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KK- Donation Drive Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Thanks to some very recent donations, the KK GoFundMe Dontation Drive is now over $8000.

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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Early overnight report: Glendening takes flight; remembering Probie; early prospect news

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Wings posted a video of Luke Glendening flying with the Blue Angels on Wednesday:

2. Michigan State University posted a 2-minute clip in which the participants of their pro camp discussed its importance:

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A New Deal For Elias Lindholm In Carolina

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Elias Lindholm on a two-year contract extension. The deal will pay Lindholm $2.5 million in 2016-17 and $2.9 million in 2017-18.

“Elias played well last season, nearly doubling his offensive numbers from his rookie year,” said Francis. “We expect he will be a very important part of the Hurricanes as he continues to develop as a professional.”

Lindholm, 20, established career highs in goals (17), assists (22), points (39) and games played (81) in 2014-15, and ranked third on the team in goals and points, and tied for third in assists. The Boden, Sweden, native has now played in 139 NHL regular season games with Carolina, scoring 26 goals and earning 34 assists (60 points). The Hurricanes drafted Lindholm (6’1”, 192 lbs.) in the first round, fifth overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft.

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Fox Sports Detroit will air 70 Red Wings regular season games

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From Fox Sports Detroit:

FOX Sports Detroit will televise 70 regular-season and three preseason games during its coverage of the 2015-16 Detroit Red Wings.

Regular-season coverage begins Oct. 9 with the home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs. We will kick off Opening Night with a special one-hour Red Wings Live, featuring Jeff Blashill's first game as Detroit's head coach against former Red Wings bench boss Mike Babcock.

Among the 70 games produced by FOX Sports Detroit, 12 are slated to air on FOX Sports Plus. The preseason schedule includes three games: Sept. 23 vs. Chicago, Sept. 24 vs. Pittsburgh and Oct. 2 vs. Toronto.

All 82 regular-season games, including 16 Original Six match-ups, will be available on television with 12 games on NBC or NBCSN.

"We can't wait for this new season to get started," said Greg Hammaren, senior vice president/general manager of FOX Sports Detroit. "The Ilitch family's commitment to the Red Wings and Detroit compels us to bring our best effort each and every night."

Continued, and here's their schedule:

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Video- She’s Ready For Some NYI Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Here’s the Grand Rapids Griffins’ 2015-16 regular season schedule

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From TheAHL.com and the Griffins' website, here's the Grand Rapids Griffins' 015-16 regular season schedule:

2015-16 SCHEDULE RELEASED

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Thursday released their schedule for the 2015-16 season. It will mark their 20th campaign overall, 15th as members of the American Hockey League and 14th as the primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.

The Griffins and new head coach Todd Nelson will begin their 76-game slate with an Oct. 9-10 road trip to Bakersfield and San Diego, marking the Griffins' first visit to California since 2004 and their only road battles against new franchises from the Pacific Division. Grand Rapids will open the home portion of its schedule on Friday, Oct. 16 when it faces the San Antonio Rampage at 7 p.m. at Van Andel Arena.

Highlights of the 2015-16 schedule include:

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All About The AHL Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today released the complete schedule of regular-season games for the 2015-16 season, the league’s 80th year of operation. The season, comprising 1,120 games, begins on Fri., Oct. 9 and concludes on Sun., Apr. 17. 

All teams will play 76 games each (38 at home, 38 on the road) with the exception of the clubs which joined the AHL in January as part of the creation of a Pacific Division (Bakersfield, Ontario, San Diego, San Jose, Stockton); those five teams will play 68 games each (34 home, 34 road). 

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Patrik Berglund Will Have Shoulder Surgery And Will Be Out At Least Four Months

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that forward Patrik Berglund will undergo surgery on his right shoulder on Friday.

Berglund injured his shoulder training for the upcoming season. He initially dislocated the shoulder during the 2013-14 regular season.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. Rick Wright of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and Berglund will be re-evaluated in four months.

Berglund, 27, tallied 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in 77 regular season games with the Blues last year. In addition, the 6-foot-3, 217-pound forward contributed four points (two goals, two assists) in six 2015 postseason appearances.

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What Do You Think About A Nashville/Columbus Stanley Cup Fina?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

One of the great things about this time of the year, the days after players have started to drift back into NHL cities in anticipation of training camps starting in a matter of weeks, is to project, to dream, to imagine what might be.

And what better thing to imagine than which of the 30 teams will still be standing in June at the start of the Stanley Cup finals?

It is an exercise in fancy and maybe a little fancy stats with intuition and common sense thrown in, although we know that hat sense is oft-times uncommon come playoff time....

Nashville Predators versus Columbus Blue Jackets

When this matchup actually unfolds next spring, I will preface all coverage with “as first reported by ESPN.com.” Because it could happen. For a stretch last season Nashville was the best team in the NHL, led by Vezina Trophy finalist Pekka Rinne and two-time gold medalist and team captain Shea Weber. The Preds swooned down the stretch and were bounced in the first round by Chicago but should learn from that experience and once again be a playoff team in spite of the intense competition bound to unfold in the Central Division. Columbus, meanwhile, was last fall’s Eastern Conference darling but a rash of injuries dashed playoff hopes early. Still, the Blue Jackets played hard and were tied for the league lead in wins after March 1. Add Brandon Saad to an already hard-working, talented team and factor in former Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky in goal and this is a team ready to make noise.

Prediction: Columbus in 7; Scott Hartnell with the Cup-winner on a rare breakaway after the Nationwide Arena cannon inadvertently fires during a Nashville power play in double overtime.

four more matchups...

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Morning news: On Glendening’s flight with the Blue Angels & reasons why ‘Detroit won’t win the Cup’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

Updated 4x at 12:04 PM:

1. DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji adds one more Luke Glendening article to the reports discussing his flight with the Blue Angels on Wednesday afternoon...

After Glendening got some pre-flight instruction, he and his pilot, Capt. Jeff Kuss, taxied away from Ypsilanti's Willow Run Airport in the F/A-18 Hornet.

After gaining speed, the plane took off and then immediately went vertical.

"Unbelievable. It was like the Dragster (Top Thrill Dragster) at Cedar Point times 10," Glendening said. "It was awesome."

Glendening admitted that he had a few nerves beforehand after talking to teammate Danny DeKeyser. DeKeyser flew with the Blue Angels last year.

"He gave me a little information and I was a little nervous but it was a blast," Glendening said.

Wakiji continues...

And our second item comes from USA Today's Kevin Allen and USA Today's hockey writers, who penned reasons why "Your Favorite Team Won't Win the Stanley Cup":

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