Entries with the tag: Inside Hockey
Greg was kind enough to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he got into covering hockey as well as his thoughts on the future of blogging.
PH How did you get into hockey?:
GT: Growing up, I tuned into Hockey Night in Canada every Saturday and watched my heroes take to the ice. I spent a lot of time at the rink, whether it was playing, coaching, refing or simply watching various levels of hockey. My original love for the game began after taking in OHL hockey as a kid growing up in Ontario.
PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team/player? Why?
GT: I grew up religiously following the Toronto Maple Leafs, although I have always kept an eye on other teams around the league. I claim to have a favourite player, but I enjoy watching Luke Schenn.
It’s certainly the dogs days of summer as the days/nights are longer, the weather is more than heating up and unfortunately, the hockey season is still a bit away.
However, we here at Kukla’s Korner like to provide you with hockey content every single day and today is no different. I was lucky enough to do an e-mail interview with Brad Kurtzberg, the New York Islanders beat writer for Inside Hockey and author of Shorthanded: The Untold Story of the Seals: Hockey’s Most Colorful Team.
Brad was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us about how he got into the game of hockey, where he’s written, his thoughts on the Islanders and more. Enjoy:
PH: How did you get into hockey?
BK: As a fan, started when I was about 5, watching games on Channel 9 in New York with my dad. I was hooked at an early age and my love for the game just grew as I got older and understood more. The game is so exciting to watch (and play) and I think sometimes we take for granted what a high level the NHL game is played at.
Tim Rosenthal of Inside Hockey was kind enough to answer a few questions via e-mail regarding the Stanley Cup Playoffs:
PH: Which teams do you think will surprise in the playoffs? Why?
TR: Well, to start off with a bold prediction for this would be an understatement. I said it before the playoffs started so I should try to be true to my word. My pick for the Western Conference finals was Kings and Wings and the reason being is the Wings playoff success and the Kings youth movement are two things I really enjoy seeing on a daly basis. You can never count a team like Detroit out even if they aren’t one of the top four teams in the West and the Kings are a very talented bunch on both sides of the puck and have had Vancouver’s number recently. I can also see Phoenix making a surprise run with so much uncertainty with that franchise.
From Brad Kurtzberg at Inside Hockey:
John Tortorella can throw all the temper tantrums he wants, but it won’t solve the problems currently facing the New York Rangers.
Yes, the Rangers ended their five-game losing streak with a good but not great performance on Long Island Thursday night. But Tortorella can’t lose his temper after every loss (well, maybe he can) and the Rangers remain a team with fundamental flaws that go beyond benching Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik.
The Rangers scored five goals at the Nassau Coliseum Thursday after scoring two goals or fewer in seven straight contests. Scoring has been a real problem for Rangers all season. Looking at their lineup, the Rangers have 92 goals scored on the season in 34 games. But there is no balance to speak of. Marian Gaborik has scored 24 times (more than 26 percent of the team’s total) while no other Ranger has more than nine tallies. The Rangers lack scoring depth and it makes them rely too heavily on the goaltending of Henrik Lundqvist to keep them in games.
The Rangers are up near the limit set by the salary cap but they are receiving very poor value from most of their players with big contracts. Chris Drury, who signed a big free agent contract a few years ago, has just 3 goals and 10 points in 29 games and has a plus/minus of -9. Tortorella played Drury on the fourth line last night, but the Rangers are paying him like he’s one of the top five centers in the game.
Wade Redden and Michal Rozsival are being paid like top 10 defensemen, but their play has been inconsistent both offensively and defensively. Both of these players were supposed to be part of the Blueshirts power play but both have only one power play assist on the season. There is too much money tied up in these players who are paid like they are among the game’s elite but play like they are average at best.
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As all my readers know, I love to do interviews with hockey personalities and bloggers and try to do one every week to every other week.
In this week’s installment, I did an e-mail interview with Tim Rosenthal, the Boston Bruins beat writer and associate editor of Inside Hockey. Tim was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he started writing/blogging about the game and his thoughts on this year’s Boston Bruins hockey team.
PH: How did you first get into hockey?
TR: People told me I was born a hockey fan, but to answer your question, I was about three or four years old when I first got into the sport. It was the year where the Bruins made the Stanley Cup and I could remember watching Fred Cusick and Derek Sanderson call every B’s game. That was a great team too that underachieved in the Stanley Cup, but it was still great to watch.
PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team and player? Why?
TR: Obviously, the Bruins were my favorite team, not just because they were the local team, but also because they have always stuck with the same motto from the 70’s era, as a tough, blue-collar team. While they couldn’t duplicate the success from that era in the past, I look at this current team and think that they are becoming the Big Bad Bruins that Boston fans loved. The future for Bruins hockey looks bright for sure.
In what seems to be a feature I utilize a lot here on my blog, here is an e-mail interview I conducted with Seth Rothman, the New York Rangers beat writer for Inside Hockey.
Seth was kind enough to tell us about how he got into the game of hockey as a fan, as writer, what it’s like writing for Inside Hockey and his thoughts on the current team:
PH: How did you first get into hockey?
SR: My first hockey memory is June, 1994. All I can remember is the night of Game 7 of the Cup Finals, I wasn’t planning on watching the game. Why on earth did I decide that? I was eight-years-old at the time, and bedtime was a very strict 8 p.m. – especially on a school night! So, why bother watching when I’d only get the first period, be all jazzed up, only to be sent to bed? Well, the neighbors next door had other ideas. On the warm June evening, we had the windows open. As I prepared for bed, I heard two distinct, loud cheers emanating from that neighbor’s house. After the second one, I ran upstairs, flicked on the TV, and watched the final few minutes of the first period. Of course, the buzzer sounded on the first period, and my hockey viewing for the evening ended with it. Incredibly, the first time I saw that Game 7 from start to finish was during the lockout a few years ago. I’ve since bought a great collection that shows all seven Eastern Conference and Stanley Cup Final games, which features some of the most compelling hockey action I’ve ever seen.