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‘Stumpy’ Becomes A Head Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Toronto Sun,

One of the most beloved Maple Leafs players in recent history has agreed to coach Team Canada at the World Jewish Hockey Tournament in July in Metulla, Israel.

Steve (Stumpy) Thomas, who scored 421 goals in a remarkable National Hockey League career, and was best known for his tenacity and knack for scoring big goals in big games, will head up one Canadian junior team in the five-team, under-17 tournament this summer.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity, flattered to have been chosen, and very excited to be going to Israel for the first time,” said Thomas, 45, who was born in Lockport, England but grew up in Toronto.

 

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  Tags: steve+thomas

Morning Hockey Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

We did the Oilers and Blue Jackets game Wednesday night.  Columbus has two of the best rookies in the NHL in Derek Brassard and Jakub Voracek.  Coach Ken Hitchcock, not one to over hype young players, calls them this year’s version of Toews and Kane.  Brassard scored Wednesday, and leads all NHL rookies in goals and points.  He has arguably been the best player on the team.

more hockey bits…

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Nathan Gerbe - Future Talent on the Way

Blog: KK Members Blog By Navarath

Has there ever been such a dynamic and enthusiastic prospect as Nathan Gerbe before?  Last night he potted 3 goals to lead Portland over Worcester. 

It isn’t just his scoring or his disproportionate size to most other players that makes him shine, but rather his Favre like enthusiasm approach to the game. 

This is really the difference between Ovechkin and Crosby, one plays with a smile on his face and the other seems to sour his mood after every play.  With Gerbe you get talent, determination, along with a brilliant smile.  You just have to see him play to believe it - he’s not just punching a work ticket each time he gets on the ice, but rather the arena seems to be where he comes to life.

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, Minor League, | KK Members Blog | Permalink
  Tags: gerbe, portland, sabres

A Deal with the Devils: Khabibulin

Blog: KK Members Blog By Hippy Dave

Let me first just say I’m happy to be one of the first old-school members on KK to post to the blog section.  Hopefully I’ll be able to contribute more down the road.

On to the news:

According to the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, Chicago has plans to trade their 6.75 million goaltender to the New Jersey Devils soon.  It sounds like they won’t be asking for much in return.  According to the Herald, it sounds like the Devils might bite.

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  Tags: khabibulin+new+jersey+devils+chicago+blackhawks+trade

KK Members, Start Your Posts!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A new feature has been added to Kukla’s Korner, allowing KK members to begin blogging.

We hope you enjoy this added feature and as always, we are looking forward to reading the posts of the many knowledgeable hockey fans that visit KK on a daily basis.

Let the writing begin and you can follow this link to get started.

You will also notice we have changed the navigation area of KK a bit too, simplifying things with a simple drop down menu when you hover over ‘Blogs’ in the black navbar at the top of the page.

P.S. Posts on the KK Member Blog will not appear on the front page of Kukla’s Korner, but they can always be accessed by clicking on that ‘Blogs’ link in the navigation bar.

*original post-time 3:40pm ET Nov.5

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Early Season Trends

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Montgomery of USA TODAY,

In an NHL season that so far has been exciting but fairly nondescript, let’s take a look at a few emerging trends.

The early mediocrity of the Southeast Division: No one expected this to be a powerhouse division, but Carolina, Washington, Tampa Bay and Florida are all hovering around the .500 mark, and none of those teams are showing convincing signs of getting hot. No team in the division has scored more goals than its opponents

read on for more trends…

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Yzerman Meets New Challenges

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

Now 43 and busier than ever, Yzerman paradoxically looks younger and fresher than he did during the final injury-filled seasons of his career with the Detroit Red Wings. The intensity that made him one of the greatest NHLers in history is still there, but there’s also a renewed vibrancy that has come with new challenges.

Perhaps that’s why it seemed just a little strange to see him among the inductees to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Yzerman is a little more than two years removed from announcing his retirement, but his contributions to the game continue as a vice-president with the Red Wings and the executive director of Canada’s 2010 Olympic men’s hockey team.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: steve+yzerman

What Else Could They Do

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Hamacher of NHL Blog at the NY Post,

I’ve spent the past few days trying to figure out a way to be unhappy with the way the NHL is handling ticket sales for the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago on New Year’s Day. As much as I generally disagree with much if not most of what Gary Bettman and his NHL crew do, I hate to say it but they got it right this time.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: winter+classic

Upgrade In Goal Would Help Avalanche

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of All Things Colorado Sports at the Denver Post,

Do I think the Avalanche should be considering taking measures to upgrade in goal? Absolutely. And they should be considering that possibility, whether it’s the drastic step of using all the available cap space (and a little more) to land Khabibulin or anything else. (Budaj to Chicago as Huet’s backup to clear the cap room and give Chicago a No. 2? Well, that would make sense except for the fact that Budaj would be playing for Joel Quenneville, which raises all sorts of issues.)

But for now, Budaj’s far from the only problem.

more

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Jack Johnson Could Return Ahead Of Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

Jack Johnson was expected to be out until after the all-star break, as he recovers from surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his shoulder, but Johnson’s recovery is going faster than expected and he might return a month ahead of schedule. That could put him in line for a late-December return, but that depends on his continued progress.

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  Tags: jack+johnson

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