Kukla's Korner Hockey
Tapeleg took me up on the Free Friday offer, allowing KK members to submit an article for publication on KK. A job well done and obviously written with great passion! Make sure to check out his own blog, Jerseys and Hockey Love. When the lockout was on, the prevailing attitude and phrase was, "There is no hockey." This was the biggest lie of the lockout (even bigger than never accepting a salary cap). No hockey is like saying there is no baseball without MLB, but there are a lot of people around the US who could tell you different. And during the lockout, the best hockey in the world was still going on in North America, it just had a worse television deal than the current one on OLN. While America moved on, or at least just fumed a bit, there were a lucky group of people watching the stars you got to see emerge this past season. Imagine seeing Cam Ward step in to save the day (oh, yeah, we all did, I just got to see it a year early), or Mike Commodore give a single knockout punch to a Bruin. I did, all in the same night. That was at a game between the Lowell Lock Monsters and the Providence Bruins. Ever seen a player reach out from the bench, and grab an opponents stick? I did, at a P-Bruins vs. Hartford Wolfpack game. Sheer comedy, as Brendon Walsh shrugged and argued when he was called for the penalty (there wasn't a person in the building who missed that one. I know, because they were all laughing). The game was more notable for the amount of fighting than the shootout, but I did get a game used puck. Yep, the Official Timekeeper tossed it over the glass to me, just before the shootout.. Because I was right on the glass. And I didn't pay $100+ to sit there. I got the best view of the shouting matches between the players in their boxes, wondering if they were going to go after each other as soon as the doors opened (they didn't). I was five feet away from Walsh as he asked Martin Grenier why he didn't really show up for the fight (Grenier just shrugged and laughed). Ever been to Glens Falls, NY? That is my favorite place to see a game. Why? I have no idea. But every seat is good, the 50/50 raffle is fun, the Chuck-A-Puck is fantastic, the beer is cold, and Barry Melrose signed my girlfriend's scarf. It has an outer ring that you walk around, (no upper level), with concessions in the corners, including baked items, and a really good beer selection. I saw the UHL Allstar game there, plus a few regular season games. Roanoke vs. Adirondack was a great game, with all the highs and lows you could ask for. Goals for, a squandered lead, goals against, and some last minute heroics. Best game I ever saw? No, but close. And now the Frostbite are no more. No hockey at the Glens Falls arena except for a preseason NHL game (which, if you are within 300 miles, you shouldn't miss). I was lucky enough to find Glens Falls on the hockey map.
from the Daily Herald,
When the Blackhawks open training camp Thursday at the United Center, they could be without Tuomo Ruutu. The Finnish winger remains an unsigned restricted free agent, and it’s believed the two sides aren’t close to an agreement. Ruutu is in Finland and not working out at a camp this week organized by his agent, Bill Zito, in Hoffman Estates.continued
from the Northwest Herald,
Anheuser-Busch Cos., the world's largest brewer, will create an online entertainment network to lure young consumers rejecting U.S. beers for other alcoholic drinks. Bud.TV will have as many as seven 24-hour channels starting in February featuring comedy, sports, news and short films.... Another channel will have behind-the-scenes footage of professional sports teams in the NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball.
from the News & Observer,
"I was excited to see a lot of the guys back in town, that's for sure," said Hurricanes forward Erik Cole, who was among the first group to start skating at the Hodges Street practice rink three weeks ago. "You're not positive when guys are going to show up. Everyone gives 'approximate' dates when they're coming back into town. It's good to see everyone, and it's got that feeling that it's here, it's right around the corner." The last time most of these guys were together, they were riding around downtown Raleigh with the Stanley Cup. Afterward, they scattered across the continent and around the world, hosting their days with the Cup among friends and family but not teammates, with the notable exception of Cup groupie Mike Commodore, who followed the Cup to multiple spots on a tour of his own.more...and the Discovery Channel is there too...
from the Boston Herald,
If attendance at voluntary practices is a useful indicator of a team’s attitude, the B’s seem to be approaching the season in just the right frame of mind, with virtually the entire roster of NHL players showing up a week or more early to skate. It’s a team, much rebuilt, that seems determined to bounce back from last season’s debacle. Many of the veterans have cast an interested eye toward 18-year-old rookie forward Phil Kessel, the B’s No. 1 pick (fifth overall) in June’s draft widely considered one of the most purely talented players to enter the NHL in years. The early impression: He’s as good as billed.read on
from the Vancouver Sun,
And, Vigneault insists, discipline and accountability will be universal. "That's the way it's always been with me, and that's the way it's always going to be," Vigneault said. "I firmly believe if an organization is going to be successful, your top players have to be held to a higher standard. "I get the maximum out of players, personally, and I get the maximum out of players collectively. I'm confident I can make them accountable. I'm hearing all the right things when I sit down with them. That's fine. Now I need to see the right actions. I need to see good off-ice test results [when main camp opens with fitness tests next Thursday]. Those test results better be really good." Bam-Bam. Jenny Craig's number might be ringing off the hook as you read this.more
from the NY Post,
The stalwarts wait, depending on Lou Lamoriello to find a way out of his salary cap squeeze. John Madden and Sergei Brylin insist they mustn't worry that they could be part of the worst-case solution. The Devils are at the $44 million salary cap without counting some $5-6 million for Brian Gionta, Paul Martin and David Hale, all unsigned restricted free agents. They can figure to receive some $1.5 million grace from the Long Term Injury easement that will apply to Richard Matvichuk, but the real kicker will be whether Lamoriello is allowed to subtract the combined $7.1 million assessment for Alexander Mogilny and Vladimir Malakhov. If the league doesn't permit any potential Malakhov/Mogilny moves, Lamoriello may have to trade away some of his higher salaried players.continued (reg. req.)
Mike may be the most prominent restaurateur in Vernon, California, an industrial town that seems more like an enormous, truck-choked loading dock; and his sign, which depicts a giant hockey player, was “borrowed” for the doughnut shop in Wayne’s World. But Mike sure is proudest of his Hockeyburger, which is essentially a cheeseburger garnished with a sliced, grilled all-beef hot dog. Some people theorize that the concoction is called a Hockeyburger because the burger symbolizes the puck and the hot dog the hockey stick; some say that the trisected hot dog resembles the grille on a Zamboni machine. Some people think that Mike is just a fool for hockey. But although the Hockeyburger may be fearsome to behold, it is actually almost as delicious as it is indigestible. “Try a Hockeyburger,” Mike’s sign reads. “Made Out of Old Pucks.”
Has anyone been to Mike's Hockyburger? If so, let us know. I searched for a website and even a picture, nada.
Larry Pleau and John Davidson participated on a tele-conference call today...
Q. Either one of you could maybe answer this or both of you, I'm wondering how you break down your goaltending situation, obviously Curtis Sanford had a great year last year and you did decide in the end in bringing Manny Legace as a free agent, how do you see that in terms of 1A or 1B or in terms of competition again the two? LARRY PLEAU: I think you said it best, the competition. When you look at it all three of our goalies, Bacashihua, they have a lot to prove, and the spot and the opportunity is there for somebody to jump up and be that No. 1 guy. So the competition has got to be key for us. And when you look at a Legace in his career, that's what he wanted is the opportunity to show everybody in this league that he's No. 1, and one thing we could offer is the opportunity for that. JOHN DAVIDSON: We have a young fellow the first rounder, Schwarz he's going to play in the American League in Peoria. And it gives a depth where if something happens along the way here, we don't have to force him into something he shouldn't be doing, unless he earns it. With the three goalkeepers that are the main ones, the internal competition is terrific. We now have depth there, and at the same time in signing Manny, it put us in a position where we didn't have to make a trade where we lose a significant draft pick or at least maybe a significant prospect. So we've helped ourselves for the immediate season, and we've helped ourselves hopefully fo r the long term, also.
from the CP via TSN,
Despite reports to the contrary, Florida Panthers coach and GM Jacques Martin insists Mike Keenan isn't gone because of him. "No, I don't think there was a breakdown with my relationship with Mike," Martin told The Canadian Press in an interview Thursday. "I think I've always had a good relationship with Mike. I think we worked well together. I think the organization, the ownership, for whatever reason, listened to Mike when he came to them."continued
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