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I, John Tortorella Agree…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

When freshly-hired New York Rangers coach John Tortorella refused to discuss Sean Avery the other day - the same Avery who Tortorella used to roast during his TSN gig - most everyone suspected the awful truth: the Rangers were probably desperate enough to bring Avery back into the fold.

Now comes word from an NHL source that the Rangers are so intent on bringing Avery back they gave Tortorella a condition of employment: you can have the job but you’re almost certain to be coaching Avery before the season is done.


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  Tags: john+tortorella, sean+avery

Off Goes The Forechecker

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Dirk Hoag of On the Forecheck fame, has decided to move on from KK.

I want to thank Dirk for his professionalism and we depart on very good terms.

I am sure Dirk will let you know where he is headed and I wish him nothing but success.

Meanwhile, here at KK, we will continue to provide you with all of the latest hockey news from around the hockey world. 

Even though people come and go, one thing remains constant here, and that is you, the members and guests of KK.  Our numbers continue to grow and we hope you continue to visit us on a regular basis.  Last year on trade deadline day, KK had over 970,000 pageviews and I expect that number to increase on Wednesday.

Again, we thank everyone for their support and anticipate another great rush to the playoffs here at Kukla’s Korner.

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Turned From Hunted Into Hunter

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Time to, I don’t know, hunt somebody down maybe?

Let this serve as a fair warning.

Continue Reading »

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Settling Down In Phoenix

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Sources tell Sportsnet Gary Bettman and the city of Glendale have come to terms on an agreement that will see Glendale concede at least $15 million per year to the Phoenix Coyotes towards a new lease deal.

Sources also say principle owner Jerry Moyes has had three separate out of state groups show interest with one already making a formal offer.

A league source tells Sportsnet they hope to have a new ownership group finalized by the 2009 NHL entry draft in Montreal.

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Got Grit?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Tonite…if the Wings get pushed around a bit, perhaps lose a few battles along the boards or in the corners…keep in mind what Ken Daniels just said on Sirius HNIC radio.

When asked what the Wings need at the deadline?

“What they need is Dallas Drake.”

And after Jeff Marek and Daniels both agreed Drake wasn’t coming out of retirement?  The name Ian Laperriere came up.  And after that?

“If the Wings had the kind of goaltending they had last year, they’d be six points up on San Jose right now.”

Enjoy your dinners.  See you at 1930.

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Branching Out for Goalies?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From earlier today, we’ve seen a small debate unfold about who might be able to back up the Sabres in net tomorrow, if Lalime doesn’t get better quick. They’re desperate, and since the comments have degenerated to ideas like Ray Emery and Dominik Hasek, perhaps this option won’t appear so nuts…

The LA Kings would propose John Cena [wiki] as a viable backup for consideration. Well, as a tough guy for their team, anyway:

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Blues’ Janssen Fined, But No Suspension

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

St. Louis Blues forward Cam Janssen has been fined $2,500 for his high hit last night on Zbynek Michalek of the Coyotes, but he will not be suspended.

The incident happened in the first period behind the Phoenix net. Janssen jumped off the ice during a check and got his elbow up on Michalek. No penalty was called on the play.

Here’s video of the hit. Not great quality, but clear enough we can argue about it if you feel we must…

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  Tags: cam+janssen

5 Reasons to Jump Ship from the NBA to the NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Marc Ecko’s Complex Blog:

Far be it for us to be the harbinger of economic doom, but the NBA may be headed for some tough times. In fact, let super-agent David Falk tell it: “I think [fixing the NBA system is] going to be very, very extreme, because I think the times are extreme.” Salaries are out of control, teams are losing money and the imminent end of the current collective-bargaining agreement is putting the 2010-11 NBA season in jeopardy. Sorry, but ain’t no Krypto-Nate stopping that.

So, what’s the solution? The NBA will always have its loyalists, but we have a suggestion that should be familiar to anybody who’s suffered through a declining relationship: Distance yourself now before the heartbreak, and start seeing other people. Or, in this case, another league. Yup, the NHL. Yup, ice hockey. Look, we understand that most of you are indifferent about, if not openly hostile to, following the NHL, but the time is right to give the league another chance. Read on for our top 5 reasons why it may be time to jump ship on the NBA…


*hat-tip to Nirva Milord (NHL Director of Entertainment PR) via Twitter

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Fear The Fin: Tonite Is The Most Important Game In San Jose History

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I didn’t put quotes around that because our pal Mr. Plank didn’t actually say it.  What he did say was this:

Fear The Fin

With the playoffs one mere breath away, and a series against the Wings a fervent possibility, the Sharks have an opportunity to establish a mental edge over a team that has held that edge for 17 straight seasons. Tonight isn’t a playoff game. It damn well should be.

Wow.  Strong. 


Continue Reading »

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Laraque Expecting Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

Slightly used hard man for sale, still feared, no reasonable offers refused. Inquiries should be directed to B. Gainey, Bell Centre, Montreal, Que.

Yup, Georges Laraque says he’s on the trading block, assuming the Canadiens can find a taker for the $3-million remaining on the three-year contract he penned in the off-season.

“I haven’t asked for a trade, but with my salary and the way they’re using me, I’m definitely expecting it. The coach has told me he doesn’t like tough guys, he said I’ll be in and out (of the lineup) until the end of the season,” a dejected Laraque said after practice today.


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  Tags: georges+laraque

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