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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 overnight report: Red Wings-Bruins set-up; mo’ charitable news, videos and more stuff

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

If the 11-8-and-2 Red Wings are to enter the American Thanksgiving holiday in the Atlantic Division's playoff picture, they'll have to snap a 5-game winless streak against the 11-8-and-1 Boston Bruins (7:30 PM EST on FSD/NESN/TVA Sports/97.1 FM). The Red Wings are aware of and complimentary toward their rivals, as they told the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...

“Everything comes down to good leadership and the structure they have,” defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “They have a coach (Claude Julien) who wants them to play a certain way and they know if they play that way, they’ll be successful with it. And they have players like (Patrice) Bergeron, (David) Krejci, and (Brad) Marchand, and big (Zdeno) Chara, and (Tuukka) Rask, it’s not like they’ve lost all their pieces.”

For coach Jeff Blashill, the past history against the Bruins is in the past. Blashill is concentrating on the present, and attempting to match-up with a good Bruins team.

“It’s a much different team,” said Blashill, noting only 11 Bruins players were on the roster opening night 2014-15 compared to now. “We went in there (early November) and lost a game that at times we could have made it a little different game but we didn’t.

“They’re a good hockey team. I watch teams every night, teams are extremely close. The difference is so minimal. They’re a real good hockey team, we’re trying to become a real good hockey team, they’re well coached, they make it hard to get to their net.”

And DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:

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Prospect news: Kadeikin’s ice time on increase, Ehn’s on decrease; Grifins file weekly release

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin played 12:54 and finished at +1 in SKA St. Petersburg's 3-2 loss to the Ak Bars Kazan;

In the SHL, Christoffer Ehn played 48 seconds in the Frolunda Indians' 4-3 win over Lulea;

In the QMJHL, Evgeny Svechnikov had an assist in the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles' 7-2 loss to Halifax;

And in the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins filed their weekly press release:

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The Latest From The TSN Insiders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

With the Blue Jackets continuing to struggle, could Ryan Johansen be on the move? Will the Senators be able to move Colin Greening? Is Brad Malone on the NHL's radar for his how he hits? Will compensation draft picks be returned if the rule is removed? The Insiders discuss these topics and much more.

Watch it here, no geo-blocking...

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Bill Foley Says Las Vegas Is “In Good Shape” Regarding Expansion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Bill Foley knows he's playing a waiting game with the NHL in his attempt to bring an expansion franchise to Las Vegas. But with the news coming out of Seattle about two possible arena proposals, it's possible that Foley may have to wait a little longer.

The Seattle Times reported that the NHL is keeping an eye on a proposed arena in Seattle's Sodo District that Chris Hansen is looking to build. If the NHL were to wait on Seattle, it could be 2018-19 before the team could begin play.

Foley has his sights set on playing in 2017, if not sooner. But he may have to wait longer if Seattle becomes in play.

"I'm aware of what's going on (in Seattle) but in my communication with the league, our situation isn't dependent on third parties," Foley said Tuesday. "We believe we're in good shape and we're proceeding as if we will play in 2017."


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John Collins Is Leaving The NHL To Pursue A New Business Opportunity

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

New York (Nov. 24, 2015) – The National Hockey League today announced that Chief Operating Officer John Collins is departing the League to pursue a new business opportunity.  Collins, who joined the NHL in November 2006, had been COO since August 2008.

“John leaves a lasting mark,” said Commissioner Bettman. “His energy, creativity and skill at building strategic partnerships helped drive significant revenue growth for our League. We are grateful for his many contributions and wish him the best in his new endeavors.”

Said Collins, “I’m grateful to Commissioner Bettman for his leadership and friendship over the past nine years.  He had a vision for extending the reach of the NHL and supported us completely as we set out to make the game as big as it deserves to be. The NHL’s future is filled with promise and potential and I will admire and cheer the League’s successes to come on the global stage.”

added 6:16pm,



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Khan speaks with Landon Ferraro regarding his ‘return’ to Detroit as an opposing team’s player

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

MLive's Ansar Khan spoke with former Wing Landon Ferraro regarding his waiver claim by the Boston Bruins, who happen to be playing the Wings tomorrow night:

"The Wings are so deep right now," Ferraro said. "It was between me or Andy (Joakim Andersson) or Jurcs (Tomas Jurco), whatever they were going to do. They thought that (waiving him) was the best move. At the same time, you look and they've got AA (Andreas Athanasiou), (Anthony) Mantha, they have (Tyler) Bertuzzi, they have a ton of guys who are ready to go. It's so deep. I think this is a good fit for me, I'm excited and (Monday) was a lot of fun to get into a game again and get moving."

Ferraro drew his first career assist in his Bruins debut Monday, a 4-3 shootout victory in Toronto. He returned to Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday, practicing with his new club, which plays the Red Wings on Wednesday (7:30, Fox Sports Detroit).

Bruins coach Claude Julien wouldn't confirm if Ferraro will be in the lineup, but if he is, the 24-year-old forward said it will be "weird" playing against a team he was practicing with on Saturday.

"I've known some of these guys for 5-6 years, so it was going to be weird (anyway), but 2-3 days after is a little quicker than I thought it was probably going to happen," Ferraro said. "At the same time, it's a big game for us and we have to make sure we have these points to try and move ahead and get our season rolling here."

Khan continues, and Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman weighed in on the Wings' decision to waive Ferraro:

24. After the Detroit Red Wings lost Landon Ferraro to Boston, I looked through the roster. Barring a trade, it looks like they had two waiver choices: Ferraro or Teemu Pulkkinen. Not surprised the Red Wings chose to keep Pulkkinen — it fits their modus operandi. And Ferraro might be a better fit for the Bruins, anyway.

Update: Here's more from DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:

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The NHL Network And The World Junior Championship

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The NHL Network will provide exclusive live broadcasts of all U.S. games at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship and up to 25 games total. The tournament is set for Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 in Helsinki, Finland.

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A One-Year Contract For Dainius Zubrus In San Jose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed forward Dainius Zubrus to a one-year, two way contract.

Zubrus, 37, recorded 10 points (four goals, six assists) and 42 penalty minutes in 74 games with New Jersey last season. In 1,243 career NHL games with Philadelphia, Montreal, Washington, Buffalo and New Jersey, he has registered 584 points (225 goals, 359 assists) and 771 penalty minutes.

In addition, Zubrus has collected 35 points (11 goals, 24 assists) in 92 career playoff games. He played for current Sharks Head Coach Peter DeBoer in New Jersey from 2011-2014.

The six-foot-five, 225-pound native of Elektrenai, Lithuania, was originally drafted by Philadelphia in the first round (15th overall) of the 1996 NHL Draft.

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John Tortorella After Thirty Days In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,

Tortorella was asked to assess his first 30 days, personally and professionally, this afternoon. The Jackets are 8-7 since he replaced Todd Richards on Oct. 21.

Forget the personal part.

“The only thing I worry about is the team,” Tortorella said. “Am I where I want to be with the team? No. We still have a lot of work to do. The biggest points – and they are two things you can control: We need to be consistently harder, and we need to play with pace. Those are two big points that we’re trying to get situated.”

There is always a push when a coaching change is made. Cliché, but true. It wasn’t readily apparent when Tortorella took over – the Jackets were 4-3 in his first seven games – but there has not been a pronounced drop when the newness wore off, either.

“It’s been up and down,” Tortorella said. “I don’t look at it as a lull. It’s been up and down. A big reason why we bring them in (to practice yesterday and today) is because we don’t have a full understanding of the standard we need to be at in all areas of the game. Some things you can’t control in our game, but it’s how hard you play, how hard you are with your bite as a team, and the pace you play with – you can control that.”


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