Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Adam Kimmelman of NHL.com,
One of the early stars of the New York Rangers’ strong start has been described by teammates as a “motormouth” with “sickening” skills.
That’s how teammates see Nikolai Zherdev, who seems to have a new lease on life in the NHL in his first season on Broadway….
“We have good chemistry,” Voros told NHL.com. “We hang out on the ice and off the ice. … We’re good friends on the ice and good friends off the ice, so it’s kind of seamless.”
read on and more Atlantic Division notes…
fromMichael Russo of the Star-Tribune,
After the Wild’s 1-0 shootout victory Saturday night at Tampa Bay—a game in which the Wild was outplayed by the Lightning—coach Jacques Lemaire lit into Benoit Pouliot, 22, James Sheppard, 20, and Colton Gillies, 19, for not stepping up…
“They’ve got to do better!” snapped Lemaire, his voice rising, his face reddening. “Come on. We’ve got to see them. I’ve got nobody! I’ve got nobody to play, and I’ve got to sit them? They have to wake up. Come on!
“I don’t want to get on them, but you know, this is the NHL. I’ve said that. But we demand a lot. The kids, they’ve got to play.”
from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
Come Saturday night, it will be wall-to-wall hockey across North America.
All 30 NHL teams are in action, creating a dynamite opportunity for hockey fans to come together, crack open a favorite beverage and break out the tortillas and salsa. After all, it’s hockey night in North America.
“This is only the second time we have had all 30 teams playing on one night since I’ve been here and actually, at around 9 p.m. (ET), we’ll have 12 games going at once so I think I’ll be glad when the night is finally over,” said Kris King, the NHL’s senior director of hockey operations in Toronto.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Sean Avery returns to the Garden tonight as an anti-hero. Number 16 in the Stars’ lineup understands that. What he does not understand, however, are implications from one-time teammates that the Rangers are better off without him.
“If anyone feels that I was disruptive or had my own agenda, I wish those guys would have the [guts] to say it to my face,” Avery told The Post by phone late last week. “I don’t think I was disruptive or selfish.
“All I did was give everything I had for the team, I don’t think that was a question. If my [former] teammates feel that way about me, that would certainly be very disappointing.
“I played hard for my teammates.”
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
It promises to be an interesting week for the Leafs.
Up first is a home game tomorrow night against Anaheim, and much of the talk will be about Ducks GM Brian Burke and his signing with Toronto when his contract expires in July.
“It will be an opportunity for you guys (the media) to get things going,” Fletcher said. “We have to focus on what we have to do – try to beat Anaheim in a hockey game.”
While the Leafs work on their hockey skills, Fletcher will be putting his managing skills to the test. The league’s GMs meet at the end of the week in Chicago, and Trader Cliff anticipates the seeds of future deals will be planted.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Hockey fans at a sports collectibles show say they were stunned to learn that autographs at a table featuring Sam Gagner and Andrew Cogliano of the Edmonton Oilers cost $25….
It wasn’t clear where the money was going, but the Edmonton Sun reported that several people working the event who didn’t want to be identified confirmed that it wasn’t for charity….
Cogliano said the signing was part of his contract with AJ Sportsworld, but declined to comment further after being told not to talk to media.
Gagner, looking at the table in front of him and slumping his shoulders when asked why they’re charging fans, declined to answer.
from Mark Madden of the Beaver County Times,
If Ovechkin won’t respect Malkin’s status as a superstar, the Penguins can’t respect Ovechkin’s status as a superstar. If that means that Eric Godard does Ovechkin a favor by rearranging his face, so be it.
from Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports,
In what had been a latent war, muted by slow gains for alternative media and muffled by gimmicks like the New York Islanders’ Blog Box, David Berry is the hockey blogging equivalent of Joe the Plumber—a conversational pivot for a renewed debate.
In the process, he’s shown that the Oilers are embarrassingly behind the times when it comes to new-media acceptance. The times, in this case, being circa 1999.
Why is it some NHL teams get it and others just don’t? Maybe if they took the time out to try to understand what bloggers actually do, they would be much more receptive instead of always looking over the shoulder of a blogger.
added 7:34am, Mirtle chimes in too…
At some point, the designations become pretty unclear. If I was in the Oilers press box on an assignment for the newspaper and happened to post a little ‘how do you do’ on this site, would that be allowed? Is blogging on Oilers Nation if you’re already in the media circle okay?
added 7:38am, from Ted’s Take,
The NHL needs a big tent when it comes to coverage. We need to embrace new media and be the leaders in developing affiliates and a network that talks about our sport, our teams and our players.
from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,
“There is a feeling that we’re a good team and that fundamentally we have to play better,” general manager Paul Holmgren said yesterday after the team returned from the West Coast. “Two years ago we had a lot more issues with our team that we don’t have with this team.”
The problem, Holmgren said, is not the defense or the injuries.
“Right now I don’t believe we’re real committed to playing the way we need to play, he said. “I’m not sure our forwards are committed. They forgot how hard it was last year in the playoffs and they’re trying to find shortcuts.”
This start doesn’t doom the team, but it casts some serious doubt about a repeat of last year’s playoffs or even advancing to the Stanley Cup finals.
from James Duthie of TSN,
Welcome to Habapalooza. The schedule isn’t even complete yet, and already we know the Ring of Honour ceremony will be followed by (brace yourself): Builder’s Night (Oct. 28), Memorable Games in Canadiens History DVD release (Nov. 4), Patrick Roy’s sweater retirement (Nov. 22), Opening of Centennial Plaza (Dec. 4), Centennial Gala (Dec. 5), NHL All-Star Weekend (Jan 24-25), launch of the Canadiens Hall of Fame (April), NHL Draft (June 27), 8 “Vintage Jersey” games, and two “Original Six Salute” games. Oh ya, and the Stanley Cup Final* (June).
And I didn’t even get to the Special Edition Montreal Canadiens Monopoly Game, the commemorative stamps, and a special minted Habs Loonie (the only Canadian dollar that may rise in value this year).
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