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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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Video- All Todd McLellan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Gene Principe sat down with new Oilers head coach Todd McLellan to talk about everything from Connor McDavid to goaltending to the high expectations of Edmonton’s patient fans.

 

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Report- The Latest On The Patrick Kane Case

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from WGRZ,

2 On Your Side's Scott Levin has learned that a woman who was with Patrick Kane's alleged rape victim has been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury on September 8.

Chicago Blackhawks player and south Buffalo native Patrick Kane is the focus of a rape investigation by Hamburg Police, although he has not been charged in the case....

Former Erie County District Attorney Frank Clark says he does not expect any decisions to be made by the grand jury before the end of this month. In fact, he says this process could take weeks or even months to play out.

"Right now, it looks as though the decider as to whether or not Patrick Kane is guilty of any criminal conduct or not will be an Erie County grand jury," says Clark.

With no criminal charges filed, a grand jury will take up the Kane case. Clark says the grand jury process may have started some time ago.

"They may have been listening to the case for a while, and we're just finding out about it. Or it could be that both the police and the prosecutor felt that they had some investigative work to do before they were comfortable in starting a grand jury action," he says.

read on

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The Outlook For Mike Green

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2015-16 outlook: The Red Wings filled their biggest need of the past couple of seasons by signing this right-handed shooting offensive defenseman.

He'll provide a much-needed scoring boost to a blue line that has relied essentially on Niklas Kronwall as its lone offensive threat. Green is a good skater who will frequently join the rush and has a terrific wrist shot. He'll also quarterback the top power-play unit.

Green has defensive deficiencies, which is why coach Jeff Blashill intends to pair him with Danny DeKeyser, who should help erase some of his mistakes. The other concern regarding Green is his durability, as he's been injury-prone in recent seasons.

Key question: How big an offensive boost will the Red Wings' defense get with Green?

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Evening news: Zetterberg on the coaching change, Datsyuk & Wings’ additions; Nyquist a happy camper

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening, continuing the post-practice scrum theme:

MLive's Ansar Khan took note of Henrik Zetterberg's comments about one Mike Babcock's decision to leave the team, and while the move surprised some Wings, Zetterberg told Khan that he knew change was in the air:

"I want to thank Mike for the time he had here, but I think both him and us probably decided it was time," Zetterberg said.

He wasn't surprised Babcock bolted for an eight-year, $50 million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs or the enormous buzz the entire process created.

"I kind of figured that out, that he was moving on and obviously the media attention all along was big," Zetterberg said. "But for us players who weren't playing – we were kind of on vacation already -- we didn't really get that effect of it, but I heard from the guys who were around here still that it was a big deal."

Zetterberg also spoke with NHL.com's Paul Harris about the changes afoot...

Continue Reading »

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Sergei Fedorov’s former financial advisor faces jail time

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Sergei Fedorov's former financial manager, Joseph Zada, has been convicted of embezzlement in Michigan, and the Free Press's Katrease Stafford reports that Zada has also been found guilty of fraud in Florida:

A former Grosse Pointe Shores man who swindled ex-Red Wings star Sergei Fedorov out of $43 million -- and millions from dozens of other unsuspecting victims -- was convicted in Florida today of 15 counts of fraud and two counts of making a false statement on a loan.

Joseph Zada, Fedorov's ex-financial manager, was charged in 2013 with scamming 28 investors, including Fedorov. Federal documents show that Zada was also found not guilty on one count of making a false statement on a loan.

Fedorov ,45, won three Stanley Cups and a Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player while a Red Wing from 1990-2003.

Zada swindled the money by pretending to be a rich and successful businessman with ties to Saudi Arabian oil ventures. Zada told potential investors that he could quickly turn investments into large profits.

According to Stafford, Zada was supposed to pay Fedorov $60 million back in 2009, but he's never paid Fedorov or the other victims, so he's going to jail for up to 20 years.

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Jonathan Toews Stresses Team Unity Regarding Patrick Kane Situation

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from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Tmes,

Jonathan Toews indirectly addressed the ongoing Patrick Kane situation on a Winnipeg radio station on Thursday, saying, “You stay together as a team.”

Toews was asked how, as captain, he deals with off-ice concerns such as the police investigation involving Kane and a woman in Hamburg, N.Y., though the radio host on TSN-1290 only referred to Kane as “one of your star teammates.” Toews said the Blackhawks can draw on recent experience.

“I think you’ve just got to have confidence that things like that will resolve themselves over time,” Toews told the Hustler and Lawless show. “And for the time being, you stay together as a team, you support your teammate [or] teammates that are maybe going through a rough patch. We saw it last year with some rumors that spread around social media about several guys in our locker room. It’s not the first time we’ve seen situations like that.”

continued

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Slava Voynov Taken Into Custody By U.S. Immigrations

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Nathan Fenno of the LA Times,

Slava Voynov was taken into custody Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, throwing the NHL future of the young Kings defenseman into question.

Voynov had been jailed at the Seal Beach Police Detention Center since July 7 following his no contest plea to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge in Los Angeles Superior Court.

After Voynov's release in Seal Beach, ICE took him into custody and is holding the Russian citizen at an unspecified detention facility pending a hearing by an immigration judge, an agency spokeswoman said Thursday.

Because of the violent nature of Voynov's legal entanglement — which brought him to the attention of ICE in the first place — the agency didn't set a bond.

The Kings declined comment while Voynov's agent didn't immediately return a request for comment.

continued

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No Plans For PTO Players At This Point For The Minnesota Wild

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Fletcher said as of now he's not inclined to bring in any unsigned veterans to camp on pro tryouts, although he said that could change once he meets with the coaches next week. I have gotten the impression the Wild has at least talked about bringing in some center insurance like Stephen Weiss, but like I said, Fletcher told me right now it's not in his thinking. If the Wild suffers injury or poor performance in camp, Fletcher feels those options may still be there (for instance, maybe you sign Weiss or James Sheppard or Scott Gomez, who will go to St. Louis on a tryout) or there will be guys available via trade or waivers.

more on the Wild...

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New Energy In Philadelphia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Last season, the Flyers' offense was led by Jake Voracek (81 points), Claude Giroux (73 points), and Wayne Simmonds (28 goals).

"Our core players really care, and the one thing I expect from our core players is to take another step in the leadership department," Hextall said. "Part of being a good leader is obviously working hard, showing up to camp in shape, and never taking a shift off, a practice off. I think the other part of it is that you have to kind of grow into helping your teammates. That's the part where some of our guys need to get better. We've obviously had discussions with them."

Hextall says he wants more secondary scoring. He could use improved play from Matt Read, Brayden Schenn, and Sean Couturier.

Perhaps Hakstol will get more out of the trio.

"Obviously, the coach brings new energy," Hextall said. "Everybody, for the most part, is going to have a clean slate with Hak, and I think that brings a new energy."

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