Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Ready for the Unknown

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

I have had enough of preview, reviews, I want to express my views and the only way to do that is to see how the players look - on the ice. Will new players mesh with new line mates, will new coaches gain the attention of his players, will the players respond to new coaching techniques?

You can read all about it, but until the players hit the ice, all we have is one big question mark. Sure, I can tell you the Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens will be good, but I want to know about the unknown.

read on

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Video Game Wars

From Dan Rosen at NHL.com:

image[Rick] Nash and I went head-to-head on NHL 2K9, which was sold for the first time anywhere at the NHL Store Monday. He, of course, took the Blue Jackets. Since I didn’t believe him when he told me he only played the game once, I took the Red Wings.

I figured with Marian Hossa, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Brian Rafalski and Nicklas Lidstrom on the ice, I could handle Nash and his squad. 

I was wrong.

read on

As everyone knows by now, NHL 2K9 and NHL 09 have both just been released this week. Will you buy one?

Filed in: Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nhl+09, nhl+2k9

Pre-Season Questions

With NHL training camps getting under way next week, ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun answer these 10 Burning Questions as we count down to the Oct. 4 season opener:

Will there be a Stanley Cup hangover in Detroit?

Burnside: Yes. As good and deep as the Red Wings are, there is always a little hitch in the step of the defending Cup champions. Watch for Marian Hossa to take some time to fit into the Red Wings’ lineup, and there will be a ripple effect in terms of who gets power-play time and prime minutes among the team’s forwards with Hossa’s arrival.

LeBrun: No. Too much is being made about the post-lockout Cup-hangover effect. Carolina got hammered by injuries, and that’s why the Hurricanes plummeted after their Cup win in 2006. Anaheim began its title defense without its most important player, Scott Niedermayer, and top goal scorer, Teemu Selanne.

much more

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Looking At Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Eleven days until the Blue Jackets take the ice for the start of training camp in Nationwide Arena. The coming season is even more in focus now, so I got to thinking. It won’t surprise me if ...

—Kristian Huselius (No. 1 unit) and Jakub Voracek (No. 2) are on the point of the power play

—R.J. Umberger has 50-plus assists

—Raffi Torres isn’t his old self again until December or January

—the Blue Jackets trade a defenseman (or two) before the start of the regular season

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Columbus Blue Jackets, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Interested In Fighting

from Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,

Coming off a week that put me in a fighting mood, I figured it was a good time to have some fun and look at 10 of the NHL’s top pugilists.

Milan Lucic, Boston (13 fights in ’07-08)
He probably can’t throw with the heavyweights, but watching the young buck prior to concussion problems last season was still a true treat…oh, and he has the potential to develop into a top power forward, too.

continue for the other nine…

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Yzerman All Class

from Jim Boone at the Hockey News,

My fantasy hall of fame does not use the same selection criteria as the HHOF. My hall emphasizes players’ community contributions, longevity in the game and dedication to one team, as well as skill on the ice.

So, who are the charter members of my hall? The very first inductee would be Steve Yzerman. This guy is truly amazing. I won’t rant about all my memories of Stevie ‘Y’ and his generous spirit and amazing on-ice talent. I will, however, tell you a quick story about the size of this guy’s heart.

At a year-end beach party during the final days of my 11th grade in high school, a group of my friends were clowning around on a local Ottawa beach. An accident occurred and one of my peers was left paralyzed and wheelchair bound for his remaining days.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: steve+yzerman

A Spot On The Red Carpet

from Adamk415’s Blog at NHL Connect,

Wednesday night, I got to attend my first red-carpet premier, for the fifth season of Entourage. I wanted to go because I knew Kevin Connolly and Jeremy Piven, who star on the show, are hockey fans…

So I get to the red carpet – actually, it was gray, with a white star in a black circle, part of the show’s logo, on it. There were little signs taped to the carpet to tell each media person where they should stand. NHL.com was at the end of the line, right next to Canadian E! I guess somebody figured let’s put the hockey folks and the Canadians right next to each other.

read on

Filed in: NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Is This The Year Of The Canadiens

from Dave Dye of the Detroit News,

The question now is whether the Canadiens can bring the Stanley Cup Finals back to Montreal to complete the celebration.

No NHL club has won more Cups than the Habs’ 24. The Maple Leafs have 13, the Red Wings 11.

What’s more, the only North American pro sports team with more championships than the Canadiens is the Yankees with 26.

This is an organization steeped in tradition with the greatest dynasties in NHL history. The Canadiens won five straight Cups under Toe Blake from 1956-60. They also won six titles in nine years from 1965-73 before Scotty Bowman coached them to four straight from 1976-79.

more plus a little CBA talk, most of which has been covered on KK.

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Avery To The Big Screen

from The Hollywood Reporter,

New Line Cinema will presumably answer that question in a film about professional hockey player Sean Avery’s experiences as a summer intern at the fashion bible Vogue.

New Line, which is developing and will produce a big-screen account of his experiences in the fashion world and the relationships he made there, has hired Stan Chervin to write the screenplay. Contrafilms’ Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson, who were behind New Line’s sleeper hit “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” will produce.

read on

In other hockey related news from The Hollywood Reporter,

Julie Andrews has earned her wings.

The actress will join Dwayne Johnson and Ashley Judd in Fox’s family comedy “Tooth Fairy.”

The film centers on Derek Thompson (Johnson), a minor-league hockey player whose nickname is the Tooth Fairy because of his ability to knock out opposing players’ teeth. Judd plays his girlfriend.

 

Filed in: NHL Teams, Dallas Stars, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: sean+avery

Demitra Thinking Offense In Vancouver

from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,

The slick Slovak was rookie GM Mike Gillis’s highest profile free-agent signing in July and inked a two-year deal worth $8 million.

He will be expected to fill the offensive void created by captain Markus Naslund’s departure.

Demitra is not coming off a stellar season himself. He had only 15 goals in Jacques Lemaire’s suffocating Minnesota Wild system. It was one of the reasons he opted to move on.

The Canucks, of course, have not been an offensive juggernaut since head coach Alain Vigneault’s arrival in 2006 but Demitra has put his faith in Gillis, his former agent.

“Obviously I was working with Mike Gillis for many years and I know what he’s like,” said the 33-year-old forward. “I’m hoping they’re going to try and change it here and play a little more offence.”

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: pavol+demitra

« Previous       ‹ First  < 5015 5016 5017 5018 5019 >  Last ›      Next »

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

 

Recommended Sportsbook
MyBookie.ag

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts