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Job #1 In Toronto, Get Everyone On The Same Page

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Naylor of TSN,

As Michael Farber so appropriately pointed out on this past Sunday's edition of TSN The Reporters with Dave Hodge, the Leafs have a parent company whose president and CEO is on his way out, which means that within a matter of days Leafs president Brendan Shanahan will be working for someone who didn't hire him.

Which kind fits the theme of this organization since Shanahan didn't hire general manager Dave Nonis, who didn't hire head coach Randy Carlyle, who didn't hire either of his assistant coaches, Steve Spott or Peter Horachek.

The front office also includes two apparent Shanahan hires in two former junior hockey general mangers in Kyle Dubas and Mark Hunter, the latter of which is already been viewed by outsiders as the GM in waiting.

So perhaps the question should be this: with an organization that's been constructed to look like some mad scientist's flying machine experiment, should it be any wonder the Leafs don't play like a well-oiled machine on the ice?

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Cody Hodgson A Key To The Future Of The Buffalo Sabres

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,

The ultimate success of Buffalo’s complete reboot will largely be determined by the high-end picks the Sabres have either already made (Sam Reinhart, second overall last June) or are on target to make in the next year or two. That said, players like (Cody) Hodgson, Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno will be huge factors in determining just how fast Buffalo turns the corner, and how far it can go upon getting properly directed.

Hodgson has been a particular point of interest for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact he was part of an out-of-the-blue, one-for-one trade between Buffalo and the Vancouver Canucks that sent ruffian Zack Kassian the other way in February, 2012. While Kassian has developed into a rugged third-liner capable of chipping in offence with Vancouver, there remains no doubt that Buffalo made off with the more skilled player. Two years ago, during the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign, Hodgson posted the rough equivalent of a 25-goal season on a team that was just starting to crumble. And while his production dropped last year, Hodgson still registered 20 goals on a last-overall squad that was the only outfit in the league that failed to average at least two tallies per game.

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All Colin Hanks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Botticello of FoxSports,

FOX Sports Live caught up with Hanks as he recently dropped the ceremonial first puck at Staples Center and cheered on his beloved defending Stanley Cup champs.

FSL:  Given your time there, you had plenty of exposure to it ... what is the main difference in the sports culture of Canada compared to the U.S.?

HANKS: Well the hockey coverage ... yeah there's a lot more of it. It's the first 15 minutes on "SportsCentre."  Coming from the U.S., it's kind of like walking into a "Twilight Zone," where everything is oddly familiar but yet strikingly different. So it was very nice for me to basically talk hockey with pretty much anyone I ran into. I enjoyed that.

Living in LA, there's only a select few (hockey fans), and it's more of like a secret club.  Everyone thinks Los Angeles is not a hockey town. And that is absolutely not true. It is just an underground hockey town. It's like Fight Club. We all break the first rule, though.

Kings fans in LA definitely know their stuff. Hockey fans in LA definitely know their stuff. You just have to find each other, and then it's like a secret bond that you have.

FSL: You've been a Kings fan since '87, and you know how things were before these two banners were up in the rafters. What has it been like to witness?  

HANKS: It's incredible really. You know, a huge first step was this building (Staples Center). Once the organization moved to Staples, you knew, OK, things are really going to be different....

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John Scott Was Just Doing His Job

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,

“It’s one of those things where he jumped me in the first and didn’t give me a chance, so I was kind of just returning the favor,” Scott said. “I asked him to fight. The situations were eerily similar, so that’s what leaves me scratching my head.”

Of course, Jackman also strangely went after Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic earlier in the third period, and that was on Scott’s mind as well when he legally came off of the bench and made a beeline for Jackman in the neutral zone.

“We obviously got up 3-0, 4-0, and they took liberties with our guys,” Scott said. “That’s where I come in, man-to-man with their tough guy and we settle it. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, the way it’s always been done and it didn’t quite work out that way.

“[The referees] should have taken care of it earlier when he went after [Vlasic]. They should have kicked him out of the game, but if the refs don’t take care of it, that’s kind of my job. I’ve got to stick up and do my job.”

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If you missed the altercation, watch it below...

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Dallas Stars Owner Will Face Sentencing Next Month For Damaging Fish Habitat

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at CBC,

The owner of the NHL's Dallas Stars will be sentenced next month for damaging a fish habitat during renovations to his vacation property in Kamloops, B.C.

Tom Gaglardi, who also owns the WHL's Kamloops Blazers, is scheduled to learn his fate on Dec. 12.

Gaglardi and his company, Northland Properties, were each convicted in August of two counts of harmful alteration of a fish habitat — 2,400 square metres of shoreline area on Kamloops Lake....

Crown lawyer Digby Kier told a sentencing hearing earlier this month that Gaglardi and his company should be ordered to pay a fine of $300,000, the maximum allowed under the law....

Defence lawyer Rob Bruneau has called for a fine in the range of $50,000 to $75,000, saying his client should not be penalized for being wealthy.

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Looking Up To Marian Hossa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Powere of ESPNChicago,

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane was celebrating his own milestone after reaching 500 career points on Sunday, but he preferred to divert the attention to what teammate Marian Hossa was on the verge of accomplishing.

“I think a couple games or next game we’ll get an even better milestone when big Hoss reaches a 1,000,” Kane said on Sunday.

Kane’s statement was partially about Hossa being two points shy of 1,000 career points, but it was also about how much respect he possesses for Hossa. It’s a feeling that’s shared by most of the Blackhawks. While the numbers Hossa has put up throughout his 17-year career are impressive, it’s his work ethic in all zones and how he is as a teammate that has made him so revered in the locker room. 

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Another BoltDraft Game Tuesday Night - A Free Fantasy Game With A Chance To Win Cash

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

update- original post was on 10-27-14 at 1:23pm, Just a reminder, rosters must be set by 7:00pm ET tonight.  Come and join us, a fun game, plus good odds to win some cash.


BoltDraft.com  has a great, free NHL Fantasy game and quick too.  Pick one forward, one defenseman and one goalie from the 24 teams in action Tuesday night.  Note you can only pick on player from the same NHL team.

Last week's KK game had a nice turnout and the winner was very happy.

So $100 is on the line again, go here to register or enter the game and if needed use the code "kukla2" for the pass code at the top of the lobby.

Roster must be set by 7:00pm ET on Tuesday, October 28th.

Scoring rules are below and also available at BoltDraft.

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Red Wings send Stephen Weiss to Grand Rapids for conditioning

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Update/FYI from the Free Press's Helene St. James:

This makes good sense:

This also allows the Wings to kick the can down the line regarding who ends up getting nixed from the roster when Johan Franzen eventually returns to the lineup (based upon today's reports, he's at least a week out from returning from his groin injury), so Andrej Nestrasil (would require waivers), Daniel Cleary (ditto) and Weiss get a reprieve here. Mostly this is a sound idea given that Weiss needs to get his legs under him.

Quick update: The Wings filed a press release regarding the move:

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The Los Angeles Kings Will Play A Man Short Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,

The Kings were unable to bring up a replacement from the minor leagues for the injured Anze Kopitar and will be forced to play one player short tonight against the Flyers, according to Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi.

They landed in this specific situation because of Kopitar’s injury, salary-cap issues and the fact that recently suspended defenseman Slava Voynov’s salary still counts against their cap total. Voynov was suspended indefinitely by the NHL last week after his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence and is still getting paid.

He has not been charged and has missed two games. Tonight will be the third one. The Kings are too close to the salary cap to recall a player and had been trying to bring up Jordan Weal from their minor-league affiliate in Manchester, N.H., and had been trying to craft a solution with the NHL and the NHLPA.

“It’s one thing for the player to have to pay the penalty,” Lombardi said in a interview with The Times. “It’s another thing for 19 other guys to have to go out there shorthanded tonight.”

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added 2:45pm, from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

The news that the Kings could use only 19 players tonight apparently didn’t concern Anze Kopitar.

“I’m going to prepare like I’m going to play and we’ll see how I feel,” he said in regards to the upper-body injury he suffered in the second period of Sunday’s 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Given that the team is readying itself for game number nine out of 82, would it be safe to assume that the long-term needs trump any immediate personnel concerns?

“Yeah, probably, but I felt pretty good on the ice today,” Kopitar said. “So we’ll see about tonight.”

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The Nashville Predators Make A Few Roster Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brooks Bratten at the Predators' website,

The Nashville Predators will activate forward Matt Cullen off of injured reserve, making him available for the team’s upcoming road trip that begins Wednesday night in Edmonton.

Cullen skated on a regular forward line at Monday’s practice, setting him up for his first game action since suffering an upper-body injury Sept. 24 during a preseason game against Tampa Bay.

“We’re anxious to get Matt back in the lineup, as he is a veteran who can contribute in a number of situations,” General Manager David Poile said.

To make room for Cullen’s addition to the roster, the club has placed forward Rich Clune on waivers, with the intention of assigning him to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.

“Rich is a character guy in our locker room,” Poile said. “We are hopeful that Rich will clear waivers and be available for recall in the future.”

The Predators have also assigned forward Viktor Stalberg to Milwaukee on a conditioning assignment. Stalberg suffered a lower-body injury during training camp, missing the entire preseason schedule and first three games of the regular season. He has skated in five games this season.

“Viktor has had some unfortunate injury trouble during his last two training camps,” Poile said. “We want Viktor to have some time in Milwaukee to fine tune his game and we look forward to having him back in Nashville.

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