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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
With all the recent focus on hits to the head following last Saturday’s violent collision at the Coliseum in which Doug Weight concussed Brandon Sutter with what is classified as a legal hit in the NHL, it is beyond mind-boggling that notorious repeat offender Chris Pronger was allowed to escape a suspension, let alone a penalty, for the shoulder blow he delivered to Pavel Datsyuk’s head on Wednesday night.
The puck was some 40 feet away on the boards when Datsyuk came across the line and appeared to first encounter defenseman Francois Beauchemin. Pronger came second against the off-balance Detroit center and got the shoulder high into the head.
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from Kelly Hrudey of Blogs and Columns at CBC,
I shared goalie duties with a really good guy, Chris Terreri, but shortly after opening the season, Chris broke his hand in a game in St. Louis.
A couple of games after that, I separated my right shoulder and our goalie prospects at that time weren’t ready for NHL action.
The Sharks chose not to tell anybody about my injury.
So I ended up playing 12 straight with a separated shoulder. This kind of injury made it impossible for me to raise my arm over my shoulder.
If the other teams around the league would have known of my injury, without question every shot would have been high to my stick side.
Unfortunately, I can’t, not all of them—someone else take a shot.
The photo below is a flashback to last year’s Halloween day episode of Pardon the Interruption, which featured Michael Wilbon dressed in a couple NHL jerseys—something that qualifies as scary on ESPN.
Update 12:38pm ET: The Habs ask their players about their best Halloween memories—
Tom Kostopoulos: “My best costumes were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I wore a different one from that show three years in a row. First, I was Raphael, then Donatello and then Shredder. It was great!”
Mike Komisarek: “When I was a kid, my best costume was when I was dressed up as a hockey player. At least, that’s the only one I can share…for a bunch of reasons.”
More at the Montreal Canadiens site.
Update 1:39pm ET: And from the LA Kings, favorite costumes—
Dustin Brown: Anze Kopitar. A couple years ago I was the Big Bad Wolf which was pretty good.
Anze Kopitar: I bought a Brown jersey so that’s what I am going to be.
Update 1:52pm ET: More team mentions of Halloween and related events from the Devils, the Bruins, the Blues, the Sabres... etc. The NHL site also has a feature up on horror-themed hockey masks. And over at Going Five Hole Sean Leahy has some costume suggestions for NHL players.
Last but not least, go here if you feel like taking a light quiz.
Update 2:07pm ET: Reminded by Lady Stanley in the comments, I’d be remiss not pointing to the S.J. Sharkie video we posted yesterday.
Update 3:13 pm ET: Not exactly hockey related, but when Bruce Springsteen releases a spooky new tune on Halloween called “A Night With the Jersey Devil” we gotta include it, right? Check it out.
from Ted Jackovics of the Tampa Tribune,
• Prices sold through RazorGator for NHL home openers this month averaged $96, 25 percent higher than last year.
• The highest average opening-game purchase was $301 for the Vancouver Canucks and $33 for the Phoenix Coyotes.
• The Tampa Bay Lightning average ticket purchase for the Oct. 11 home opener against the Carolina Hurricanes was $78, compared with $59 a year ago.
• But this week, the average Lightning ticket purchase was $55, down from $78 a year ago. Some Lightning tickets were sold for $13.
more on ticket prices through brokers…
from the Windsor Star,
So simple, so symbolic.
With all due respect to the loud gargoyles, skeletons, rock stars, cartoon characters and city skylines which now protect the faces of today’s National Hockey League’s netminders, it’s Gerry Cheevers’ “stitch” mask which takes the cake as the coolest ever.
Picture the scene when Cheevers made his um, mark, on history, with the Boston Bruins.
The NHL was still coming out of the Original Six era, with old-school general managers and coaches gradually conceding that protecting their netminders’ faces from Bobby Hull-type slapshots was a good idea.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
Teams with greater revenue, even in a salary-capped system, have a better chance of competing at a higher level than teams that do not.
A classic example comes just from looking at the top and bottom of the Forbes list. The Leafs may not be good at what they do when it comes to the hockey operations, but they at least are not hindered by financial considerations when it comes to finding a new general manager or, should they choose, invest in scouting and development.
Compare that to the Phoenix Coyotes, a franchise the magazine estimates is worth $142 million and might be in need of new ownership or even relocation.
from P. J. Stock of Blogs and Columns at CBC,
You know what’s funny? I’ve looked and looked and still can’t find anything in this year’s booklet that says anything has changed. Despite all the complaints, there is still no rule, penalty or HEAD SHOT category.
Why is it now the fault of the hitter and not the fault of the who ... the hitee? (You understand).
What is the first thing you teach a peewee kid when he’s starting to play contact hockey? Keep your head up! Protect yourself!
Why when one of these players gets tattooed in today’s NHL it’s not their fault for not keeping their head up? Why isn’t it their fault for not protecting themselves? Why?
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
You see, in Gary Bettman’s NHL, rarely is heard a discouraging word about anything at all. And that’s perhaps the man’s biggest fault; he must genuinely believe fans, employees and media are so dense, they’ll always take what he says as gospel.
The choir is much smarter than that. And Bettman’s preachings fall as flat as that Def Leppard debacle.
At this stage, the sole way Bettman can get into the public’s good graces is by stepping into the shadows for good. And I think I speak for everyone when I say we can stomach one more Pollyanna pontification from him – as long as it’s part of his resignation speech.
From Ryan Dixon at The Hockey News,
Try wrapping your brain around some of these absurdities:
• The Toronto Maple Leafs are a firing squad. Overall, the Leafs are averaging 34.1 shots per game, third-best in the league. But in its past five games, Toronto is putting an average of 40 pucks on goal, including a 48-shot effort Tuesday night against New Jersey.
There may be a dearth of talent among the Leafs forward group (hence the low goal total despite all the shots), but to borrow and alter the meaning of a phrase from Jay-Z, you can’t knock the hustle.
read on for more unexpected weirdness this NHL season
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