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KK- Time For A Break

My plan for the next 1 1/2 months is to take a few days off here and there.

I have no travel plans, will remain local and if anything big pops up, I will post.

But other than that, down time is needed although my Twitter may remain somewhat active.

I put in a request for a few days off and it was approved it (nice when the only person I report to is me).

I am not sure when I will get back at  it, but safe to say it won't be any longer than 3-4 days of exile.

So KK members feel free to use the comment section of this post to keep on eye out on things if you so desire.

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Video- Playoff Cliches

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Take a look at the best hockey talk cliches the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs had to offer.


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UFA Micheal Ferland Signing With The Vancouver Canucks


added 4:26pm, Vancouver release is below.

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Afternoon Line- Matt Cullen

I may have skated my last shift, but I'm not hanging up my skates just yet. After all, there is a sheet of ice in Minnesota that needs to be flooded every night. That's where you'll find me, sipping my thermos. Maybe, even using the hot water to get the surface nice and smooth so the next day me and my three boys can have our own little intense 2-on-2 tournament with a malt on the line, skating in the open air, on the outdoor rink, under the hanging lights, under the Minnesota stars.

For me to be able to take them to the rink and play with them on the ice, as a dad, that's as good as it gets. I couldn't ask for more. That's what I had as a kid and to be able to share it with my kids is my greatest joy.

It's funny. When I was a kid, I used to hate making those malts. Nowadays, it's not so bad.

-Matt Cullen.  Much more from Cullen at the Pens' website.

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The Latest On Jesse Puljujarvi’s Situation In Edmonton

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

This in from Jesse Puljujarvi’s agent Markus Letho on Vancouver Sportsnet radio 650 with an update on Puljujarvi’s situation.

As to the suggestion that Puljujarvi was headed back to Europe this year, Lehto said, “First off, I’m not sure that Jesse is going to go back to Europe. I don’t think Jesse himself ever, or I don’t think I did, ever told anyone that unless he’s traded he’s for sure going to be back in Europe.

“What Jesse has been saying to (Oilers GM Holland) Kenny and everybody else, and what I’ve been saying, is we just don’t think it’s going to work out any more. He could definitely benefit from a fresh start. I think he deserves a fresh start. I think he has done everything that Edmonton coaches, management, they had a plan. He went down three times to the American League. Every time he played excellent and he was brought back up, right?

“It’s very unfortunate, I think that it’s been in the media a little bit, in Jesse’s mouth there has been put all kinds of words and in my mouth too. I never actually said anything. We’ve been having a really good dialogue with Kenny Holland about the trade possibility and obviously I’ve got so many teams calling me, asking what’s going on. Obviously nothing has happened yet.”

Asked about giving it a go with new Oilers GM Ken Holland in charge, Lehto said, “Well, that’s something that really kind of makes Jesse and really myself think that he should try and go back. But at the same time it’s a lot like a confidence issue here.


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Loui Eriksson’s Contract Needs To Be Moved By The Vancouver Canucks

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Three years into his $36-million-US contract, Loui Eriksson has finally become paramount to the Vancouver Canucks. Which tells you how little he achieved on the ice the last three seasons and how much money the National Hockey League team has spent this summer.

The six-year contract Eriksson signed on July 1, 2016 almost immediately became one of those free-agency cautionary tales: a player about to pass his apex and plummet down the other side of his career trajectory, cashing in on a 30-goal season and leveraging a huge contract from a needy team willing to overpay.

It was, is, and will probably always be general manager Jim Benning’s biggest player mistake in Vancouver. But it was one he could afford. Until now.

Eriksson’s bonus-heavy contract has already paid the soon-to-be 34-year-old $27 million, for which the winger has contributed 32 goals over three seasons. But during that time, his contract was more embarrassing than harmful to the Canucks.


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Matt Duchene Finally Lands In Nashville

Duchene was introduced in Nashville today...

from Robby Stanley at NHL.com,

Matt Duchene got a present during his first visit to Nashville since signing a seven-year, $56 million contract with the Nashville Predators on July 1.

In addition to his No. 95 Predators jersey, the forward received a custom-made Predators-themed guitar from Nashville mayor David Briley at Ford Ice Center.

"It's kind of surreal," Duchene said. "We talked for years of, 'If we end up in Nashville,' or that kind of thing over and over. Now we have and it's like all those things that we were talking about or dreaming and fantasizing about, we actually get to do now. It's really cool for us. We're trying to put some roots down here. It's a place that we've always thought would be a great place to raise a family. We're very excited for that prospect. We'll take care of all of that stuff so when the season comes around it's game on and all about the hockey."


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An Earlier UFA Day?

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

One way or another, the date for the start of free agency will almost certainly be moved by the NHL away from July 1. What will likely happen in the near future is that the “interview period,” which appears to have taken any of the intrigue out of free agency and shows that GMs can’t have nice things, will be tied to the date of the draft and significantly reduced.

Amen to that. Who wants to spend Canada’s birthday in front of a television or computer monitor waiting to hear what players have signed contracts while their non-hockey-loving friends are enjoying the most pleasant holiday of the year? (And who wants to spend the entire day stuck inside writing about it? Amirite?)

It’s pretty clear the situation needs at least some tweaks. This year’s free-agent courting period began June 23, which gave GMs and prospective free agents eight days to cook up deals, and that’s exactly what they did.


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A Two-Year Extension For Jared Bednar In Colorado

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization has signed head coach Jared Bednar to a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2021-22 season.

Bednar completed his third season as Colorado’s head coach in 2018-19, leading the Avalanche to its second straight playoff berth, the first Avs team to make back-to-back postseason appearances in 13 years.  The Avalanche defeated Calgary—the Western Conference’s top team during the regular season—in  five games during the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the club’s first postseason series win since 2008.

“Jared has done a tremendous job behind the bench and has earned the opportunity to continue leading this team,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic. “He is an outstanding coach who has the full trust of his players, coaches and staff.  He has guided this franchise to two straight playoff appearances and we are excited with what this group can do moving forward.”

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Buffalo/Chicago Trade


Buffalo Sabres release is below.

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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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