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KK- How To Help Kukla’s Korner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I usually do a semi-annual post on the ways to help out KK but this time it is a little different.

I have started a GoFundMe page which allows you to donate and improve KK.

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The New York Rangers Advance To The Second Round Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The New York Rangers will play the winner of the Washington Capitals/New York Islanders series after beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in OT.

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discuss the Jets’ elimination, Ottawa’s attitude against Montreal and the Lightning’s Tyler Johnson.


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Your Vezina Trophy Finalists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK -- Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild, Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced today.

The general managers of the 30 NHL clubs submitted ballots for the Vezina Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 24, during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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Open Post- Tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ottawa and Pittsburgh need to win tonight or else they could be golfing tomorrow.

Meanwhile, either Minnesota or St. Louis will go up 3-2 in their series.


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What Type Of Coach Do The San Jose Sharks Need?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Curtis Pashelka and David Pollak of the Mercury News,

Two hockey analysts with ties to the Sharks have very different ideas about what General Manager Doug Wilson should be seeking in his next coach.

"A coach is going to have to be able to come in there and be a fence-mender a little bit," said Drew Remenda, longtime Sharks broadcaster until this season and a onetime assistant coach for the team. "The coach coming in, he'll be solid in Xs and Os -- and everybody who gets a shot is -- but his communication skills are key."

NBC analyst and former Sharks forward Jeremy Roenick suggested Wilson should hire someone a bit rough around the edges to replace Todd McLellan, who left the team by mutual agreement last week.

"They need someone with a firm hand, someone who is not afraid to challenge the players verbally," Roenick said. "I thought Todd was a great player's coach. If there was one thing that I wish he did more was be a little bit more verbal and vocal on a fiercer side."

There are some players, he added, "that need to be motivated, that need to be kicked in the ass on more of a regular basis. When they disappear for four or five games, it's not acceptable."


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Gary Bettman Likes The Sound Of $500 Million For An Expansion Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at TSN, 

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman might not yet have anything definitive to say about expansion, though he does have a fee in mind.

How's $500 million sound?

Without committing to what the price might be, Bettman told a meeting of Associated Press Sports Editors on Friday that he considers a half-billion dollars to be a reasonable figure.

"From your question, you seem to be inferring that would be a lot of money for an NHL team," Bettman said, when the $500 million figure was posed to him. "I happen to believe that number — not that I'm confirming or denying it — would be not a lot of money. I think NHL franchises should be worth at least that."

That would be a significant increase from the $80 million price tag Nashville, Atlanta, Columbus and Minnesota each paid the last time the NHL expanded in the 1990s.

Bettman cautioned the fee will be determined by the league's Board of Governors, and the time for that discussion has not yet arrived.


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Video- Last Night’s Action From Ice Level

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I really enjoy these types of videos.


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Edmonton Hires GM Peter Chiarelli

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is always a bad sign when the guy you just fired becomes the top candidate to be hired by an opponent.  That is the situation the Boston Bruins find themselves in when they fired Peter Chiarelli.  The Edmonton Oilers are the lucky recipient of the Bruin mistake.  They just announced the hiring of Peter Chiarelli as their president of hockey operations and general manager.  Chiarelli will have a chance to run the Edmonton Oilers.

I have argued many times that the best way to build a good hockey team is to hire a good hockey man and get out of his way and let him run the show.  It looks like Edmonton has finally done that.  The incompetents who have been running the Oilers will hopefully be phased out.  Kevin Lowe is transitioning out of hockey operations.  That will be good.  The Oiler record with Lowe around has not been good.  Craig MacTavish, the previous GM, is for now still with the franchise.  That may change in the future.  Todd Nelson finished last season as the Oiler interim coach.  Likely he will be replaced with Chiarelli's coach.

The Oilers have been one of the worst franchises in hockey in the last few years.  A new competent GM will provide a fresh start and a path to respectability.  Add this to Connor McDavid who will be the Oiler's first overall draft choice and there may actually be a reason to be optimistic in Edmonton.

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The Wings Must Put Game 4 Behind Them

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings must show their mental toughness by bouncing back from this one.

"There's no time to hang your head," Miller said. "It comes back here pretty quick and we're right back at it. This is playoffs; you can never get too high, you can never get too low. Forget about the game and get ready for the next one.

"You don't worry about, 'Oh man, poor us.' "

The Red Wings must win another game in Tampa Bay, where the Lightning boasted the best home record in the league (32-8-1) and outplayed them by a significant margin the first two games.

"Obviously, it's a shot in the gut anytime you are in a situation where you think are in a real a good spot and suddenly it goes away that quick," Babcock said after practice Friday in Tampa. "We played a real good game and in five minutes we end up losing, so that's hard.

"I've coached a long time, been around a lot of championship teams. Every championship team I've ever been involved with goes through adversity. What you do is you embrace the adversity and it allows you to get better. Without it, you never, ever win in the end. So to me here's some adversity, let's dig in, let's understand our plan; let's understand how well we played Games 3 and 4. Maybe Game 4 was our best game."


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