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Yzerman Meets New Challenges

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

Now 43 and busier than ever, Yzerman paradoxically looks younger and fresher than he did during the final injury-filled seasons of his career with the Detroit Red Wings. The intensity that made him one of the greatest NHLers in history is still there, but there’s also a renewed vibrancy that has come with new challenges.

Perhaps that’s why it seemed just a little strange to see him among the inductees to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Yzerman is a little more than two years removed from announcing his retirement, but his contributions to the game continue as a vice-president with the Red Wings and the executive director of Canada’s 2010 Olympic men’s hockey team.

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  Tags: steve+yzerman

What Else Could They Do

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Hamacher of NHL Blog at the NY Post,

I’ve spent the past few days trying to figure out a way to be unhappy with the way the NHL is handling ticket sales for the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago on New Year’s Day. As much as I generally disagree with much if not most of what Gary Bettman and his NHL crew do, I hate to say it but they got it right this time.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: winter+classic

Upgrade In Goal Would Help Avalanche

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of All Things Colorado Sports at the Denver Post,

Do I think the Avalanche should be considering taking measures to upgrade in goal? Absolutely. And they should be considering that possibility, whether it’s the drastic step of using all the available cap space (and a little more) to land Khabibulin or anything else. (Budaj to Chicago as Huet’s backup to clear the cap room and give Chicago a No. 2? Well, that would make sense except for the fact that Budaj would be playing for Joel Quenneville, which raises all sorts of issues.)

But for now, Budaj’s far from the only problem.

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Jack Johnson Could Return Ahead Of Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

Jack Johnson was expected to be out until after the all-star break, as he recovers from surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his shoulder, but Johnson’s recovery is going faster than expected and he might return a month ahead of schedule. That could put him in line for a late-December return, but that depends on his continued progress.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jack+johnson

Together Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

It’s hard to believe it was 16 years ago that Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne and St. Louis Blues center Keith Tkachuk were part of a tremendous rookie class with the former Winnipeg Jets….

“I’m glad I had the opportunity to go through that first season with him,” Tkachuk said. “It was one of the most phenomenal things I’ve ever seen. He was outstanding. No one knew anything about him. He just came in and dominated. No one could keep up with his speed, and everything he touched, everything he shot, went in.”

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  Tags: keith+tkachuk, teemu+selanne

Take a Seat

Blog: KK Members Blog By Terry McAndrew

A lot of talk lately about the young guns in the NHL. Its one way to help sell the future of the game in some markets as well as for the league. But forecasting someone’s development is an inexact science.

Here in the valley of the sun, the Great One decided it was best to give one of his potential future stars a night off and a chance to see the game from a different vantage point. Kyle Turris was a healthy scratch against Calgary, a team that has owned the Yotes for a few years now.

But fear not, Turris is expected to be in the line up Thursday night in the “Garage” which might be considered a home game for him. Should be interesting to see how he responds.

The Coyotes’ official blogger has a piece posted where he interviews Turris on this. Check it out: http://coyotes.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=390467

Filed in: NHL Teams, d, | KK Members Blog | Permalink
  Tags: kyle+turris

Montreal Signs David Desharnais

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

MONTREAL—Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced Wednesday the signing of forward David Desharnais to a two-year, two-way contract (2008-09 to 2009-10). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

This season, Desharnais registered 9 points (3 goals, 6 assists) and is a plus-2 through 11 games with the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. He participated in his first training camp with the Canadiens this season, and recorded two points in three preseason games (0-2-2).

Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, | Hockey News Wire | Permalink
  Tags: david+desharnais

Welcome to the New KK Members Blog!

Blog: KK Members Blog By Alanah McGinley

Do you want to add your own posts to Kukla’s Korner? Provide links, breaking new, hockey analysis, etc? This is the place to do it!

While the posts here won’t automatically feature on the front page of the website, we’ll be sure to highlight the best of your work whenever possible.  And of course, you’ll always be able to point people from around the internet to your writing by using the permanent links to your articles.

Check out the sidebar on the right side where it explains How to Post  and if you’re having any problems, check in with our Help Page for more information and a few guidelines.

Good luck!

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The State of Sports Journalism

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

With credit to Matt at the Battle of Alberta, we came across a couple of interesting articles published in recent days that I don’t believe we linked on KK, both looking at sports journalism (though not just hockey media).  They are:

 

Filed in: NHL Media, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: journalism, media

KHL Invites Media to Observe Medical Testing

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The KHL recently dealt with the fallout from Alexei Cherepanov’s death by adopting a list of resolutions in hopes of avoiding such tragedies in the future. 

Today they’ve issued another press release related to those issues, this one inviting members of the media to observe their medical evaluation process.  Presumably this openness is meant to reassure current and prospective players of the KHL’s commitment to their welfare.

Full text of the press release is available below.

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Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, European Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: alexei+cherepanov, khl

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