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KK- Donation Drive Update

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Your donations will help make KK a much better place moving forward and I cannot thank you enough.

Do remember, anyone who has donated in the past and does so again, any amount over $20 will get the majority of ads removed on KK to make your browsing experience that much better.

If this is your first time donating, anything over $25 will also to the trick.

Again, thanks to all who have donated.

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Is Curtis Joseph HHOF Worthy?

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

If there will be endless debate about Chris Osgood’s status as a Hall of Famer, fellow goalie Curtis Joseph likely is on the flip side of the coin. While Joseph is generally accepted to have been a "better" goaltender -- more agile, more athletic, certainly possessing a higher profile -- he did not have the personal or team success of many of his peers, including Osgood, which makes the debate over his case for Hall of Fame worthiness among the more difficult to reconcile.

The Case For

Sure, you can make numbers say pretty much whatever you want, but Joseph's numbers don’t lie regardless of the prism through which they’re viewed. He won 454 games in the NHL, and only the incomparable Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy and Ed Belfour won more. At No. 4 overall on the all-time wins list, it is almost a given that he should be in the Hall of Fame. The six of the next seven goaltenders in the all-time list who are eligible for the Hall of Fame are in, and Osgood is the other.

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Ryan Clowe May Not Be Able To Play Due To Concussion Issues

from Rich Chere of NJ.com,

The odds may be against veteran winger Ryane Clowe returning to the ice for the Devils this season as he recovers from his latest concussion, but general manager Ray Shero said he won't make the call.

"It won't be my decision. It will be Ryane and the doctors who make that decision," Shero told NJ Advance Media.

It seems very possible, if not likely, that doctors will recommend Clowe not risk having another head injury. He has endured several in recent years and admitted at the conclusion of last season that he has contemplated retirement for the first time.

continued plus and update on the heath of Bryce Salvador...

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The NHL/MLB Partnership

via Ian Thomas and Eric Fisher of SportsBusiness Daily,

The NHL has signed a six-year partnership with MLBAM in which MLBAM and MLB’s overall media division will now operate the NHL’s digital operations, streaming services and NHL Network, according to multiple sources. The deal, valued at more than $1.2B over the course of the contract, will also give the NHL a 7-10% equity stake in MLB’s digital arm. MLBAM will take over operations of the websites of the league and its 30 clubs, all mobile applications, and its GameCenter Live streaming video service. The NHL had previously used NeuLion as its digital vendor for the past seven years.

MLBAM will also oversee NHL Network, moving the channel's HQ to MLB Network’s existing location in Secaucus, N.J. With the new deal, MLBAM will work with the NHL on programming and production, and pay the league approximately $100M a year in rights fees. The partnership will be formally announced during a conference call this afternoon hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, NHL COO John Collins, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB President of Business & Media Bob Bowman.
 

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Optimism In Toronto

from Mike Brophy at NHL.com,

The Toronto Maple Leafs are in a transition phase, and it is clear there will be no quick fixes after they missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs in back-to-back seasons. President Brendan Shanahan and new coach Mike Babcock have preached patience as they take their first steps toward trying to construct a winning team.

With sweeping changes this summer, including a trade that sent forward Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the 2015-16 Maple Leafs will bear little resemblance to recent editions. Considering they've made the playoffs once since 2004, it's a welcomed fresh start.

Here are four reasons for optimism:

Babcock is behind the bench: Given his success, Babcock could have taken a job with a team that is much closer to being a contender than Toronto. He won the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008 and two Olympic gold medals with Canada (2010, 2014). The Maple Leafs, who haven't won the Cup since 1967, represent one of hockey’s greatest challenges. After signing an eight-year contract, Babcock has the credibility and organizational power to successfully command an intense on- and off-ice commitment from his players. Babcock demands discipline and hard work from his players; those who don't give it will find themselves elsewhere.

Because of their lack of success, coupled with the media scrutiny in Toronto, the Maple Leafs have not been a destination for many high-profile free agents. Babcock said upon his hiring that he wants Toronto to be a "safe" city for his players. That will be accomplished by winning and consistency.

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Afternoon Line- James van Riemsdyk

"You see what they're doing obviously on the outside with hiring different people in management and coaches, but the stuff behind the scenes, the things they're doing to track performance and health, is all very encouraging. They're making the commitment and that starts up top with ownership. They're making a commitment to different things to really make sure that there is no excuse if you put the work in."

-James van Riemsdyk of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  More from Dan Rosen of NHL.com.

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A Relationship Between The NHL And MLB Is About To Begin

WHAT: Media availability via conference call to coincide with announcement of a groundbreaking new partnership between the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball.

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 3:00 p.m. ET

WHO: National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman
Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred
NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins
MLB President, Business & Media Bob Bowman

via DJ Bean tweets,

Per a source, MLB's Baseball Advanced Media will take over NHL's web ops, apps, streaming video, etc. in 2016. Announcement tomorrow.

Baseball Advanced Media is a giant of sorts. Also does HBO Go, among other things. This is viewed as very good news for NHL.

Only real question is what working with a competing league will mean for NHL.

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Mike Hoffman Awarded $2M In Arbitration Hearing

 

Hoffman was asking for $3.4M while the Senators offered $1.75M.

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Your 2015 U.S. Hockey Hall Of Fame Class

 

Press release is below...

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Outlook For The Arizona Coyotes

from David Satriano of NHL.com,

Here are four other reasons for optimism in Arizona:

Oliver Ekman-Larsson: The 25-year old established himself as one of the best defenseman in the NHL in the past two seasons. Ekman-Larsson had a career high 23 goals and 43 points, including 20 power-play points, and led NHL defensemen in goals and power-play goals (10) last season. He also scored in the clutch, with seven game-winning goals, including three in overtime.

"He is, in my opinion, one of the best defensemen in the NHL and continuing to grow," general manager Don Maloney said. "I think his game, from an offensive standpoint, he continues to drive our offense. But people don't appreciate even his defending ability because he gets matched up against the best players on every team every night, and he is just growing in front of our eyes.

"I think there's still tremendous upside for Oliver. It's really his intellect, his puck-moving ability and his skating that stand out. He's a cornerstone on our blue line. We need to get another one or two like him back there and then we will be a team to be reckoned with."

Prospects on the rise: The Coyotes may have been thin up front last season, but they're loaded with young talent ready to make the jump to the NHL. Led by 2013 first-round pick Max Domi and 19-year old Anthony Duclair, Arizona should be faster and more skilled.

"Obviously Max Domi is ahead of the pack in regards to we know he's mature, we know he's got a strong body, he has a skill set that we lack," Maloney said. "Anthony Duclair came [to development camp], this was his first time to the Valley and first time on ice in a Coyotes uniform and he just wowed us with the skill and the speed and the execution just in his puck game. We haven't seen that pure speed and talent."

Maloney said forward Nick Merkley (the 30th pick in the 2015 NHL Draft) was one of the most impressive players at development camp in July, and Christian Dvorak (the 58th pick in 2014) was the most ready to compete for an NHL roster spot among the players who have junior eligibility remaining.

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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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