Kukla's Korner Hockey
Guest writer Erin Nicks is covering the NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa for Kukla’s Korner this weekend.
By Erin Nicks
Blue-chip defenceman Drew Doughty wants to jump immediately into the NHL with both feet—and many think he’s capable of doing so. After a conversation with him yesterday, you get a pretty clear idea of where he’s hoping to land.
Today is the opening of the NHL Entry Draft, and Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams are covering the event in Ottawa for Kukla’s Korner. Earlier this week we asked Erin a few questions about her life and love of hockey, and today it’s Patrick’s turn.
Patrick is the ideal journalist to cover the NHL’s draft weekend, given how much time he spends with and writing about the up-and-coming stars. His beat is the American Hockey League—writing for the likes of Slam! Sports and The Hockey News, among others—and so he’ll be seeing a lot of some of these draft picks in the coming years as they rise into the AHL and beyond.
Patrick, what is the main difference between working in the media in the NHL and AHL?
Everything in the NHL is a lot more tense, and the egos (and not simply those belonging to the players) are decidedly larger.
Kukla’s Korner will be covering the NHL Entry Draft live again this year, this time with the help of two great hockey writers, Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams. They’ll be providing exclusive interviews from Ottawa, liveblogging the gossip, and posting whatever else they find going on behind the scenes.
More details available here.
P.S. My endless gratitude to Patrick and Erin for undertaking this project with me for KK readers—it should be a lot of fun!
Unable to see very well during the last two weeks or so, I have been listening and listening to talk radio via the web.
Two words kept popping up when Mike Babcock was being interviewed and they were fantastic and fabulous when describing everything Red Wings.
Well, I want to steal those words and use them when describing my health at this time. It has been a very rough two weeks for me and I had doubts about my vision returning to normal. I want to thank everyone for their prayers, good wishes and the hundreds of emails I received from KK readers, MSM’s, and those involved in the game. My health is very close to 100% and I feel I can start to contribute to KK once again.
Hopefully Alanah can sleep the whole weekend and catch up on some well deserved rest. Many of you have witnessed what she has done to keep KK alive during my absence and I wanted to publicly thank her for “keeping the news coming”!
Since I’m getting so much mail about this—understandably—I thought it would be best to provide another update here on KK.
P.S. KK’s server hijacked my email yesterday for several hours, and when it finally landed in my inbox I got seriously backlogged. So please accept my apologies for the delayed responses.
Thanks to everyone for all the support.
I just want to reassure everyone who’s written and wondered where Paul Kukla is that he will be back soon but can’t promise exactly when.
Most likely his presence will be on-and-off over the coming days, as he’s recovering slowly from some health problems. Nothing to worry about, but the symptoms make it impossible to work most of the time. (And if you’ve sent him an email and are awaiting a reply, please have patience—he’s limited in that regard for the moment as well.)
Before the playoffs started, KK announced a contest asking for members to guess the number of goals to be scored in this year’s playoffs, with a tie-breaker to be determined by shutouts. It turned out, we needed the tie breaker.
Results: The total number of goals scored was 456 and there were 13 shutouts. [Information verified using statistics provided by NHL.com, Yahoo! Sports and ESPN.] There was a tie for the closest guess: 455 and 457. However the winner (457) also nailed the shutouts exactly at 13.
Which means a big congratulations to Laura123! Laura will be winning a Rbk EDGE Authentic Jersey representing the NHL team of her choice.
Both winners will be contacted within 48 hours. Thanks to everyone for playing..
*Our thanks to Dave82, who did a great job keeping track of the narrowing list of candidates in contention for the jersey throughout the playoffs
KK was down for about five minutes and we apologize for the issue.
According to our host company…
Sorry folks. We had a few minutes of down-time on the network as a whole because of a failure of a TippingPoint IPS systems, and the redundant partner not taking over traffic properly. On-site staff manually moved traffic over to the redundant TippingPoint system and is investigating now as to the cause, and have an open issue with TippingPoint engineers to troubleshoot the initial cause.
Anyone who can figure it out, good for you!
First off, thanks to all of you for your concern about my health.
I am still experiencing bouts of flashing lights and will be seeing my doctor today for more tests. When these flashing symptoms are around, it makes if very hard to type and update KK.
Alanah has been doing a great jot covering KK and will soon be around for your Monday reading pleasure.
I will keep you posted and hopefully a quick recovery can be made, afterall, a game is tonight and I certainly do not want to miss it.
Over the last two days, my posts have been sporadic at best due to the fact that I am suffering from Ocular Migraines.
Never heard of it?, me either until that prism like flashing light would not go away. Saw my eye doctor yesterday and he said nothing to worry about, it will go away but the question is WHEN?
Still having symptoms this morning so posts will continue to be sporadic until I improve. Thanks to Alanah for keeping KK alive the last two days and to you the KK readers for understanding.
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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