Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Decision Time Coming Up For Dominic Moore

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

As a waiver pickup last winter, Moore stands as one of John Ferguson’s better acquisitions during his time as Leaf GM. He’s making $900,000 (U.S.) on a one-year contract, certainly one of the cannier moves Cliff Fletcher made last summer.

Now it’s up to Burke. Trade Moore before the deadline with his value arguably at its peak? Sign him to a multi-year deal this summer? Let him walk as a 28-year-old free agent?...

Moore’s never had much relative financial security in the game, so maybe he’s thinking this is his chance to nail down a solid contract a great deal closer to the league’s $2 million average salary.

Then again, neither he nor his agent, Larry Kelly, has yet broached the matter with Burke.

Going to Harvard might make you smarter, but it doesn’t make you a soothsayer. As the Leafs try to figure what Moore is, he can only wonder where he’s headed.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: dominic+moore

Panthers Get Creative With Ticket Sales

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Give the Panthers’ marketing brass credit for one thing: They’re creative. Oh, and they have plenty of brass. So make that two things.

The latest out of One Panther Parkway comes a playoff guarantee.

Basically, the team is saying if you buy a four-game pack of tickets to this year’s playoff run and the team doesn’t make the postseason, you score four freebies next year.

Which you can probably parlay into tickets for 2010-11 if they don’t make the playoffs again next season. It could be the gift that keeps on giving!

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Florida Panthers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Canadiens A Mess

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

This is what the bottom of the barrel looks like.

The Canadiens lost Monday night, and they lost horrendously, surrendering two shorthanded goals while rolling over 6-2 against the Calgary Flames to begin a six-game road trip.

This is a team, head coach Guy Carbonneau almost need-lessly said, that needs to rediscover its passion. And more.

“A fear of losing is okay. It makes you play better. But a fear of playing is (not), and that’s where we are right now,” Carbonneau said, ashen-faced. “We’re afraid to play. Afraid to make mistakes, afraid to let down the other guy.”

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

How MacTavish Can Continue Coaching

from David Staples at the Cult of Hockey,

It would be an over-statement to say that Edmonton Oiler fans are divided over the future of Coach Craig MacTavish.

That’s not at all the case.

In recent months, a consensus has grown up among the vast majority of Oiler fans—even those most loyal to and believing in the Lowe/MacTavish regime—that the coach known as “MacT” to the fans and as “Mac” to the players is no longer doing an adequate job as coach of the Oilers.

Most fans would have had MacTavish fired by now. A minority of fans haven’t called for that, but they do need to see something in coming months to be convinced that MacTavish is the right man for next season.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: craig+mactavish

Some Rangers Should Join Avery In Hartford

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Sean Avery is on his way to Hart ford, where, The Post has learned, he will be assigned today by the Stars for an indeterminate period before going on re-entry waivers that all but assuredly will lead back to Broadway.

After last night’s display in the 3-0 loss in New Jersey that extended the losing streak to five games (0-4-1) in which they have been outscored 21-5, not only can’t Avery’s return come soon enough, but a handful of Rangers on the current roster should feel fortunate not to be making the reverse commute to Hartford, themselves.

continued

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

Mikko Tekee Kohta Maalin

from Chris Snow at MinnesotaWild.com,

If you did not see them yesterday at Xcel Energy Center, perhaps you heard them, 30 Finns seated at bar rails on the Club level, in uniform (autographed red No. 9 Koivu jerseys) and in unison.

They chanted: “Mikko tekee kohta maalin, Mikko tekee kohta maalin. Eika kukaan sille mitaan voi! Ei voi!”

In English: “Mikko is going to score, Mikko is going to score. And no one can stop him! No one!”

Turns out they were right.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mikko+koivu

Tim Thomas Not Your Average Goaltender

from Bill Khan of the Flint Journal,

A journeyman of the minors and European pro leagues wasn’t supposed to get his big NHL break at the age of 31, much less keep a starting job for four seasons.

Now, throw in two trips to the All-Star Game, plus the fact he’s among the league’s statistical leaders and the backbone of the team with the best record in the NHL.

Who’s going to believe this stuff anyway? Hollywood would dismiss the script as too unrealistic.

So, to suggest that Thomas’ days as an elite NHL goalie might but short-and-sweet because he’ll be 35 years old come playoff time ... well, don’t suggest it.

“How much longer I’ll keep playing and how long can I keep playing at such a high level, that answer remains to be seen,” Thomas said Monday during a conference call with NHL media members.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: tim+thomas

Best Of The Week

5 1/2 minutes of the best saves, hits and goals from the last week in the NHL.

Filed in: NHL Teams, NHL Media, NHL Video, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Mike Smith Suffering Post-Concussion Syndrome

TAMPA BAY – Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Mike Smith is suffering from post-concussion syndrome but is expected to return to the ice within the next week. The original injury dates back several weeks, although Smith started to be concerned about symptoms after the team’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 30.

“We were hopeful that Mike’s symptoms would clear sooner and they haven’t, so were taking a conservative approach with him making sure he is 100 percent before he returns to the ice,” Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton said. “Although Mike would prefer to be skating and playing right now the appropriate course of action is to err on the safe side.”

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mike+smith

The Wide Open West

from Chris Johnston of the CP via Yahoo,

There may never have been more believers in the NHL’s Western Conference. At least not in February.

Even though the season is nearly two-thirds done, every team in the West still thinks it has a chance to play into the spring. Emotions across the conference have been subject to a yo-yo effect as bubble team after bubble team shoots up the standings while on a hot streak, only to fall back when things cool off.

The one constant has been a tight grouping of teams in the bottom half.

“You look at the standings and nobody’s really dropping away from it,” Columbus Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said Monday. “The three or four teams that looked like they were leaking oil maybe two weeks ago have tightened up.

“You come to the realization that you’re playing 82 playoff games just to get in to the playoffs.”

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

« Previous       ‹ First  < 5105 5106 5107 5108 5109 >  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

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts