Kukla's Korner Hockey
For the last three years, I’ve lived in Prague during the offseason. I consider it to be the most beautiful city in the world, and hockey is the most popular sport here. The best part about having the summers off is that I can see my family and spend quality time with my wife, driving through Prague to enjoy the sights.
On a typical day during the offseason, I get up at 7:30 a.m. and eat some breakfast before I workout. This summer, I’ve been training with Martin Havlat of the Blackhawks and Roman Hamrlik of the Canadiens.
After lunch, I get in another workout that can include the bikes, or other sports like tennis, squash or soccer. I have dinner with my wife, and before I know it, the days are usually over.
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from Contact Music,
Actress/singer Hilary Duff has sparked rumours she’s taking her relationship with hockey star Mike Comrie to the next level, after she was snapped wearing a ring on her wedding finger.
The 20-year-old star was spotted leaving Hollywood’s Il Sole restaurant with National Hockey League (NHL) star Comrie on Friday night (15Aug08) when she flashed her left hand to reveal a ring.
more with pics…
from the Lansing State Journal,
“It’s a great to be back on the ice and it’s a good week to go through organized practices that help all of us get ready for training camp,’’ said former Spartan captain Shawn Horcoff, who recently signed a five-year contract extension with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.
“Plus, it’s great to see all the guys, relive old stories and to get to know the new players. We’re all Spartans and part of a great family.’‘...
Other players at the camp included goaltender Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, forwards Adam Hall (Tampa Bay), Jim Slater (Atlanta), David Booth (Florida), Drew Miller (Anaheim), and Justin Abdelkader (Detroit), defensemen Mike Weaver (St. Louis) and Andrew Hutchinson (Tampa Bay)....
Ryan Miller is entering his seventh season as a pro and fourth with the Sabres. He recently signed a five-year extension with the Sabres, ending speculation he might let his contract expire and test the market as an unrestricted free agent.
“This week has been challenging because it’s our first real tests five days in a row and two hours on the ice,’’ said Miller, 28, who still makes his offseason home in East Lansing. “With regimented drills, you can focus a little more - for me, on my balance….”
Craig Custance takes a look at Glen Wesley, Carolina’s new Director of Defensemen Development, at Sporting News Today.
The Hurricanes are building on tradition and are following the example set by Compuware youth hockey, started by owner Peter Karmanos.
from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
(Ryan) Whitney, whose point total dropped from 59 in 2006-07 to 40 last season, underwent surgery to correct a left-foot misalignment Friday in Charlotte. Full recovery from the procedure, an osteotomy, usually takes three to five months.
“I just couldn’t live on one healthy foot anymore, let alone try to skate,” Whitney said Thursday, on the eve of his surgery. “We’ve tried everything to avoid surgery because we knew it would mean missing a chunk of the season. But nothing worked.”
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
added 9:22am, Ray Shero comments on the surgery,
“Ryan has been bothered by this condition in his foot for some time,” Shero said. “He consulted with a number of specialists in an effort to correct the problem without surgery, but it was ultimately determined that surgery was the best path to take – for his general well-being, and for his career.
“Obviously, he will miss the start of the 2008-09 season, but the doctors tell us he will be able to play pain-free when he returns to the lineup this season.”
Detroit Free Press photographer Pat Beck snapped some pictures on Friday from the Woodward Dream Cruise.
My favorite picture so far…
The Stanley Cup…or at least a respectable replica….took a ride on top of a limo cruisin’ up Woodward in Royal Oak Friday evening. Hockey fans like cool cars or maybe it’s the other way around. I wasn’t really sure what got the most cheers…the decorated limo or the Stanley Cup on top.
read and view more pictures at his blog…
from George Richards at On Frozen Blog,
Story is, Mike Van Ryn is for sure going to Toronto, Bryan McCabe coming back….
Florida and Toronto are still talking about other stuff, and it appears someone is going with Ryno to Toronto. But, it won’t be anything major. Perhaps Radek Dvorak, maybe a younger player who is on the roster bubble. Forget reports that Stephen Weiss or David Booth would be traded. That’s not happening. Same goes for Jay Bouwmeester.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have added an exhibition game against HC Slovan of the Slovak Extraliga, the top professional hockey league in Slovakia, at 1 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local) on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008 at Samsung Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia. This will be the first-ever NHL exhibition game in Slovakia.
from Mike Heika at the Dallas Stars Blog,
I like Sean Avery’s game. He’s ultra competitive, he has some skills, and he can help a team win in the short-term.
My biggest concern is the Stars have tied themeselves to him for the long-term with the four-year, $15.5 million contract they signed this summer….
But here is my concern about Avery _ I believe he has bought into his own hype far too much. He is performing pretty much all of the time now. In interviews, in appearances, in games, he is trying to live up to the legend he has created. And, in my opinion, that will eventually wear on people (and probably wear him down).
from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,
On the surface, you might ask, “which teams have been the best shoppers?”
Rangers—No matter what you think the Broadway Blueshirts will look like without star wing Jaromir Jagr after he bolted to big money in Russia, Markus Naslund has been ready for a new hockey life, and the Rangers are hoping it will begin in New York where centers Scott Gomez, Chris Drury and Brandon Dubinsky have a way of making wings perform better. Not to mention the 26 goals by Nikolai Zherdev that should improve in much the same way. What puts the Rangers over the top this offseason, however, is the signing of free-agent defensemen Wade Redden, Dimitri Kalinin along with the re-signing of Michael Rozsival.
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