Kukla's Korner

Fedorov a Unique Talent

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bill Clement at NBCSports.com:

Without a doubt Fedorov is the best all-around Russian forward who has ever played in the NHL. Early in his career I believed I saw greatness in the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder. He was drafted by the Red Wings in the 1989 NHL Entry draft, taken in the fourth round with the 74th overall pick. It wouldn’t take him long to reach a breakout season.

To make his way to the NHL he had to defect from the then Soviet Union. He did so in 1990 while in Seattle to play in the Goodwill Games with CSKA Moscow on a line with two other future NHL stars, Mogilny and Pavel Bure.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: sergei+fedorov

Keep Your Head Up Boys

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from P. J. Stock of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

You know what’s funny? I’ve looked and looked and still can’t find anything in this year’s booklet that says anything has changed. Despite all the complaints, there is still no rule, penalty or HEAD SHOT category.

Why is it now the fault of the hitter and not the fault of the who ... the hitee? (You understand).

What is the first thing you teach a peewee kid when he’s starting to play contact hockey? Keep your head up! Protect yourself!

Why when one of these players gets tattooed in today’s NHL it’s not their fault for not keeping their head up? Why isn’t it their fault for not protecting themselves? Why?

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, NHL Talk, NHL Officiating, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Time For Bettman To Step Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

You see, in Gary Bettman’s NHL, rarely is heard a discouraging word about anything at all. And that’s perhaps the man’s biggest fault; he must genuinely believe fans, employees and media are so dense, they’ll always take what he says as gospel.

The choir is much smarter than that. And Bettman’s preachings fall as flat as that Def Leppard debacle.

At this stage, the sole way Bettman can get into the public’s good graces is by stepping into the shadows for good. And I think I speak for everyone when I say we can stomach one more Pollyanna pontification from him – as long as it’s part of his resignation speech.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: gary+bettman

NHL X-Files

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ryan Dixon at The Hockey News,

Try wrapping your brain around some of these absurdities:

• The Toronto Maple Leafs are a firing squad. Overall, the Leafs are averaging 34.1 shots per game, third-best in the league. But in its past five games, Toronto is putting an average of 40 pucks on goal, including a 48-shot effort Tuesday night against New Jersey.

There may be a dearth of talent among the Leafs forward group (hence the low goal total despite all the shots), but to borrow and alter the meaning of a phrase from Jay-Z, you can’t knock the hustle.

read on for more unexpected weirdness this NHL season

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Scary Sharkie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Watch out for S.J. Sharkie!

Filed in: NHL Teams, San Jose Sharks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Instant Chemistry In Minnesota

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Developing team chemistry always has been a priority for Wild General Manager Doug Risebrough, and his summer additions have fit in perfectly.

Minnesota’s two most important signings were left wing Andrew Brunette and right wing Antti Miettinen. They’ve been placed on a line with center Mikko Koivu, and voila! Instant chemistry.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Most guys don’t want to fight every night so they won’t take those cheap shots. It’s really like a big playground in middle school. Once you let the bully whose playing pick on one kid, he’s going to run around and keep picking on other kids until somebody stands up to him. Well, at our playground at the United Center, we don’t let bullies play very long….

-Adam Burish of the Chicago Blackhawks in his blog at the Chicago Sun-Times, where you can read more...

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: adam+burish

Theodore Will Only Get Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Hume of the Falls Church News-Press,

Theodore’s recent track record is nowhere near as consistent as Ovechkin’s, but he is through the hard part of the acclimation process now and the Caps are still leading the Southeast Division. From here on out, he’ll continue to build a rapport with the Caps defensemen when he plays pucks in his own zone. He’ll start to put the nerves behind him and start to eliminate those soft goals. And he’ll benefit from an improved defensive corps.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jose+theodore

Bogosian Suffers Fractured Fibula

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ben Wright Of Blueland Blog,

Here is your update on Zach Bogosian:

“Defenseman Zach Bogosian suffered a fractured fibula during the first period of Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia and will be sidelined indefinitely.”

I talked to Don Waddell and he said it isn’t a displaced fracture, which would be more severe. He should be able to make a full recovery and the goal is to get him healed, rehabbed, and back in the lineup.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Atlanta Thrashers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: zach+bogosian

Zherdev Has Real Leaders He Can Learn From

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Zherdev is older now than Kovalev was then. Wiser, too, one hopes, after four seasons of futility in Columbus. His plus/minus is a league- best +9, which says a little about his attention to detail in his own zone.

There’s another plus: He’s got teammates now who prefer to lead by example. Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan, who made his departure official Wednesday, were too far beyond their prime to be that kind of leader. Shanahan always knew the right thing to say, and Jagr played class clown well to Shanahan’s class president, but neither had the skills left to be the good example for a player like Zherdev.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nikolai+zherdev

« Previous       ‹ First  < 5921 5922 5923 5924 5925 >  Last ›      Next »

About Kukla’s Korner

Kukla’s Korner is updated around the clock with the work of our own talented bloggers, plus links to the best hockey writing around the internet.  We strive to bring you all the breaking hockey news as it happens.

The home page allows you to see the latest postings from every blog on the site. Subscribe here.  For general inquiries and more, please contact us anytime.

image

 

Most Recent Posts

Feed

KK Hockey

Feed

The Malik Report

Feed

Abel to Yzerman

Feed

The Puck Stops Here

Feed

The Sabres Observer

Feed

The Upper Canadien

Feed

F Street Faithful

Feed

Above the Glass

Feed

Oil Patch

Feed

Hockey News Wire

Feed

KK Members Blog

Most Recent Comments