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KK- Another Push For The KK Donation Drive

The latest information is we are just over 76% towards the goal of $10K.

Thanks again go out to all who have donated and any of you who still plan to do so.

The new design will be a big upgrade for us but understand, it will still be easy to navigate, no more down server issues and the loading of KK will be much quicker.

More information coming as we get a little deeper into the summer.

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It’s Early July But Here Is Some Talk About The Vnacouver Canucks At The Trade Deadline

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

The Canucks are set to start this season with five players on expiring contracts, four of whom would be valuable trade assets around the deadline.

But if the Canucks are in the mix for a post-season spot, are they really going to risk it at the deadline and by trading a regular or three?

They should.

You could make the case they should have done it a few months ago. With no intention of signing Shawn Matthias, the Canucks could have explored acquiring a pick for him around the deadline.

It would not have changed the way the season ended, or the playoffs.

Radim Vrbata is one of the players on an expiring contract. His signing is seen by many as one of GM Jim Benning’s best moves.

The team had a chance this summer to sell high on Vrbata, which would probably have been a shrewd, long-range move....

Yannick Weber, and Brandon Prust are others who could get mid-round picks at the deadline. So, too, is Chris Higgins, who does not look like a player who fits the long-term plans of the Canucks.

But no other player will have the value Dan Hamhuis could have around the deadline.


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Big Money For Young Stars

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

The Blues showed the star right winger exactly what they thought of him with a stunning eight-year, $60 million contract. The length of the deal is the longest allowed under the CBA. The $7.5 million average annual value makes Tarasenko the highest-paid player on the team.

To many minds it’s a deal he’s earned. The 23-year-old Tarasenko has quickly established himself as one of the game’s top offensive stars. He scored 37 goals last season, tied for fifth in the league, and ranked 10th with 73 points. Nothing wrong with paying a top player top dollar.

Except, of course, that it’s not the way the system has worked in the past. Young stars at the end of their entry-level deals, as Tarasenko was, often settled for bridge pacts that included significant (but not outlandish) raises and a short terms. Such contracts forced players to prove themselves worthy of bigger deals and protected teams from over-committing to athletes with short résumés.

Now, though, teams need protection not only from themselves but from predacious competitors bearing offer sheets. The fear of losing a good young player to free agency (without getting something tangible, beyond draft picks, in return) is why the cap-strapped Bruins and Blackhawks felt compelled to trade away Dougie Hamilton and Brandon Saad, respectively, both of whom then got significant deals from their new teams.

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Slava Fetisov On Slava Voynov

from Geneen Pipher of Hockey VIPs,

Former NHL star and Hockey Hall of Famer Vyacheslav Fetisov, who now serves in the Russian senate, said Voynov has to accept responsibility for his actions.

“I think he got off light,” the Detroit Red Wings legend told Russia’s TASS news agency.  “[Voynov] laid hands on a woman and he has to answer for it. And it will be a lesson for everyone. I could never let myself hit a woman in my life and I never will.”

As for his future prospects, Fetisov said it is unclear how this incident will affect Voynov’s career but suggested other players should learn from his mistakes.

“It is difficult to tell if [the incident] influences his further career or not,” he said.  “I can only assume Voynov will continue playing in the United States, but I don’t know his plans.  He must draw the right conclusions and go through this serious test [first].

“He has been under the pressure of public attention and the media for a long time.  For others, I’m sure, it will be a didactic moment.”


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Pretty Quiet On The Player Movement Side

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

After the initial frenzy of July 1, the NHL roster picture has settled into a waiting game - for free agents and fans alike.

Nearly one week in, a slew of talented free agents are still on the hunt for jobs. There have been nibbles and phone calls, but few concrete offers for players to consider.

"Deathly quiet," is how one veteran agent described the market on Monday.

Defenceman Cody Franson, 27, netted more points last season (36) than $19-million Bruins forward Matt Beleskey, yet he is still on the market. A right-handed shot at a premium position, Franson landed the Leafs a first-round pick in one of the deepest drafts in league history in a trade with the Predators last February. He still searches for a landing spot.

Five other players (Chris Stewart, Eric Fehr, Jiri Tlusty, Curtis Glencross and Mike Santorelli) were all in the top third of the league in points, but can't find jobs. Their average age is 29.

Too many teams - either due to cap crunch or roster limitations - are trying to unload extra bodies, further clogging the market. The Oilers and Flyers are both said to be looking to move defencemen.

The Rangers, another team in salary-cap jail, might consider moving a player like Rick Nash if Derek Stepan appears to be heading toward an enormous award in arbitration. Stepan, 24, has to be licking his chops after Ryan O'Reilly's seven-year, $52.5-million extension in Buffalo. Stepan has six more points in 65 fewer career games than O'Reilly and is a plus-85 compared to O'Reilly's minus-13 mark.

Clearly, there is still a lot of roster jockeying for all 30 teams to do between now and when the season opens on Oct. 7.


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A One-Year Deal For Mikkel Boedker In Arizona

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward Mikkel Boedker to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"We are pleased to sign Mikkel," said Maloney. "He is an important player for us and we look forward to having him back next season."

The 25-year-old Boedker recorded 14-14-28 and six penalty minutes (PIM) in 45 games with the Coyotes last season. The 6-foot, 211-pound native of Brondby, Denmark jumped out to a hot start with five goals in the season’s first three games and registered a career-high 3-1-4 and his first career hat trick vs. EDM on Oct. 15.


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An Eight-Year Deal For Vladimir Tarasenko

(July 7, 2015) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed forward Vladimir Tarasenko to an eight-year, $60 million contract.

Tarasenko, 23, had a breakout season in 2014-15, sharing 10th in the National Hockey League (NHL) overall with 73 points, fifth with 37 goals and seventh with a +27 rating in 77 regular season games.  He became the youngest Blue to record a 30-goal season since Brendan Shanahan (1991-92) and the first Blue overall to log 73 total points since Pavol Demitra in 2002-03.  The 6’0, 223-pound forward made his first career NHL All-Star Game appearance in January in Columbus while he was named the League’s Second Star for the month of November.  Tarasenko was one of four players to post two hat-tricks this season, while he was the only player to record six game-winning goals, six shootout goals and two overtime goals.  In addition, he became just the second Blue in club history (Brett Hull) to score a hat-trick that included the game-winning overtime goal, on Oct. 28 in Dallas.  For his efforts, Tarasenko was named a 2014-15 Second-Team All-Star - his first career NHL regular season All-Star selection.

added 1:15pm, Below watch Doug Armstrong talk about the deal...

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A Look At The ‘Big M’, Frank Mahovlich

Summer is the time for me to look back at some of the greats from our game....

from the HHOF,

He was best known as 'The Big M.' Exploding down the left wing, Frank Mahovlich would strike fear in the souls of goalies, from the moment he made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1956-57 until the day he last untied his skates as a member of the WHA's Birmingham Bulls following the 1977-78 season.

By the time the 1972-73 season began, Frank had played on five Stanley Cup championships, had been named to the NHL's All-Star Team eight times and had already played 15 sterling seasons of professional hockey — 1 with Toronto, 3 with Detroit and a season-and-a-half with the Canadiens. Something else had also transpired — a victorious but unsettling tournament known as the Summit Series. Although Mahovlich played in six games, scoring a goal and an assist, he had been ill before traveling to the Soviet Union. "I developed a bad allergy that forced me to seek medical treatment," Frank admitted. "I stayed back in Canada for a couple of days before rejoining the team. This allergy hit me hard and both my eyes were swollen shut. It wasn't until two or three years later that I found out that the enemy was ragweed."


Legends of Hockey video on Mahovlich is below...

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No Problem With The T.J. Oshie Trade

from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

I have no problem with the Blues’ decision to trade forward T.J. Oshie to Washington for power forward Troy Brouwer plus a goaltending prospect and a third-round draft pick.

I never really understood Oshie’s elevated status here, and the star treatment that came with it. Not that this was all Oshie’s doing, but he personified the Blues’ celebrity culture, and the attitude of self-entitlement that permeated the locker room at times.

Oshie wasn’t the most disciplined player early in his Blues years. He matured off the ice but never reached his full potential as a player. The overrated Oshie had one 20-goal season here, missed nearly 20 percent of the Blues’ games over his seven seasons, never evolved into a leader, and fell into the shadows with teammates who vanished under extreme postseason pressure.

Though he dismissively plays it off now, Oshie criticized coach Ken Hitchcock late last season. This took some gall; I’ll give Oshie that. No one is saying that it’s easy to play for Hitchcock, but he did coach Dallas to a Stanley Cup and ranks fourth in NHL history for most career victories.

What has Oshie won?


added 10:43am,


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How About An NHL Team In Proctor, Minnesota?

from Fox21,

At Monday’s city council meeting, Proctor City Counselor Travis White introduced two resolutions. The first included bringing an NHL franchise to Proctor, the second addressing the need to build a stadium for that franchise.

Back in May, White made a similar proposal, that time hoping to bring an NFL team to Proctor.

He said much of the skepticism surrounding that idea was followed up with suggestions that hockey would be a better fit for the area than football.

And then fate nearly fell into White's lap.

The Board of Governors and Commissioner of the NF(H)L announced that beginning Monday, July 6, through Monday, August 10 they will be accepting applications for an expansion team.

White says an NHL team would bring in tourism, revenue and create jobs, and most importantly, the fan base is already here.

“You look at Grand Forks, the University of North Dakota, their hockey team brings in about 11,600 fans to each home game, while the lowest NHL team brings in 11,200. That's part of the market for an NHL team up here,” explained White.


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