Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Here we are, still two weeks away from American Thanksgiving, and the Florida Panthers are done like dinner.
Every game from here on in will be spent in the role of spoiler. That seven-year streak of missing the playoffs will stretch to eight.
These clawless Cats aren’t playing with the string. They’re playing it out.
You think the housing market is tanking? Imagine the demand for Panthers tickets the rest of the way.
A press release from the Anaheim Ducks,
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named Bob Murray Executive Vice President and General Manager. At the same time, Brian Burke has been named Special Consultant to Chief Executive Officer Michael Schulman.
“Brian respectfully declined our contract extension offer last week,” said Schulman. “With his support, we decided to make the transition at this time in the best interest of the organization. Brian and I have been discussing his future with the Ducks for some time. Once he decided last week not to extend his contract, I decided Bob was the obvious successor and Brian agreed.
Ottawa Senators forward Jarkko Ruutu has been suspended two games, without pay by the NHL.
The NHL had a disciplinary hearing for Ruutu on Wednesday morning. The incident in question occurred during the third period of Tuesday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. Ruutu delivered an elbow to the head of Maxim Lapierre.
Lapierre did not appear to suffer any injury on the play and Ruutu was assessed a two-minute minor for charging, but the infraction did violate at least two tenets of the NHL’s policy on hits to the head.
From the CP via the London Free Press:
Police are telling pawnshop owners to be on the lookout for a pair of NHL Stanley Cup rings after a massive jewelry heist at a Toronto mansion owned by the Bronfman family.
Two Montreal Canadiens rings went missing along with more than 50 pieces of jewelry after a break-in Saturday night at the home in the tony Forest Hill neighbourhood.
The Habs jewelry dates back to the 1970s, when the team was owned by the Bronfman family. One ring commemorates the team’s 1973-74 Stanley Cup victory, while the other is from the 1975-76 championship.
*photo from CTV Toronto
By way of TSN‘s text message breaking news updates, I just received this message:
“Brian Burke is out as the GM of the Anaheim Ducks. Bob Murray is taking over.”
TSN has that much info up on their site now as well. Updates to follow shortly. News conference scheduled for this afternoon.
Update 2:24pm ET: From the Toronto Star, this comment—
The Star’s Damien Cox reports that Burke will stay on as a consultant with the Ducks until the end of this season.
Update 2:40pm ET: More added to the TSN story—
Sources say Burke will, in this advisory capacity, have the ability to freely negotiate future employment opportunities as a GM in the NHL.
That would pave the way for Burke to be hired as president and GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the days, weeks or months ahead, if the Leafs and Burke so desire. And there is strong reason to believe that is precisely what will happen.
Update 4:05pm ET: Press release from the Ducks available here.
From the CP via the Globe & Mail,
Brandon Sutter is ready to return to the Carolina Hurricanes.
The rookie forward was activated from injured reserve on Wednesday after missing the past eight games with a concussion.
He suffered the injury on Oct. 25 when Islanders forward Doug Weight caught him with his head down while skating through the neutral zone — a legal hit that renewed the debate about headshots in the NHL.
from the Vancouver Sun,
There was an elephant in the Vancouver Canuck dressing room Tuesday that Roberto Luongo’s teammates were doing their best to tip-toe around.
“I think it is probably in the back of everyone’s mind now because you guys are bringing a little attention to it,” said defenceman Willie Mitchell.
“You don’t want to jinx him, eh,” added Canuck winger Alex Burrows. “So you don’t really want to talk about it.”
from Ian Winwood of the Sports Blog at the Guardian,
There is no reason whatsoever that fans of a terrible club should throw good money after bad watching their team lose, but there is something noble about those who do. What is certain, though, is that the club today in no way resembles the powerhouse that dominated hockey more than a quarter of a century ago. What’s more, it’s difficult to imagine how the Islanders might soon climb out of their slough of despond; for them failure became first a tradition, then a habit, and now an identity.
...Somewhere among the Giants jerseys, the Knicks vests, the Rangers sweatshirts and the Mets caps you might see someone wearing a piece of apparel that has the “Y” of NY fashioned into a hockey stick. But don’t let this fool you, because a night with the New York Islanders is these days the coldest ticket in town.
from Chris Kuc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune,
The Blackhawks will retire jersey No. 3 and raise it to the United Center rafters prior to Wednesday night’s game against the Boston Bruins to honor Keith Magnuson and Pierre Pilote.
The legendary defensemen both wore No. 3 during their playing careers and the number is the fifth retired by the organization and the first since Denis Savard’s No. 18 on March 19, 1998.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
The dilemma, of course, is the whopping Blake contract they are shackled with. The veteran forward is in just the second-year of a five-year, $20-million US contract, a deal that will end when Blake is 38.
Blake does not have one of those irritating no-trade clauses in his pact like the famed Muskoka Five sported last season. But as one Eastern Conference general manager said last night: “That ridiculous salary makes it a no-trade contract. So does his age. And so does his reputation.”
If the saga continues to decay, don’t be surprised if the Leafs ship Blake down to the minors. According to sources, it’s a concept that theoretically has been kicked around behind closed doors.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org