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The Panthers Room

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from On Frozen Pond,

JM got testy today when asked about the reported division in the room, telling us to name our sources. That, of course, is not going to happen. And it can’t happen. But none of this is new. JM hasn’t been a good communicator and I don’t think he thinks he needs to be.

JM is an old-school guy in the thought he feels these guys should be able to motivate themselves from within, that they make enough money they should play with pride and be up for every game. Yet this is the real world. That always isn’t the case.

Has Jacques lost the room? I don’t think he has.

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Sharks Extend Carle

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via the San Jose Sharks,

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed defenseman Matt Carle to a four-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“When you look at the number of players that have committed to this organization over the last few years – guys like Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, Jonathan Cheechoo, Evgeni Nabokov, Craig Rivet, Milan Michalek – it’s easy to want to be here,” said Carle. “The front office has proven that they are serious about winning multiple Stanley Cups and that’s something I want to be a part of.”

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  Tags: doug+wilson, matt+carle, san+jose+sharks

The Leaders In The West

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from NHL.com,

Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings lead all Western Conference vote-getters in the XM / NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports. Lidstrom’s 80,903 votes top the West, followed by Zetterberg with 58,074.  Closing in for the third top spot is Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf with 56,664 votes.

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Bad View Of Nashville

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from Ian Winwood at the Guardian,

My job here is not made any easier by the fact that Nashville is rubbish. I found myself there last autumn. Dumping my bags in the hotel room, I asked the receptionist “where the stuff was?” You know, bars and that. Pointing me down the street, I was surprised to learn that the ‘downtown’ area consisted of fewer than a dozen drinking sheds, and virtually no shops. Like so many American cities, the suburban spread has rendered the centre of town redundant. On a Friday night in the home of country music, the bar I dined in was filled with the sounds of Keane, if not people.

I would like to report that the city’s hockey experience is better. I’d like to, but I can’t, because it’s not: it’s crap.

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The Morning Of…

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from Russo’s Rants,

I watched Canucks color guy John Garrett last night between periods of the Canucks-Oil game making it like Boogaard threatened everybody on the Canucks and their significant others.

Besides continually trying to put words in Ray Ferraro’s mouth, Garrett said the league should have an IQ test for players and that Boogaard is not the “sharpest tool in the drawer.” I guarantee you Garrett has never had a conversation with Boogaard in his life.

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added 1:22pm, Alanah chimes in at Canucks and Beyond.  Be prepared…

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Talking KK

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Before all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow run away for the weekend, I wanted to wish you a safe and peaceful Holiday.

Remember, if you have had a few too many “pops”, pass the keys to someone who hasn’t.

Also, you may have noticed the re-introduction of the KK Shopping section.  A tab is now located at the top of the page and there are some great deals there.  Many more will be added in the coming days so please check it out on a regular basis.

Using the KK affiliates sure does help us out and you are not “paying a premium” by using the available links.

One more thing, KK members now have the ability to add YouTube videos in the KK Forum posts.  Directions are located in the forum.

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Oilers In Rebuilding Mode

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from the Vancouver Sun,

Apparently, the Oilers are rebuilding. Rebuilding with a payroll nudging the $50.3-million salary cap. Rebuilding without any of the first three Oiler draft picks in 2008 that Lowe surrendered to sign Penner, who had produced three goals in 20 games before facing the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday night. Rebuilding after stating all summer the objective was to win now, although Edmonton is last in the Western Conference.

“We’re a young hockey team right now,” Lowe said Monday on an Oilers’ radio show. “There’s no question we’re back into a rebuilding situation.

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Shooting For The Playoffs

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from Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald,

There’s no reason why the Hawks can’t make the playoffs with a tweak here and there, or even be a team that finishes in the top four or five. There’s only one dominant team in the Western Conference—the Detroit Red Wings—and the Hawks have beaten them four times already.

The Anaheim Ducks and the San Jose Sharks are strong, but after that the Hawks can be as good as anyone in the West, provided Martin Havlat returns to health, Tallon adds a veteran defenseman and a forward, and goalies Nikolai Khabibulin and Patrick Lalime play better.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, playoffs

Flyers Have Room For Improvement

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from the Courier-Post,

Tonight, the Flyers enter Game No. 20 with an 11-7-1 record, good for second in the Atlantic Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference. In other words, they’re 5-6-1 since starting the season with a bang.

So what kind of grade would the Flyers give themselves as they approach the quarter mark of the season?

“I’d give us a high B,” Flyers right wing Mike Knuble said.

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Watching The MVP

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via Gayle MacDonald of the Globe and Mail,

CBC’s new winter dramas include MVP, a steamy soap that could appeal to both sexes. The network is calling MVP “a keyhole look” at the “sexy and scandalous world of a fictitious professional NHL hockey team of hunky players and their gorgeous girlfriends, wives, lovers and puck bunnies.” The cast includes Kristen Booth and Lucas Bryant, and it airs on Jan. 11.

Insert real NHL player name here ________________

Watch the promo for the MVP…

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