Kukla's Korner Hockey
As to why I'm walking away, I'm simply out of gas, having written online about hockey since the mid-90's. It's been a feeling of obligation rather than desire which has compelled me to post articles here lately, and when this becomes more like a chore than a hobby that's not good for anybody.
-Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck, where you can read more from Dirk.
You've done well Dirk, best wishes moving forward.
from Troy Machir of The Sporting News,
With Olympic Games finishing over the weekend and the second half of the NHL season getting under way, there is no better time to get familiar with the professional hockey landscape.
What we have for you is the essential NHL Must Follow Twitter List. We've compiled the names of the top writers, reporters, blogger and analysts in pro hockey, who will be able to provide you with all the information you need to finish off the season in style.
continue for a very handy list and thanks for including KK.
All via Twitter, without me even having to ask, all from the hockey people I follow...
- I've been told what to eat, what not to eat, what to watch, what not to watch, why he is guilty, why he isn't guilty.
- I have viewed pictures of cats, dogs, boats, mountains, lakes, fishing spots, golf courses and of course blurry pictures from prospect camps.
- I have read 140 characters about 50 times regarding prospects I will never hear about again.
- Tonight I am sure one of the topics will be the MLB Home Run Derby. Soccer will somehow creep in too along with bits of information from diaper changing to the importance of proper spelling.
- My suggestion- Make Twitter a minimum of 250 words, that will cut down on the Twitter traffic!
Yesterday I posted a blog titled Ranking The Starting Goalies where I listed the 8 starting goalies left in the playoffs beginning with, in my opinion, the best goalie.
KK members then followed suit by leaving their rankings in the comment section and all was good.
This morning I woke up to this email...
ha ha Paul .... were ya drinkin when you ranked the goalies ?? That was actually funny .... Guess that's why you post other peoples thoughts and don't actually write much ..... FYI ... Lundquist is a fraud. Quick is the man to have .... I have been playing the game at various levels for years, and know what is happening on the ice ....
Ah, the old I played the game ploy and what's with all the dots and the double question mark?
Criticizing an opinion is one thing as long as you back it up, but calling people out by using the 'I played the game card' as the reason tells me that person is wearing blinders and knows all.
If I considered myself as knowing everything about the game, I'd be running a site like nhlpredictions.com but I don't, so I leave it up to the experts to do so.
Now I know who this person is and would have preferred he left a comment in the post so all could see it and discuss if need be, but that was his decision, not mine.
In case you are wondering, this person did not strike a nerve with me but I wanted to bring some attention to it and who knows, maybe you will be reading his response in a blog at another site in the near future.
One more thing, it is Lundqvist, not Lundquist Mr. I play the game guy.
I don't even put Spector's Hockey in the same category as the other two, but since the author did...
from Stephen Stirling of the Star-Ledger,
At the end of the day, one of these insiders came out looking like a Stanley Cup contender, while the other two would more likely be holding a fire sale of its players at the trade deadline after a horrid season:
And on this topic..
To their credit, each of the insiders the Star-Ledger analyzed generally do not alter their blog posts or delete tweets that turn out to be inaccurate. They stand by what they said, for better or worse. They address readers who question their information. And they acknowledge that not everything they report is absolute truth, just what they are hearing from their sources or analyzing on the fly.
from Earl Sleek of Battle of California,
Thanks to Sacamano, Fenwick, and Grabia for introducing the hockey internet to the"Battle of..." blog concept, and demonstrating why it is the best damn format imaginable. Who wants to write to just one team's fans about one team's storyline all the damn time? The real heart of being a hockey fan is in its rivalries, and those guys showed why "Battle of..." was the best way to go.
Thanks to Benjamin, Dellow, Lowetide, Covered in Oil, Irreverent Oil Fans, Black Dog Hates Skunks, Jes Gőlbez, Kukla's Korner, and James Mirtle for also introducing me to the hockey blogosphere concept. Back when I was a young slacker at a day job, these were basically all the blogs that I knew existed, but I read and enjoyed them quite thoroughly. They showed that the strength of a blogosphere is in its diversity -- some were numbers guys, some were story tellers, some were news breakers, and some were just silly -- but it worked well when everyone did what they did best.
from Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey.
Since the NHL lockout began, a number of stories have highlighted the plight of lesser paid NHL employees facing layoffs or salary reductions, as well as the effect upon those in the service and hospitality industries reliant upon the business generated by their local NHL team.
Yet there’s been almost nothing about the effect the lockout is having upon those who cover the NHL as freelance writers or bloggers.
I recently sent out a series of tweets asking for freelancers and bloggers to share their lockout stories with me. My thanks to those who took the time to respond.
“(My) ad revenue is down 80%, guide sales are down 50%. If I was a bachelor in a bungalow or townhouse or apartment, I’d be pretty screwed. But my wife makes enough to cover off the bills, Christmas for the kids to get us through. And I had enough guide sales early on (release date is August 1) to cover off site costs, pay the site’s managers (though they’ll thankfully be taking “rollbacks” starting January). The goalie guide helps a bit…but even those sales, which ironically were supposed to help soften the blow, won’t take off unless a season starts next month.
Regarding KK, I mentioned it about 1 1/2 months ago in our semi-annual donation request and since that time and especially since the NHL legal action, KK numbers have fallen big time.
Yes the holiday season has something to do with that but I think most fans, even the die-hard ones which KK attracts, have had enough and just can't take what this lockout brings us.
Hopefully we get some kind of closure soon, either play or go home. If it is option 2, I have no idea where that would take me, maybe I will start blogging about labor law!
Watch this Blogs With Balls session from this morning.
The panel consisted of:
PUCK THAT!: State of the Hockey Media
Justin Bourne, The Score
Greg Wyshynski, Yahoo! Sports
Elliotte Friedman, CBC/Hockey Night in Canada
Dave Lozo, NHL.com
Barry Petchesky, Deadspin
Mike Halford, NBC ProHockeyTalk
Jason Brough, NBC ProHockeyTalk
You can watch the full video below and my favorite part of the session starts at 22:30 mark.
When everyone sits around and says "print journalism can’t adapt" and "print journalism is dying," Kevin Paul Dupont should be hoisted as a shining example of why: he offers no unique insight, no unique analysis, and has no desire to serve readers with interesting content. He leeches readership from the Globe, leans on its name for reputation, and wouldn't survive in an environment where his content has to stand on its own merit. It’s easy to see why Kevin Paul Dupont tries so hard to undercut online writers: he doesn't try hard at his real job.
-Bower Power of Pension Plan Puppets where you can read more on this topic.
from Bruce Dowbiggin at the Globe and Mail,
“Instead of waiting for ESPN to give the lockout its customary 23 seconds of news before giving Barry Melrose the floor for his ‘drunk uncle at the wedding’ analysis, hockey fans of every experience level and demographic can distribute and scrutinize the news of the day on Twitter – while also offering a suitable place to vent, frequently profanely.”
“Fans no longer have to wait for a talk-show host to put them on the air or a letter to the editor to be printed,” says Mitch Melnick, long-time radio host on TSN Radio 690 in Montreal. “The immediacy of a well-crafted tweet almost has the effect of putting you in the room when Gary Bettman reads them. And you know he reads them. If not originals then certainly via retweets... Whether they care or not is an entirely different matter.”
Have the sound and fury affected negotiations? The man who preceded Don Fehr as executive director of the NHLPA thinks so. “Twitter has changed the landscape since the last CBA negotiation in that every development in this standoff has gone viral almost instantly,” says Paul Kelly, now a sports lawyer in Boston. “Social media has also allowed the parties to attempt to shape public opinion directly and through surrogates, including players, agents, owners, friendly media sources and others.”
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.
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