Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Empty Netters,
The Penguins have signed Capitals agitator Matt Cooke to a two-year deal.
Cooke is an agiator in the mold of Sean Avery, Jarkko Ruutu or Steve Ott. In addition to that “skill” he’s also a fairly decent penalty killer.
from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,
GM George McPhee deserves credit for acting swiftly in securing Plan B, but, if I’m a Caps fan, it’s going to be a while before I find a comfort level with the team’s new No. 1 man.
We all know Theodore, still young at 31, has the physical composition to be one of the league’s best stoppers. His Hart and Vezina trophies in 2002 are testaments to his skill.
It’s the ensuing years that would have me nervous. His plunge in Colorado, and accompanying off-ice distractions, had some thinking he was playing himself out of the league.
from Russo’s Rants,
As I’ve been reporting since July 1, the Wild has an offer in on the Vancouver Canucks unrestricted free agent (Brendan Morrison). The two sides have talked a lot.
He is expected to make a decision early next week, and I can tell you, the Wild has no clue which way he’s leaning. The offer is there. It’s up to him.
more on Morrison and the Wild…
from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Only the best team in the Eastern Conference.
Only a club whose elite young core is nearly secured - Jordan Staal being the final item on the to-do list - for the next several years at unbelievable bargain rates.
So, please, spare us the wailing over Hossa. Spare us the fretting over Ruutu and Conklin.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Two league executives told Sun Media yesterday that Senators GM Bryan Murray could have a trade for a blueliner worked out in the next couple of days.
The whisper among NHL executives is Murray was busy working the phones yesterday with offers on the table for Sharks defenceman Kyle McLaren and Ducks blueliner Mathieu Schneider.
The NHL supplied extra security in the press box when the Ducks and Oilers met for the first time last season, at Honda Center. The league might need armed guards the next time Burke and Lowe are in close proximity.
-Dan Wood of the OC Register
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
“Why panic?” Gillis said. “I think we will be better when the season rolls around because we’re actively working on a number of things now.”...
Gillis said his offence hasn’t yet improved, and still needs work, notably a front-line centre.
“We’re going to be patient and try and make smart moves and not put ourselves in a position where we are boxed in with long-term contracts with players who might not fit,” he said.
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
As Tom Reed of The Dispatch reported this week, a twist of the collective bargaining agreement has shorn 25 percent of league-sponsored subsidies due the Jackets. This is a small-market American franchise that can be a great asset to the league at-large. And league subsides are being cut at a time when they’re needed most.
Not only is this senseless, it impugns the memory of Mr. Mac. He was neither a perjurer nor a swindler. He knew hockey would work here. He knew what he was getting into, but he no doubt was promised help. Isn’t that why the league acceded to a crippling lockout?
Bettman has done many good things, his radio show notwithstanding. His vision of the game as continental, if not worldwide, might have its flaws. But it also holds some promise.
Right now he can’t spot a crook when he meets one, and there are strange and gaping cracks in a system that was only recently revamped. Bettman must swallow some of his hubris and tend to the problems for the sake of long-term prosperity for the league in general, and for the Blue Jackets specifically.
In a candid interview with Edmonton’s Team 1260, Lowe - who stayed relatively quiet each time Burke went after him over the last 12 months - finally let it all out.
“Where do I begin?,” started Lowe. “He’s a moron, first of all. Secondly, he really believes that any news for the NHL is good news. Thirdly, he loves the limelight and I don’t think anyone in hockey will dispute that. Lastly, he’s in a pathetic hockey market where they can’t get on any page of the newspaper let alone the front page of the sports, so any of this stuff carries on.”
Any breaking new tonight, this post is all yours to announce it.
You see, we need a little down time right now. The updates have been fast and furious since July 1st and it is time to slow down just a bit.
Feel free to consider this an open post, hockey related of course.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
Email Paul anytime at email@example.com