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KK- We Are Hanging In There

As I have mentioned in the past, KK software is getting old or in hockey terms, it is like a 45 year-old verteran not named Chelios who is trying to keep up.

We have increased the server side of things to relieve some of the strain, but it can only do so much.

A complete re-build is scheduled for the summer months and KK will look a very different when released.

KK depends on you, the members and readers more so than other hockey site.  We have no corporate backing so we depend on ad revenue and donations like the one going on now.

We are getting there slowly so if you use KK on a regular basis, any help would be appreciated.

Previous post on this topic is here.

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Your Finalists For The GM Of The Year Award

NEW YORK -- Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks, Glen Sather of the New York Rangers and Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the three finalists for the 2014-15 NHL General Manager of the Year Award, the National Hockey League announced today.

Voting for this award was conducted among the 30 club general managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the Second Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 24, during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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Open Post- Game 4 ECF Between The Tampa Bay Lightning And New York Rangers

The puck drops just after 8:00pm ET and is on NBCSN, CBC and TVA.

Almost a must win for the Rangers, they certainly do not want to go down 3-1.

On the other hand, the Lightning hope to go up 3-1 before heading back to New York to play game 5 on Sunday.

Feel free to discuss the game tonight.

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Bad Response From Gary Bettman Regarding CTE

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

There was a smarter way for Gary Bettman to handle a question about the existence of any connection between contact in hockey and the brain damage condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

The commissioner should have replied that the league is currently involved in litigation and then declined to speak any further. Evasive, sure, but perfectly understandable.

Instead, he told reporters in Chicago on Thursday this:

“From a medical science standpoint, there is no evidence yet that one necessarily leads to the other,” Bettman said. “I know there are a lot of theories, but if you ask people who study it, they tell you there is no statistical correlation that can definitively make that conclusion.”

It was a page ripped from the climate-change denial playbook, a classic head-in-the-sand defense. Appalling ... but then again exactly what you’d expect the man to say.

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Do You Care About The Stanley Cup Final Ratings?

from Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing,

Heading into the Stanley Cup Conference Finals, the suits at NBC were surely crossing their fingers and doing whatever superstitious ritual they could think of to get a dream Stanley Cup Final in the ratings department: Rangers vs Blackhawks.

Chicago.  New York.  Two members of the original six.  Two of the biggest markets in the country.  Two teams with national namebrand recognition.  Two cities with hockey in their sports DNA.  It wouldn’t get better than that.

Instead, after three games in the west and the east, NBC is looking straight down the barrel at a matchup that is most certainly a polar opposite: Ducks vs Lightning.

Tampa Bay.  Anaheim.  Two of hockey’s more recent expansion representatives.  Warm weather.  Sunshine.  Palm trees.  It’s not exactly the ghosts of Stan Mikita and Eddie Giacomin.

Why is this the case?  The numbers tell the story.

The Ducks were involved in the lowest rated Stanley Cup Final in the last 20 years back in 2007.  Senators-Ducks averaged a paltry 1.2 rating over the course of 5 games and just 1.7 million viewers on average.

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Time For The New York Rangers To Play Their Game

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Despite coach Alain Vigneault’s assertions that the Lightning “aren’t dictating” the pace of the series, it’s pretty clear that’s exactly what’s happened during the past two games. The Rangers may be fast, but Tampa Bay has been faster, more insistent on the attack and far more creative. The Lightning are seizing New York’s zone. They’re scoring off the rush. And the Rangers are all but waving hello as they breeze by.

The Lightning have put them on their heels with breakouts and speed through the neutral zone. It’s easy to blame the defense for not slowing the Bolts down, but much of the problem lies in the failings of the forwards to get back and take away Tampa Bay’s numeric advantage. So instead of mucking it up, as they did so effectively in their 2–1 Game 1 victory, the Rangers’ defensemen have too often been forced to fall back and allow the Bolts entry into their end. That lack of aggression is putting too much pressure on goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who looked shaky while facing 40 shots in that 6–5 Game 3 loss.

The All-Star keeper clearly has to find a way to get over the mental hump of his past two beatings. He’s has allowed 12 goals on just 66 shots in the two losses, including the very stoppable 30-foot wrister from Nikita Kucherov that ended Game 3 in overtime, after giving up just 21 goals on 379 shots in his previous 13 games.

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Afternoon Line- Damien Cox On The Toronto Maple Leafs And Buffalo Sabres

Both teams were among the NHL’s worst this season and have a lot of questions to be answered. Today, you can’t accurately say either is absolutely on the right track, and in Toronto, Babcock has predicted “pain” for the near future. Both teams have owners who appear to be committed, but don’t have a track record of winning.

How they build and develop their respective organizations will determine whether the pieces they already have turn into anything at all, and whether Babcock made the right choice or blew it by choosing not to shuffle off to Buffalo.

-Damien Cox of Sportsnet on the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres.  Read more on this topic from Cox.

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Dear Toronto

What can you expect from Mike Babcock...

  • Honesty, to the point that it may hurt at times.
  • Frustration, come on Mike, play someone else, he deserves the ice time.
  • Fantastic- One of his buzz words.
  • Compassion for the game and his team.
  • Won't disclose much, it stays in the room.
  • If he does disclose, there is a reason behind it.
  • If a player sits, it is because he does not give your team the best chance to win.
  • Bottom line, winning, in the end that is what counts most.

Below, the opening of Mike Babcock's presser with the Detroit media.

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NHL Short Notes

THURSDAY’S RESULT
Home Team in Caps
Anaheim 2, CHICAGO 1 – ANA leads series 2-1
 
DUCKS BOUNCE BACK, TAKE 2-1 SERIES LEAD OVER BLACKHAWKS
Frederik Andersen stopped 27 shots, including all 21 he faced after the first period, and Simon Despres scored the tiebreaking goal in the final minute of the middle frame to propel the Ducks to a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference Final.
 

 
* The Ducks improved to 10-2 this postseason (w/ both losses in OT). Per Elias, they have won 10 of their first 12 playoff games for the second time in franchise history. The other instance: in 2003, when the Ducks advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in club history. The 2012 Kings were the last team to accomplish that feat, going 11-1 in their first 12 games en route to winning the Stanley Cup.

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Is Henrik Lundqvist Really “The Guy”?

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It was a laughing matter to Alain Vigneault, the coach so taken aback by the inquiry at the Rangers’ press availability at the team hotel Thursday that he chuckled both before answering and while saying with a touch of incredulity, “Is that a question?”

The question, and I am the one who posed it, was whether Henrik Lundqvist would be in nets for Friday’s Game 4 of the conference final against the Lightning after having been torched for a six-pack in both of the Blueshirts’ Games 2 and 3 defeats.

(Journalism 101: There might be stupid questioners but the only stupid questions are the ones not asked.)

Vigneault’s answer to the question was simply, “Yes,” just as his answer to the follow-up about whether this was something into which he had invested much thought, was, “No.”

“Hank’s the guy,” Vigneault said.

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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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