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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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Are The Ottawa Senators Playoff Bound Again?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

So are the Senators, as is, good enough to go back to the post-season tournament next April?

Perhaps, as long as they don't screw around by winning only 17 of 41 games in the first half of the season again.

Other than Ottawa, the aging Detroit Red Wings and maybe the New York Islanders, it's difficult to imagine any of the Top 8 finishers from 2014-15 falling out.

Certainly not Tampa Bay, Montreal, the New York Rangers, Washington or Pittsburgh.

Of the teams that failed to qualify, the Columbus Blue Jackets appear to have the best chance at earning a playoff spot next season. They would have been there in 2014-15 if not for a rash of injuries seldom before seen with another franchise.

After them, the Philadelphia Flyers, Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins (despite their remodelling) are sure to make a strong push as well. Then there's the possibility New Jersey and Carolina are better than they look, while we have a sneaky suspicion Buffalo and yes, even Toronto, will surprise a lot of people.

more on the Senators...

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‘Three Things’: On Dylan Larkin, Stadium Series concepts and Zetterberg in Orangeville, ON

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose penned a Q and A with Dylan Larkin, and it's preceded by these statements from Larkin regarding his decision to turn pro with the Grand Rapids after his World Championship experience, as well as his goals for this fall:

“It was a major step up from college to the World Championship with the skill and speed and then coming back to the AHL was another step, jumping into the playoffs,” Larkin said. “It was a physical series and it was on a smaller rink and things happened a lot more fast. It was a long year but it was a good year.”

The Wings will take no fewer than 15 NHL-experienced forwards to camp in a few months. Many believe Larkin is ready for the challenge of making the jump to the NHL. But he’ll have to take someone’s spot, which won’t be easy.

“I want to make the jump (to the NHL),” Larkin said. “ I signed for a chance to play in the NHL and my time in Grand Rapids, I’m more than comfortable spending time there. The coaches they brought in and the players we have we’re going to have a good team again. I’m just going to training camp and having as much fun as possible and playing some games and having fun.”

As for the difficult challenges that await him in September, Larkin said he only focuses on what he can control.

“I just kind of worry about myself,” he said. “I know my game. I’m pretty confident with my game. I’m more worried about how I play.”

Roose continues with a lengthy Q and A...

2. In artistic news...

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‘Spotlighting’ Tyler Bertuzzi

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins posted a short video discussing Tyler Bertuzzi's past season and summertime activities as Bertuzzi prepares for the 2015-16 season:

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Rasmus Ristolainen Has The Worst Raw Corsi

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

My last post was to list the worst 20 players in 2014/15 by their raw Corsi rating.  The worst player in the league was Rasmus Ristolainen of the Buffalo Sabres.  He posted a -618 Corsi rating which is over seventy points worse than any other player in the NHL.  Let's look at why Ristolainen does so badly.  Why does he have the worst Corsi in the NHL?  Why is his puck possession so bad?  Why does the opposition team take the majority of the attempted shots when Ristolainen is on the ice?

The first reason is that Ristolainen plays for the Buffalo Sabres.  They are the worst team in the NHL.  They have the worst puck possession in the NHL.  Since puck possession is a team based concept, it is logical that the player with the worst Corsi is a Buffalo Sabre.  Why is Rasmus Ristolainen that player and not some other Sabre?  He is not ready for the NHL.  He was Buffalo's first round draft pick in 2013.  He came to the NHL immediately.  In his first season he split time between the NHL and the AHL.  His NHL time was not memorable.  He played 34 games scoring four points and posting a -15 +/- rating.  Buffalo is a weak enough team that he stayed in the NHL the next season.  He played 78 games last year.  He was a defenceman who was easily beaten by his opponents.  He scored 20 points and posted a -32 +/- rating.  Ristolainen had the worst +/- rating on the Buffalo Sabres.  He was the ice time leader in Buffalo as well.

Buffalo is such a bad team that their top player by ice time is a young player who isn't ready for the NHL at all.  His development is probably being stunted by being forced into a situation where he is failing.  If you have a player who is such a poor NHLer leading a bad team in ice time, he should have the worst puck possession numbers in the NHL and Ristolainen does.

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Evening Line- Jeremy Jacobs On Peter Chiarelli

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We just found ourselves in a place we don’t want to be. It’s going to be a workout time. We had a change when we brought Cam in and Charlie, and they wanted a change. They thought we needed a change. They thought it was the right move for the franchise. I think Peter is a great human being and a great hockey mind. And I think he’s going to prosper out west (in Edmonton). He’s got a great young team there. We were not in the same position. It’s a cap environment we find ourselves in here and you’ve got to look to the future. If you watch the success of the Chicago team, and I do admire them quite a bit, they dealt with their high-priced players early on and the kept creating room. Every year, there was a change, not too unlike the change we see here (this year). We see some great players going elsewhere. Even to this year, you see very successful teams have met that problem. We didn’t deal with it in a timely enough manner and we found ourselves in a cap position that wasn’t attractive for us.”

-Jeremy Jacobs, owner of the Boston Bruins on ex-GM Peter Chiarell.  More on the Bruins from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald.

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  Tags: jeremy+jacobs, peter+chiarelli

Hockey Is Helping The Autistic Son Of Russ Levine, NHL VP Of Digital Production

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Devon Heinen of Vice Sports,

Russell Levine fought back tears. So did his wife, Susan. It was a snowy, bitterly cold January night at Citizens Bank Park, in Philadelphia. Russ, a National Hockey League executive, was there for the league's 2012 Winter Classic, between the Flyers and the New York Rangers.

"Can you believe this?" Russ said.

Susan cut him off with a look: "I know."

The Roots were playing a mini-concert in the outfield before the game's third period, but the Levines were focused instead on an auxiliary rink by home plate where a group of kids played hockey. Skating among them was an 11-year-old boy wearing a Rangers jersey and a black helmet with a T made out of white tape. It was Trevor, Russ and Susan's son.

"That was not an experience I thought I would ever get to have," Russ said, recalling that night.

Russ is the NHL's Vice President of Digital Production, making a living immersed in the sport he loves, a sport he started playing when he was four years old. When Trevor was born, in 2000, Russ dreamed of having his son in skates by age 2.

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Former NHL Player Sergei Berezin Arrested For Medicaid Fraud

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via John Dzenitis of WPBF,

Four Russian immigrants, including a former NHL hockey player, have been arrested for suspected Medicaid fraud after an undercover operation.

Florida’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit said Sergei Berezin and his wife paid a Boca Raton-based company, American Advisory Associates ,to obtain Medicaid and food stamp benefits for which they were unqualified and ineligible for.

Berezin was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1994 and played for a number of NHL teams, including the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks, before he moved back to Moscow to play hockey in Russia.

According to Berezin’s arrest affidavit, during the course of the undercover investigation, Berezin told a confidential informant that he was making $100,000 in income from rental properties and training hockey players.

American Advisory Associates allegedly paid a pair of DCF workers $500 each every two weeks to authorize benefits for the company’s clients.

Investigators said that in total for Berezin’s benefits, the Medicaid program was billed more than $67,000 from January 2010 through December 2013.

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  Tags: sergei+berezin

The 2016 NHL Winter Classic - Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (July 29, 2015) – Representatives from the National Hockey League, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, New England Patriots, National Hockey League Players’ Association and Bridgestone gathered today at Gillette Stadium to detail plans for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. In January, the NHL announced that the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Bruins and Canadiens at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on New Year’s Day, 2016. The event will be televised live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports at 1 p.m. ET.

When these long-time rivals meet, Boston will become the first Club to host the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® for a second time, after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime of the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Fenway Park. It will mark the first time the Canadiens will play in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and just the second time a Canadian-based NHL team will play in the game, following the Toronto Maple Leafs’ appearance in 2014. 

 

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Are The Toronto Maple Leafs Low-Balling Jonathan Bernier?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs asked an impartial arbitrator to award goaltender Jonathan Bernier the minimum amount possible in a brief filed to both sides on Wednesday, calling for an award of $2.89 million on a one-year deal.

The minimum award for restricted free agents in salary arbitration is 85 per cent of their previous season's salary, which for Bernier was $3.4 million.

Bernier, 26, is the only one of 23 players in the arbitration process this summer to receive a filed offer from his club below what he earned last season. The Maple Leafs did not issue Bernier a qualifying offer in June equal to his $3.4 million salary and instead opted for arbitration, where they had to option to offer 85 per cent.

Bernier's camp, led by agent Pat Brisson, asked the arbiter for an award of $5.1 million. The two sides are $2.21 million apart heading into the scheduled hearing on Friday morning.

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