Kukla's Korner

Decisions Ahead For Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

..what do the Hawks do about Nikolai Khabibulin and Martin Havlat? They were two of the Hawks’ best players this season and the feeling on the team is that Khabibulin has to stay if the Hawks are to see themselves as serious Stanley Cup contenders. As for Havlat, once he got healthy, he became a major contributor to the Hawks’ cause and a fan favorite.

The Hawks want to keep both those players, but if they are to give themselves some wiggle room to handle Kane, Toews and Keith, they can’t do long-term deals. Yet that’s what both players want.

The answer? Who knows? That’s what they pay GMs for. But this much is certain: The NHL has hoped for decades that it could get a strong presence in Chicago. Now it has one, but the salary cap has put it in jeopardy.

more plus head-shots and Lecavalier talk…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Paul Kelly Says Head-Shot Talk Not Over

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,

NHL Players Association head Paul Kelly says the fight to eliminate blows to the head isn’t over, just because NHL general managers expressed “no appetite” to change the rules when they met Tuesday prior to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final.

“I respect the general managers’ views, but that’s not the end of the dialogue,” Kelly told reporters. “This issue will come up again in the competition committee meeting.

“The rule that our players have proposed … No. 1, it has to be a player who’s in a vulnerable position. No. 2, in the judgment of the official, the attacking player has to target the head of that vulnerable player, and No. 3, he has to make contact with that head with any part of his body, including the shoulder. So there’s elements of intent, targeting and vulnerability.

continued

Filed in: NHL Talk, NHLPA, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Flyers Or Capitals Will Meet Bruins In Next Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Scott Burnside of ESPN,

It looks like the potential opponents for the Boston Bruins in next New Year’s Day outdoor game at Fenway Park has been narrowed to two teams, the Philadelphia Flyers or Washington Capitals, ESPN.com has learned.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

The North Wind Is Blowing, And When She Blows Like That She’s A Real Bitch.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Happy Anniversary.

One year ago tonite?

This.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink
 

The Wings ‘Mask Man’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Marc Jacobson of ABC 12,

A win for the Red Wings tonight in Pittsburgh will put the Wings just one win away from another championship.

A Grand Blanc man doesn’t play for the team, but he has had a connection to the Wings success over the years.

A great team needs a great goalie, and every goalie needs a great mask. Grand Blanc’s Ray Bishop has been the Red Wings’ go-to guy for masks since 1998. “I’ve done work for Hasek, Legace, Conklin, Osgood, of course. I’ve done stuff for a few guys over the years and it’s been fun.”

Word of mouth has put Bishop Designs on the NHL’s radar. Bishop’s air brushing work first caught the eye of Manny Legace.  “He went to the Wings and gave me a chance to paint that mask, and their equipment manager saw what I can do, and he began to trust me.”

continued with video…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Panthers Will Be Staying In South Florida

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Carlos Frias of the Palm Beach Post,

The Florida Panthers may be getting a new owner, but likely not a new home.

The public company Sports Properties Acquisitions Corp. is in talks to purchase the Panthers and the rights to run the BankAtlantic Center and surrounding properties for a reported $230-$240 million. But unless the new ownership group is willing to pay Broward County the remaining debt for building and improving the arena - another $182 million - they are locked into a lease that will keep them put for the next 20 years.

A move seems unlikely because location is a big part of the Panthers’ appeal. Although they play in a small market and haven’t been to the playoffs in nine years, the deal would allow the new owners to manage and profit from all other events at the BankAtlantic Center. Plus, the current ownership group envisions building a mixed-use entertainment district around the stadium called the City of Oz.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Florida Panthers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Colorado Avalanche Hire GM Greg Sherman

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The NHL Entry Draft is coming up in less than a month.  It begins on June 26th.  In order to succeed in the draft, teams with vacancies at general manager need to fill them now.  The Colorado Avalanche had fired GM Francois Giguere following a horrid season where they finished last in the West Conference.

Colorado’s first attempt at hiring a new GM was to offer the position to Patrick Roy.  Roy is an ex-star player.  His qualification for GM comes from his involvement with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.  Roy is a co-owner who has taken on the GM and coach jobs in 2005.  He has no NHL front office experience and there exist several CHL officials with far more experience than Roy.  Roy would likely have been a poor potential GM.  He turned the Avalanche down.  Colorado was left without any serious GM candidates and was rushed to fill the position with the draft coming up.

UPDATE:  Colorado has hired Joe Sacco as their coach.  This hiring comes one day after Sherman’s hiring as GM.  This is too fast for it to be a Sherman move which suggests Pierre Lacroix is GM in all but name.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | The Puck Stops Here | Permalink
 

NHLPA’s Kelly Says Time To Get Out Of Phoenix

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Milton of the Hamilton Spectator,

The leader of the National Hockey League Players’ Association may not overtly support a league franchise in Hamilton, but he’s very blunt about what should happen to the one in Phoenix.

“From a players’ perspective, it’s time to pull the plug,” NHLPA executive-director Paul Kelly told The Spectator last night.

Kelly says that NHL owners should not only be doubting that the Coyotes should remain in Phoenix, but that those doubts should have arisen long before now.

Earlier in the day, speaking on Toronto radio station The Fan, Kelly wondered: “How much money must (a franchise) lose before someone says “perhaps they ought not to be there?”

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, d, NHLPA, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: paul+kelly

Wait & See On Datsyuk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

“I feel much better today. I’ll go for pre-game skate and then make a decision,” he said of his recovery from an injured right foot. “It’s every day better and better and better and today it’s much better. I have more smiles; more happy. It’s still a little sore but I’m happy.”

At the Red Wings’ morning skate, Datsyuk stayed on the ice for more than an hour after all the regulars had departed. He yukked it up with the healthy scratches, who always stay out for extra work, and worked on tight turns and dangling the puck.

Even though he said he felt better, to onlookers he looked like he was being more careful with his foot – which likely was fractured in Game 2 of the Western Conference final – and was skating a little more gingerly than he had at yesterday’s full practice.

Datsyuk, though, said he felt more confident about his status and he needed the extra work to really give it a test. Still, neither he, nor his coach, would commit to his being in the lineup.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: pavel+datsyuk

Coaching Becomes Crucial

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,

This is the time of the year when coaches make their money and can make a difference in a series.

Examples of potential change for Game 4: The Penguins, perhaps were taking a cue from Bill Guerin’s front-of-the net presence on Sergei Gonchar’s game-winning power-play goal in the third period of Game 3, worked long and hard at practice Thursday on having their forwards work hard on give-and-go plays down low—with the emphasis on the deep down-low player going to the net to provide a screen or make a tip.

Bylsma obviously expects Detroit to crash the net hard in Game 4, because he had another drill in which the Penguins lined up four players in front of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. There was plenty of traffic and lots of screens, all designed to get Fleury used to having his vision screened even more—and work through it.

The Red Wings, on the other hand, practiced the last two days on taking hard shots from down low, firing high, low, whatever, directly in front of the helpless backup goaltenders for Detroit—almost like they were trying to drive the puck through the net and not just over the goal line. Also, there was countless faceoff practice. Countless.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

« Previous       ‹ First  < 5993 5994 5995 5996 5997 >  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