Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

No Goalie Changes Planned For The Leafs

from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,

When asked yesterday if he was about to scrap his goalie plans – especially after their struggles in Thursday’s 8-5 loss to Boston – Leafs coach Ron Wilson simply shook his head.

“No, not at all,” Wilson said as the Leafs picked themselves up and prepared for another offensive onslaught in the form of the Penguins, whom they face tonight.

Certainly, the Leafs need more from their current goalie tandem, but subpar stats from the pair won’t hasten the arrival of Justin Pogge, who will be summoned from the Marlies for a serious look in the NHL.

Pogge’s showcase could happen anytime after Christmas or early in the new year, but the Leafs have mapped out his call-up and haven’t based it on the performances they’ve received so far from Toskala and Joseph.

For now, the Leafs appear married to their plan to give Pogge 60-plus starts for the Marlies.

read on

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

Keeping Fernandez Has Its Benefits

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

In the Bruins’ plan for 2008-09, one likely scenario was to have Manny Fernandez reclaim his game, then swap the free agent-to-be before the trade deadline, replacing the veteran with rookie Tuukka Rask to back up Tim Thomas.

But with the Bruins merrily steamrolling opponents and both goalies combining to form the stoutest puck-stopping tandem in the league, general manager Peter Chiarelli may find that trading Fernandez brings more harm than benefit.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: manny+fernandez

Selanne Suffers Leg Injury

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog,

Selanne suffered a laceration on his lower left thigh when a collision with Oilers defenseman Denis Grebeshkov resulted in Selanne getting twisted to the point that his right skate sliced his opposite leg.

“I knew right away that I got cut,” Selanne said before leaving the locker room with the aid of crutches. “It was scary how much blood was coming out. It was all over. You couldn’t even stop it.”

A doctor on scene halted the bleeding and stabilized Selanne’s leg but chose not to investigate the extent of the damage for fear of adding to it, Selanne said. The Ducks planned to take Selanne on a Friday night flight to Vancouver, and then send him to Anaheim on Saturday to undergo an MRI exam with their own medical personnel.

“The MRI is going to tell exactly if it’s surgery or not,” Selanne said. “It’s just bad luck, but it could be worse. There’s a bright side. That’s how I’m going to look at it.”

more

At first, the Ducks broadcast team did not know wear Selanne was cut, but about half way through the video, they realized it was his own skate that did the damage,  Just a freaky accident and watch below…

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: teemu+selanne

Lang A Big Positive For Canadiens

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

With 10 goals, Lang is the Canadiens’ leading goal-scorer heading into tonight’s game against Buffalo; with 24 points, he is tied for the team lead with Alex Kovalev and Andrei Markov.

He is a crafty, smart-skating, 906-game NHL veteran whose poise and experience are precious commodities both on the ice and in the dressing room, a terrific acquisition on many levels.

“(Some) people think he was a consolation prize (to Sundin), but we had started to talk about him a little bit last year,” head coach Guy Carbonneau said yesterday of Lang.

“We took some info from Denis Savard (Lang’s coach in Chicago last season), some people who’d had him, and everything was positive. He has a lot of respect and came in here with a really good attitude.”

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: robert+lang

Walkom Backs His Officials

from Lightning Strikes,

Stephen Walkom, the NHL’s director of officiating, said the ruling that Lightning goaltender Mike Smith deliberately threw his stick to disrupt Milan Hejduk’s shootout attempt on Thursday was the correct call.

“It was a very tough call. It was a gutsy call. It was a call that was made in an instant, and I support the call,” Walkom said.

Walkom said the referees did it right by conferring amongst themselves to try to get the call correct. As for perhaps in the future expanding video replay to include such situations, Walkom said no because, “Where does it stop. It’s a judgment call. You can watch this play 1,000 times, and the only thing you can say is the decision that was made you need to support.

continued

In case you didn’t not see the disputed call, you can see it here.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL Talk, NHL Officiating, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

All They Want For Xmas Are Points

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Feeling generous this time of year—Ho! Ho! Ho!, must be the egg nog and spiced rum—and hoping to just once be a little positive, we’d like Santa and his elves to whip up a batch of good luck and scoring touch for some NHL players.

For example, Anaheim’s Brendan Morrison has not been enjoying his start to life in Disneyland. Maybe it’s because he’s always been willing to chat with reporters throughout his career, but you can’t help but like to see Morrison do better than the four goals and four assists he’s garnered.

Look at Maxim Afinogenov in Buffalo, one goal in 28 games this season and only two in his last 43 contests. A guy with that kind of breakaway speed shouldn’t struggle like that.

Edmonton has a few players struggling, but the most surprising are Erik Cole (3-5-8) and Sam Gagner (2-5-7)

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Khabibulin Has Been Great

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Where would the Blackhawks be if another team had claimed Nikolai Khabibulin on waivers back in training camp?

They probably wouldn’t be 17-6-7 today and the talk of the NHL.

Khabibulin has been nothing short of sensational for the Hawks, and he was just that again Friday night in the 3-2 overtime win over the Flames. As he has done most of the year, Khabibulin kept the Hawks in the game long enough for the offense to do its thing.
Khabibulin has lost once in regulation, his record now at 10-1-4. Once.

As we walked out of the Saddledome Friday night into the unbearable Alberta cold, Chris Kuc of the Tribune mentioned how Khabibulin should be going to the All-Star Game, and he is absolutely right.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nikolai+khabibulin

Semin Has No Idea How Many Games He Will Miss

via On Frozen Blog,

In Saturday’s SovetskySport, an obviously frustrated Alexander Semin informs Dmitry Chesnokov of his latest injury—incurred non-accidentally at the stick of St. Louis’ David Backes Thursday night:

  “I have already been to the doctor. I think that maybe my nerve was hit. And now it is squeezed. I can hardly walk. I have no clue how many games I am going to miss. I felt bad this morning.  I feel worse than I did yesterday.  I am trying to [use] pain relievers . . . I am so tired of these injuries. Just [recently] one injury healed, my shot got better. Now here is another one. When is this all going to end?”

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

Who May Be Moved

from ESPN,

Our weekly “Faceoff” features ESPN.com NHL writers Scott Burnside (based in Atlanta) and Pierre LeBrun (based in Toronto), who duke it out over any given hockey topic. Let the games begin!

This week’s topic: Now that the Mats Sundin saga is over, who will be the next most-sought-after players before the March 4 trade deadline?

read on for names like Michael Nylander, Nikolai Khabibulin, Olaf Kolzig, Jay Bouwmeester, Ilya Kovalchuk, Marian Gaborik and Jason Spezza.

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Counting The Suspensions

from Andrew Farrell of Forbes,

As a kid, Donald Brashear wanted to be a boxer. He didn’t get his wish exactly, but he came pretty close.

Brashear is now a 36-year-old professional hockey player for the Washington Capitals. Officially, he’s a left winger, but he’s just as likely to be called an enforcer. He checks hard and punches harder.

Brashear’s stats reflect his pugnacious playing style. Through Dec. 19, Brashear has earned 2,487 penalty minutes in 957 career NHL games. He’s also on our list of the most suspended athletes in major U.S. team sports over the past dozen years. According to Stats Inc., the winger ranks eighth with six suspensions.

read on and other hockey players listed are Chris Pronger with 6, Andre Roy 6 & Scott Nichol 5.

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

« Previous       ‹ First  < 5007 5008 5009 5010 5011 >  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
MyBookie.ag

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts