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Gillis Fined

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis has been fined an undisclosed amount for his comments regarding the officiating prior to Game 7 with the Chicago Blackhawks.

After the Canucks lost three straight games to the Blackahwks to even their series, Gillis addressed the media to outline his isuues with the disparity in penalty calls in the series.

“I’m not sure how you explain that discrepancy, but we’re going to be very hard-pressed to win hockey games if throughout the entire series, when the score is tight, they get 75 per cent more power plays than we do,” Gillis said Monday. “That’s the facts we are facing.”

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NHL Live- What Do You Think?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It has been a couple weeks since NHL Live switched to the 4:00pm ET hour on the NHL Network and to be truthful, I haven’t been able to watch as much as when it was on at noon.

I also think the new background in the studio makes it look too small and both E.J. and Deb look trapped.

Basically the show has become a recap of what went on last night and also a preview of the games scheduled later in the day.

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More Atlanta, Phoenix, Winnipeg Rumors

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

According to sources, if a deal is made to keep the Coyotes in Glendale, there’s a chance the Thrashers will move quickly into negotiations with True North to move the team to Winnipeg. A source close to the situation added that when it comes to relocation, there simply isn’t anywhere else to go.

There are also questions as to whether Thrashers ownership and True North could work out an agreement, but the possibility is not being ruled out.

If the NHL is unsuccessful in closing the deal and the Hulsizer sale crumbles, the Coyotes become the likely target for Winnipeg while the league’s attention will shift to the Thrashers and an effort to keep the team in Atlanta.

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Road to Success is Often Paved with Failures

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tom Thompson at The Hockey News:

Nobody has a crystal ball. The road in front of the Canucks is long and arduous. However, nothing can surpass the level of tension that climaxed on Tuesday. The first round of the playoffs is traditionally the most pressure-packed and emotional time of the NHL season. This is especially true for teams such as the 1989 Flames and the 2011 Canucks, who both bore the double burden of regular season success combined with past playoff failures.

Look at all the Stanley Cup champions of recent years. Once they have sipped champagne from the Cup, a common characteristic of virtually all of these championship teams is overlooked: they experienced playoff failures en route to becoming champions. Think of some of the NHL dynasties of the modern era. The Edmonton Oilers of the mid-to-late-1980s, the New York Islanders of the early-1980s and even the great Montreal Canadiens teams of the late-1970s experienced bitter playoff defeats prior to establishing their dynasties.


Thompson was formerly a scout for the Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild, and currently with the New York Rangers organization

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Some NHL Teams Honored by EPA For Environmental Initiatives

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

        NEW YORK (April 27, 2011) – The Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders and New York Rangers have been selected by the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 as recipients of the 2011 Environmental Quality Award in recognition of their participation in the Rock and Wrap It Up! food recovery program.

        The award, which celebrates each Club’s outstanding commitment to protecting and enhancing environmental quality and public health, is the highest recognition presented to the public by the EPA. Its announcement came just days after EPA Region 5 completed its tour of the NHL’s Midwest Clubs, recognizing the environmental achievements of the Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, and Minnesota Wild.

        Since October, the Rangers, Islanders, Devils and Sabres have combined to divert 14 tons of food waste from reaching landfill while providing 21,000 meals to local food banks.

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Meeting Our Sponsors: WiseGuyWinners

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Kukla’s Korner always appreciates our direct advertisers, and we’d like to introduce you to one that’s new to us in recent months, WiseGuyWinners.com

KK:  WiseGuyWinners is not a gambling site but rather a site which tells subscribers which NHL teams will win on a daily basis.  How did you start out doing this?

Raj Bhatti:  I started out doing this because I grew up in Ontario watching hockey and eventually started betting it online about 15 years ago. I was also betting football and baseball and noticed that there was a dearth of information for hockey bettors. I spent many years with this little nugget in the back of my mind as I pursued a “real” career as a medical technologist.

About 3 years ago, I moved to Las Vegas and started betting sports a little more often, but still on a very recreational basis.

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From Sports Illustrated: all about Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

As noted by the Red Wings’ website, Pavel Datsyuk was named a finalist for the Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward, and Sports Illustrated’s Brian Cazenueve profiled the Wings forward in nothing less than a frame-worthy article:

THE RED WINGS discovered Datsyuk as a teenager quite by accident in 1997, when their chief European scout Hakan Andersson went to Moscow to watch someone else. Instead he saw the 19-year-old Datsyuk, then about 5’7” and 150 pounds—he goes 5’11”, 194 now—but with magic hands and hockey sense beyond his years. Andersson convinced Holland to take the wispy sprite with the 171st pick in the 1998 entry draft. Datsyuk was certain his Dynamo club teammates were kidding when they told him he’d been drafted into the NHL. “They showed me the newspaper two days later,” Datsyuk says, “And I thought, ‘O.K., printing mistake.’”

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Talking Sabres On Sirius XM With Mick Kern

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

The Sabres lost 5-2 to a superior Flyers team last night in Game 7.  Thanks to Mick Kern for having me on the War Room show on Sirius XM this morning (click audio link below) to discuss the game and look ahead towards what should be an interesting offseason in Buffalo.

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Red Wings practice updates: the second round will start on Friday

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 8x at 3:43 PM Brodie Brazil reports that Versus might claim “exclusivity” rights for Game 1; Franzen and Salei are good to go for Friday: Per the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness, the Selke Trophy finalist and SI-profiled forward Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings have one big piece of the playoff puzzle answered ahead of their cross-continental flight to San Jose:

The Wings and Sharks will start their Western Conference semifinal series Friday night at the HP Pavilion.

Game 2 will be Sunday.

Game 3 and 4 will be in Detroit next Wednesday and Friday.

MLive’s Ansar Khan confirms:

Game 1: Friday night at San Jose.
Game 2: Sunday at San Jose, 3 p.m. (presumably on NBC)
Game 3: Wednesday, May 4 at Detroit
Game 4: Friday, May 6 at Detroit

As does the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan.

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Your Selke Trophy Finalists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 27, 2011)—Centers Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks are the three finalists for the 2010-11 Frank Selke Trophy, which is awarded “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” the National Hockey League announced today.

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