Kukla's Korner

Those Arrogant Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

...a quote uttered last postseason by their assistant general manager, Jim Nill, seems to confirm my suspicion that after winning the Cup in 2008, the Red Wings spent much of last season tip-toeing on the fine line between confidence and arrogance — and erroneously crossed it in the playoffs.

“Sometimes, you’re a product of your environment,” Nill said last April. “This year, our team is so good that one night it’s (Pavel) Datsyuk, and the next night, it’s (Henrik) Zetterberg; one night, it’s (Nicklas) Lidstrom. And it goes on and on. And some of these other teams, it’s (Evgeni) Malkin and (Sidney) Crosby, and that’s kind of their team.”

“Their team” kind of won the Cup by taking the last two Stanley Cup Final games, holding all those great Red Wings players to two combined goals in those contests.

Nill added that “it goes on and on” with the Red Wings, but he’s wrong. History suggest it just ends one day for dynasties — often when they least expect it.

After all, it takes a lot of arrogance to believe that what goes up doesn’t eventually come down.


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

Pavelec Goes Old-School

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My face would have been buried in my catching glove, but not Pavelec.

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

“I was scared a little bit. I felt like Jacques Plante 50 years ago,” said Pavelec, a 22-year-old from the Czech Republic who’s getting a shot with oft-injured Kari Lehtonen on the shelf again. Kovalev took the shot on a wraparound after Pavelec had had his mask knocked off in a scrum late in the second period. “I can tell you now it was not fun. A little scary, but it wasn’t a hard shot. I don’t think (Kovalev) could see (he had lost his mask). It wasn’t his fault. There was no blood.”

“I softened my hands,” said Kovalev, who saw the netminder was bare-faced.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Atlanta Thrashers, Ottawa Senators, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ondrej+pavelec

A Small Peek

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A behind the scenes look at the LA Kings Ice Crew photo shoot!

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: la+kings+ice+crew

Another NHLPA Letter

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sportsnet,

Former NHL star Steve Larmer is very concerned about the fate of the NHL Players Association.

In a letter of resignation to the NHLPA obtained by Hockeycentral, Larmer wrote: The NHLPA constitution that was created in 2005 has now been suspended. Certain players with the assistance of their agents have, in a sense, hijacked the union. They have used the cover of an operations review to paralyze the NHLPA staff and placed certain employees under surveillance. It is my understanding that the former executive director Paul Kelly has communicated with Chris Chelios and Shawn Horcoff and others directing them to investigate the affairs of the PA.”


Filed in: NHLPA, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: steve+larmer

Cherry Talks About The Ladd Hit On D’Agostini

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens, NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, CBC HNIC, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: andrew+ladd, don+cherry, matt+d'agostini


Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Filed in: NHL Media, NHL Video, | KK Hockey | Permalink

The Feeling I Get When I Look To The West?  Nausea.  Let’s Wrap This MF’er Up With A Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We’re going early and I have my reasons.

With a win tonite, the Wings head home with 6/10.  Still…the most depressing, disgusting, hazardous-to-your-pets road trip any of us can remember. 


Nobody cares what the rival bloggers are saying, or the MSM.  Nothing would bring more joy to more people than a disastrous Detroit season.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink

Ericsson Fighting The Flu

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Vicki Hall of Flames Insider,

Defenceman Jonathan Ericsson missed the morning skate Saturday with flu-like symptoms. His status is questionable for tonight’s clash with the Calgary Flames.

“We hope it’s nothing major,” said Detroit head coach Mike Babcock. “But what we’re concerned about is that’s what happened in Edmonton. It was nothing major in the morning and suddenly, by night, it was.”

As a rookie, Ericsson dazzled last year in the playoffs, but he’ struggled in his first full year, of NHL employment on a pairing with Brett Lebda.

“Lebs and him have been on the ice for some of the ugliest goals in hockey,” Babcock said.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jonathan+ericsson

OHL Players Suffers Head Injuries

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Kitchener Rangers’ defenceman Ben Fanelli is listed in critical but stable condition in Hamilton General hospital after being injured by a devastating hit during Friday night’s OHL game between the Rangers and Erie Otters.

The 16-year old Fanelli was rushed to Grand River Hospital in Kitchener then airlifted to Hamilton General after being driven into the endboards by Erie’s Michael Liambas half way through the second period.


Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ben+fanelli

After A Month, Kings Get A ‘B’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

The Kings have 18 points in 14 games, good (at the start of today) for second place in the Pacific Division and third in the Western Conference. The Kings have games in hand over quite a few teams, but given that they have already played eight road games, that’s impressive, by any measure.

At this point, I’m grading the team a B, with offense being the (very surprising) strong point, the defense being solid, the goaltending being adequate and the special teams being subpar. Keep in mind, I’m judging the Kings on a high scale, against the best of the best.

The goaltending part of this is the most subjective, as always.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink

« Previous       ‹ First  < 6101 6102 6103 6104 6105 >  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.



Most Recent Posts


KK Hockey


The Malik Report


Abel to Yzerman


The Puck Stops Here


The Sabres Observer


The Upper Canadien


F Street Faithful


Above the Glass


Oil Patch


Hockey News Wire


KK Members Blog

Most Recent Comments