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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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The Winnipeg Jets May Be Shopping Dustin Byfuglien

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

A report that the Winnipeg Jets have offered all-star defenceman Dustin Byfuglien to the New York Islanders for defenceman Travis Hamonic really should come as no surprise to anyone.

Who wouldn’t want to trade a 30-year-old pending unrestricted free agent for a 25-year-old with a long-term, team-friendly contract?

And why in the world would the Islanders be interested in such a deal?

Unless the Jets were to significantly sweeten that deal with younger players, prospects and/or draft picks, it simply wouldn’t make sense for the Islanders. Even then, Byfuglien for two-thirds of a year might not be enough return for a player with Hamonic’s ability.

So the Islanders said no.

But you can’t ignore the fact that if the report is true, it means the Jets are certainly willing to ship Byfuglien out this season for the right price.

The report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman on Monday also shows the Jets would love to have Hamonic, but aren’t prepared to trade either Jacob Trouba or Tyler Myers to get him.


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The Look Of The Braehead Clan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


BarDown has much more on the look.

thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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Losing The Lead On The Minds Of The Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Bill Roose of DetroitRedWings.com,

The Red Wings extended their point streak to seven games (4-0-3) on Sunday, however, six of those contests were decided in overtime after the team failed to protect leads late in the third periods.

The latest collapse occurred in Sunday’s 2-1 overtime loss, which was made possible when Florida forward Reilly Smith scored with 5:22 left in regulation.

“For most of the games we’ve played pretty well in,” defenseman Danny DeKeyser said. “I thought a lot of the second periods is when we brought most of our energy and had the most chances, but then we can’t score enough goals or can’t get that one extra goal that gives us a little more breathing room. It’s then a tighter one-goal game and one mistake and it’s in our net, then it’s a tie game and that’s what’s been going on lately.”

Four other times this season, the opposition has scored with less than 2 ½ minutes left in regulation to force three-on-three overtime.

“We’ve talked about it, but I don’t know,” fourth-line center Luke Glendening said. “It’s been frustrating. I think it’s been my line the last four games or five games here, so we have to figure that one, I mean, find a way to hold on.”


added 5:13pm, The Wings made their annual visit to the Children's Hospital of Michigan today, Dana Wakiji has the story...

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The Secret Emails In Regards To The Concussion Lawsuit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

When Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke effectively ended the career of Boston Bruins centre Marc Savard with a crushing blindside hit to the head, the blow sent shudders through the hockey world.

It also sent Colin Campbell, then the NHL's senior vice-president of operations, to his computer, where he exchanged emails about the incident with Mike Milbury, a former NHL player, coach and general manager turned TV analyst.

Milbury asked Campbell, "Is intent to injure a stand alone call?"

As part of his reply, sent six days after the incident in a March 13, 2010, email, Campbell wrote: "Let's face it Mike... we sell rivalries, we sell and promote hate..." 

Campbell's charged answer is part of the public record in U.S. federal court in Minnesota as the result of a legal action launched by a group of more than 100 former NHL players, including Joe Murphy, Bernie Nicholls and Gary Leeman.


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An NHL PR Problem

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

NHL hockey players in general are well behaved when compared to other major sports leagues.  Sure a few players get in trouble from time to time, but they cannot rival the NFL or NBA for the frequency or severity of player's crimes.  What happens if one of those few bad apples in the NHL is the best player in the league?  That is the situation that we may be having now.  Sidney Crosby is not off to a great start.  Alex Ovechkin has been playing acceptably but is not in any MVP race.  Reigning MVP Carey Price is injured and isn't expected to be back until well into January at the earliest.  The best player in the NHL right now may be Patrick Kane.  Yesterday, I picked him as the current leader for the Hart Trophy.  He was a contender in last year's race until injury ended his regular season with about 20 games to go.  He is a former Conn Smythe Trophy winner as MVP of the playoffs.  There is no doubt that Patrick Kane is a good player.  He is a bit younger than Crosby and Ovechkin and he may be ready to take over as the NHL's best player.

The problem is that Kane spent much of the summer under investigation for rape.  Although no charges have come from the allegations, it has tarnished Kane's reputation and his reputation was never particularly strong. 

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Red Berenson Reminiscing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

tee rap of Rink RAP with some great stories from Michigan head hockey coach Red Berenson, like this on Bobby Orr...

“I was playing for the Rangers in his rookie year. We’d heard all this hype about this one player who was supposed to be so good at age 18. And Harry Howell was our veteran defenseman, I think he had won the Norris trophy the previous year.

So there was some talk about, there was no way this kid could be that good. I mean Harry Howell won the Norris Trophy. And after the first period we were looking around at each other and somebody said to Harry, ‘Harry, forget about the Norris Trophy. You’re never going to win that again.’ This is after one period in Boston against Orr his rookie year.” 

many more

thanks to an RT from Billy Jaffe for the pointer

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Would You Trade Evgeni Malkin For Eric Staal?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at The Hockey News,

No matter how you shake it Sidney Crosby has become a curious subject for study in Pittsburgh. His slow scoring start was enough to raise eyebrows through the season’s first quarter although Sid seems to be back on track. What’s troublesome are reports of a feud with his former landlord and boss Mario Lemieux. That has created more negative vibes than the Penguins need.

The captain remains an untouchable, but it seems more and more likely that Evgeni Malkin will be GM Jim Rutherford’s best chip to play in the trading sweepstakes. The deal I can see — Malkin to Carolina for Eric Staal.

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Afternoon Line- Kerry Fraser

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The byplay between coaches Vigneault and Julien is somewhat entertaining and helps fuel an already intense Bruins-Rangers rivalry. Given Julien’s reaction to the goalie interference penalty assessed to Marchand, it is safe to assume that the Bruins coach felt Lundqvist totally embellished the play.

While there were definitely some Broadway theatrics on the part of Lundqvist, I would bet the house that Claude would have been screaming for a penalty if Tuukka Rask had received contact to his head in similar fashion.

-Kerry Fraser of TSN where you can read more on this topic.

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Video- Ryan Sutter Wants A Right-Handed Defensive Partner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Chad Graff tweets,

Ryan Suter on coaches pairing him with a fellow lefty: "I don't know what they're thinking. I need to play with a right handed defenseman."

Yeo responded by praising his defensemen and saying, "Ultimately we have to decide what is going to help us win. That's first & foremost."

Sutter post-practice today...



added 2:44pm, from Micael Russo of Russo's Rants,

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