Kukla's Korner

Tough Playing In Russia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

Both (Barry) Smith and Emery’s agent, J.P. Barry, say the KHL was no summer vacation. It was serious hockey with primitive conditions outside the rink that most NHLers wouldn’t have the fortitude to tolerate.

“To go overseas to Russia to play, to me, means you really want to play,” Smith said. “It’s not easy. It is the hardest place in Europe to go and play hockey – for sure. So he chose the hardest place to play and he played very well, taking his team to first place.

“I think this speaks volumes for a kid who wants to get back in the league [NHL].”

Playing in Russia was very different than North America. Emery would have to show up at 5 p.m. – more than 24 hours before his game – at a gymnasium with other team members where they would bunk-in overnight.

“Forget what these guys were earning, they slept on cots in a gym before the game,” Barry said.

more

The Flyers will be announcing today the signing of Ray Emery.  Good move?

added 11:16am, Official release from the Flyers on the signing…

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, Non-NHL Hockey, European Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ray+emery

Bidding Ends Today For Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,

Le Journal de Montréal reports today that interested groups – and it says there are six – have until the end of the day today to table their offers to buy the Canadiens and the Bell Centre.

The paper says that three American groups are interested in purchasing the club, along with three Canadian groups, the latter including Québecor, Molson family members, and a third Quebec group whose participants the story does not identify.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

What’s The Deal With Hossa?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters at the Pittsburg Post-Gazette

, Is he just lost in the depth Detroit has? Is he just not being asked to do nearly as much as he was in a Penguins uniform? Or is he just gripping his stick a little too tightly? Was 2008 a fluke?

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: marian+hossa

All About Game 7’s

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (June 10, 2009) —The Rematch is going the distance. The 2008-09 Stanley Cup champion will be crowned Friday when the Detroit Red Wings host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at Joe Louis Arena (8 p.m., ET, NBC, CBC, RDS). The Penguins avoided their fate of 2008, when the Red Wings captured the Stanley Cup on Pittsburgh ice in Game 6, by posting a 2-1 victory Tuesday at Mellon Arena.

The Red Wings seek the 12th Stanley Cup in franchise history and their fifth championship since 1997. They would be the first repeat champion since they captured consecutive titles in 1997 and 1998.

The Penguins are seeking their third Stanley Cup and first since 1992. A victory would mark just the third time in NHL history a road club captured Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Dallas Drake Discusses Game 7

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Cook of the Traverse City Record-Eagle,

Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals will be a big advantage for the Detroit Red Wings.

And not necessarily because of the crowd, says former Red Wing and Traverse City resident Dallas Drake.

“The matchups are probably the most important thing,” Drake said Tuesday. “They get last (line) change and get certain people on the ice against certain people. That makes a lot more difference than a lot of people give it credit for. (Pittsburgh coach) Dan Bylsma is able to get who he wants out there and keep (Sidney) Crosby away from (Henrik) Zetterberg, so it makes a big difference.”...

Crosby has long been the NHL’s darling, compared by many as the next Wayne Gretzky. Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have been one of the most potent one-two punches in the NHL this season, but neither factored into Tuesday’s scoring as Pavel Datsyuk and Zetterberg shut down the duo.

“I think the NHL would love to see Crosby win a Stanley Cup,” Drake said. “I don’t know why they don’t promote Datsyuk and Zetterberg as much as they promote those guys. But they just don’t.”

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: dallas+drake

Great Series About To Get Better

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province via Canada.com,

In short, you couldn’t ask for much more of a series. But has anyone else noticed outside the game’s traditional fan-base?

That’s the big question and, again, the signs are encouraging for the NHL. The American TV numbers are up significantly and Friday night’s Game 7 should provide a ratings bonanza for the league. But this is also about something different, something that can’t be measured by viewer-households or audience shares.

This series, more than anything, has given the NHL an event which has made an impact on the American sporting conscience and when was the last time the league could say that? Crosby and Malkin have cemented their place as crossover stars. Pundits are actually expressing an opinion on the game’s finer points. There is interest everywhere and it doesn’t hurt that the Kobe-LeBron dream matchup didn’t materialize in the NBA final.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Believe It Marian

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Compton of NHL.com,

Now, incredibly, Hossa and the Wings must beat the Pens in a Game 7 to determine the Stanley Cup champion. It’s a scenario not many envisioned prior to the start of the regular season—and certainly not when the Penguins were two games above the .500 mark in mid-February and fired coach Michel Therrien.

“Who would?” Hossa said when asked if he ever thought it would come down to this. “Would you? I don’t think many people, but the situation is right now how it is. I have to deal with it and we have to make sure we give it 100 percent and be good at home.”

Hossa’s certainly hoping to make more of a contribution on Friday, and more than he has in this series. He has just three assists through the first six games, and just three shots in the last two.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” said Hossa, who had just one shot on goal in 18:27 of ice time. “We didn’t play bad, but they scored two goals and we scored one. We didn’t create lots of clean chances.”

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: marian+hossa

Decision Day Coming

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

After years of doing everything to keep Hamilton out of the National Hockey League, the NHL may be ordered today to attach a price to the southern Ontario relocation of the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes.

And they are not at all happy about it.

“I don’t think we are prepared to put out a number,” said Bill Daly, the deputy commissioner of the NHL. But Daly did say, if the matter was ordered by the court, the NHL would have to comply.

Judge Redfield T. Baum indicated late yesterday he will think overnight about whether he will order the NHL to put a relocation and indemnification price on the proposed sale of the Coyotes and move to Hamilton. He could order the NHL, as early as today, to put a figure alongside the $212.5 million US figure BlackBerry boss Jim Balsillie has bid for the franchise in Chapter 11 bankruptcy that would compensate the Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres and the league for the franchise move.

The price attached to the potential move could pave the way for the Coyotes’ move to Hamilton or, in fact, squash Balsillie’s bid completely.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, d, NHL Talk, NHL Business of Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Dealing With The Sedin’s

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Botchford of The White Towel at the Vancouver Province,

With three weeks to go before the Sedin twins are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents, there’s one thing you can be sure of: Mike Gillis is willing to walk away.

It’s not ideal for the Canucks. Reloading without the Sedins is rife with land mines. There’s the unknown factors of free agency (who will be available and at what cost?). And the trade market is littered with bloated contracts and question marks. Yet, Gillis is willing to take a calculated risk he can quickly rebuild this team without the twins.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: daniel+sedin, henrik+sedin

Heatley Won’t Be Missed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Sun,

Don’t shed too many tears over what is now the inevitable departure of Dany Heatley.

The Senators will be better off without him.

Sure, his goals will be missed. But the millions the team saves on his salary will buy back some goals, and maybe even some character.

That last quality, Heatley lacks….

Some team will give up some talent and devote a large chunk of its cap budget to you.

If not, I fully expect you to hold out of camp next September, until a deal is worked out. You remind me a lot of Alexei Yashin, Dany.

more

added 2:04pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Speculating about the possible destination of Dany Heatley, in the aftermath of his trade demand from the Ottawa Senators, will eat up much time between now and the NHL’s entry draft in 16 days’ time. Two factors will make it difficult for Senators’ GM Bryan Murray to make a good trade for the disgruntled forward:

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Ottawa Senators, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: dany+heatley

« Previous       ‹ First  < 5973 5974 5975 5976 5977 >  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

 

Most Recent Posts

Feed

KK Hockey

Feed

The Malik Report

Feed

Abel to Yzerman

Feed

The Puck Stops Here

Feed

The Sabres Observer

Feed

The Upper Canadien

Feed

F Street Faithful

Feed

Above the Glass

Feed

Oil Patch

Feed

Hockey News Wire

Feed

KK Members Blog

Most Recent Comments