Kukla's Korner

Ryan Malone Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Aaron Portzline at Puck-rakers,

Ryan Malone is not going to sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins, unless the Penguins significantly up their offer. It’s looking more and more like the Penguins will get Evgeni Malkin signed to a contract extension and be able to keep right winger Marian Hossa. That will show Malone to the door.

An NHL source said that Malone has been low-balled twice by the Penguins and is ready to leave July 1 as an unrestricted free agent. Malone’s rights could be traded before that day, of course, and the Blue Jackets are a likely destination.

The source said the Penguins have already made the Blue Jackets an offer for Malone’s rights.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ryan+malone

Meeting Hockey Royalty

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC,

“I’m your biggest fan!” a young man screamed in Henrik Zetterberg’s ear.

Hockey’s royalty gathered in Toronto Thursday night for the 2008 NHL award ceremony, but before Zetterberg, Alexander Ovechkin and Nick Lidstrom made it through the doors of the Elgin Theatre, they had to run a gauntlet of rowdy hockey fans along the red carpet on Yonge Street.

Many had waited hours for a glimpse of their heroes…


Filed in: Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nhl+awards

Toronto’s Brain Trust

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dan Wood at Ducks Blog,

Burke, though, isn’t the only name being bandied about by the out-of-control Toronto media. Reporters who cover the Leafs have also mentioned Doug Wilson of the San Jose Sharks, David Poile of the Nashville Predators, Darcy Regier of the Buffalo Sabres, Doug Risebrough of the Minnesota Wild, Jim Rutherford of the Carolina Hurricanes, Jay Feaster of the Tampa Bay Lightning and even Ken Holland of the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. Along with Burke, that’s more than 25 percent of the general managers in the league, and the supposed logic is that any or all of them could become available after next season.

If nothing else, Toronto’s “brain trust” has given all of these men tremendous leverage to negotiate new contracts with their current clubs. Even worse, the Leafs brass has created more than one potential conflict-of-interest scenario. What if, for example, any of these general managers happens to swing a trade with Toronto, particularly if the deal might be construed as somewhat one-sided in either the short- or long-term? You think that might just raise some eyebrows at NHL headquarters?


Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brian+burke, media

The TSN Award Goes To…

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

Conn Smythe Trophy winner Henrik Zetterberg has added another honour to his 2007-08 collection, as the Detroit Red Wings forward has been named the first TSN NHL Player of the Year.  The honour goes to the most outstanding player of the full season (regular season and playoffs) and was voted on by a 30-member panel consisting of current NHL players, coaches and GMs, the NHLPA executive director and the NHL on TSN broadcast team.

TSN will donate $5,000 (Cdn.) to Zetterberg’s charity of choice in recognition of this honour.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: awards, henrik+zetterberg, media

Murray Talks Sens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ottawa GM Bryan Murray was on Fan590 in Toronto a talked a bit about Ray Emery and Wade Redden.  It looks Emery will be bought out unless Murray can find a trade partner for him in the next week or so.  Murray feels it is better if the part ways even though Hartsburg did coach Emery in Sault Ste. Marie.

Murray talked a little Wade Redden too and said he will not be able to match what Redden can get on the open market, so it looks like he is gone come July 1st.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Ottawa Senators, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ray+emery, wade+redden

Dear Gary: I Apologize

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Gary Bettman deserves your scorn.  And, thankfully, you give it to him frequently.

But I’ve been knocked down a peg today.  One of the 19, RWBill, posted an image in the comments of this post that explains the innocent mistake Gary’s crack staff made last evening.

Even the most astute of commissioners can’t be blamed for mistaking Nick Lidstrom for Dick Lindstrom.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink
  Tags: a2y19, bettman, lidstrom, richard+lindstrom

Re-Rack ‘em

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Some dude named Jean working for the Calgary Herald asked Matt at Battle of Alberta for his take on a 1998 NHL draft do-over.

1998, you’ll recall, was the year Pavel Datsyuk was drafted in the 6th round, 171st overall.

According to Matt, things might be a tad different today.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink
  Tags: datsyuk, fellow+bloggers, fischer, konstantinov, samuelsson

It’s Larionov’s Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet.ca,

It is not called the NHL Hall of Fame. I’m pretty sure it’s the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Which is why Tuesday, when the Hall’s selection committee gathers in Toronto to decide this year’s inductees, I hope Igor Larionov gets the nod.

“I think he should too,” six-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings told Sportsnet.ca. “He’s that kind of special player. Watching him when I grew up in Europe, he was part of that Russian Five that never gave up the puck. They had it the whole time. [...] When I had a chance to play with him, I saw that too. He’s such a smart player. He wasn’t a big player but his smarts brought him so much success. He really deserves to be in the Hall.”


Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: hhof, hockey+hall+of+fame, igor+larionov, niklas+lidstrom

Fantastic & Fabulous

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Unable to see very well during the last two weeks or so, I have been listening and listening to talk radio via the web.

Two words kept popping up when Mike Babcock was being interviewed and they were fantastic and fabulous when describing everything Red Wings.

Well, I want to steal those words and use them when describing my health at this time.  It has been a very rough two weeks for me and I had doubts about my vision returning to normal.  I want to thank everyone for their prayers, good wishes and the hundreds of emails I received from KK readers, MSM’s, and those involved in the game.  My health is very close to 100% and I feel I can start to contribute to KK once again.

Hopefully Alanah can sleep the whole weekend and catch up on some well deserved rest.  Many of you have witnessed what she has done to keep KK alive during my absence and I wanted to publicly thank her for “keeping the news coming”!

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

Former Flyer Miroslav Dvorak Dead at 56

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sam Carchidi at the Philadelphia Inquirer,

General manager Paul Holmgren called Mr. Dvorak a solid player and “fun-loving guy who couldn’t wait for practices to end so he could go and have a few beers. He was a throwback-type guy.”

The two were teammates for two seasons in the early ‘80s.

“He was an older player when he came here, but he was a strong player and a pretty good offensive player,” Holmgren said. “He would be a good player in today’s game.”

Holmgren said Mr. Dvorak reminded him of the “wild and crazy guys,” Georg and Yortuk Festrunk, played by Dan Aykroyd and Steve Martin. The actors played bizarre (and hysterically funny) Czech brothers in a recurring skit for Saturday Night Live.

read on

Dvorak arrived in Philadelphia unable to speak a word of English, played his first NHL game at age 31, and was named the Flyers’ top defenseman in 1984.  He also made quite an impression on many hockey fans, judging from the small pile of emails I’ve received about his death since yesterday. A very sad loss.

Update 12:52pm ET: More on Dvorak’s life at International Hockey Legends.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: miroslav+dvorak

« Previous       ‹ First  < 6018 6019 6020 6021 6022 >  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