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Nothing Has Changed

from Stan Fischer of The Fischler Report at the Hockey News,

During lunch with Gary Bettman, I told him that I had a beef with the officiating.

The commissioner then reached into his vest pocket and pulled out an envelope with a letter inside.

"I'm going to read you the letter," the National Hockey League's boss said, "and I want you to guess who wrote it."

It was a tough read; flowing with zebra criticism and concluding with demands for reform.

"Now take a guess," Bettman confidently went on, "and guess who?"

Knowing my longtime buddy and his candor, I snapped, "It's gotta be Brian Burke."

The Commish shook his head and handed me the missive. Instantly, I blushed. It was written by Rangers manager-coach Lester Patrick in the year 1933.

"You see," noted The Lord of Hockey, "nothing has changed."


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We Remember Peal Harbor

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NHL Short Notes

* Defensemen Erik Johnson and Cale Makar each scored as the Avalanche amounted a seven-goal triumph for the fourth time this season. 
* Jake Guentzel and the Stars extended the NHL’s longest active point and win streak, respectively.  
* Twenty teams are in action Tuesday, including the Rangers (16-4-3, 35 points) and Wild (17-6-1, 35 points), who each look to extend their winning streaks to seven games. 

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Do You Really Know Don Waddell?

from Scott Burnside of Hurricanes.com,

We could start with the fact that moments before we sit down with Carolina Hurricanes President & General Manager Don Waddell he's been interviewing candidates for the GM job of PNC Arena.

Or, we could start with the fact that since arriving as the team's president of business operations in 2014 Waddell has, barring travel, been in his office, usually at 5 a.m., every day but perhaps three. And two of those were Christmas Days.

Or, we could start with the fact that over the past three-plus years Waddell has had to lobby state politicians on the benefits of sports wagering and lobbying his owner to add this player or that player with equal dexterity.

But we will start with the porta-potties.

Because, well, why wouldn't we? And not to spoil it, but it all makes tie together quite nicely.

Those who knew Waddell back in the day say he was a heck of a player. The skilled defenseman played in just one NHL game, that for the Los Angeles Kings in 1980-81. But he would likely have been a part of the Miracle On Ice team in 1980, had he not suffered a knee injury shortly before those magical Olympics. He rolled up points like a madman at the minor pro level.

But Waddell knew he wanted something else apart from grinding it out in the minors. So he decided to step away from the game and he started a porta-potty business in Toledo.


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Video- Neal Pionk Suspended Two Games



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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (Dec. 6, 2021) – Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau, Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman and Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Jake Guentzel have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 5.

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Afternoon Line- Travis Yost

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Video- Wayne Simmonds Fined and A Hearing Today For Neal Pionk


If you missed it last night, watch the Pionk hit below.

added 11:39am,


The Spezza incident is in the video below too.

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Video- The Best Of November

5 1/2 minutes all in slow motion.


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A Coaching Change Coming In Philadelphia


added 9:57am, This was Vigneault last night after a 7-1 loss to Tampa.


added 11:12am, via the Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers have relieved head coach Alain Vigneault and assistant coach Michel Therrien of their duties, effective immediately, according to President of Hockey Operations and General Manager, Chuck Fletcher,

Mike Yeo will serve as the Flyers interim head coach for the club's game tonight vs. Colorado Avalanche at Wells Fargo Center.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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