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The KK upgrade is running a bit behind schedule but should be ready to go within two weeks.

It has not been a very healthy summer for me but with a recent change of medication, I feel much better and have much more energy.

Many of you who have followed KK over the years know I have always concentrated on the game played on the ice and will continue to do so.

Many new KK members and followers on Twitter seem to appreciate the hockey talk and I have always assumed most people interested in KK are a little bit older, knowledgeable and don't want/care about some of the outlandish, off-ice stories which happen to appear every so often.

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Peter Chiarelli Won’t Make A Move Just To Shake Things Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

... That’s a lot of talk about moving a player like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins from a lot of Oilers insiders, enough for me to think that there’s some fire to this smoke.

But in a 10-minute press conference today, Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli played down such rumours.

  • Chiarelli said he’s disappointed with the team but has seen progress with the structure in terms of breaking out of Edmonton’s end and defending the neutral zone. “Obviously I don’t like our record. We’ve had a number of one goal losses and I think there’s a certain attitude and way to play to win those games and we don’t have it. I haven’t seen progression there.”
  • “There’s been some disappointing performances,” Chiarelli said and later added the Carolina game was really disappointing “and that involves performances from players who should be better.”
  • Need to make a move? “No, the last thing you want to do is just to go out and force a move to shake things up. I’m not averse to making moves and I’ve had a lot of conversations in the last two weeks. It doesn’t mean we won’t make a move, but to think, ‘Hey, I’ve got make a move to shake things up,’ I think that’s the wrong way to approach it. I have to take a global perspective on this thing.”

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Practice articles: Red Wings will play Kindl on Sunday, start Mrazek; Jagr in for Florida

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 3:07 PM: Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill threw some curves on Saturday, informing the media that Petr Mrazek would start on Sunday and that both Tomas Jurco and Jakub Kindl would play against the Florida Panthers on Sunday (2 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/Sportsnet/TVA Sports/97.1 FM).

The Panthers will have Jaromir Jagr in the lineup as well, but pain-in-the-Wings'-side Dmitry Kulikov is out.

MLive's Ansar Khan filed a practice report, speaking with Jakub Kindl about his return to the lineup:

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Video- Brandon Dubinsky Suspended One Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Patrick Burke with the explanation.


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AHL Top Scorer

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I have yet to write about the players leading in the AHL scoring race, but I figured I had better get on it soon because the current leader may not be there for long.  William Nylander of the Toronto Marlies (Maple Leafs affiliate) leads the league with 23 points.  This is a three point lead over the next contenders.

Nylander was the Toronto first round draft pick in 2014.  He was selected eighth overall.  He is a Swedish player who came to the AHL at the end of the Swedish season last year.  This year at age 19, he is leading a minor pro league in scoring.  That makes him a tremendous NHL prospect.  When his NHL club is a struggling one in the Toronto Maple Leafs, it is only a matter of time before he gets to play in the NHL.  When that happens, his AHL scoring lead will soon end.

Nylander is the son of former NHLer Michael Nylander.  His younger brother Alexander plays for the Mississauga Steelheads in the OHL and is considered a top prospect for the 2016 draft.  I think both brothers will be in the NHL before long.  William may be leading the AHL in scoring now, but he likely will not win the scoring race this year because his NHL days are coming soon.

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Practice Tweets: Panthers will have Jagr in lineup Sunday; Jurco will play for Detroit, Mrazek goes

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena today, preparing for Sunday''s game against the Florida Panthers (2 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/Sportsnet/TVA Sports/97.1 FM).

The 12-8-and-3 Wings sit 5 points ahead of the 9-9-and-4 Panthers in the Atlantic Division standings thanks to a 4-0-and-2 stretch punctuated by Friday's 4-3 OT win over Edmonton.

The Panthers snapped a 3-game losing streak  with Friday's 3-2 shootout win over the Islanders, and they too to the ice first at the BB&T Center in Miami, per OliveHockey's Jameson Olive...

Jaromir Jagr on the ice for #FlaPanthers practice.


Dmitry Kulikov is on the ice at #FlaPanthers pracitce. No sign of Alex Petrovic. Updates coming up later.


#FlaPanthers recall D Dylan Olsen. The 24-year-old defenseman has 2 points in 9 games for @PortlandPirates this season.

And the Sun-Sentinel's Harvey Fialkov:

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Red Wings recall Jurco from Grand Rapids

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 3:10 PM: This is happening a game early:

Here's the Red Wings' press release:

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Alain Vigneault Responds To Claude Julien Remarks On Henrik Lundqvist

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News,

Alain Vigneault fired back swiftly, directly and fiercely Saturday morning at Claude Julien, responding to the Boston Bruins coach’s Friday comments that Henrik Lundqvist had done “some acting” on a right knee to the head from Bruins forward Brad Marchand.

“Well, (the Rangers public relations staff) filled me in a little bit on what was said after the game,” Vigneault said. “I mean it’s a little disappointing. Obviously everybody saw the knee to the head. The comments on Hank were very inappropriate. The way Hank conducts himself, on the ice, away from the rink, off the ice, the example that he sets. Who would you rather have as a son, Henrik Lundqvist or Brad Marchand? For him to say things like that about Hank, totally wrong, and probably Claude is getting a little older and needs to check his eyesight.”

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Larkin worth the hype

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From WXYZ, via RedWingsFeed:

After the first quarter of the NHL season, the NHL rookie class is as impressive as it was hyped up to be. But it's not Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel leading the way in rookie goals and plus-minus, but rather, Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin.

Most of the talk before the season nationally focused on McDavid with the Edmonton Oilers and Eichel with the Buffalo Sabres.

One player who hasn't been talked about much nationally is Larkin, who is from Waterford and just 19 years old.

In Detroit, Larkin is quickly becoming a household name in and with an injury to McDavid, he's starting to get some buzz nationally.

Lakin is the NHL's leading rookie scorer with nine goals and also has the highest plus-minus with +13.

He is tied for third in rookie assists with eight and in third for rookie points with 17. He's behind Chicago's Artemi Panarin and Arizona's Max Domi respectively. He also ranks third in shots taken by a rookie so far with 61.


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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

After a one-day break, the NHL returned with a 12-game schedule Friday highlighted by eight contests that required extra time.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, eight games went past regulation on the same day for the first time since Feb. 22, 2007 (also 8 of 12). Two teams secured victories after 60 minutes on both days: the Coyotes, who defeated the Flames in overtime on both occasions (GWG: Shane Doan in 2007, Oliver Ekman-Larsson in 2015); and the Canadiens, who posted shootout victories on both dates (6-5 W at NSH in 2007, 3-2 W at NJ in 2015).
* Ten games were tied or within one goal during the third period (NYR-BOS, NSH-PHI, WPG-MIN, CHI-ANA, MTL-NJD, PIT-CBJ, EDM-DET, NYI-FLA, VAN-DAL and CGY-ARI).
* Three teams overcame a multi-goal deficit to earn at least a point (CHI, MTL and NYI). Of those clubs, two earned victories: the Blackhawks and Canadiens.
* Two players scored a tying goal in the final minute of regulation: Predators forward Mike Fisher (19:40) and Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (19:33).

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