Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Soo Today,
The Michigan Soo is being mentioned in U.S. media reports as one of nine communities expressing interest in becoming the hall's (United States Hockey Hall of Fame) new home. Other places said to be nibbling at the idea include Detroit, Boston, Atlanta, Anaheim and four places in Minnesota: Duluth, Bloomington, Crookston and St. Paul.Any suggestions?
from the Ft. Wayne Business Weekly,
Ron Bulloch has been selling the PowerSkater training system full time for four years, and people still are surprised he works out of Fort Wayne. While the city has a loyal minor-league hockey following and established junior and high-school hockey teams, Indiana is not a state known for its hockey obsession. "Us Canadians think we know everything about hockey," Bulloch said. "If I was home I would never have made this thing." The PowerSkater, his first product, has been sold to several National Hockey League teams, including the Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens, as well as other professional, college and junior hockey teams. It helps hockey players learn to skate properly, and it develops their leg muscles off the ice. Ice-skating instructors also are using the machine to help students learn the fundamentals.read on
from Erin Nicks of the Ottawa Sun,
However you choose to pronounce his surname, you may be curious about the origin. Loosely translated, "Kaigorodov" means, "Fan Hype." This kid's name makes me crazy right now, and it has nothing to do with his play, his impact on the upcoming training camp, or whether a verbal mention of him will lead to a tongue spasm. It's the hype. The Internet hype that's been building for nearly a year. And the confirmation that the 23-year-old will be in Ottawa this week has led to speculation so thick, you couldn't suck it up with a straw.more
from the Veron Morning Star,
Rules used to be pretty much for tourists in the NHL. In today's show, you can look at an opponent. Touch them, however, and you get anywhere from two years to life. Vernon product Tom Kowal is entering his fifth season as an NHL referee. He underwent medical testing Friday and was scheduled for a physical Saturday at the league's officials' camp in Fort Erie, Ont. They start skating today. The rulebook hasn't changed. The game just went south for a few years and every coach at every level taught his players to cheat by hooking, clutching and grabbing. Now, the danglers can dangle without getting assaulted and the players, coaches and fans are happier.read on
from Kevin Paul Dupont at the Boston Globe,
Bruins coach Dave Lewis, like a number of his players, has elected to live in the North End, which makes for an easy commute to Causeway Street. Not even a week into his Little Italy residency, he was recognized by a local early one morning. ``The guy called me over and asked that I join him for a coffee," said Lewis, who at first politely declined, only to accept after repeated requests. ``I sat down, and this is 7:30 in the morning, and it was good coffee -- and he added a little something to it, if you know what I mean. At 7:30 in the morning! It sure is a friendly town."keep on reading...from Kessel, to Yzerman, to Chara, to everything NHL...
from the Star Tribune,
It was just so darn un-Wildlike. Aggressive, not conservative. Bustling for worthwhile purchases, not bargains. In a span of two weeks in late June to early July, the Wild, after spending a league-low $25 million in the year following the lockout, doled out an astonishing $64.85 million in long-term contracts by acquiring forwards Pavol Demitra, Mark Parrish and Branko Radivojevic, defensemen Kim Johnsson and Keith Carney and re-signing star Marian Gaborik. Fans were stunned. The mouths of hockey writers, who relied on the "cheap" Wild always being there, are still ajar.more
from Tony Gallagher at the Vancouver Province, "I don't want to come off as a guy leaving a city with sour grapes but I'm just telling you because you asked," said Bertuzzi. "We had some real differences in philosophy, and there were some things he did that really bothered me, most particularly how he handled my friends -- Brad May especially. "He never played him. He never gave him a chance to show what he could do. Here was a guy who was a 15-year war vet, a warrior, a guy who had fought every tough guy in the league and yet he was never put out there in any other kind of situation. And this was a guy who could handle all kinds of roles in the league. That really bothered me.... much more from Todd...
from Steve Simmons at the Toronto Sun,
• Mats Sundin is putting on a happy face about the state of the Leafs as training camp approaches. Funny, he didn't have such a happy face when he put his house up for sale, ordered his real estate agent to say nothing and then dodged a Toronto reporter sent to Sweden to check out his intentions. Other than that, all is wel. • One hockey insider suggests the Nashville Predators made the worst free-agent signing of the summer. "You watch," the insider said, "Jason Arnott will end up destroying that team."
from the Philadelpia Inquirer,
Before the start of free agency, Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said he was going to get quicker on defense, go after someone who could really move the puck up the ice. "I was really surprised to get a call," said Nolan Baumgartner this week during player scrimmages at Skate Zone. "I'm not the fastest skater around." Indeed, Baumgartner is not Joni Pitkanen or Kim Johnsson when it comes to skating the puck with some panache. He can move it because he has skill. The question is, will skill be enough for the beleaguered Flyers' defense, which seems to be the weak link in an otherwise strong chain as players head to training camp? Baumgartner knows that when a hockey player is not blessed with outright speed, skill and brains come into play.continued
from the Denver Post,
Quenneville said defenseman Leopold, acquired from the Flames in part for Tanguay, should return from hernia surgery by mid-October - not November, as first forecast. Quenneville, who has a 350-239-86 record in nine NHL coaching seasons, is hopeful Leopold can bloom into a solid, No. 1 defenseman. Leopold couldn't ask for a better coach than the former defenseman Quenneville, who has a reputation for bettering the careers of his blue-liners.read on...a look at the Avs as they head to camp...
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