Kukla's Korner Hockey
The KK upgrade is running a bit behind schedule but should be ready to go within two weeks.
It has not been a very healthy summer for me but with a recent change of medication, I feel much better and have much more energy.
Many of you who have followed KK over the years know I have always concentrated on the game played on the ice and will continue to do so.
Many new KK members and followers on Twitter seem to appreciate the hockey talk and I have always assumed most people interested in KK are a little bit older, knowledgeable and don't want/care about some of the outlandish, off-ice stories which happen to appear every so often.
A video of stats...
Staal: "In the next little while we're going to have to make some decisions on what they want to do. And we'll go from there ..."
Staal: "I've told them I like the direction Ron (Francis) has taken this team, and we'll try and hammer something out. ... "
Staal: "Hopefully they want me to stay here. If they want to go in a different direction, hey, that's life. I'll move on, go from there ..."
Staal: "I said that from Day One I've been in this organization my whole (career) and I like the steps we're taking."
TSN Hockey Analyst Jamie McLennan gives his weekly thoughts on five goaltending stories.
1 ) KING HENRIK - It's tough to describe how well he's playing right now, only because when he's on his game he's as good as anybody out there. He's talked about how much fun he's having with the game right now and it shows in the results and in the process.
One technical thing I've noticed with Henrik Lundqvist is the layer of aggressiveness in his play. One several occasions, he's taking depth almost outside of his crease - and that's rare for him. He leads the league in all statistical areas and continues to have a dominant start to the season.
continue for notes on Holtby, Allen, Anderson and Schneider...
NHL FLOAT RETURNS FOR THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE
The NHL and Discover’s co-branded float, “Frozen Fall Fun,” returns to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday.
The 36-foot long by 20-foot wide float features a synthetic ice rink with children skating, a 12-foot tall turkey that serves as a goal and an assortment of colorful fall decorations. Riding aboard the float will be country music star Jake Owen (with a musical performance) as well as former NHL players Mark and Marty Howe.
The float promotes the 2015 Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown, which will take place on Friday between the Bruins and Rangers at TD Garden (1:00 p.m. ET, NBC, SN).
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
On a typical evening at the office, there are at least a couple of different types of characters that happen by Ray Ferraro’s work space.
Ferraro inhabits the greatest cubicle in the sports business, situated as it is between the benches of NHL rinks, from where he provides colour commentary on TSN broadcasts. As he does, one of those types of players is likely to carry on a running dialogue with him as the game goes on. Ferraro says Bobby Ryan, the Ottawa Senators veteran, is especially chatty. Ditto Phil Kessel, the former Leaf, among many.
And then there’s another category of player: The guy who clearly knows Ferraro is standing there, but never remotely threatens to make eye contact, let alone small talk.
“That’s fine, too,” Ferraro was saying Tuesday.
It was even fine, Ferraro said, when the NHL player he knows best mostly refused to acknowledge his existence on Monday night at the Air Canada Centre. The player was Landon Ferraro, Ray’s 24-year-old son, a late addition to the Bruins lineup in Boston’s 4-3 shootout win over the Maple Leafs.
from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,
Following the Predators' 3-0 loss to the Rangers on Monday, another game in which they arguably dominated in every offensive aspect but the most important, coach Peter Laviolette neatly summed up his team's ongoing woes.
"The guys are trying to score," he said. "It's not dropping right now."
It's been 213 minutes, 47 seconds since Nashville last scored, the longest goalless drought in franchise history by almost 40 minutes. Shut out in three consecutive games for the first time ever, the Predators will attempt to avoid becoming the first team since the 1967-68 Oakland Seals to be held without a goal in four consecutive contests Wednesday against the Sabres.
"Goal-scoring is the single one area that's probably the hardest thing to accomplish in the National Hockey League," Predators general manager David Poile said Tuesday. "We're suffering mightily the last three games. In my estimation, I really thought we deserved a better fate in Columbus (on Friday) and New York (on Monday). Sometimes this happens."
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Jonathan Bernier should wait no longer than the back-to-back games against Winnipeg and Minnesota next week to make his next start.
"I'm excited to get back in," the goaltender said Tuesday. "I don't know when, but when the time comes I've thought I've been ready. The ankle (an injury that first landed him on the bench and opened the door for James Reimer) is getting better and that's the bottom line.
"I feel it a little bit. I think it will last a little bit longer, but that's part of hockey. I don't think anyone plays at 100%. I just have to start fresh, play like it's a new season."
Coach Mike Babcock remains convinced Bernier will work his way back.
"Bottom line, when it's not going the way you want, you've got to get to work and fix it. Confidence is always the biggest thing. You have to earn the right to feel good about yourself by how well you practice. He's been a good goaltender and I'm sure he will be again. So when his next opportunity comes, he has to be ready for it."
continue for more on the Leafs...
19 total goals from the two games played last night.
With the Blue Jackets continuing to struggle, could Ryan Johansen be on the move? Will the Senators be able to move Colin Greening? Is Brad Malone on the NHL's radar for his how he hits? Will compensation draft picks be returned if the rule is removed? The Insiders discuss these topics and much more.
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