Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Category: NHL-Talk

The TSN Insiders Tonight

The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss when the Oilers could start getting permission to speak to potential candidates for their vacant GM job, when Seattle will start looking for their first GM and give the latest from the first day of the general manager's meetings.

Watch at TSN.

Filed in: NHL Teams, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Should The Playoff Format Be A Discussion Topic At The GM Meetings?

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

 Every year when the calendar flips to March, the groaning and grumbling grows a little louder as the playoff picture comes into focus.

Fans, coaches and even a few general managers alike have griped: Can we do something about this %&#$ing playoff format?

Three of the NHL’s top five teams are guaranteed to be eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs in the second round or earlier, based on the standings entering Monday night’s action.

Only two of Tampa Bay, Calgary, Boston, San Jose and Toronto could make it to the Conference Final with the current bracket format.

But the playoff format won’t be a topic of conversation at this week’s annual GM meetings in sunny South Florida.

“It’s not on the agenda,” NHL senior executive vice-president Colin Campbell said Monday.


Filed in: NHL Teams, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Day 1 Of The GM Meetings

via the CP at Sportsnet,

GMs opened their meetings at the posh Boca Beach Club resort on Monday by going over numbers from this season to date that show scoring, even-strength goals and comebacks are up, while hitting has remained at the same level compared to recent years.

There was also a video to show how the league’s crackdown on slashing during the 2017-18 campaign has resulted in a faster, more offensive product.

Managers also broke out into smaller groups to discuss a variety of topics, including pucks crossing the goal line after the whistle, high-sticking infractions that warrant two- or four-minute penalties and goalies losing helmets during play.

Among the other topics expected to be touched this week are referees being allowed see video on potential five-minute penalties before making a decision, and allowing referees to see replays of reviews initiated by the hockey operations department.

As it stands now, officials only see replays on coaches challenges via the tablet located at the timekeeper’s bench.

Filed in: NHL Teams, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Gary Bettman On The Passing Of Ted Lindsay

NEW YORK (March 4, 2019) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of Ted Lindsay:

The National Hockey League mourns the passing and celebrates the incomparable life of the legendary Ted Lindsay. One of the game’s fiercest competitors during his 17-season NHL career, he was among its most beloved ambassadors throughout the more than five decades of service to hockey that followed his retirement. In Detroit, he was a civic icon.

What Lindsay lacked in physical stature, he possessed in intensity, desire and will to win. He played 1,068 NHL games for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, scoring 379 goals with 472 assists and 1,808 penalty minutes. He appeared in 11 All-Star Games and was named a First-Team All-Star eight times. He won the Art Ross Trophy as the League’s scoring leader in 1950 and, as a driving force on the dynastic Red Wings teams of the 1950s – including as the left wing on the famed Production Line – he won the Stanley Cup four times.

Named to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966, he had his No. 7 retired by the Red Wings in 1991 and was named one of the NHL’s Top 100 Players during the League’s Centennial Celebration in 2017. As influential off the ice as he was on the ice, Lindsay was instrumental in the formation of the NHL Players’ Association. In 2010, NHL players displayed their reverence for him by renaming their annual award for the most outstanding player the Ted Lindsay Award.

There was no one quite like Ted Lindsay. We send our condolences to Ted’s children Blake, Lynn and Meredith, his stepdaughter Leslie, his six grandchildren and his three great grandchildren and join them in marveling at his incredible life.

Filed in: NHL Teams, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: gary+bettman, ted+lindsay

Items Of Discussion At The GM Meetings Today

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

Change how penalties are awarded in three-on-three overtime: This is an agenda item that has been kicked around in the past but I sense more and more momentum on it. The idea is that a 4-on-3 power play is so much more dangerous than a standard 5-on-4 and so perhaps penalties in overtime should be cut down to one minute. Or perhaps certain types of penalties? Maybe puck over glass is just a minute but a roughing call is the full two? Discuss.

Change the “ROW’’ tiebreaker to the “RW’’ tiebreaker in the standings: A GM tabled this one and I like it. The idea with ROW was that it devalued shootout wins for determining a team’s spot in the standings via the tiebreaker. But now this GM in question is arguing that we should devalue the three-on-three OT win for the same purpose. I whole-heartedly agree. Regulation wins are king, they represent the true merit of a team’s value. I sense the league isn’t too keen on this change so it will be interesting if anything comes of it. Probably nothing.

more (paid)

added 9:44am, from Frank Servalli of TSN,

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Video- GM Meetings Start Tomorrow

via Sportsnet,

Watch as David Amber, Nick Kypreos and Elliot Friedman spoke from Boca Raton, FL ahead of the NHL GM Meetings. One of the topics was player safety.


Filed in: NHL Teams, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Video- Afternoon Line- John Tortorella

Who agrees?


Filed in: NHL Teams, Columbus Blue Jackets, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: john+tortorella

Philadelphia Flyers/Pittsburgh Penguins- Playing Outdoors Brings Possible Bad Weather

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Feb. 23, 2019) – The National Hockey League announced today that the start time of tonight’s 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins at Lincoln Financial Field will remain at 8 p.m. ET. While we are expecting a chance of a relatively light amount of precipitation in and around the game window, current forecasts are indicating that we will have playable conditions. We will continue to monitor weather conditions throughout the day and if a different determination becomes necessary due to the weather conditions being worse than anticipated, we will adjust accordingly. 

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Making The Trade Official

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

When the bell tolls three times on Monday afternoon, that’s it.

There is no leniency.

At the NHL’s headquarters in Manhattan, the clock on trade deadline day is monitored using the United States government’s official website. Any deal filed to the league by 2:59:59 p.m. ET is valid. One second later and the player(s) traded aren’t eligible for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

It’s the one assignment NHL general managers can’t turn in late.

Amid the annual flurry of activity that is the final hour of TradeCentre, it’s amazing that no team has ever missed the deadline with a deal – at least not in the two decades that NHL senior counsel Daniel Ages has been on staff.

“We’ll get calls right up to the last second,” Ages said last week. “But not once 3 p.m. has elapsed. I don’t recall that happening before.”

Over those two decades, technology has changed immensely. Trades can officially be filed to the league by phone, e-mail and yes, still via facsimile.

The NHL actually makes sure someone is standing by the fax machine as the deadline nears, just in case a team decides to send in details of a trade under the wire. They aren’t yet set up to accept a trade over text message.


Filed in: NHL Teams, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Only A Two Game Suspension For Radko Gudas?

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Not sure what was more of a joke, the fact that the NHL’s Department of Player Endangerment™ suspended Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas only two games for clubbing NHL scoring leader Nikita Kucherov over the head with his stick or the head-scratching claim department head George Parros made when explaining the suspension.

Read what Parros said in the NHL’s video explaining the suspension and try not to laugh out loud: “As part of our efforts to change player behavior and in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, the Department of Player Safety will increase a player’s discipline when he repeatedly violates NHL playing rules. No matter how forceful the impact he makes is, Gudas must stop using his stick to target the heads of his opponents.”

Oh really now? This is the same Radko Gudas who received a 10-game suspension for his stick attack on Mathieu Perreault of the Winnipeg Jets just 15 months ago, right?


Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: radko+gudas

« Previous        < 1 2 3 4 5 >  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


Most Recent Blog Posts