Kukla's Korner Hockey
USA Hockey Magazine recently came out on news stands with their August edition, which includes a feature on the hockey blogging world. The article should be available online soon.
Meanwhile, we were too excited to wait since they named Kuklas Korner.com to the top of the list—#1—for best hockey blog. (How cool is that?!) Our sincere thanks to USA Hockey Magazine for such a flattering mention for us, plus an excellent list that includes other familiar hockey faces, both mainstream media as well as some independent fan bloggers. Represented are James Mirtle, Ted Leonsis, TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Tom Benjamin, A View From the Cheap Seats, and many others.
Thanks to our friend Patrick Hoffman at The Hockey News for sending us a scan so you can check out the complete list.
Update August 5th: Story now available online.
To make a long story short, lost power last night. This morning computer would not turn on.
Off to the computer store, purchased a new power supply, and that was the problem. I should be back in the swing of things in about twenty minutes.
Sorry for the delay and yes, I bought a battery backup unit too, no more power hits for me.
KK went offline briefly and we’re not sure why. But it seems to be back up and working for now.
Sorry about the interruption.
added 4:55pm (Paul), from our hosting company and sorry for the tech terms- you may understand it better than I did…
Staff is still investigating along with the data centers Sr. engineers and CTO on the root cause of the issues, so far the conclusion is that a line card in one of the Cisco switches at the data center providers core that feeds our own network was the initial cause of the problems.
The actual initial cause of that issue we are still looking into as we have never had trouble with that connection/switch connection to the data center before. Sorry for the slow loadings, or inability to access our systems for approx. 10 to 15 minutes depending on which of our monitoring systems we review and what they test for.
Any breaking new tonight, this post is all yours to announce it.
You see, we need a little down time right now. The updates have been fast and furious since July 1st and it is time to slow down just a bit.
Feel free to consider this an open post, hockey related of course.
It is the start of a long holiday weekend here in the States and we hope everyone celebrating Independence Day has a safe and enjoyable holiday.
We will be here all day covering the latest hockey news, signings and trades that may come about.
And no, we are not getting paid double-time!
Finally getting some time to catch a breath, we checked out the KK traffic stats for the last two days:
page views for July 1—1,472,578
page views for July 2—1,077,107
A huge thanks to our readers for their visits and comments, to the mainstream media and others who regularly send us tips to ensure we don’t miss anything, and to the many blogs and websites for their referrals.
Some of those sites include: James Mirtle, The Pens Blog, Seth Rorabaugh at Empty Netters, WDFN in Detroit (and numerous other radio stations), Spector’s Hockey, Japers Rink, HF Boards, NHL.com, Lets Go Wings, NHL Live! on the NHL Network (loved that close-up of us on TV yesterday!), Gorilla Crouch... and so on. (This list isn’t comprehensive—there are many others—but our appreciation is.)
Anyway, back to work. Sooner or later someone’s gotta sign the rest of these guys, right?
Any signings yet, how about trades, did I miss anything overnight?
Did a player put their home up for sale, how about I saw so-and-so in the airport and he told me he is signing today with ....?
Get ready folks, we wil be hearing all of the above plus more. Do remember, some people just want your hits, the more hits, the more money they make.
We here at KK will be business as usual, providing you with the latest news the hockey world has to offer. It promises to be a busy day, so get your morning coffee and stay tuned!
Also, a big Happy Canada Day!
What player or players are you hoping your team will sign once the UFA signing period starts on July 1st at noon ET?
Do you expect any trades to be made by your team or will they stand pat?
Let your opinion be known by commenting in this post!
To review how the first day of the UFA signing period went last year, take a look back on KK and work forward using the page navigation at the bottom of the page.
We are now on high alert mode and will be providing updates when any hockey news breaks. Stay tuned, it appears with the rise of the cap, players are waiting to see what their value is on the open market.
Kukla’s Korner has launched a contest today at 99designs.com, inviting our artistic-minded hockey friends from around the internet to design a great new logo for the website
There’s a $200 prize for the best logo and we intend to implement the winning entry into KK’s new website design coming later this summer (with the hard work of Kevin at Venn Communications, I should add).
All the details can be read in the brief. Contest closes in 7 days.
Note: submissions must be submitted via 99designs.com. Please don’t email them to us directly as they will not qualify for the prize.
Guest writer Erin Nicks is covering the NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa for Kukla’s Korner this weekend.
By Erin Nicks
Those concerned about Ottawa picking up some grit in this year’s draft will need to dig deep into Round 5, when the club (after much apparent hemming and hawing) selected defenceman Mark Borowiecki with the 139th pick.
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.
Email Paul anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org