Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Greg Cote at the Miami Herald,
Why Luongo is across the continent in Vancouver today, in a strange jersey and facemask, is the latest in a long parade of decisions that together have left Florida among the league's most barren franchises. The national hockey spotlight last paid real respect and attention to this end of the peninsula in 1996, the year of rubber rats and Cinderella Cats, when a third-year franchise somehow reached the Stanley Cup Finals. Since then? A near flatline. The team has missed the playoffs altogether seven of the past eight seasons (except in 2000), and last won a playoff game on April 17, 1997 -- an extraordinary drought among the worst in all of pro sports.read on
from Al Strachan at the Toronto Sun,
A quick look at the coming season in the National Hockey league: Colorado Avalanche: This edition will establish another important milestone in NHL history -- the first great team to be decimated by the salary cap. Minnesota Wild: For the first time in franchise history, they're stacked with talent. But will they use that talent to score, or will they continue to be insomnia's worst enemy?read on...every NHL team mentioned...
from the Columbus Dispatch,
In a back corner of the Blue Jackets’ dressing room sits goaltender Fredrik Norrena, slumped into his locker and in no hurry to shed his heavy pads or sweatsoaked sweater. Norrena has waited a long time for these days. What’s the rush? "Playing in the NHL … it’s all I ever wanted to do," Norrena said. "It’s new territory, a new world. And that’s exciting to me. I’ve waited a long time for this. Now I just want to cherish it." Norrena will turn 33 next month, making him the NHL’s oldest rookie this season...continued
from the Vancouver Province,
He's been doing this as long as he can remember and while he knew he was going to miss it, he didn't bargain on how much he'd miss the sense of excitement shared by every NHL team this time of the season. "I've got this knot in my stomach because there's nothing to get up for," he says. So he sits and waits. At 63, he should probably be looking for a soft front-office job to begin his hockey dotage but he still finds the lure of coaching to be irresistible. He might get another chance. He might not. But whatever happens in the near future, it appears the game will have to quit him before he quits the game.continued
Bob McKenzie of TSN lists his top 10 rookies and who in the NHL is on the hot seat...
• Colorado's Wojtek Wolski. Polish-born and Canadian-trained, Wolski will get top-six forward minutes with the Avs. • Sean Avery. The Los Angeles Kings bad boy is, as GM Dean Lombardi puts it, on double-secret probation. This useful agitator needs to show respect for his teammates and the game.more
from the Grand Rapids Press,
They sit side-by-side in the Detroit Red Wings' dressing room, two friends who've made the climb to the NHL together. Jiri Hudler and Tomas Kopecky are enjoying the moment, but each knows life at the top can be tenuous. They're third and fourth, respectively, in career goals for the AHL affiliate Griffins, but it's a fresh slate now.continued
As Gary Bettman said yesterday, "Our fans tend to be extremely tech-savvy. They're availing themselves of this new digital world." I have banged this drum before and will continue to do so- Those that control the advertising budget for hockey placement need to begin considering the hockey blogs as an excellent and very cost efficient way of getting your word and branding effort out- after all, aren't you trying to reach the type of person that visits the blogs on a daily basis?. Doesn't it make sense to become involved with the blogging community! Sure, it may take a little more effort on your part, but someone needs to rise above the rest of the crowd and start to make it happen. You will be pleasantly surprised with the results.
We are getting hit with some major storms this morning so I may be shutting down until this weather clears.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
So too, meanwhile, has Maurice analyzed his roster and decided that vastly improved defence is a key to at the very least getting the Leafs back into the post-season. The symbol for Maurice's unbending intent has become veteran forward Jeff O'Neill, a skilled attacker who has found himself in the coach's doghouse. So in their "anniversary" season, with the MVP of that brilliant spring still AWOL and another member of the team, Kelly, being immortalized, the Leafs will try again to forge a championship season. Once more, as has been the case so many times over the past four decades, they will do so with a team that appears unlikely to complete the task.more
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