Kukla's Korner Hockey

Kukla's Korner Hockey

One Man's Opinion

01/22/2023 at 9:59am EST

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- ...Snider passed away in April of 2016, almost seven years ago, after building one of the great American franchises in NHL history, and after building a social-hockey outreach program of consequence. And this week, had he still been alive and in charge and of sound mind, you can bet defenceman Ivan Provorov would not have skipped the warmups in Philadelphia on the night the Flyers were honouring the LGBTQ+ community on Pride Night.

- A question re: Tocchet: How good an NHL coach is he? There is honest debate around those in the game about this. He was a terrific assistant in Pittsburgh under Mike Sullivan. He had lousy rosters in Tampa with the Lightning and in Arizona with the Coyotes. We will find out in Vancouver, the toughest market he will have worked in, what kind of coach he really is.

- The all-star goaltenders for the Pacific Division are Logan Thompson and Stuart Skinner. Keep that program, it may be a collector’s item one day.

- Just about anyone can win the NHL’s Western Conference — it’s that close and not that top-heavy. Basically, that means at least 10 teams will be trying to upgrade rosters as the trade deadline approaches. The competition for available talent is going to be fierce and the price expensive … The same thing is going to happen in a much stronger Eastern Conference. If a player of quality is available, you can bet Boston, Toronto, Tampa Bay, New York, Carolina and New Jersey will all be aggressively pursuing.

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