Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George James Malik
As Paul noted on Monday, the inestimable Stan Fischler had some choice words for Chris Chelios, who Fischler believes will succeed Ted Saskin as the NHLPA’s chief executive:
One hopes that some good will come of the Sheila Block-Union probe, which is due for a public revelation next Thursday. If the finger is pointed at Ted Saskin it will be old news. Chris Chelios insists that Block’s report will confirm the hiring of Saskin as the head of the Union was not within the guidelines of the NHLPA’s constitution. What really matters is where the Union goes from here. You can bet that if Chelios becomes the new, chief Association power broker there will be another civil war in two years. …
Ol’ Comrade Stan is barking up the wrong tree in looking to unleash his hatred for the PA upon Chris Chelios.
Chelios never intended to run the NHLPA—first, and foremost, he’s very busy both managing two successful restaurants and playing hockey for the Detroit Red Wings, which he plans on doing so for at least a few more years. Moreover, he never wanted to stage another lock-out—Chelios wanted to get Saskin’s butt kicked out of office, and he wants the NHLPA to act and operate as an honest, open, and accountable union. That’s all.
In my NHL.com blog today, I choose players who fit in some categories I have come up with.
It is a spinoff of the recent Top 50 Players most of us have read.
added 5:31pm, A reader just submitted a whole new set of categories…
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
I still have the shoes I wore that night.
And I still get goose bumps every time I see a replay of Mario Lemieux go high glove side to clinch the 1987 Canada Cup.
Almost 20 years to the day after sitting in Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum as a teenage fan to witness my generation’s version of the Paul Henderson goal, memories of the greatest game I’ve ever seen linger like the smell of the cheese-stained Nikes I bought just before the game.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
No one in the Blue Jackets organization has spoken to center Alexander Svitov in the 10 days since his plans to play this season in Russia were brought to their attention via the Internet.
And the club isn’t yet sure of its next step.
“We’re still considering everything,” Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson said. “You can try and fight it (in the Russian court), but you’re not going to have any success in their legal system, just as they haven’t had any success in the (North American) court system….
The Blue Jackets will place Svitov on the suspended list in September when training camp begins. They won’t have to pay his $1 million salary this season, nor will he take up a roster spot or count against the salary cap.
“At some point, we’ll be within our rights to suspend him for the year,” Howson said.
from the Vancouver Sun,
In case you’ve been hiding under a puck, tomorrow’s the day the Vancouver Canucks’ newest jersey will be unveiled….
There have been rumours aplenty about tomorrow’s debut, and blogs and message boards have been abuzz—will the new sweater be ugly, will it be bold, will it be the magic that finally brings home the Cup?
The truth has been locked up tighter than Roberto Luongo’s curls, though Orca Bay’s top dog, Chris Zimmerman, has teasingly suggested that the current whale logo could be a primary factor in the new design.
Oh, and that the vintage hockey stick logo, and perhaps even the old Johnny Canuck logo that Luongo wears on his goalie mask, might also be incorporated, maybe as shoulder patches.
read on and a history of the Cauncks jersey…
from the Edmonton Journal,
Neither Georges Laraque nor Jarome Iginla can understand what Michael Vick, who had the world by the tail, was thinking when he got involved in the gruesome activity of dogfighting.
Laraque figures Vick should have shed the hangers-on with whom he grew up.
“That guy had everything and he threw it away,” said Laraque, a Pittsburgh Penguins winger and one of the NHL’s best guys in the community.
“He had the look, he had the talent. To be associated with that kind of thing (dogfighting) is really surprising? Why?”
Also, Iginla on Keenan, from the Edmonton Journal,
“But Mike is one of the NHL’s winningest coaches. He’s, uh, what can I say… a hard-ass, but most coaches around the league are now.
“As a player I don’t mind that, as long as they’re fair and up front. But I also like the other side. Like I said before, when it’s going good for the team, you want that reward. You want to be able to enjoy it—it is the NHL. You want to have some fun.”
from The Maven at the Hockey Journal,
• Media critics such as ESPN’s Scott Burnside are beginning to realize that the NHL has become a leader in an important – and vital new area. “No other professional league has attacked new media with the fervor showed by the NHL. Internet, wireless, you name it, and the NHL is in it big time,” says Burnside. “That technology savvy demographic, in many ways a new generation of sports consumers, might find the NHL’s relatively blemish-free visage attractive. …
• One hopes that some good will come of the Sheila Block-Union probe, which is due for a public revelation next Thursday. If the finger is pointed at Ted Saskin it will be old news. Chris Chelios insists that Block’s report will confirm the hiring of Saskin as the head of the Union was not within the guidelines of the NHLPA’s constitution. What really matters is where the Union goes from here. You can bet that if Chelios becomes the new, chief Association power broker there will be another civil war in two years. …
much more from Stan…
“Obviously, it’s a lot different after the Stanley Cup playoffs,” Niedermayer told TSN. “You’re tired, you’ve been through a long year. And after having some time off, you’re feeling better physically.”...
“I’m in a different spot, no question about it,” he told TSN. “But again, I’m just trying to make the right decision. I know it’s unfortunate that people are waiting to see what the decision is - it’s not fun, but that’s the way it is right now.”
from Spector at Fox Sports,
A notable trend emerging in the NHL’s salary cap era has seen teams signing young players to lengthy long-term contracts.
Prior to the imposition of a salary cap expensive long-term deals were usually reserved for veteran unrestricted free-agent players over the age of 30 and were based on their past performances rather than their potential.
Under the cap, however, more “20-something” players are receiving the kinds of deals once reserved for older players.
One reason is the lowering of the eligibility age for unrestricted free agency, resulting this summer in UFAs like 27-year-old Scott Gomez signing a seven-year, $51.5 million contract with the New York Rangers and 29-year-old Daniel Briere inking an eight-year, $52 million deal with the Philadelphia Flyers.
continued... As a Wings fan, I sure hope we are paying for the “right” potential!
from Eyes On The Prize,
This post concerns the fan who is Kovalev’s biggest fan.
In the past, I have often qualified Kovalev as enigmatic. That has always been the most generous positive term I could use to describe the player who I saw as both maddingly talented and glassly disconnected from his surroundings and perceptions.
I assume that I am not alone in saying that he is a difficult player to assess and a hard person to get a good read on. Habs fans have seen Kovalev both floor the accelerator and jam the clutch pedal in his three years as a Montreal Canadien.
While most players actions speak louder than their words, Kovalev has in the past, shown the opposite of this notion. Over this past season, number 27’s words have been headlines while his game in 2006-07 rarely screamed as loud.
read on, you may be surprised…
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