Kukla's Korner Hockey
Last Sunday, the 16 teams and the four brackets for the NCAA Tournament were announced. Those six conference tournament champions and 10 at-large teams now head to regional play in Albany, Worcester, Grand Forks, and Green Bay this weekend. One team will emerge from each regional, and advance to the 59th Frozen Four in Milwaukee April 6th and 8th.read on for an overview on each team...
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
This just in: Life isn't fair, as Andy Murray, the now former coach of the Los Angeles Kings, learned — or probably had reinforced to him — just after suppertime on Tuesday when he was fired after almost seven years on the job. Murray's greatest failing as a coach was the inability to keep his star players out of sick bay.read on
from the Hamilton Spectator,
It wasn't that long ago that competitive minor hockey players might be on the ice for games once or twice a week with a practice thrown in. No longer. Today's high-level rep players can be skating five or six times a week while playing 60 to 80 games a season. ...Talented kids who concentrate on one activity have a better chance to become an elite player in that sport, anyway. That's the theory. But it may be completely wrong.read on
from the NY Post,
Outscored 19-7 in dropping four of five, the Devils' 2006 playoff berth is similarly slipping away because their offense has vanished. Last night's 2-1 loss to the Flyers was the second of 11 against teams now holding playoff berths in their final 15, and the Devils' second straight such loss. The trade deadline is over, and Alexander Mogilny still languishes while receiving his $3.5 million salary in Albany, dispatched there in January. Whatever Lamoriello said about not bringing him back, he should eat those words. It's time to try anything.more (reg, req.)
Henrik Zetterberg on his Swedish Army experience via the Detroit Free Press,
Train in the morning, train in the afternoon, take the evening train home: "It was a sports unit -- just hockey players and skiers. We always went back in the afternoon because we had sports practice. We went home every night. So we had a lot of fun."more...including a story on Zetterberg becoming one of the eilite NHL players...
from the Ottawa Sun,
Angry at seeing Andrej Meszaros hit Sidney Crosby on or close to his left knee in a controversial third-period collision, the Penguins tough guy stood up from his seat at the bench and slammed his stick on the boards. "He's allowed to get hit," he said of Crosby, "but he is a franchise player. And you've got that ugly mutt skating across, going for his knee. They want a clean NHL ... and you wonder why you have incidents like Todd Bertuzzi.more
Pavel Datsyuk made a pretty nice move (will open wmp video) in the shootout last night against Nashville.
from the Sporting News,
The NHL would never admit it, but I know the greatest commissioner in sports, Gary Bettman, is secretly praying that two large markets like the Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings make deep runs in the playoffs. I'll settle for the Rangers and the Red Wings, because of Detroit's interest and passion for hockey.more
from the AP via TSN,
The Los Angeles Kings fired coach Andy Murray on Tuesday, one day after the struggling team lost for the fifth time in seven games. Kings general manager Dave Taylor made the announcement and said that John Torchetti will be introduced as the interim coach on Wednesday.more
from the Sports Ticker via TSN,
The Avalanche on Tuesday learned that Tanguay will be sidelined up to four weeks with a sprained right knee. Tanguay, 26, suffered the injury in the first period of Colorado's 6-5 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Sunday. An MRI on Tuesday revealed no serious structural damage.
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