Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Category: Minnesota-Wild

Asst. Coach Rolston

from Kevin Allen’s blog at USA TODAY,

When Brian Rolston’s family heard that the Minnesota Wild were offering players a mother-son NHL road trip this season they jokingly wondered whether coach Jacques Lemaire understood that his mother, Joyce, might view that as an invitation to do some work as an assistant coach.

“She has a lot of jam,” jokes Brian’s brother, Ron, who is a coach for the U.S. National Development team. “We were afraid that she was going to be telling Jacques and the players how to play.”

continued

thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brian+rolston, minnesota+wild

Here Manny Goes Again

From John Shipley at the Pioneer Press,

Yes, this is the same Manny Fernandez who ranks dead last among NHL goalies in goals-against average (5.00) and save percentage (.796), and once again is splitting time with another goaltender.

Fernandez is 1-1 in two starts. In three starts, partner/backup Tim Thomas ranks second in the NHL with a 1.34 GAA and .957 save percentage, right behind the Wild’s Nik Backstrom (1.00, .959) - the guy who pushed Fernandez out of Minnesota after seven seasons.

So, for Fernandez, it has been a case of here we go again.

“We’re splitting time for now,” he said. “You know, it’s the same questions and the same answers as it’s always been. We don’t make the rules, and we don’t make the decisions.”

more…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: boston+bruins, goalies, manny+fernandez

Skoula Impresses Lemaire

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

...Again, we’re talking about Martin Skoula here.

Lemaire simply loves him, as displayed by Skoula’s ice time in critical situations. Late in tight games, one constant will be Skoula ... on the ice ... every other shift.

Lemaire has complete faith in him, which is why Lemaire asked Risebrough three times at June’s NHL draft, “What’s going on with Skoula?“He’s the only guy he cared about,” said Risebrough, who then got on the horn and re-signed the veteran to a two-year contract.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: martin+skoula, minnesota+wild

Voloshenko and Wild May Part Ways

From John Shipley at the Pioneer Press,

Roman Voloshenko’s stint as a Wild prospect appears over after he quit the club’s top minor league team to play in Russia.

“I told him, ‘I think if you go home, you’ll never play in the NHL,’ ” Wild general manager Doug Risebrough said Saturday.

Voloshenko was the Wild’s second-round pick in the 2004 entry draft, 42nd overall. A 6-foot-1, 200-pound wing, he made a splash in his debut with the Houston Aeros, earning 33 goals among 60 points in 69 games in 2005-06.

continued…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: minnesota+wild, roman+voloshenko

Moms Travel With Wild

from the AP via the West Central Tribune,

The mothers of 17 Wild players proudly accompanied their sons as the group left Minnesota on Friday for three games on the West Coast. Last season, the team invited the fathers on a trip.

“She’s very excited. Last year, when the dads got to go, she was very jealous right from the get-go,” said right wing Mark Parrish of his mom, Barb.

The mothers gathered for photos at the arena in the morning before the plane left for Phoenix, where the Wild face the Coyotes on Saturday night.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: minnesota+wild

Oilers Aware Of Boogaard

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Minnesota Wild winger Derek Boogaard is out to inflict some pain, which is exactly what the six-foot-seven, 260-pounder did last year when he scored a hat-trick of sorts—knocking Oilers’ Ales Hemsky, Ladislav Smid and Marty Reasoner out of action for a spell.

All three were staggered by Boogaard hits—the Oilers would say with some malicious intent in the case of Hemsky—although Boogaard claims he was only out only to create mayhem and Hemsky got caught in his train tracks.

“Speaks to his effectiveness that we’re speaking about him right now,” said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. “He hasn’t fought, either. You don’t want to play to his strengths, obviously. He’s a helluva fighter….”

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: derek+boogaard, edmonton+oilers, fighting, minnesota+wild

Lemaire Confident in Belanger

From Michael Russo at the Star Tribune,

Attention, fantasy hockey owners: Jacques Lemaire has a red-hot tip for you.

Pick up Eric Belanger, and fast.

“When we got him, I felt that he’s going to get 20 goals,” the Wild coach said. “Now, I feel he’s going to get 80 points. Playing on the power play like he does, playing on a pretty good line, he’ll get some points.

continued…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: eric+belanger, minnesota+wild

Signed Deal?

from the Star-Tribune,

In an e-mail to and subsequent phone interview with the Star Tribune on Sunday, former Gophers winger Tyler Hirsch accused the Wild of “misrepresenting the truth” and being “unethical” after the team announced last week that he signed a contract with the Houston Aeros, its American Hockey League affiliate….

According to Hirsch on Sunday, “I have neither verbally committed to or signed anything resembling a contract with the Minnesota Wild or their minor-league affiliates. I have never laid eyes on a would-be contract and am currently a free agent.”

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, Non-NHL Hockey, Minor League, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: minnesota+wild, tyler+hirsch

Can Gaborik Play a Full Season?

From Brian Murphy at the Pioneer Press,

Playing wire to wire is all that remains for Gaborik, 25, to prove he belongs in the same company with Heatley, Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin and Marian Hossa, next-generation superstars with equal talent but more durability.

“I think that’s fair,” Wild general manager Doug Risebrough said. “The true picture of him persevering for 80 games and being productive in all situations, he’s just got to play the 80 games.”

Pierre McGuire, a former NHL coach and current TSN and NBC hockey analyst, said it is time for Gaborik to elevate his stature.

“When you’re talking about great players like Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky, Steve Yzerman, no matter what they did individually, over time, you have to prove you can do it for an entire season,” McGuire said. “Very few players can do what (Gaborik) does. But it’s longevity, durability. Do they have the determination? Are they willing to pay the price? It’s a huge recognition year for him.”

more…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: marian+gaborik, minnesota+wild

Boogaard Knocked Out by Practice Puck

From John Shipley at the Pioneer Press,

Derek Boogaard is listed as day to day after taking a puck to the head during Friday morning’s practice at United Center. It opened a gash that required about 20 stitches and left a wound not disimilar to the one Boris Karloff wore in “Frankenstein.”

Asked what hurts worse, a fist or a puck, Boogaard didn’t have to think.

“They both hurt,” he said.

Ask a stupid question, get an honest answer.

continued…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: derek+boogaard, injuries, minnesota+wild

« Previous       ‹ First  < 75 76 77 78 79 >  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