Kukla's Korner Hockey
Just some FYI’s from the networks. First, from TSN,
TSN today unveiled its comprehensive 2007/08 NHL on TSN national broadcast package, which features 70 regular season games highlighted by increased coverage of the Canadian clubs, three all-Canadian match-ups, 38 games in High Definition, the weekly staple Wednesday Night Hockey, the addition of analyst Mike Milbury, the return of Molson That’s Hockey, extensive preview shows, five Toronto Maple Leafs regional broadcasts, and the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
And at Sportsnet:
Bill Clement, one of the most recognizable and respected voices in hockey, joins Rogers Sportsnet beginning Monday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m. (ET/MT/PT) on Hockeycentral Season Preview.
From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,
The NHL’s move to start its regular season in London, England is renewing debate about the viability of the league expanding to Europe.
Jim Kelley, a semi-regular host at the Fan590 in Toronto, correctly noted that “finding some schlep” in Europe to buy out owners of the sad-sack franchises in the American south – Florida, Atlanta, Nashville, Phoenix, to name a few – would save the NHL the enormous cost of contraction.
Problem is, there’s no evidence the league has plans to give up on the U.S. television market by contracting.
Blogging at NHL.com today, we prepare for London!
In a real coup, Simcoe.com had an opportunity to interview the Hockey Hall of Famer for this special, Internet-only story.
Born in Floral, Sask. in 1928, Howe spent most of his youth in Saskatoon, where he played hockey as often as he could, including at night.
“I built a net myself and put it on the street underneath the streetlight because we didn’t have an outside light at our house. And when it got dark, I was still shooting away. And you had to be accurate because you had to look for the dumb puck in the snow if you missed. Basically, I just had a love for the game,” Howe said from his home near Detroit.
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This was posted on 9/24/07, but the link wasn’t working. It appears to be fine now, so I have moved it up so all can read if they wish.
from the Courier Post,
With Mike Knuble, Scottie Upshall and Sami Kapanen holding down the Flyers’ top three right wing spots, Downie has emerged as a serious threat to win a job on the club’s opening night roster in Calgary in 10 days.
“We’re going to have to make that decision,” Flyers’ coach John Stevens said Monday night after watching the Flyers fall to the New Jersey Devils 3-1 in their preseason home opener at the Wachovia Center.
“He’s certainly a guy that’s making an impact on our team right now. He’s exceeded my expectations at this point. I just love the fire he plays with and he’s played with discipline every game he’s played. He’s been a wonderful surprise so far.”
“He wins a lot of puck battles,” Stevens said. “He has good vision with the puck and sees lanes a lot of kids his age don’t see. He’s got a combination of determination and skill you don’t see every day.”
Detroit Red Wings- Time to get your website up-to-date.
Searching for information on last night’s Wings/Bolts game, I was kind of shocked to see the lead story at the Wings website was, “Chelios bags overtime winner vs Pens”. An AP story from 4 days ago.
Thanks to the Tampa Bay site, I was able to get a complete rundown of the game last night.
Spector has a large update today, including talk Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff is seeking a contract worth $7M a year.
InDemand has Center Ice information up. Today is the first day it appeared online.
Free preview is September 29th - October 9th.
from Scott Morrison of CBC Sports,
Where is the common sense?
Simon shouldn’t have been anywhere near the ice against the Rangers for all the obvious reasons. And especially since the Rangers decided to dress Ryan Hollweg, the player Simon chopped down his with his stick back on March 8 to earn the supreme wrath of the league.
Can you say retribution?
But there they were together on the ice Monday night in Long Island and the mayhem was, well, as predictable and it was entirely avoidable. Hollweg and Simon sparred and jabbed with each other.
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
“If I can chip one in every once in a while, that’s great, but that’s not my role” said Eaton, who has 16 goals in 348 regular-season and 23 playoff games with Philadelphia, Nashville and the Penguins.
“There’s no mystery what my role is. I’ve got to be solid defensively, good in my own end, block shots.”
That, and not any offensive prowess, on the power play or otherwise, is why the Penguins signed him as a free agent in July 2006.
It’s what the Penguins got from him last season, just not enough of it.
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