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A sports fan: Roster management

Florida has a number of excellent up and coming players, an area of promise but also an area of potential disappointment. These include the just drafted Barkov, said to be ready to step into an NHL lineup right away and likely to center at some point the the Calder rookie winner Huberdeau, who has the skill to be a star player for years to come. Headlining the promising young defensemen are Kulikov and Gudbranson, both developing into solid top four or even top two defensemen and both still young, especially for defensemen. Markstrom has been widely touted as a top goalie prospect for a few years and is likely to be given a legitimate shot at starting from the get go this season. Other promising young players are Shore, Bjugstad, Howden, Matthias, Matheson, and Petrovic.

In 2011 Dale Tallon stepped in as GM and made a number of moves and signings that brought in a number of overpaid players, partly to get above the cap floor. Tallon brought in and then resigned Versteeg, as well as trading for Campbell, whose contract has been criticized widely as being too much for his value. Other signings included Jovanovski, Upshall, Kopecky, and Bergenheim, and each of the aforementioned players have arguably or certainly failed to play up to their contracts. This may be due to injury, but regardless, these contracts will cripple the team's ability to spend especially through the 14-15 season and also through the 15-16 season.

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Top UFAs available

We are now 42 games away from the first preseason game of the year, and there is still plenty of key free agents looking for a new team. Yet, there is little to no noise. Here are my top 5 UFAs still available and which team(s) would be best fit.

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A sports fan

I had never been much of one for sports as a child. I was small and uncoordinated, and tired easily compared to other kids. My parents quickly gave up on bringing me to play baseball as I just could not hit the ball. Along with and perhaps because of my lack of interest in playing sports, I also did not watch any sports. 

Because of this, the idea of watching sports and particularly being a fan of a team or athlete was alien to me. I could not understand what the players on television had to do with me. Why should an athlete's success at a sport, which has no inherent value, influence my emotions? For every athlete that wins, there is at least one other who loses, and there was usually no reason for me to cheer on one over the other.

All the same, in 2009 I decided that watching sports would make me a more well rounded person. Sports are something you can talk to almost any male about, even when you meet him for the first time. But unlike most, I had the unique opportunity to shop around and choose which sport I wanted to watch. Most of us become interested in a sport because it's the sport we played or continue to play, and that sport is often the sport our father played. I am not one for getting into something that will take a significant amount of my time without research, and so I did my studying. 

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A Day with the Cup

I have heard all the wild stories about the Cup's summer travels, but this one is hard to top, the Cup visits Children's Hospital of Chicago.

Photo album of the visit.

The accompanying video.

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Why Hockey Organizations Trump All Others

In a world filled with Footballers being arrested, LeBron addressing his haters, and other HOT news stories, this ad in today's Boston Globe deserves as much attention.

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2013 Mock Draft

I'm a long time KuklasKorner reader/follower, but I've never contributed before via a blog or even message (not really sure why).

Regardless, every year, I love putting together mock drafts.  With the draft being on Sunday, I thought you all might enjoy my crack at guessing who will be taken where.  Whenever I do a mockdraft, I consult team needs, drafting tendencines (CHL over European leagues, Canadian players only in the first round, etc.), as well as best player available (I consult ISS, Central Scouting, Bob McKenzie and other ratings).  Feel free to comment and point out where I'm wrong or need work in my selections smile

1. Colorado – C Nate MacKinnon

Everyone, including myself was convinced Colorado would opt to take Denver native Seth Jones with this pick.  However, after a recent announcement from the Avalanche, they seem to be going in a different direction.  The likely choice for the Avalanche with the #1 pick therefore is Nate MacKinnon.  MacKinnon has game-breaking speed, an excellent shot, great passing ability and vision.  He is a player the Avalanche will be able to build around, a franchise player that will be the face of the Avalanche for years to come. 

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Some NHL views current and upcoming

- The Caps were thinking what exactly trading for Erat?  Brooks Laich's "tenure and term" is insanity too. 

- I don't believe Philly and Vancouver have any choice but to amnesty Bryzgalov and Luongo.  Maybe they'll trade them and their new teams will amnesty them after next year.  Unless there's some rule against that.

- I thought I was listening to Chicago radio with all the people picking Chicago over Detroit. It was Detroit radio, though.  I'm sure everyone picked the Ducks over the Wings in 2002 too, right?  I picked Detroit in 6 immediately after this match-up became official.  Frankly I was more worried about Chicago's 2009 team. 

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John Gibson at the 2013 IIHF WC’s

A continent away, Europe's season ending championship is taking place, with teams sourced by the 17th through 30th best teams from the NHL. 

One player who is not from an NHL team is gathering some attention, this entry from the NYT Slap Shot Blog  discusses John Gibson at the 2013 IIHF World Championships.

It is rare for the United States to use a teenage goalie at the International Ice Hockey Federation world championships, and John Gibson’s performance in his tournament debut was of rare quality.

Gibson, a 19-year-old from Pittsburgh, made 31 saves to backstop the Americans to a 4-1 win over Finland on Wednesday. The Finns are co-hosting the tournament with Sweden this year, but he was unfazed by the boisterous, flag-waving crowd of 12,484 at Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena.

At 19, it is hard to tell how much seasoning he will need before the Anahiem Ducks have a goaltending logjam.

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  Tags: john+gibson, team+usa

The Red Wings and the Playoffs.

I'm an avid KK reader but rarely a writer.

 I only really write anything when I'm fired up or angry about the Wings.

 I am brutally honest and never sugarcoat anything.  I can say that I watch every single Wings game without fail.  I'm a stat and cap geek.  I've been ganged up on and called names before for voicing my opinion by so called bigger fans on the DRW than I am.

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Goaltending Montage to Set the Playoff Mood

A goaltending friend shared this Youtube video with me on a social media site.

I DO NOT know much about the Youtube author titled, ShootAllGoalies (I think he means with a camera).

I DO know the video has a playoff feel to it, and I hope the KK community enjoys.

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