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from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,
I believe I’ve found the winning formula for an all-star game worth watching: Team Superstars vs. Team Exile.
Team Superstars would be comprised of, well, superstars. The players could be picked by the fans, the media, coaches, other players, my cat. It doesn’t matter. I don’t really care who plays for them. I’m more interested in the other team’s make-up.
Team Exile would feature the ultimate bad boys of hockey, the dressing room “cancers,” whose evil powers run so deep they’ve been shunted and disposed of because they singlehandedly caused their NHL teams to lose.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Maxime Talbot to a two-year contract through the 2010-11 season, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
The 5-11, 185-pound forward has registered seven points (four goals, three assists) along with 18 penalty minutes in 28 games this season with Pittsburgh. Talbot has a winning faceoff percentage of 57.1% this season and is currently tied for fourth on the team with 44 hits.
“Max has developed into one of the key players in our organization,” Shero said. “He has shown his versatility and plays in all situations for our hockey club. He played an integral role in helping our team reach the Finals last season and we look forward to having him for the coming years.”
“Gordie? Every night playing with him you see him do different things. I guess in Toronto where he beat (Maple Leafs defenseman) Kent Douglas twice and then going in, because he was kind of going bald, he always had a long piece of hair that came down to his eye and he had to move the hair out of his eye, and he stickhandled past Johnny Bower and tucked it into the top shelf with one hand.”
“He was trying to get it (the hair) out of his eyes. We all laughed about it and then he wished Johnny Bower a Merry Christmas, to which Johnny chased him halfway to the blue line because Johnny was so mad at him.”
-ex-Wing Bryan (Bugsy) Watson. More from Evan Weiner at NHL.com.
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
Normally it isn’t wise to make a trade for the sake of making a trade, but if the Oilers don’t get it going in the next few days, then Kevin Lowe, or Steve Tambellini, or Daryl Katz, or whoever’s holding the keys to the lemon currently parked near the bottom of the Western Conference standings needs to send somebody packing.
Give them the three games Edmonton plays during the Dec. 20-27 NHL roster freeze and if they aren’t an entirely different team when it’s over, then somebody’s gotta go.
Somebody significant. The core of leaders here isn’t delivering on the ice and doesn’t seem to be leading this young team to anything but mediocrity.
So if the Oilers are still in need of a shakeup on Dec. 28, they should start by shaking loose a veteran, or two.
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Yes, Afinogenov can still take fans’ breath away. It’s just good they aren’t holding it in until he scores.
Afinogenov’s struggles continue, as the winger enters tonight’s game against Los Angeles in HSBC Arena in a slump that’s lasted for more than half a season. Since returning from a groin injury Feb. 29, Afinogenov has played in 43 games. His goal total in that span? Two. He has just one goal in 28 games this year.
“Every hockey player probably goes through some bad stuff,” Afinogenov said Thursday. “Right now it’s my turn, and I need to just get out from that and be strong. Do my job on the ice, and that’s it.”
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
(Scott) Gordon’s system is based on an aggressive forecheck that encourages the defense to pinch in an effort to keep the puck in the offensive zone. But sometimes, as happened Saturday in Columbus, the opposing team gains control of the puck and throws it up the ice, sending their forwards off to the races while the Isles scramble to backcheck.
“Personally, I think it’s more of a risky type of game,” (Brendan) Witt said. “There’s a lot of odd-man rushes. But that’s the way he wants us to play, and until he decides he wants to change that, we’re going to play that way.”
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
When the puck bounced off Turco, then caromed off Malhotra’s skate and went into the net, the Blue Jackets came charging off the bench to celebrate. Both NHL officials—Stephane Auger and Kerry Fraser—had it as a goal on the ice.
And then the light went on in the official scorer’s booth between the penalty boxes.
read on and you decide, was the puck kicked-in…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Sundin followed his wallet instead of his heart. Good for him. Just one more mercenary the way pretty much professional athletes essentially are. They get it while they can, like most of us would….
The Rangers are going to lose any chance of competing for players who become available the rest of the year unless the general manager gets down to work and begins to create cap space for the rest of the season beyond the $1 million the Blueshirts now own.
Sundin went for the money. The Rangers didn’t have enough of it. Sather had better create cap space - and now - so that his team has enough of it when the next guy becomes available.
from Lightning Strikes,
The only rule applicable to what occurred in Thursday night’s game is 26-4, which states that a goal will be awarded when, during a penalty shot, a shot is disrupted by a deliberately thrown stick. That is what the officials had to determine. They obviously determined Lightning goaltender Mike Smith threw his stick on Milan Hejduk’s shootout attempt. That gave the Avalanche a 1-0 win in the shootout and a 2-1 win in the game.
continued and you decide by watching the video. This call is not reviewable, so instant reply was not used in the decision process.
from Adrian Dater of All Thing Avs,
I think it was a bad call, that Smith just dropped his stick after making a kinda-sorta save on Hedgie’s initial attempt.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
What a sham this has been, this three-penny opera….
For months, the hockey world has been consumed with speculation and conjecture about where Mats Sundin would land as though he was some god descending upon Mount Olympus with a lighting bolt in his hand instead of a hockey stick and a résumé chock full of holes.
The great Swede has been mythologized and courted and coveted; and now, mercifully, he is back, if for no other reason, so we can stop wondering which team will be blessed with his presence.
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