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I usually do a semi-annual post on the ways to help out KK but this time it is a little different.

I have started a GoFundMe page which allows you to donate and improve KK.

As always, if you are a current KK member and have donated in the past, a $20 donation will get you another year of limited ads when visiting Kukla's Korner.

If you wish to donate for the first time, a $25 donation will give you the same which means only limited ads will appear on KK.

I have set a very lofty goal and feel I can achieve that over time.

Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated. (This post will remain sticky for a few days.)

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Short Hockey Notes

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

- When Devan Dubnyk was looking for work last summer after his nightmare 2013-14 season, two teams wanted the former Edmonton Oilers goalie: the Coyotes and the Kings. The Coyotes had a guaranteed NHL backup job and Dubnyk maybe would have had to start in the AHL with Martin Jones as Quick’s backup unless they moved Jones.

- George McPhee was a fine GM with the Washington Capitals, but how good do you think Filip Forsberg would look on right-wing with Nick Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin? The Caps have had a dozen guys auditioning with Ovie and Backstrom. Forsberg could get 65 points as a rookie, but I’m still not sure I wouldn’t vote for Florida’s outstanding defenceman Aaron Ekblad for the Calder. He turned 19 a month ago.

- If Dustin Byfuglien, who appeared to hurt his shoulder against Ottawa Wednesday, is out any longer than a couple of weeks, the Winnipeg Jets could be in trouble. “He’s the most unique player in the whole league ... there’s nobody else who can go back and forth from forward to defence. Unbelievable he can skate like that, being that size (around 260),” said a Western Conference management-type. This is the best Big Buff has looked since the first Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup win in 2010.

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Not A Fan Of Tanking

from Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal,

My favourite sport of all is hockey, so it pains me to say the National Hockey League has tested this ideal in more ways than one. I have railed against the Bettman Point system since it was first announced, on the grounds that it changes the balance between risk and reward and fosters an environment where a particular outcome, a regulation tie, is often in the interests of both teams. A team that wins in overtime or the shootout gets rewarded exactly the same as if they had won in regulation, whereas the loser of that mini-game gets rewarded for their regulation tie. Put another way, a regulation win has been devalued. The very predictable result is that while tie results are no longer possible, there are more tie games than ever before. These days some 25% of all games remain unresolved after 60 minutes, far higher than historical rates when the team that failed to win in regulation forfeited one point while securing one.

Grating as that issue remains, it pales in comparison to a situation where two teams begin a game with opposite objectives: one wants to win, while the other is better served to lose, in regulation if possible. Such is the result of a draft lottery system that rewards teams that miss the playoffs in inverse order of their finish. Worse is better, assuring higher odds of winning the lottery while guaranteeing that a team can only drop one spot from their finish.

Such a system rewards tanking. It’s a concern every year of course, but in 2015 with a high-end draft class that includes “generational” talents in Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, it has reached epidemic proportions, the worst I can recall since 1984 when Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils engaged in an epic tank battle with the reward being one Mario Lemieux.

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The Boston Bruins Are Moving In The Right Direction

Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton has been keeping a diary for ESPNBoston.com this season. In his latest installment, he talks about the team’s recent struggles, injuries on the team, and how the trade deadline affected him. (As told to Louise K. Cornetta) 

A lot of unlucky things happened to us over the past month. I don’t think our game slipped too much from how well we played in January. I thought we were working hard but just couldn’t get bounces to go our way in games. Hopefully now in March, we can move forward and get back to our winning ways. 

One area we’ve worked on is our power play. It’s a little bit different now. We have two different units, same guys but in different positions. It’s improved a lot and we’ve scored a couple of goals with the unit I play on, and the other unit has scored some goals too. We need our power play to do well in order for our team to be successful. 

We’re moving in the right direction. There is more of a complete effort in the games. We have to keep working hard. We know there is only a little over 20 games left and there are teams behind us who are pushing us. We have to make sure we are focused on every game. 

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Kimmo Timonen Will Retire At The End Of The Season

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

This spring is Kimmo Timonen’s final shot at a Stanley Cup ring.

The 39-year-old defenceman told reporters in Chicago Thursday that he will be retiring at the end of the 2014-15 season but wants to remain involved in hockey as a coach.

Timonen, who only made his season debut Monday, was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks from the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL draft and a conditional fourth-rounder in 2016.

Ironically, it was the Blackhawks who snuffed out the blueliner’s best shot at lifting the Cup back in 2010, when Chicago defeated Philly in a six-game Stanley Cup final.

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Fatherly Advice For Jeff Petry

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

“He told me the key to success is to work hard,” Petry said. “He said when you have guys with equal or more talent, the difference is going to be the guys who work the hardest.”

Petry’s dad knows something about working hard and succeeding in professional sports. Dan Petry pitched in the major leagues for 13 seasons, winning a World Series with the Detroit Tigers in 1984 and winning a division title with the Atlanta Braves in 1991.

Dan Petry was known as a workhorse, piling up the innings and giving relievers a break. He had a career record of 125-104 and had 52 complete games in an era when five or six good innings were regarded as a quality start.

Jeff Petry said he doesn’t remember seeing his father pitch — he was only 3 when his father retired — but can remember being around the clubhouse and sitting in the stands.

Jeff and his older brother, Matt, both played baseball and hockey growing up in the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills, Mich., but they took different paths when they reached the point in their careers when they had to choose one sport over the other.

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Richard Panik Fined For Diving/Embellishment

added 1:50pm, you can watch the play below...


NEW YORK (March 5, 2015) -- Toronto Maple Leafs forward Richard Panik has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

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Who Said It?

“I’m pulling for a Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup. We need a Canadian team to win the Cup. It would be great for hockey. I know it’s been a long time.”

The answer is....

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NHL Short Notes

GIBSON HELPS DUCKS RECLAIM FIRST PLACE IN NHL STANDINGS
John Gibson made 37 saves – two shy of his career high set on Sunday at DAL – to lead the Ducks past the Canadiens and to their seventh victory in their past eight contests.
 
* At 42-17-7 (91 points), the Ducks leapfrogged the idle Predators (41-17-7, 89 points) to reclaim first place in the NHL standings. Anaheim also leads the League with 42 wins; the club set a franchise record with 54 victories (and 116 points) in 2013-14.
 
* Gibson, who fell 1:41 short of his third career shutout, improved to 6-1-0 in his last seven outings (1.84 GAA, .942 SV%). Overall, he has a 12-5-0 record in 18 career appearances (2.22 GAA, .929 SV%).

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The Latest On The NHL Players Participating In The 2018 Olympics

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Will NHL players be going to Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February 2018 or not?

It's a question that's far from being answered yet.

"We haven't had any discussions about it," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told ESPN.com Wednesday. "And I said in Columbus [at the All-Star Game], this decision about the World Cup has no bearing on that decision. We're focused right now on the World Cup. When we get to discussing and evaluating the Olympic opportunity, that decision -- whether or not we go or not go -- will rise and fall on the merits of making that decision."

NHLPA executive director Don Fehr agreed with Bettman's characterization of the Olympic decision not being tied to the return of the World Cup.

"Yes, I think that's a correct statement, that the Olympics have to be evaluated on their own, and you have to get the right kinds of agreements with the IIHF and the IOC," Fehr told ESPN.com Wednesday. "Assuming you can, it's no secret what the players' position is going to be. But this [World Cup] is something we would do if we had already decided to go to the Olympics or if the Olympics had shut down and you never had them again. It wouldn't matter." 

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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