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Off-Season Game Plan: Buffalo Sabres

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

From Scott Cullen of TSN.ca,

As much as the Sabres were steamrolled last season, with the worst possession of the analytics era, they have been accumulating young talent and are in position to begin the long climb out of the basement.

The first step will be to find a new head coach and, as bad as the Sabres are currently, it's not a bad gig. The team has an owner with deep pockets who will be willing to spend when it's needed (having already gone the route of spending too much, too soon) and there is enough talent and draft picks in the cupboard that they should continue to get better. Additionally, because they are a young, rebuilding club, there should be some patience that allows the coach to set his system without facing the pressure of contending for a playoff spot right away.

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Caps Or Islanders?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

There’s no telling how tonight’s decisive Game 7 between the Islanders and Capitals will play out, but it shouldn’t surprise anyone that their first-round series got to this point.

There was little to distinguish these Metropolitan Divison rivals, results-wise, during the regular season. Both ended up with 101 points. Both won a combined 40 games in regulation and overtime. Both were strong on the road, picking up 22 victories. They were so close that home ice for this game had to be decided by a count of points gained in head-to-head play, the NHL's third tiebreaker. The Caps earned the edge, 6-5, on the strength of a shootout win over the Isles on Feb. 21.

Maybe that will pay off for the Capitals tonight. Or not.

In fact, losing that game might have been the best thing that could have happened to the Islanders, at least if recent history counts for anything.

Six series went to a seventh game during last spring’s tournament. Five of them were won by the visiting team, though home clubs hold an all-time mark of 91-65.

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Video- Let’s Slow It Down Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Almost five minutes of action, all in slow motion, from the past week of the NHL Playoffs.

 

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Video- Jon Cooper Today

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Jon Cooper post-practice today.

 

 

George has not been feeling well the last few days but he is fighting through it and will hopefully return for the game tonight.

In the meantime, I am just trying to fill in when I can and the above video basically tells the story for the Bolts.

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Afternoon Line- Steven Stamkos

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"Obviously cause I'm not scoring, people think you're injured, that's not the case. I feel great. Obviously everyone is going through some bumps and bruises at thsi time (of year). But if I had a couple goals, nobody would ask me if i was injured."

"It comes with the territory. For me, I judge my game on how hard I'm competing, the litte things I"m trying to do well. Obviously I get judged on offense and production and that's something I do judge myself on as well, especially when things aren't going well and the team isn't winning, it gets magified. Hopefully I can break through tonight."

-Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning via Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times where you can read a bit more.

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Notes From The Weekend

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

- Hard to believe the Blues failed in the post-season again, albeit at the hands of a Minnesota squad that has been among the very best in the league in 2015. Iffy goaltending hurt St. Louis again, a familiar theme, as once again a 100-point regular season team crashed early in the post-season.

Without a contract, head coach Ken Hitchcock is obviously vulnerable. Organizationally, the Blues tried to add a key piece for last year’s playoffs in Ryan Miller and that didn’t work, then this year they signed Paul Stastny to help buttress the roster up the middle, and that didn’t work....

- The Canucks are another team with major thinking to do concerning their future. GM Jim Benning tried to go in two directions last summer, adding youth while at the same time trying to make the club more competitive by adding the likes of Miller and Radim Vrbata, and to some extent he was successful in both efforts.

But with the 23rd pick in June’s draft, no second or third rounder, and only Jake Virtanen possibly a blue chipper on the depth chart, the Canucks need to move more aggressively into a rebuild mode. But will ownership allow that? And can you do that with the Sedin twins still on the roster?

- Neither the Bruins nor the Oilers have yet said for sure whether a second round pick will be going from Edmonton to Boston as compensation for Peter Chiarelli signing on as the new hockey boss in Alberta's capital. That’s the new compensation schedule set down by the NHL to govern hirings of executives and coaches around the league who are already under contract.

The two sides say they’re “talking,” but what we know is it’s either a second rounder or the Bruins can choose to waive it, but they can’t negotiate a different price. Given how badly the Oilers obviously wanted Chiarelli, why wouldn’t Boston take the pick? We’ll see what happens.

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How Are You Feeling Today?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Relaxed, nervous, time moving slowly?

Me, except for the server issue earlier today, I am a bit more relaxed than normal but time is moving slowly.

Hurry up puck drop!

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Mats Zuccarello Out Indefintely

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via NHL.com,

The New York Rangers announced Monday that forward Mats Zuccarello will be sidelined indefinitely because of an upper-body injury.

Zuccarello left Game 5 of the Rangers' Eastern Conference First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first period after getting hit on the left side of his helmet with a shot from defenseman Ryan McDonagh. The Rangers won the game 2-1 in overtime to eliminate the Penguins and advance to the second round. They'll play either the Washington Capitals or New York Islanders in the next round.

Watch the play below...

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NBCSN Broadcast Coverage For IIHF World Hockey Championship

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – NBC Sports Group -- via NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra -- will provide exclusive live broadcast coverage of all Team USA games during the 2015 IIHF Men's World Hockey Championship.

The tournament, which runs from May 1-17 in Ostrava and Prague, Czech Republic, features a collection of the best players in the world from 16 nations.

Team USA opens play Friday (May 1) against Finland, with live coverage on NBCSN at 10 a.m. ET, in what will be the first of seven preliminary round games for the U.S. Five of Team USA's seven preliminary round games will air live on NBCSN with the other two slated to be broadcast on a same-day delayed basis. In addition, NBCSN will likely air all other Team USA games, including possible action in the quarterfinals, semifinals and the gold or bronze-medal game.

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KK Is Getting Old

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We are going to do a quick server upgrade starting at 1:00pm ET today and KK wll be down for about 15 minutes at that time.

You may also see sporadic outages for 2-3 hours after the upgrade.

Unfortunately, KK is getting old software wise and the software is putting a strain on the server.  This upgrade may help or may not but I am willing to take that chance.

Donations continue to come in but at a slower pace, so if you can help it is much appreciated.  One way or another, KK will be going through a major build over the summer which will put us in a great position moving forward.

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