Kukla's Korner

Avery Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars blog,

Co-GM Brett Hull said:

“We’re doing everything we can to help Sean and look at our options, but the rules make this something that needs to be done inside the team. Because he is suspended and because he’s in the PA’s treatment program, we are not going to be commenting on what he is doing.”

I kind of thought that’s what might happen.

As for rumors that Hicks is going to re-assign Hull, the owner said:

“I’ve heard that and it’s wrong. I have no plans to change the management team.”

 

Filed in: NHL Teams, Dallas Stars, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: sean+avery

Introducing…Dr. Lalo Suarez

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You don’t have to know who he is right now.  Just take my word for it, he’s here to stay.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | Abel to Yzerman | Permalink
 

Wranglers Will Wear Prison Sweaters

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Silver of the Las Vegas Sun,

The publicity machine at the Las Vegas Wranglers has done it again.

The ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Calgary Flames will don prison-style uniforms to pay tribute to recently disgraced Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Jan. 30 against the Victoria Salmon Kings.

The Wranglers’ uniforms will feature broad, horizontal black and white stripes with mock prison numbers on the back of each jersey that begin with “ILLGOV” followed by the players’ actual number.

Following the game, the Las Vegas players will autograph their uniforms and auction them to the public to support the team’s various charities.

continued

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, Minor League, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: las+vegas+wranglers

Capitals Recall Oskar Osala

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled forward Oskar Osala from the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Hershey Bears and reassigned Keith Aucoin and Bryan Helmer to Hershey, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Osala (OH-sah-lah), 20, is a first-year pro who stands 6’4”, 225 pounds. He has played in 26 games for Hershey this year and is second on the team and third in the league (first among rookies) with 16 goals. His 22 points rank sixth on the team and he shares the AHL lead at +17.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, | Hockey News Wire | Permalink
  Tags: oskar+osala

Lightning Recall Zenon Konopka

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled center Zenon Konopka from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League on emergency basis, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.

Konopka, 6-foot-1, 213-pounds, has played in 27 games with Norfolk this season, recording seven goals and 21 points.  He is tied for third on the team in points and is fifth in goals.  His three game-winning goals lead the team.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: zenon+konopka

Winning But Still Losing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,

...we have grown our payroll and related expenses faster than we have grown our revenues so we will LOSE more money this season than we did last season. And that loss will be way more than $5 million for the year.

But there is good news. We can’t grow our payroll anymore. We are at the cap max basically so any additional revenue growth cuts into the losses. The business model is not fixed but it has improved dramatically with the new CBA for us in DC. Thanks to our fans but we have miles to go before we sleep. I would be celebrating if we lost $5 million this year on our hockey team. That would mean we would have won a Stanley Cup in four 7 game series. grin Even then, I bet our loss would be more than $5 million.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ted+leonsis

How To Get Out Of A Contract

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Tampa Bay Lightning made the biggest splash in the free agency market this summer.  They spent significant amounts of money to sign free agents Ryan Malone, Radim Vrbata, Mark Recchi, Gary Roberts, Olaf Kolzig and others.  For the most part, they are regretting those decisions as the Lightning sit in last place in the NHL with a 6-21 record (with eight regulation tie points).  One of the signings they regret the most is that of Radim Vrbata.  Vrbata has 6 points so far in 18 games played.  He has been a healthy scratch for the Lightning in several games this season.  They bought that for the healthy price of $9 million paid over three years. 

In the crazily run Tampa Bay organization it wasn’t too long before they decided to undo the Vrbata signing.  They magically made his contract disappear this season.  Vrbata has returned to his native Czech Republic.  He will play with BK Mlada Bolesov.  Although this has been presented as Vrbata making the decision, one can’t help but suspect that Tampa Bay ownership pushed him out the door and are happy he left.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | The Puck Stops Here | Permalink
 

Stamkos Not Bothered By Melrose Comments

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

In a nutshell, Melrose said he believes Stamkos is not ready for the NHL.

“That’s his opinion,” Stamkos said. “My job is to help this team win and do everything possible. You can’t let stuff like that bother you. It’s his opinion, he said what he said. If anything, this team can use it as motivation.”

“We talked,” Tocchet said. “He’s a great kid. It’s a process, and he’s going to be a great player for this franchise. I think sometimes he puts too much pressure on himself. ... He told me he laughed about it, which was nice to hear.”

“You just don’t pay attention to it,” Stamkos said. “You keep working hard. This team is working hard. ... That’s the only thing we’re focused on, not comments from anyone.”

more on the Lightning…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: steven+stamkos

Classic Babcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fan590,

The bench boss of the Red Wings joined Hockeycentral to discuss his team’s season thus far and to analyse their chief rivals for the Western Conference lead - the San Jose Sharks.

continue to listen…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mike+babcock

Time for D’Agostini to get an apartment in Montreal

Blog: KK Members Blog By Slasher98

After playing 20 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL, during which he recorded 14 goals and 11 assists for 25 points, forward Matt D’Agostini was recalled by the Montreal Canadiens on November 28th.

After watching his first game from the press box in Washington, a 3-0 loss, D’Agostini was inserted in the line-up the next day at home against the Buffalo Sabres. D’Agostini, 22, played 13:52 that night, finishing with a +1 differential.

Paired with captain Saku Koivu and Andrei Kostitsyn, the Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. native has shown flashes of brilliance since he was promoted to the Habs’ first line. In five games with the Canadiens this season, D’Agostini now has 4 goals, 1 assist and a +4 differential. He is currently on a 4-game scoring streak.

The 6-0, 200 lb, right wing is only one of two right-handed forwards with the Habs this season (Robert Lang is the other) which gives the Canadiens another weapon on the power play. He uses his speed to find open areas on the ice and create scoring opportunities. He really likes to drive the net where he scores most of his goals.

D’Agostini might be the last year’s Sergei Kostitsyn who was recalled in early December 2007. Kostitsyn sparked the Habs offense with his skills and speed, notching 27 points in 52 games after beginning the season with the Hamilton Bulldogs.

D’Agostini’s fortune is Guillaume Latendresse’s nightmare, the latter being a healthy scratch for the Habs last 4 games. After a quick start (6 points in 5 games), Latendresse slumped to a point where Guy Carbonneau had no choice, but the put him in the press box.

With the latest injury to Christopher Higgins (likely a separated shoulder), Latendresse is supposed to draw back into the lineup against the Lightning on Thursday.  If the Habs were to lose Higgins for an extended period of time, look for GM Bob Gainey to tell Matt D’Agostini to get an apartment in Montreal to finish the season with the Habs.


D’Agostini was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the 6th round, 190th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. From: http://www.nhl-northeast.com

Filed in: | KK Members Blog | Permalink
  Tags: canadiens, d'agostini, higgins, latendresse, montreal

« Previous       ‹ First  < 6915 6916 6917 6918 6919 >  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