Kukla's Korner Hockey
By Alanah Downie On my side of the border, HockeyNation looks at the new standards of Hockey Canada, as changes to the rules and arena-specs are implemented across the country at the amateur level -- a huge project. And down south, CasonBlog is predicting that Aaron Ward will be the man the Hurricanes' miss the most this coming season, while speculating on various possible trade scenarios involving Carolina. At Hockey Rants, Jes Gõlbez mentions that Jaromir Jagr just won the 'Golden Stick' award for being The Greatest Czech Hockey Player in all the History of Czech Hockey Players. (Well, something like that!) And On Frozen Pond published a photo of Ashley Judd posing back in 1999, wearing nothing but a University of Kentucky hockey jersey. (Is this 'newsworthy'? Noooo... just a Monday morning gift.) Safe for work, hockey fans. Checking out the excellent The Puck Stops Here over the weekend, I found this interesting statement: "Brett Hull's 1990/91 season was... the best goal scoring season in the history of hockey." TPSH backs up this madness with stats, so head over there and find out how such a thing could have happened. In Vancouver, J.J. at Canucks Hockey Blog points out that Markus Naslund, Brendan Morrison, the Sedin twins and Dan Cloutier were all hanging out at a local restaurant last week when a surprise special guest showed up. And in Atlanta, Do The Thrashers Have Large Talons breaks down the Vishnevski trade, while worrying about defense this coming season. Hockey jerseys have been a frequent blog topic this off-season, and it has now escalated to the point where Ingmar Bergman Shoots & Scores Photoshopped a customized design for Jerseys & Hockey Love. JAHL also posts on the topic here. (Very cool -- now I want one.) Finally, this weekend I was introduced to what might be the rarest breed of hockey blogger -- a St. Louis Blues blogger! (And not that fake corporate one, either.) So, I'm happy to introduce you to Greg at The Blue Note, if you haven't been by yet. See everyone in a few days! Note: If you write a hockey blog and think that I might not know about you (ie. if you're not on Kukla's blogroll or on my own) don't be shy about dropping me an email.
from the Morning Star,
Catt works pro hockey players with a tough summer regiment. She laughs at hockey stories she probably shouldn't be hearing, but personal trainer Rhonda Catt is basically just one of the boys in summer sessions. Of course, it's her job to keep the likes of pro hockey players Chris Osgood, Tyler Wright, Stacey Roest, Eric Godard, Matt Higgins and Jason Podollan focused, and let them know when they're talking too much. "It's been fun," said Catt, following 90 minutes of dryland drills at Creekside Park. "We've been training for so long now. It's hard, it's challenging, but it's nice to be able to work with a bunch of individuals that are fun to work with. You are always guaranteed some awesome laughs. It's good too because they challenge each other so they're always pushing each other." Osgood started hiring Catt seven years ago after he figured her way was better than his. "Every year she comes up with new stuff," said Ozzie, a summer Vernon resident and veteran Red Wing goalie.continued
from Ask Men,
After a win, the head coach may be the one to get drenched with Gatorade and receive the media attention, but there is a slew of unheralded assistants who work behind the scenes to ensure that the operation runs smoothly. Here is a top 10 list of assistant coaches in sports today- Wayne Fleming - Calgary Flames Francois Allaire - Anaheim Ducks, Goaltending Consultantread a brief blurb on the only two hockey related assistant coaches to make the top 10...
from the News & Observer,
The plans have been made, the contracts signed and the haggling finished. With training camp little more than a month away, the new edition of the Carolina Hurricanes that will defend the Stanley Cup title has taken all-but-final shape. Six players whose names will be engraved on the Cup are gone, five as free agents and one by trade. There are three new arrivals. Is that too much turnover? Not enough? In August, it's easy to be optimistic and hard to be certain.continued
from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Evgeni Malkin sat back in the lobby of his luxury beachfront hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Saturday. He couldn't be farther from the life he left behind in dramatic fashion earlier last week, escaping from his Russian team and life in the tiny, Siberian industrial town of Magnitogorsk. He also couldn't be farther from his family, friends and culture.continued thanks to a KK member for pointing out this story in the KKF.
from the Ottawa Sun,
The days of the $14.99 Sherwood or Victoriaville have gone the way of the eight-track stereo. Now, kids have to have the composite, one-piece sticks and it's costing their mothers and fathers a fortune. There's the Easton Stealth that Ottawa boys and girls are watching score 50 goals for Dany Heatley. It's in the $200-$300 range and it has plenty of company on that lofty shelf. Like the new Warrior Mac Daddy, which is also being adopted by NHLers. "We sell 50 Synergy sticks to every one wood. All the kids want them. "We have Synergys from last year that are half the price, but they don't want them, they want the knew stuff. And the parents are saying yes.read on
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Slap Shots has learned that talks between the Islanders and Group II free agent DiPietro have not yet even begun, with Snow following orders from I, Me, My Charles Wang not to engage in a dialogue with the goaltender's representatives until the owner returns at the end of the month from a lengthy summer vacation. (Neil Smith as well was not permitted to speak independently to DiPietro's people.) This edict means that the team and DiPietro will have approximately two weeks in which to complete a deal, given Wang's policy that the Islanders will refuse to sign any of their own free agents if they are not under contract by the first day of training camp.more (reg. req.)
Alexander Mogilny reportedly spoke with Sport-Express and had this to say about the Malkin situation.
“I can’t judge as I don’t know all the details of this story. I have learned the news from the press. But one thing is clear: if a player wants to play in NHL, he must not be kept. He has the right to choose where to play,” says Mogilny. He does not think that Malkin chose NHL for financial reasons only: “Though it is not a secret that in America the economic situation is more stable than in Russia. The living standards, human relations are absolutely different. What I want to say is that we, the players, are not slaves, we are free people. We must play wherever we want.”This comes from Regnum News Agency which reports on Russian News.
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
The departure of the Thrashers' former director of player personnel indicates how tenuous general manager Don Waddell's tenure is with training camp looming less than a month away. Waddell, the only general manager in franchise history (since June 1998), has not gotten the Thrashers into the playoffs in six seasons, the longest current drought in the NHL. In fact, Waddell, whose contract was recently extended through the 2007-08 season, is the only member of the team's front office whose deal does not expire at the end of this season — including coach Bob Hartley. "You know the situation with Bob right now," Waddell said of Hartley. "Because Bob can't get a multiyear contract and we're on very good terms [that puts me in an awkward position]." Waddell was asked if he thinks ownership could make wholesale changes if the team does not perform up to expectations this season. "Absolutely, we're all under the microscope," he said...more (reg. req.)
from the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets and restricted free agent Nikolai Zherdev remain entrenched in their negotiating positions and, unless one side budges, Zherdev will play next season in Russia. What’s new is that a decision might be coming sooner rather than later. "If we don’t have a deal by next week, he’s playing in Russia," Zherdev’s agent, Rolland Hedges, said yesterday. So there’s a deadline? "Our deadline is Oct. 5," Hedges said, "but we’ve been told (by the Blue Jackets) that we need to get a deal done within the next week. To me, that’s a deadline. In fairness to the team, they want to know where things stand so they can prepare. I can understand that."continued
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