Kukla's Korner Hockey
from the Globe and Mail: Strachan's "bigger net" theory has been shelved:
"No, it wasn't a big concern at all in our meetings," Brodeur said. "People like to make a big deal about it because the bigger nets are being used [in rookie tournaments]. But it's not even close to coming up. Maybe in five years, if we see a dip in goal scoring like we did before the lockout. "But the only reason we see them being used is to test how big a difference the bigger nets make. Personally, I can't see it happening for a long time -- if it happens at all."The shootout rules are changing:
With the curvature of sticks being increased to three-quarters of an inch from half an inch, referees will no longer measure sticks before the shootout. But an opposing team can still request a measurement. If the player's curve is deemed illegal, the shooter would forfeit a chance for his team, but if the stick is legal, then the team that requested the measurement would surrender one of its shootout chances.continued
I feel like I was watching a secret tape when viewing the Sabres new logo at center ice.
from Rich Libero at NHL.com (note- Rich Libero is NHL.com's Vice President of Editorial and Production),
Driving in on the New Jersey Turnpike this morning I couldn't help but notice that the cloudless blue skies and bright sunshine were identical to the conditions five years ago on that fateful September 11. As you head off Exit 14 toward the "Bayonne Extension" that takes you to the Holland Tunnel, the lower portion of Manhattan unfurls before you. For tourists visiting New York City for the first time, the panorama gives folks from smaller towns a hint of the sheer size and scale of Manhattan as they travel in from Newark Airport. With those two Twin Towers missing like Bobby Clarke's old gap-toothed grin, the skyline appears to still be aching from the destruction of our famous buildings. There's no doubt the pain lingers for New Yorkers, Americans and the folks here at the National Hockey League.continued
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Flyers have agreed to a five-year deal worth $5.25 million US a season.update 6:33pm, Philadelphia Inquirer story...
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
One year into the new economic order of the NHL and it's the league that owes money to the NHL Players' Association, not the other way around, as was initially expected. Sources tell TSN the league did not spend 54 per cent of hockey-related revenue (HRR) in the first year of the new collective bargaining agreement and must now make up the difference to the NHLPA, as per the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement. While the final calculations have not yet been done, sources suggest the amount could be in the $35 million to $40 million range, although the precise amount will depend upon the final calculation for HRR for the first year.more
from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,
• The Penguins’ fate -- stay in Pitt or leave? -- should be a talking point when owners meet on Thursday. Two key questions: 1. Who’ll be the new owner? 2. What effect will the city’s new 26-year-old mayor, Luke Ravenstahl, have on the franchise? • Al Ovechkin’s rejection of Washington’s captaincy on the grounds of his English "not being good enough" is amusing. Even as a rookie, The Rapid Russian was amazingly glib. He’s even better now but we respect his desire to get another year or two of conversation under his belt before turning vocal leader. Maybe his decision is based on the fact that he just had his wisdom teeth taken out!more
from the Detroit News,
Hasek joined many of his Wings' teammates for a pre-training camp workout. Hasek, who is back for a third stint with the Wings, said he was a little surprised at the summer's turn of events. "I was sort of shocked. But nicely shocked, very nicely shocked," Hasek said. Hasek said he is injury free now. "I don't feel any problems on or off the ice," Hasek said. "I hope it's going to stay like that the whole year."
from the Sports Ticker via TSN,
The Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes will be without one of their best offensive players when they begin defense of their title next month. The Hurricanes announced Monday that defenseman Frantisek Kaberle underwent shoulder surgery and will be sidelined at least four months.from the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that defenseman Frantisek Kaberle underwent surgery this morning on his shoulder. Dr. Anthony A. Romeo performed the surgery at Rush Medical Center in Chicago, and Kaberle is expected to need four to six months to recover from the procedure.
from the Globe and Mail, via Paul's entry from Sept. 8 about player movement:
The NHL's competition committee, which is primarily responsible for the state of the game, met over the summer, but apart from a handful of minor rule changes, decided against another radical makeover of the game. Players will still be penalized for shooting the puck in the stands. Goaltenders will still be prevented from handling the puck in the corners, behind the goal line. The tag-up rule remains on the books, and so does the three-man shootout. Pending approval from the board of governors next week, the only change will be to curve of a player's stick-blade. Instead of a one-half-inch curve, the standard since the 1970-71 season, players will be permitted a three-quarters-inch curve, which may make the illegal stick a thing of the past.Refs won't carry measure sticks before shootouts, either:
[T]he league will no longer measure sticks as part of its shootout protocol and instead leave that to the discretion of the coaches, who can now call for a stick measurement in the shootout if they feel someone is cheating, just like they can in regulation time and overtime. Forfeiting shootout shots and paying of fines will be the repercussions for successful and/or unsuccessful stick measurement calls in the shootout.Ilya Kovalchuk's stick is still illegal. (pic courtesy of TSN)
from the CP via Yahoo,
Alexander Ovechkin gave EA Sports' new NHL video game a thumbs-up Monday. "I tried it 10 minutes ago. Scored two goals," the Washington Capitals star forward told reporters. Of course, Ovechkin is on the cover of the game so his support is hardly a surprise. But gamers will probably also get a kick out of the next-generation version of NHL 07, which hits stores Tuesday.continued
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 email@example.com