Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The NHL came back moderately well in 2005-06, thanks to some pro-active rule changes and a new partnership between players and owners, but to come all the way back, it surely needs to see its major-market franchises resurrected. The Blackhawks have been such a laughing-stock (out of the playoffs in seven of the past eight seasons) that NBC, the national rights holder, won't go near their games. The Kings have been less dreadful, but they too failed to build on the cachet that Gretzky's presence created, becoming a niche sport in the Los Angeles market, to the extent that the L.A. Times, one of America's most influential newspapers, won't bother covering them on the road this seasonmore
Dave Lewis and Peter Chiarelli held a tele-conference today.
Q. Obviously upgraded up front with Savard and on defense with Chara. How do you feel about your goaltending? Some might wonder whether there's enough experience there with both Toivonen and Thomas? DAVE LEWIS: I feel really good about them. I think they complement each other. I was talking with Bob Essensa, the goaltender coach. He's high on both of them. They're very compatible. They work well together. They work hard. I think they're excited about having the team that's now going to be in front of them. The younger of the two is only going to get better. Timmy Thomas, he works hard day in and day out to prove he's a National Hockey League goaltender. PETER CHIARELLI: I feel the same way. Hannu has always been projected as a bona fide goaltender. He doesn't have the experience we would all feel a little more comfortable with. Nothing's changed in the projections. Tim is a battler who has faced a lot of adversity. He's come into his own. He can go back and pick three or four teams with goaltenders of limited experience that have done very well. I feel comfortable with that.
from the CP via TSN,
Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who assumed the role of Anaheim's No.1 goaltender for the NHL playoffs last spring, has re-signed with the Ducks for US$2.36 million over two years. The 26-year-old Russian will earn $1 million this season and $1,362,500 in 2007-08, a raise over the $465,000 he made last season.
Thought I would take a brief visit to StubHub and search for tickets for January 2nd. The game against the Ducks is also the Yzerman retirement ceremony. Individual tickets range from $875 to almost $1700 per ticket. These tickets might become the hottest tickets in years for any Detroit sporting event. I also see the Fox Theater is "dark" that day. Wonder if the Wings will use it as an overflow for fans wanting to watch. If not, I may have just given them an idea.
from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,
• Is time running out on a Brian Leetch return for his 19th NHL season? At least one league exec thinks so. “If Brian isn’t signed by now,” The Man says, “it’s not likely he will be signed. It depends on how badly he wants to play and whether Leetch will sign for $500,000.” • The Flames have a tough decision ahead; rebuild the 22-year-old Saddledome or start fresh with a brand new building. Club boss Ken King says that both options are being studied. Which reminds us, does anyone remember the Stampede Corral? And wasn’t that a dandy rink!more
from the Vancouver Sun,
If Jan Bulis intends to replace Anson Carter as a top-six forward on the Vancouver Canucks, he's starting in the right place: by moving into Carter's apartment. "The place is fully furnished and it's a beautiful area," Bulis said Tuesday after skating with some of his new mates at Burnaby 8-Rinks. "Since I only signed a one-year deal with Vancouver, there is no reason to buy now. All I had to bring was my own clothes and stuff. "My wife and son, 15 months, will be coming in a couple of weeks."more
from the NY Post,
Devils defenseman Richard Matvichuk admitted yesterday he won't be ready for next month's NHL season opener, and he may not be in the lineup before December. "You have to be logical and start with skating before [considering] playing hockey," Matvichuk said yesterday at Codey Arena, where some teammates have begun unofficial workouts. Matvichuk is not yet close to taking the ice. The Devils can be expected to place Matvichuk and his $1.3 million salary on the long-term-injury list, meaning the team can replace the portion of his salary represented by his absence against the salary cap.more (reg. req.)
If Brian Gionta is worried about not being signed in time for training camp, he's not acting like it. In fact, Gionta, a restricted free agent, was among 13 Devils who skated in an unofficial session Tuesday morning at South Mountain Arena. Players are due to report for physicals Sept. 14 and will be on the ice for their first official practice the next morning. "I'm confident something will get done," Gionta said. "That's why I'm here, doing my normal routine, getting ready for camp as usual."continued
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
"He's a world-class player. He played on a team as good as ours last year in February," said Sutter, referring to Taratukhin's inclusion on Russia's Olympic team. Sutter said the delay in announcing the signing was in the hopes the NHL would come to a new transfer agreement with the Russian hockey federation. "We waited hoping there would be an agreement but there wasn't and they kept stretching the deadline hoping to reach one between Russia and the NHL, so we made a decision to sign our player," Sutter said. Even if it may mean a legal fight down the road? "I don't really know. It doesn't really concern me," he replied.more
from the Tampa Bay Lightning,
Twelve-year NHL veteran Tim Taylor has been named the eighth captain in Tampa Bay Lightning history, it was announced by Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster. Additionally, the Lightning’s assistant captains will be Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards, Feaster announced. Lecavalier had served as an assistant captain the past three seasons, and Taylor wore the “A” the second half of last season following the departure of previous captain Dave Andreychuk.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 firstname.lastname@example.org