Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Sport-Express (roug translation below),
We cannot understand [until now], where we are, what place we occupy in world hockey. Under salaries the Superleague takes the second place in the world, but the [national] team of Russia in the international ratings takes fifth-sixth [place]. Tretiak [doesn’t have] the most simple economy, in my opinion. In this superseries we objectively concede to Canadians on all parameters - in training, in tactical literacy, in character. The problem of these matches [should not] be [placed upon] on Nemchinov’s coach’s bridge.
Once again I shall repeat, it is necessary to change completely [our] approach to hockey [throughout our] country; differently big financial investments will be simply ineffective. It is not necessary to [reinvent the] bicycle. There is a North American approach [examined] by time. Analyze a situation. [Across the] ocean any team with a correctly built strategy of development is capable to take, say, for ten years’ term a place among leaders and to apply for the most prestigious trophies. It is a pure, business deprived of underlying political reasons.
If I may, I shall now say seditious thing, but our children’s sports schools should be separated from professional clubs. [The creation] of an institute of scouts is necessary, [so that] we shall not leave [anywhere] in such [a] situation from a draft. Only then we can count, that any talent will not be lost, an, [on] children’s teams, coaches will [stop] looking back at [the] children of rich parents, and will be engaged in [their] direct duties. I think, we should come to this sooner or later.
from Habs World,
...Undoubtedly the Avalanche would love to trade him, but there aren’t many teams interested in paying $6 million dollars this year for a guy, who statistically may be the worst goaltender in the NHL. The Avalanche has thought of buying him out, but for now have decided to hang onto Theodore to avoid a major cap hit.
Needless to say, when his contract is up at the end of this year, it is safe to say that Theodore will not be able to retain his position as the league’s second highest paid goaltender. To say that he will be staring at a substantial pay cut is an understatement. Whether some team is willing to take the gamble on Theodore remains to be seen.
Any team that signs Theodore from here on in is hoping to strike lightning in a bottle again. And while all signs point to Theodore being unable to regain his MVP winning form, it is wise to remember that even Samson regained his former power, but only when his hair eventually grew back.
from James Mirtle,
Two years ago, you wouldn’t have found Chris Chelios anywhere near the NHLPA’s leadership hierarchy.
On Friday, he was the face of the union’s rebirth.
Chelios remains a big-time supporter of Bob Goodenow; he is one of the few active NHLers who was playing back when Alan Eagleson resigned in 1991 and his deputy (Goodenow) took over.
As soon as Goodenow was pushed out during the 2004-05 lockout, Chelios became an outsider, a trouble-maker on the fringe, and the only way he was going to get back into the NHLPA’s decision-making fold was if Ted Saskin was forced out.
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from Jerry Brown, East Valley Tribune columnist,
A new ad campaign for the Dallas Stars includes billboards that state, “The only thing our refs shave is the ice.” Is that how bad things have gotten for the NHL? You can’t sell your own sport, so attack the NBA’s problems in hopes of attracting a few stray fans?
NBA spin doctors are hard at work at a response. The early prototype: “Our games are on ESPN, not “The Cycling Channel.”
from the Boston Globe,
Chiarelli, as he’s preached repeatedly since the conclusion of last season, promised that the Bruins will be a rougher bunch, referring to the signing of ex-Anaheim tough guy Shawn Thornton and the re-signing of eager-to-scrap Jeremy Reich.
“I don’t know if it’s the big, bad Bruins of old,” Savard said earlier in the week, “but we’d like to be badder than before.”
Around the league, in-your-face thumping has diminished over the years, especially following the implementation of the post-lockout rules. Dead, obviously, are the “Slap Shot” goonery days, but also MIA are the down-low scrums, battles, and tussles that players like Neely seemed to thrive on, replaced by the up-and-down fleetness of the new NHL.
more and some NHL talk too…
from the Toronto Sun,
“I think Ottawa and Carolina are the class of the East,” he says. “The Rangers and Flyers improved themselves, too. I just feel we have bolstered our team in certain key areas.
“Hey, we just missed out by one point a year ago and I feel we are a better team now.”
In order for his Leafs to take the next step, there are a number of issues Maurice must deal with once camp kicks off.
And here is how he plans on facing each and every one of them:
The moment Paul Maurice holds his first press conference of camp, you can bet he’ll be grilled concerning the identity of his No. 1 goalie.
from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,
If anything, you’d think the NHL would wish to play a game in a country with a legitimate zeal for the sport, such as Sweden or Finland.
And if it were a matter of stepping on the toes of the elite leagues overseas, one would assume some sort of compromise could be reached to ensure that all parties remained content.
The entire idea is utterly bizarre, but it enters a new level of head scratching when you consider the two teams picked for these monumental games: The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks.
The Ducks are somewhat understandable coming off a Stanley Cup championship.
Sending the Kings, however, is quite the puzzler.
I am really surprised Erin doesn’t mention one of the reason’s the Kings are involved is the Kings and the O2, the venue the games will be played in while in London, share the same owner.
from the AFP via the Eonomic Times,
Watching Maria Sharapova’s curvaceous figure hugged by a crystal-spangled red dress in her second-round victory at the US Open, it’s hard to imagine such beauty buried under ice hockey pads.
“It used to be when I was growing up, it was gymnastics,” Sharapova said. “I always wanted to be a rhythmic gymnast - I grew a little too fast for that - and (play) hockey.”
more... A day of upsets, Sharapova lost her third round match today and if you are a college football fan, can you say Appalachian State?
from Larry Wigge at NHL.com,
In the Central Division alone, we watched at least one second-time-around player break out last season. On the offensive side of things, St. Louis’ Lee Stempniak went from 14 goals in 2005-06 to 27 last season, Chicago’s Patrick Sharp go from 14 goals to 20 and Columbus’ Dan Fritsche improve from six to 12.
Young defensemen were really prevalent in the division, when you consider the improvement of players like Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall, Nashville’s Shea Weber (17 goals) and Chicago’s Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook.
Here’s a broader look at how the presumed sophomore jinx can actually turn into sizzle for some young players in the Central Division this season.
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