Kukla's Korner Hockey
Monday, April 6th, we placed a call to good friend Gabe A., a founding father of The Pensblog.
We asked him if an online bracket was possible.
He said sure.
We asked if it was possible for the bracket to re-seed itself in the second round.
He said no problem, holmes.
NEW YORK (April 12, 2009)—The National Hockey League has set an overall attendance record for the fourth consecutive season. Total attendance of 21,475,223 and the per-game average of 17,460 were 1.1% higher than the corresponding record figures of 21,236,255 and 17,265 from 2007-08.
With An Edge, Bad cosmetics…any action or practice that reflects badly on the organization (on a few occasions they were in need of a cosmetologist)
Circling the drain…what the Stars did from the moment they lost Captain Brenden Morrow
Internal community…another way of saying “the group”, or “the players”
LAQs…Lame Ass Quotes (also; “coachspeak”)
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
A couple of weeks ago, Vancouver Canuck teammates Ryan Johnson and Mats Sundin watched an ESPN Classic broadcast from the NHL’s paleolithic era and were shocked at what they witnessed.
There was clutching and grabbing all over the ice. Defencemen impeded with impunity. Puck carriers were subject to all manners of harassment. The battles along the boards looked like the backseat of a drive-in.
The two teammates agreed it was a different game than they now play with the Canucks.
“There would have been 30 penalties in five minutes today,” said Johnson.
And that’s funny because the game in question was from the ’98 Stanley Cup final between Detroit and Washington, which was Sundin’s eighth NHL season and Johnson’s rookie campaign.
“We weren’t trying to reinvent the game,” says Steven Walkom, the NHL’s director of officiating. “All we were doing is calling the rules.”
But reinventing the game has been a happy coincidence.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
• Speaking of making sense, there is nothing more absurd in sports than the NHL’s revenue-sharing system, under which the Maple Leafs, the league’s wealthiest and most profitable franchise, get a rebate check worth between $4-4.5 million because the rest of the teams’ combined payrolls created an excess of escrow money.
The Maple Leafs did not come close to spending at the $56.7M cap, coming in at an approximate $49M. They invested, what, maybe 40 percent of their hockey-related revenue on payroll, yet they will get a refund because other teams invested up to 65 percent of their income on players?
That would be tantamount to the Yankees getting revenue-share money from MLB because the Royals, Pirates, Marlins and Rockies went on a spending spree.
• Understand this: The NHLPA will decide whether the cap remains flat, goes down slightly or increases again through its decision on whether to trigger the automatic 5-percent bump. The decision will be made by a vote of the 30 player reps, presumably at the conclusion of the playoffs.
more NHL talk…
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
In my never-ending goal to make life easier on you, the reader, I’m compiling a list of useful Twitter accounts related to hockey. If you’re not on Twitter, I suggest you sign up to follow some of these people because it’s a really useful way to get news and information quickly. It’s my guess that we’ll see every journalist utilizing Twitter at some point, but here’s who I’ve found so far.
read on for the Hockey Journalists and the Hockey Bloggers…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Here are my choices for this year’s awards: Hart (most valuable player) -Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals. Runners-up - Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins; Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings. The wording of the Hart is what gives voters so much trouble over the years. The award goes to the players “adjudged to be most valuable to his team.”
In the past, that’s frequently disqualified players on deep, talented teams from competing for the award, such as Datsyuk, for example. In a normal year, it is difficult even to select Detroit’s MVP – is it Nicklas Lidstrom; is it Henrik Zetterberg? This year, however, Lidstrom and Zetterberg had good, but not great seasons. Datsyuk separated himself from the pack – he is 20 points ahead of his nearest scoring competitor, Marian Hossa.
Datsyuk should be a finalist, as will Malkin, who is closing in on his first-ever NHL scoring title. Over the past two years, Malkin has always raised the level of his game during Sidney Crosby’s injury absences, but the fact that he plays on the same team as Crosby will hamper both their candidacies, leaving the dynamic Ovechkin to win the MVP again.
read on for more awards and other NHL topics too…
from Mike Leggo at NHLOfficials.com,
How do you say farewell to a legend? How do you put into words a larger than life character that most hockey fans feel they already know? How do you reveal the private man behind the celebrated Officer Koharski in the movie Wayne’s World, the foil in the famous doughnut episode? That’s the conundrum, trying to describe our friend, Koho.
The hockey world knows about the well publicized larger than life Don Koharski - NHL referee – irrepressible, sometimes awash in hockey headlines, sometimes not, cheerful and always steady. Others know him as the friendly neighbor, the charity minded citizen, the golfer and pal. To us fortunate members of the NHL officiating fraternity he is all of that and more. Our Koho is a mentor, a guide, an example, a teammate, a competitor, an athlete, a father figure, a brother and a friend.
picture via NHL.com
from Jason Kay of The Hockey News,
Perhaps I’m just being wistful, a selective recall kicking in, making a bygone era seem more romantic than it really was, but I’d love to see a return to the divisional playoff format.
Eric Duhatschek weighs in on this in the next issue of The Hockey News and it’s an opinion I’ve shared for a few years: the blood feuds of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s were the products of repeated post-season meetings and geographical proximity and nearly always seemed epic. The Battles of Alberta and Quebec; Rangers-Islanders; St. Louis-Chicago; Boston-Montreal still resonate.
Granted, with more teams in the league, the frequency of re-matches would diminish, but they’d still occur more often than they do today under a revised system….
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
Some reflections on the 2008-09 season.
• There are still a number of old-timers who complain about today’s game.
Bob Clarke, for instance, considers it to be basically unwatchable and a travesty. It’s not real hockey, he says. Mike Milbury decries the increasing “pansification” of the game, even though he’s no longer allowed to use that word on Hockey Night in Canada.
Nevertheless, the vast majority of hockey fans seem to love today’s game. It’s fast, it’s intense, and it still has plenty of heavy hitting. Fighting is up and so is scoring. It’s not perfect and it never will be, but it’s surely a much better product than anything we ever saw in the playing days of Clarke and Milbury, and top to bottom, it’s probably the best fans have ever seen.
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