Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Leafs Have Offered Head Coach Position to… Someone

From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail,

Cliff Fletcher confirmed on Monday the Toronto Maple Leafs offered their head coach’s job to someone but did not identify him.

However, the only coach the Leafs spoke to recently was former San Jose Sharks head coach Ron Wilson. The Leafs recently asked for permission to talk to Wilson.

“We’re in negotiations,” Fletcher said before leaving an NHL GMs’ meeting to catch a plane.

He said they have spoken to only one coach about the job.

Update 4:48pm ET: Some thoughts on Fletcher’s future from Kevin McGran in the Toronto Star,

In an apparent about-face from what had been the Leafs stance since he replaced John Ferguson, it seems Fletcher is in the job for the long haul.

“Am I interested in keeping it? No, but I’m prepared to continue as long as necessary until they issues is resolved favourably for our board,” said Fletcher. “I’m committed to doing whatever I can to get the Maple Leafs going in the right direction and I’ll continue to do so.”

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ron+wilson

Zetterberg a Top Dog

From the CP via TSN,

Whether he gets recognized with the award or not, it’s been quite a ride. Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall first played with Zetterberg as a teenager in Sweden and never thought he’d see him blossom into the player he is now.

“Back then I didn’t think too much about it,” Kronwall said Monday before Game 5 of the Stanley Cup. “When I was 17 and he was 18, it was all about the Sedin twins. Hank was kind of the second-line winger on that team and didn’t get a lot of attention.”

There’s no question in Kronwall’s mind that Zetterberg is among the “top dogs” in Swedish hockey now.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: henrik+zetterberg, niklas+kronwall

Rumor:  Patrick Marleau to Columbus

From David Pollack at the ‘Working the Corners’ blog,

The drumbeat isn’t quieting down when it comes to those Patrick Marleau trade rumors.

In fact, the pace is picking up.

So let me add this to the mix: An NHL source — not connected with either team — advises that the Sharks and Columbus are indeed close to a deal. San Jose would send Marleau and another player (unspecified) to the Blue Jackets for their first-round draft pick — 6th overall in the NHL entry draft later this month — and right wing Nikolai Zherdev.

read on for Pollack’s analysis of the rumor

Filed in: NHL Teams, Columbus Blue Jackets, San Jose Sharks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nikolai+zherdev, patrick+marleau, trade+rumors

Who Wins Game 5?

Tonight’s a big night. The media is in a storm of activity, fans are excited (or terrified, depending on their affiliation) and the teams… well, it’s the calm before the storm, I suppose.

Most seem convinced that the Wings will take the series tonight, including Paul, Bill and Steve (I’m the lone holdout at KK believing Pittsburgh might still have some fight left).  But how about everyone else?

Do the Red Wings win it all tonight, or can the Penguins take it back to Pittsburgh for another shot on home ice?

 

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Tampa Signings

From the Tampa Bay Lightning,

The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed defenseman Alexandre Picard and signed defenseman Kevin Quick, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced. Picard, acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers on February 25, signed a multi-year, one-way deal, while Quick received a multi-year, two-way contract.

“Picard played very well for us following his acquisition last season and both ownership groups established re-signing him as a priority this off-season,” Feaster said.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: alexandre+picard, kevin+quick

A Dream Series Still Possible

From Terry Frei at ESPN,

In prime time, this could have been an effective infomercial for the NHL and the sport in the United States on NBC, from Game 3 and beyond.

It still can be—if the Penguins stop looking for conspiracy theories, cease being so paranoid about the officiating and can overcome what in some cases seems to be a curious lack of focus, as in Malkin’s case (in the series with the Cup on the line). Maybe, even if it ends Monday night, if the Penguins stop looking like a team that can’t yet handle the ultimate pressures, this still can go down as a great series. If they extend it, it truly can be…

A dream series.

more…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL Talk, NHL Business of Hockey, NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: media

Evolution of Chris Osgood

From Scott Burnside at ESPN,

“When you’re young, you tend to take things too personal, and it’s really not. You tend to exaggerate things,” Osgood told ESPN.com on the eve of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals, with Detroit holding a 3-1 series lead over Pittsburgh. “People write stuff, all people have different jobs when you’re in the finals and in the playoffs.

“You just have to have fun with it. I enjoy talking to the media more and talking to people, getting to know more people. Just have more fun with it because it’s not personal. Just everybody’s doing their job. It’s fun. ... It’s when I get on the ice, it’s just my time.”

The 35-year-old native of Peace River, Alberta, is not the same goaltender he was 10 years ago, when he helped Detroit win a Stanley Cup but carried a rather sizable chip on his shoulder. But who among us can claim to be the same person now as a decade ago?

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: chris+osgood

10 Things You Don’t Know About Sidney Crosby

From James Duthie at TSN,

So instead of repeating the ultra-obvious, the “he needs to have another great game tonight” stuff, I set out to discover 10 things you don’t know about Sidney Crosby.

No. 1: One of his nicknames in the dressing room is “Creature,” a nod to his freakish lower body. It is huge. Gigantic. Hugantic. His caboose would make J-Lo jealous. His thighs are bigger than my torso. All his pants have to be custom made. And the scary part is, his upper body is starting to catch up.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: sidney+crosby

Off-Season Education

The Columbus-Dispatch Blue Jackets beat reporter Aaron Portzline has been staying busy over the last month+ on his (and Tom Reed’s and Michael Arace’s) blog Puck-rakers, building up an excellent collection of off-season analyses of teams around the NHL.  The list so far includes the items linked below. 

A good resource for anyone who wants an overview of their favorite team, and a great resource to get a general understanding of what’s in store for teams you don’t get much exposure to.

 

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Afternoon Line

Nashville Predators’ captain Jason Arnott offers his thoughts in The Tennessean:

Is there any reason to believe Pittsburgh can come back from 3-1 down and win?

“I would never say never. It can be done. But the way Detroit is playing, it’s definitely an uphill battle — first the odds against coming back from 3-1, and then doing it against the Red Wings. But you never say never.’‘

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

« Previous       ‹ First  < 5213 5214 5215 5216 5217 >  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

 

Recommended Sportsbook
MyBookie.ag

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts