Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
For the love of God, for pity’s sake, somebody shoot this team.
Put it down, out if its misery.
And if Mats Sundin isn’t saying today, where do I sign, or un-sign, then he’s a sadomasochist, perhaps a fool.
What the captain did say last night, after taking nearly an hour to emerge from the inner sanctum of the dressing room, was: “Everybody that wore the sweater tonight should be ashamed of the way we played. The effort we put out in front of our home fans was embarrassing.”
from the Tennessean,
Bettman said he believes the new local ownership group can help the Predators get out of the red, even if the cap rises next season.
“I’m hoping and expecting, and I’m optimistic, that increased attendance, increased sponsorship involvement, increased business—that can be done with the enthusiastic support of the community—will also be a factor in bridging that gap,” Bettman said.
The spending money will have to come in part from increased fan and corporate support, since Nashville doesn’t get the big radio and television contracts some other NHL markets enjoy….
“If you think back to five years ago, there were teams with $20 million payrolls and $80 million payrolls,” Bettman said. “We believe the range we have is one that enables all teams to be competitive.
“If you look at the playoff races, if you look at our standings, I don’t think there’s a league with this kind of competitive balance. Every game throughout the season matters.”
On the plus side for small-market teams, the NHL’s revenue-sharing money increases as the league’s overall revenues rise.
Pharmaceutical billionaire Daryl Katz’s offer to buy the Edmonton Oilers has been accepted.
The Katz camp has received letters of intent to sell from every member of the Edmonton Investors Group (EIG). This means, pending league and financial approval in the months to come, Katz for all intents and purposes will be the new owner of the franchise, however it may take up to two months for the NHL to grants it’s approval. Katz will hold a conference call on Wednesday to discuss the impending sale.
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,
And so, the prodigal will return, starting with Thursday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Tocchet, like Gretzky, is an NHL lifer, which suggests that his two years away from the game must have been difficult for him.
“It killed him,” agreed Gretzky. “You go through various stages — being disappointed, being embarrassed. But for him, now, his mom and dad are older people and they’ve been through a lot. It was tough on everybody — for him and his family, but you know what? He’s come through it. He’s grateful to the league for giving him a second chance. He’s grateful for how the league handled the investigation. There’s no animosity. He’s just looking to move forward.”
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
Maybe Peter Forsberg will wind up in Philly or Denver or wherever; but a close friend of PF’s tells us that he wants to close his career on Broadway. Which prompts the question: would Glen Sather want PF? …
It says here that, yes, Jaromir Jagr will be a Ranger next season. …
Wouldn’t it be hilarious if – after the endless crying in the Toronto media – the Leafs made the playoffs! …
more NHL bits…
from Craig Simpson at CBC,
Football’s Holy Grail is a silver football sitting on an elongated pedestal. That’s it. Nothing else. At 23 inches tall, it is often dwarfed by the behemoths of men who hold it in one hand like a stick over their heads in victory.
Somehow, this slight of a symbol doesn’t fit all the grandiose of the game it represents. The impact of the trophy pales in comparison to the effort it takes to achieve the accomplishment.
The Stanley Cup on the other hand, is larger than life, is a worshiped institution and in my opinion, is the greatest trophy in all of sports.
Alexander Ovechkin talks with Puck-rakers,
Q: What are your memories of Sergei Fedorov?
“He was one of our idols growing up. The Russian Five, the Detroit Red Wings win the Cup. He was one of the best players in the league and one of the best players in Russia.”
Q: When you think of the Columbus Blue Jackets, what comes to mind?
A: “Zherdev, (Rick) Nash and Fedorov.”
via the LA Kings,
The Los Angeles Kings have activated forward Michael Cammalleri from the injured reserve list, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Cammalleri, 25, has missed the last 17 Kings games due to a rib injury. He has played in 36 games this season and has 29 points (15-14=29). His 15 goals rank third on the team, 29 points rank fifth and nine power play goals rank second (tied with Anze Kopitar).
from the CP,
Wayne Gretzky was breaking the hearts of Maple Leafs fans at the same he was inspiring one of the team’s future players.
The Great One was the star of a memorable seven-game series in 1993 as the Los Angeles Kings got past Toronto and advanced to the Stanley Cup.
It was a time when interest in the game was growing in California and Robbie Earl was just getting started in organized hockey near Los Angeles.
Earl was raised by grandparents who had previously lived in Toronto and exposed him to hockey at a young age. But Gretzky’s presence also played a part in developing his interest.
From Scott Morrison at CBC,
And missing the playoffs this year will hurt worse than any other season.
That is because, of course, the Oilers are not in possession of their first-round draft pick this spring. In fact, they surrendered their first three picks in the summer to the Anaheim Ducks as compensation when they signed restricted free-agent Dustin Penner, which was ultimately a reaction to Nylander changing his mind and signing with the Washington Capitals, missing out on other free agents as a result, and then watching the Buffalo Sabres match an offer sheet given to winger Thomas Vanek.
It is called dominoes, Oilers style.
more of a look at what direction the Oilers might take now
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 firstname.lastname@example.org