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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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Afternoon Line- James van Riemsdyk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"You see what they're doing obviously on the outside with hiring different people in management and coaches, but the stuff behind the scenes, the things they're doing to track performance and health, is all very encouraging. They're making the commitment and that starts up top with ownership. They're making a commitment to different things to really make sure that there is no excuse if you put the work in."

-James van Riemsdyk of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  More from Dan Rosen of NHL.com.

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A Relationship Between The NHL And MLB Is About To Begin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

WHAT: Media availability via conference call to coincide with announcement of a groundbreaking new partnership between the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball.

WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 3:00 p.m. ET

WHO: National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman
Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred
NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins
MLB President, Business & Media Bob Bowman

via DJ Bean tweets,

Per a source, MLB's Baseball Advanced Media will take over NHL's web ops, apps, streaming video, etc. in 2016. Announcement tomorrow.

Baseball Advanced Media is a giant of sorts. Also does HBO Go, among other things. This is viewed as very good news for NHL.

Only real question is what working with a competing league will mean for NHL.

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Mike Hoffman Awarded $2M In Arbitration Hearing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

Hoffman was asking for $3.4M while the Senators offered $1.75M.

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If You Need Tickets To The Avs/Wings Stadium Series Game

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

NEW YORK (Aug. 3, 2015) – A limited number of tickets to the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ featuring the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings at Coors Field on Feb. 27 will go on sale the week of Aug. 10 as part of a special offer to Avalanche Full Season Ticket Members, Suite Holders and Sponsors.

Additionally, the Colorado Rockies will have an exclusive offer for their VIP Customers beginning the week of Aug. 17.

An exclusive offer for Red Wings season-ticket holders begins Monday, Aug. 24. 

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Your 2015 U.S. Hockey Hall Of Fame Class

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Press release is below...

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Outlook For The Arizona Coyotes

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from David Satriano of NHL.com,

Here are four other reasons for optimism in Arizona:

Oliver Ekman-Larsson: The 25-year old established himself as one of the best defenseman in the NHL in the past two seasons. Ekman-Larsson had a career high 23 goals and 43 points, including 20 power-play points, and led NHL defensemen in goals and power-play goals (10) last season. He also scored in the clutch, with seven game-winning goals, including three in overtime.

"He is, in my opinion, one of the best defensemen in the NHL and continuing to grow," general manager Don Maloney said. "I think his game, from an offensive standpoint, he continues to drive our offense. But people don't appreciate even his defending ability because he gets matched up against the best players on every team every night, and he is just growing in front of our eyes.

"I think there's still tremendous upside for Oliver. It's really his intellect, his puck-moving ability and his skating that stand out. He's a cornerstone on our blue line. We need to get another one or two like him back there and then we will be a team to be reckoned with."

Prospects on the rise: The Coyotes may have been thin up front last season, but they're loaded with young talent ready to make the jump to the NHL. Led by 2013 first-round pick Max Domi and 19-year old Anthony Duclair, Arizona should be faster and more skilled.

"Obviously Max Domi is ahead of the pack in regards to we know he's mature, we know he's got a strong body, he has a skill set that we lack," Maloney said. "Anthony Duclair came [to development camp], this was his first time to the Valley and first time on ice in a Coyotes uniform and he just wowed us with the skill and the speed and the execution just in his puck game. We haven't seen that pure speed and talent."

Maloney said forward Nick Merkley (the 30th pick in the 2015 NHL Draft) was one of the most impressive players at development camp in July, and Christian Dvorak (the 58th pick in 2014) was the most ready to compete for an NHL roster spot among the players who have junior eligibility remaining.

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Buffalo Sabres Have The Worst Team Corsi

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A couple of days ago, I posted the team Corsi ratings for 2014/15.  This is the difference between shots attempted by each team and their opponents in five on five situations.  This is a measure of puck possession and is one of the more repeatable facets of hockey teams.  The worst team in the league is the Buffalo Sabres.  Buffalo's -1789 Corsi is the furthest deviation from the zero point that has ever been recorded since these statistics could be collected.  Buffalo had over twenty more shots attempted by their opposition per game than by the Sabres themselves.

When looking at the worst 20 individual players by their Corsi, fourteen of the twenty players played for the Buffalo Sabres in 2014/15.  Buffalo was a horrid puck possession team.

Buffalo finished last in the NHL in 2014/15.  They posted only 23 wins and 54 points.  This left them two points behind Arizona, who was second worst.  Given their poor puck possession, one might expect Buffalo should have been even worse than that.  Were there mitigating circumstances that had Buffalo finish better than they should have, despite being last place?

Not only was Buffalo bad at puck possession in 5 on 5 situations.  They were also horrible on special teams.  They had the worst power play at 13.4% and the worst penalty kill at 75.1%.  There wasn't any circumstance when the Sabres looked like a good team. 

There is some press about how this team has improved.  Have they?  They have a long way to go to be merely a weak team.  To make matters worse, their biggest addition this summer Ryan O'Reilly has legal troubles.

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The Latest On The Concussion Lawsuit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

The National Hockey League has been ordered by a judge to turn over reams of data about player injuries and concussions to lawyers representing former NHL players who are suing the league.

The roughly 80 former players who are suing the NHL, including Bernie Nicholls, Gary Leeman and Butch Goring, allege NHL and team executives knew or ought to have known about the links between head trauma and long-term cognitive problems but failed to do enough to protect players, all the while profiting from the violence of hockey.

The NHL has argued interested players could have read medical research and news reports on their own and put “two and two together” about the dangers of repeated head hits and concussions.

In an order released late Friday, U.S. Federal Court judge Susan Nelson agreed to some but not all of the requests for discovery filed by the former players’ lawyers.

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Jonathan Bernier Reaches A Contract Agreement With The Toronto Maple Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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