Kukla's Korner Hockey
My NHL.com submission for this week…
There are gifts to buy, errands to run and I should get outside just for the sake of getting outside, but ... I will do it tomorrow.
I have fallen into the hockey trap and I can’t get out of it. I eat, breathe and think hockey 24/7. Morning noon and night, it is just hockey, hockey and more hockey.
From Stephen Johns at The Torontoist:
Tomorrow, for the first time since March 16, 1996, the Toronto Maple Leafs won’t be playing on a non-holiday, regular season Saturday. They play tonight in Buffalo; they won’t be in action again until next Tuesday.
The Maple Leafs’ non-appearance on Hockey Night in Canada is mildly intriguing. The Leafs are a cash cow for the CBC; everyone knows this, even sports reporters who regularly lament the Leafs’ constant presence on CBC Sports’ flagship program irrespective of their on-ice performance (we salute you, William Houston of The Globe and Mail!).
As many of you know, I listen to hockey related radio stations on a regular basis and at times will point some of them out to you.
You need to check out some of the sound bits from Don Landry & Gord Stellick from the Fan590 morning show. All are great, and the Hasek bits still have me laughing!
from James Mirtle of From the Rink,
Last night, I was poking through the archives and found a snapshot of what my site looked like in December of 2005, almost exactly three years ago.
I had just 18 blogs listed in the blogroll, about half of which aren’t even around anymore:
The NHL’s mobile cooling unit departs Mobile, Alabama enroute to Wrigley Field, the home of the 2009 Winter Classic.
Each week, the NHL on TSN panel voices their opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.
Question No. 3: Former Lightning head coach Barry Melrose says Steven Stamkos is not ready to play in the National Hockey League this season. Do you agree?
Bob Clarke: What’s the matter with Melrose saying something that dumb? This is a great young player who needed good coaching that he obviously didn’t get. But he’s going to be a great player in this league.
Bob McKenzie: I will say absolutely. He can play in this league and we saw an example of it on Wednesday night against Buffalo when he assisted on a goal by Martin St. Louis….
John Tortorella: Yes - there was no structure and coaching going on for those first 16 games…
more questions and answers…
via William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The NHL is expected to extend its TV deal with NBC through the 2009-10 season. The profit-sharing arrangement has made money for both sides, but not a great deal. The NHL and NBC each earned a profit of less than $5-million (U.S.) from the 2007-08 season, according to sources.
The extension makes sense for the NHL, which would have games airing on NBC, the U.S. Olympic network, in January of 2010 before the hockey tournament in February.
from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,
Newsday is firing 5% of its staff during a downturn in the newspaper industry one expert called “the worst since the Depression….
According to Newsday, the travel budget is expected to be cut.
I understand there are far greater issues here, but I recommend that Newsday and the Islanders broker an appropriate travel arrangement that’s beneficial for the newspaper and maintains the coverage of the team. Just as the Islanders travel with their radio and TV broadcasters on the private team charter, beat writer Greg Logan and any other assigned Newsday writers should fly with the team to and from games. (Needless to say, the Post and Daily News should be welcomed, too).
Heidi Androl visits the Easton Hockey Factory to help build Ryan Getzlaf’s next hockey stick.
“I am very, very excited about coming back home to ESPN, where I have had so many great years. I look forward to analyzing people being fired, rather than being the guy fired.”
—Barry Melrose via The Daily Gazette
In his return to the network, Melrose will be joining Matthew Barnaby.
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