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Friedman on Realignment, etc
Elliotte Friedman of CBC addresses questions about realignment options: Q: What about Detroit’s proposal to go west only once? A: Well, here are the questions: How many teams will make only one trip instead of two? And, who do you play those extra games against? Because if, say, 10 teams…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/31/11 | Comments 2

Gary Bettman Chatter
Regarding criteria for selecting teams for the Winter Classic:“An important element of doing the Winter Classic is obviously the national TV ratings, so we have to be comfortable that whatever matchup we’re going to do will do a good number,” Bettman said. Regarding players reporting that there is a painkiller…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/31/11 | Comments 0

Reviewing the Easton Stealth RS
[Please welcome high school hockey coach Dennis Boomer, who kindly tested the Easton Stealth RS and provided his thoughts on the stick for Kukla’s Korner readers.]  As soon as I picked up the stick I noticed how light it was.  I prefer a heavy stick, but as I used the…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/30/11 | Comments 1

NHL Seeks Greater Fan Engagement
The NHL’s SVP of corporate sales and marketing—Keith Wachtel—spoke on a marketing panel this morning.  Here are some of his comments via Karl Greenberg of Marketing Daily (MediaPost.com):“Mobile is where things are taking place,” said Wachtel. “If a person is watching on TV, he’s doing it on iPad, too; he’s…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/28/11 | Comments 4

The Odds on Vancouver Goaltending
Given all the fuss about goaltending around these parts, Bodog is glad to make some money off the argument. Here are their odds on what has apparently become the Annual October Debate in this province: Who will start more games in the month of November 2011? Roberto Luongo (VAN)   …
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/27/11 | Comments 0

Pittsburgh Hosts 2012 Entry Draft
NEW YORK (October 27, 2011) – The Pittsburgh Penguins® have used Draft Day expertise to build two generations of championship teams, one of the NHL’s most passionate fan bases and one of North America’s most robust youth hockey communities. In June, all those elements will be on display when the…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/27/11 | Comments 27

Daily Joust: Pick Your Teams
Today’s DailyJoust.com: Pick your team to enter the contest for $250. It’s a single-day fantasy hockey team—and you can draft a new team each day and play for cash prizes! Build Your Team of 9 Positions Within The Maximum Salary Cap of $1 Million:  C, C, LW, LW, RW, RW,…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/27/11 | Comments 0

Physical Requirements For NHL Officials
From Kerry Fraser’s mailbag at TSN:With all due respect to my colleagues in the other major sports the game of hockey is the most difficult to officiate in of all sport. Movement in an athletic shoe on firm turf, field or hardwood is much more natural than skating on a…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/26/11 | Comments 0

Rangers Settling Into Their New Home
From Dan Rosen at NHL.com:Now they get to finally move forward, past the opening-season grind and into some sense of normalcy, both in their hockey lives and regular lives. A taste of that came Wednesday when the Rangers got to experience their new digs at the Garden for the first…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/26/11 | Comments 0

Players Should Be Pressing for Mandatory Visors
From Scott Burnside at ESPN:Anyone who’s spent any time around National Hockey League rinks understands that hockey players are for the most part considerate, thoughtful people. There are many who are forward-thinking, articulate players and who can expound on any number of topics. Which makes it all the more mystifying…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/26/11 | Comments 0

Welcoming DailyJoust.com
We’re happy to to welcome a new direct advertiser to Kukla’s Korner: The Daily Joust.  By way of introduction, they’re offering a fantasy hockey contest for this Thursday—they’ve provided the details below. __________________ Fantasy Hockey has moved into a new era. Draft a new team each day and play for…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/25/11 | Comments 0

Parros Hit on Barch
From Mike Heika at the Dallas News:Krys Barch was hit in the head by George Parros’ shoulder from the blind side. No penalty was called, but Parros could get a suspension. Video below:  
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/22/11 | Comments 7

Would the Sens Trade Alfredsson?
From Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun (via Toronto Sun):The Sun spoke with league types in the last three days to see how likely it is Alfredsson will be moved. Here are some factors the Senators will have to weigh:   No. 1: Alfredsson’s salary is an attractive $1 million…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/22/11 | Comments 2

If You Catch Your Hockey on DirecTV…
...you might have an issue in the future, according to Alex Sherman at Business Week:DirecTV, the largest U.S. satellite- TV provider, is threatening to pull more than 25 channels owned by News Corp.’s Fox Networks to “mitigate the madness” of programming price increases by content providers, a company executive said.…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/21/11 | Comments 4

Devils’ Josefson Out with Broken Clavicle
Injury suffered in tonight’s game between the NJ Devils and San Jose Sharks. From Tom Gulitti on Twitter:Devils announce Josefson has a broken right clavicle. No word on how long he’ll be out.  Coincidentally, NHL.com’s Dan Rosen notes that Josefson “tore ligaments in his thumb Oct. 27 at San Jose…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/21/11 | Comments 0

J.P. Dumont Likely to Join Swiss League
From TSN:Veteran forward J.P. Dumont, who had his contract bought out by the Nashville Predators this past June, has an agreement in place to join Bern of the Swiss Hockey League. However, the deal doesn’t kick in until Tuesday, so he could still be signed by an NHL club between…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/21/11 | Comments 0

Legacy of the Gomez Trade
From Stu Cowan at The Gazette:It definitely looks like the Scott Gomez trade could go down as one of the worst in Canadiens history. In the summer of 2009, former Canadiens GM Bob Gainey acquired Gomez along with the five years and more than $30 million remaining on a seven-year,…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/21/11 | Comments 1

Lidstrom Playing 1,500th Game Tomorrow
From Brian Hedger at NHL.com:You really have to look closely at Lidstrom these days to tell that he’s aging—and even then you aren’t entirely sure that he isn’t some sort of Swedish-engineered robot the Red Wings just recharge every night before storing in a crate for safekeeping. He’s not, by…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/21/11 | Comments 0

Shea Weber Fined $2,500
From NHL.com:Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber was fined $2,500 on Friday by NHL Director of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan for a boarding incident in a game Thursday night in Vancouver. Video of the incident in question:
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/21/11 | Comments 12

KK Update
I know some of you have been looking for Paul today by email and so forth. I just wanted to let everyone know he took the day off work as he’s a bit under the weather, but hopes to be back tomorrow.  Thanks for understanding.
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/21/11 | Comments 0

Penguins the Best?
From Red Fisher at The Gazette:For now, at least, is there a better team in the NHL than Pittsburgh? Mention Washington’s 6-0 record and you get no argument from anyone until, that is, the Penguins’ 5-2-2 record is mentioned despite missing their four best players. Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Tyler…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/21/11 | Comments 7

Professional Athletes vs The Rest of Us
Professional athletes have groupies. The Rest of Us have dogs that love us despite the fact we come home from games smelling like we were rolling in dead squirrel. Or maybe they love us because we smell like we were rolling in dead squirrel. Either way, it’s love. Professional athletes…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/21/11 | Comments 1

Bill Guerin’s Advice to NBA Players
From Mac Engel at the Toronto Star:“I learned a big lesson: It’s not a partnership. It’s their league, and you are going to play when they want,” he said. Today, Guerin has hindsight and his experience serves as a giant caution to any player who thinks losing a game, much…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/21/11 | Comments 2

Study Suggests Hockey Fights Not as Dangerous as Many Believe
From Randy Dotinga at US News:Brawls on the ice are a staple of professional ice hockey games, but are they as vicious as they look? A new study suggests that few punches thrown during National Hockey League games end in significant injury. The study claims that fighting on skates isn’t…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/21/11 | Comments 8

NHL Teams Get the Memo
From Pierre LeBrun at ESPN:In the wake of Aaron Asham’s antics on Oct. 13 after he knocked down Jay Beagle, the NHL sent out a memo warning clubs that any future act of that nature could result in further discipline. The memo, titled “Obscene or Profane Language or Gesture,’’ reinforces…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/21/11 | Comments 1

Blues Activate Colaiacovo from IR
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has activated defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo from injured reserve.  Colaiacovo has missed the last five games after suffering an upper body injury in the second period of the Blues’ season opener against Nashville…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/21/11 | Comments 0

Afternoon Line
“It isn’t that I don’t care about what the media might say or do.  I do care when it becomes mean spirited and malicious. “If that happens, we’re going to act upon it. “I think the world of him. He’s a great goalie.” —Mike Gillis, Canucks GM discussing some recent…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/21/11 | Comments 1

Byfuglien Pleads Not Guilty
From the CP via CBC:Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien has pleaded not guilty to charges related to an alleged impaired boating incident. Court documents with the Hennepin County court in Minnesota show not guilty pleas were entered to all four offences. Police stopped a boat driven by Byfuglien on Lake…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/21/11 | Comments 0

Bump the Draft Age to 19
From John MacKinnon of Postmedia via Calgary Herald:For all the right reasons, Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson has suggested the NHL make its annual entry draft a harvest of 19-year-old talents, not 18-year-olds. There’s little doubt that sort of change would rationalize the entire hockey system, permitting midget teams to…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/21/11 | Comments 0

Disciplinary Hearing for Weber
From NHL.com:Nashville’s Shea Weber will have a disciplinary hearing Friday afternoon following a boarding penalty assessed to the Predators defenseman for a hit on Vancouver’s Jannik Hansen during Thursday’s game. At 5:12 of the third period, Weber was penalized for boarding Hansen, and also given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. At…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/21/11 | Comments 4

The NHL’s European TV Situation
Earlier today the NHL announced a deal which will allow games to be broadcast in the Nordic region of Europe.  David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail looks closer at that deal, and provides a bit of background:The problem started when the NHL, figuring it could make lots more money…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/20/11 | Comments 4

Luongo’s New Mask
“It’s a couple weeks late, just like my game.” —Roberto Luongo, on receiving his new mask (via Canucks.com which adds:  “Criticizing Luongo has apparently become so popular that the man himself is taking shots at the man himself.”) *photo is property of Ben Kuzma
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/20/11 | Comments 8

Breaking Into the NHL… at 30
From Bob McKenzie at TSN:I saw a tweet from the Florida Panthers that Bracken Kearns will be making his NHL debut tonight and I cannot tell a lie. I said, who the heck is Bracken Kearns? My first thought was, I wonder if he’s any relation to Dennis Kearns. And,…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/20/11 | Comments 0

At 75, NHL Official Still Going Strong
From John A. Torres in Florida Today.com:It was 1971 in Richmond, Va., when then 35-year-old Eastern Hockey League linesman Jim Galluzzi locked his arms around Dave Schultz and dragged him down to the ice. Schultz was a 23-year-old whose future as a star left wing and brawler with Philadelphia’s notorious…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/20/11 | Comments 0

Roenick Eats His Words
From Jeremy Roenick’s first blog at NHL.com:I did not know what to expect from the Colorado Avalanche in the beginning of the year, especially after the way they finished last season. They had an atrocious second half of the season. I felt bad for coach Joe Sacco, who is a…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/19/11 | Comments 2

Afternoon Line
“I find it hypocritical that men who made their money fighting or playing the tough guy are now telling people it shouldn’t be part of the game. I think it’s part of hockey—no one’s ever got killed fighting. I think there’s got to be atonement on the ice. You take…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/19/11 | Comments 20

Lightning Defense in Trouble
From Damian Cristodero at Lightning Strikes:What exactly happened to Eric Brewer? No one at the Lightning is saying except that he has an upper-body injury and is day-to-day. The funny thing is, coach Guy Boucher said the injury did not happen at a practice or in a game. Brewer practiced…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/19/11 | Comments 0

Canucks Tribute Video to Rick Rypien
From last night’s pre-game ceremonies— On a related topic, ESPN’s Roy S. Johnson has a piece out today on the issue of depression among many throughout professional sports.
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/19/11 | Comments 2

Sean Avery Not Expecting Recall to NYR
From Pat Leonard at The Blueshirts Blog:Avery was asked whether he expects the Rangers to recall him from the Connecticut Whale. He was sent through waivers to the minors on Oct. 4 while still with the team in Sweden. The winger told ESPNNewYork.com, “Probably not. I doubt it,” and said…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/19/11 | Comments 2

NHL Can’t Afford to Ignore Demographics
via Slam Sports:NHL hockey teams need to keep an eye on Canada’s changing demographics, as new immigrants and an aging population boost the popularity of games such as soccer and baseball, the Conference Board of Canada said in a report. It is the latest in a Conference Board series called…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/19/11 | Comments 1

The Redemption of Johnny Canuck
Last year’s Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins featured a very clever video by Canucks’ fan Adam MacKay-Smith—you can see it here.  One of my favourite fan videos of all time. This season, Adam returns with his new outlook in The Heartbreak of Johnny Canuck... and his search for…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/18/11 | Comments 1

Jagr Hockey School
From Nicholas J. Cotsonika at Yahoo! Sports:The key to Jaromir Jagr(notes) might be the key – the key that unlocks the door to the Philadelphia Flyers’ practice facility in Voorhees, N.J. The team has given it to him at his request, so he can go there late at night sometimes…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/18/11 | Comments 0

Why Do We Need the Trapezoid?
From Gord Stellick at CBC:—Why do we still have the trapezoid?  Was it not put in just because two guys named Marty (Brodeur and Turco) happened to be head and shoulders above every other NHL goaltender in how they can handle the puck.  Well, one is looking for a job…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/18/11 | Comments 0

Canucks Remember Rypien
While the focus of tonight’s match-up between the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Rangers is primarily the game itself, there are other—and more important—matters at hand tonight in Vancouver.  While the Canucks celebrate the return on Ryan Kesler and NYR hope to get their team on track, the game…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/18/11 | Comments 0

NHL Stars of the Week
NEW YORK (October 17, 2011)— Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Phil Kessel, New York Islanders center John Tavares and Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ of the week. Each Monday, the NHL will recognize three players who delivered the League’s top performances over the…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/17/11 | Comments 0

Being Teenagers in the NHL
From Tal Pinchevsky at NHL.com:While the on-ice transition seems to be getting easier for these younger players, as evidenced by the fact Nugent-Hopkins already has a hat trick to his credit and some scouts are asserting that Larsson may be one of New Jersey’s two best defensemen, plenty of off-ice…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/17/11 | Comments 0

Ryan Kesler Back
After a long stretch of rehab from the torn labrum suffered during last season’s Stanley Cup playoffs, Ryan Kesler is apparently ready to return. From Iain MacIntyre at the Vancouver Sun:Ryan Kesler’s path back to the Vancouver Canucks’ lineup has been cleared with the reassignment of sophomore defenceman Chris Tanev…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/17/11 | Comments 0

Difficulty of Life After Hockey
From Mike Boone at the Gazette:Ron Stern is a former NHL heavyweight. Although lacking a Laraquesque tale of the tape, the 6-foot, 195-pound Stern took on all comers and amassed more than 2,000 penalty minutes in 12 seasons with Vancouver, Calgary and San Jose. During a phone conversation from his…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/17/11 | Comments 0

The Hangover in Boston and Vancouver
From Nicholas J. Cotsonika at Yahoo! Sports:In the NHL, the guys get to the Stanley Cup final, wake up three months later and find themselves back on the ice already. Though there are no tigers or monkeys or Mike Tysons, there are missing teeth and regrettable tattoos, and though there…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/14/11 | Comments 0

Zamboni Drivers Save the Day
From Brandon Stahl in the Duluth New Tribune:Thomas Lund and Aaron Hinnenkamp aren’t just your ordinary Zamboni drivers. Quick action by the two Amsoil Arena ice maintenance workers might have helped save a life last week. Rich Mertz was taking his first skate of the year Oct. 6 with a…
Posted by Alanah McGinley on 10/14/11 | Comments 0

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