Kukla's Korner

Nice Little Run Kid…Now Sit Your Ass Down

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

This one gets to me a bit, kinda rankles me if you want to know the truth.  And I’m betting our Uncle Mike feels the same way.

Ville Leino, despite two real effective games in a row, will sit tonite while Darren Helm finds a spot in the lineup. Do I have a problem with Helm? Nope.  But I wouldn’t mind seeing Kopecky or Maltby take a seat to keep Leino in there.

You’ve seen this piece of prose from Aristotle himself?  No? Here you go.

“He’s been so good, a goal and an assist, a plus-2,so I scratched him today,’’ coach Mike Babcock said. “That didn’t really make any sense, but he’ll be back in the next game (Saturday vs. Edmonton).”

 

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink
 

Wild Freeze Season Ticket Prices

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild announced today that the team will not raise season ticket prices for the 2009-10 season and the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs. 2009-10 season ticket prices for current Wild season ticket holders will range from $18.00 to $86.00, the same as the 2008-09 season. 2009 Stanley Cup playoff ticket prices will also remain the same as last postseason for current Wild season ticket holders. The 2009-10 season will feature 44 home contests (three preseason and 41 regular season).

“We are pleased to let our loyal season ticket holders know that ticket pricing will not change for the 2009 playoffs and 2009-10 season,” said Jamie Spencer, Vice President of Customer Sales and Service. “In light of the current economic conditions we wanted to announce ticket pricing as soon as possible and will be offering our fans a number of payment options so they can plan accordingly.”

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | Hockey News Wire | Permalink
 

Devils Will Be A Force

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Hughson of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

The Devils have depth, experience, talent and the best goaltender of his generation getting ready to come back and join the fun. Martin Brodeur must be as excited to re-join this group as any he’s had in front of him.

The Devils still have the defensive structure that’s made them the most miserable group to play against for the last two decades, but they’re not just a top-five team defensively. They’re top five on the attack as well.

New Jersey boasts a top line of Zach Parise, Travis Zajak and Jamie Langenbrunner. The trio is led by 24-year-old Parise, who, in his fourth season, leads the team in scoring, never gets outworked and is ready to join the small group of the league’s elite.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, New Jersey Devils, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Fantasy Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darryl Dobbs at the Hockey News,

Four weeks from today is the NHL’s trade deadline. In fantasy hockey, many leagues use the same date. The window for fixing your team is starting to close, so let’s get to some letters!...

Q.Hi Dobber, I’m looking at the possibility of obtaining Zetterberg in a keeper league from someone who is in the position of winning the pool this year. What is your opinion on Zetterberg’s health; he seems to miss time each year due to back problems. Is this going to worsen and limit his career? Or do you think this is just a phase? How does his fantasy value fare with all this in mind?

A. Hi Savas. Not only is Zetterberg’s back an issue, but don’t forget his wrist problem, which may be even more of an issue in the long run. He is an injury risk year in and year out, but never seems to miss more than five or 10 games.

For each of the next five seasons, I think he is good for 70 games with a better than even chance of playing 78 games or more. In keeper leagues, you can never really look beyond a five-year window because in my experience no player remains on your roster longer than that.

more questions and answers…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Fantasy Hockey and Gaming, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Nobody is forcing (Jeremy) Jacobs to have a payroll bumping up against the cap ceiling. He could have instructed Bruins management to spend much less but instead allowed forking out big bucks for Joe Thornton, Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard, Patrice Bergeron and Dennis Wideman. He’ll likely pay out even more to retain Tim Thomas, David Krejci and Phil Kessel this summer.

-Spector (Lyle Richardson) at his Fox Sports Blog.  Read more from Lyle…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jeremy+jacobs

Paying The Price For Penalties

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

Five identical signs hang in the Anaheim Ducks’ dressing room at the Honda Center and at their practice arena. All are emblazoned with instructive and, at times, inspirational messages.

For example, No. 3—Play With Self-Disciplined Aggression - reads, in part: “Control emotions when playing aggressively or you will be controlled by opponents or situations (i.e. bad call, cheap shot).”

No. 5—Unselfishness Is Essential—reads: ” ... Teammates, staff and officials are to be treated with RESPECT!”

Stephen Walkom, the NHL’s director of officiating, stood amidst those signs last week and tried to explain that the league’s referees really don’t have it in for the Ducks.

continued plus some Wings and Barber Shop sweater talk…

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Goalie Mask Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Morreale of NHL.com,

“Back in the 1980’s, I was in awe of these masks,” Toronto artist Dave Arrigo told NHL.com. “I remember Grant Fuhr’s mask and Bunny Larocque’s. To me, that was still great art back then. It was the style of the time and, even today, they remain classics.”...

As decades passed, however, it seems goalies became a little more self conscious about what they were putting over their face. Sure, protection and comfort were first and foremost, but great artwork also offered a strong personal statement and inner connection.

“The goalie mask is a billboard to that player’s soul,” Arrigo said “It can be anything from a favorite video game to music legend.”

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Hockey Equipment, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Flyers Must Improve Their Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

With back-to-back games against the torrid Boston Bruins slated for tonight at the Wachovia Center and Saturday afternoon in Boston, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren assessed his team’s recent play with these words:

“I think we’ve struggled lately,” he said of the Flyers’ 5-4-2 stretch. “We’ve got 33 games left and it’s going to be a dogfight. In my opinion, we’re not playing good enough to get into the playoffs.”

Message sent. But was it received as intended?

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

LeBrun Breaks Down The Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The NHL’s trade deadline is exactly one month away from today. Between now and then, the speculation will ramp up and much of it will be unfounded. But hey, fans love this stuff, right?

Take, for instance, the crazy rumor we heard Tuesday. Someone we were talking to told us he had “heard” the Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers were working on a three-way deal that would send Jason Spezza to the Big Apple, Jay Bouwmeester to Canada’s capital and Scott Gomez to South Florida.

“Gee, should I make the deal?,” Senators GM Bryan Murray said sarcastically when reached by ESPN.com on Tuesday. “Seriously, I don’t know where that comes from, but I can guarantee you, at least from my end, that that was never talked about. It’s unbelievable what people will say.”

continued with more trade talk…

added 10:15am, Spector gives his views on the trade talk too.

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Oilers Need To Be Buyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal answers a few questions from fans…

Q: The trade deadline is coming up. What players do you think might be on the trading block for the Oilers and whom do you see coming to Edmonton via trade?

A: After missing the playoffs for the last two years and it being imperative that they make it this time (probably to get a cacophony of fans off coach Craig MacTavish’s back even though they are close to 50 games over .500 in his tenure), the Oilers will almost certainly be buyers, not sellers. They need (a) a left-winger to play with Ales Hemsky, and (b) a defensive, big-body centre who can win faceoffs (Jerred Smithson and Radek Bonk ate them up in the Nashville game)....

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

« Previous       ‹ First  < 6084 6085 6086 6087 6088 >  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