Kukla's Korner Hockey
Last week we introduced a great new hockey pool for fans everywhere. The prizes are awesome, the pool is free and easy to join and the only risk? You might actually win something! You can jump straight into the pool here -- it'll take you only a couple minutes to join. Or you can read more about the prizes and rules here. This pool is open to join and to adjust your rosters until next Wednesday, October 11th. After that there's nothing left to do but hope for the best and start into the trash talk... and I know you're all good at that! (*just drop me a comment or PM if you have any problems.)
from John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal,
Can a relaunched NHL suffer a sophomore jinx? Not likely, you'd think. Too much diversification in the portfolio, the on-ice possibilities too rich to be brought low by some off-ice hiccup or other. Certainly, Year 1 of the New NHL was such a smash success -- goal scoring up, attendance up, fighting majors cut nearly in half, shootouts a boffo artistic success (hey, there Marek Malik!), Stanley Cup final a seven-game thriller -- that even the industry grouches had little to mutter darkly about. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, on the other hand, was about as giddy as his Type A personality permits on the eve of the league's 89th regular season.continued
from Canadian Business Online,
American TV viewers have been tuning out since the mid-1990s. It can't be the product any more. Hockey is more exciting than ever, the broadcasts are of good quality and don't have annoying gimmicks such as the glowing blue puck, and there are some marquee young players in the league. Yet Americans still don't care. And that makes the business of professional hockey less certain than it should.read on... A blanket statement saying "Americans still don't care" is a kick to my stomach!
via the San Jose Sharks,
Starting November 2nd against the New York Rangers, you will be able to choose a jersey from the Sharks Store or at any of the Merchandise Stands throughout HP Pavilion, request a favorite player’s name and number, and your customized jersey will be delivered to your seats, or pick it up after the game.A great idea... do other NHL arenas offer a service like this?
from the Mercury News,
His first week on the job, the Sharks' new TV analyst is chatting with a fan as they walk from one rink to another at the team's practice facility. They exchange pleasantries, talking about the joys of watching young players compete for jobs at training camp. Then she takes a good-natured jab, welcoming him back to San Jose and wishing him well -- "even though my husband and I used to call you Marty Freakin' McSorley.''continued
from the Boston Globe,
So yesterday's announcement that the Bruins had officially bestowed the captaincy upon Chara (and that Bergeron and Murray would be assistant captains) came as no surprise to any puckhead, even those woozy from Zamboni exhaust. "Just the leadership, the presence, what he brings every night," coach Dave Lewis said. "I don't think it matters to him whether it's on the road or at home, he'll play the same way. He wants to play against a team's best players. He wants to contribute defensively, offensively, in all critical areas. "I think he's capable of doing all that. Leadership qualities, trainingwise, dedication, commitment -- all those things are important for an organization. It's nice to be able to have a guy you can look to who brings those elements."read on...and for the trivia and history buffs, Chara is the 3rd Slovakian born player to wear the "C"...
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Evgeni Nabokov has heard all the nice things that people are saying about his San Jose Sharks and wanted to inject a little bit of reality into the equation. "It's a good thing to hear, but as a player, you never do any prognoses yourself, you just take it a day at a time," said Nabokov. "People were saying the same thing about us last year and we didn't start really well. "There are so many good teams this season, it's tough. If you're not prepared for each game, it may bite you in the ass in the end." So there.continued
via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Now Ilya's in the marketing game, too. That'd be Ilya Kovalchuk — star goal-scorer with the Atlanta Thrashers hockey team, in case you still don't recognize the name. He's been recruited by AirTran to score marketing points with a series of billboards and radio spots. The campaign is timed to coincide with today's start of the NHL season for the Thrashers. AirTran did not disclose the value of its agreement with Kovalchuk. AirTran, the second-largest carrier in Atlanta, has signed up dozens of celebrity pitchmen over the years, including Falcons quarterback Vick and his backfield mate Dunn.
from the Hamilton Spectator,
A group believed to be linked to Balsillie paid the city $50,000 in June for a six-month extension of its exclusive rights to bring an NHL team to Copps Coliseum. "We are a heck of a lot closer to having an NHL team in Hamilton than we were yesterday," Ward 8 Hamilton Councillor Terry Whitehead, the city's point man for Copps Coliseum, said last night. Whether the Penguins come to Hamilton depends on two things, said Whitehead: the viability of keeping the team in Pittsburgh and Balsillie's true intentions. But The Globe and Mail quotes a source saying Balsillie will keep the team in Pittsburgh and has no intention of bringing it to Hamilton.My thoughts on this, let it play out, no need for Pens fans to panic. If they build a new arena in Pittsburgh, the Pens will stay in the Steel City.
Yesterday Detroit fans were in an uproar after reading this from the Detroit Free Press,
The Wings’ cap number is at $43.6 million, including $1,444,000 for Jiri Fischer. “I talked to the league a number of times and was given hope that Jiri Fischer would not count against the cap, but as it played itself out, there was nothing in the CBA to allow Fischer to be off the cap,” general manager Ken Holland said.I emailed Bill Daly, NHL Deputy Commissioner late last night asking him about this. His response was the Wings talked with the NHL about a potential cap "exemption" for Fisher due to his heart condition. Unfortunately, our CBA doesn't permit an "exemption" in those circumstances. However, Mr. Fisher is eligible for Long Term Injury status though, which would allow the Red Wings to apply for the ability to replace him in the lineup with a player or players up to the full amount of Mr. Fisher's salary. I wanted to get the other side of this story and appreciate Mr. Daly responding and clarifying this situation.
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