Kukla's Korner

All Those Emails

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

As KK continues to grow, the emails I receive on a weekly basis also grows.

I answer a few of them today at NHL.com.

Filed in: NHL Teams, NHL Talk, NHL Media, Hockey Bloggers, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Fear Of Arbitration

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One under-reported theme that existed in several of the trade deadline deals is that teams are afraid of salary arbitration.  In the current climate of a stagnant salary cap, you might not be able to afford a player who goes to salary arbitration and wins big.  Teams may be forced to walk away from some of the salary arbitration offers. 

This partially explains the trading of Denis Grebeshkov, Ian White and Wojtech Wolski.  All are eligible for salary arbitration and all could receive relatively large salaries in the process.

Denis Grebeshkov was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Nashville Predators for a second round draft pick.  He is going to be a restricted free agent this summer and is coming off of a 39 point season on the Oilers defence.  This has him earning $3.15 million this year.  Although his offensive totals have been down this year, there is fear that an arbitration win could increase his salary and that is a significant reason in why Edmonton chose to move him.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | The Puck Stops Here | Permalink

First Overall Picks Showing Their Worth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Duff of Duffer’s Dabbles at the Windsor Star,

They were first overall in their draft year, and currently, they are foremost among the National Hockey League’s scorers. Entering play Tuesday, the top three goal scorers in the NHL were all former first-overall picks in the NHL entry draft - Alexander Ovechkin (2004) of the Washington Capitals and Sidney Crosby (2005) of the Pittsburgh Penguins are tied with 44 goals, followed by Steven Stamkos (2008) of the Tampa Bay Lightning with 40. As well, the leaders in all three major offensive categories are also former first overall picks. Ovechkin tops the scoring race with 92 points and Joe Thornton (1997) of the San Jose Sharks is the league’s assists leader with 61.

A similar occurrence came during the 2006-07 season. That season, the scoring race finished Crosby (2005) 120, Thornton (1997) 114, and Vincent Lecavalier (1998) of the Lightning with 108.

continue for more hockey notes…

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink

It’s That Time Of Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

18 teams in action tonight and most of the teams playing need a win.

It is time for teams to prove they are playoff worthy.

View today’s NHL schedule below.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Why The Delay?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jack Edwards of NESN,

Any resemblance to events, people or places in the following work of fiction is purely coincidental.

Slidsy Cornsbie of the Porkburgh Pinkins lies on the ice, his eyes barely open and already glazed over. His right arm twitches slightly. His legs don’t move.

The brilliant center, a national icon in Canada at age 22 and the most complete champion in hockey, never saw the hit coming. Backing into the high slot to improve his shooting angle, an opponent attacked from the blind side. The blow coldcocked Cornsbie….

Porkburgh tried to take the high road for two years, but saw the league do little or nothing to defend its players. It saw one player nearly killed on the ice, another one having his face driven into the glass with five seconds left in a two-goal game, another cross-checked across the face in the closing minute of a playoff series—only to have the senior league official take little or no action. And now this.

Justice delayed was so disrespectful as to be justice denied.

It was arrogance they would never forget.


Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink

GDT - Game #66: Red Wings host Flames (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

To quote ediliac, one of the “soft-euro” of the “19”,  Iggy and the Stooges are coming to play tonight; and they are as desperate for points as DET.  CGY enter the tilt 9th in the W.C., one meager point behind DET.  Thankfully, the Flame haven’t been lighting the world on fire, going 5-4-1 in their last 10.  But they are riding a 2 game winning streak, and Captain Canada had a hat trick against MIN on Sunday.

RWBill pointed out that since the Return of the Mule, DET are 4-1-2, and are sporting a 3.57 G/G in that span (as opposed to their season average of 2.63).  The Wings are winners of 2 in a row, and 4 of the last 5. It remains to be seen whether their implosion against VAN is nothing more than an aberration, or are the Wings ready to be as dominant as they were during their obscene 5 goal, 2nd period in CHI? 

Uncle Mike is riding Jimmah again tonight, Good.  E-52 will try to play the blueline, Bad. The Wings haven’t managed to win three consecutive in nearly three months, Ugly.

The rollercoaster continues early tonight.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink

Wings Rolling And Can The Blues Make The Playoffs?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Godon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Mike Babcock’s team is finally healthy. The Red Wings finally turned to Jimmy Howard as the lead goaltender, moving Chris Osgood aside.

They will fly past Nashville next, then take aim at Colorado and Los Angeles on the conference pecking order. Before the season ends, that team will secure a decent playoff seed and the opportunity to take another run at the Stanley Cup.

So what does that mean to the Blues?

Despite Detroit’s takeoff, the traffic between the Blues and postseason play is starting to clear. To reach the playoffs, the Note must overtake Dallas, Calgary, and Nashville and hold off Anaheim.

That will be a difficult task, but hardly impossible. Let’s look at those teams:


Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Carter & Hartnell Going In Opposite Directions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Daily Times,

Jeff Carter and Scott Hartnell have been linked together in many conversations this season, both on and off the ice.

Some of that chatter has been fair. The rest of it could sometimes borderline slanderous.

But whatever had people talking about them is irrelevant now, since the two couldn’t be any more the polar opposites than they are.

Carter is in one of his noted scoring outbursts. He has goals in seven of the past eight Flyers games and has reached 30 goals in back-to-back seasons….

The same can’t be said for Hartnell, who is stuck in the worst drought of his professional career since he was a 20-year-old neophyte grinder with the Nashville Predators in 2002-03.

Now a handsomely paid winger on the top line of a playoff team, Hartnell has fallen well below expectations.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jeff+carter, scott+hartnell

A Battle For The 8th Spot In The West

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

A Flames win would vault them over the Red Wings, the defending conference champs and 2008 Stanley Cup winners, into eighth spot with the race to the playoffs nearing sprint time.

A Wings victory would put the Flames further back in the Wings’ rear-view mirror.

Is it pressure-packed? You bet.

But Flames head coach Brent Sutter is sending the message to his team to enjoy the tension.

“You want to be intense, but you’ve also got to enjoy what you’re doing. It’s like playoffs, and playoffs is a fun time, right?” Sutter said, as a half-dozen skaters went through the paces of an optional practice Monday afternoon. “All we did was move the calendar up

30 days. Let’s enjoy it and enjoy doing it.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Calgary Flames, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Culture Change Needed When It Comes To Head Shots

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mark Spector of Sportsnet on the head hits topic.

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

« Previous       ‹ First  < 6320 6321 6322 6323 6324 >  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