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Open Post- Game 6 WCF St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

St. Louis @ San Jose 9:00 PM ET NBCSN, CBC & TVAS

Blues need a win to extend this series to seven games, Sharks need a win for their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

Which will it be?

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Sharks/Blues Prepared To Battle Tonight

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

When you’ve been at it this long without success, talking about winning the Clarence S. Campbell Trophy at the morning skate is as taboo as touching it post-game. At least for some, anyhow.

“You look at your whole career,” began San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski, who leads the Sharks with 21 playoff points in 17 games this spring. “When I was in high school in the state championship, that was my biggest game of my life at the time. In college, in junior – there’s games where the moments are so big. It’s your Stanley Cup.

“You work all those days to get in the position to hopefully play for it. Tonight those games are in the past, you draw from those experiences. As a kid, you grow up trying to be able to play for the Stanley Cup, and we have a game tonight (that could put them there). This is the most important one right now.”

In the St. Louis Blues’ room, watching the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ dominant Game 6 performance provided the template.

“That’s the way we have to play tonight,” said Kyle Brodziak with a nod. “Every player, every shift, you have to play as if it could be your last.”

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Afternoon news: Nyquist talks about the horse with his name, his season and Tweets of note

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 5x at 9 PM: Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist spoke with the Free Press's Carlos Monarrez about the horse with his name...

“Well, obviously, a bummer that he didn’t win at the Preakness,” Nyquist said. “I thought he raced hard, obviously. Great to see him win at the Kentucky. But now it’s looking like he won’t be able to go to the Belmont. It’s a shame, but hopefully, I’ll be able to catch him at a different event.”

On top of Nyquist’s tough Preakness loss, he also has a high white blood cell count that will keep him out of the Belmont.

So the meeting between horse and man — during which they could ask each other: “Why the long face?” — will have to wait.

But through the horse’s meteoric rise in racing world, Nyquist said he enjoyed having a tangential connection to a champion.

“It’s cool, it’s different,” he said. “I watched the race, and it’s different. They’re calling it a horse instead of my name on the ice. So that was different, for sure. But it was an honor to have him called after me. A lot of fun to follow him, for sure.”

And Nyquist addressed his own performance this past season and spring while speaking with the Detroit News's Matt Charboneau:

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Red Wings announce ‘red vs. white fantasy golf classic’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings:

… Fans Can Register for Three-Day, Three-Round Golf Tournament Alongside DRW Alumni from June 27-29 in Northern Michigan…

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced the details for the first-ever Red vs. White Fantasy Golf Classic, presented by Bud Light, to give fans an opportunity to golf alongside their favorite Red Wings Alumni at three of the most pristine and beautiful golf courses in Northern Michigan from June 27-29.

The exclusive three-day, three-round golf tournament includes green fees, two nights of lodging at Boyne Highlands Resort, transportation, food, beverage, Red Wings golf apparel, accessories and much more for $3,750 per person.

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Gary Bettman Says Less League Profit Due To Falling Loonie

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from Eben Novy-Williams and Scarlet Fu of Bloomberg,

The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman.

Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this year, it will do so in spite of a Canadian dollar that fell to a 13-year-low in January.

“It’s a fact of life, it’s something we deal with,” Bettman said.

The Loonie has since rebounded, rising to 76 U.S. cents from 68 U.S. cents, but remains well below the 92-cent rate of two years ago. Bettman said the league, which is currently considering expanding to Las Vegas or Quebec City, assumes it will stabilize at about 80 U.S. cents.

The league will record an estimated $4 billion in revenue for the 2015 fiscal year, up about 8 percent from last year’s record $3.7 billion. About one-third of the NHL’s revenue comes from Canada -- either from ticket sales for the seven teams North of the border, its $5.2 billion television deal with Rogers Communications Inc. (which pays in Loonies) or from Canadian sponsorships. For a league that conducts all its business in U.S. dollars, a weak Canadian dollar means less profit.


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The Lightning Should Have Had a Power Play On The Drouin No-Goal Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

While Murray’s stick did not interfere with the puck or Drouin, he was nonetheless subject to the prescribed minor penalty if Drouin did not score on the play.

Once Drouin’s potential goal was disallowed through review, the clock was reset to the time of the offside play. Rule 78.7 (Coach’s Challenge) is very explicit regarding penalties committed following a missed offside and the eventual scoring of a goal.

NOTE 4 of Rule 78.7 reads: “If one or more penalties (major or minor) are assessed between the time of the ‘Offside’ play and the video review that disallows the apparent goal, the offending team(s) (and responsible Player(s)) will still be required to serve the penalty(ies) identified and assessed, and the time of the penalty(ies) will be recorded as the time at which the play should have been stopped for the “Offside” infraction.”

Once Drouin was found to be offside and his apparent goal disallowed, Murray should have been assessed a minor penalty for throwing his goal stick from within his defending zone. The Tampa Bay Lightning were entitled to a power-play opportunity on this unusual turn of events.


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The Rehabilitation Of Jonathan Drouin

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Jonathan Drouin was a high draft pick for the Tampa Bay Lightning.  He was selected in the first round third overall in 2013.  He struggled to make the transition to being an NHL regular.  He played 70 games for Tampa Bay in 2014/15 and though he scored 32 points, he was limited to four goals and showed defensive lapses. 

This season had more problems.  In November he asked the Lighnting for a trade.  He was unhappy that he hadn't been given a frontline role with the team.  His first part of the season was injury plagued and Drouin was sent to the AHL in January.  Later that month he was suspended by the Lightning for failing to report to an AHL game vs. the Toronto Marlies.  The Lightning organization claimed they were trying to trade Drouin.  In March after the trade deadline had passed without a deal, Drouin reported to the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL and began to play hockey again.  Late in the season he was called back up to the NHL.  In the playoffs Drouin has been a significant player with the Lightning.  He is their third highest scorer in the playoffs with 13 points. 

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Wings’ beat writers investigate the Datsyuk situation

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 4:27 PM: The Red Wings' media corps, including MLive's Brendan Savage, the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan and the Free Press's Helene St. James, have checked into the reports that Pavel Datsyuk is negotiating a contract with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL:

How a contract with a KHL team would work given the NHL's recent "memorandum of understanding" with the KHL regarding respecting valid contracts with each other's respective teams, I'm not certian.

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Tampa Bay Lightning chose Kalmazoo K-Wings as their ECHL affiliate

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This is intriguing as the Kalamazoo K-Wings and the Toledo Walleye, the Red Wings' ECHL affiliate, play very regularly:


Affiliation to Begin With 2016-17 Season

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have entered into a one-year affiliation agreement with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL today, the team announced.  Kalamazoo will serve as the Lightning’s primary ECHL affiliate starting with the 2016-17 season.

"We are very happy to welcome the Kalamazoo Wings to the Lightning organization today,” Lightning assistant general manager Julien BriseBois said.  “The Wings have maintained a strong commitment to success and we are proud to partner with them. We look forward to furthering the development of our prospects in the ECHL while helping the K-Wings win the Kelly Cup next season.”

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How The Arizona Coyotes Will Approach The Combine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sarah McLellan of azcentral sports,

In renovating their front-office structure since the season ended, the Coyotes have ushered in a new order that accentuates innovation and teamwork amid a player-first approach.

And although this model emerged only earlier this month when the Coyotes appointed John Chayka as general manager, it’s likely to be put into practice when the team shifts its draft preparation to the NHL scouting combine.

“It’s just about gathering as much information as possible,” Chayka said. “The combine is an opportunity to use that information in conjunction with your scouts’ evaluation to ensure you have the best chance to draft the best player, and so we’re really going to dig in and try to find any little advantage we can to help us make a better decision.”

The combine kicks off Sunday in Buffalo and runs through June 4, giving teams the opportunity to sift through 114 prospects before the draft begins June 24.

Scottsdale’s Auston Matthews and Finnish standouts Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi are among those expected to attend. Players will participate in medical and fitness testing and interviews. The Coyotes plan to bring in a sports psychologist to help elicit a more in-depth profile on the athletes.

“Hopefully through that process we add just another piece to the puzzle of who’s the best Arizona Coyote that can be part of our leadership group,” Chayka said.


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