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Saad should make you Happy

My son was just asking me the other day about what ever happened to Brandon Saad. Saad was the 43rd overall pick in last years Draft The 2nd rounder, ^ foot, 180 pounds has been playing in Saginaw. The left winger was one of the last couple of players cut in the pre-season.  Here’s an update on him via the Hawks’ website. Blackhawks prospect Brandon Saad has been burning up...
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

The gift horse

Dwayne Roloson will start for Tampa Bay tonight.  Poor Roloson has been having a very stinky season.  I hate to see a goalie demoralized, especially a Libra.  Writing that makes me worry if I just did something that will make him have the best game he’s had for a very long time.  N’ah, I’m not really worried about that, what I was worried about was this road trip.  The...
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Struggling Blackhawks Visit Blueshirts

The New York Rangers, one of the league’s hottest teams right now, will take on a struggling Chicago Blackhawks hockey club tonight at Madison Square Garden. The Blackhawks have lost nine straight games and are currently struggling in all areas of their game. They are not scoring goals like they used to, not playing tight defense and getting wildly inconsistent goaltending from...
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

You’ve Been Traded Via Twitter

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, Hockey fans are always glued to the wall-to-wall trade deadline TV shows, but Edmonton Oilers defenceman Ryan Whitney thinks Twitter is taking over as the first source of information for where players are going. Not just with the fans, but with the NHL rank-and-file. Whitney found out he was traded from the Pittsburgh Penguins and then...
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

All Dale Tallon

from Harvey Fialkov of the SunSentinel, In an exclusive interview with the Sun Sentinel Panthers GM Dale Tallon stressed that while he will be searching for offensive talent, he’s not interested in a rent-a-player or burdensome contracts for aging and underachieving players. Here’s an excerpt of today’s interview. “We’re not sellers. Worse-case scenario, we’re looking...
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Saying Goodbye To The Windsor Arena

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times, People are still playing hockey at the hulking old building on the corner of Wyandotte and McDougall Streets in downtown Windsor, but not for much longer. Within a few days, the Windsor Arena will most likely host the last of the tens of thousands of hockey games played over the past 87 years beneath the arched steel girders that hold up...
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Rock Star, Day 2

Yesterday we had this…  Kolzig stressed that Ovechkin needs to step up his work ethic and “maybe not get wrapped up too much in the rock star status that comes with being Alex Ovechkin.” Today… “I don’t disagree with anything that Olie said,” McPhee said. “What we have to understand is Olie had one of the highest work ethics of any player we’ve ever seen. It...
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Zetterberg Day-To-Day, Will Not Play Friday

Paul here for George. via Ansar Khan of Mlive, Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg will miss Friday’s game against Nashville (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit) due to a lower-body injury, which he said is day-to-day. Tomas Tatar has been recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins. Danny Cleary skated today but his left knee still is bothering him after having it drained a second...
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Sabres Should Hail Nail Or Mikhail

“You know a guy is good when you want your team to lose just so they have a chance at drafting him.”  - James Duthie of TSN on Nail Yakupov.“This kid (Mikhail Grigorenko) could be Evgeni Malkin.  It’s not out of the question.” – an unnamed scout speaking to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.I was hoping for an Edmonton victory over Toronto last night, fellow Sabres fans, but perhaps...
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Game 57: BUF @ PHI

Scuffling.  Falling off the map.  In panic mode.  These are some of the things you keep hearing.  The Flyers actually have competition within the city again with the Sixers playing well.  This is something that Homer is seeing and is trying to figure out the best plan of attack.  He wants to provide enough buzz to bring the Flyers as the clear forefront team in the winter sports...
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Team Mentions

Craig Custance and Scott Burnside of ESPN discuss the Ducks, Leafs, Kings and the Blackhawks playing the Rangers… Custance: The game against the Penguins for me was the big test. They were coming off a close win over the Wild in Minnesota, then had to travel to Pittsburgh and play back-to-back, arriving in Pittsburgh in the middle of the night. Then they get down early against...
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

All About Kathryn Tappen of the NHL Network

I am a huge fan of the NHL Network. I love the channel’s content, coverage of the game, coverage of special events and its hosts. With that in mind, I reached out to one of the Network’s best hosts and asked for an e-mail interview. As it turned out, the great Kathryn Tappen agreed to do so with me. Tappen took time out of her very, very busy schedule to tell us about how...
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Southleast Division

The Southeast Division has been the NHL’s weakest for several years.  Although they won two Stanley Cups in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightning and 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes, they have never had more than two teams in the division make the playoffs in the same season.  This season the division is somewhat changed as the Atlanta Thrashers have moved to Winnipeg.  That...
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Lightning Preparing To Trade Kubina

via Damian Cristodero tweet, Lightning D Kubina has been asked to provide a list of teams to whom he would accept trade.
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

National treasures

On May 7, 1995, Ville Peltonen, the son of a Finnish national team player Esa, had a big dream come true. Anyone who’s ever played road hockey has also dreamed about scoring that Stanley Cup winning goal, or becoming a new Paul Henderson (or his equivalent in your country) by scoring a big goal for the national team. Some of us take it a step further, and dream of scoring a hat...
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings GM Ken Holland to appear on Gary Bettman’s radio show today

Per the Red Wings, this should be…Interesting… DETROIT RED WINGS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT/GENERAL MANAGER KEN HOLLAND AND USA HOCKEY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DAVE OGREAN ARE TODAY’S GUESTS ON “NHL HOUR WITH COMMISSIONER GARY BETTMAN” NEW YORK (February 16, 2012) – Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President/General Manager Ken Holland and USA Hockey Executive Director Dave...
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Predators Preparing For The Future?

via Josh Cooper tweet on February14th, Interesting sign at Bridgestone Arena, considering the #preds haven’t won a Stanley Cup yet thanks to a KK member for the pointer
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Just How Good Can The Flyers Be?

via Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull, The Flyers, who have lost five of their last six games, will try to get back on track Thursday night against offensive-challenged Buffalo at the Wells Fargo Center.   The Sabres are averaging just 2.36 goals per game. Only four teams have averaged fewer goals.   The Flyers have more losses than wins at home, where they have a head-scratching...
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Talking Rangers’ Puck with Scotty Hockey

If you are a New York Rangers’ fan that goes around looking for Blueshirts’ related blogs, than I am sure you have heard of Scotty Hockey. Scotty, a great blogging friend of mine and a frequent interviewee here at Kukla’s Korner, is an extremely honest Rangers’ blogger who tells it like it is. He was nice enough to take time out of his busy schedule to give us his thoughts...
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Chopper Gets High Praise

The Flames Family is an elite group. From Eric Vail to Kent Nilsson, Lanny McDonald alongside Al MacInnis, to Theo Fleury and Jarome Iginla. The years roll by like a fat kid crushing a cartwheel. #2 is getting a pseudo-jersey-retirement February 27 as they raise his number in the new “Forever a Flame”  honoring system. One may ask “Why not an outright jersey retirement?...
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Beyond Belief

For years, I’ve marveled at the power of the sports narrative.  Pundits and reporters make a living trying to explain why a particular game panned out the way it did, how individual athletes performed, or failed to perform, in the heat of battle, and what intangible factors contribute to success.  What’s interesting about these narratives is that, although they’re often...
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

If Rick Nash weighs the same as a duck…

We’ve gotten to the point where Rick Nash trade deadline frenzy has reached Pythonesque levels, with even reasonable media types throwing out team names—to the point that I half expect someone to say that Ak Bars Kazan will try to out-bid HIFK Helsinki for Nash’s services—so in lieu of asking what also floats in water (Small rocks! Gravy! Churches!), I’ll defer to defer...
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Overtime Disappointment

Oilers lose 4-3 to Leafs in OT The Oilers came to play Wednesday night and while players like Ryan Jones, Ales Hemsky and Magnus Paajarvi would get oh so close, but not find the back of the net, goals by Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle would make the game. As it looked all but certain that the Oilers would drop another decision to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jordan Eberle charged into...
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February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Through Dick Hunter’s Eyes

from Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press, This, Dick Hunter admits, has been one of the more unforgettable winters. “Of all the years we’ve farmed, I’ve never seen anything like it,” the patriarch of the puck-chasing Hunter hockey clan said from his house right off the 80 highway out near Petrolia. “We hardly had any snow. Saturday was pretty crazy around here but that’s...
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February 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Goalie Interference???

The other night, during a Hawks game, there was a goalie interference penalty. Crawford was well out of the crease, but hey, the Hawks need all the help they can get these days. In all seriousness, I thought it was a bad call. Then tonight, while watching the Bruins / Canadiens game, there were 4 goalie interference calls in the first 2 periods alone! This is really getting out...
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February 15, 2012  |  Discuss
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