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5 Tips to Playing Pickleball

Games are gaining popularity as the days go by. One of the reasons for this is because it is proven that they not only help reduce anxiety or chances of depression but also improve one’s intellectual capability through socializing. One of the games widely embraced today is pickleball. It used to be a game that was perceived to be for the aging population, but that is no longer the case. It is now embraced by people of all ages. It is bringing a great deal of competition to sports like badminton and even tennis. If you are just starting out, below are some of the tips that will prove helpful to your sportsmanship:

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Open Post- Game 7 Eastern Conference Final

Puck drop is just after 8:00pm ET in Tampa and is on NBCSN, CBC, SN1 and TVAS.

Either the Washington Capitals or Tampa Bay Lightning will be in possession of the Prince of Wales Trophy after tonight's game.

The Stanley Cup Final will begin on Monday, May 28th at 8:00pm.  If Tama Bay wins tonight the series will start in Tampa, if Washington wins game 7 the series will start in Las Vegas.

Comment on the game if so desired.

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David Quinn Is The New Head Coach For The New York Rangers

from the New York Rangers,

New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has named David Quinn the team's new Head Coach.

"I am very pleased to welcome David Quinn to the New York Rangers," said James Dolan, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Madison Square Garden Company. "David brings a diverse and successful coaching resume that includes extensive work in developing young talent. I am confident he is an excellent fit for our team, and know he will work tirelessly with Glen, Jeff and our entire organization to execute our plan to build the next Rangers Stanley Cup contending team."

"We are excited to announce that David will become the next Head Coach of the New York Rangers," Gorton said. "In a coaching career that has spanned over two decades at the collegiate, pro, and international level, David has helped his teams achieve success while simultaneously teaching the game and helping his players develop on and off the ice. He is the ideal choice to bring our loyal and passionate fans the winning hockey they deserve."


added 2:13pm, NYR press release is below.

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Who Will Step Up In Tonight’s Game 7?

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

He's the Lightning's best player. He's its most important player.

Well, other than goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. That's a given. Every team relies most heavily on its goalie.

But if the Lightning is going win a nerve-racking, heart-stopping, nail-biting Game 7 against the Capitals, the cool, calm and collected Victor Hedman will need to be the Lightning's next-best player.

Put it like this: if Hedman has a great Game 7, there's a good chance the Lightning will win. If he has a bad Game 7, the Lightning likely will lose.

That's how important he is to the Lightning.


from Thom Loverro of the Washington Times,

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How William Karlsson Ended Up In Las Vegas

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The deal Kekalainen cut with Vegas went like this: The Knights took the contract of the injured David Clarkson, who had two more years and $10.5 million remaining and was physically incapable of playing hockey. The Knights also got a first-round pick in 2017 and a second-round pick in 2019. In exchange, they promised to pass on forward Josh Anderson and backup goaltender Joonas Korpisalo in the expansion draft, and they “agreed” to take Karlsson.

This is a sensitive subject for Jackets fans. I’m a bit more sanguine. Karlsson had scored zero goals in his last 45 regular-season games with the Jackets. He was part of the price the Jackets had to pay to unload Clarkson’s contract. As it turns out, it might have been too high a price — but there is a return.

Had Clarkson’s contract not come off the Jackets’ cap, Kekalainen would be hard pressed to take care of the free agents who need new contracts. Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky are just the start of a long list of to-dos that are more doable with Clarkson off the books.


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NHL Short Notes

The Lightning and Capitals will face off in Game 7 tonight at AMALIE Arena in Tampa with the winner crowned the Eastern Conference champion and earning the right to face the Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final. Tampa Bay and Washington have never met in a winner-take-all contest and neither club has required a Game 7 this postseason.

* This marks the 33rd time in NHL history that a Game 7 will be required to determine a Stanley Cup finalist. Home teams own a 21-11 edge in the previous 32 such contests.

* This is the fourth consecutive year that the Eastern Conference Final has required a seventh and deciding game.

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A Seven-Year Contract For Evander Kane In San Jose

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It Is Now Kyle Dubas And Everyone Else In Toronto

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

When Brendan Shanahan started navigating his way through the Bermuda Triangle he’d built in the Toronto Maple Leafs front office, there was no way for him to keep all of Lou Lamoriello, Mark Hunter and Kyle Dubas happy.

He weighed his options and elected to hang on to his most precious resource. He named Dubas the general manager on May 11.

That left the others with a choice to make.

For Lamoriello, it meant either staying on in a powerless senior advisor role with the Leafs or finding more influence elsewhere. We should not be surprised he’s now the New York Islanders president of hockey operations – working alongside his son, Chris, and in possession of “full authority over all hockey matters with the organization.”

For Hunter, passed over in favour of a man 23 years his junior for the Leafs GM job he desperately coveted, it meant swallowing his pride or moving on. He did what many people in that situation would do.


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Video- Round 3 Chatter

Both on the ice and in the dressing room.


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Eastern Conference Final Game 7 Notes

NEW YORK (May 22, 2018) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals will decide the Eastern Conference Final in Game 7 Wednesday night at AMALIE Arena in Tampa (8 p.m., ET, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Eastern Conference Final has required a seventh and deciding game.

The winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Final and face the Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights in a best-of-seven series beginning Monday, May 28.

If the Lightning advance, they will host Game 1 against the Golden Knights at AMALIE Arena in Tampa. If the Capitals advance, they will play Game 1 on the road against the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

While the Lightning and Capitals never have met in a winner-take-all contest, and have not played one in the 2018 postseason, Game 7 is familiar territory for both.

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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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