Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Back To Reality

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

...But that party’s over.

There will still be glorious hockey celebrations – imagine Canada winning two gold medals at next year’s Vancouver Winter Games – but no more spectacular bashes that suggest the revenue streams are as endless as the water that flows here from the Great Lakes.

“We are having a good season,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told a news conference here on Saturday.

“It’s a wonder no one threw a shoe at him,” a francophone reporter muttered.


Filed in: NHL Teams, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Time For Rangers To Get Serious

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Despite the uncontestable—it’s all there in the arithmetic—the fact that this 2008-09 Blueshirts edition is NOTICEABLY better in points and stands twelve wins over .500, scores of Doubting Thomases—coach Tom Renney excluded—abound.

The Thomases and Nervous Nellies worry about scoring; they fret over the power play and the absence of a MONSTER (Chris Pronger) defenseman. They suffer migraines over Nik Zherdev, wondering if he’ll ever do a reasonable facsimile of Allie Ovechkin.

No problem. Concern is the norm in a playoff race featuring the challenging likes of Washington, Boston, Pittsburgh and New Jersey, to name a few that fail the Pushover Test.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink

You Can’t Have It Both Ways

from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,

Let me get this straight, the league office endorses NHL teams hiding injuries from the media and fans or disclosing them as very vague “upper body” or “lower body” – but its not OK for a player to have one of these slight or near-phantom injuries keep him from attending the corporate elbow-rubbing autograph session known as All-Star Weekend.

Hmmmm. That’s curious.

Does the “H” in NHL stand for hypocrisy?


Filed in: NHL Teams, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink

NHL & Network TV Talk

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

The free lunch for NBC is over. That’s the message the NHL will give to the network when it begins negotiating a new national television contract to replace the one that expires after this season.

Since the lockout, the league has had a deal with NBC that essentially gave the network its NHL property for free. In a deal similar to the one that the Arena Football League had, NBC doesn’t pay the NHL any money, but guarantees that it will cover production costs. Any money made by the broadcasts first goes to covering those costs and if any profits are left over after that, 80 percent go to the league and 20 percent go to NBC.

But that arrangement for NBC is about to end, according to those who are familiar with the league’s television contract. With paying customers in the form of TSN and CBC in Canada and Versus in the United States, the league feels it has the leverage to begin charging a national broadcaster for its product.

continued plus other hockey notes…

Filed in: NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Watching CBC

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Plenty of ideas were offered on how to improve the all-star format.

Reporter Scott Oake passed on a proposal by San Jose Sharks centre Joe Thornton, who suggested giving the players a cash incentive. Members of the winning team would not be required to pay into the National Hockey League Players’ Association escrow account.

“Then you’d see a game to rival any of the 82,” Oake said.

Don Cherry had his own ideas. Give NHL players the responsibility of selecting the all-stars rather than fans. That four Montreal Canadiens filled six of the Eastern Conference starting spots was hardly a realistic representation of the NHL’s best, he said.

more on the CBC coverage of the weekend in Montreal…

Filed in: NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, CBC HNIC, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: all-star+game

The ASG Is Not Going Away But Changes Needed

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The All-Star weekend isn’t going away, though, as much as some reporters might grumble about having to cover things such as the trick shooting event. It’s an important date on the NHL calendar when it comes to corporate schmoozing. And if you’d seen the way the city of Montreal embraced the event—the Bell Centre was packed to watch practice, along with the rest of the events—even the skeptics among us would’ve had to say there’s still a place for it.

But if the All-Star Game is to have its place, the league must deal with problem areas, and chief among them is the players and how they end up there.

If fans want to vote like crazy for their hometown heroes, as they did in Montreal by selecting Carey Price, Mike Komisarek, Alexei Kovalev and Andrei Markov to the starting lineup for Sunday’s game, fair enough.

But let’s stop rewarding the undeserving when the rest of the rosters are filled out.


added 9:46pm, from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

Those of us who grew up watching hockey couldn’t have thought anything less of Gary Bettman than we already did before this past weekend.

But it was remarkable, nonetheless, to see the NHL commissioner turtle on the topic of fighting, give a Canadian player a pass for skipping the all-star game and then turn around and give paying customers a slap in the face by suspending Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk for not taking part in Sunday’s glorified afternoon skate?


added 10:24pm, from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

In future, before anyone bitches, moans and characterizes the All-Star Game as a Mel Brooks-caliber farce and near-total waste of perfectly good eyesight, they ought to attend one in a real hockey city like the home of the Habs.


Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: all-star+game

The Ideal Brian Burke Team

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

“When I talk about having a hard-nosed team, I want to make it clear that I love skill, first and foremost,” he said. “If you look at the teams I had in Vancouver, we had a ton of skill and a lot of hard-hat guys.

“I draw a line right through the top six [forwards] and bottom six. The bottom six guys have to bring a pick and a shovel to work. They have to do the penalty killing, block the shots, they have to win the fights and deliver the bodychecks. The top six have to put the points up on the scoreboard.

“We have a lot of work to do. There are a bunch of holes on this team. The one motto I have with my players is: no complaints, no excuses. I’m not going to complain.

“I don’t have this and I don’t have that. We’ll get things fixed here, but it will take some time.”

more on the Leafs…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Your Thoughts On The ASG

It’s over and soon we will be back to regular season hockey.

The city of Montreal deserves high-fives all around for being such a great host city. 

Now, the games get serious again and the race for the 2nd season is about to begin.

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: all-star+game

Time To Put An End To The ASG

from Tom Gulitti at NorthJersey.com,

The time has come to scrap the entire weekend.

If the lure of Montreal and the history of the Canadiens isn’t enough to save the event, nothing else will.

There will be no All-Star game next year anyway because it is an Olympic year. Why bother coming back in 2011?

The All-Star game already has been supplanted by the Winter Classic outdoor game as the centerpiece event of the NHL’s regular season. The league can build the outdoor game into an even bigger event and use it to showcase the sponsorship deals that usually are highlighted on All-Star weekend.


Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: all-star+game

It Is All About Ovechkin

In case you missed it last night, Elliotte Friedman of CBC did a great job with an ‘Inside Hockey’ segment on Alexander Ovechkin.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

« Previous       ‹ First  < 4959 4960 4961 4962 4963 >  Last ›      Next »

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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com


Recommended Sportsbook


Most Recent Blog Posts