Kukla's Korner Hockey
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.
If you missed it, you can listen or download the audio below and I’d also like to thank both Mick and Peter for having the numerous KK bloggers on the show throughout this season. We look forward to being part of the show in 2011 too.
from Lyle Richardson of Specor’s Hockey,
The Christmas season is upon us once again so it’s time for my suggestions of gifts for the NHL fan in your family.
continued and a very special thanks goes out to Lyle for mentioning KK and how hockey fans can help out…
A couple of days ago, The Score filed a video report on this debate.
If you have been following this topic, then the video is well worth seven minutes of your time.
I am sure Greg won’t mind if you answer here.
Just a note about PD. Who knew a few short years ago, that a guy who wrote a book about 10-cent beer would be one of the must-stop places to visit on a daily basis? On top of that, Greg has changed the way things are done on the web when it comes to hockey blogging.
Believe me, I have witnessed the change myself and I should know since I visit hundereds of websites on a daily basis..
from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,
So how’s your Turkey Day been? They didn’t overcook the bird, did they? They didn’t burn the mini-croissants, did they? If so, we know this great Chinese joint down the street ...
It’s a time to give thanks, so that’s exactly what we’re doing. We’ve asked ourselves and some Friends of Puck Daddy a rather simple question: What are you thankful for in hockey?
Please answer that for yourselves in the comments, give our answers a read and have a great holiday.
The first batch of responses are here; this batch includes the great Justin Bourne, Nick Cotsonika, Erin Nicks, Chris Botta, Dmitry Chesnokov and others. But first: It’s your humble editor’s picks.
As you’ve probably figured out by now, we’re living in an increasingly egocentric world. It’s 2010 and all of us, in our tweeting, blog meta tagging and facebook friending glory, are legends in our own minds. We’re so important and relevant that we were even voted collectively as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.
So, when someone dares to challenge our elite celebrity status or question our worthiness as it were, well at that point it’s “Go” time. That’s precisely what happened in Buffalo yesterday. An e-mob of Sabres fans shouted a loud “Do You Know Who I Am!” to a mainstream newspaper guy who by technology standards still parties like its 1999.
After some unsubstantiated hearsay about Derek Roy supposedly striking Tim Connolly in the face at Ryan Miller’s charity event gained some legs courtesy of a tweet from former Sabre and current ESPN reporter Matthew Barnaby, Buffalo News reporter John Vogl apparently was frustrated by his due diligence obligation on the matter.
It’s not preferable for those who report the news to become the news, but that’s exactly what happened following Tuesday’s Sabres practice, when Vogl unloaded some epic anti-twitter blasts for the ages in his blog.
That was crazy.
And, with craziness comes a reaction a bit altered from my Good, Bad, Ugly usual. Instead, a hodgepodge of thoughts for your consideration on this lovely Friday morning:
My reality (which I love, through and through, for the record) when the Lightning are on the road often entails missing the first few minutes of the first period, regardless of whether the game starts at 7:00 or 7:30. (Ergo, roadies outside the Eastern Time Zone do not apply.) You see, Papa JJ (by far my favorite of the many hats I wear) is usually either helping out with baths, bottles, diapers, bedtime or all of the above for one or both of my two young sons.
Though I’ve tried many times, I simply cannot get into the idea of watching on tape delay and catching up. Something just irks me, with sports, about what I’m currently seeing play out in front of me having already happened. And so, by the time I settle in on these kinds of evenings, oftentimes, much of the game story has already been told.
Case in point (I thought) last night, when I got comfortable on the couch with the Flyers already out to a 2-0 lead, 5:03 into the first period. “This was very predictable,” I remarked, having already gone on record to say that starting goaltender Dan Ellis again, after a relatively taxing win on Long Island the night before, was a questionable move on head coach Guy Boucher’s part. My muddled thinking would have given a struggling Mike Smith a go against the woeful Islanders and then Ellis in Philadelphia against a much stronger team. But, as it turned out, there was nothing at all predictable about last night’s outcome and, with the Bolts winning both of these games, once again in my life, I’m left wondering, “What the hell do I know?”
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As is pretty well known throughout the hockey world by now and, as we surmised yesterday, the New York Islanders have revoked the media credentials of AOL Fanhouse and NYI Point Blank writer Chris Botta.
Botta stayed silent, as was probably best in the early-going but the hockey community has rallied around him today and he obliged several requests from fellow members of the media.
Tonight, he will guest on Versus’ new “NHL Overtime” show, which begins at 11:00 PM, ET. Until then, catch a couple of interviews from earlier today after the jump.
As we said, the Campbell e-mail story had been sitting around for some time waiting for someone to connect the dots. The fact that it was a blogger who did so does nothing to reinforce mainstream media’s perceptions about its omnipotence in such matters. This was not gossip or pillow talk, just good old-fashioned work by Dellow.
-Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail.
Raise a glass to the top performers of last night’s NHL action. It’s the latest edition of JJ’s Three Cheers:
***Cheers to Calgary’s Brendan Morrison, who potted a pair of goals in a 5-4 shootout decision over Edmonton for the 6-3-0 Flames. With their play of late, Calgary is doing all they can to make me look bad after my unflattering opinion as to how they’d fare this season. Morrison struck in the first on the power play and added a shorthanded marker in the second period before the Oilers rallied to tie the game at 4-4. Twisting the knife in my back, none other than Alex Tanguay’s shootout goal was the deciding factor, sending the home crowd to the exits happy.
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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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