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Can we fix the All-Star Game? A suggestion and open forum.

So, let's face it, the All-Star game is a joke. How did it get this way? Can it be fixed? I'd like to offer some suggestions and then open the floor to hear from all of you.

First, I'd like to start by addressing the format, the fantasy draft. The only reason I found the first fantasy draft interesting was because Nick Lidstrom, my team's Captain and one of the greatest players of all time was one of the team captains. Not only that, the team was literally called "Team Lidstrom." But did that really matter to other teams' fans? Probably not. I don't care about this year's teams, and not just because I have no Red Wing to root for. Fantasy drafts are great for video games, but this is the All-Star game. This used to be about bragging rights, and the only bragging rights that matter are East vs. West. So how about starting with returning to East vs. West, back to basics, back to my conference is better than yours.

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Capgeek may be gone, but NHL Numbers is still up and running…

I remember after the lost season we fans all wanted a way to follow the salary cap around the league. Before I ever heard about Capgeek I learned about http://www.nhlnumbers.com. I was reading Spector's Hockey at the time, and that was the first source he used. Later, Capgeek surpassed the simple chart provided by NHL Numbers, and from what I can tell, many forgot about the site or only started following the cap with the creation of Capgeek and its algorithms.

I am sorry Mr. Wuest's health has forced him to shut down his internet opperations, both at Capgeek and Red Wings Central. His controbutions to Wings fans and NHL fans at large will be greatly missed. I know many of us have expressed our thoughts and prayers for his reocvery regardless of whether or not he is able to restart site opperations again in the future.

It is on that note that I am writing this blog to remind our community about NHL Numbers. Yes, it's only a simple chart, and any trades will have to be personally calculated, as well as potential buyouts. But the charts are easy to follow and they do have a separate free agent list. So at least that's something, right?

-Bradley97

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Fundraiser for Autistic Hockey Player

Hello fellow Kukla's Korner Readers,

I'm writing you regarding a dear friend of mine. She is the single mother raising an autistic child.

His lifelong dream is to play for the Detroit Red Wings. She has spent her life providing for her son, often working several jobs to fund his passions. She has little, if any outside financial support. She posted on her Facebook that her son would no longer be able to play hockey due to financial restrictions. I know this is crushing her, and I know that he will be devastated if he can't play. I'm asking for your support in helping Nassim achieve his dream, if nothing else, help keep him playing the game we all love.

I know how much my family sacrificed to make sure I could play, and it breaks my heart to hear of someone who does everything for her son realizing she just can't make his dreams come true because of money. I am asking all of you, if you can, just to give a little bit to make sure Nassim can play hockey. Thanks!!!

Here is the campaign I started: http://www.gofundme.com/fu9gyc

P.S. Paul and I communicated regarding this matter, and he deemed it a worthy cause to post on Kuklas Korner. Thanks Paul, and Go Wings!!

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Time To Shave Some Ice

For those of you that don’t know already, because you hate awesome things or are just waking up from baseball season hibernation but Hockey is back, finally.

WE waited patiently all summer, just getting by with May’s highlight re-runs from the season just passed or ESPN’s occasional trade talk but now after nearly six months of summer, where for most of us after the first month, we were praying for frozen ponds and snow.

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5Hole Yahoo Fantasy Hockey League

We're back!  After a successful return to fantasy hockey last season, we are up and running again for 14-15.  There are only 3 spots currently open in a 10 team league, and I would love to fill those spots with KK members instead of the random Yahoo yahoos.

Some of the league setting:

  • 10 team Head to Head league 
  • Live Draft on October 5, 2014 @ 7:45
  • 5 Max Aquisitions per week
  • 3 Minimum weekly Goalie Appearances
  • All Trades Reviewed by League
  • Roster Add/Drop Deadline is Daily, and Changes Take Effect the Next Day 
  • Positions: C, C, C, LW, LW, LW, RW, RW, RW, D, D, D, Util, Util, G, G, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, IR+,     IR+, IR+
  • Scoring: G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, SHP, GWG, Wins, SV%, SHO

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Champions Hockey League - Live Today 08/21

For those looking for some live hockey in August.

The Champions Hocley League is kicking off today.  This is what used to be known as the European Hockey Trophy. http://europeantrophy.com/

Eleven different European Leagues are represented. With strong representation from SEL and Liiga.

http://www.championshockeyleague.net/

There are a few different ways to stream the action.

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Hockey Championships from Around the World 2013-14

The CHL, AHL, NHL are still comepting for championships.  As such, championships from around the world have been determined in the past few weeks. Many of these league

Switzerland - ZSC Lions are National League A Champions 

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Barry Trotz = A Class Act

From a Pete Weber Tweet. 

 

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Quack, Quack, Quack - A Trio of Goalies to Choose from for the Playoffs

In the words of Bruce Boudreau, "We’re in position with three good goalies. I don’t think I can screw it up too bad whoever I choose.”

How would you like to be a SCP coach, and have this trio of goalies as a luxury.  This does not even include Victor Fasth who started the season with the Ducks.

The complete story, which actually features Jonas Hiller at the link below

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A Look at the Roots of Finnish Goaltending

From "The Atlantic", one of the most comprehensive articles I have seen on Finnish Goaltending.  It discusses, the heritage, the difference in approach versus North America, and the fear that the Swedes have overtaken the Finns as the leading producer of elite goaltenders.

http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/02/the-puck-stops-here/357579/

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