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Look. I’m biased. Biased for Chelios? No. I think what he did was wrong, and I think he should have shook hands...even with Pronger, Niedermayer and that punk Perry. I’m biased against Dwayne Klessel, his self promotion, and the crap he continues to spew. His comment, “we’ve had our disagreements” is a prime example. Want more? Let me remind you. He’s claimed affilitation with NHL teams, the league itself...all false, and all to lure money from the simple minded.... On too many occasions Klessel has attempted to speak for the rest of us, behind the anonymity of a made-up name “for his own protection.” Another crock.
from the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team has signed goaltender Cam Ward to a three-year contract. The contract will pay Ward $2 million in 2007-08, $2.5 million in 2008-09 and $3.5 million in 2009-10.
“Cam is one of the cornerstones of our team moving forward,” said Rutherford. “He has already built an impressive resume for himself at a young age, and we believe he is going to be one of the elite goaltenders in the National Hockey League for a long time.”
On Tuesday, Paul Kukla asked readers via his NHL.com blog to send in any photos and video they had documenting how they’ve been enjoying NHL hockey with their friends. We’ve just started adding photos to the gallery here.
More to come! Keep sending them in!
Update June 1, 2007: Thank You!
Japers’ Rink graciously offered photos from his View From Your Playoff Seats flickr album, to be added to ours as well. There’s still plenty on his site that we didn’t steal, so go check it out.
Also, I’d like to thank P.J. Swenson who was the photographer responsible for many of the San Jose photos which we took from J.P.‘s flickr site. Great work!
frm Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
The old cliché is that you haven’t lost a playoff series until you’ve lost a game at home.
It seems a little weak if you apply it to the Stanley Cup final between the Anaheim Ducks and the Ottawa Senators.
Given the way the Ducks are beating the Ottawa Senators, one could argue that even if the Sens don’t lose a game at home in this best-of-seven affair they still don’t win the Stanley Cup.
The Ducks aren’t just good at home, they are outstanding.
from the Chicago Tribune,
“The rich, historical, traditional feelings [Chicago] fans have may be among the deepest in the league,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told the Tribune on Wednesday via phone from Anaheim, where the expansion Ducks and Ottawa Senators were skating in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals. “There has always been something special about all of the Original Six clubs.”
Rangers Report comes up with the best headline of the day- ““Wait, does it mean I have to show up every day?”, when questioning if Mark Messier is the right man for the Rangers asst. GM job.
from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,
But what about a nickname for the line? Don’t Pahlsson, R. Niedermayer and Moen deserve one now?
Hmmm. How about “Crash, Bang and Boom”?
Or how about “The Swede, The Farmboy and The Other Brother”? (Pahlsson obviously is the Scandinavian, Moen is the farmer who spends his summer working on the family’s 3,500-acre cattle and grain ranch in Saskatchewan and Rob Niedermayer is often overshadowed by brother Scott, the Norris Trophy winner and captain of the Ducks.)
Or how about “The Plowboys?”
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
Let’s see, if Ottawa’s Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson are supposed to be the best line in the NHL, and they are being thoroughly outplayed by Samuel Pahlsson, Rob Niedermayer and Travis Moen, doesn’t that make the Anaheim trio the best line in the league?
If you missed the game and want to catch the highlights…
from the National Post via Canada.com,
Owner Craig Leipold has signed a letter of intent to sell the Predators to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie, a deal with a closing date of June 30.
The National Hockey League’s free-agent window opens the very next day.
Nashville has seven players set to become unrestricted free agents, including captain Kimmo Timonen and forwards Paul Kariya and Peter Forsberg.
The NHL’s board of governors still has to approve the sale, leaving players and agents in need of answers from the team and general manager David Poile.
“I don’t think the league wants David Poile to hit July 1 not knowing who his owner is and not knowing what direction it’s going to go in,” Timonen’s agent, Bill Zito, said Tuesday. “We have a 100-point team, and now, all of the sudden, it’s going to disintegrate because of the timing of legalities? That doesn’t make any sense.”
NBCSports.com today announced that sports fans can engage in an interactive television experience filled with predictive questions, polls, trivia, games and more during the 2007 NHL Stanley Cup Final on NBC.
Hockey fans will be able to interact with the Stanley Cup broadcast like never before with NBCSports.com Screen Shot. NBCSports.com Screen Shot is an online “two-screen experience” that allows viewers at home to play along in real-time with NBC’s live Stanley Cup broadcasts.
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.
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