Kukla's Korner Hockey
5 for elbowing and a game for Emelin.
added 9:21pm, Flyers broadcast view of the hit is below...
from John Kryk of Canoe,
In a telephone interview on Thursday the NHL’s senior vice-president of hockey operations, Mike Murphy, raved about that technology, and said representatives not only from the NFL but the NBA and even the Australian rugby league have dropped by in recent weeks to see it in action.
Jay Reid, who works in the NFL’s officiating department, visited the NHL’s “Situation Room” — located on the 10th floor of the Air Canada Centre office building — on Nov. 30, a Saturday night crammed with 10 games.
“He came in and watched us — and we’ve been communicating back and forth via email probably for about a month, about different things we do,” Murphy said.
“Jay came in and actually sat with us for probably three hours and watched how the whole room functions — how we operated at individual stations, how we operated in real time. And he saw how we do it. He asked people questions.”
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
The owner of the voice that just sounds like hockey waits for a telephone call that may never come.
A courtesy call, maybe. A welcoming call. A call out of sheer respect for who he is and what he’s done. Something from his old bosses, his current bosses, maybe the new people who are taking over.
Something to let Bob Cole know anything about today and tomorrow in a broadcast world still swirling from the $5.2-billion Rogers deal that knocked so many people, so many networks, for a loop.
“No one has called me,” said Cole, the voice of Saturday night for so many of our lives, talking on the telephone. “I thought somebody might call, tell me something, say hello, you know...
“Everybody is telling me how I’m supposed to feel about this — ‘Are you upset about this? What does it mean for you?’
from Abby Koenig of the Houston Press,
Why in the hell doesn't Houston have a national hockey team?
When the Houston Aeros, Houston's AHL team, announced last year that they would not be returning to H-Town in the 2013-2014 season but rather picking up and moving to Des Moines, Iowa as the Iowa Wild, Houston lost the closest thing it had to a hockey pastime. The rumors as to why the Aeros split town have less to do with Houston's interest in the sport and more to do with cashola. Apparently, the Minnesota Wild, the Aeros' affiliate NHL team, couldn't come up with a lease agreement with the Toyota Center - someone wanted more money and someone wanted to pay less, you guess which was which....
How does Texas only have one NHL team, and, furthermore, how is that team in Dallas? Think of the glorious potential of having a Houston/Dallas hockey rivalry. This isn't football where you pretend to wrestle on the field; hockey has full on battle royales with blood and guts on ice skates! I guarantee that our hockey team could kick Dallas' hockey team's ass and we don't even have one.
Dallas friction aside, Houston is a city filled with transplants. I don't need to remind you of the multitude of findings that have come out over the past few years that people cannot stop moving here. Even U-Haul filed a report saying that Houston was the most moved to city in 2012.
I am no hockey fan, let alone expert — soccer is my thing and Liverpool, my creed — so I claim no deep insight into Canada’s national game. I don’t even watch it, except occasionally during playoffs when we all do our duty and come out to cheer the Senators, or the national team during international competitions. Whether fighting should be banned from the game or not, is not my brief. A lot has been written on the subject, and there are far more qualified people to debate the issue.
My point is that the violence that keeps occurring on the ice will catch up with the league, and one day a player will die in front of thousands of fans and on live television. The kind of blows to the head that happen regularly in the NHL has led to deaths in other sports, particularly boxing, and although some people may want to ignore it, it has also happened in hockey. Fans certainly remember what happened to Ontario Hockey Association player Don Sanderson of the Whitby Dunlops, who died after a hockey fight. Something similar in the NHL may not happen today or tomorrow, or even in five years, but logic, common sense, the so-called law of averages — call it what you will — says this is inevitable, and the NHL brass better be ready for it. I am not the only one saying it.
-Mohammed Adam of the Ottawa Citizen, a member of their editorial board. Read more from Adam.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
(Evander) Kane hasn’t played since Nov. 29 with a lower body injury, and was off to a seven-goal, 14-point start for the Jets in 26 games this season. More eye-opening has been his behavior off the ice: clashing with Winnipeg coach Claude Noel about the reasons behind being scratched on Nov. 6 against the Chicago Blackhawks, giving short, surly answers to the Winnipeg media and now missing the first half of December with an undisclosed injury.
It certainly doesn’t seem like model behavior from a player that refers to himself as #thenatural on Twitter. But it might also be actions Kane hopes will eventually get him moved to a more desirable NHL destination as the Jets seem understandably reluctant to trade a young 30-goal scorer that’s locked up for $5.25 million per season for four more years beyond this one.
Expect the Bruins to be a team that would be interested in Kane’s service if/when the Jets finally get tired of his act. His combination of size, strength toughness and offensive skill is exactly the kind of player Boston is always looking for on the wing, and the Bruins have the right combination of young assets/valued NHL chips to make a deal happen.
Would anybody take big issue with the Bruins dealing Brad Marchand, Jordan Caron, Malcolm Subban and a high draft pick in exchange for the unhappy Kane if push comes to shove in Winnipeg?
more hockey topics...
from Jerry Brown at NHL.com,
Exactly what has been ailing Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan for the last week hasn't been revealed. But coach Dave Tippett indicated the illness isn't simply a short-term concern, and it could keep Phoenix's leading goal scorer and leader out of the lineup for an extended period.
Doan was not on the ice Thursday morning and will miss his third straight game when the Coyotes host the New York Islanders. Doan has a team-best 12 goals and 23 points in 27 games and leaves a big hole in the Coyotes lineup, both in production and leadership.
"He's still under the weather and he's still not going to be available for the foreseeable future," Tippett said. "He's still getting some tests done, so hopefully it's not long, long-term."
continue for more on the Coyotes...
"I'll make that same hit over and over again. Just because I had a hearing or a suspension isn't going to change it. It is harder to hit small guys when you're taller. You have to get down to come through instead of just coming through because you have to change your levels. It's a little bit harder, but at the same time, I'm not going to change anything."
-Jared Cowen of the Ottawa Senators on the hit he made on Zemgus Girgensons and received a two game suspension for it.
Much more fro Ian Mendes of TSN.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Feaster had been under the gun at different times during his tenure with the Flames, most notably back in January when, after the lockout had been settled, he signed a restricted free agent, Ryan O'Reilly to an offer sheet, unaware that he had played a handful of games in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League after the lockout ended. Luckily for the Flames, the Colorado Avalanche, the team that owned O'Reilly's NHL rights, matched the offer. Otherwise, Calgary would have been forced to put O'Reilly on waivers, lost him to an NHL team and would have forfeited their No. 1 pick in the 2013 entry draft, which they'd used to select Sean Monahan....
Burke said that his primary directive when joining the Flames was to assess the organization and he had spent the first 60 days of his tenure doing that. And while Feaster made some moves that he approved of, Burke thought that in order to achieve the team's long-term goals - to win a Stanley Cup - changes in the front office were needed.
"We needed to make a change to get to the next level, which is why we took the steps that we did," he said. "Jay's a friend. It's not fun to fire a friend ...This is all about having a parade. It seems very distant on a day like today ... but that's what this is about."
Burke said he wanted a team with more size and "truculence - there, I said it" and that was one area in which he and Feaster didn't see eye to eye. He thought the Flames were too small, which may not bode well for the future of Michael Cammalleri with the team, an unrestricted free agent after this season.
from Gerrit De Vynck of Bloomberg,
Rogers Communications Inc. deal to lock up exclusive rights to broadcast hockey, Canada’s favorite sport, is likely to make the government reconsider the way it regulates TV programming, said Moody’s Investors Service.
The C$5.2 billion ($4.9 billion), 12-year agreement makes Rogers the sole distributor of National Hockey League games in Canada beginning in 2014. Rogers may distribute some content only to its subscribers, giving the government pause about the effect on hockey-hungry consumers, Moody’s said.
“Despite the Canadian government’s support of free markets, should Rogers’ plan adversely affect consumers, regulators will respond,” Moody’s analyst Bill Wolfe said in the report published today.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
Email Paul anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org