Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Wes Goldstein at CBS Sportsline,
Gambling is good for hockey if it pays for an arena that keeps a team from moving. But gambling is bad if it's actually linked to the NHL. Got it? Of course no one from the NHL is actually articulating this mixed message. It's just coming across from the events that were juxtaposed this week.continued
vai the AP,
Blues goalie Curtis Sanford will be sidelined six to eight weeks with a pulled groin, the team said Sunday. Jason Bacashihua was recalled from Peoria, Ill., of the AHL. Sanford, the backup goalie behind Manny Legace, had to be helped off the ice early in the first period in Chicago on Friday after a play that led to the game's first goal. After moving to stop a shot that was wide, Sanford crumpled to the ice and Jeff Hamilton had an easy tap-in with the rebound.
Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals can breathe a sigh of relief, as it appears the star forward will be not attend any hearings nor face a suspension for his hit on Buffalo's Daniel Briere on Saturday night. Sources tell TSN that Ovechkin may be fined for his actions, which earned him a five-minute major and a game misconduct in Washington's 7-4 victory over Buffalo. He was tossed late in the second period, just after scoring his 17th goal of the season. Buffalo's Paul Gaustad pummelled Ovechkin, who didn't throw a punch in retaliation.continued
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Well, what is Dave Lewis doing with Phil "The Thrill" Kessel? Other than, you know, cutting back his ice time in lockstep with Metro Boston real estate prices? Kessel arrived in September looking like a quick-build McMansion with a huge spoked-B painted on the front door. Nowadays, he's a basement-level studio condo, microwave tastefully mounted in the bathroom, with a one-window view up to the sidewalk. Tricky sell, that. "I want him to be a complete player," Lewis explained Thursday night, after Kessel jumped off the bench for the shootout against the Lightning and spiked the winner to the top right corner on Marc Denis, "in all areas of the arena."more (reg. req.)...plus much talk on the NHL...
from the Daily Southtown,
Two millimeters. That's how close a skate blade came to the carotid artery of Blackhawks forward Rene Bourque when his neck was cut during a game Nov. 12. That may have been the difference between life and death for the native of Alberta, who turns 25 next Sunday. "I thought I was done for a couple minutes," Bourque said this week.continued
from the Edmonton Journal,
Making a hockey rink in a football stadium was a huge undertaking here, but how about ice in Red Square? That's the grandiose plan for next Saturday, having a group of retired NHLers -- Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri, Peter Stastny, Billy Smith, Mats Naslund -- and the winningest coach of all-time, Scotty Bowman, behind their bench, playing an array of former Russian greats, and reportedly some like Alex Mogilny, who's on long-term disability in New Jersey with a bad hip.continued
from the Edmonton Journal,
Columbus centre Sergei Fedorov has played for Scotty Bowman in Detroit and now for Hitchcock. He likes what he sees so far. "Scotty was more mental and Hitch is more about details. He shows you how he wants you to play. That's the biggest difference," said Fedorov. "For me, it's very easy communicating with Hitch. What he preaches is what I've already gone through (in Detroit)."more on Hitchcock...
from Greg Couch of the Chicago Sun-Times,
...If Savard fits Tallon's philosophy now, then why didn't he fit it as well as Yawney did in July 2005? Anyway, let's do a rundown: Tallon has acknowledged he brought in the wrong players last season and now apparently is saying he hired the wrong coach, too. The team this season, he said, is more talented than the record shows. So if Savard can't coach them to the playoffs, then will it be because he had the wrong philosophy or because the players did? It'll be interesting to watch, if only we could. One more thing: If you think I'm calling for Tallon to be fired, which would seem logical, know that such an idea scares me to death. Why? Brachiosaurus Bob still is hovering. If he takes over again, things could get really messed up.more
from the Elias Sports Bureau at ESPN,
Fredrik Norrena stopped all 21 Edmonton shots on goal to record his first NHL shutout as the Blue Jackets beat the Oilers 4-0. Norrena, who turned 33 years old on Wednesday, was playing in only his eighth NHL game, having spent his entire pro career in Europe prior to this season. No goaltender in Norrena's lifetime has recorded his first shutout at age 33 (or older). The last to do so was the Bruins' Ross Brooks (35) on Feb. 11, 1973.more of these types of facts from last night's action...
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
"I have to be honest with myself and with Tom [Renney] and admit that my shot just isn't where it needs to be for me to think I give my team the best chance in a shootout," Jagr told The Post yesterday. "It's not just the shot, either; the power is not there in my shoulder for me to be able to stickhandle and make a strong move without losing the puck. "The goalies in this league are just too good to try and beat without being able to deke. Even if I'm healthy, though, maybe breakaways aren't the best part of my game."more
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