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You Now Know Ben Meisner

from Ben Meisner at The Players' Tribune,

All I had to do was step off the chair.

That was it. Literally. Everything else was taken care of.

I’d gone out to the local hardware store and bought the rope.

I’d made the noose. Tied it to a staircase bannister on the second floor of my apartment. Placed the loop around my neck.

I was standing up there, too. Perched on that chair. On my tippy toes … all ready to go.

I just had to take that one last step and it all would’ve been over....

I’m not Connor McDavid or Ovi or Sid. Hell, I’m not even in the NHL.

I’m not famous.

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News Is Slow

It's a long, slow summer since early July regarding the hockey world and we probably have another four weeks of 'not much news out there'.

I do keep an eye on the 400 people or so I follow on Twitter but lately there has been more tweets on everything other than hockey.

I do follow many websites too, but unless you want lists of all sorts ranging from best sweaters, best players not in the Hockey Hall of Fame to players who could have a good or bad year, well the real news is just not out there.

I am used to this, after all, I have been doing this for around 15 years but this summer has seemed much slower than the past years.

One topic that pops up every so often is line combinations and many are coming from fans who are playing GM.

It happens in the summer, but I would only put my faith in a trusted bingo site to shake up the bingo balls.  Other than that, what you are reading or hearing is make believe at this point.

For me personally, this time is used to re-charge and catchup on some movies I have missed the last few years.

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The Vegas Golden Knights Intent On Protecting Their Brand

from Wade Tyler Millward of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

A “Neon Knights” Twitter account. A Henderson man’s “7th Knight” fan website. The familiar Spartan helmet decorating a handgun.

Online and off, the Golden Knights have sought protection for logos, slogans and even names that may confuse fans because they sound too similar.

But fake Knights-branded shirts, shoes, ties, and even blankets sold on the side of the road, or on websites like Facebook and Etsy, won’t go away anytime soon.

“Usage of our marks without licensing or without our permission has happened at different times throughout the season with various entities,” Knights spokesman Eric Tosi said. “We successfully addressed the matters with these entities accordingly and received their cooperation.”


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Brady Tkachuk Signs A Three-Year ELC With The Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today that the club has signed forward Brady Tkachuk to a three-year entry-level contract.

Tkachuk, 18, was selected fourth overall by Ottawa in the first round of last month's NHL Draft in Dallas and was the first player ever taken with the fourth selection in Senators' franchise history.

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NHL Preseason Highlights And Schedule

NEW YORK (Aug. 13, 2018) -- Overseas contests in China, Germany and Switzerland highlight the 2018 National Hockey League composite preseason schedule. The 19-day, 110-game slate begins Saturday, Sept. 15.

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Video- Slowing Down Our Game

Five minutes of smooth stick-handling, all in slow motion.


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The NBC Sports Group With Their NHL Regular Season Schedule

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 13, 2018 – NBC Sports is scheduled to present 109 NHL regular-season games during the 2018-19 season – its most since acquiring NHL rights prior to the 2005-06 season. Coverage begins Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Alex Ovechkin and the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals raise their championship banner to the rafters and host the Boston Bruins. All games will be streamed live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated users via TV Everywhere.

NBC Sports’ 2018-19 NHL schedule is highlighted by the debut of “Wednesday Night Hockey” on NBCSN, which will showcase the network’s most diverse schedule since it acquired NHL rights prior to the 2005-06 season, as well as NHL’s current and rising stars. Highlights of NBC Sports’ “Wednesday Night Hockey” schedule on NBCSN include:

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The Lateral Release

from Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic,

After executing the lateral release, a goalie can drop into the butterfly — trail pad down first, followed by the lead pad — and shutter the five-hole. He can glove the puck or punch it out with the blocker. If a cross-ice threat materializes, a goalie is in better position to react, perhaps with a desperation slide or dive....

“What was happening a few years ago with the gear getting smaller and smaller, sliding around and trying to be big wasn’t an option anymore,” said U.S. National Team Development Program goaltending coach Thomas Speer. “So we started implementing the lateral release. It’s the concept of holding your edges and staying on your feet as long as you can. We tell the guys that if you’re late and you slide, it’s because you have to. The only time you should be sliding is if you’re late, and you’re sliding as hard as you can to seal the space as fast as you can.”

In Speer’s opinion, Jake Allen of the Blues, Braden Holtby of the Capitals, and Frederik Andersen of the Maple Leafs are among the NHL goalies who best employ the lateral release.

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Morning Line- Ed Willes

It’s just that we’ve seen this movie before and it usually doesn’t end well. For the last couple of years, it appeared ownership. Linden and Benning were aligned, that all believed in the plan. That, at least, was the public perception and to a large degree, they’d won over the Canucks’ fan base with their vision for the team. But things have changed again. Now, once more, it looks like the Canucks are in disarray.

Why is this the default position of this ownership group?

As for Linden, he now joins Dave Nonis, Mike Gillis, Laurence Gilman, Lorne Henning and others in the ranks of the disappeared, career hockey men who served this organization and left bitter and angry over their treatment by ownership. This is the pattern for this ownership group.

Sadly, it’s just not consistent with the manner in which successful franchises conduct their business.

-Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province where you can read more on the Canucks.

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Saying Goodbye To Stan Mikita

from Tracey Myers of NHL.com,

Stan Mikita fans had the opportunity to say goodbye to the Chicago Blackhawks legend on Sunday and JoAnne Schmitt-Berg didn't want to miss one minute.

The 54-year-old from Chicago was first in a long line of fans that wrapped around the United Center for public visitation of Mikita, who died Tuesday at 78.

"I'd stand in line all day long to get to say goodbye," said Schmitt-Berg, who was there at 7:20 a.m. CT, almost four hours before the doors opened at 11 a.m. "We'll miss him."

Most of those who attended the service, many wearing No. 21 jerseys, signed a poster of Mikita when they entered the United Center atrium. Mikita's casket was flanked by two vases of roses in his favorite color, yellow.


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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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