Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kelly has been executive director the National Hockey League Players Association for less than a year, but he already has formed some strong opinions on how the game should approach its business.
- There should be at least one more franchise in Canada
- Expansion – or relocation – to Europe makes sense
- Jim Balsillie should be an NHL owner
read on as Paul Kelly sits down with Daren Millard of Hockey Central.
From Mark Pargas at the NYT Slap Shot blog,
FSWest employed a host of new camera angles as part of an experiment to bring the arena experience to the home viewer. Well, I applaud the attempt, but I found the experience to be frustrating at times.
Cameras along the glass were able to better capture the players entering the neutral zone, but any play in the offensive zones appeared, well, like you were seated along the glass and far away from the action in front of the net. It was tough to see the defense set up or find an open man up ice because the angle of the cameras along the glass had a better view of the near corner rather than the entire offensive/defensive zone.
read on for more NHL odds & ends
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
Can a hangover last two years?
It certainly looks that way in Anaheim where the Ducks, one season removed from being Stanley Cup champions, have stumbled out of the gate with three consecutive losses.
But before you write off the once-mighty Ducks after a week of action, take a deep breath and relax. This team will rebound.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Does it make any sense to have your best player missing that much time, especially if he’s only taking a fourth-liner to the box with him? Coach Mike Keenan figured Iginla had no choice in the matter and hinted that he thought an instigating penalty was warranted against McCormick for starting the fight.
Iginla, for his part, said he didn’t go looking for fights; that they tended to come in spurts for him; and that it may be 30 games before he gets into another scrap. But he also suggested that he couldn’t really play his game without resorting to fighting at some point when provoked.
Press Release from the Columbus Blue Jackets:
The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Jared Boll on injured reserve (head/neck injury) and recalled forward Nikita Filatov from the Syracuse Crunch, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, General Manager Scott Howson announced today.
Boll, who has registered 11 penalty minutes in three games this season after tallying 5-5-10 and a team-high 226 penalty minutes in 75 games as a rookie in 2007-08, is expected to be sidelined seven to 10 days. Filatov has scored two goals with a +1 plus/minus rating in two games with the Crunch, scoring goals in each of the first two games of his pro career. He tallied 1-0-1 and added a shootout game-winner in two preseason games with the Blue Jackets this year.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
This is where the ghosts and the flesh and blood collide.
With the air around the Bell Centre thick with the history of a glorious past, the Montreal Canadiens prepared to kick off their 100th season with their first home game of the season Wednesday night.
No matter where players on the current roster turn, whether it’s to look at the two dozen Stanley Cup banners dangling from the Bell Centre rafters or the ring of honor or even in the stands where former players like Steve Shutt were on hand to watch their morning skate, the current roster is reminded of the significant burden of the past in this hockey-crazed province.
The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the return of NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman. The second season of the weekly, hour-long, live radio show will debut Thursday, October 16 at 4 p.m., ET, on NHL Home Ice (XM Channel 204 and Sirius Channel 208) and NHL.com. The show, co-hosted by former NHL player Bill Clement, will air every Thursday throughout the NHL season.
Whoopi Goldberg, the award-winning actress, moderator of ABC’s “The View” and a long-time NHL fan, will be the guest on Thursday’s season-debut show. She will join Commissioner Bettman in the NHL Radio/Sirius XM Radio studio located in the NHL Store Powered by Reebok store.
from Kevin Allen at Mucking and Grinding,
Although Phoenix’s second consecutive impressive rookie class will probably receive more attention this season, it is the presence of a noteworthy No. 1 line that probably means more for the team this season.
In the line of Peter Mueller, Olli Jokinen and Shane Doan, the Coyotes potentially have a line that could be among the NHL’s top 10 lines this season.
My guess is this line will net between 235-250 points this season if it sticks together.
From Lyle Richardson at FoxSports,
The season is only a week old, but already some teams have raised eyebrows with their poor performances after only three games.
After reaching the Eastern Conference finals last season, expectations were high for the Philadelphia Flyers. Instead, they’ve gone winless their first three games, including blowing a 2-1 lead to the Montreal Canadiens — who they eliminated from last spring’s playoffs — to lose 5-3.
The Tampa Bay Lightning generated excitement in the offseason with their roster overhaul and promises from their new ownership of a fresh start, but after going winless in their first three games — giving up an average of 40 shots per game — it appears little has changed since last season.
continued… with a look at a few other teams off to a bad start, and some reasons why
from Mark Hermann of On the Islanders Beat,
DiPietro said he felt good, having been the one in net when the Islanders did all their full-team drills at one end of the ice (Joey MacDonald worked on his own with a coach at the other end). Put it this way, if DiPietro does not play against the Lightning tomorrow night, he will play soon.
He added that he just couldn’t describe how anxious he has been to get in a game, and that the hardest part is balancing the knowledge that there is a lot of season left with his desire to get his season started. But he sees the reasoning in making sure that once he gets in there, he can stay in there.
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