Kukla's Korner

Jay Bouwmeester Plans A Bounce Back Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeremy P. Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Without the aid of seeing him until training camp in September, Blues fans must hope that Bouwmeester, 31, who has played 900-plus games in the NHL, is providing an accurate assessment when he says a summer of rest and regrouping will allow him to bounce back in 2015-16.

The soft-spoken defenseman never acknowledged the extent of the groin injury last season. Reached back home in Canada on Tuesday, he tiptoed the line of being truthful and not making excuses for a disappointing season, but he did discuss the difficulty the injury caused.

“The whole year was not what I wanted it to be,” Bouwmeester said. “But at the same time, I can kind of break it down and look at it a little differently. Last year, if I go back and look at it, the start of the year was weird. I was feeling good and playing OK and I think I got one point in the first 20 games — nothing was happening. Then with the injury ...”

On Nov. 22, Bouwmeester left a 3-2 victory over Ottawa late in the game when he felt a pop in his groin.

“Right when it happened, you’re saying, ‘OK, I’ve never felt this before ... it doesn’t feel good,’” Bouwmeester remembered. “It was something that was totally foreign.”

more

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

For The Sake Of Lindy Ruff, The Dallas Stars Need A Good Start

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News answered some questions...

If the Stars get off to that really bad start again this season do you think Ruff gets fired during the season?

Heika: He will be on a very hot seat if they get off to a slow start. That said, Jim Nill is a very patient man....

Do you think GM Nill is in the market for another d-man? Maybe Franson or Ehrhoff? What about a possible trade for Phaneuf? Or do you think he waits and see's what the kids bring to the table?

Heika: They are set for right now, I believe. Plus, their contracts are in a good place, so taking on a big contract with a lot of term could create some real issues down the road when raises need to be given.

more Q & A on the Dallas Stars...

Filed in: NHL Teams, Dallas Stars, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Why Hasn’t A Team Signed Cody Franson?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

It’s now four weeks in to free agency. Franson’s still not signed. How can it be?

Corsi analyst: Franson set to “become one of wealthiest players.”

This will be a bigger mystery if you’re a devout believer in Corsi-based player analysis. Several writers have been saying for some time that Franson scores exceedingly well on Corsi counts.

In December this past season, James Mirtle of Toronto’s Globe & Mail laid out the case: “Franson has also grown into a top pairing role, logging 275 of his 348 even strength minutes (80 per cent) alongside captain Dion Phaneuf so far this year. Despite those minutes and some tough situations, when Franson has been on the ice, the Leafs have been a 50 per cent possession team, nearly 4 per cent better than when he’s on the bench. He drives play, and more than ever, teams are looking for that.”

Then there was analytics writer Steve Burtch, a Leafs fan and perhaps Franson’s biggest on-line booster, writing for Sportsnet: “To put it plainly, Franson produces offensively amongst the elite D-men in the NHL. His possession impacts are amazingly consistent, and have never been negative. He has shown an ability to both reduce shot-attempts against and increase shot-attempts for. And goals-for and against improve significantly when he is on the ice compared to what one would expect based on his usage. … Franson’s on-ice impact and potential UFA status this summer combine to create a very unique combination, and rumours are already spreading that his camp will be seeking a deal worth $5 million-plus annually…. However things play out, Franson is set to become one of the wealthiest players in the NHL a year from now, and for a long time to come. Because despite what the eye test says, he deserves it.”

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: cody+franson

‘Roughly Translated’: Axel Holmstrom discusses his hockey upbringing

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Axel Holmstrom conducted a rather lengthy interview with Kuriren.nu's Jimmy Landstrom, and here's a rough translation thereof:

Holmstrom: Jersey number 96 was hung in my place

Ice hockey/Skelleftea. He broke through with a bang last season. Now, Axel Holmstrom discusses his earlier efforts, #96 in Detroit and Skelleftea's hard pre-season training.

The brthers Daniel and Henrik Sedin scored 14 points apiece in the 2000 playoff as juniors. 15 years ago, the record broke. By an 18-year-old from Moskosel outside Arvidsajaur.

Axel Holmstrom scored 18 points (7 goals and 11 assists) in 15 games in the SHL-finals when Skelleftea eventually lost the final series against Vaxjo 4 games to 2.

"There was a lot of talk, but I try not to get too comfortable or satisfied. I don't want to fall back and be safe, but instead, I want to find new goals to strive for. I try to put it behind me, but of course it was an extremely fun thing. Too bad we couldn't win in the end," says Holmstrom to Norrbotten's Kuriren.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | The Malik Report | Permalink
 

Roose: Ted Lindsay hits 90 today with grace and gratitude

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Today is Ted Lindsay's 90th birthday, and DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose (via RedWingsFeed) engaged in a conversation with the still-spry Lindsday regarding his birthday plans:

“It’s just another day in what has been a very quick life, but and a wonderful life,” Lindsay said during a phone call last week from Harbor Springs. “I did everything that I love to do, played the greatest game in the world with some of the greatest players in the world, and against some of the greatest players.”

As a player, Lindsay was a showman, entertaining the multitudes as a charter member of the famed Production Line with Sid Abel and Gordie Howe. Lindsay is one of six players to have four Stanley Cup rings from the Wings’ dynasty of the 1950s. He also spearheaded a crusade to form the first NHL players’ association, which led to his trade to Chicago 58 years ago this month.

Lindsay finished playing in 1965, an 11-time all star, who won the Art Ross Trophy in 1950 as the league’s leading point producer, ahead of Abel and Howe, who finished second and third that year. He stepped into the front office as the sixth general manager in franchise history in 1976 and remained at the helm until 1980.

Hockey has given Lindsay a comfortable living, which now begins a 10th decade. He doesn’t dwell on the past. He lives for the here and now, though he says it’s fun to look back occasionally on the previous 89 years.

“I would say yes to that because to go into the twilight of your life, I guess, you never think of too many things,” Lindsay said. “Who thinks about 90 years of age? I played the greatest game in the world and never thought about it. But it’s one day at a time. That’s my philosophy, and now, even more so.”

Roose continues...

Filed in: | The Malik Report | Permalink
 

Evening news: Multimedia, an offseason grade, Mike Green talk and more

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Okay, this entry is a bit of a mishmash, so, we begin with multimedia:

If you haven't seen the "new rendering" of the Wings' follow-on rink, here it is, via MLive's Ian Thibodeau:

In the non-mandatory multimedia department, NHL.com's "Summer With Stanley" blog posted pictures from Brad Richards' day with the Stanley Cup...

And WOOD TV8 posted a clip of Luke Glendening working with the Grand Rapids Griffins' youth hockey campers:

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | The Malik Report | Permalink
 

Audio/Video- Bill Daly On Expansion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly joined Prime Time Sports to talk about potential expansion in the league, and what makes Las Vegas such a unique market.

 

>

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: bill+daly

‘Roughly Translated’: Yet another interview with Tomas Jurco

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Tomas Jurco engaged in one more interview with the Slovak media, this time speaking with Hokej.sk, and here's a very rough translation thereof:

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | The Malik Report | Permalink
 

A Multi-Year Extension For Sean Couturier In Philadelphia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Phiadelphia Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed 6-3, 197-lb center Sean Couturier to a multi-year contract extension, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Couturier, 22 (12/7/1992), recorded a career-high 15 goals and added 22 assists for 37 points in 82 games for the Flyers in 2014-15. Following the season, Couturier helped lead Team Canada to the gold medal at the 2015 IIHF World Championships where he recorded three goals and added four assists for seven points in 10 games.

Couturier appeared in all 82 games for the second consecutive season and has appeared in 287 out of a possible 294 NHL games. He has also appeared in 198 consecutive games, which is the third-most active streak on the Flyers (Jakub Voracek: 226 & Brayden Schenn: 208).

continued

added 4:37pm,

 

added 4:39pm,

 

Filed in: NHL Teams, Philadelphia Flyers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: sean+couturier

Quick Reaction To Today’s Trade By The Vancouver Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

For the first time since the Vancouver Canucks originally picked up Adam Clendening, the team finally made a trade where the immediate reaction isn’t to tear out one’s own hair.

Not that this deal is by any means one which will put the Canucks into the playoffs for sure, because at this point that’s looking to be a long shot at best. What it does is get them some insurance at the second-line centre spot in case Bo Horvat can’t seem to make anything happen with his expected promotion — a strong possibility given the wingers he’ll be playing with bear no resemblance to Mike Bossy.

Brandon Sutter gives the Canucks a right-handed centre to take all the key defensive draws on the right side of the ice, which can be handy, and it makes them a little bigger and tougher down the middle, which is certainly an asset in the Western Conference. Canucks general manager Jim Benning considers Sutter a fellow who will be the leader of the young group of players he hopes to assemble here, being slightly more experienced yet still within hailing distance in age of the likes of Horvat, Jake Virtanen, Sven Baertschi, Brendan Gaunce, Jared McCann and the rest he hopes will adorn the roster.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

« Previous       ‹ First  < 4 5 6 7 8 >  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