Kukla's Korner

Happy Mother’s Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I was an early riser as a kid and found it hard to find a friend up to play at 7:00am so it was my mom at times who became that “friend”.

I can’t tell you how many times I made my mom stand in front of the painted goalie net on the garage door (no portable nets back then), gave her my baseball glove and told her stop the tennis ball from hitting the door.

She did have a great glove hand, but could be beaten low on the stick side.

image

Filed in: KK Website Business, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

What Will Washington Do?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

No immediate word out of D.C. about what/who will go/stay. McPhee said Thursday, less than 24 hours after the knockout, that he expects Boudreau to return. Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli said that in the hours after Dave Lewis’s one year as coach here was finished, only to deep-six Lewis roughly 60 days later.

Something has to change in Washington. It’s just not working when it needs to work the most. Blogger/owner/truthsayer Leonsis has all but written it on the subway walls and tenement halls. And it could be that McPhee will have to send his coach packing, or join him on the subway. For the Cup semis, all they’re hearing each year at the Verizon Center are the sounds of silence.

more plus additional hockey talk, including the following statement which forces me to ask you, would you have given Thomas a break?

Amid all the euphoria from over-the-top Bruins fans, I’ll just say that I think it’s unwise to leave Tuukka Rask at the end of the bench for every minute of the playoffs. A 3-0 series lead over the Flyers should have been enough to earn the talented Finn a “spacer’’ start in Tim Thomas’s place.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Another Goalie Option For The Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Applying some of the Flyers’ infinite wisdom that stretches back to 1975, general manager Paul Holmgren never indicated any interest in Dwayne Roloson when the Islanders conducted a one-man goaltending fire sale on the first day of 2011.

Now, however, because Philadelphia pretty much is already out of cap space for next season months before it even begins, Holmgren might want to place a call to Garth Snow when the playoffs end, because there will be a $575,000 goaltender available named Evgeni Nabokov who could provide at least a partial solution to the laughable folly down the turnpike.

continued plus other NHL topics…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Red Wings-Sharks Game 5 set-up: disrupting the natural order (plus more Lidstrom stuff)

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks face off tonight (8 PM EDT, Versus/TSN/WXYT) with the same stakes on the line as Friday.

The Wings felt that they had to make enough adjustments after their 4-3 win on Friday night that they paid a $2,500 fine to San Jose International Airport to land there at 1:55 AM local time and 4:55 AM on their players’ body clocks, and then engaged in a full practice to tweak their game’s technical aspects on Saturday, and they did so because in Detroit’s eyes, there’s nothing like embracing a few cliches, taking solace in the fact that they’ve gotten under the Sharks’ skin and continuing the fight against the Sharks for the simple sake of extending their season.

The Sharks, on the other hand, spent less time on the ice and more time in the video room as coach Todd McLellan chose “show and not tell” his players that they lacked a killer instinct on Friday night, as he told the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch:

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | The Malik Report | Permalink
 

Avs Could Learn from Lightning

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Terry Frei at the Denver Post:

When the Avalanche limped home with 69 points in 2008-09 and ended up with the third overall choice in the NHL draft (and, eventually, with Matt Duchene), the Tampa Bay Lightning was even worse.

The inept Bolts finished with 66 points in a tumultuous year that led to the ousting of Barry Melrose only 16 games into his return to coaching. They had been hoping to improve on the 71-point season that led to the ousting of general manager Jay Feaster and the landing of the No. 1 overall draft pick used on Steven Stamkos, but they regressed instead.

They beat out only the New York Islanders in the overall standings. They used the second overall pick on Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman.

They told their fans, who at the time were only five years removed from celebrating a Stanley Cup championship on the verge of the NHL’s lockout season, that continued patience would be required.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Colorado Avalanche, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

HHOF vs Auction House: Who to Believe

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Randy Boswell at Postmedia News via Calgary Herald:

The Hockey Hall of Fame is casting doubt on the authenticity of a vintage puck, touted as the one Wayne Gretzky used to surpass Gordie Howe’s all-time NHL scoring record in 1989, that sold at a Quebec auction in March for more than $50,000.

The Toronto-based hockey museum has told Postmedia News that it possesses the real puck that put Gretzky -then playing for the Los Angeles Kings in a game against his former team, the Edmonton Oilers -a notch above the legendary Howe with 1,851 points.

But Classic Auctions president Marc Juteau, the Montreal-area memorabilia seller who sold the other puck to an unnamed Canadian collector on March 29, has insisted that the provenance of that artifact is solid and thoroughly documented by a former timekeeper at Edmonton’s Northlands Coliseum.

continued…

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: gordie+howe, hhof, hockey+hall+of+fame, wayne+gretzky

Niklas Kronwall, Ryane Clowe and warm Red Wings-Sharks fuzzies

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Between Douglas Murray telling Expressen’s Gunnar Nordstrom that he planned on getting into a fight with Justin Abdelkader on Friday to pay back a few “elbows in the face” and Ryane Clowe doing that exact thing on Friday while insisting that he’d preferred to have gotten a few licks in on Niklas Kronwall, the San Jose Sharks haven’t exactly been discreet about the fact that the Wings are grating on their nerves. Clowe explained his logic in making his post-Game 5 statement to the Mercury News’s Mark Emmons:

Saturday, Clowe elaborated a little bit. Clowe said he would like a little payback for that devastating check Kronwall put on Dany Heatley in Game 3.

“It was about that hit on Heater,” Clowe said of his comment. “I always stick up for my teammates.”

Heatley said he appreciates the sentiment.

“He’s a guy who stands up for teammates,” Heatley said. “And he’s smart about it. He knows what time of year it is and isn’t going to take any dumb penalties. But he’s done that all year long for us. It’s part of the reason why he’s such a great team guy.”

Sharks coach Todd McLellan told MLive’s Ansar Khan that he fully endorses Clowe’s, ahem, tactics:

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | The Malik Report | Permalink
 

Kerry Fraser confirms the existence of the make-up call

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The man’s got a book to sell and is getting more than his fair share of publicity for spending most of his time defending officials’ “discretionary” calls on TSN this spring, but former referee Kerry Fraser’s also been willing to peel back a few “fibs” about referees, admitting that referees both make mistakes (don’t tell the NHL that!) and that yes, they do engage in the occasional “make-up call”:

Publicly, every referee will say, “I don’t do make-up calls.” Let me tell you that it has and does happen on occasion. I’ve done it and I will tell when and why. First let me attempt to explain some of the unrealistic expectations that are placed on the referees without appearing defensive or accusatory.

Expectations and duties of the referee include:

- apply a consistent standard of enforcement of the playing rules as handed down by the Board of Governors/Rules Committee
- provide safety under the rules for participants & maintain the integrity of the game
- provide for an entertaining flow of the game.  (starts to get dicey here and extends below)

Another expectation that is ingrained in the official is to keep the game “FAIR”.  Combine “fair” to the bullet points and some unrealistic expectations; even contradictions arise.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | The Malik Report | Permalink
 

No Diving Allowed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Colin Campbell is tired of seeing his officials embarrassed by players throughout these NHL playoffs and isn’t going to stand for it any more.

Due to the increasing number of players diving and embellishing throughout these playoffs, Campbell and director of officiating Terry Gregson have instructed officials to crack down on players who snap their heads back to sell a call.
Teams and players have been warned to cut it out or referees will be handing out diving calls as well as “two and twos,” tagging both the victim and the perpetrator.

While diving generally increases in the post-season, what complicates the issue this year is the heightened desire to protect players from head-shots, leading players to prey on this and act as if anything coming close to their noggin makes contact, a la Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo and teammate Maxim Lapierre.

continued plus more hockey topics…

Filed in: NHL Teams, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• If the Boston Bruins don’t have Patrice Bergeron for the start of the next series with the Lightning (concussion after Claude Giroux hit Friday) that leaves a crater-like hole in the middle. He’s their best faceoff guy and had 12 points in the playoffs….

• I know the Flyers love Jeff Carter, but Claude Giroux is every bit as good, so why couldn’t you offer him to Minnesota for Niklas Backstrom? The Wild can’t make the playoffs with their $6-million goalie and badly need more offence.

more

• Paul Coffey will most likely be advising the Pittsburgh Penguins on their power play next season, from afar (he’s not coming aboard as a coach, not with the two Toyota dealerships he owns in the Toronto area). You know when the Penguins owner Mario Lemieux and Coffey are texting one another in the playoffs, Mario wants Coffey’s opinion

• If the Wings go out on Sunday, what do you bet they tell us that Johan Franzen has a high ankle sprain but gutted it out to play? He’s a shadow of his usual self. Too bad, because Detroit sorely misses his big-game scoring.

more plus a look at the Tampa Bay Lightning here...

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

« Previous       ‹ First  < 2643 2644 2645 2646 2647 >  Last ›      Next »

About Kukla’s Korner

Kukla’s Korner is updated around the clock with the work of our own talented bloggers, plus links to the best hockey writing around the internet.  We strive to bring you all the breaking hockey news as it happens.

The home page allows you to see the latest postings from every blog on the site. Subscribe here.  For general inquiries and more, please contact us anytime.

image

 

image

 

image

 

image


Go Ad Free On KK

Kukla’s Korner is always a free service for readers, but it costs some money to maintain. If you’re ever in a position to donate a few dollars to help out, we’d be very appreciative.

 




Most Recent Posts

Feed

KK Hockey

Feed

Abel to Yzerman

Feed

The Malik Report

Feed

The Puck Stops Here

Feed

Tasca's Take

Feed

The Confluence

Feed

The Sabres Observer

Feed

Goal Line Report

Feed

Petshark: Talking Stick

Feed

The Goods on Fantasy Hockey

Feed

F Street Faithful

Feed

Devils Advocate

Feed

Above the Glass

Feed

The Upper Canadien

Feed

Oil Patch

Feed

23 Intently Staring Goalies

Feed

Iced Coffey

Feed

Hockey News Wire

Feed

KK Members Blog

Most Recent Comments