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Advice For Phil Kessel

from Cathal Kelly of the Globe and Mail,

The relationship between the media and the athletes they cover is often framed in war metaphors. That’s apt. Though the two camps spend a lot of time in each other’s company, they are foreign to one another as people. “Dehumanized” isn’t too strong a word. The players are cartoon characters; the media, a faceless mob. We treat each other accordingly.

I thought about this as I watched Phil Kessel going j’accuse on the press before Tuesday’s game in Florida. He was surrounded by people he sees every day. However, he wasn’t talking to any of them. He was talking at them.

The presentation rendered the whole thing contrary to its motive: making his critics understand that he and his teammates are people and deserve to be treated as such. In essence: I don’t see you, but I demand that you see me. That he’s right is beside the point.

How did this toxic relationship develop – and why does it continue?

Sometimes, it has to do with the content of the reporting, or personal friction. There are feuds that kick off over nothing in a locker room and are resolved in print over decades. But it’s more fundamental than that.

There are players I’ve covered for years, talked to many times about all sorts of things. I think I know them, at least a little.

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Video- The No Goal Call Against The Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers lost 3-2 in OT to Calgary...

from Mark Narducci of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

... a pool reporter asked Stephen Walkom, the NHL director of officiating, why the play was ruled no goal due to incidental contact and was unreviewable. Here was his response in a phone interview.

“That (incidental contact/no goal) is one of the things we’ve been doing a little more this year. I would say it’s happened 20 or 30 times. . .

“(Referee) Chris (Rooney)made a call of no goal. They (on-ice officials) met, contacted someone here, probably Chris King, and he told them it’s not a reviewable play. . .incidental contact.

“We think it’s a good process – in order to get the right call. We use all the resources available to make the right decision.’’

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Watch the play below...

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Video- Goalies Hurt, Goalies Leave, Goalies Come Back In

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

This comes from the NHL:

Panthers goaltenders Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya both sustained injuries during the Maple Leafs/Panthers game. According to Rule 5.3, "In regular League and Playoff games, if both listed goalkeepers are incapacitated, that team shall be entitled to dress and play any available goalkeeper who is eligible. This goalkeeper is eligible to sit on the player’s bench, in uniform. In the event that the two regular goalkeepers are injured or incapacitated in quick succession, the third goalkeeper shall be provided with a reasonable amount of time to get dressed, in addition to a two-minute warm-up." In this situation, the League approved Florida's request to dress goaltending coach Robb Tallas.

From Dale Tallon:

"For our third goalie to go in, Robb Tallas, paperwork had to be cleared by the league before he could go in. The last time we did it, it was expired. It was a one-time PTO (pro tryout) and it had expired.

"The delay was, we were debating whether to put a player in or wait to get Robb legal so he could go in. We were in communication with the league so he could go in. We had to keep Montoya in; then Louie decided to come in and try and get us the win.

"We had [Derek MacKenzie] and Robb getting dressed.

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Below, watch how it played out on TSN...

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Video- Matt Martin Major For Kneeing And A Game Misconduct

Looks more like a knee to inner thigh hit.

 

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Video- Recap Of The Ten NHL Games Last Night

Just under sic minutes of highlights from the NHL games on Tuesday.

 

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The Toronto Maple Leafs’ Plan Moving Forward

from Stephen Whyno of the CP at NewsTalk 610,

Brendan Shanahan wants fans to know the Toronto Maple Leafs are committed to a long-term rebuilding project, and that they won't have to pay more to see it unfold next season.

In a letter to season-ticket holders that will go out Wednesday morning, the team president outlines the expectation for short-term pain with the goal of becoming a Stanley Cup contender in the future.

"There are no shortcuts to building a team the right way," Shanahan writes in the letter. "It will require patience and a long-term view, but it is important for you to know that the process will be well worth it when we get there."

In line with that, the Leafs will not raise ticket prices for next season. It's the fifth time in seven years all ticket prices will remain the same across the board, following increases in some areas of Air Canada Centre for 2014-15.

The Leafs are on their way to missing the playoffs for the ninth time in 10 seasons. Shanahan, who was named team president in April, tells season-ticket holders that the management team and players will be committed to becoming a contender "and will not be satisfied with anything less."

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Salary Cap Talk For The LA Kings

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

Tough decisions on free agents-to-be lie ahead, as you are well aware. Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli, Martin Jones, Andy Andreoff and Nick Shore are bound for restricted free agency, while Jarret Stoll, Justin Williams, Robyn Regehr, Andrej Sekera and Jamie McBain are due to become unrestricted free agents if they don’t receive new contracts. Based on financial information that was available when CapGeek.com was operational, Los Angeles has roughly $62.75 million allotted to 16 players for the 2015-16 season, a figure that includes both Mike Richards’ and Slava Voynov’s contracts; next year’s salary cap isn’t expected to rise much farther than $69M, if at all. So, as has been explained many times previously, difficult decisions lie ahead.

As for the restricted free agents, I’ve been told by hockey operations that the Pearson and Jones contracts are likely to be the next two to fall, and that Toffoli’s next contract is expected to take a bit longer to be finalized. There doesn’t appear to be a concern in regards to negotiations with Toffoli; as noted, from my understanding it’s just going to take a little bit longer. The team’s focus has been handling its own players before looking elsewhere, hence the recent extensions signed by Jordan Nolan and Kyle Clifford.

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‘Tired Legs’ Have Hit The Nashville Predators

from John Glennon of The Tennessean,

The Predators' game Tuesday against New Jersey will mark the team's 20th in 36 days since the NHL All-Star break. Only one other team, Florida, has played 20 in 36 since the break, and only two teams, Washington and the New York Islanders, have played as many as 19 games in those 36 days.

"It's been a grinding schedule since the All-Star break," Predators general manager David Poile said, hours before his team tries to snap its season-high, three-game losing streak at New Jersey.

"It's been very, very busy, and it doesn't seem like it lightens up much. There have hardly been any practice days. I'm not trying to give excuses. I'm just trying to say it's been a grueling schedule.

"To me, the last couple of games, we just haven't had our legs. Other teams have been quicker than us the last two games, and we just need to get that back."

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Chad Johnson Not Happy With Tanking Topic From TSN

from Mike Harrington Of The Buffalo News,

New Sabres goalie Chad Johnson was quite a punchline yesterday and he's not happy about it.

The Sabres traded Michal Neuvirth to the New York Islanders for Johnson, and it's obvious to anyone in hockey it was because the red-hot Neuvirth -- and not any opposing player -- was the biggest threat to the organizational goal of finishing in 30th place.

TSN, the Canadian media giant doing wall-to-wall trade deadline coverage, called Johnson when the trade was completed and bombarded him with questions about tanking. Johnson immediately shot them down by pointing out players are paid to compete and try to win.

Unprompted today, Johnson brought up the interview again with Buffalo reporters and was not happy with how the network orchestrated it.

"That whole TSN thing bothered me a little bit," said Johnson, 28. "I was asked to do an interview with them, they called me and I'm sitting on hold while they're saying what they have the right to say. But it was obviously a little disrespectful for them to have me on hold listening to what they have to say and then bring me on line to ask me these questions while they sort of bash me or whatever it is.

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$50 Could Be Yours In The Free BoltDraft/KK Fantasy Game

note- original post was on 2/3/15 at 6:30pm, just moving to top of page so all can see and participate.


$50 to the winner of the free BoltDraft/KK fantasy game on Tuesday.

Ten NHL games on Tuesday so you have a very good selection of players to pick for your roster.

You just need one forward, one defenseman and one goalie, then sit back and see how the night plays out.

If you are registering for the first time, remember to use passcode kukla22 and then set your roster.

It's a fun quick game to play and more and more KK members and guests are joining in.

Give it a try and you won't be disappointed and make sure your roster is set by 7:00pm ET 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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