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Together Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

It’s hard to believe it was 16 years ago that Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne and St. Louis Blues center Keith Tkachuk were part of a tremendous rookie class with the former Winnipeg Jets….

“I’m glad I had the opportunity to go through that first season with him,” Tkachuk said. “It was one of the most phenomenal things I’ve ever seen. He was outstanding. No one knew anything about him. He just came in and dominated. No one could keep up with his speed, and everything he touched, everything he shot, went in.”

read on

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  Tags: keith+tkachuk, teemu+selanne

Take a Seat

Blog: KK Members Blog By Terry McAndrew

A lot of talk lately about the young guns in the NHL. Its one way to help sell the future of the game in some markets as well as for the league. But forecasting someone’s development is an inexact science.

Here in the valley of the sun, the Great One decided it was best to give one of his potential future stars a night off and a chance to see the game from a different vantage point. Kyle Turris was a healthy scratch against Calgary, a team that has owned the Yotes for a few years now.

But fear not, Turris is expected to be in the line up Thursday night in the “Garage” which might be considered a home game for him. Should be interesting to see how he responds.

The Coyotes’ official blogger has a piece posted where he interviews Turris on this. Check it out: http://coyotes.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=390467

Filed in: NHL Teams, d, | KK Members Blog | Permalink
  Tags: kyle+turris

Montreal Signs David Desharnais

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

MONTREAL—Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced Wednesday the signing of forward David Desharnais to a two-year, two-way contract (2008-09 to 2009-10). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

This season, Desharnais registered 9 points (3 goals, 6 assists) and is a plus-2 through 11 games with the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. He participated in his first training camp with the Canadiens this season, and recorded two points in three preseason games (0-2-2).

Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, | Hockey News Wire | Permalink
  Tags: david+desharnais

Welcome to the New KK Members Blog!

Blog: KK Members Blog By Alanah McGinley

Do you want to add your own posts to Kukla’s Korner? Provide links, breaking new, hockey analysis, etc? This is the place to do it!

While the posts here won’t automatically feature on the front page of the website, we’ll be sure to highlight the best of your work whenever possible.  And of course, you’ll always be able to point people from around the internet to your writing by using the permanent links to your articles.

Check out the sidebar on the right side where it explains How to Post  and if you’re having any problems, check in with our Help Page for more information and a few guidelines.

Good luck!

Filed in: KK Website Business, | KK Members Blog | Permalink
 

The State of Sports Journalism

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

With credit to Matt at the Battle of Alberta, we came across a couple of interesting articles published in recent days that I don’t believe we linked on KK, both looking at sports journalism (though not just hockey media).  They are:

 

Filed in: NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: journalism, media

KHL Invites Media to Observe Medical Testing

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The KHL recently dealt with the fallout from Alexei Cherepanov’s death by adopting a list of resolutions in hopes of avoiding such tragedies in the future. 

Today they’ve issued another press release related to those issues, this one inviting members of the media to observe their medical evaluation process.  Presumably this openness is meant to reassure current and prospective players of the KHL’s commitment to their welfare.

Full text of the press release is available below.

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Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, European Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: alexei+cherepanov, khl

All Star Fan Ballot

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday, the NHL released the list of players that will appear on the ballot for the NHL All Star Game.  Voting begins online on November 12th and continues until January 2nd.  The voting will occur at vote.NHL.com which is currently an unavailable website (the NHL would have been better advised to have this site up when they announced the ballot).

Here is the list of players on the ballot:

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The Gretzky Of Officials

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

To hear Ray Scapinello tell it, his path to this week’s induction in the Hockey Hall of Fame was a case of being in the right place at the right time.

To hear his fellow NHL officials, coaches and players tell it, “Scampy’ was always in the right place at the right time.

Scapinello, 62, is being honored because he set all the records for NHL linesmen: 33 seasons, 2,500 consecutive games and 426 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He was chosen for the playoffs in only his second season, 1972, and continued every year until he retired in 2004. He never missed an assignment in his career.

continued

One of my first interviews on KK was with Ray, a little over two years ago.  What a great guy and I am so glad to see him go into the HHOF.

Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Officiating, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ray+scapinello

Ducks Talk—Sundin and More

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Brian Kamenetzky at SportsHubLA has a new podcast out:

To gain more insight into the Ducks, I spoke with Hall of Fame hockey writer Helene Elliott of the LA Times.  Among other topics, we talked about Anaheim’s lack of a reliable fourth defenseman behind Pronger, Niedermayer, and Francois Beauchamin, their future under GM Brian Burke, and the possibility of bringing in Mats Sundin.

Check it out here. Notable is Elliott’s contention that she doesn’t feel Sundin is the guy to put the Ducks over the top this season. Sundin talk starts at about the 9 minute mark.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: helene+elliott, mats+sundin

Mark Parrish Signed by Dallas—Official

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Alanah McGinley

Dallas Stars Press Release:

FRISCO, Tex. – The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed right wing Mark Parrish to a one-year contract worth $500,000.

“We feel that Mark will bring a great deal of experience and leadership to our club, as an established veteran in this league,” said Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “He is a talented player with some obvious two-way capabilities and we feel he will be a positive addition to our group.”

Parrish, 31, skated in 66 games with Minnesota last season, notching 16 goals and 14 assists for 30 points. He served as captain for the Wild for the month of December 2007, his third monthly stint as Minnesota’s captain (February 2007 and March/April 2007). The native of Bloomington, Minn., has skated in 660 career NHL games with the Florida Panthers, New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild, registering 208 goals and 164 assists for 372 points.

The 5-11, 199-pound right wing has also skated in 27 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording five goals and four assists for nine points. His most prolific NHL season came in 2001-02 with the Islanders, when he scored 30 goals, 30 assists and 60 points, all career highs, and earned a spot in the 2002 NHL All-Star Game. He has scored 16 or more goals in each of his nine NHL seasons.

Originally selected by Colorado in the fourth round (79th overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Parrish skated for Team USA at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. He also donned a USA jersey at the 2001 World Championships, and the 1996 and 1997 World Junior Championships.

Skating at St. Cloud State University from 1995-97, Parrish earned NCAA West Second All-American Team honors and led the WCHA in goals in 1997. In 74 games at SCSU, Parrish recorded 42 goals and 28 assists for 70 points. In 54 games with WHL Seattle in 1997-98, Parrish collected 92 points (54 goals, 38 assists) to earn team MVP and First-Team WHL All-Star honors.

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  Tags: mark+parrish

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