Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 03/01/14 at 07:17 PM ET
Updated: Now with 100% more video!
The CBC's Elliotte Friedman, Ron MacLean and Glenn Healy discussed a slate of trade deadline-related topics in a makeshift Satellite Hotstove segment from Vancouver, and as we wait for the video to post, here's what they had to say, via my attempts to "live-Tweet" the event:
- Why did Pat LaFontaine leave the Sabres? Friedman had three theories:
1. LaFontaine simply wanted to go back to his job in the NHL's front office in NYC;
2. He may have wanted to re-sign Ryan Miller, and clashed with the rest of the management regarding that issue;
3. And he may have wanted to reevaluate Ted Nolan's status against the wishes of the rest of the team's management.
- In the "interesting news" department, Glenn Healy stated that the Edmonton Oilers' new stadium may take a page out of the Bolshoi Arena's score-on-the-roof scoreboard as Oilers president and Hockey Canada advisor Kevin Lowe was inspired by the LED technology, and he brought some know-how back with him to Edmonton;
- According to Healy, Ryan Kesler told "anybody and everybody" who would listen in Sochi that he was leaving Vancouver, and according to Friedman, the Penguins may be the hottest team on Kesler's tail. Friedman also stated that Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman insisted that he is not interested in Kesler, despite everyone else's suggestions to the contrary;
- Healy also stated that the Canucks want a "massive" return if they are to move Alex Edler;
- Healy and Friedman disagreed regarding the fact that Roberto Luongo's sitting in Eddie Lack's stead at the Heritage Classic, with Friedman suggesting that the Canucks may see whether the market for Luongo has perhaps softened, and Healy dismissing those claims;
- Healy also stated that Martin St. Louis is NOT going to the New York Rangers;
- Regarding said Rangers, Healy also stated that while Ryan Callahan cannot expect a 7-year contract at $7 million per season, as he'd initially demanded, Healy believes that Callahan will remain in New York, despite some rumors that the Sabres may in fact covet Callahan;
- And the Hotstove concluded with Friedman stating that Brad Boyes will re-sign with the Florida Panthers.
Update: here's the video:
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