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KK- We Are Hanging In There

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

As I have mentioned in the past, KK software is getting old or in hockey terms, it is like a 45 year-old verteran not named Chelios who is trying to keep up.

We have increased the server side of things to relieve some of the strain, but it can only do so much.

A complete re-build is scheduled for the summer months and KK will look a very different when released.

KK depends on you, the members and readers more so than other hockey site.  We have no corporate backing so we depend on ad revenue and donations like the one going on now.

We are getting there slowly so if you use KK on a regular basis, any help would be appreciated.

Previous post on this topic is here.

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Wings GM Ken Holland discusses his offseason outlook with FSD’s Gave

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Via RedWingsFeed, Fox Sports Detroit's Keith Gave spoke with Red Wings GM Ken Holland about the fact that the Wings pushed the Tampa Bay Lightning to 7 games, which seems improbable now that the Lightning are a win away from advancing to the Stanley Cup Final...

"That's sports," Holland said. "We thought we had the potential to make some noise in these playoffs, but in the end, we weren't good enough. We've got to find a way to get a little better."

"Getting a little better" depends largely upon Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco, Luke Glendening, Danny DeKeyser, Brendan Smith and Petr Mrazek's continued improvement and maturation, as well as bounce-back campaigns from Henrik Zetterberg, Jonathan Ericsson, and yes, even Jimmy Howard.

The offseason -- from the moment the Wings are eliminated through the rush of free agency that begins on July 1 -- is the busiest time of the year for Holland. And this year has been busier than usual as he tried in vain to negotiate a new contract with his coach. Mike Babcock left for Toronto, so Holland is occupied this week talking with Jeff Blashill, who's preoccupied himself trying to win a third playoff series this spring and get the Grand Rapids Griffins into the Calder Cup finals for the second time in three years.

Blashill is expected to be introduced as Detroit's next coach at the end of the Griffins' season.

In a few weeks, Holland will meet with his pro scouts to discuss potential free-agent targets in July. That will be followed by meetings with amateur scouts to prepare for the NHL Entry Draft in Florida.

The period between the draft on June 26th and July 5th-8th is when teams make the vast majority of their roster moves these days, trades included, so if the Wings are to move a Stephen Weiss or Jakub Kindl, that period of time is likely to result in any trades or free agent signings.

Holland also tells Gave that he's not expecting to make a gigantic splash in free agency; this summer's class is incredibly thin, and while the Wings will probably look at Mike Green, Jeff Petry and Christian Ehrhoff on the blueline, the cap rising by only $2 million + the team having to re-sign Gustav Nyquist, Brendan Smith, Tomas Jurco, Teemu Pulkkinen, Landon Ferraro and possibly Joakim Andersson as restricted free agents = the Wings' cap space will disappear in a hurry.

Instead, the Wings are likely (at least for the present moment) to lean on the players engaging in a "long playoff run" with the Grand Rapids Griffins:

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Living With Mike Babcock’s Words

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Feschuk of Sportsnet,

“You don’t win without good people, and we’re going to have good people.”

Surely it was a surreal experience for current Leafs players to listen to Babcock’s remarks. He rarely spoke more than a couple dozen words before circling back to his key message: The Leafs, as currently constituted, bite the big one. He really rubbed their faces in it: “Long journey . . . a hard spot . . . there’s pain coming . . . massive, massive challenge.” One can only imagine what players were thinking.

Dion Phaneuf: “I better get to the gym!”

Nazem Kadri: “I better start packing my bags!”

Phil Kessel: “Man, this hammock is super comfy!”


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Slovak news: Tomas Jurco’s still rehabbing his sore back

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I'm not fond of, "Hey, he's on vacation with his girlfriend!" articles in the Slovak media, but Sport.cas.sk's Marian Korbel's article about Tomas Jurco and his girlfriend's visit to Budapest also includes some roughly-translatable information about his back issues:

The talented forward is still not training for the new season, but he is getting his injured back from the World Championships in the Czech Republic healed. "I have a problem with discs, I'm going for rehabilitation. But slowly we'll start with lighter weights," said Tomas, whose contract ends this summer. "The team still has my rights [as a restricted free agent], so I expect that within a few weeks I'll sign a new one or two-year contract, which will be a one-way deal," added Jurco.

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The End Of The Chicago Blackhawks As We Know Them

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,

Heading into Game 6 of the Western Conference final last night, the Anaheim Ducks held a 3-2 series lead, making it impossible not to watch the game without thinking that this might be the end of the Blackhawks.

Not the end of the Blackhawks’ 2015 season, mind you. That wasn’t the source of the drama. It was the realization that had the Ducks eliminated Chicago on Wednesday, they would be finishing off the Hawks for years to come. Finishing off the team that has spent the past seven years winning two Cups, going to five conference finals, and generally being just about the closest thing the league has seen to a dynasty in the salary-cap era.

Those Blackhawks are a brilliantly constructed team, but their pending cap crunch has been an inescapable subplot to their postseason. The question, never quite front and center but always just under the surface, has followed them all spring: Is this finally their last run? Last night, with the team facing elimination for the first time this year, everything that happened carried the weighty possibility that we were seeing something special for the last time.


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2015 Stanley Cup Final Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League today announced the schedule of dates for the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, which will begin on Wednesday, June 3.

The Stanley Cup Final will match the winner of the Eastern Conference Final, either the New York Rangers or Tampa Bay Lightning, against the winner of the Western Conference Final between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks. Both best-of-seven series are tied, 3-3.

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Wings’ traveling exhibit’s summer tour dates announced; Ted Lindsay’s ‘Hockeyfest’ on July 11th

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings have a traveling interactive exhibit in which alumni sign autographs and the Wings bring out some memorabilia and interactive activities to enjoy at sporting or other events, and today, the Wings announced its summer schedule; as a result, the date of Ted Lindsay's Hockeyfest to benefit the Ted Lindsay foundation for Autism Awareness, which will take place on July 11th:

... DRW Experience to be On Site at the Belle Isle Grand Prix This Weekend …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings Experience, presented by Coke Zero, today announced its summer lineup schedule, starting this weekend with the Belle Isle Grand Prix on Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31 in Detroit.

The DRW Experience features interactive games designed to give Red Wings fans an opportunity to test their hockey skills. Red Wings alumni will also be on hand at select dates to sign autographs. Additionally, members of the Flagstar Bank Red Patrol will distribute various giveaway items to event attendees, and fans will have an opportunity to participate in enter-to-win raffles for a chance at Red Wings prizes and autographed memorabilia.

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AHL suspends Comets forward for hit on Griffins’ Tomas Nosek

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I'm in Griffins playoff mode, so this may not interest you as Red Wings-related news, but it's important to the Griffins:

The video quality from the Utica Comets isn't the best, but We All Bleed Redd caught the hit in which Utica Comets forward Brandon DeFazio injured Grand Rapids Griffins forward Tomas Nosek, who left Game 2 and will miss Games 3 and 4 of the Comets-Griffins series...

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Home Team in Caps
CHICAGO 5, Anaheim 2 – series tied 3-3
The Blackhawks notched three goals in a 3:45 span of the second period – on three straight shots – to break open a scoreless deadlock and force a Game 7 in the Western Conference Final.

* The Blackhawks moved within one victory of their 13th all-time appearance in the Stanley Cup Final and third in the past six seasons (also 2010 and 2013).

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Video- You Make The Call

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Dave Hodge of TSN,

Next season, it'll be called a coach's challenge, and it is long overdue. Last night, it was a goalie's howl of protest, and it was of no use. I refer to Corey Crawford's legitimate complaint on Anaheim's second goal. A shot by Clayton Stoner that Crawford might have stopped beat the Chicago goalie because his catching glove was jarred by the aggressive moving screen of Ducks' forward Jacob Silfverberg.

It was undoubtedly hard for the referees to notice the contact, especially as it did not involve Crawford's body, but rather his equipment. Crawford could yell all he wanted and all he could get was sympathy. The coach's challenge would have made for an easy correction. Joel Quenneville, heeding Crawford's signal, would have challenged the goal based on goaltender interference and the Ducks' goal would have been wiped out. Lest you differ on that interpretation, no contact is allowed on Crawford as he sets up to make a save, never mind that he is reaching past the front edge of the crease, and never mind that Silfverberg isn't in the blue paint. Replay clearly showed a goal that shouldn't have counted.

Thumbs up when a rule finally exists that can get it right.

Watch the goal below...

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