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The NHL in Seattle?  It might happen.
The Associated Press and Fox News are reporting that the Seattle city council has just approved the construction of a new $490 million arena with the intention of luring both an NBA and an NHL team.  San Francisco hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen is spearheading the project.  With that kind of money in…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 10/16/12 | Comments 0

Damn the Torpedoes - My fantasy league is recruiting.
Hey fellow KK'ers.  Our fantasy hockey league has been going 9 years strong, through the last lockout and will continue to go.  We're looking for one extra guy to join by Thursday so if anyone wants in, we're drafting Sunday and will continue in good faith that the season will…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 10/10/12 | Comments 3

Anyone interested in joining our fantasy league?
Hello friends, So we’ve had a fantasy hockey league ever since 2002, it’s a heads-up keeper league (3 keepers a year) that tracks 11 stats (4 goalie stats, 6 forward stats).  If you’re a Kuklas Korner regular and are interested in getting involved, we’ve had a spot open up.  Let…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 09/22/11 | Comments 9

Open Invite to NYE 2011 at the Rose Garden, Portland, OR
Hello fellow hockey fiends. I know there are a few of you out there who hail from the Portland, Oregon area presently.  I also know you’re probably into watching a Winterhawks game or two. It turns out there are now about 15-20 of us getting seats together at club-level to…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 12/30/10 | Comments 0

Train 2 the Tank: West Coast Meet Up for Game 2: Wings @ Sharks, May 2nd.  All aboard!
Well, it’s not Herm to Hockeytown, but it might be the second best chance for those of us who live on the west coast to get together, put some faces to the names, and watch the Wings and Sharks pitched in battle towards the cup. The wife and I will…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 04/29/10 | Comments 5

Your Turn—Pick My Next Player
So I found myself short a fantasy hockey player after I finally dropped Ales Kotalik’s lazy ass to the wire.  He did so well in the early going there, it was tough to do.  Then I took to finding who’s next on the free agent list that I wanted to…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 12/14/09 | Comments 0

What will Comcast aquiring NBC mean for the NHL?
A very interesting tidbit of news came across the news wire today: Comcast aquires a 51% share of NBC, with GE able to force the sale of another 24.5% in 3.5 years, and the rest in 7. As a former employee of an NBC affiliate in northern Michigan and a…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 12/04/09 | Comments 0

Waiting in the Wings, Vol. 2: Fantasy Left Wingers
After posting my last entry on right wingers, I discovered a couple of folks are in deep enough leagues where finding talent at left wing is also a challenge.  With that in mind I’m going to assume your league has already snapped up those left wingers whose unexpected rise from…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 11/30/09 | Comments 0

Waiting in the Wings: Fantasy Right Wingers
Let me guess—your fantasy team is weak at right wing.  Everyone’s is; it seems like every three years or so strength from one wing vacillates over to the other as coaches and general managers load up on the other wing to compensate for shortcomings on their respective teams.  What was…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 11/25/09 | Comments 0

1st Month Fantasy Disappointments & Surprises
Well I just wrapped up bottling my hyper-experimental espresso-oatmeal stout (I’m calling it “Breakfast”), and as a result am wired at midnight.  The mixture of suds and caffeine is giving me an itchy trigger finger on Yahoo and I figured I’d write another article to boot. So the season is…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 11/09/09 | Comments 0

Fantasy Phase 2: Snagging the Up & Comers
This is my favorite time of the fantasy season, when we get to eagerly watch the wire and see who boils up to the top, itching to snatch up that next great unheralded player before the next guy does.  How soon you pull the trigger can make a big difference…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 10/18/09 | Comments 0

The New Crop: Fantasy Goalies (maybe) on the Wire
This might be the deepest rookie goalie year I’ve seen in my entire hockey watching career.  If you’ve played fantasy hockey for the last five years you’re all too aware of how shallow the talent pool has been.  This is all about to change thanks to a few folks who…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 10/07/09 | Comments 0

Prey.
Ahh yes, here comes the next phase of fantasy hockey goodness.  The draft is over.  You can breathe easy a bit.  Now watch who boils up through the cracks. As I see it there a three primary shifts of mass psychology in a fantasy hockey season.  The first is the…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 10/03/09 | Comments 0

My Fantasy Draft Aftermath
Good god nothing is so draining as crawling back from a 10 hour work day to throw a draft party, but damn it, I did it.  Now comes the deep introspective reflection… “Did I do well?”  I think so.. if only the Zamboners would have stopped talking my ear off…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 10/01/09 | Comments 0

The Six Foot Club: Sleeper Forwards for ‘09-‘10
Personally I don’t believe the sleeper crop this year is that large.  I just don’t see a lot of people proving themselves this season who didn’t in the last.  There are always a few guys who really stand out at the end of a season and make it obvious they’ll…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 09/25/09 | Comments 0

Under The Radar: Underrated Fantasy Free Agents
Perhaps one of the most valuable bits of knowledge to be armed with going into your fantasy hockey draft is a clear idea of who the talented players will be this year that did not produce last year.  This can be due to season-hampering injury in the prior year, or…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 09/23/09 | Comments 0

Fantasy Hockey, Anyone?
This will be the 8th year of my commissionership in a Yahoo fantasy league, and like most years, the end of the labor day weekend marks the always unexpected beginning to a phrenetic 3-week period of feverish research to get ready for the draft before the beginning of the season. …
Posted by Hippy Dave on 09/21/09 | Comments 0

Drawing a Line in the Sand
Hello fellow readers, Like many of you, I am a DirecTV customer.  I have been for years.  Most of you are probably aware of DirecTV’s recent removal of Versus from their programming lineup due to a contract dispute. While I hate to do so, it has become apparent to me…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 09/04/09 | Comments 0

Random Offseason Musings from a Hippy on Beer Fumes, August 19th, 2009
So I just finished brewing my first batch of beer, and let me tell you, I think it’ll be a good one.  A pale ale.  Also let me tell you, don’t keep your head above the kettle for most of the boil, I think there are some intoxicating fumes in…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 08/19/09 | Comments 0

Random Offseason Musings on a Calm Summer Night, August 3rd.
Man what a time to have a crippling, monster cold.  It’s the middle of summer, the weather’s beautiful, the beer is cold, and there are all sorts of reasons to be outside having the time of your life and not thinking about hockey.  For those of us without that luxury,…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 08/03/09 | Comments 0

Random Offseason Musings on the Eve of July 1st…
What can I say, I go away for four days to spend my time floating down a river on an innertube drinking as many Modelos as the clock has hours on it and I come back and all hell has broken loose. Oh right, it’s the draft… Pronger To Philly…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 06/30/09 | Comments 0

Where were you?
So I got curious and started clicking around the various user names online from day to day.  I found some interesting things out about you people.  What struck me as most fun to observe was how recently people have joined as a regular, non-lurking member of Kukla’s Korner.  I know…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 05/30/09 | Comments 0

Wings vs Hawks: Can it be done?
I was ready for the loss.  I was ready to even come up with a phrase that the Chief might find useful for the next few years describing our defeat:  “The Bullshit.”  It made sense at the time; a team that played really, really hard.  That arguably bent the rules…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 05/15/09 | Comments 0

Hippy Challenge: Name your favorite next Wings player theme song
So remember how good the Wings’ hockey DJ used to be with player name tunes?  Shanahan’s Jig.  Wooley’s Wooley Bully tune; Now all I know is Cleary’s ‘I can see clearly now,’ Sunshiny Day tune, nice try but having lost a few players we need more. Sure we have the…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 04/12/09 | Comments 0

A Deal with the Devils: Khabibulin
Let me first just say I’m happy to be one of the first old-school members on KK to post to the blog section.  Hopefully I’ll be able to contribute more down the road. On to the news: According to the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, Chicago has plans to trade their…
Posted by Hippy Dave on 11/06/08 | Comments 0