Kukla's Korner

Kovalchuk Signs With The Devils

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday the highest profile free agent of the 2010 summer, Ilya Kovalchuk re-signed with the New Jersey Devils.  He signed a 17 year pact worth $102 million.  This gives him an annual salary cap hit of $6 million.  This is a glorious example of legal contravention of the salary cap.  Nobody seriously believes that Kovalchuk will still be playing in the NHL at age 44 when the deal ends.  Nobody seriously believes that Kovalchuk will play for the 17 year term or have an annual average salary as low as $6 million.

That said there is nothing the NHL can do about the deal right now.  There is significant precedent for these long term deals with declining pay in the sunset seasons to keep the annual salary cap hit down.  There are more than a handful of players signed to these deals who are not expected to complete them.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | The Puck Stops Here | Permalink

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ken Holland is terrific, wonderful man. Ken is considered the best GM in the game. He certainly has been the most successful since he took over the Wings. Although he downplays his personal success he does attribute his team’s success to passion. He is passionate about hockey and only looks for people who feel the same way. Talking to Ken about the Red Wings it occurred to me that the Red Wings brain trust are totally immersed in the game. They watch hockey all the time. When they aren’t watching it they are talking about it. When they aren’t doing the previous mentioned things they are teaching hockey to minor hockey coaches and players-PASSION.

-Drew-Remenda of Sharks.com.  More from Drew on a topic you must click to read.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ken+holland

New Jersey Ownership Behind The Kovalchuk Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

While saying the Devils did nothing illegal in signing Ilya Kovalchuk to a 17-year, $102 million contract, general manager Lou Lamoriello admitted that such a deal was bad for the NHL and should be eliminated in the next CBA.

I asked Lamoriello what he would think if someone brought up Kovalchuk’s contract in the next round of CBA negotiations (in two years) and pointed to it as a flaw.

“I might agree,” he said. “But there is nothing that we have done wrong. This is within the rules. This is in the CBA. There are precedents that have been set. But I would agree we shouldn’t have these. But I’m also saying that because it’s legal and this is something that ownership felt comfortable doing for the right reasons.”

It was clear that ownership—headed by Jeff Vanderbeek—was behind this particular contract. Not that Lamoriello didn’t endorse bringing Kovalchuk back.


Filed in: NHL Teams, New Jersey Devils, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Tampa Bay Coaching Staff Almost Complete

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erik Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

First-year Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Guy Boucher is close to rounding out his staff after naming two assistant coaches on Tuesday.

The Lightning hired Boucher’s two assistants with Hamilton of the American Hockey League last season, Daniel Lacroix and Martin Raymond. The trio led the Bulldogs to the Western Conference final in the AHL playoffs.

Boucher, who is leaving Thursday for a three-week family vacation, is expected to add one more coach to his staff.


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

Florida Shows Up On The NHL Map

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Remember when both Florida teams were gong shows? Well, with Steve Yzerman in Tampa and Dale Tallon taking over as general manager in Florida, those days are gone.

Now, add into the recipe that there is no state tax in Florida, travel in the Eastern Conference is vastly superior to the West, and of course, the family is always happy to relocate to the kind of neighborhood where a millionaire in Florida might live, and you get quotes like this one from Simon Gagne:

“Tampa Bay was a team I was more than willing to waive my no-trade for,” Gagne said. “I really like the direction the team is headed in with a solid owner, Steve Yzerman as GM and coach (Guy) Boucher.”

When is the last time you heard a player say THAT about the Lightning? Give Tallon some time in Florida, and they’ll be talking that way about the Panthers as well.

Sunshine, the beach, low taxes, zero media scrutiny… It is just another example of why teams in Canada had better draft well, because landing big-name free agents is getting tougher and tougher.

more hockey topics…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink

UFAs Still Available

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Maxim Afinogenov, F

The Russian forward had 24 goals and 37 assists for the Thrashers last season, equalling his career-high in points (61, a mark which he had previously set during the 2006-07 campaign). Last season was Afinogenov’s first year with a team other than the Sabres, where he had spent nine seasons (he was drafted by Buffalo in 1997). At 30, Afinogenov seems poised to bring some added scoring to a team looking for a solid offensive force with lots left to offer.

Marc-Andre Bergeron, D

Bergeron had 13 goals and 21 assists in 60 games with the Habs last season but has not yet been locked up by any team. The 29-year-old Quebec native has seen his fair share of NHL squads over the years, having played for the Oilers, Islanders, Ducks, Wild and Canadiens….

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Devils/Kovalchuk Press Conference

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The embed feature has been disabled, so watch the press conference at NH.com.

It is scheduled to start at 1:00pm ET.

added 1:50pm, from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Ilya Kovalchuk met with the media in New Jersey this afternoon for the first time since signing his 17-year contract worth $102 million. He sat alongside managing partner Jeff Vanderbeek, coach John MacLean and team president Lou Lamoriello. Martin Brodeur, Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner were among the teammates who attended. Here are some highlights:

Kovalchuk on why he picked New Jersey: He said he was impressed with the professionalism of the organization and that he learned a lot about winning in his short time. “There is unfinished business,” Kovalchuk said. “That was the biggest reason.”


added 5:08pm, You can watch the press conference below…

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, New Jersey Devils, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Will The Blue Jackets Fill A Need On Defense?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Many believe that after a nearly two-week lull in free agency, a mild flurry of moves is set to follow, that the next wave of GMs getting their rosters settled in advance of 2010-11 is about to take place. And if you’re a GM needing one defenseman—much less two—the temperature has just been increased.

Don’t be surprised if Howson begins taking a different tack this week. Here-to-fore he was content to let the summer play out, to let Vancouver GM Mike Gillis, Toronto GM Brian Burke and possibly others weigh their options for the players they’re peddling. In Vancouver’s case that’s Kevin Bieksa, and in Toronto’s case it’s Tomas Kaberle.

Howson is a patient man, but not when duty calls. Though he’s not making annual blockbuster trades or monster free agent signings—as some would like—he has never been guilty of letting the virtue of patience turn into a vice. Howson is not the type to get caught with his well-pressed pants down, yet he has to know he’s running that risk here.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Columbus Blue Jackets, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Spezza Talks- He Wants To Be In Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

There’s been plenty of debate on the issue of Spezza’s mindset since Murray told the media Spezza informed him he wouldn’t “object” to being dealt.

“At no point did I ever demand a trade,” Spezza said Tuesday at his annual charity golf tournament, being played at Greyhawk. “I’ve seen a lot of what’s been written and talked about ... at the end of the year I was pretty emotional and upset ... I was upset at us losing, and I was upset at a bit of the response I got.

“I talked to Bryan and (said) I read the newspapers, I see every year there’s trade talk about me. I just basically told him, if you want to move me, you can move me. Obviously, I had (a) no-trade clause coming up on July 1. I want to be here, but if he thinks it’s best for the team for me not to be here, and the city, then he can move me.

“He told me he wasn’t going to move me, and to be honest, I was happy about it, because I like being here in Ottawa.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, Ottawa Senators, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jason+spezza

Note To Willa: STFU And Stay Home

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Willa is our adopted name for the waffling bitch that Mike Modano has become.  Seriously. This is just an absolute joke.  You’re 40, dude.  You’ve been let go by a crap team and you could have joined the league’s best franchise.  You said this on 7 July…


“The sooner the better,” Modano said of his decision. “I know they would love to get an answer so they can get their cap and their roster situated. I don’t want to delay this.”

...and this yesterday.


Modano told the Free Press he’ll make a decision, “when I start skating again—see how that feels.”

Modano said he plans to hit the ice Aug. 5 and that he won’t make a decision before that time.


Continue Reading »

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink

« Previous       ‹ First  < 6166 6167 6168 6169 6170 >  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.



Most Recent Posts


KK Hockey


The Malik Report


Abel to Yzerman


The Puck Stops Here


The Sabres Observer


The Upper Canadien


F Street Faithful


Above the Glass


Oil Patch


Hockey News Wire


KK Members Blog

Most Recent Comments