Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Category: Minnesota-Wild

Wild GM Cliff Fletcher On Why Josh Harding Is On Waivers

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

General Manager Chuck Fletcher has landed in Toronto for today’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony, so I was able to speak to him by phone.

Fletcher said he met with Harding face-to-face last night and explained to him the team’s reasoning. He said he left it with Harding that the two would talk again Tuesday if he clears waivers, but Harding gave him no indication that he wouldn’t report to Iowa (I have made an interview request with Harding through the Wild media relations department; if Harding calls to comment, I will update blog quickly).

“His focus and goal is to get back and be a quality NHL goaltender again, so it’s another step for him,” Fletcher said. “I think that’s where his focus is right now. I don’t assume there will be any issue.”

Asked why he went the waiver route as opposed to sending Harding to Iowa on a two-week conditioning stint, Fletcher said, “The reality is he hasn’t played in a game since Dec. 31. He missed training camp and the first month-and-a-half this season, and that’s a lot of time for any player to miss. Our main goal now is to help him successfully regain his form of last season, and assuming he clears waivers, we felt this move would best help facilitate that. There’s really no sense in putting a timetable on how long it’ll take him to get ready. This move allows us to just give him the time that he needs to get his game back.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: josh+harding

Video- “We Got A Good Goal”, Actually 3 Of Them In 17 Seconds, Wild/Sabres

Minnesota won 6-3.

 

Filed in: NHL Teams, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

The Mumps May Have Hit The Minnesota Wild

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

The Wild will get defenseman Jared Spurgeon back in the lineup tonight against the Buffalo Sabres, and it’s a good thing because first-pair defenseman Jonas Brodin and second-pair defenseman Marco Scandella have come up and ill and may be out for awhile.

The two have the same symptoms that sidelined defensemen Keith Ballard (eight games) and Christian Folin (five games) earlier this season. As I reported last week, Ballard was diagnosed with the mumps.

“They’re ill and similar symptoms to what we had some other guys out with,” coach Mike Yeo said of Brodin and Scandella. “We don’t know for sure that’s what it is, similar symptoms.”

Those symptoms, according to Ballard, are awful flu-like symptoms – achy, fever, zero energy and swollen glands in the neck area.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Video- Cory Schneider Now A Candidate For Save Of The Night

Great reach with the glove...

 

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: cory+schneider

Zach Parise Diagnosed With A Concussion

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Wild leading scorer Zach Parise has been diagnosed with a concussion, coach Mike Yeo confirmed this morning.

Not a surprise since Parise looked off his last few shifts against the Pittsburgh Penguins and suddenly didn't come out for the third period even though there was no clear incident to draw from.

According to a few people in the know, Parise did have lingering effects from the stick to the face he got in New York five games ago Oct. 27. He played through it though (quite well, too, against Boston and Dallas especially) because he wasn't sure he had a concussion. Finally, trainers got involved Tuesday night.

Whatever symptoms Parise had were exasperated bigtime with three checks he took against Pittsburgh, folks say. On his first shift, he was bowled over from behind by Roberto Bortuzzo. That definitely seemed to jar him and catch him off guard. In the second period, he got bumped off his skates in the d-zone by Blake Comeau on that shift that ended up 5:44 in with a Comeau penalty and then late in the period Parise got checked into the boards/glass by Kris Letang.

read on and you can watch the original the original hit in the Rangers game below...

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: zach+parise

Not A Good Night For The Minnesota Wild

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Parise didn’t emerge for the third period after sustaining what coach Mike Yeo called an upper-body injury. There were two big collisions I remember with Parise tonight. One came his first shift when he was bowled over from behind by Robert Bortuzzo. The other came 5:44 into the second when he was cross-checked the ice by Blake Comeau in the slot. Comeau received an interference penalty on the play.

So perhaps the injury stemmed from one of those two hits.

Yeo didn’t reveal the seriousness or nature of the injury postgame. He said he hoped to have a better update after practice Wednesday and said “I sure hope not” when asked if he felt it was serious....

The big controversy of the night came with 3:06 left when Koivu scored. The goal was disallowed by referee Francois St. Laurent – replays showed Marcel Goc punched the puck from the other side of the goal line and out.

The NHL Situation Room in Toronto initiated a review, and then after two or three minutes of St. Laurent talking to Toronto, he announces no-goal because it was a non-reviewable play because he ruled incidental contact on Thomas Greiss (Mikael Granlund, aided by Kris Letang and Paul Martin, was on Greiss).

OK, debatable depending on your point of view or fandom. But then why the heck were they reviewing a non-reviewable play for two minutes. It should be as simple as Toronto calling and the referee saying, incidental contact, goodbye.

more and watch the no-goal below...

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: zach+parise

Report- Was Thomas Vanek A Target For Extortion?

from Gary Craig and Kevin Oklobzija of the Democrat and Chronicle,

Federal authorities are investigating whether National Hockey League star Thomas Vanek was the target of an extortion attempt by members of an alleged local gambling ring, sources say.

In debt to local bookmakers, Vanek paid $230,000 to partly cover what he owed. That payment, made when Vanek played for the New York Islanders, is central to the allegations of extortion, according to three sources close to the investigation.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, New York Islanders, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: thomas+vanek

Jack Jablonski Continues To Be An Inspiration

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Saturday night, during the Wild-Dallas Stars game, Jack Jablonski led what was dubbed as hockey’s largest stick tap when 18,000-plus fans received thunder sticks so they could tap along with the 19-year-old affectionately known as Jabs.

A stick tap in hockey, as Jabs explained last week, “is when somebody gets injured — and we saw plenty stick taps in the Wild game Monday in New York. You tap your stick on the ice when that player gets up hoping that everything’s OK. It’s to show respect for people injured in a hockey game.”

Unfortunately, in December of 2011, Jablonski wasn’t able to get up after a check from behind while playing hockey as a sophomore for Benilde-St. Margaret’s. The injury left him a quadriplegic, but he has since become an inspiration to many.

Jablonski has devoted his life to helping others who are going through the same debilitating injury.

continued

Below, watch the 'largest stick tap'...

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jack+jablonski

Afternoon Line- Thomas Vanek

If you haven't been following the latest news on Vanek regarding this topic, just click the Thomas Vanek tag below...

added 1:59pm, Russo's Rants has a full story on this now...

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: thomas+vanek

The Latest On The Thomas Vanek Gambling Situation

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

While the National Hockey League said Friday it will continue to keep an eye on a federal illegal gambling and money laundering case in Rochester, N.Y., that Thomas Vanek has testified in as the government’s prime witness, the Wild forward likely won’t face league discipline unless he faces criminal charges or bet on hockey.

Vanek’s agent, Steve Bartlett, told the Star Tribune Friday that “Thomas is not in any way, shape or form involved in any illegal activities or in trouble here.”

Vanek bet on football and was paying off a gambling debt, according to Bartlett.

Vanek’s in the news again because a defense attorney for a man who pleaded guilty to illegal gambling and conspiracy to launder money Thursday alluded to the fact that the check his client helped launder came from Vanek while he played for the New York Islanders.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: thomas+vanek

 1 2 3 >  Last ›      Next »

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 pk@kuklaskorner.com

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts