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This Can’t Be Called A Resolution

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Brian Burke professes to be pleased there has been a “resolution” to the Tomas Kaberle situation.

Resolution? What resolution?

For 14 months, ever since a weird piece of NHL draft-day confusion had the Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins thinking they had a deal involving Kaberle before they realized they weren’t talking about the same deal, the Leafs have been trying to get Kaberle on to a plane and out of a Toronto uniform….

The Leafs, meanwhile, have already started pretending they’re happy that he is still part of the team.

This is going to be one big whopper of a lie both sides will have to tell.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: tomas+kaberle

Habs chances in 2010-2011, News & Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

What’s this, another blogger added to KK?  Yes, please help me welcome The Upper Canadien to Kukla’s Korner.  He will have his own blog come sometime in September, until then, his posts will appear in the KK Hockey section.

To find out more about The Upper Canadien, click his name in the byline. -Paul

Hi everybody, I’m excited and humbled to be writing here for Kukla’s Korner starting this fall. A longtime hockey fan who has always dabbled in writing, I look forward to providing my thoughts and opinions on the goings-on in today’s NHL. While I plan on contributing a couple of pieces a week, I endeavour to provide up to date commentary when stories are breaking, both league wide and specific to the Montreal Canadiens. While my columns will often focus on the Habs, I will also be providing pieces on the NHL and adding a “News & Notes” section to most of my articles. Without further ado…

With training camp a month off, I felt it would be a good time to discuss the potential of the 2010-2011 Montreal Canadiens. While a trade or signing could still happen, the uninterrupted silence of the past month and a half suggests otherwise (unless you include the deafening roar, I mean slight ripple, generated by the signing of defenceman Alexandre Picard).


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Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: carey+price, lars+eller, news+&+notes

Niemi Talks Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,

In another 15 years, I wonder if the image of Niemi making saves still will be recognizable in the memories of Blackhawks fans. Or if, by then, Niemi will be a mere answer to a trivia question asking who was the goaltender the first time the Hawks won the Cup this century.

If you still have a hard time accepting the salary-cap machinations two weeks ago that resulted in Niemi becoming an ex-Blackhawk, you’re not the only one.

“I thought it would get worked out all along and never really thought it wouldn’t,” Niemi said. “And then when it happened and they signed (Marty) Turco, I was real disappointed. I still am. But it worked out for them, so …”

Niemi didn’t finish his sentence.

But the pain in his voice was obvious when he discussed the speed with which the Hawks moved on after an arbitrator awarded Niemi a $2.75 million salary the team chose not to pay.


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  Tags: antti+niemi

The Latest Kaberle Trade Watch

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger tweet,

One team from each conference still in the hunt for Kaberle. Sources say there’s still a chance he gets traded tonight, but not likely.

added 8:29pm,

The Jackets are no longer in serious contention for Kaberle, an NHL source told the Dispatch. Jackets general manager Scott Howson and Toronto general Brian Burke had several good discussions, the source said, but there’s “no fit there.”


added 9:15pm, via Nick Kypreos tweet,

With Bieksa and Mitchell in play, its slowed the urgency for Kaberle. As of now teams like SJ seems more interested in grit than finesse.

added 11:00pm, via Scott Burnside tweet,

Barring a miracle (ie. In the next hour) Tomas Kaberle will remain a Maple Leaf. Now back to Madmen.

added 11:59pm, via Darren Dreger tweet,

No trade for Kaberle

added 12:07am 8/16/10, via MapleLeafs.com,


The hockey club confirms this evening that Tomas Kaberle remains a Leaf. While a number of Clubs made offers to trade for Tomas, none of them reflected Tomas’s value to our team. I understand a period like this is stressful to the player, and we are pleased that there is a resolution, and we can all continue to prepare for the coming season.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Columbus Blue Jackets, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: tomas+kaberle

A Contract To Regret

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Every summer the NHL GMs rush to hand out big contracts to a group of free agent players that they hope will be the future of their franchises.  Some work out to be good signings, but many do not.  When a player signed to a longer-term contract worth a significant amount of money does not work out it can be a problem that handcuffs the franchise into the future.  I think that one such situation this year is the Pittsburgh Penguins signing of Zbynek Michalek, formerly of the Phoenix Coyotes, to a five year contract worth $20 million in total.

Michalek has been with Phoenix since the lockout year and played a regular shift on their defence.  He frequently plays against relatively tough competition and has far more defensive zone starts than offensive ones.  Accordingly, his offensive contribution has never been significant.  He scored 17 points last year and has a career best of 28, which he got in 2006/07.

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Yet Another Note To Kulfan And The Message Remains: STFU

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Back on the high seas for a month or so. You’ll have to deal with some scarce posts for the time being. I did feel it necessary though, on this most joyous and redolent of all days, to ask this question of you and your families.

Ready?  I know you are.

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All Ben Bishop, Producer of NHL2K11

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Robinson of The Gamer at ESPN,

Ben Bishop has to be one of the busiest men in all of sports gaming. Jumping from his work on “MLB 2K10” into his main gig on the “NHL 2K” series, Bishop is also working heavily on “NBA 2K11 ” for the Wii.

Talk about dedication to his craft.

I recently had the chance to sit down with Bishop after an extremely bumpy ride in the “NHL 2K11” RV that 2K Sports is currently sending on tour throughout the country complete with flat-screen monitors and gaming stations in order to let fans get their hands on early builds of the game….

Jon Robinson: Why is “NHL 2K11” Wii-only?

Ben Bishop: With “NHL 2K10,” the Wii version was surprisingly successful. It was by far our best-selling version of the game, so we felt like it was a good opportunity for us to step back a little bit and see where we can take the series, while at the same time, continue the surprise we had last year on the Wii. This gives us the chance to see where we are and where we need to go moving forward.

read on

Filed in: Fantasy Hockey and Gaming, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nhl2k11

Remembering Charley Finley’s Hockey Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Imagine if Charlie Finley were still around.

It is 40 years since Finley, then owner of baseball’s Oakland A’s, bought the NHL’s Oakland Seals and changed the team’s name to the California Golden Seals two games into the 1970-71 season.

He also made his players wear white skates, colorful uniforms and wanted to introduce an orange puck. The league rejected his puck idea.

The Seals were the first NHL team to put players’ names on the back of their jerseys.

“Charlie was a legendary guy, without a doubt,” recalled former Devils director of player personnel Bert Marshall, who played for the Seals. “I never had a problem with him. Maybe we just didn’t know.

“We were the outcasts, the bottom feeders. We were the black sheep of the whole league at the time, dressed up in Kelly green and whatever that yellow was called. Gold or whatever he called it. He was quite a guy. We didn’t see that much of him, but we sure felt his presence all the time.”


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  Tags: california+golden+seals

Being Patrick Kane

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times,

It’s not hard to reach the conclusion that Kane lives in two completely different worlds. In the one fans are most familiar with, he’s the leading scorer for the Stanley Cup champions and an icon in a sports-crazed Chicago, glitz and glamor included.

The other is one in which he has a father who still nudges him to be better at everything he does, a mother who prepares him steak when he asks, three younger sisters to compete against in backyard games and a group of friends—or goofballs—not afraid to give him a hard time.

But what those closest to Kane want you to know about him is that ‘‘Chicago Pat’’ hasn’t influenced ‘‘Buffalo Pat’’ and that NHL superstar Pat is the same as I-drive-around-with-my-sisters-and-dance Pat. To them, Kane hasn’t changed at all.

But that leaves the question: Who, then, is Patrick Kane?


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  Tags: patrick+kane

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“He’s a lot of fun. He’s a big kid.  It’s hilarious to think that this superstar is almost like your little brother. He’s a goofy guy that jokes around all the time.

“Obviously, everyone is watching him. Everybody looks up to him, not only the fans, but the players, everyone. He’s the king of this place.”

-Brendan Bell, now playing for Avangard Omsk on Jaromir Jagr.  More on Bell from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen.

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  Tags: brendan+bell, jaromir+jagr, khl

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