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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I usually do a semi-annual post on the ways to help out KK but this time it is a little different.

I have started a GoFundMe page which allows you to donate and improve KK.

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Prospect news: Holmstrom registers 2 more assists; OHL/WHL playoff news; Griffins smoke Rockford

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

In the land of (mostly) playoff prospect news:

In the Swedish SHL, Axel Holmstrom registered 2 assists in 16:38 played, including an assist on the series-winner, as Skelleftea AIK defeated Mattias Backman and Linkopings HC 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday (click the link for highlights), taking a 3-0 series lead in the SHL semifinal series;

Back over on this side of the pond, in the OHL, Tyler Bertuzzi had a goal and an assist to Zach Nastasiuk's goal as Bertuzzi's Guelph Storm defeated Nastasiuk's Owen Sound Attack 2-1 on Tuesday, and neither player scored in Guelph's 3-2 win on Wednesday. Guelph leads the best-of-seven series 3-1;

Jake Paterson is, like Nastasiuk, a game away from being assigned to Grand Rapids. He gave up 10 goals on 33 shots as his Kitchener Rangers were shelled 10-6 by London on Tuesday, yielding a 3-0 series lead for the Knights;

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Coach Babcock on his dad

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Hello. George here. I've been without internet service for the better part of the last two days (thanks, WOW), so my apologies for the service interrputions, and many thanks to Paul for keeping TMR going.

This note from the Ottawa Citizen's Ken Warren slipped under the radar yesterday, and I'd hoped to post it earlier today, but it's still worth noting because it's a wonderful summary of the reasons why the Red Wings' coach is the man he was raised to be--mostly by his father, Mike Sr., who passed away on Sunday at 78 years of age:

“The last time I visited him was March 3,” the Red Wings coach said before Tuesday’s game against the Senators. “I always make notes in my phone and there was a note there that said it would be the last time I see to my Dad.”

Babcock says he talked to his father every day following morning skates and now “I’ve got to find somebody else to call.”

At the same time, Babcock says his father is in a better place.

“I’m a guy of faith anyway and since I lost my mom, I pray differently. The same thing is going to happen for Dad. It was time for him to leave. He was struggling. To be honest, as sad as it is, it’s a great, great thing.”

Babcock says his father would not want him to stop working.

“In my family, you’re expected to do your job,” he said. “There are expectations. My Dad would expect me to be doing this and do it to the best of my ability and that’s how you honour him.”

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Slava Voynov Trial Delayed Until July Plus He Recently Tore His Achilles

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond of the OC Register,

The domestic-battery trial of Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has been delayed again, until early July, after a courtroom dispute Wednesday about whether Voynov’s wife should be compelled to testify.

The trial is now set to start July 6, 7 or 8, at the Torrance branch of Los Angeles Superior Court, but an important hearing will take place May 4. That’s when Judge Eric Taylor will apparently rule on whether Marta Varlamova, Voynov’s wife (and the alleged victim in the case), must answer questions from prosecutors.

Voynov agreed to the delay in his trial, and attended the hearing on crutches with his right leg in a cast. Voynov had surgery last week to repair his Achilles tendon, which further complicates his potential NHL future.


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Video- Topics Of The Day With Darren Dreger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Topics discuused include the Dustin Byfuglien cross-check, the proposed Pat Lafontaine summit and the latest on Patrick Kane.


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Evening Line- Bruce Arthur On Dustin Byfuglien

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The NHL is full of acts of brutality, big and small, and some of them are actually pretty useful. But this was just dumb. Byfuglien is getting a phone hearing with the league Thursday, which means the only real decision for the department of player safety should be whether he gets suspended for four games or five games, since five is the maximum over the phone. It should be five. Really, it should be more.

-Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star where you can read more on this topic.

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An Important Game For The Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Boston, which trailed Detroit by 12 points on March 4, suddenly is two points behind. And while the Red Wings need only stay ahead of the Ottawa Senators, who are five points back, to secure a playoff berth, finishing the season on an upswing and beating a nemesis team would provide a confidence boost.

"It doesn't matter how much we look back we have to look forward," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "Try to get energized and get back to playing the way we want to be playing. March has been a bit of a struggle for us. We have to find our legs again. Focus on the things we need to do and do them right."

The Bruins have won three in a row against the Red Wings after Detroit won the season open at home. Including last year's playoff series, Boston has won seven of its past eight against the Red Wings.

"They're a team that plays hard," Detroit's Justin Abdelkader said. "We know the positions in the standings. We know how important a game it is for us. It'll be fun, a good test."


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The LA Kings Drive To The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alex Kinkopf of LAKings.com,

Like we've come accustomed to in recent years, the Los Angeles Kings are taking their postseason push into the final stages of the NHL's regular season. Not all hope is lost, however, especially with a roster that has continually proved to come up big in high-pressure situations.

With six games left on the regular season slate, the Kings find themselves on the outside looking in at the Western Conference’s playoff picture. As of Wednesday, as the Kings prepare to start a two-game home stand at STAPLES Center, they’re slated as having a 61.1 % chance of qualifying for the playoffs.

HOME COOKIN’: The Kings return to STAPLES Center Thursday night, where they’ve posted a 22-9-7 record this season, for two match ups (EDM Thursday, COL Saturday) where extremely earnable points are up for the taking. Edmonton is already eliminated, and Colorado is on the cusp of being such. These are four points the Kings are in dire need of.

PACIFIC PUSH: It’s very much in the Kings’ favor that they will see both of the teams they’re chasing in the Pacific Division, Calgary and Vancouver, one more time each respectively. These will be huge opportunities for the Kings to gain ground in four-point game scenarios. What’s also helpful to the Kings, is the fact that they have one game in hand on each of these division foes.


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Compensating A Team For Losing An Executive

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Cambell of The Hockey News,

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland has lost a lot of good people over the years – Steve Yzerman, Jim Nill, Todd McLellan and Paul MacLean to name just a few – so he’s obviously pleased the NHL reversed its stance on providing compensation for teams who lose executives to their rivals. Even if it means that if he loses his head coach this summer, nothing will be coming back the Red Wings way.

As first reported by Pierre LeBrun of espn.com, about eight months ago the league quietly reversed itself on the issue of compensation. Any team hiring someone from another organization who is under contract to be a GM, coach or president, must now compensate the team losing the staffer with a draft pick. If the hiring is done in the off-season, the team hiring the new man must surrender a third-round pick. If it’s done mid-season, the pick becomes a second-rounder.


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Stars Of The Month

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 1, 2015) – Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond, Calgary Flames center Jiri Hudler and Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of March.

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