Kukla's Korner Hockey
Alexei Zhamnov broke his ankle in the 2nd period of today's Tampa Bay-Bruins game. Zhamnov has had some serious injuries the last few years, hope he can make it back from this one.
from the NY Times,
"And I really believe some of the bad habits you pick up by playing a year away, playing overseas, which I don't think helps the game. And then you get the expectations coming in. You get the contracts coming in, some of these guys that aren't used to the type of contracts that they signed. So you get some added pressure all over the place."more I have one question John, did players on other teams pick-up these same bad habits while playing in Europe, or was it just the Lightning players?
from Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports,
Lou Lamoriello is rightfully acknowledged as one of the most astute executives in hockey. Unfortunately, his stellar reputation is taking some serious broadside attacks this season as his New Jersey Devils continue to search for their identity in the brave new world that is the NHL's post-lockout landscape. ...While any and all options for this struggling team are certainly welcome, they will become even more attractive when, and if, Lamoriello can somehow regain the magic touch that defined his 10-year run as the game's premier executive.read on
The NHL slapped New York Islanders forward Eric Godard with a two-game suspension on Saturday. The suspension is in response to Godard's cheap shot on Carolina Hurricanes forward Justin Williams Friday night.read on
from the Vancouver Sun,
Okay, Canuck followers crying for the squad to find another goalie, who said this? "I look around at other teams and there's only a handful that have any stability in goal right now. It's not unique to us." And who said this? "Absolutely we need to explore other options in goal. But in today's game, where are we going to go with the cap? We can't do anything. We can't do anything right now because of the way the world is today in the NHL."more
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
This is the most tumultuous season in National Hockey League history, from the standpoint of change, but only the most hidebound of the hockey (in)cognoscenti think it's a bad thing. Despite some lingering problems, such as poor attendance in some cities, the NHL's owners and players can say they are in a much better place than they were in the last season when hockey was played.read on
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The conspiracy theorists were out in full force in the home of hockey yesterday. With Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jose Theodore banished to the bench for today's game against the Senators at the Bell Centre, speculation was rampant he'll be dealt. Not only has Theodore struggled with a 3.22 goals-against average and a .889 save percentage, but coach Claude Julien may have started a firestorm by announcing backup Cristobal Huet will play.continued
from the Globe and Mail,
It's a TV concept impossible to imagine happening anywhere but here: Hockey Day in Canada is CBC's annual celebration of homegrown hockey. It's the longest day of hockey of the year, and Canadian viewers wait for it. Once again, the Hockey Day in Canada telecast will include several insightful features focusing on the grand game. Among this year's lineup: Detroit Dads, in which reporter Elliotte Friedman tags along with the Detroit Red Wings on a road trip where the players brought along their fathers. And recent HNIC arrival Jim Hughson contributes The Drive Home, which explores the moments between a parent and child before or after a game. Another segment, titled Super Squirt, will profile an upcoming hockey prodigy in Roblin, Man., who is averaging 200 to 300 goals each season. The kid is nine years old.more note: Hockey fans can watch HDIC on Center Ice beginning at noon today or on CBC if you are lucky enough to get it.
photo from the Edmonton Journal What's this all about.... from the Edmonton Sun,
Gary Bettman will walk into Rexall Place this evening and not, as many anticipated, be carried in on a throne, like Cleopatra, behind grateful hockey fans laying him a path of rose petals. And we'll have to wait at least six years before we find out whether or not half the Grade One boys in Edmonton are named Gary. But make no mistake, this is a love-in. The NHL commissioner returned here yesterday like a victorious general touring the land he just liberated.more
from the Journal News,
"I'd like to win the division," Rangers coach Tom Renney said. "I know teams had games in hand on us, but we were at the top because we were playing well. Let's identify with being the best in our division and take it from there. If coming up short means we're in a playoff position where we believe we can surprise teams, we'll deal with that." Here are five factors that will ultimately determine the Rangers' fate:more
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