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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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Flyers coach Dave Hakstol has to pay $100,000 fee for taking Flyers’ job

You would expect a college hockey team to protect itself against a coach potentially leaving for the NHL, but the University of North Dakota found a unique way to dissuade coach Dave Hakstol from leaving for the NHL--though it didn't work.

The Grand Forks Herald's Brad Elliott Schlossman reports that Hakstol will have to pay UND $100,000 for the opportunity of coaching the Philadelphia Flyers:

Although it had been almost 30 years since an NHL team hired a coach straight from the college ranks, UND athletic director Brian Faison was prepared for that possibility.

When negotiating coach Dave Hakstol’s last contract in 2012, Faison put a clause in the contract that specifically outlined a penalty fee if Hakstol left UND for an NHL head coaching position.

The Philadelphia Flyers hired Hakstol to be their head coach last week.

According to Hakstol’s contract, he will owe the school $100,000 for leaving his contract before June 30, 2015, for an NHL head coaching job.

If he were going to a minor league team or taking an assistant coaching job in the NHL, Hakstol would have owed $50,000. If he left for another NCAA team, he would have owed $318,270, which was his base salary for the 2015-16 season.

Hakstol had three seasons left on his contract with UND. The monetary penalties for leaving before the end of the contract would have decreased each year. He was in the third year of his six-year deal.

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Brassard notches hat trick in wild Rangers win over Tampa Bay, forcing 7th game on Friday

The Rangers forced a 7th and deciding game of the Eastern Conference Final by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 on Tuesday night, and the Rangers' wild and wacky win included a hat trick from Derick Brassard:

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Open Post- Game 6 ECF Between The Tampa Bay Lightning And New York Rangers

A game the Tampa Bay Lightning want to win.  At home and a win puts them in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Rangers want to force game 7 and I expect a low-scoring game, decided late in the game.

Watch on NBCSN, CBC or TVA with the puck dropping just after 8:00pm ET.

Comment below if you wish.

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Afternoon Line- Doug Armstrong

Army on whether Babcock reports impact Hitchcock's ability to lead the Blues: "Not really. I think the players live in the modern ... 

world of social media. When you look over the season, the number of things you read, if 1/10th of that ever came true, I'd be shocked.

I think it's the media's job responsibility to sometimes report the facts and sometimes make stuff up because it's good story."

-via Jeremy Ruthorford tweets.

added 4:36pm

More from Rutherford at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the press conference with Armstong and Hitchcock today.

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Overtime Is The Norm In The Western Conference Finals

from Mark Whicker of the LA Daily News,

The meager hours between NHL playoff games were not always spent in the most ascetic fashion.

Which is another way of saying that yesterday’s athletes had a different concept of sleep than today’s do.

The old guys thought it could be postponed. Until death.

“After the game, these guys are not going out,” said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau.. “They’re having a good meal and they’re going to bed. I don’t think you could say the same for the 70s and 80s.”

Oh. So what did they do in the 70s and 80s?

“Next question,” Boudreau said.

This comes up because the Ducks and Blackhawks have burned more calories in five games than a bowling team would in five years.

The overtimes define it, of course, They played 116 minutes and 12 seconds in Game 2, and tacked on 85:37 more in Game 4.

On Tuesday, the Ducks were ready to go home after the standard 60 minutes. But Jonathan Toews wanted to keep playing.

His two goals in the final two minutes forced another OT, which Matt Beleskey ended in 45 seconds. The Ducks now lead the Hawks, 3-2.

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What To Pay Devan Dubnyk?

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

I got some Twitter questions asking if Andrew Hammond’s three-year, $4 million contract with Ottawa establishes the market. Simple answer: Not at all. Hammond has played 24 NHL games. Dubnyk has played 231 and has been a No. 1 in Edmonton and Minnesota.

The Wild will not be offering Dubnyk $1.3 million per year. The market for Dubnyk is basically whatever another team will pay him as a free agent (couple that with the fact there’s no obvious answer for the Wild if Dubnyk leaves).

Now, maybe Dubnyk takes less to stay in a place where he was a solid fit, but this was a $3.75 million goalie in Edmonton. For the Wild to sign him, the deal will obviously average well north of $3 million per.

The final figure will depend on term. Give him three years, the average salary/cap hit is probably more. Give him four or five years, and the Wild can probably get the average salary/cap hit to a more comfortable number. Two years makes little sense to me. 1) Why would he take two years? 2) Two years basically means you have to talk to him about an extension next summer if he has a big year.

As I mentioned recently, the biggest concern is that free-agent interview period in late June. I’d think the Wild would want to avoid it getting to the point where Dubnyk says, “Let me see what else is out there, and I’ll circle back to ya.”

more on Dubnyk and the Wild...

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On Re-signing Joel Ward In Washington

from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,

If the Capitals decide to spend some of their remaining cash to re-sign Joel Ward, who will otherwise enter unrestricted free agency for the third time in his career, the versatile forward would welcome returning with open arms. According to his agent, speaking via telephone Tuesday, the proverbial puck sits in Washington’s end.

“Washington is his first choice over going to unrestricted free agency,” Peter Cooney said. “We would like to re-sign with Washington and come back. Our door is open for the Capitals, absolutely first and foremost.”

Coming off a starring postseason role in which he tied for the team lead with nine points, facing the end of a four-year deal annually worth $3 million, Ward figures to receive a raise, regardless of his destination. At 34 years old, this could be Ward’s last deal structured longer than two years, and MacLellan already predicted that term length would “be an issue,” provided Ward for asks for a three- or four-year contract, which seems all but certain.

With forwards Jay Beagle and Eric Fehr also entering unrestricted free agency, the Capitals likely won’t bring back both of them and Ward, while still satisfying MacLellan’s stated offseason desire to acquire a top-six winger.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Know What They Have To Do

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Cooper was adamant about ensuring no feeling of complacency had settled in around his group.

"We can't just sit here and say we played a pretty good game in Game 5, that'll just carry us into a win tonight," he said. "If we don't play better than we did in Game 5, we won't win tonight. That's kind of my message."

The affable coach has won five championships during his career, but has never experienced a game as big as this one.

"For me it's excitement, nervousness, fear, anticipation," said Cooper. "I can whip through a bunch of things. It's really an exciting time."

more on both teams...

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Patrick Maroon’s Turnaround

from Tal Pinchevsky of the New York Times,

Maroon’s is a unique hockey journey which shifted the day the Flyers told him to pack his bags.

“The organization made a decision to send him home,” said Greg Gilbert, who delivered that message to Maroon as the coach of Philadelphia’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.

“He wasn’t committed to himself,” Gilbert said. “In Patrick’s case, I don’t really think he knew how to train and play at that level.”

At the time of his unceremonious exit, Maroon led the Phantoms with five goals in the team’s first nine games. He was emboldened the previous summer by his first overseas tournament, a gold medal performance at the 2010 I.I.H.F. InLine World Championship.

Playing alongside two of his oldest friends, Maroon scored seven goals and 14 points in six games at the in-line worlds. He even notched a goal and an assist in the gold medal game in Karlstad, Sweden, against the Czechs.

“It was the best time of my life,” Maroon said. “You got away from everything. You got away from all the stress and worries about other things. I went there to have fun and just enjoy my time with those guys and meet new people and enjoy Sweden.”

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