best player in the game.

There is nothing that Lidstrom cannot do, but he does his job so effectively, so completely and so efficiently that he doesn't garner the attention that accrues to some of his colleagues.
As Strachan points out, Lidstrom is on pace to end the season with an obscene +82. I'm on record as saying I believed Henrik Zetterberg should have been named captain following The Captain's departure. I liked the idea of starting anew, a young face and style. But, it's hard to argue with the choice Holland and Babcock made in Nick. And that decision was made in the hopes (as always) of one or two more runs with a dwindling core, while simultaneously preparing a young team for success. Had someone asked me who I thought the best player in the NHL was? Well, I doubt I would have said Lidstrom. Would you? C'mon. You would have said Ovechkin, Thornton maybe. A few of you would even have said Pheneuf, Kovalchuk or Niedermayer. Under the radar, even ours.

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Khan(!): Implosion Seems Unlikely

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

There's a reason Ansar Khan(!) is the Captain of the Deep Diggers. You may recall that the Detroit News' Ted Kulfan used to hold that title. Seasoned, professional, straight-laced and certainly credible...at least as far as the organ-I-zation is concerned. But Khan(!)...well, he's a little closer to our style. From time to time our boy moves a little outside the edge of the envelope and strays toward our kind of innuendo and sarcasm. Today's one of those days. MLive

If the Detroit Red Wings are in decline, if they're fed up with their hard-headed coach and are on the verge of imploding, they have a strange way of showing it.
Aha...nice. Familiar with the "imploding" reference? No? Here you go.

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Torres Hit Still Being Felt

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Despite the grumblings from some far corners of Wing message boards, Rafi Torres' hit on Jason Williams Wednesday was clean. Brutal, but clean. Williams had the puck...well, it had just left his stick. Torres kept his feet. Williams' head was down. Torres drilled him. Every reaction from every Wing (players, coaches, execs) testified to that. But, man it looked like it hurt. Danny Markov, well known for dishing out similar exhibitions of violence, said that the hitter is often as affected as the hittee. Detroit News/Ted Kulfan

"You want to hit people, you want a good hit, but you want to see the guy get up," Markov said. "When something like that happens, the guy falls and there's a lot of blood on the ice, nobody is moving, everyone is scared. "Nobody in the league wants to hit anyone on purpose, to injury guys. It's a physical game."

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And In Rode Bubba

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

What a coincidence. The first full day A2Y is back in operation and who should come a callin? Ahhh, yes. Little Brother Bubba. The headline in the Daily Tennessean this morning? "Predators Have Strong Disdain For Detroit." Nice alliteration, Arlo. But, see, 90 percent of your audience has no idea what it means. It's ok. It's going to be ok. I'm sorry for teasing. As strongly worded as that headline may be, the story does nothing to back it up. I expected to read a quote from Steve Sullivan, mush-mouthedly making grand claims that the Central belonged to Bubba. Nah, this is as strong as it gets. Daily Tennessean/Jessica Hopp

"They are a good team, and no matter what they do in the offseason they are good," Vasicek said. "They have showed that in the last 10 years."

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Clement: Leadership Voids In Detroit

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Bill Clement's spent about as much time as I, or Andy Strickland for that matter, have in the last year. But that's not stopping him from saying a lack of leadership may be the Wings' downfall this year. MSNBC

I like many of the components of Detroit's team, but when it comes to crunch time there is no longer a Steve Yzerman, a Brendan Shanahan or a Brett Hull to count on. So while I like a lot of the Red Wings' pieces, there are some definite voids to be filled leadership-wise.
Despite that line, it's actually a pretty complimentary article. Read more.

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