Kukla's Korner

Offer Sheets Less Risky This Summer

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Rand Simon at The Hockey News,

While we have no way of knowing if the Gilbert signing was in any way motivated by the threat of a potential offer sheet this summer, we do know that thanks to the large increase in the average league salary (ALS), it will be easier for teams to make offer sheets without risking as much compensation.

If a team fails to match an offer sheet, it receives draft pick compensation from the signing team based on the average annual value of the new contract.

The catch is that the compensation levels go up along with the increase in ALS. For the first season after the lockout, ALS was $1.458 million but after a 17 per cent increase last season and an expected increase this season in the 10 per cent range, ALS will be around $1.9 million.

more…

Note: For another perspective on offer sheets, KK also linked Lyle Richardson from THN a few days ago

Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Business of Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Anaheim - Dallas Game 5 Poll

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Saku Koivu May Play In Game 6

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

There is a possibility that the Montreal Canadiens could have captain Saku Koivu back in the lineup on Saturday.

How strong the possibility is will be determined after the morning skate, prior to the sixth game of the first-round series Saturday.

Koivu has missed the past three weeks with a fractured bone in his left foot. But he skated for the third day in a row and will determine whether he is fit after skating with his teammates in the morning.

“He skated today and he felt better,” Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said. “He pushed it a little harder. He’ll skate again tomorrow and then see.”

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: saku+koivu

Habs Fan Beaten in Boston

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jason Magder at The Gazette,

Jean-Pierre Masse was beaten and kicked in the face several times about 10:20 p.m. after Game 4 of the NHL playoffs in which the Boston Bruins lost 1-0 to the Montreal Canadiens. The incident happened on Causeway St. outside the TD Banknorth Garden, minutes after the game had ended.

Witnesses said Masse, 28, was wearing a red Canadiens jersey as he was walking by a group of about 20 Bruins fans.

“They began yelling things like, ‘Go home, you French (expletive)’ - things like that,” Hugo Contant told the Herald.

more… on what is certainly an isolated incident, but a disturbing one.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: hockey+fans

Bryan Murray Wants Emery Gone

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

According to Ottawa Senators General Manager and head coach Bryan Murray, Ray Emery’s tenure in the Nation’s capital is likely over.

The Senator’s top brass met with the media Friday to wrap up what turned out to be a disappointing season.  When the subject of Emery was raised, Murray made his position clear.

“My plan is not to have him back,” Murray told reporters.

Team owner Eugene Melnyk, who was part of the press conference refused to comment on the Emery situation.

continued…

Update 5:05pm ET— Updates added to that TSN story link:

Murray also said he was not about to trade Jason Spezza or Dany Heatley, saying the team made a commitment to those players being part of the team’s core group. He acknowledged that both had poor playoffs and were spoken to about it on Thursday, but added, “I’m not going to discard players like these two people.”

Filed in: NHL Teams, Ottawa Senators, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: bryan+murray, ray+emery

Helm In For Hartigan; Tootoo Needs A Beatdown

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Four games too late in my opinion, but Mark Hartigan finally finds a seat tonite.  Abbadabbadoobiedoo?  No.  Darren Helm.

Khan(!)

Update from Friday’s morning skate: Rookie Darren Helm will make his playoff debut debut in Game 5 vs. Nashville, replacing Mark Hartigan. The fast-skating Helm will center the fourth line with Darren McCarty and Dallas Drake.

“Really excited and nervous at the same time,’’ Helm said. “There’s a lot of young guys up, being one of the first guys to jump in definitely means a lot to me, gives me some confidence that they believe in me.’‘

Oh and Kris Draper has gone ahead and confirmed for us that Jordin Tootoo is a piece of trash.

 

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink
 

Gaborik A No Show

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Souhan of the Star-Tribune,

This was a big series for Gabby. He’s a year from free agency. This postseason could have been the crucible in which he proved himself irreplaceable.

Instead, through five games, he’s disappeared as surely as Alex Rodriguez in October.

When a talented player becomes frustrated, the operative phrase in hockey is, “He’s squeezing the stick too tight.”

It’s a wonder Gaborik is left with anything more than sawdust (or melted graphite) by the end of each shift.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: marian+gaborik

Everything Is Good With New Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

When Devils coach Brent Sutter walked into the room for the media availability this morning at the team hotel, I asked him how he was doing and he replied, “Everything is tickety-boo”.

I was pretty sure that meant, “Everything is good”, but just to be sure I did an internet search (I wasn’t sure how to spell it either) and it turns out I was correct.

The definition on Dictionary.com reads: “adjective Chiefly British Informal. fine; OK [Origin: 1935–40; perh. expressive alter. of the phrase that’s the ticket] “

With that settled, it’s on to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals tonight at Prudential Center with the Rangers leading three games to one and looking to wrap up the series with one more victory.

continued

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

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Our team is bigger and tougher than the Flyers. They know it now and we know it now.

We now know how to play playoff hockey, NHL style. We have figured out what the refs will call and not call except for the random bad call like the final penalty called on Kozlov driving to the net.

more from Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ted+leonsis

Writers Have The Power

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Should the Rangers advance to the Stanley Cup Final, a select number of members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Assn., including those of us who cover the team throughout the season, would be thrust into a conflict of interest, for the final step in triggering the automatic one-year extension at $8.36M (with a cap hit of $4.94M) is Jagr winning the Conn Smythe Trophy.

A select number of writers votes for the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Thus, as it now stands, we have it in our power to determine whether Jagr remains under contract to the Rangers or becomes eligible for unrestricted free agency. As it stands now, we will have more of a say than Glen Sather, Tom Renney, Jim Dolan and Aaron Ward.

more

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

« Previous       ‹ First  < 7339 7340 7341 7342 7343 >  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