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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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Nick Bjugstad Had Back Surgery Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Florida Panthers,

Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that F Nick Bjugstad underwent successful surgery on his lower back today at the Mayo Sports Clinic in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He will be out for the remainder of the regular season and a full recovery is expected.

“After consulting with Nick and thoroughly evaluating the extent of his injury, we mutually felt it was important to have this procedure done as soon as possible,” said Tallon. “Nick showed a tremendous amount of character over the past month, playing through an injury, while helping our club compete down the final stretch for a playoff spot. He will be closely monitored by our medical staff during his rehabilitation process and will be ready for the start of training camp in September.”

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Who Is The Fake Sean Monahan?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The creative force behind the fake Sean Monahan Twitter account (Boring Sean Monahan) remains an unsolved mystery in the Calgary Flames dressing room, though the suspect list has generally been narrowed down to two possible candidates, both of them long gone from the team.

It might have been defenceman Chris Butler, now with the St. Louis Blues, because of his quiet sneaky sense of humour. Brian McGrattan, now in the minors, is the other option, a loud and boisterous dressing-room presence who took Monahan under his wing last year, when the latter was still an NHL rookie.

Whoever created – and still maintains – the account (@boringmonahan) follows just one player (McGrattan), which is either a too-obvious clue or a clever red herring.

Defenceman Dennis Wideman thinks it’s the latter.


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Using Advanced Stats In The Scouting Process

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Will the age of enhanced statistics one day change the way NHL Central Scouting goes about its business in evaluating the top players eligible for the NHL Draft?

There's no denying the fact enhanced stats have taken the NHL and its fans by storm. In February, the League announced a partnership with enterprise software company SAP to provide many new statistics via NHL.com. If this stats revolution changes the way people now analyze the game, what could it do for NHL scouts?

"If you add ingredients to help you evaluate someone, you have to use those ingredients," Central Scouting's David Gregory said. "But you can't go overboard; we've been baking a cake our whole life and now, if you put icing on the cake, it's better. But if it's all icing it's not a good cake, so I think if you take it too far it might not work.

"The eyeball test still has to be there, you still have to apply what analytics do. It could help you decide between one guy or the other, and I believe it is good for the game."

Chris Edwards, who does a majority of his scouting in the Ontario Hockey League, isn't completely sold on the enhanced stats revolution.


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Oilers Prospect Houck Graduates from WHL

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

The WHL season is over for most players, and this means tremendous opportunity for some including Jackson Houck. His Vancouver Giants team came in dead last in the WHL but now Houck’s season is not over. Instead of getting an early summer, Houck is being given the opportunity to play with a playoff team in the Oklahoma City Barons. Even if Houck doesn’t see ice team, the opportunity of practising with the Edmonton Oilers’ AHL affiliate and getting more attention, and working closer to the NHL team that drafted him will be a tremendous boost to his development.

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Auston Matthews Another Example Of Hockey’s Growth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

Once again, there’s a seismic shift going on in the hockey world.

The last major one, you could argue, came in the late 1980s and early 1990s when European players started coming overseas in large numbers to play in the NHL, minor pro, U.S. colleges and in the Canadian Hockey League.

At around the same time, the seeds were being planted in the southwestern United States for a harvest that would take more than two decades to be realized, but is now coming into plain view for anyone paying attention.

The indicators are all around. Since 1992, the registration of hockey players in the Pacific, Rocky Mountain (Arizona, Colorado, Texas) and southeastern U.S. has increased by 240 per cent, more than half of that has come over the past 10 years.

In the same time period, there have been NHL teams added in Florida, Dallas, Phoenix, Denver, Anaheim, San Jose and Nashville, joining the Los Angeles Kings, whose acquisition of Wayne Gretzky in 1988 undoubtedly accelerated interest in the sport in virgin territories.

Not surprisingly, all these NHL teams and registered skaters have started to produce more and more elite players.


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Practice articles: Howard says puck-tracking needs adjusting; Datsyuk/Cole/Sheahan injury updates

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 7x at 3:52 PM: The Red Wings' Friday practice did not bring good news: the beat writers reported that Pavel Datsyuk is "questionable" for tomorrow's game, that Erik Cole will probably miss both of this weekend's games and that Riley Sheahan will be, to quote coach Mike Babcock, "out for a bit" with an "upper-body injury" (the playoffs are near = no more injury clarity).

Given the magnitude of tomorrow's showdown with a possible playoff opponent in Tampa Bay, the Wings' horrible historical record on Long Island, and the essential-must-win natures of next Tuesday's battle with Ottawa and next Thursday's tangle with Boston, the Wings don't need to have an entire line of offensively-minded forwards out (the 4-non-roster-emergency call-up cap = Cleary draws in) while also battling defensive issues and shaky goaltending by both the would-be starter and the would-be back-up.

Jimmy Howard made some slightly strange comments after practice, telling the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness that his issues with tracking the puck--which is an absoultely essential, fundamentally important skill for goalies--involve "little things" as opposed to being something minor that he needs to "tweak"...

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More ‘Tanking’ Teams?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,

If you’re Joe Sakic and the Colorado Avalanche, for example, you’re now in a position to draft 10th overall in June, with a 3.5 percent chance of winning the McDavid lottery. If you can manage your roster in such a way as to get as few points as possible in your remaining eight games, maybe a few teams slip ahead of you in the standings and you move to seventh pick – with a 6.5 percent chance of getting McDavid.

Don’t you do that? It’s in the best interests of your organization.

Despite what some people think, there’s nothing nefarious about it. You’re gathering information on your players. Don’t you play Reto Berra for a good chunk of games down the stretch rather than Semyon Varlamov? You paid a second-round pick to get Berra a year ago, aren’t you trying to determine if he has what it takes to keep the job for next season? You’re trying to assess the development of 2010 first-rounder Joey Hishon and he’s averaged just under nine minutes in five recent games. Don’t you put him out there for 18-20 minutes and in key situations down the stretch?

And maybe in the process you double your odds of winning McDavid or move up a handful of very important spots in the order of selection for the most important draft in a decade.

You can make a similar case for Philadelphia. Or Florida soon enough. Or San Jose. Or several other teams. Let’s see Anthony Stolarz between the pipes in the NHL. Or Rocco Grimaldi on the power play. Or Konrad Abeltshauser killing penalties.


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Practice Tweets/articles: Datsyuk skating ‘on a line,’ Cole out, Sheahan has upper-body injury

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 6x at 1:32 PM: Sheahan has an "upper-body injury":

So there's a goaltending controversy this morning, something close to a coaching controversy, and the out-of-towners are salivating over the marketeability of the Wings' struggles.

What are the Red Wings going to do about it? We can chew off our fingernails worrying or wear our fingerprints thin offering our own solutions, but hockey isn't an interactive business in terms of coach or player decision-making, so...

We'll find out at a sligthly "late" practice, ahead of back-to-back games against Tampa Bay (2 PM EDT on Saturday) and in Long Island (5 PM on Sunday), with both games preceding a Tuesday-and-Thursday set of games against the closely-pursuing Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins.

The Wings took to the ice just before noon EDT, and bad news came in a hurry, per the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness...

Riley Sheahan not on ice. Not sure if he's injured or a maintenance day. Waiting word from Holland.

And MLive's Ansar Khan:

Cole not practicing today, so he's likely out at least the next two games. Sheahan not practicing. No word yet on reason.

This much = good, again, per Khan...

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Tom Wilson Fined For Diving/Embellishment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (March 27, 2015) – Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

Wilson was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 936 against Toronto on March 1. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident during NHL Game No. 1057 at Minnesota on March 19. Wilson received a minor penalty for embellishment on the play, at 14:45 of the second period.

You can see the play below...

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