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Thinking Big When It Comes To The World Cup Of Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

A possible Olympic-village type setting for teams and fans alike, representing all the countries involved.

A splashy opening ceremony befitting what the NHL considers to be a major international event.

A series of concerts sprinkled throughout the two-week event that will augment the product on the ice.

Events held in conjunction with the Toronto International Film Festival, which will be going on at the same time.

Taking a page from the the annual “A Taste of Danforth” Food Festival, how about a Taste of The World Cup event, one in which fans can have the opportunity to graze on some of the dishes native to the countries taking part in the tournament?

In the minds of the NHL and NHLPA kingpins who are setting up the World Cup of Hockey, these are some of the ideas they would like to see come to fruition as part of the tournament, which will run Sept. 17–Oct. 1, 2016 at the Air Canada Centre.


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Social Media Responsibility

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Upon further review, Dion Phaneuf, Elisha Cuthbert and Joffrey Lupul would like to see something positive spring from the Twitter firestorm that engulfed them this week. Something that will educate people about the perils of social media, according to their lawyer.

And then there are people like me who believe this will never happen until the person who started this particular contretemps with a defamatory tweet about the two Toronto Maple Leafs players and Phaneuf’s wife and all the other Internet offenders are figuratively nailed to the legal cross.

If anything, the events on social media this week, from the Leafs tweet that exploded on TSN’s NHL trade-deadline show to a similar controversy with the Chicago Blackhawks to the vile comments about Curt Schilling’s daughter when the former baseball pitcher praised her on Twitter, show that people need to realize Twitter, Facebook, Instagram et al. are not private conversations between a few people but a public forum where they have a legal responsibility to make sure they do not libel anyone.

Journalists were bound by this obligation long before the Internet opened a worldwide forum to everyone with a keyboard or a smartphone. But too many bloggers, tweeters, citizen journalists or whatever else they like to be called are too slow to realize they now have the same responsibility.

You cannot casually repeat some scurrilous rumour making its way around the Web forums without opening yourself to legal action.


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Mike Babcock Sort Of Expected The Type Of Game The Wings Played Last Night

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock hopes his newest additions, forward Erik Cole and defenseman Marek Zidlicky, don't get the wrong idea about their new team after their first game Wednesday.

The Red Wings were sluggish, not completely unexpected coming off six consecutive road games. They didn't skate well, they struggled in their own zone and were turnover-prone.

"I thought we looked like we'd been on a long road trip and got back and were wearing snowshoes," Babcock said....

"I hope they don't think we play like this, because we don't," Babcock said. "I've never seen anything quite like it. You almost expect it, but you're hoping you'll get through it and you're going to play better.

"We'll play way better as the week goes on now once we get skating again tomorrow. Those guys I think are confident pros. I think Cole can really help (Henrik) Zetterberg and (Justin) Abdelkader once they've played together and get to know each other and get a feel for one other and get some rhythm."

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Video- Dustin Byfuglien Has An Upper-Body Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul



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Video- Recap Of The Four NHL Games On Wednesday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just over three minutes of highlights...


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The overnight report: Red Wings-Rangers wrap-up: Wings hang in and win in OT; whither Jurco?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

If one were to base their expectations of the New York Rangers' post-game comments upon what the Rangers' players and coach very visibly stated to the referees, the Wings' players and Pierre McGuire during NBCSN's broadcast of the Red Wings' 2-1 OT win over New York, you'd expect the Rangers to issue a lengthy list of complaints regarding the penalties that were called against them, the penalties they felt should have been called upon the Red Wings, and especially the sequence which led to the game-winning goal.

The Rangers were incredibly upset when Justin Abdelkader's 1-0 goal counted, even though it was ruled legal by the NHL's situation room, because the Rangers believed that Abdelkader kicked it in

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Prospect news: Griffins smoke Barons thanks to Pulkkinen hat trick

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Only one Red Wings developmental affiliate and/or set of prospects played on Wednesday, and they played more than well enough to provide highlights for everyone. The Grand Rapids Griffins won their 9th straight game, defeating the Oklahoma City Barons 7-1, and Griffins forward Teemu Pulkkinen scored a hat trick in the process, regaining the AHL's scoring and points leads despite having played in 5-10 fewer games than any of his competitors in the scoring race.

The Griffins' website posited a recap of the game...

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Quick take, Red Wings vs. Rangers: discord, dispute and a whole lotta Howard = clutch win

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings played an incredibly predictable game for their "1st Game Back From a West Coast Trip," sloppily stumbling, fumbling and flailing their way toward a 2-1 OT win over the New York Rangers.

It was ugly, it was certainly a case of the Wings playing almost injuriously-to-self self-defeating hockey, and the Wings required both Jimmy Howard's spectacular 39-save performance and da whole lot of patience in dealing with a Rangers team, coach and NBCSN broadcast team that protested for calls so vehemently and against goals so vehemently that it was worse than reading my Twitter feed when the Wings get a goal called off (ha)...

But sometimes you win sloppy games by leaning all over your own damn goalie and scoring the gamer in OT when the other team's captain trips over his own goalie and comes up angry because there was nobody to blame but himself for Marek Zidlicky's game-winner.

And especially given how the Rangers scored with feet in Jonas Gustavsson's crease and Jonas Gustavsson's left arm out of its shoulder socket the last time these teams met in OT, it felt damn good to see the Rangers were the ones going away angry.

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Matt Martin suspended for 1 game

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From the NHL:


 NEW YORK (March 4, 2015) -- New York Islanders forward Matt Martihas been suspended for one game, without pay, for kneeing Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley during NHL Game No. 948 in Dallas on Tuesday, March 3, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 1:48 of the first period. Martin was assessed a major penalty for kneeing and a game misconduct.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Martin will forfeit $5,376.34. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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I Really Like Our Team

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

Well, the deadline passed and KH did pretty good. The 19 seem to be satisfied with the addition of Cole and Zidlicky. This move is one that looks to make our Team better right now, and, going forward into the remainder of the regular season, while hoping to have a good, deep post season run. No blockbuster deals, just deals that make sense. A couple of solid players with one that brings much needed size up front, and the other being the righty on D.

Tonight we face the Rangers and they are still chugging along quite well without their #1 Lundqvist in between the pipes. Cam Talbot has filled in very well for the ailing Lundqvist.  They are currently sitting at second in the Metropolitan with 84 points. Still, a tough Team to go up against no matter who they put on the ice.

Tonight is another Rivalry Night game, but I don't care, cause we had a nice surprise visit from our Chief the other day, and, I really like our Team.

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