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Old School- Mickey Redmond Remembers “Toe” Blake

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from Doug Ward at NHL.com,

To gain a greater appreciation for the game Mickey Redmond will never forget, it helps to understand the dynamic of the player-coach relationship that existed in the "Original Six" era of the NHL. In addition to having respect for Toe Blake, his Hall of Fame coach as a rookie with the Montreal Canadiens in 1967-68, Redmond says he had another sentiment. “I was deathly afraid of him,” Redmond, now a television analyst for the Detroit Red Wings, says with a chuckle.
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KK- Buy From KK - Chance To Win $100 Gift Certificate

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Doing some holiday shopping? Want a chance to win $100 gift certificate from any KK affiliate? Start shopping!!! If you purchase any product or service with a total value of over $25.00, you can have your name entered into a random drawing for a $100 gift certificate from a KK advertiser (your choice). You need to be a KK member (see the left sidebar under KK sections to join) and you must spend at least $25 (2 or more items on one order is fine, as long as it totals more than $25 and does not include S & H) in one order. Send me an email at pk@kuklaskorner.com, with proof of purchase (confirmation email from the store) and you will be included in the drawing, which will be held on December 20, 2006. I am going to rollback this offer for anyone who purchased from KK beginning November 1st, so please email me with a proof of purchase. So take a look around the different sections of KK, some pages may have different advertisers and if you don't see an ad that did appear on KK in the past, let me know and I will make it available to you. This offer does not include google ads, and remember, the purchase must be made through a direct ad on KK. note: Original post was 12/1/06 at 1pm, just moving it to the top in case you missed it.

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Gordie Getting Better

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As you probably know, Gordie Howe's wife Colleen suffers from Pick's Disease, or dementia. The last several months have been hard on him and the entire Howe family. But, he's slowly coming to grips with her condition. Via Slam,

"It's hard at times like this, at Christmas, because I don't know what to do. I was always thinking she would do this. We're going out later with Mark to go through the stores and come up with something." Through all of this, Howe remains a class act and wants nothing more than to remain in touch with the game and the fans who still flock to see him. "That's been my life," Howe said. "I try to be respectful to the game of hockey and its followers. That's because some wise old man told me if someone is interested enough in you to ask for your autograph, you should be interested enough to sign it."
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Not Much Was Expected

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from Elliotte Friedman of the CBC,

Monday afternoon, hours before he did colour on the Dallas-Detroit radio broadcast – he works for the Stars now – Hull reminisced about his career in the team’s hotel. It is The Headliner on Saturday’s pre-game show, and my biggest regret is that we just didn’t have time to include everything. Hull said other than believing he was good enough to play in the NHL, didn’t have enormous expectations. He was glad to be traded from Calgary, not because he didn’t like the city, but because there was no room on the roster for another right winger. “When Terry Crisp told me, I tried to hold back, but I couldn’t prevent the smile from coming to my face,” he said.
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Saturday Morning Odds and Ends

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Despite traffic you wouldn't believe, Bubba's attempts to sabotage me several times across Tennessee, evil speed traps in Virginia and an amazing display of navigational ineptitude, I can happily report my safe arrival in Washington, DC. Having been here a little over 24 hours, you'd think that my presence in the seat of government would automatically give me some sort of insight into Andres Lilja's claims that he's being "politically" blackballed by the Wings. Alas, no. More on that in a moment.

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Datsyuk Tries New Stick

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Pavel Datsyuk brought out the new Reebok 9KO stick last night. Notice the holes in the shaft which makes it 20% less wind resistant than other sticks. image

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Lilja Considering The Trade Route

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from the Detroit Free Press,

Friday's game against the Wild was Lilja's 13th appearance in 24 games. Lilja told the paper it doesn't seem to matter if he plays several good games in a row, he still doesn't get to play regularly. Lilja said it would be easier to take if he got an explanation, but said he doesn't think he's gotten any. Lilja told the paper there are "political reasons" for the decision not to play him regularly. Asked by the paper what this means, Lilja replied, "I know it sounds strange, but that's how it is." Lilja went on to say that if things remain the same, he may consider asking for a trade in January.
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Leopold Ready To Play

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from the Rocky Mountain News,

Five months after becoming a member of the Avalanche, barring an unforeseen setback, the 26-year-old defenseman will put on sweater No. 44 and make his season debut tonight against the Vancouver Canucks at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. Leopold, who has been recovering from surgery for a sports hernia, was officially activated Friday from the injured reserve list. "I'm excited to get back out there," he said. "I've been around the guys. I've been on road trips. It's been fun being around, but of course I want to play. I want to get my chance."
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One Tough SOB

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from Morris Dalla Costa of the London Free Press,

...But things have changed for the Detroit Red Wings great. They've changed a great deal from his personal life to his health to his business life. The good news is that after a difficult time, they appear to be changing for the better. "There were some awful times," Howe said this week from his home outside Detroit. "I always thought I was a tough son of a bitch, but I'm on these pills for my heart. You never think you're getting old . . ." Howe is now 78. He holds the record for most games played in the NHL. He's second in goals and third in total points.
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Columbus Now Competitive

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from the Calgary Sun,

Don't call the Columbus Blue Jackets a pushover. At least not anymore. Since new head coach Ken Hitchcock was hired last week, the team has lost two one-goal games and defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-3 while competing at a much higher level than they did coming out of the gate with a 5-13-2 start under Gerard Gallant.
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