Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Hockey Topics Galore

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- This just in: After consultation with Senator Kamala Harris’ office, the Kings have decided to trade Ilya Kovalchuk.

What on earth to make of that statement regarding playoff scheduling the Islanders released in a late Friday afternoon news dump, presumably in coordination with the NHL?

What league voluntarily calls attention to the fact the arena in which one of its franchises is playing 20 home games this year and could play all 41 for the next couple of seasons during the Belmont construction process, “does not qualify as an NHL major league facility?”...

- Would be no surprise if the Islanders, with a bushel-full of futures run by a man who always believes in the present (oh my, I am almost beginning to sound like Lou Lamoriello), are in on Artemi Panarin, Mark Stone and perhaps even Mike Hoffman.

Wonder if Lamoriello is up for a reunion with Kovalchuk, who has two years at $6.25 million remaining on the free agent contract he signed with the Kings last summer when management operated under the delusion the team would be a contender....

- If one needed greater evidence why the NHL should never expand in any way to allow four additional teams into the playoffs (or the play-ins), then the Sabres are The People’s Exhibit A.

Because if 10 teams from each conference made the playoffs, the Sabres, who have not won consecutive games in more than two months, would currently be a postseason team despite winning fewer than half their games (28 of 57) following Friday night’s embarrassing performance in losing to the Rangers....

more on each of the above topics plus a few more...

Filed in: NHL Teams, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Comments

Avatar

Because if 10 teams from each conference made the playoffs, the Sabres, who have not won consecutive games in more than two months, would currently be a postseason team despite winning fewer than half their games (28 of 57) following Friday night’s embarrassing performance in losing to the Rangers…

Fair point, but there already is a playoff team in the west (Minnesota) that has won fewer than half their games.

And if there were 10 teams from each conference there would be three such Western playoff teams.

Why pick on the Sabres? They’re not even a playoff team and you’re finding ways to bitch about what if they WERE?  Jeez, get a life.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 02/16/19 at 11:24 PM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.

Smileys

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts

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 pk@kuklaskorner.com