Kukla's Korner

All Jacques Martin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from A.J. Perez of USA TODAY,

Q: Florida is currently at the bottom of the Southeast Division. Is there any reason for concern?

Martin: “I don’t think so. When you look at our team, there was a lot of enthusiasm and passion early in the season. We have to get back to playing that way.”

Q: The league has tweaked some of the rules this season, including preventing TV timeouts following an icing and placing every face-off after a penalty in the offending team’s zone. What’s your favorite?

Martin: “The one I like the most is the face-off in the offensive zone on a power play. We’re always looking to add more offense to the game. I think that’s a really good rule change.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, Florida Panthers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jacques+martin

Thrashers Showing Signs Of Life

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the ICEMAN Bloggeth at the AJC,

After Sunday’s 5-2 win on the road versus Carolina, the Thrashers now find themselves riding a four-game winning streak and in a much-improved situation in the standings. The winning percentage has improved to .467, which is 22nd in the league and the once-struggling O-fence is now producing goals at the rate of 2.93 per game, that’s 15th best.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Atlanta Thrashers, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Enough Mark

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gary Loewen of the Toronton Sun,

Mark Messier recommends that the NHL make face guards mandatory.

Never mind that he is shilling for a manufacturer of a hockey helmet that is touted to provide better protection against concussions — and Messier-like elbows.

Why stop with face guards?

Why not have players fitted with full NASCAR helmets?

continued plus the Western Conference performs well in the shootout…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Hockey Equipment, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mark+messier

Bettman Talks Hockey Topics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

“Can the Ontario market support another team? Probably,” Bettman told an audience at a sports business conference in Toronto. “But you can’t base a decision on probability. You have got to study the market closely.”

Bettman went on to say that relocating an existing franchise to the Toronto area to compete with the Toronto Maple Leafs would not happen because all 30 of the NHL’s clubs are in good financial shape. Then he said expansion was not on the horizon, either, because of “uncertain economic conditions.”

The only way the league would consider relocation of a franchise, Bettman said, is if an owner decided, with the agreement of the league’s governors, that his team could not survive in its market.

read on

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: gary+bettman

Too Many Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

If you could make one change to the NHL, what would it be?

From a poll of hockey broadcasters, the most cited change was: reduce the number of regular-season games.

“I think it would prove to be a boon to the quality of the game and the longevity of the players,” the CBC’s Mike Milbury said.

Milbury and Nick Kypreos of Rogers Sportsnet say ideally the 82-game schedule would be reduced by at least 10.


Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Shanahan About To Decide

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Free-agent forward Brendan Shanahan will be signing with an NHL team before the end of this week, possibly as soon as Wednesday, his agent told the Courier-Post on Monday….

Curran would not identify the number of teams Shanahan is considering, but the Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks are believed to be the most interested.

“It’s got to be the right fit,” Curran said. “The team has to be competitive and in a desirable geographic location, since Brendan’s family is likely going to stay in New York.”

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brendan+shanahan

No Holes In Kyle Quincey’s Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Foster of the LA Times,

Quincey was placed on waivers, the first step for the Detroit Red Wings to send him to the minor leagues. The Kings immediately snagged him Oct. 13 and then stuck him into the lineup, all the while looking for holes in his game.

“Any time you get a player off waiver wire, you spend the first week or so looking for areas in his game that said, ‘Yeah I understand what the other team was doing in wanting to send him down and get some seasoning,’ ” Murray said. “The biggest surprise is we haven’t found that after a couple weeks.”

Quincey has played 10 games for the Kings. He already has one goal, five assists, is plus-five and averaging 23 minutes of ice time while being paired with Matt Greene.

more about Quincey and the Kings…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: kyle+quincey

Blogging The HHOF Induction

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

Time for the 34th annual (okay, 2nd), highly anticipated (by my Mom), critically acclaimed (Mom again), Hockey of Fame Induction Ceremony Blog….

7:51—Igor Larianov is inducted and calls Canada the Mecca of hockey (or something to that effect…I’m a lousy transcriber).  Hope Putin doesn’t get a hold of this speech.  He will not be pleased.

8:02—Ray Scapinella, one of the nicest men you’ll ever meet, is inducted in the referee/linesman category.  Confession:  until I read his name in the paper this week, 
I always thought there was an “m” in his there.  I’ve met the man several times.  He’s “Scampy”, not “Scappy”!
  I, like everybody else, have been calling him Scampinella for 20 years.  I never got a chance to ask him where the extra “m” came from.  It will keep me up tonight.


Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Kane Won’t Shave As Points Pile Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

(Patrick) Kane, 19, has vowed not to shave until he’s kept off the score sheet. He has a four-game points streak following his goal and two-assist effort in the Hawks’ 6-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night, and his facial hair is drawing some attention from his teammates.

“The guys have been giving me some heat about it,” Kane said. “I have to keep it going until I get held off the score sheet.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: patrick+kane

The Direction Of The KHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League — considered to be the greatest threat to NHL stability since the WHA — is undergoing its own growing pains in its inaugural season, with teams missing payroll, uncertainty over the fate of its smaller franchises and worries about the possible impact of the growing world economic crisis on its well-moneyed backers, many of them who rely on high world oil prices for their wealth.

“I should be and I must be and I will be honest with you — that is a big concern,” said Igor Larionov Monday, on the day he was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame, after a distinguished 27-year career, mixed between international and NHL play….

Larionov said the economics of the KHL make little sense today, given that some teams in the Moscow draw as few as 1,000 to 2,000 people per game and ticket prices are so modest - $5, $10, $15 max. At that rate, he does not believe the sort of salaries they were offering to players last season — as much as $10 million to Pittsburgh Penguins’ star Evgeni Malkin — were sustainable over the long term.

read on

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: igor+larionov, khl

« 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.



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