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We are so close to 75% of our goal in the KK Donation Drive. Any amount helps with the new rebuild of Kukla's Korner in the late summer.

Coverage of NHL news and information will be thorough through mid-July.  It is not easy work but part of what we do here at KK.

I will be tweeting more than usual during this period so it may be a good idea to follow along or you can catch the most recent tweets on the right sidebar of the KK Hockey section.

Thanks to all for your continued support and I look forward to bringing you the latest news in the coming weeks.

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The overnight report: Mike Green an unlikely fit; on Lidstrom’s ‘prospects’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

You're supposed to start these sorts of reports with the juicy stuff, but I'm not sure if this is a juicy rumor as much as it's the utterance of a puzzled, "Huh? What?" given that Ken Holland has stated that he's not interested in screwing up the Wings' cap situation going forward by spending big in the free agent market.

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson listed 10 free agents and their possible suitors, and he's going with the Red Wings as participants in the...Mike Green sweepstakes?

1. Mike Green, Washington Capitals: He made $6.08 million last year and was Washington’s No. 5 defenceman. The Caps would bring him back for about half that price, but Green, 29, is moving on. The Detroit Red Wings will make the biggest push because he could play with Niklas Kronwall and they sorely need a power play guy.

Because the free agent pool is about as deep as a dry puddle, Green could get $7 or $8 million from somebody out there on a 6+ year contract, and I can't see the Wings paying that kind of money or term to anybody. If he comes to Detroit, he's going to be leaving money and term on the table, and I don't see any reason for Green to do so, either.

In matters of greater certainty, the Red Wings unveiled their summer development camp roster, and the Windsor Star's Bob Duff asked a certain Nicklas Lidstrom about the fact that his sons are going to participate in the camp as try-outs:

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Friedman: Kings learned of reason why Mike Richards’ contract was terminated last Saturday

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports that whatever happened that spurred the Los Angeles Kings to terminate Mike Richards' contract happened last Saturday:

Dean Lombardi showed up for Round 1 of the NHL Draft in a good mood. Los Angeles was the proud, new employer of Milan Lucic, with the GM excitedly discussing the various ways his lineup could utilize the power forward.

But something happened later that lacked complete context until the Kings terminated Mike Richards’ contract on Monday afternoon.

Midway through the opening round, the emotion changed at the team’s table. According to several sources, that was the moment the organization found out about something that occurred on or around June 17, further muddling Richards’ situation.

Lombardi was discussing possible trade scenarios with Calgary and Edmonton, so he got up to personally notify GMs Brad Treliving and Peter Chiarelli. From what I understand, no transaction was close, but this ended any chance of a move.

In their release, the Kings announced they “exercised the team’s right to terminate the contract of Mike Richards for a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player’s Contract” and would not have any further comment.

In a brief filed to the NHL and the NHLPA, the team referenced Section 2(e) of the SPC, which states a player agrees “to conduct himself on and off the rink according to the highest standards of honesty, morality, fair play and sportsmanship, and to refrain from conduct detrimental to the best interest of the Club, the League or professional hockey generally.”

Friedman continues, discussing the means by which Richards can grieve the termination and the Kings' cap benefit...

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Angela Ruggiero found a way to live her hockey dreams all the way to the Hockey Hall of Fame

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Angela Ruggiero happens to be one of my heroes, so the fact that she was named a Hockey Hall of Fame inductee on Monday was an absolute delight for me as a fan as much as anything--and for Ruggiero, it was the fulfillment of a childhood dream of a sort, as noted by the Los Angeles Times' Helene Elliott:

Ruggiero, a member of the International Olympic Committee, was a rarity as a female hockey player as a child. "To be honest, I wanted to play for the L.A. Kings. I showed up to career day in the second grade with my hockey gear on," she said during a conference call with reporters. "I knew I wanted to play hockey, just didn't know where it would take me. However many years later I got to play in four Olympics and travel around the world and now here today be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Definitely something I couldn't have ever imagined."

The Free Press's Jeff Seidel penned a superb article about Ruggiero, who's still advocating for women in "sport" and women's hockey:

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Habs prepare for the Frenzy

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

So July 1 is but 30 hours away. The Canadiens, once thought to be out of range on big free agents this year, suddenly announced the buyout of PA Parenteau on Sunday afternoon. Could something be afoot?

My hunch is yes. This isn't a coincidence. The Canadiens have sought a top-six forward for the past few years, failing to get one time after time. I suspect this time, Marc Bergevin has his man. Whether it is a free agent target, or a trade, the timing can't be coincidental. The Habs have been able to speak to free agents since Thursday, and we all know lots of trade talk took place over the weekend at the draft. 

My hope? Patrick Sharp, Phil Kessel or Mikko Koivu is coming to Montreal. My hunch? It's probably Michal Frolik. Wouldn't it be someting if Bergy pulled off a big deal, post-draft, when so many Habs fans have lost faith? The Canadiens have lots of chips to play, such as Jarred Tinordi, Alex Emelin, etc. Many teams are looking for defencemen. Could their be a match? 

With bonuses due, and free agents available, in 30 hours, there's not much time left until we'll know. The playoffs are the best time of year for hockey fans, but this rightly might be the second best time. Lots of change to come yet. Buckle up. 

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Summarizing the media’s takes on Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov, Hall of Famers

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 6x at 12:08 AM:

There's so much coming out regarding Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov's naming to the Hockey Hall of Fame's 2015 Induction Class that I can only apply the "digest entry" treatment to the stories popping up on the news wire, starting with this from ESPN's Pierre LeBrun...

You could argue that three and a half defensemen got the call from the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. Blueliners Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Phil Housley were joined by forward Sergei Fedorov in the men’s player category getting the Hockey Hall of Fame nod, the latter taking a whirl on defense for Scotty Bowman years ago when injuries hit the Red Wings.

"One year we had injuries on the blue line for about six weeks, so we decided to put [Fedorov] back there. He didn’t miss a beat," Bowman, the legendary former coach of the Red Wings, told ESPN.com on Monday. "He could play as well as any of them. He was a good skater backwards and forwards. Wayne Gretzky told me a long time ago, 'I couldn’t play defense, I don’t think Mario [Lemieux] could, I don’t think [Jaromir] Jagr could, but this guy can.' So that tells you what kind of player Fedorov was."
Lidstrom was there when Fedorov took a turn on defense for a few weeks.

"It shows first of all [how] great of a skater he was," Lidstrom said on Monday’s media call when asked about it. "It’s not easy for a forward going back playing defense, but Sergei did it in an excellent way. It showed just how talented he was, moving from one position to another."

And continuing with the Canadian Press's summary of comments made on the post-announcement conference call...

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Pleiness: Wings still considering buying out Weiss

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This is a bit surprising, per the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:

The Detroit Red Wings have until noon Tuesday to make a decision on Stephen Weiss. And it appears they’ll take up until that time to make it.

“We have until noon (Tuesday),” Wings general manager Ken Holland said during a phone interview Monday. “Let’s leave it at that.”

The noon deadline ends the buyout period – June 15-30 – teams have to decide on whether to part ways with players and their contracts, paying out two-thirds of the deal spread out over twice the remaining length of the deal.

Weiss, 32, has three more years at $4.9 million a season left on the five-year deal he signed prior to the 2013-14 season.

Pleiness goes through the team's thought process here:

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NHL General Managers On The UFAs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Traikos at Canada.com,

“Certainly there are players who can help teams,” Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “But they’re not franchise players.”

And yet, that may not stop some teams from paying them franchise dollars. Supply and demand can make general managers do funny things. And a shallow talent pool has suddenly made big fish out of a number of mid-level free agents.

“I don’t like to overpay. That’s not in our vocabulary,” said Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney, who on the weekend traded for Chris Pronger, who is no longer playing because of injuries, but still has a cap hit of 4.9-million, in order to reach the salary-cap floor that will rise in 2015-16 to $52.8-million from $51-million.

“We can’t chase it. You sign bad deals and a year from now you’re like, ‘Why did we do that?'”

Chances are someone will pay (or overpay) for Green or Beleskey. Someone will get caught up in the frenzy and sign a contract they will soon regret. Which is why smart general managers might be better off doing what Brian Burke did several years ago: Accept a chance to visit Canadian troops in Afghanistan on July 1 and wait for the free-agent dust to settle.

“I had a bunch of general managers tell me that they’re not going for the flavour of the month. They have no appetite for that,” said agent Rick Curran of the Orr Hockey Group, who represents free agent defenceman Christian Ehrhoff. “What they do want is the guy they’ve been looking at and following for the last six months and are hoping that for one reason or another he doesn’t re-sign.”

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Hall Of Fame Inductions

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame class has just been announced.  Going in are first time eligible Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov and Chris Pronger.  They are all clear Hall of Famers.  In fact Sergei Fedorov and Chris Pronger are players that I wrote about when I first considered them Hall of Famers.  I wasn't blogging yet when Nicklas Lidstrom reached that threshold.  I also wrote posts for the retirements of Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov and Chris Pronger.  Of course the Chris Pronger retirement is a controversy as it hasn't officially happened yet.  We all know that he will never attempt to play another NHL game but for salary cap reasons he remains active on paper and was traded to the Arizona Coyotes for his salary cap hit over the weekend.  He works for the NHL and yet somehow they still consider him an active player.

Phil Housley joins this group.  He has been long overlooked.  His retirement in 2003 predated my blogging but I have long seen him as a Hall of Famer.  Housley is the fourth highest scoring defenceman of all time with 1232.  The next highest scoring eligible defenceman who is not in the Hall is Gary Suter who is almost 400 points behind Housley.  Not including Housley in the Hall made a mockery of point totals for defencemen.

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Your Hockey Hall Of Fame 2015 Inductees

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Chris Pronger, Phil Housley and Angela Ruggiero will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2015.

Bill Hay and Peter Karmanos were also inducted as builders.

Lidstrom’s election was a matter of inevitability. One of the most dominant defenders of his era, Lidstrom is a seven-time Norris Trophy winner, including six wins in seven seasons between 2001 and 2008. Lidstrom won four Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, earning the 2002 Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP. He became the first European to win the award and in 2008 became the first European to captain a club to a Cup title.

His international resume is equally impressive as Lidstrom won World Championship (1991) and Olympic (2006) gold representing Sweden. He became the 17th member of the “Triple Gold” club at the 2006 Turin Games.

In 1,564 games with the Red Wings Lidstrom scored 264 goals and 878 assists.

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