Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Category: NHL-Teams

Looking For Work

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

He owns two championship rings. He has appeared in 819 NHL games, all for the same organization. He was once considered one of the league’s sharpest shutdown left wings. He has recovered from spring shoulder surgery.

He is without a job.

“Up in the air right now,’’ said Jay Pandolfo. “Seems like a slow summer for free agents. Just trying to be patient here. Hopefully something will happen before training camp.’’

Like many veterans this offseason, the Burlington-raised former Boston University star finds himself on the outside looking in, wondering if and when a general manager will send him working papers.

The 35-year-old Pandolfo has company in the NHL unemployment line.

continued and more hockey topics too…

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jay+pandolfo

Sunday Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Little known fact: Among those who took the witness stand to support the NHL’s case against invalidating the Ilya Kovalchuk contract was Brian Burke.

• Last week, it was rules being poked and prodded. This week is hockey discussion week with an international summit. But if I could change just one thing about the NHL, it would be to reduce the size of equipment both for goaltenders and skaters. The goalie equipment still needs to shrink, while pads, gloves, elbow pads and shoulder pads need to be altered and softened for those playing the game at the highest level.

• And the always reliable Bob McKenzie has just signed a 10-year contract to continue doing what he does at TSN. And really, shouldn’t a deal of that length be subject to the approval of Gary Bettman? Isn’t it cap circumvention?

• Of the past eight starting goaltenders on teams in the Stanley Cup Final, only Marc-Andre Fleury remains in the same comfortable situation as a clear No. 1 netminder. Chris Osgood, starter in two recent finals, is now a backup goalie in Detroit to Jimmy Howard. Unless J-S Giguere returns to Cup form, he is likely to share the starter’s job in Toronto with emerging Jonas Gustavsson. Michael Leighton will compete with Brian Boucher for a starting spot in Philadelphia. And Ray Emery (remember him?) and Antti Niemi, the Stanley Cup hero shown the door by the Blachkawks, are currently free agents without contracts. Getting to the final—or winning a championship—is no longer the ticket to the future it once was.

a few more hockey notes…

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

Don Cherry Talks Upcoming Season

from Ken Pagan of the North Bay Nugget,

While the Leafs are the only one of Canada’s six NHL teams not to play a playoff game since 2004, there will soon be another NHL team in Canada, Cherry said.

“It’ll happen in Winnipeg,” he said. “I would say Phoenix will be the team. If you’ve watched Coach’s Corner, I’ve guaranteed within two years, Phoenix will be in Winnipeg. They have to go. They’ll never draw in Phoenix. They had a winning team this past year and they still didn’t draw. They can’t do much better than they did, to make the playoffs and still not draw. So they will be in Winnipeg and they’ll jam them in there.”

Cherry expects the Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks will be teams to watch this season, while the Stanley-Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will take a step back, having got rid of too many players during the offseason to stay under the league’s salary cap.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, CBC HNIC, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: don+cherry

Tie-Breaker Rule Change

via E.J. Hradek tweet,

NHL confirms this rule change: Regulation/OT wins (shootout Ws EXCLUDED) now will be first way to break ties in the standings.

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

Lecavalier Will Undergo Minor Procedure On His Knee

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that center Vincent Lecavalier will undergo a minor arthroscopic procedure on his left knee on Tuesday, August 24 in Tampa. The procedure will be performed by Lightning Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Ira Guttentag at the Florida Medical Clinic.

The recovery time will be 3-4 weeks and Lecavalier is expected to be ready to participate in the Lightning’s training camp, which begins Friday, September 17.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: vincent+lecavalier

Summer Ratings

from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,

...here are the top and bottom performers of the summer shopping season so far:

THUMBS UP
Chicago Blackhawks

Key Gains: Fernando Pisani, LW; Marty Turco, G; Jeff Taffe, LW; Ivan Vishnevskiy, D; John Scott, D; Viktor Stalberg, LW
Key Losses: Antti Niemi, G; John Madden, C; Andrew Ladd, LW; Adam Burish, RW; Kris Versteeg, C; Brent Sopel, D; Ben Eager, LW; Dustin Byfuglien, RW; Kim Johnsson, D

The Hawks were bleeding players, no doubt, but GM Stan Bowman did a remarkable job securing assets for skaters he was forced to get rid of under the crush of the cap.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Morning Line

“Of course, to play in the NHL is a dream.  You can go to any youth sports school and ask those who train there—everyone will say that they dream of the NHL.  There cannot even be a talk about comparing the two leagues.  The KHL right now is moving in the right direction, raising up a little, but there is no point to compare the leagues.  Let them call me names, call me a traitor, but this is true.

-Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals,  Ovechkin did an interview (many topics) with sports.ru and you can read the translated interview by Dmitry Chesnokov of PuckDaddy.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, khl

Retiring Theo Fleury’s Number

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

And there’s no telling when he might see his jersey lifted above the ice in Calgary. It took 22 years for his junior club to honour him, proving character is considered more important than talent when it comes to celebrating a star.

His hockey life has come full circle, joining the Hall in a city that both kickstarted his career and began a lifelong nightmare thanks to the alleged abuse of convicted pedophile Graham James — his first junior coach.

The Warriors have now determined Fleury worthy.

With years of sobriety under his belt and a new reputation being built as a voice against sexual abuse and violence against children, his character off the ice is finally catching up to the skill he always displayed on it.

If his life continues in the same direction, the Flames will undoubtedly follow suit.

As long as Fleury’s penchant for untimely outbursts doesn’t get in the way.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Calgary Flames, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: theo+fleury

Getting Messy In Toronto

from Dave Fuller of the Toronto Sun,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a Tomas Kaberle problem. The longer it festers, the more likely it is to infect other regions of the dressing room.

This is hardly a revelation to team president Brian Burke. He’d have moved Kaberle months ago if, in his mind, he was getting equal value in return.

But this isn’t just about trading a player anymore. It’s about cleaning up a mess.

Burke likely won’t have to ask the veteran defenceman to waive his “no-trade” clause, which the GM is loathe to do. Kaberle and his people — from his father, Frantisek, to his agent, Rick Curran — understand the situation. And, the situation, I suspect, is becoming intolerable.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: tomas+kaberle

Aaron Asham A Penguin

via Ryan Rishaug tweet,

Asham signs with penguins. Done deal.

added 6:55pm, Penguins say $700K.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: aaron+asham

« Previous       ‹ First  < 2846 2847 2848 2849 2850 >  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
MyBookie.ag

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts