Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Category: NHL-Talk

Talking About The New Head Shot Proposal

from Bob Condor of NHL.com,

The NHL is looking to establish a new rule against blind-side hits to the head as soon as possible, but any change for the rest of the regular season or playoffs would involve possible supplemental discipline but would not involve on-ice officials calling a minor or major penalty.

“A penalty call on the ice [based on any new rule] would be a difficult thing to consistently administer at this time,” said Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, during an appearance on NHL Live! radio.

The alternative measure would be for any potential violation to be reviewed by Campbell and his Hockey Operations staff. Any questionable play would involve “a lateral, back pressure or blind-side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principal point of contact is not permitted.”


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

Why Would Anyone Disagree?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL wants to adopt a new head-shots rule before season’s end and is moving to get all stakeholders, from players to coaches to officials, onside.

“It’s a process that has never been done before in the season,” said Colin Campbell, senior vice-president of hockey operations. “But this is so important an issue that if we can possibly avoid just one concussion, we should do this.”

In an effort to fast-track the implementation of the proposed rule, the league is preparing a video-highlights package that it plans to circulate to all 30 teams within the next week or so.


Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink

After A 1000 Games

NEW YORK (March 16, 2010)—At the 1,000-game mark of the 2009-2010 season, the National Hockey League has continued to redefine success in the digital age. Across the NHL.com Web site, broadband video (including live games), social media and electronic commerce, the NHL is experiencing record consumer demand on its digital platforms.

Additionally, in the wake of the 2010 Winter Olympics, where NHL players staged one of the most memorable Olympic hockey tournaments of all time, the NHL has experienced audience increases on television and in arenas.

“The growth the NHL is delivering across multiple platforms is redefining the way the world looks at the league’s business,” said NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins. “We’ve created a deeper portfolio of big events and direct-to-consumer digital products, both of which have activated hockey fans across North America. Not only are these initiatives delighting fans, but they are creating new value for the League in the partner, broadcaster and advertising marketplaces as we build toward the Stanley Cup Playoffs.”

At the 1,000-game mark the League’s business highlights include:

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Business of Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Complaint Department, Not Here

I’ve had and have had enough of the complaining.

Read my NHL.com blog today.

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

Do You Want To Hear From Bettman?

from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

Perhaps it’s time for the NHL to look at a new way of doing things when it comes to supplementary discipline.

Perhaps the time is right for Gary Bettman to take centre stage, to become the man who makes these tough hockey decisions and puts his reputation on the line.

David Stern does it in the NBA. Roger Goodell was the one who banned Michael Vick and has to deal with trouble in the NFL when suspensions are required. Heck, Mark Cohon, every once in a while, at least tries to look like he’s running the CFL show when something bad happens on the field.

But not Bettman. Whether it was Brian Burke or Colin Campbell, Bettman has preferred to stay in the background, just as was the case when Brian O’Neill dealt with supplementary discipline under John Ziegler.

But it wasn’t always this way.


Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Not A Good Way To Expose The Game

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

So, you’re the NHL. Your sport just had the most watched hockey game in three decades in the United States.

You follow up that golden Olympic Sunday on Feb. 28 with an opening fortnight in March that would make the world’s best PR person want to run for the hills.

To recap:

March 7: Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke levels Boston star Marc Savard with a devastating hit, reigniting the talk of head shots, etc. The hit just happens to occur on the eve of the NHL’s GM meetings where head shots are the headlining topic.


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

A Little Bit About Me

Chris of The Goal Crease was kind enough to think about me and asked a few hockey/blogging questions that I responded to.

You can read the full interview here.

Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Media, Hockey Bloggers, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Can The Head Shot Rule Be Implemented Quickly?

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

...there are clearly forces within the league and union advocating urgency to get this new rule on the books fast. The league is obviously worried about optics and the gap of vulnerability that now exists between now and next fall, with so many important and intense matches to be played.

Last week, the Bettman administration was arguing that due process wouldn’t allow the rule to be implemented before this season ended. Today, they’re looking at ways to make just that happen.

But they need the players, specifically the five on the competition committee – Ryan Miller, Jeff Halpern, Jason Spezza, Mathieu Schneider and Brian Campbell – to agree to the new regulation. The committee isn’t set to convene again until June, by which time the league will have replaced two members from the management side, Kevin Lowe and Bob Gainey.

If the competition committee were somehow able to gather and give its thumbs up to the new legislation, the league’s board of governors would then have to give its final stamp of approval.

You’d think that in an era of email and video conference calls, this could all be done in a matter of days, and maybe it can be.

Then again, the union has no leadership at the moment, having decapitated itself in a spectacular episode of internal bloodletting last fall.


Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Instead Of An All-Star Game

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

One idea floating around in the NHL head office is to somehow give an international hockey feel to feed off the Vancouver experience, possibly staging some form of a mini-World Cup. I stress this is very conceptual at this point, but still interesting nonetheless.

Speaking on international hockey, I’m told the Russians have recently approached Hockey Canada about staging a Summit Series in 2012 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the ‘72 classic. The Russians also want it to be best on best, so it would be Sidney Crosby & Co. versus Alex Ovechkin & Co. Of course, the NHL and NHL Players’ Association would have to sign off on it, and I’m not sure there’s an appetite for it at this point.

What about USA Hockey and Hockey Canada getting together with the NHL and NHLPA to do some form of series with top players? Given the recent gold-medal game in Vancouver, why not capitalize on the burgeoning rivalry between Team USA and Team Canada? Food for thought.

more hockey discussion…

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Sunday Hockey Points

from Steve Simmons of the Toronton Sun,

• Love to know what the head of the NHL Players’ Association thinks about the head-shot controversy, but alas, there is no head of the NHLPA and thus no one to speak on behalf of the players for or against.

• Can’t envision a Stanley Cup final that doesn’t have Pittsburgh or Washington in it. The West can offer up a deeper field with Chicago, Vancouver, San Jose and Los Angeles all capable of doing some playoff business.

• For as much as Dion Phaneuf has contributed to the Leafs, he has yet to bring much offence. As of Saturday night, he had no goals, just two assists with the Leafs and the Toronto power play has been mostly dismal since he was traded for.

more points…

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

« Previous       ‹ First  < 453 454 455 456 457 >  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


Recommended Sportsbook


Most Recent Blog Posts