Kukla's Korner Hockey
From Risto Pakarinen at NHL.com,
Hockey circles sure are small. They’re small in countries like Finland and Sweden, or the Czech Republic, and they’re small in the wide world of the NHL. All you have to do is take a look at the front offices in the NHL organizations to see how the pieces go together.
That’s just the way the world seems to be working regardless of the industry.
I was thinking about this today, after an event organized by the Swedish Elite League…
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Prior to the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy, Brodeur expressed that it would probably be his last shot as the No. 1 goaltender for Canada because of his advancing age. But, now with the Vancouver Games only a year and a half away and Brodeur coming off back-to-back Vezinas, he’s thinking a little differently.
“I’d love to go,” Brodeur said. “I’d love to be part of it. It would be a great experience, but I don’t know what the role will be. Definitely, I’m going to gun to be No. 1 if they pick me. We’ll see where my career is. There’s a lot of young guys that have a chance to challenge the guys that were there last time. That’s good. That’s healthy. I’ve got the experience of going to three of them, so that’s one thing that’s on my side. We’ll see what their decision will be. For me, that’s not the ultimate goal, but it’s a goal I’m looking at seriously. I think it would be quite an accomplishment to play in four Olympics. My kids have already been talking to me about it. They want me to go. I told them, ‘We’re only going if I’m playing.’”
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
When Semin returned to the NHL in 2006-07, he should have been forced to comply with the final year of his entry-level contract because he never fulfilled it and was suspended by the team for the two seasons he was in Russia. But somehow, that final season was ignored and the Capitals, knowing Semin wouldn’t have returned for entry-level money, managed to sign him to a new two-year deal despite the fact he had not fulfilled the terms of his first contract.
When you see things like that happening, can you blame Radulov – who was contractually in exactly the same boat as Semin – for bolting back home at the first opportunity? If the NHL isn’t going to respect its own contracts, how can it expect anyone else to do the same?
And this is the kind of attitude both the leaders of the NHL and IIHF find themselves up against these days. NHL owners talk a good game, but are happy to circumvent their own rules and try to do business on their own terms if it means they can get a star player.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
In a stunning turn of events, the Kontinental Hockey League and International Ice Hockey Federation appear to have extended an olive branch to the NHL, which may ultimately lead to a thaw in the frigid relations between the KHL and the NHL.
“We have gone with an open hand to the NHL,” KHL president Alexander Medvedev told thn.com in a telephone interview Saturday. “We are hoping to get a positive reaction from the NHL.”
added 5:35pm, Ken Campbell has adjusted the story from above, adding a comment from Bill Daly.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in the Radulov case, the IIHF, “lacked the courage and conviction to do what’s right,” by not ordering Radulov to fulfill the final year of his contract with the Nashville Predators. Despite still being under contract to the Predators, Radulov signed a three-year deal worth $13 million with Salavat Ufa of the KHL and has already appeared in several games.
“The facts couldn’t be more clear,” Daly said in an email to thn.com. “But instead of revealing what (the IIHF’s) investigation actually found – which is that Radulov is under contract to Nashville and should be playing there this season - they pulled the chute and took the easy way out. Very, very disappointing. Its seems that the KHL is making decisions for the IIHF these days.”
from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
In 2003 and 2004, he was the goaltender for N.C. State’s club hockey team. From there, it was on to countless minor-league tryouts—the first with the Fayetteville FireAntz of the Southern Professional Hockey League.
“Just my luck,” he said, smiling. “It was the year of the [NHL] lockout, so 11 goalies were there. But one of the things the Marine Corps taught me was to keep going after my goals, to keep plugging away, plugging away.”
The last few years have been a blur of different locales, leagues and hockey sweaters—the FireAntz, Asheville Aces, Twin City Cyclones, Greenville Grrrowl, Charlotte Checkers, Pensacola Ice Pilots, Florida Everglades.
“They call me ‘The Suitcase,’ ” Alves joked.
from East Aurora New York,
After months, actually years of hard work by local residents trying to make the dream of creating a venue for local East Aurora youth a reality, the time has finally arrived.
The Aurora Ice Association has obtained possesion of the actual rink and that was used for the Winter Classic event held at Ralph Wilson Stadium on January 1st, 2008 between the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
thanks to Empty Netters for the pointer and they were wondering if Dan Craig was included in the deal?
from the CBC,
Minor hockey coaches in Calgary now have to wear helmets on the ice during practices after a coach slipped and suffered a brain hemorrhage.
Goalie coach Troy Williams fell while skating backwards last winter at his son’s hockey practice.
“He was clearing pucks from behind the net and he was skating backwards and just the way he shot the puck, he just went straight back,” recalled his wife Tracy on Tuesday.
Troy Williams fractured his skull and suffered a brain hemorrhage, a potentially fatal injury. He recovered, but still suffers headaches.
from the Hamilton Spectator,
Pat Quinn will be given his 10th major international coaching position tomorrow.
Sources close to the scene told The Spectator this morning that the former Toronto Maple Leaf coach will be named Tuesday as the coach of Canada’s national junior hockey team for the 2008-09 world junior championships, to be held in Ottawa over the Christmas holiday.
from Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette,
The city of Tampa, Fla., is scheduled to host the 2012 NCAA men’s hockey Frozen Four at the St. Pete Times Forum.
But the NCAA better rethink that in the wake of what the new ownership group of the Tampa Bay Lightning pulled on Notre Dame and the Lightning College Hockey Classic.
The NCAA should rescind Tampa’s right to host the Frozen Four after the Lightning told the Notre Dame just last Thursday that it wasn’t welcomed to have its tournament Jan. 2-3 in the St. Pete Times Forum….
Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson didn’t mince words in criticizing the Lightning’s new ownership group, which is headed by Oren Koules and former NHL player Len Barrie.
“I am extremely disappointed in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s decision to not continue the tournament,” Jackson said in a statement. “We had a verbal agreement to continue this for two more years, and as hosts of the Frozen Four in 2012, I’m not sure it’s the best message to send to the college hockey community by cancelling the tournament at such a late date.”
from Evan Weiner at MCN Sports,
The e-mail from Szymon Szemberg from the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) that came last Thursday was very simple and very to the point. The planned IIHF get together in New York on September 4 dissolved or in Szemberg’s words. “That meeting is cancelled or possibly postponed.”
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