Kukla's Korner

Red Wings prospect tournament, day 4: practice impressions and interviews (great Fischer interview)

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 2:09 PM: At Joe Louis Arena, per MLive's Ansar Khan...

Todd Bertuzzi has joined his former Wings teammates for the final informal practice at JLA before camp.

...

Bertuzzi has not been invited to camp on a tryout by the Wings, Ken Holland said.

And up here in Traverse City...

The Red Wings held a very brief "morning skate" ahead of tonight's 6:30 PM game against Caroilna, and Anthony Mantha was absent but was both deemed "fine" and had a chat with NHL.com's Mike Morreale as he was exiting practice. I have no idea whether his absence was related to his birthday (and as MLive's Brendan Savage reported, Brandon Robinson is OK).

Anyway, the Wings goalies got in a ton of work with goalie coach Jeff Salajko, but the players skated under Jeff Blashill's guidance for about 16 minutes--and got an admonishment about a "wake-up call" at the end of practice.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | The Malik Report | Permalink
 

5 On 5 Play - Analytics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Travis Yost of TSN,

Like never before, today's NHL has an insatiable appetite for competent even-strength hockey players. And there are a lot of factors at play here.

For one, the phasing out of enforcers and specialists has created a window of opportunity for a wave of skill players to take on larger roles at both positions. Front offices in Vancouver and Toronto have pointed to successful models in Los Angeles and Chicago - two franchises which have enjoyed reliable production from those bringing up the rear.

And teams are cognizant that first lines and first pairings win a lot of hockey games. But finding the appropriate balance between maximizing their ice-time and minimizing fatigue effects has led to further prioritization of back end guys who can pick up the slack as needed.

There's another factor at play – the creation of more even-strength ice time by the continued decrease in penalties.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Your 2014 Lester Patrick Trophy Recipients

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (September 16, 2014) – Accomplished NHL executive Bill Daly and former player, coach, current Flyers executive Paul Holmgren have been named recipients of the 2014 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966.  It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport’s development.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: bill+daly, paul+holmgren

Geoff Courtnall On The Vancouver Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

What happens in a hockey-crazed market when a hot start quickly dissipates into a dramatic downward spiral, highlighting a questionable coaching hire in the polarizing John Tortorella?

You have yourself an offseason rife with upheaval, just like the summer of 2014 for the Vancouver Canucks.

The brash and fiery Tortorella was axed after just one season. Longtime general Mike Gillis was dismissed, as well. Star center Ryan Kesler was shipped out of town in a trade to Anaheim.

None of it is surprising, according to former Vancouver Canucks player Geoff Courtnall, who spent five seasons playing for the club from 1990-95.

“Well, I think the owners have high expectations and want to win. They weren’t satisfied with how last season went, so they made some pretty drastic moves," Courtnall told ESPN.com in a recent phone conversation. 

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: geoff+courtnall

Paul Bissonnette Will Attend The Camp Of The St. Louis Blues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. LOUIS - The Blues have invited unrestricted free agent forward Paul Bissonnette to a tryout at training camp.

Bissonnette, 29, has played in 202 career NHL games, registering seven goals and 15 assists (22 points). He has a plus-7 rating and 340 career penalty minutes.

Bissonnette spent the past five seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes. He made his NHL debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2008-09 season.

Filed in: NHL Teams, St. Louis Blues, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: paul+bissonnette

Brandon Robinson update

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I'm sitting up in the stands as the Wings' prospects practice, while MLive's Brendan Savage is closer to the locker room, and he has good news regarding Brandon Robinson:

added 10:20am, more from Savage...

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | The Malik Report | Permalink
 

NHL.com profiles Red Wings prospect Ryan Sproul

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings prospect Ryan Sproul is fluent in...let's say that he's a little prone to indulging in the old hockey cliche, so NHL.com's Mike Morreale offers a perspective on the defenseman that's a little more insightful as the commentary comes from Ken Holland and Jeff Blashill:

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound defenseman, selected in the second round (No. 55) of the 2011 NHL Draft, has been one of Detroit's most impressive players on the back end in the Traverse City Prospect Tournament this week.

"He's big, mobile, can handle the puck and has a rocket for the shot," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "He capped off a very good junior career [in 2012-13] by winning defenseman of the year in the Canadian Hockey League and then had a nice rookie year in Grand Rapids."

Blashill tells Morreale that Sproul's defnitely near-NHL-ready, but he's definitely still shaking off some Major Junior Hockey habits:

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | The Malik Report | Permalink
 

Red Wings morning news: prospect tourney talk and a ‘slide’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning, and mostly related to the Wings prospects' 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild last night:

We're still waiting for an update on Brandon Robinson's status, but MLive's Brendan Savage took note of the coach and players' reactions to the injury...

"The one thing is right away word filtered that he was going to be OK from what we understand," said coach Jeff Blashill. "Once we heard that, it kind of relaxed everybody a little bit. Obviously, it's a scary few moments there and the guys were extremely concerned. But once word got back that he was doing OK, I think it allowed us to go out and play."

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | The Malik Report | Permalink
 

Jacob Trouba Wants To Have “A Big Impact This Year”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

As big a splash as Trouba made starting as a 19-year-old straight out of college, the Rochester, Michigan, product wants more of a role in Year 2.

“As big as I can get it,” a grinning Trouba said, Monday, after a pre-training camp skate at the Iceplex. “I want to play on the power play this year, for sure. That’s something you’ve got to earn. Playing in big spots is something I want to do. That again is something that’s earned, from your teammates and your coaches.”

Trouba says he’ll be searching for consistency this year. Playing a full season, too.

Injuries, including a scary neck injury, limited him to 65 games as a rookie. He still managed 10 goals and 29 points.

“That’s something I really want to focus on, is showing up every night and being the best I can,” he said. “Taking another step on this team to become more of a significant player and play in different spots... I want to have a big impact this year.”

The Jets hope head coach Paul Maurice can help 

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Winnipeg Jets, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jacob+trouba

Morning Line- Barry Trotz

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Everybody thinks I’m going to turn him into a Selke-winner. People say he had a rotten year last year, but he still scored eight more goals than the nearest guy in the Rocket Richard race. I don’t want to disrespect his gift – the gift of scoring goals, which is one of the hardest things to do.

“I’m not going to get him to be that super-detailed Doug Jarvis type. I just need him to work defensively and have some pride in getting the puck back. That’s the way I’ve talked to him. Get the puck and score, but if we don’t have the puck, I want a plan to get it back quickly so we can go score again.”

-Barry Trotz, head coach of the Washington Capitals on Alex Ovechkin.  More from Trotz by Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: barry+trotz

« Previous       ‹ First  < 3 4 5 6 7 >  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