Kukla's Korner Hockey
via Jay Gold tweet,
CONFIRMED: SKA St. Petersburg (#KHL) - (G) Evgeni Nabokov - 4 years - $6 M. per season
from Lindsay Kramer at NHL.com,
Joey MacDonald knows exactly where the goaltending standards are set in his return to the net in Grand Rapids.
He’s the one who put most of them there in the first place.
MacDonald, 30, signed with the Detroit organization last week after three seasons away from his comfort zone with the Griffins. From 2002 to 2007 he set numerous franchise marks, including career shutouts (16), games played by a goaltender in a season (66 in 2004-05), wins in a season (tied, 34 in 2004-05), shutouts in a season (tied, 6 in 2003-04), and single-season save percentage (.936 in 2003-04). He is second in career wins (88) and saves (4,251).
“I’m setting the bar pretty high for myself. I have great expectations,” MacDonald said. “I’m going to go in there and keep fighting. It doesn’t matter how old you are. It may work out, it may not. But going in, I love to be there. I’m excited to be going back, and that’s a great start for me.”
Here in the Detroit area, temps are in the mid-90s and humidity is high.
So to try to keep you cool, sit back and watch Pond Hockey below.
Note, I believe Hulu.com still only allows US IPs to watch their movies but I could be wrong.
The 2010 Molson Canadian World Hockey Summit Steering Committee on Wednesday announced the four individuals who will serve as the Summit Leadership Team for the four-day event to be held in Toronto from Aug. 23-26.
They include Daniel Alfredsson, a 14-year member of the Ottawa Senators, an Olympic gold medalist and longtime member of Sweden’s national team; Brian Burke, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the GM of the United States’ silver medal-winning team at the 2010 Winter Olympics; Hayley Wickenheiser, a member of Canada’s National Women’s Team since 1993-94 and four-time Olympic medalist; and Steve Yzerman, a four-time Stanley Cup winner with Detroit, a two-time Olympic gold medalist with Canada and now the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
University of Michigan ice hockey head coach Gordon “Red” Berenson has accepted a three-year contract offer from athletic director Dave Brandon to direct the U-M program through the 2012-13 season. Berenson, who played for Michigan from 1960-62, has been the head coach at his alma mater for the past 26 seasons.
“We’ve been doing a one-year contract of late and it seems like we’re spending a lot of time talking about when I’m going to retire,” Berenson said. “I think we can put that to bed for awhile and just focus on what we’re doing. The situation at Michigan is a little clearer in terms of recruitment or leadership of the program or what my future is. It’s pretty simple. I’ve thought about it a lot. I definitely was thinking about leaving earlier, but my passion has really been with this team and these players. They’re making a commitment to the program and I want my commitment to be clear as well.”
from Russia Today,
One of the greatest netminders in the history of hockey, Dominik Hasek, will now play in the KHL, defending the goals of Spartak Moscow.
The 45-year-old player and the club signed a one-year deal on Monday.
“I am very pleased to join Spartak. It’s a great club where a lot of great stars played. It’s a challenge for me and I’m very interested,” RIA-Novosti news agency cited Hasek.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
This was Patrick Kane’s life exactly three years ago: Top prospect for the 2007 entry draft, attending a game in the Stanley Cup final, going on television with Don Cherry, and otherwise absorbing what life at the top looks like as an NHL player.
The difference, on Friday, was that Kane was on the other side of the fence, suiting up for the Chicago Blackhawks, only two victories away from celebrating a championship of his own, as the NHL paraded the leading contenders for the 2010 entry draft through the dressing rooms of the two Cup contenders.
Nowadays, the transition from top prospect to significant contributor can happen quickly. Kane is living proof that a player with high-end skill doesn’t need a lot of time in the development stream, and that a team that lands a player of his level can turn things around quickly.
from Peter Adler at The Cult of Hockey,
Yakovenko said the goaltending legend has agreed to a one-year deal, but he would not release any other details, including financial conditions of the contract. According to other sources, Hasek is to make about $3 million U.S., which would be about 20 times as much as he made last season with Pardubice.
from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,
My question though is a relatively simple one: who needs it?
In releasing the agenda this week with a press conference worthy of an event on par with the selection of a national Olympic team or at least the rosters of the World Championships, the first thing that caught my eye was that this was a sponsored event, by a brewery no less. It didn’t have nubile young women in skin tight spandex to enhance an aspect of implied sexual blackmail and girl-on-girl attractions like a brewery that gives new meaning to the term ‘Blue’. However, the good folks at the more staid Molson brewery seem to have hitched their wagon to something akin to one of those made for publicity events: an agenda that features the possibility of a lot of talk but very little action.
High on the agenda list is the future of women’s hockey, especially in regards to the level of competition at the Olympics. It’s a worthy topic, but exactly what can one expect from this gathering, the majority of whom have little to no impact on what can be done.
from Harry R. Neilson III of Main Line,
The Main Line will never be known as a bastion of ice hockey; even so, Bala Cynwyd produced one of the most famous hockey players of all time, Hobart Amory Hare (aka Hobey) Baker (1892-1918), whom even the Canadians dubbed, “The King of Hockey.”
Although hockey might have been an unfamiliar sport and a novelty in many parts of our area until the 1960s, it was already well-known among the old-money Main Liners who had played the game in prep school. Many of them became Flyers’ charter season ticket holders.
Until the explosion of American sports culture in the postwar era, ice hockey in the northeastern United States was a game almost exclusively of the schoolboy elite who had attended prestigious New England prep schools like St. Paul’s and Groton.
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 email@example.com