Kukla's Korner Hockey
Normally this time of day I am sitting at my computer, listening to Fan590 out of one speaker and TSN Radio out of the other.
But today I can’t, I just can’t think of the game on the ice although I have tried to focus on that today.
When I first heard about the plane crash in Russia this morning, names like Fedorov and Kozlov popped in my head. I was afraid to read the names of those involved in the crash.
But after reading the long list of the people killed today, I now know it is not the names that make the tragedy, it is the tragedy itself.
From tornadoes, to hurricanes, to other natural disasters, we have witnessed all of them this year. War, just people walking into a building and shooting seems to make headlines on a weekly basis.
All tragedies, all deaths that we wish could have been avoided.
Tragedy seems to be around ever corner we walk these days and I for one am tired and will try to do something about it.
I’ve tossed some negative and bad feelings in to the wind today, hoping it never blows back in my face.
Anything I can do to make a tragedy less likely to happen I will, and as always pray for the best.
Alanah of Canucks & Beyond celebrates her 29th birthday again this year and I have no idea what to give her.
I know “one more win” would make her happy, but I cannot provide nor will I provide that for the upcoming season.
Perhaps I shall just say “thank you” for all you do here at KK (right now we are in the process of training around 12 new bloggers with more to come) and it would not be same if you were not around.
Enjoy the evening!
CBS Detroit is accepting votes for the most valuable bloggers in various categories, and among the list of Detroit’s sports bloggers, KK’s own The Malik Report is up for consideration.
We’re thrilled to see George’s hard work and thorough coverage of the Red Wings being recognized. So if you’re a fan, please check out the site and throw him your vote. (And you can vote once each day, if you like.)
From Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy, a quick Q&A with our own (currently vacationing) Paul Kukla:
2. Other Than Your Own, The Team You Can’t Help Rooting For
Montreal without a doubt. I still dream of a Detroit/Montreal Stanley Cup Final, taking the train between Windsor and Montreal and living like it was back in the 1950’s. I even have a fedora picked out.
Hopefully this is the season, especially with the talk of the Wings moving to the Eastern Conference. I’d even wear a suit to every game!
from Mike Chen at Battle Of California,
And in 2004, I started my own freelance writing business. My web designer at the time suggested I start a blog for my new business site, simply for helping out with my site’s search engine score. Several weeks in and I got bored writing about small business topics, but that NHL lockout sure provided plenty of fodder. Someway, somehow, people actually found my site and what was once my small business blog experiment became “Mike Chen’s Hockey Blog.”
Fast-forward some seven years and some ungodly number of posts and articles, and all of this is coming to a close. 13 years is a long time to commit to anything, let alone several posts/articles a week, and I think it’s time to hang up my blogging skates.
It’s been a very strange and pretty cool journey for me. From the eponymous hockey blog, Lyle “Spector” Richardson recommended me for Fox Sports contributions. Then I somehow stumbled into the madhouse known as Battle of California and soon after, I had a run at Kukla’s Korner; at the same time, I contributed to Versus.com and had other one-off contributions appear at The New York Times Slap Shot Blog, NHL.com, and other random spots.
Most of you know this was not a typical year for The Chief. The majority of his blogging was done from his ship, the USS Carl Vinson and it is good to see the crew headed home
I can say without a doubt there in no better “team” blogger on the web these days than Bill and I am looking forward to speaking with him and tell him so in the near future.
On to The Malik Report, where a media type described him as a freak, in a good way. I don’t know how he does what he does do, but I do know George is very dedicated right down to the last detail.
We still have two KK bloggers directly involved with the Conference Finals.
Plus, I am not going anywhere. You will continue to receive the latest from the hockey world from me and the other KK bloggers who are now looking at next year.
I have been having some real freaky dreams lately.
Last night’s went this way. My mom, who is deceased, broke her leg in Buffalo. While getting her cast put on, Rick Jeanneret pulls open the curtain and does a classic, “Paul Kukla wins it in oooooovertime!”
He smiles at me and walks out.
End of dream and I need some answers.
The new KK Bloggers have settled in their new home. Some housekeeping still remains including a few options KK members have requested.
Please hover over “Blogs” right below the KK banner at the top of the page to visit all the blogs at Kukla’s Korner.
Also, rss feeds are available for all blogs at the top right, just click “RSS FEEDS” under the search box.
Some of the bloggers have been around during the season, some have not so please enjoy what the have to offer.
I do want to point out that Alanah of Canucks & Beyond is also back blogging after an extended maternity leave and will be helping me out with day to day operations too.
from Justin Bourne of Bourne’s Blog,
My cousin Adam is on twitter (he’s a good follow, aside from his shiiiiiitty taste is sports teams. @Hnatty92. Really, Dolphins, Senators and Rangers? Have some pride.), and had a friend tweet a pretty funny joke, which he promptly retweeted for Darren Dreger to read…. who promptly blocked him.
It was when Dreger introduced his new blog, The Dreger Report. Making a play on the fact that the infamous hockey “insider” “Eklund” just bites everything Dreger tweets, says or sings and claims it as his own information, the oh-so-scandalous tweet was: “Looking forward to the introduction of The Dreklund Report tomorrow.”
Of all things to block someone over…..
Anyway, it got me thinking about Twitter tolerance: how much should we have? Not only do I want to block, ohhh, 5% of my followers, but I want to punch about 4% of them.
Some players may be waking up on some tropical island today, others may be headed back to their summer home while some will just stay at home to rest and recover and you can repeat what I just said about tomorrow too.
After tonight, the NHL regular season is off until next Tuesday, when 26 teams take to the ice. So what will you do you with the time off?
Will you watch bits and pieces of the All-Star Weekend, will you be glued to your TV to catch all that action or will you allow your mind to be free of the game?
I doubt if many of you planned a vacation during the ASG break, but maybe you did. I know I thought about a quick trip to somewhere warm, but I think I am better off just recharging and preparing for the mad dash to the playoffs.
Whatever your plans are, let your fellow fans know what you plan to do.
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.
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