Kukla's Korner Hockey
Ice hockey is a fairly straight-forward sport. Think of it as football – except on ice, with big sticks and a smaller ball (the puck).
The aim is to score more goals than your opponent into a net, guarded by (funnily enough) a net-minder or goal-tender.
The rest of the team is comprised of five players, who play in a number of positions, similar to those on a football pitch. Two defensemen generally remain at the back of the five and are larger and more heavily-built than their team-mates. A centre is usually positioned in the middle of the rink and is the playmaker of the team, usually showing good all-round skills but particularly excellent vision and a solid and reliable pass.
continued... it sounds so easy!
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
In a perfect world, fans across the sporting world would be lining up at the NHL’s door. They would be saying, let us in, give us tickets, tell us where to watch you on television, where to buy your jerseys and pennants….
This multitude of fans would say, as they clutched their rubber pucks to their hearts, we’re tired of star athletes who mutilate dogs or keep guns or beat up their girlfriends or who are shot at or who shoot at others.
In a perfect world, the NHL would become the people’s choice, not just because of the game itself, but also because of the atmosphere surrounding the game and its environs, environs that have, for the most part, remained immune to the kinds of cripplingly bad press we’ve seen other leagues and sports endure this summer.
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
NHL.com recently sat down with Jeremy Jacobs, newly elected chairman of the NHL’s Board of Governors, for insight into his new role, his team and the future of hockey….
NHL.com—What do you see as your role as chairman?
Jacobs—Good stewardship, that’s the role I see for myself. The NHL is on a sound footing and at this point, the NHL needs, perhaps, some tweaking here and there, but it’s in good shape overall. This game is very much under Gary’s direction and my role is to help him and support him and be a tireless advocate for the sport and its owners.
via the Ottawa Senators,
Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today the club has re-signed centre Chris Kelly to a one-year deal.
Kelly returns to the Senators for his third full season in the NHL. He recorded his best season in 2006-07, scoring 15 goals and adding 23 assists for 38 points in 82 games. The Toronto native also had seven points (three goals and four assists) while playing in all 20 post-season games.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
The Sabres also could have established the market price for their own players rather than have the league do it for them. How? You get Drury and Briere signed in the $5 million range, acceptable for both players. You reference their contracts while aggressively pursuing Vanek long before he hits the market. It would have been the Sabres’ contribution to cost certainty.
At the very least, Buffalo would have had options before getting Vanek’s seven- year contract worth $50 million forced halfway down their esophagus. Who would have blamed them, with Drury and Briere locked up, for walking away and taking four first-round picks from Edmonton? Certainly not me.
For a team quick to blame others for jacking up salaries, the Sabres did a pretty good job themselves.
from the Calgary Herald,
Jamie McLennan figures he has it coming to him.
For six different National Hockey League clubs over 10 seasons, the prankster puckblocker wasn’t above poking a little fun at the Europeans with whom he shared a dressing room. Now that the former Flame has signed with defending Russian Super League champions Metallurg Magnitogorsk, an outfit featuring not a single other North American player, the skate is on the other foot.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Few fans feel Ryder will be with the Canadiens after the current season, and there are many who have already jumped on the Trade Ryder bandwagon.
I share the belief that Ryder’s days in Montreal are numbered. When he agreed to a one-year contract during the weekend, Ryder put himself in a position to become an unrestricted free agent next July. And his salary - a relative bargain at $2.95 million U.S. - means Ryder might be an attractive pickup for a team looking for a sniper at the trading deadline.
Both sides probably would have preferred a multi-year contract, but they couldn’t agree on a dollar figure. I think Ryder might have been awarded more if he had gone through arbitration, because $2.95 million is a bit below market value for a 30-goal scorer.
from the Vancouver Province,
Turn out the lights. The NBC-NHL party is just about over. The U.S. TV network has one year plus an option left on its deal with the hockey league and with numbers sinking faster than the Lusitania the rats are already jumping ship.
The NHL on NBC now makes “Joanie Loves Chachi” look like an Einstein-like programming decision.
In response, the network has now cancelled its studio show and has reduced three games on Saturday to just one on Sunday.
Gone are Brett Hull, Bill Clement and Ray Ferraro.
“Of course I was disappointed,” says Ferraro. “Three minutes into the call and you know you’ve got to start earning a living some place else.”
read on & some HNIC news too…
from the StarPhoenix,
Windsor has become a summer hotspot for some in the hockey business.
From Europe, the United States and Canada, Bob Allen welcomes a new group of students each week to his Maximum Edge shop to get the ins and outs on skates.
“A lot of people don’t realize what goes into skate sharpening, from moms and dads to professionals,” said Washington Capitals head equipment manager Brock Myles. “I always want to improve myself and know different techniques and different systems.”
from the Arizona Republic,
Discussions are continuing between the Coyotes and restricted free agent defenseman Keith Ballard, whom General Manager Don Maloney calls “a priority player right now.”
Maloney said the talks are not antagonistic, and that one of the snags is the length of the contract, but that the financial terms are still being hammered out.
“I would say we’re in the preliminary stages of getting a feel of where we each want to go with this thing,” Maloney said. “I like Keith. He’s going to be an important part of our team, but like anything else, we have to make a deal that makes sense to us….”
continued... including the Yotes are about $5 million below the salary cap floor…
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