Kukla's Korner Hockey
note- moved to top of page so all can see and play, original post was 1/12/15 at 11:59am
20 NHL teams are in action Tuesday night so you have many roster options to choose 1 forward, 1 defenseman and 1 goalie and make sure your roster is set by 7:00pm ET on Tuesday.
$50 to the winner too at the BoltDraft/KK free fantasy game and use passcode kukla14 if needed when registering.
Easy to join, and even easier to pick your roster, it should take no more than two minutes.
Good luck and I am shooting for a win tomorrow with a few surprise roster picks, can you beat me?
Scoring rules are below and if you have any questions regarding the game, the Rules/FAQ page at BoltDraft should be of help.
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Vancouver Sun,
Dominik Hasek used to set up a puck machine, aim it to fire just under the cross-bar and lie down in the crease. With pucks coming as fast as they could fly, Hasek would kick one of his legs in the air with perfect timing and stop the shots.
The hockey world is full of similar stories of Hasek's unique training regimen, and there's a seemingly unending highlight reel of show-stopping saves he made during his NHL career.
Call him crazy, but also call him one of the best goaltenders in history.
"There was definitely a method to all of his madness," former NHL goaltender John Davidson said. "(He could) make saves you're not supposed to make. He was quick, but he knew how to read plays and he could find a way to get it done by twisting his body and rolling over. Whatever it took, he got it done."
A six-time Vezina Trophy winner as the top goaltender and two-time Hart Trophy winner as league MVP, Hasek was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November. On Tuesday night the Buffalo Sabres, with whom he had his best years, will retire his No. 39 before their game against the Detroit Red Wings, with whom he won the Stanley Cup.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
When you’re at the bottom rung of the National Hockey League ladder, it’s pretty obvious you’re a seller at the trade deadline — especially with guys who can walk away on July 1, no strings attached.
Which brings us to Jeff Petry. The Edmonton Oilers defenceman is in the prime of his career, but he’s due to become an unrestricted free agent following this season.
The clock’s ticking loudly on Petry — if there’s no traction on a long-term deal from his side or from Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish, he’s out the door by the trade deadline March 5, 21 games from now.
Chances are he’ll head to the Detroit Red Wings or to the Pittsburgh Penguins or to any team looking for one of those rare birds: a right-handed shooting defenceman who can skate and who has lots left on his odometer at age 27.
Rentals, outside big names such as Jarome Iginla when he left Calgary for Pittsburgh, normally bring back second-round draft picks or prospects at the deadline, but if a team feels they can sign a player before July 1, often they’ll give up more than one piece. Petry doesn’t want to think about the trade deadline, though.
from Neil Best of Newsday,
It's hockey season, New York!
"I am pretty excited about it," MSG analyst and former Islander Butch Goring said of the Islanders-Rangers game, which will feature two of the best teams in the sport so far this season. "It's been a long time since the game had some meaning. We always talk about the rivalry, but the standings dictate it wasn't nearly as important for so many years now."...
There is no more objective measure of sports interest than TV ratings, and they tell a stark story. Through 36 games on MSG, the Rangers are averaging 1.54 percent of area homes -- up 27 percent from this point last season -- and the Knicks are averaging 1.71, down 24 percent....
The Islanders are averaging 0.53 percent of area homes, up 26 percent from this point in 2013-14.
from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
How big can a hockey game be in January?
Big enough that Rangers coach Alain Vigneault already had a name for it, just a day before his team was to play host to the first-place Islanders at the Garden on Tuesday night.
“It’s going to be a New York classic,” Vigneault said after Monday’s practice. “It should be a lot of fun for both teams. They’re the best in our division, and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
"That was a (expletive) call. If you're asking me, it was a (expletive) call. The guy gives two whacks to him, and Varly responded. Take both guys out."
-Patrick Roy, head coach of the Colorado Avalanche on a roughing penalty Semyon Varlamov received for mixing it up with Alex Ovechkin (who scored on the power play). More on the penalty and game from Terry Frei of the Denver Post.
Below watch Patrick Roy post-game (the above conversation is not included in the video)
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
Riding high on a wave of momentum, the Lightning crashed back down into a reality check on Monday night.
Tampa Bay allowed five goals in the second period, three on the power play, en route to a 7-3 thumping by the Flyers in front of an announced crowd of 19,958 at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Lightning had won three consecutive games and seven of eight coming in. Tampa Bay also saw its six-game winning streak against Philadelphia come to an end
The Lightning also lost top defenseman Victor Hedman and leading scorer Tyler Johnson to undisclosed lower-body injuries. Hedman did not return after the first period and Johnson left midway through the second period.
With Tampa Bay playing tonight in Boston, the Lightning likely will have to look to the minors to fill out their lineup.
“There is a chance that both guys may not play (tonight). There is a good chance of that,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said.
continue for more on the game...
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray is no different than most GMs in that he looks around the NHL and sees examples of what he wants his team to become, most notably the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings....
How do you approach the buildup to the NHL Trade Deadline, because I'd imagine it become an exciting time for you? I'm sure you're a wanted guy and lots of people are calling to see who they can pick off of your team for their playoff run.
"Right. Right. It's kind of like last year, same thinking. We go down and have our pro meetings and we get ready for between now and the trade deadline. If we can make good deals that are beneficial to the future of this franchise we are going to do that. I don't want to certainly tear the team apart even though we're picking third overall as of today, but I've had a talk with people in my organization, ownership and including a player like Brian Gionta, that we're not going to let pending UFAs leave for nothing. We do have to continue to build this; we're not there. No one can be happy with the record we have and I don't blame them, but we are where we are. It is a rebuild. It wasn't a retool. It wasn't a quick fix. It's a rebuild so that we can be good for a long time. That's the mindset. In saying that we signed Brian Gionta, we traded for Josh Gorges, so we were still able to acquire good players, but we have to be able to acquire good players going forward if we're going to fix this fairly quickly."
read on for four more questions and answers...
Just under two minutes long...
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
... Nobody could say they saw this coming in Nashville. For 15 years the Predators were the little team that could and in one short season they’ve transformed themselves into Brock Lesnar. They sit first overall in the NHL. They have the all-star coach in Peter Laviolette. They have a Hart and Vezina candidate in Pekka Rinne. They have the Calder favourite in franchise-changing forward Filip Forsberg. And that still only tells part of their story.
Through the first half of the schedule they’ve emerged as a legitimate power, and if there are doubts about the sustainability of their success they can live with those questions. After doing more with less for so many seasons, they’ve discovered the joys of doing more with more in 2014-15 and, in so doing, they’ve changed the entire perception of the franchise.
“Really, our goal was to make the playoffs,” said Poile, who’s been the Predators’ GM every one of their 16 seasons. “I know that doesn’t sound like a lot but when you haven’t made the playoffs for two seasons, it’s pretty significant.
“I just think the timing was good. We wanted to play a different style and that started with the coach (Laviolette).”
As to where it ends, stay tuned.
"I think it'll happen, I think it can work. There's a lot of money there, and I think a lot of people would love to go to Vegas to watch their favorite team play. It wouldn't be bad to be the first pro sports team in Vegas. I think the NHL likes to be the pioneers in that aspect."
-Jeremy Roenick on the NHL expaning to Las Vegas. More on this topic at Sports Illustrated.
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