Kukla's Korner Hockey
from P.J. Swenson’s Sharkspage:
Longtime Dynamo Moscow and Red Army head coach Viktor Tikhonov re-assembled the hockey greats on December 9th, 2006 for the first hockey game ever played in Moscow’s Red Square.
If the visuals do not immediately grab you in the Youtube video, Igor Larionov’s daughters Alyonka and Diana Larionov sang a beautiful rendition of Ave Maria over a clip of classic Russian hockey highlights during the first intermission.
from Russian Hockey Digest:
[The] Russian Hockey Federation once again refused to join the transfer agreement that IIHF and NHL are expected to sign in February of 2007. The decision was based on the will of top Russian Hockey Clubs from Superleague.
General Director of Metallurg of Magnitogorsk Gennady Velichkin had a comment that once again the proposition from NHL suggests that NHL wants to treat Russian league as its farm.
Other club managers thought the money offered in the transfer agreement are “laughable” and way below than what it costs Russian clubs to raise and train hockey players.
Rene Fasel, the president of IIHF also was present at the meeting of Russian Hockey Federation board. According to Itar-TASS Mr. Fasel said that NHL clubs will not allow Russian players from NHL to participate in the upcoming World Championship in Moscow but when asked how NHL clubs can prevent players from playing in the tournament IIHF president could not give a satisfying answer.
The NHL and NHLPA would invoke a clause in the CBA (24.6) which states that they have the right to refuse player participation in the World Championships if the IIHF or the player’s national team cannot provide insurance for the player’s contract.
from NY Sports Day:
The Nassau Coliseum is the third-oldest arena in the league and has the smallest capacity of any of the 30 NHL franchises. Yet, the team’s $44 average ticket price is higher than 19 other teams. After a labor lockout canceled the 2004-05 season, some fans said Wang priced out the average patron and need to do more to attract people back to the games or else risk losing the organization to another city.
“Concession stand prices are through the roof, and even up in the nose-bleeds tickets are still relatively expensive,” said Chris Testa, a 20-year old University of Massachusetts-Boston undergraduate and Massapequa native. “I think lowering the prices would help get some fans back. For the most part, the Coliseum is easy to get to for almost every fan on Long Island.”
As part of an effort to bolster the fan base, the Islanders attempted an aggressive advertising campaign, offering as much as 50 percent discount over regular box offices prices for full or partial season ticket packages. Those offers included 23-game sets and six-game sets. For the first time Saturday, they also offered a new offer for students to purchase $95 seats for $19 dollars through the box office the day of the game.
Spector recaps the HNIC Hot Stove talk from last night, plus some NHL general managers have their hands tied with the cap…
from the Tennessean,
Predators Coach Barry Trotz acknowledged Mason’s standout work over the last five weeks following Saturday’s contest, when he said the team likely will use both goalies after Vokoun returns.
“I think when Tomas gets back we’ll do a little bit of rotating for a while,’’ Trotz said. “We’ll see how that goes and try to keep both of them going if we can.’‘
Vokoun was in the midst of a stellar season when he got hurt, having compiled an 11-4-1 record, along with a 2.48 goals-against average and .920 save percentage.
But Mason has been every bit as good, even while making 18 consecutive starts. His .929 save percentage is second-best in the NHL, his 2.27 goals-against average is among the league leaders and he’s sporting a flashy 15-6-2 record.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Already trying to deal centres Mike Comrie and Dave Scatchard, the Coyotes will soon start listening to offers for the likes of wingers Shane Doan and Ladislav Nagy.
It’s believed Doan, the final remaining link from the Winnipeg Jets, is seeking more than $5 million a year to stay in Phoenix.
Doan might settle for less elsewhere if that team is a Stanley Cup contender.
much more trade and player talk…
from the Edmonton Journal,
How did the 33-year-old Swede, who finished second to Peter Forsberg for the NHL’s MVP award just four years ago, suddenly lose his offensive magic?
Naslund has averaged 38 goals a year the past three seasons, but nearing the season’s midway point, he has 12 and hasn’t scored in a month. How come?
As with most slumps, there are a lot more questions than answers and different shades of grey.
- Is he hiding an injury? Maybe.
- Does he miss buddy Todd Bertuzzi’s hulking presence around the net? Definitely.
from the Star-Telegram,
Stars defenseman Philippe Boucher has played in pain all season despite having never been on any injury report. Neither a broken heart nor a brain burdened by worry is considered an NHL malady.
Boucher has been plagued by both this season, with his dad being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, his mom requiring emergency heart surgery, and his wife having brain scans to determine the seriousness of bouts of dizziness—all in a span of a few weeks in November.
And while news on his wife and mom has been all good, his father, Jean-Claude, does not have long now. Possibly a matter of days.
from the Calgary Sun,
Over the last eight games, 30 pucks have bulged the twine behind Calgary’s netminders—24 of those in the last half-dozen outings alone.
Score one for Miikka Kiprusoff, who’s been between the pipes for all but one of those outings, for his willingness to take the blame.
“It starts with goaltending,” he said after yesterday’s optional practice in advance of tonight’s New Year’s Eve tilt against the Edmonton Oilers at the ‘Dome. “That’s my problem there. I’m able to play better than I’ve been playing the last few games.”
Q & A with Glenn Healy
from the Toronto Star,
Have any players told you they weren’t happy with what you’ve said about them?
One player that the Leafs were interested in trading for, I took one of his shifts, showed it and kind of threw it out to the fans and said: Is this the kind of player you want on your team? He had a horrific shift. It looked like he had running shoes on. His roommate came up to me and said, “I can’t believe you’re picking on my buddy.” Then he said, “Yeah, you’re right. The guy stinks.”
more with Healy
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