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Tuesday Night Is Another Round Of The Free BoltDraft/KK Fantasy Game - $50 To The Winner

original post was 3/9/15 at 6:05pm, Moving this post back into focus so all can see and hopefully participate.

You will have eight NHL games to choose from on Tuesday for another round of the free BoltDraft/KK Fantasy Game with the winner receiving $50.

By now you should now how it works but if you don't, pick one forward, one defenseman and one goalie, then sit back and watch how the games play out. (Make sure your roster is set by 7:00pm ET on Tuesday.)

New participants are always welcome to play.  Use passcode kukla23 when registering, then pick your lineup.

Very simple and quick to play, let's have some fun on Tuesday.

Scoring rules are below and if you have any questions regarding the game, the Rules/FAQ page at BoltDraft should be of help.

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Mikhail Grigorenko Not Living Up To His Potential

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

As far as Ted Nolan is concerned, it seems that Mikhail Grigorenko is running out of chances to make any sort of impression to impact his future with the Buffalo Sabres.

Grigorenko was called up from Rochester Thursday, installed as Buffalo’s No. 2 center for Friday’s loss in Ottawa and was back in the AHL on Saturday.

After Monday’s practice in HarborCenter, the coach made it clear why.

“I didn’t like his play,” Nolan said bluntly. “For him to play at this level, especially with that much skill, he has to bring a little bit more than what he had. You don’t really want to sit back and hope for things to work. You’ve got to make them work like everybody else. I just felt his play on certain parts was very lackadaisical. Didn’t have any energy or urgency in his game whatsoever.”

While Grigorenko is still only 20 years old, his ability to show something at the NHL level in the final quarter of the season looms large for a variety of reasons.

This season marks the end of Grigorenko’s entry-level contract, and it will be interesting to see what tact the Sabres take with him going forward. The team could simply extend him his qualifying offer as a restricted free agent (roughly $975,000) and not negotiate a higher amount, or try to package Grigorenko in a trade.


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Morning Line- Steve Simmons

There’s not a lot of hope, emotion, belief. This team is unaware enough to get mad at the outsiders, but not themselves.

This is what happens when you hit rock bottom. You become numb. You become emotional. You lose your will. And you stop playing for a coach who has no future.

The word “disgraceful” works here. For everyone involved.

-Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun where you can read more on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Craig Berube’s Future

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

So where do the Flyers go from here, and does coach Craig Berube have 15 games left in his tenure?

Barring a miracle, the Flyers will miss the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. They have regressed in their second year under Berube, who is not the most beloved figure in the locker room.

Respected, yes. Beloved, no.

Some of the defensemen are still perturbed at the Blue Line Carousel that has had players yanked in and out of the lineup. Vinny Lecavalier, a center primarily used as a fourth-line right winger when he wasn't a healthy scratch, is fuming at the way he has been handled, and it's fair to wonder why he wasn't given a shot at being the second-line center for a few weeks to try to get him on track.

After Berube replaced the fired Peter Laviolette early last season, the Flyers went 42-27-10 under the new coach's defense-first style, reached the playoffs, and took the eventual Stanley Cup finalist New York Rangers to seven games in the opening round.

This year, the Flyers are 28-26-13, and the biggest indictment of Berube is this: With a playoff spot in sight, the Flyers have lost their last five games against teams that are not in playoff positions: Columbus, Buffalo, Carolina, Toronto, and New Jersey.


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Videos- John Tavares And David Booth With Highlight Reel Goals

First up is John Tavares scoring the game winner in OT for the New York Islanders against the Toronto Maple Leafs.



Followed below by a great individual effort by David Booth...

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Video- Highlights From The Five NHL Games On Monday

All in 4 1/2 minutes...


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In Case You Haven’t Noticed, The Calgary Flames Are Not ‘Dead’

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Last week in Philadelphia, with his Calgary Flames about to embark on life after Mark Giordano, Flames head coach Bob Hartley was notified that many voices in the hockey world had officially placed Calgary’s playoff hopes on the gurney right next to their captain.

Of course, Hartley only laughed.

“It’s probably the same people who put us 29th and 30th at the start of the year,” he said. “Deja vu.”

I will admit to being one of those who thought the Flames wouldn’t be able to survive the loss of their captain and best player. Frankly, the argument wasn’t whether or not the Flames would wilt without Giordano, it was how they would wilt. Would the on-ice deficit hurt more than the mental kick in the teeth that losing your best player down the stretch can produce?

It was all up for discussion, but either way the Flames were dead, right?


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Ticket Drive In Las Vegas Now Over 8000 Deposits

from Ray Brewer of the Las Vegas Sun,

The group attempting to bring a National Hockey League expansion franchise to Las Vegas hit another milestone in their season-ticket deposit drive.

Hockey Vision Las Vegas announced today deposits for more than 8,000 season tickets have been secured since the campaign launched Feb. 10. They are aiming for deposit money for 10,000 season tickets.

“This announcement is great news,” said Bill Foley, the Florida businessman who heads Hockey Vision Las Vegas, in a statement. “The goal of the season ticket drive is to demonstrate the long-term viability of an NHL franchise in Las Vegas. Securing more than 8,000 season ticket deposits – in less than one month – helps demonstrate that Las Vegas wants hockey. There is significant momentum in this campaign and we are looking forward to the day we can announce that we have hit our goal.”


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Video- Goals Of The Week

Sportsnet style...


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Video- Let’s Review Jonathan Huberdeau’s Shootout Goal

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

Presently, there is no review process in place to determine a violation of Rule 69—goalie interference. For the past three seasons, I have been publicly advocating for the implementation of a referee's review to be conducted from a monitor in the penalty box for all potential goals scored where goalkeeper interference is suspected. This would require a rule change and it finally appears to be getting some solid traction and consideration from the general managers.

Even if the referees had the ability to utilize video review, Jonathan Huberdeau's shootout winning goal on Saturday night would be one of the most difficult plays to determine if the goal was in fact scored in a legal manner. I believe that the vast majority of the referees would allow Huberdeau's goal to stand. Let me explain why.

read on

watch the shootout goal below...

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