Kukla's Korner Hockey
Holiday roster freeze in effect:
For all players on an NHL active roster, injured reserve, or with non-roster and injured non-roster status as of midnight (local time) Dec. 19, a roster freeze shall apply through midnight (local time) Dec. 27, with respect to waivers, trades and loans, subject to the exceptions provided for in CBA Article 16.5.
from Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press,
It no longer matters that the Wild have played well in many games, including both losses Tuesday and Wednesday. The fact is, they are currently in 10th place in the Western Conference and not playing like a team positioning itself for the playoffs.
"We've got to stop losing," Parise said. "Stringing a couple wins together is the only way to get out of it."
It has put the coaching staff in a peculiar position, unsure whether to applaud the positive play -- the Wild outshot the Bruins 37-21 in regulation Wednesday -- or to become upset with the losing.
"Normally what you do is you say if we go out and play that way then we're going to get rewarded, and that's what you focus on," coach Mike Yeo said. "But obviously we know that we need wins, so it's a fine line between trying to find positives and trying to build our game and our confidence and to build that winning attitude feeling."
The Wild have struggled because of a multitude of issues: The goaltending hasn't been as good as last season, the top-4 defensemen rarely have been healthy, and the scoring only seems to come in bunches.
via a Winnipeg Jets release...
The Winnipeg Jets announced they have acquired defenceman Jay Harrison from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Ottawa’s sixth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, previously acquired by Winnipeg at the 2014 NHL Draft.
Harrison, 32, is a veteran of 337 NHL games spread over 10 professional seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs & Carolina Hurricanes. The Oshawa, ON native entered the NHL with the Maple Leafs during the 2005-06 season. Harrison has accumulated 70 points (21G, 49A) and 337 penalty minutes during his NHL career. He set offensive career-highs with the Hurricanes in 2011-12, recording nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points. Harrison was originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round, 82nd overall, of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
The Winnipeg Jets also announced they have placed defenceman Jacob Trouba on IR retroactive to Dec. 14/14.
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the Hurricanes have acquired a sixth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for defenseman Jay Harrison. The pick was previously acquired by Winnipeg from Ottawa.
“We thank Jay for his time with the Hurricanes,” said Francis. “He represented our organization with class and we wish him and his family nothing but the best.”
via Tom Gulitti tweets,
Lamoriello: "I have a lot of feelings about where we're at, but that's for another time."
Lamoriello: "I don't think anybody is happy with where we're at. but right now we have to deal with where we are today..."
Lamoriello cont: "... not where we were yesterday. That's all I have to say."
Paul Maurice announced defenseman Mark Stuart is out until February with a lower-body injury.
This via Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Stuart got into a fight Tuesday night late in the third period with Buffalo’s Nicolas Deslauriers. Deslauriers rocked Stuart with two hard punches to the head that knocked Stuart down and he left the ice in obvious discomfort. The game ended with Stuart still serving a fighting major and he never did return.
Here is the fight...
That makes four defensemen out for the Jets, Trouba, Bogosian, Enstrom and now Stuart.
from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
The Coyotes have failed to make the playoffs since that Cinderella run, and barring a midseason revival, the team seems poised for a third consecutive absence.
This trajectory has led many to wonder if now is the time for Doan to cash in those 19 years of unwavering service, request a trade and seek a championship with a different team.
Apparently, though, Doan isn't one of them.
"It hasn't even crossed my mind," he said. "It's not even something I'm thinking about. I don't foresee me ever making that decision."
Doan and the Coyotes are about as interchangeable as it gets, so it'd be tough to see him slip on a sweater of another color. But no one could blame him for tagging out to chase a personal ambition after being a pillar of optimism through ownership drama and relocation rumors — especially at the age of 38.
But, believe it or not, it's that commitment to the Coyotes that gives Doan plenty of reason to stay.
added 1:24pm, More on Doan from Pierre LeBrun below...
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
STRANG: How different is it in the room these days than it was the first few months?
FOLIGNO: Oh, the confidence is there. You can see it. I think the younger guys have come along really nicely and we've had a lot of new faces, so I think they've found their roles with the team and I think it's allowed us to play more cohesive as a team. [Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky] has been playing great for us. That always helps any team, when you have a hot goaltender. We've got to keep that going. We're finding a lot of good ways to play good hockey right now and we need that to continue.
STRANG: You're a pending unrestricted free agent, so I'm sure you'll be getting asked this a lot in the near future, but what's your expectation about how this will go and what would you like to see happen?
FOLIGNO: It's funny. This is my first time kind of going through it. I'm kind of green but obviously my first priority is to want to sign with the [Blue Jackets]. I love it here. I feel like I've really started to build something here and I want to see this team through because I think we have a lot of key components to being a winning team. I want to help in that regard, so that's definitely the case, but it's a business and you realize that the longer it goes. It's definitely somewhere where I want to invest time in and hopefully get a deal done, but I know that you have to look out for family as well and do what's right for you personally.
from Rich Chere of NJ.com,
Patrik Elias, back from a groin injury and desperate to help the Devils get back into the playoff picture, heard the boos from the Prudential Center crowd of 15,379.
Although the Devils lost their fifth straight home game (0-3-2), Elias thought the booing was inappropriate.
“They were booing. They were disappointed. So were we. Trust me,” Elias said after the 2-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night. “But we didn’t deserve that today. The effort was there. We were the better team. We understand it, but it wasn’t deserved tonight. I didn’t appreciate it.”
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