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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
Back when Adam Graves arrived in the National Hockey League in the mid-1980s, the heyday of Wayne Gretzky, hockey was played like an icy hybrid of the National Basketball Association….
Today, the sport often resembles Saturday afternoon in the English Premiership.
“It’s gone from a game of high scoring, to almost a soccer style, where you look for your break, get it, then go right back into your system,” Graves said.
And so, our official winners are:
- The Alexander Ovechkin Jersey goes to blueleafss who guessed closest to the correct time of the 60th goal.
- The Alexander Ovechkin Special Edition DVD goes to jsginsocal, who won it by a random draw from all the entries.
Both winners will be contacted by email in the next 48 hours. Thanks for playing, everyone.
Watch for the next Kukla’s Korner Challenge coming on April 2nd… we’ll have more fun stuff to give away to KK members (‘cause unfortunately, Paul won’t let me keep the swag for myself)!
from Red Wings Corner,
Dan Cleary had surgery to remove wires from his jaw this morning and remarkably was at practice and made it through every drill. He’ll be in the lineup tomorrow night.
Cleary revealed the the front of his jaw is numb and could remain that way for a long, long time. Had he chosen the other procedure—where his jaw would have been wired shut for six weeks instead of two and he would have missed the rest of the season—he wouldn’t have that numbness. That’s a pretty big sacrifice to return to the ice.
more on the Wings, not good news…
from Lightning Strikes,
Lightning coach John Tortorella has given captain Tim Taylor the option of playing in the team’s final game of the season April 5 at Atlanta. It would be a way for the center to finish his 13-year career as a player instead of on the sideline, where he has been since Sept. 7 hip surgery.
“He deserves that type of respect,’’ Tortorella said. “He’s been a loyal guy to the organization and has done a lot of things on and off the ice people don’t even know about, so he deserves that right.’‘
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Canada Day will remain NHL Free Agent Day.
That’s because the NHL Players’ Association has turned thumbs down on an NHL request to move the beginning of free agency from July 1 to July 7.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,
One would think being the first 60-goal scorer in the NHL in 12 years would bring a little more excitement out of Alex Ovechkin, but the Washington Capitals superstar says he’s too preoccupied with his team’s playoff chase right now.
“The last two years at this time we were thinking about vacation and what we going to do in the summer,” Ovechkin said Monday on an NHL conference call. “We weren’t thinking about the playoffs. Right now, we have a great chance to move forward.
“My personal stats are my personal stats but right now I’m just thinking about the team.”
A little over six minutes of the Top 10 goals of the week…
from the Thrashers Blog at the AJC,
Kozlov said he has no regrets about signing with the Thrashers again, and that all they really need is a superstar defenseman to contend. No problem, right?
“This team needs a foundation, defensively - like a [Zdeno] Chara or [Nicklas] Lidstrom. Good teams, they have one or two very good defensemen who can play 30-35 [minutes per game]. Like [Chris] Pronger on Anaheim - one of those guys. They’re hard to find, but that’s what we need.
From the CP via the Globe & Mail,
Brian Sutter is stepping down as head coach of the Red Deer Rebels.
The Western Hockey League team announced the resignation Monday, with former player and associate coach Jesse Wallin to take over on the bench.
“This past week Brian and I had discussions about his personal commitments and the amount of time that needs to be put into the head coaching position for this upcoming season and for the future,” team owner and president Brent Sutter said in a release. “At the conclusion of those discussions, it was mutually agreed upon that he would resign as head coach for the proper direction of the hockey club.”
From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,
It was about as predictable as an episode of Three’s Company. The moment Kurtis Foster of the Minnesota Wild went hurtling into the boards and broke his leg last week trying to beat Torrey Mitchell of the San Jose Sharks to the puck, the usual hue and cry came from the hockey community calling for an immediate move to no-touch icing.
The loud dresser with the loud mouth who rules Canada during the first intermission on Saturday night was, of course, first in line, continuing to beat a nag that he has had for years.
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