Kukla's Korner Hockey
Tele-conference with Carolina Hurricanes Eric Staal...
Q. There was a lot of talk about younger players adapting to the grind of the NHL in your second year, you went through 107 games, how was that for you physically? And the second question will be: Are you concerned much about the exhibition games with no wins so far, and what do you think the team needs to do to get better the next few days? ERIC STAAL: It is a long year. You know, I think it's something you learn as a process, your first year, you kind of know what to expect and it makes it easier the next time around. I think with our team, last year, was easy for me because we had such a great group of guys that when you went to the rink you wanted to be there; it was exciting; it was fun, we were winning and all of those things help and it makes it go a lot quicker. It was a long year but it didn't really feel like 107 games. It felt like it went by so fast. You know, that helps when you've got a great team to be around. And the second question, you know, training camp, you know, it's about getting back into your timing, your speed, your passes, everything like that, and you know, we obviously want to win every game we can, but I don't think anyone is too worried about the first three games. We're trying new guys here and there, and I think by this weekend here, or by tomorrow night, we're going to have most of the guys that are going to be in the lineup opening night on the weekend, and really need to have a good two games and get ready for the year.
KK & KKF may be unavailable sometime today while an upgrade in software is performed. It should take no longer than 30 minutes or so. Sorry for the problem but better now than during the season.
Is it just me, or is ESPN giving more coverage to the NHL this year? Can there be an unknown motive behind this? Team by team previews...
from the Hingham Journal,
Travis Roy may not have been a familiar figure to the Mites, Squirts and Pee Wees - who were too young to remember the BU player at the Pilgrim Skating Arena on Saturday - but soon he became someone they would never forget.... Today Roy, who as a youth hockey player dreamt about playing the sport in college and even the pros, is an author, hockey sports analyst, and motivational speaker with a foundation that supports research and one-on-one assistance to those with spinal cord injuries. "I woke up that morning and it was the best day of my life," Roy recalled about Oct. 20, 1995. "I sat in the locker room that had just been redone and the walls were covered with pictures of past BU players who had moved on to the NHL." "I thought someday my picture might be on that wall."read on
from the Newark Star-Ledger:
General manager Lou Lamoriello said he hoped Malakhov would be in camp, but the 38-year-old skater insists he was never asked. "That's news to me," Malakhov told Igor Larin of Sport Express. "In any case, I have not received anything, and nobody from the team has called me in a long, long time. Everyone is looking for me on the ice in New Jersey, but in reality I am playing tennis in Miami at the present moment. The theory of my disappearance was conjured up by American journalists or by someone from the Devils."continued
I asked hockey fans to respond in one of my recent NHL.com blog submissions and today Mary responded. I think many of us feel the same way as Mary does. Thanks Mary, and maybe Don will give you a thumbs up!
When I come home from work on the 4th I will immediatly turn on the station for NHL Center Ice and will do my hockey happy dance. Dinner will be in front of the TV and anticipating who will replace JD on OLN. The next night it is off to the Wild home opener against the Avs. Then the real fun starts, on Saturday it is always "Hockey Night in Canada"!! Is it possible to miss Don Cherry?? I think I do. Then it will be a classic Habs (my eastern confernce team) vs da Leafs. Go Habs Go! At my age (I remember in detail the 60's & 70"s) I know I should not wish my life away, next week can not come soon enough for me! Hope everyone else is looking forward to hockey as much as I am. Mary P.S. Some people call it a sickness or obsession, I call it Heaven!
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Edmonton is different on one important level. Minus Chris Pronger, Michael Peca and a handful of the other experienced hands actively involved in that breakthrough playoff, just about everybody outside of the Oilers' locker room is taking a wait-and-see attitude about their chances. On paper, the Oilers look good — young and with enough speed throughout the line-up needed to keep up in the new NHL. It's just that they've looked this way in the past too and either missed the playoffs by a nose - or squeezed into them, before getting batted aside by a more experienced club.more
from the CP via Metronews,
Few people thought the Carolina Hurricanes would make the playoffs last season, let alone finish second in the Eastern Conference or win the Stanley Cup. Ditto for the Edmonton Oilers, who slipped into the post-season by finishing eighth in the West before falling one win short of the NHL championship. There's a growing feeling around the league that almost any team can come out of the pack and rise to the top. A list of teams to watch this year must first start with the Hurricanes and Oilers, but there are plenty of others worth a look.continued
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Given the understudy heroics we were treated to last spring, and the fact that there's more depth at the position than ever before, an intriguing question is who owns the title of best starting goaltender in the NHL right now? It's not as easy a call as it used to be. The netminding hierarchy is going through a seismic transitional period, with Patrick Roy's skates already up on a peg, Dominik Hasek and Ed Belfour on their last legs, and more elite caliber youngsters stepping between the pipes than at any time in history.continued
from Bill Meltzer at NHL.com,
"We're hockey players. We want to keep the sport alive," says Team Greece captain Dimitris Kalyvas. "We live in a country that hosted the 2004 Olympics. I just can't and won't accept the idea we can't have an ice rink. For the past three years I've done everything I can to make the rink a reality. I won't stop until we succeed. The obstacles on the road only make the goal even bigger. We deserve a rink and I promise that one day all Greeks will be able to skate on a rink in Greek soil."read on
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