Kukla's Korner Hockey
via the Minnesota Wild,
SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild announced today that 96% of its season ticket holders have renewed their seats for the 2007-08 NHL season. In addition the team announced today that all 66 annual suites are sold-out for the 2007-08 season.
Easton Hockey recently gave us a lesson on how to buy a hockey stick. I figured since plenty of readers probably have their own plans to hit the ice this winter, I’d pass on their advice. These tips should help you choose what can be a pricey - and important - piece of equipment.
Choosing the right hockey stick can be a daunting task these days. There are more manufacturers offering more models, armed with all sorts of technologies aimed at supporting your game. The following are some key elements to consider when making your choice, regardless of brand or price tag.
A busy summer of signings and trades has passed and it’s time for teams to get back onto the ice and see what the harvest has yielded.
The NHL pre-season opens today with the Kings and Ducks facing off in exhibition action, and TSN.ca starts its coverage with the 2007-08 season preview.
Follow the links through the divisions for team-by-team breakdowns, complete with fantasy analysis to help you get ready for your draft.
from Tapeleg at Jerseys and Hockey Love,
Why is it that every time you see a new jersey in the RBK EDGE style, it looks like it is apologizing? It’s like it wants to say, “Hey, sorry about this, but it isn’t my fault. I’m just designed this way.”
read on for his review of the Avs new sweater…
from the Patriot Ledger,
‘‘It’s only one year we’ve been together,’’ said veteran winger Glen Murray, Boston’s oldest player (35 on Nov. 1) and, like Bergeron, an assistant to second-year captain Zdeno Chara. ‘‘You can’t blow it up right away. Let’s try it again, get this team together - add a couple things here and there, and see what we can do.’’
That’s about what Chiarelli did. The GM traded prospect Petr Kalus to Minnesota for Manny Fernandez to fortify Boston in goal, shipped underperforming winger Shean Donovan to Ottawa for under-heralded winger Peter Schaefer, and added toughness by signing free agent forward Shawn Thornton away from the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks.
‘‘I like the moves Peter made,’’ said center Marc Savard, No. 1 on Boston’s chart last season in assists (74, third in the NHL) and points (96, tied for eighth). ‘‘They were subtle, but we have ‘name’ players here already. He picked up a good goalie and a couple good forwards, and I’m excited about that.’’
from the Miami Herald,
Summer ends today.
‘‘Playing hockey is what we love to do,’’ defenseman Jay Bouwmeester said. ``I’m glad to be back. It’s September, and I’ve had about enough of the golf course. I think we all have. It’s time to get back to work.’‘
more on the Panthers…
from the Ottawa Sun,
Goalie Martin Gerber has worn a black mask void of any Senators logos when he’s skated with teammates at the Bell Sensplex.
Anything significant there?...
So, as some have suggested, is the blank mask a silent statement of Gerber’s desire for a trade, like the plain white one Martin Biron wore in Buffalo last year (he was finally moved at the trade deadline)?
“That’s B.S.,” said Gerber, who has been getting ready for Ottawa’s training camp, which begins today….
“My personal goal is to get back in net, get as much ice time as possible, as quick as possible. I’m here and ready to go. At the end of the season I said (to Murray), ‘I need to play.’ I want to play. It doesn’t matter where it is at this point. I have to be playing to get my career going again.’ Those were the words we had.”
from the Vancouver Province,
Can the Vancouver Canucks, coming back with nearly the same team, extract enough scoring from an offence that finished 21st in the NHL last year to make a run at a championship?
“We’re going to hear about it until we go out and do something about it, there’s no question,” forward Brendan Morrison said.
“I don’t see it being a huge issue, but obviously it becomes a huge issue if things don’t change.”
from the Calgary Sun,
“I’m anticipating having a hungry group, and that means getting better every day, to challenge yourself as a professional every day,” Keenan replied when asked what kind of atmosphere he likes to create during training camp.
“Part of the mix is the distribution of ice time—who wants the ice time and who’s earning it. And who’s going to go after it game-in and game-out and prepare themselves to play a real intense level and continue to play that way the entire season while getting better as a group, as a team and as individuals?”
from the Toronto Sun,
As Blake, Toskala and the controversial Mark Bell join their teammates for medicals today, an optimistic Ferguson, much like second-year head coach Paul Maurice, have set lofty goals for a franchise that has missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons.
“I do not view this season in any way other than with confidence that we will make the playoffs and challenge for a Stanley Cup,” Ferguson said last night. “We have improved ourselves up front and in goal.
“There is a great deal of opportunity for all of us here.”
An enthusiastic Blake, for one, echoes those sentiments.
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