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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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NHL Short Notes
IGINLA RECORDS 1,200TH CAREER POINT IN WIN OVER PREDATORS Jarome Iginla (1-0—1) recorded the 1,200th point of his NHL career in the Colorado Avalanche’s 3-0 shutout win over the Nashville Predators. The Avalanche improved to 21-18-11 (53 points) this season, two points behind the Calgary Flames, who currently hold the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. Colorado extended its season-high home winning streak to four straight games and is 6-1-0 in its last seven gam...

Morning Line- Eric Staal
“I’ve been here a long time, it’s a place that I hold in my heart, and obviously if I was asked differently or it came to that, you cross those bridges when you come to them. As of right now, I’m a member of the Hurricanes and that’s what I’m hoping to be, but you never know what can happen as you move forward.” -Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes.  More on Staal, who is now playing left wing, from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer.

The New Landscape For Minor League Hockey
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet, Hockey’s two primary minor league circuits had quite the dance this week, with the American Hockey League and the ECHL trading towns like hockey card collectors at a trade show. When the dust settles, we’ll have a Pacific Division of five teams in the AHL and a migration in the ECHL — which at one time stood for East Coast Hockey League — to the Eastern side of the continent. Then, over time, I believe we’ll see Vancouver...

Watching Rogers/Sportsnet
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail, From the first week of December through the NHL all-star break last weekend, the early Eastern games on Saturday nights on the CBC and the Rogers networks had an average audience of 1.696 million, down 6 per cent from the same period a year ago when the games were only on the CBC and drew an average audience of 1.803 million. A lot of this can be blamed on the dismal performance of the Toronto Maple Leafs, whose audiences drive the ratings more t...

Video- Duncan Keith Goal Or Not?
The goal stands...  

Video- An Almost Bad Goal Of The Night For Jake Allen
Did he lose the puck or just relax?  

The Latest Health News On Nathan Horton
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, It’s way too early to say if Nathan Horton is on the road to a full recovery from his debilitating back condition, the Blue Jackets cautioned. But Horton’s presence at the morning skate on Thursday and his general outlook and attitude when he lunched with members of the front office this week have raised optimism that his career might not be finished. Horton did not speak to the media on Thursday, and his agent, Paul Kr...

Video- Recap Of The Five NHL Games On Friday
A little over 2 1/2 minutes of highlights...  

A “Valuable Opportunity” For Ads On Sweaters For The World Cup
from the CP at NHL.com, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says advertisements could be included on jerseys at the World Cup of Hockey. The league has so far resisted putting ads on the sweaters of its 30 teams, but Bettman said Friday that corporate logos on jerseys are possible for the tournament in 2016. "World Cup, international competition, I don't know," Bettman said at a press conference at Rogers Arena. "We may take a look at it. It might be a valuable opportunity." None o...

Your Hockey Viewing Options For Tonight
We have five NHL games on the schedule tonight plus a few alternatives too... from Sam Cosentino of Sportsnet, Friday Night Hockey makes its way back to Kingston for an OHL tilt pitting the Erie Otters up against the Kingston Frontenacs. It’s also a match-up of world junior gold medalists Connor McDavid and Lawson Crouse. Erie’s win-streak came to an end on Thursday when they dropped a 6-5 decision to the Peterborough Petes. The Otters have still won six of their past s...

San Jose Sharks’ Burns Offering Experiences to Benefit Military Families
by Mike Shackil, In this day and age, we hear constantly about how athletes are breaking the rules and doing the wrong things. While there are plenty of athletes doing the wrong things, there are plenty of athletes who are also doing great charitable work in their communities. Sports figures such as Jim Valvano, Peyton Manning, and Walter Payton have set the standard for athletes and their charitable work.

NHL Short Notes
PAQUETTE POWERS LIGHTNING BACK INTO FIRST PLACE . . . Rookie Cedric Paquette recorded his first career hat trick to lead the Lightning to their franchise-record ninth consecutive victory at Amalie Arena dating to Dec. 11.   * At 31-15-4 (66 points), the Lightning leapfrogged the Red Wings (28-12-9, 65 points) to move back into first place in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference.   * The Lightning improved to 20-4-1 this season at Amalie Arena. Their 20 home wins and 41 ...

Playoff Feel In Two Games Last Night
from Craig Custance of ESPN, There were two games on the schedule last night that definitely felt more like games in April than late January. The first was in the East, where the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers played to a scoreless tie until a late Max Pacioretty shot finally beat Henrik Lundqvist in the third period. It wasn't a great goal for Lundqvist to allow, but until that moment the goalies were perfect and the tightness of the game was a reminder of just how ente...

Time For The “Shana-Plan” In Toronto
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star, Ten games into the Peter Horachek era, the Maple Leafs have one win. They’re averaging a meagre 1.4 goals a game. And after Thursday night’s 3-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes, they should have zero delusions about the reality of another squandered season. Fifty games into the campaign, Toronto’s NHLers find themselves 10 points removed from the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot. Going back to 1993-94, when the NHL moved to ...

A Bad Night For Ilya Bryzgalov
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register, The Ducks (32-11-6) concluded their season series with the Sharks by never finding an answer against them, losing four of the five meetings. There may now be a need for a better answer in addition to Andersen in their goal crease. Bryzgalov stopped 19 of 25 shots, with just 11 coming in the 16-shot avalanche against him. Boudreau said he opted to go with him after deliberating over two days, choosing someone who had a career 2.35 goals-against a...

Video- Jonathan Bernier With The Bad Goal Of The Night
Oliver Ekman-Larson with a 'blooper' of a goal...  

Video- Jakub Voracek Hit On Mathieu Perreault
Voracek received two minutes for an illegal check to the head.  

The Latest On Kimmo Timonen
fom Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly, The Kimmo Timonen saga took a bizarre turn Thursday night with Flyers coach Craig Berube saying during his pre-game meeting with reporters that the former All-Star defenseman was returning to the team. A little over an hour later, general manager Ron Hextall, who hinted Wednesday that things were “moving along” in a positive manner for the Timonen's return, said Berube was wrong. “There’s no definitive decision on Kimmo comin...

Evening Line- Nicholas J. Cotsonika On The Olympics
— Is the NHL done with the Olympics? Depends on whom you ask. The owners don’t want to go, and league officials seem pessimistic. The players do want to go, and union officials seem optimistic. They agree on one thing: A lot depends on whether they receive concessions in Pyeongchang like they did in Sochi – insurance costs, travel costs, access, et cetera. Serious talks have not even started with the IIHF and the IOC, but most expect a decision to be made sooner than last ti...

The New Pacific Division In The AHL
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced today that the league’s Board of Governors has formally and unanimously approved the steps necessary to create a Pacific Division within the AHL beginning with the 2015-16 season.  The Board has approved the following: 

A Weird Retirement Day For Martin Brodeur
from Jeff Blair of Sportsnet, It seldom ends in a nice, neat package any more, because we are in sports Viagra era. We live longer and our idols tend to perform at passable or better levels for longer periods of time because of better training, nutrition, medicine, travel — and, drug-testing often being half a step behind the cheaters, sometimes chemical intervention. Go hard, don’t worry about going home. It’s still said that if Wayne Gretzky can be traded,...

Daily Bracket Giving Away $7,500 On Sunday
To celebrate the end of football season — a time when we can finally focus all our energy on the sport that really matters — Daily Bracket is giving away up to $7,500 on Sunday. They’re adding $5 to the prize pool for every new follower they get on Twitter; $3 for every share they get of their new explanatory video…

Live Stream- AHL Press Conference
from David Pollak of The Mercury News, The NHL will make it official Thursday afternoon: Five franchises -- including the Sharks -- are moving their top American Hockey League affiliates to California next season. The 12:30 p.m. PT announcement will be made at the SAP Center -- the rink both the Sharks and their relocated development team will call home. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and AHL president David Andrews will be on hand along with representatives of the Sharks, Anaheim...

Ads On Sweaters For The World Cup Of Hockey?
from Rick Westhead of TSN, NHL sponsors say they expect the league to use next year's World Cup of Hockey to trial on-uniform advertising. Every North American sports league has weighed the added revenue putting ads on uniforms would generate against fan backlash. ... In September, NHL officials told team presidents that the league would prefer not to be the first major league in North America to feature on-uniform ads, even though the move might generate $120 million. But mo...

Afternoon Line- Shane Doan
via Mark Master tweets, Shane Doan on if he's thought about asking out of ARZ so he gets one more shot at Cup; says that plan rarely works for players. Doan: "Everyone talks about the way Ray Bourque did it ... storybook ending, but there's a lot of guys that it doesn't work for." Doan: "If you make that decision you have to understand the consequences that go along with it. This is my home."

The Los Angeles Kings Will Head To The White House On February 2nd
WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, February 2, President Obama will welcome the 2014 NHL Champion Los Angeles Kings and the 2014 MLS Cup Champion LA Galaxy to honor the teams on winning their Championship titles.  This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities.  WHEN:   Monday, February 2, 2:00 PM EST

Martin Brodeur Named Senior Advisor To GM In St. Louis
(Jan. 29, 2015) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that in conjunction with his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL), Martin Brodeur will remain with the Blues as a Senior Advisor to the General Manager.  

Live Stream- Martin Brodeur Retirement Press Conference
Martin Brodeur will announce his retirement today at a press conference in St. Louis. The conference is scheduled to begin at 11:30am ET and you can watch it below...

NHL Power Rankings- Sportsnet Style
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet, The Islanders are the best team in the East, and how refreshing is that? So in honour of teams, like Tavares’, trending upward, we find a suitable hashtag for all 30 clubs in this week’s NHL Power Rankings: #HashtagEdition. 1. Anaheim Ducks- The first team to hit 70 points, the Ducks shut out Vancouver Tuesday and recorded their third six-game winning streak of the season. #Getzlaf4MVP Previous: 1 2. Nashville Predators- Thr...

NHL Short Notes
KINGS RALLY (THREE TIMES) TO DEFEAT BLACKHAWKS Trailing 3-2 with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation, Tyler Toffoli and Jake Muzzin scored 2:34 apart to help the Kings snap a four-game skid (0-2-2) and pick up their first regular-season victory over the Blackhawks since March 25, 2013 (0-4-0).   * At 21-15-12 (54 points), the Kings moved within one point of the idle Flames (26-19-3, 55 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.   * The Kings als...

Leafs Lose Again
from Craig Custance of ESPN, Maybe the Toronto Maple Leafs are playing better under Peter Horachek and perhaps there will eventually be a payoff for their improved defensive play, but right now it's painful to watch. The Maple Leafs lost their seventh consecutive game, this time 2-1 in the shootout to the New Jersey Devils. That's how bad it's has gotten: the Devils team that couldn't buy a shootout win last season beating the Leafs in shootouts. Toronto team president Brendan Sh...

The Availability Of Keith Yandle And Other Arizona Coyotes
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, What about Keith Yandle? He still has another season left on his deal next season and, at 28, could still be part of the reshaping of this roster. But then again, there are contenders who view him as a great pickup, especially if they can get him for two playoffs, not just one. "He's always a name that comes up," Maloney said. "Keith Yandle is a very important part on our team, and he's a good player. He's been a top offensive defenseman for the last f...

Jason Spezza Returns To Ottawa
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen, Naturally, the 31-year-old centre was asked what kind of reception he expects from Ottawa fans known for their love-hate relationship with the former captain. “Fans are passionate, so I hope I’m remembered for giving my all and having some success here, but I expect them to support their team, too,” Spezza said. “They’ve always supported the club, but hopefully they appreciate that I gave everything when I was he...

Time For A Trade In Vancouver
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province, They aren’t fast enough. They aren’t young enough. They don’t have enough mobility or scoring from the blue-line. And they don’t have enough snipers or size up front. What they are is remarkably ordinary. The good news is, other than goaltending, they can target just about any area in a trade — this side of a another defensive centre, bottom-six winger or washed-up veteran — and improve. Size?...

World Cup Of Hockey Broadcasting Rights Goes To Sportsnet
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail, TSN believes it took another shot to the chin from the NHL after failing to win the broadcast rights to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. No one is saying much publicly, but broadcast sources say George Cope, chief executive officer of BCE Inc., the parent company of the TSN and CTV networks, is not happy. TSN executives worried about the bidding process because Rogers Communications Inc. is in the first year of a 12-year, $5.2-billion contract f...

Morning Line- Terry Frei
Sure, Ryan O'Reilly is one of the possibilities to be moved to try to land that D-man, but the truth is -- and this is true in baseball and basketball too -- if an executive isn't open to listening to any and all offers for everyone on the roster, he's a fool. Note, I said "listen." If I were running a team -- we will now pause for the laughter to die down -- my position would be that nobody is untouchable and we will consider doing anything if it improves the team. And that could be the auto...

The Chicago Blackhawks Are A Frustrated Team After Losing To The Los Angeles Kings
from Dan Arritt at ESPNChicago, "It’s frustrating." Crawford said. "We played a good game, and [the Kings scored] two quick ones at the end. I guess everyone can pretty much tell how we feel about that one." Crawford was clearly unhappy with some of the calls that were made -- or not made -- during the game but passed on making any comments regarding the officiating. Patrick Kane wasn't so reserved, pointing to a slash in the final minutes that resulted in a broken stick bu...

Video- Recap Of The Three NHL Games Last Night
Just under three minutes of highlights...  

 
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