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Name: Kukla's Korner- Hockey
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Date Added: 2005-09-10 10:40:10
  
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On Al Arbour and his St. Louis legacy
These kinds of articles are so superb that you can only begin at the beginning, and this one from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Dan O'Neill is a helluva read: The way Scotty Bowman sees it, three components turned the St. Louis Blues into Stanley Cup finalists during their first three seasons. One was goaltender Glenn Hall. One was a trade to acquire Red Berenson and Barclay Plager. And one was Al Arbour. “He was the toughest competitor, most courageous player I ever coache...

Sabres, Coyotes’ tanking could yield change in draft lottery
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch offers his usual amount of rumors in a Sunday column discussing scoops from around the league, but on an evening that even the New York Times profiled Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, Garrioch's most interesting tidbit involves the "TankGate" situation. According to Garrioch, the league is pretty peeved by the Sabres and Coyotes' rather blatant attempts to finish lowest in the league: “It’s embarrassing,” a league executive said. The b...

Saturday Night Hockey Talk
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, - The Leafs don’t care to share their wish list for a future head coach but here’s a decent guess of where they’re heading: 1. Mike Babcock; 2. Todd McLellan; 3. Bruce Boudreau; 4. Dave Tippett; 5. Ken Hitchcock; 6. Peter DeBoer; 7. Paul MacLean. Not necessarily on the list, for some reason: Dan Bylsma. - Amazing how stuff turns out: Dallas GM Jim Nill wanted to sign Vinny Lecavalier before he ended up signing in Philadelphia. ...

Video- Alexander Steen Out With Lower-Body Injury
Steen has a lower-body injury and won’t return to tonight’s game. #stlblues #OurBlues — St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) March 29, 2015      

Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight
Topics discussed tonight by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean include.... Don Cherry was not happy with the refs in the first period of Toronto/Ottawa. Next up was Cherry pointing out to young players to make sure you keep your stick on the ice, using the LA Kings as an example. Cherry tells us why Scott Hartnell wears #43. Up next was the play of "Jimmy Slater" of the Winnipeg Jets then Steve Ott was pointed out as being a momentum changer. Then Don Cherry talked about the Leafs bringing ...

Waiting On Mike Babcock
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun, While the spotlight entering the final two weeks of the NHL regular season is focused squarely on the enticing playoff races in both conferences, there are a handful of general managers and coaches who are primed for a blindfold and last cigarette. And the reading of the last rites, of course. Indeed, there is no shortage of men who are playing out the string over the next 14 days, all the while knowing that their tenure with their respect...

Video- Tanner Glass Fined For Butt-End Hit
NY Rangers' Tanner Glass has been fined $3,897.85, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for butt-ending Boston's Adam McQuaid. — NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) March 28, 2015   Watch the incident below...

GIF- Cedric Paquette Injury
Paqueette was helped off the ice and no update yet on the injury.   and a GIF of it in case you weren't already horrified pic.twitter.com/VrdBsgTITF — Steph (@myregularface) March 28, 2015   added 5:13pm, Video of the injury is below...

Video- Shane Doan Hit On Kris Letang
No penalty on the play... via Sportsnet, Kris Letang just can’t catch a break this season after a big check from Shane Doan caused the Penguins defender to fall awkwardly tail-bone first into the boards.  

Video- Five Minutes For Boarding And A Game For Blake Comeau
via Sportsnet, Blake Comeau may get a call from the Department of Player Safety after a careless check from behind on Andrew Campbell in the first period on Saturday.  

Video- No Goal, Then A Goal For Milan Lucic
via the NHL Situation Blog, At 1:41 of the first period in the Rangers/Bruins game, video review determined that the puck deflected off Milan Lucic's skate and into the net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal." Good goal Boston. Watch the goal below...

Afternoon Line- David Poile
“I’ve been rooting for a Nashville-Washington [Stanley Cup] Final since the first day of the season,” “Things worked out really good for all of us. We’re happy with where we are in Nashville and Barry has done a great job with the Capitals. We both have teams that are capable of doing some damage in the playoffs.” -David Poile, GM of the Nashville Predators, via Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington.

NHL Short Notes
THIRD-PERIOD SURGE POWERS WILD TO FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN Knotted at 1-1 after 40 minutes, the Wild scored three third-period goals to sweep their three-game season series with the Flames and pick up their fourth consecutive victory overall.   * At 43-25-7 (93 points), the Wild moved three points ahead of the idle Jets (39-24-12, 90 points) for the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.     * The Wild also moved within one point of the Blackhawks (44-24-6, 94 poi...

A Learning Year For The Colorado Avalanche
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post, Complacency, even short-lived and subconscious, and even when not obvious, is a fatal flaw in the NHL. "All my years, and it's not been 100 years, but the last 10 years as a coach and a coaching staff, I think we always like to evaluate our work," Roy said Thursday in Vancouver before coaching the Avalanche to a 4-1 victory over the Canucks. "We did that least year, we're doing it this year. We're always going to learn something. Talking to oth...

What Happened To The San Jose Sharks?
from David Pollak of the Mercury News, So what went wrong? How did a team that finished with 111 points last season -- tied for fourth best in the NHL -- fall so far? "We can't look at a single faction of our team, whether it's the youth or the older players or the leadership or the coach or the coaching staff," coach Todd McLellan said this week. "Whatever it might be, we're team-deep as far as where we've put ourselves in the standings." There is no shortage of things you can p...

Evgeni Malkin On The Recent Play Of The Pittsburgh Penguins
from Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Evgeni Malkin did not mince words Friday in a frank assessment of the Penguins. “We play so bad right now. It’s true. Not just one guy, the whole team,” said Malkin. “Not fun [to] watch, you know. Last game I think [was the] worst game all season. It’s not fun to watch it.” He also said he is sure the Penguins can turn this around. “Yeah, of course. There’s a great chance. When ...

Morning Line- Bernie Miklasz
The playoffs have been an eternal, unsolved mystery for this franchise. But you have to like where the Blues are standing right now. -Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch where you can read more on the Blues.

Video- Recap Of The Three NHL Games On Friday
It will take you just over 2 minutes to watch the highlights...  

Evening Line
Tough call. But we want to try to limit the amount of reviews.” “I saw the broken stick incident, tough call for the ref. In my opinion this should be another call for the guys in the war room. It’s no different than being kicked in.” “In a perfect world it would be nice to have all goals reviewed. Problem is, that goal is easy to make a decision on. Once you go down the path of reviewing all goals, etc.. there are issues that will arise on calls that are...

Nick Bjugstad Had Back Surgery Today
via the Florida Panthers, Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that F Nick Bjugstad underwent successful surgery on his lower back today at the Mayo Sports Clinic in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He will be out for the remainder of the regular season and a full recovery is expected. “After consulting with Nick and thoroughly evaluating the extent of his injury, we mutually felt it was important to have this procedure done as soon a...

Who Is The Fake Sean Monahan?
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, The creative force behind the fake Sean Monahan Twitter account (Boring Sean Monahan) remains an unsolved mystery in the Calgary Flames dressing room, though the suspect list has generally been narrowed down to two possible candidates, both of them long gone from the team. It might have been defenceman Chris Butler, now with the St. Louis Blues, because of his quiet sneaky sense of humour. Brian McGrattan, now in the minors, is the other op...

Using Advanced Stats In The Scouting Process
from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com, Will the age of enhanced statistics one day change the way NHL Central Scouting goes about its business in evaluating the top players eligible for the NHL Draft? There's no denying the fact enhanced stats have taken the NHL and its fans by storm. In February, the League announced a partnership with enterprise software company SAP to provide many new statistics via NHL.com. If this stats revolution changes the way people now analyze the game, what cou...

Auston Matthews Another Example Of Hockey’s Growth
from Damien Cox of Sportsnet, Once again, there’s a seismic shift going on in the hockey world. The last major one, you could argue, came in the late 1980s and early 1990s when European players started coming overseas in large numbers to play in the NHL, minor pro, U.S. colleges and in the Canadian Hockey League. At around the same time, the seeds were being planted in the southwestern United States for a harvest that would take more than two decades to be realized, but is ...

More ‘Tanking’ Teams?
from Brian Costello of The Hockey News, If you’re Joe Sakic and the Colorado Avalanche, for example, you’re now in a position to draft 10th overall in June, with a 3.5 percent chance of winning the McDavid lottery. If you can manage your roster in such a way as to get as few points as possible in your remaining eight games, maybe a few teams slip ahead of you in the standings and you move to seventh pick – with a 6.5 percent chance of getting McDavid. Don&rsquo...

Tom Wilson Fined For Diving/Embellishment
NEW YORK (March 27, 2015) – Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today. Wilson was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 936 against Toronto on March 1. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident during NHL Game No. 1057 at Minnesota on March 19. Wilson re...

Morning Line- Wayne Gretzky
The commissioner wanted parity in the league and he's got that whole-heartedly. There are 16 teams that get into the playoffs and legitimately any one of them could get out of their conference this year. That's what the league wanted and they did a nice job. But I don't know if they anticipated the parity of the top 8 or 9 top players, how similar and how valuable they all are to their own teams; how valuable a guy like Tavares is to the Islanders, Voracek to the Flyers, Crosby to the Penguin...

Make Or Break Road Trip Starts For The Calgary Flames
from Aaron Vickers at NHL.com. With eight games remaining in the regular season, Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley isn't concerned about his poker face. A critical five-game road trip facing the Flames, one that could have serious implications on their bid to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs, instead has Hartley insisting Calgary's crew is all in. "It seems that we always find a way to elevate our games in situations that we need to and right now we're all in," Hartley said. "The ch...

NHL Short Notes
RANGERS SOLVE HAMMOND, ARE FIRST TO CLINCH PLAYOFF BERTH Even at 1-1 midway through the first period, the Rangers scored four unanswered goals – highlighted by 2-1—3 from Chris Kreider – to improve to 9-2-1 in their last 12 games and become the first team to clinch a berth in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.       * The Rangers clinched their fifth consecutive playoff berth, ninth in the past 10 seasons and 57th in franchise ...

All Max Pacioretty
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette, What follows is a very lightly edited transcript of our conversation that evening, from beginning to end. So join us now for dinner, but without the calories and the restaurant background noise. • I get the sense there’s much more to the leadership that’s being asked of you than having had an A stitched on your jersey. And you’re taking French lessons. Yes. I take this with so much more pride than ever before. ...

Dallas Stars Activate Valeri Nichushkin
FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has activated forward Valeri Nichushkin from injured reserve and loaned him to the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL), on a conditioning assignment.  Nichushkin, 20, has missed the last 59 games after having hip surgery. Additionally, he missed seven games from Oct. 14 - 28 with a hip injury.  He has skated in four g...

Notes From The Games Last Night
Florida's finisher, the Jets have a hot goaltender, Landeskog, lineup news and more in Scott Cullen's Statistically Speaking. HEROES Brandon Pirri - The Panthers centre scored a pair of goals in a 4-1 win at Toronto. Pirri has 11 goals in the past 13 games and has 20 goals and two assists for the season. Ondrej Pavelec - The Jets goaltender stopped 39 of 41 shots in a 5-2 win vs. Montreal. It's quite a turnaround. From 2011-2012 through 2013-2014, there were 29 goaltende...

The LA Kings Are Winning On Their Eastern Swing
from Craig Custance of ESPN, We always refer to the trip Eastern Conference teams make through Los Angeles, San Jose and Anaheim as the "California gauntlet", but the swing through the New York metro area isn't exactly a cake walk for Western teams. Cory Schneider has been an absolute wall for the Devils, while the New York Islanders and New York Rangers are high-end playoff teams. That's what makes the Los Angeles Kings' march through that portion of their schedule so impressive. Th...

The Sabres Lose, Or Did They Win?
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, There was an overtime winner scored Thursday night in First Niagara Center that sent tons of folks home happy. It was accompanied by loud cheers with fans leaping out of their seats, many with arms in the air. One thing was missing: The goal horn. That’s because the goal wasn’t scored by the Sabres. It came from Arizona’s Sam Gagner and gave the Coyotes a 4-3 win over Buffalo in a game played through what has to rate as ...

The Slumping New York Islanders
from Stephen Lorenzo of the NY Daily News, With just three wins in the Islanders’ last 12 games and no home wins in March, one must seriously wonder if it’s time for the Isles to press the panic button. The Isles dropped another game at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, this one, 3-2, to the Kings. A poor clearing effort by the entire team − particularly Kyle Okposo − led to a late third period Anze Kopitar goal to seal it for Los Angeles. The Isles have now droppe...

The Numbers On Alex Ovechkin
from lJay Palansky of the Toronto Star, To be fair, Ovechkin has had a good season and there really aren’t any forwards that have stepped up and separated themselves from the pack. Still, giving Ovechkin the MVP would be a travesty. Mainstream analysts see that Ovechkin’s 47 goals leads the league by 7, he has a +/- of +11 — which looks positively stellar compared to the disastrous -35 he put up last year — and that the Capitals are going to make the playoffs....

The Winnipeg Jets Are Closing In On Post-Season Play
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press, They have not wilted. No fade and no quit. And if they can manage to get into the post-season, the Winnipeg Jets just might prove to be a tough out. With each passing day, the Jets appear to be getting stronger. They've won six of seven, they're getting brilliant goaltending and, little by little, they're getting healthy. After 75 games, it appears they will need three more wins to achieve their first goal. After that, well, they say ...

Video- Claude Julien Wanted Goalie Interference On Corey Perry’s Game-Tying Goal
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE, The Bruins had their closers on the ice with Chris Kelly, Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson, Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg playing in the final minute, but Corey Perry managed to tip a Ryan Getzlaf shot past Tuukka Rask for the game-tying score with 38.5 seconds remaining. That led to the Getzlaf overtime game-winner in the 3-2 loss for the Black and Gold at TD Garden and a closer look at Perry’s third-period score for the game-tying goal. Both Per...

Video- Recap Of A Busy Thursday Night In The NHL
Catch the action from the 11 NHL games played last night.  

The Latest On The Las Vegas Ticket Drive
from Darren Dreger of TSN, "There will be a formal announcement soon," is how prospective NHL owner Bill Foley responded when asked if his group is moving closer to expansion to Las Vegas. Foley won't divulge specifics, but says he hopes to be in position to make the announcement in a month. "We're really pleased with how it's going," Foley told TSN.   "Now we want to expand our base to ensure the support we have is as widespread as possible." Sources familiar with this ...

 

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