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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,

The NHL Awards are over, which means that the yelling could begin.

Every year, there are votes that boggle the mind, and this year was no exception. Some of them are egregious -- like Mathew Barzal getting anything less than a first- or second-place vote for the Calder Trophy -- and some of them are just curiously baffling, like putting Vladimir Tarasenko fifth on a Selke Trophy ballot in the hopes that he eventually plays defense, one assumes.

Fans see these votes, and start hurling bile at the voters for their malfeasance. For example: Who left Nathan MacKinnon off their Hart Trophy ballots completely, when the Colorado Avalanche center had one of the most rock-solid cases for either winning the award or finishing second?

Well, it turns out that Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette, Ansar Khan of MLive.com, Ross McKeon of the San Francisco Chronicle and Steve Zipay of Newsday did. None of them voted Taylor Hall of the Devils, who won the award, in first place either. Hickey had both Evgeni Malkin (first) and Sidney Crosby (fifth) on the same ballot.


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Time For The Question Of The Day

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Who will the Wings draft tonight?

As of this post they have two picks in the first round, the #6 selection and also the 30th.

The question again is who will they draft and if you want to also include who they should draft, that is fine with me.

Below, Bob McKenzie's Top 31 Final Prospect Ranking if you need help.

You can find Bob's Top 93 here.

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Ken Holland Thinking About The Future As The Draft Approaches

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

“We’re ready to go at pick six. We’ve heard lots of different things happening in front of us,” Holland told The Athletic. “I’ve talked to some teams, teams call (and) want to know if you’ll trade the pick. We’re ready for anything.”

He stressed, again, that any conversations he’s having now would be about building for the future. He wants a competitive team to open training camp, in large part to have a healthy environment to develop young players. But he also said he won’t be moving any future assets to bolster his roster.

What he didn’t rule out is a trade that would bring back a young player who could help now and help in the future, someone in the 23-to-25-year-old range.

“Yeah, that’s a good range. I think if you’re under 25,” Holland said. “It’s about the future, any trade talks I might be involved in.”

more (paid subscription) and the Wings are still talking with Green...

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Video- Remember These Goals?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

A look back at iconic goals from all 31 NHL teams

Almost 14 minutes to watch.


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Dan Bylsma Is Now An Assistant Coach For The Detroit Red Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

At this point, the link to the story is not working.



added 11:12am, Press release is below.

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The Talk At The NHL Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

Some quickie gossip from Dallas, home of your 2018 NHL Draft:

- There is word that a number of teams are asking St. Louis if there’s any reason they would consider moving Colton Parayko. One of them has to be Edmonton, picking 10th.

My guess is the price would be enormous. He’s a terrific player on an excellent contract. Maybe they feel having Alex Pietrangelo there gives the Blues reason to think about it.

- Carolina is another to watch. It will be a surprise if the Hurricanes deal the second-overall selection. However, all eyes are on Jeff Skinner (add the Islanders and Penguins to the list of potential options), Justin Faulk (Detroit with interest) and Elias Lindholm. I’m not convinced the latter is getting dealt, but the team and agent are grinding each other over his next contract.

- It might mean nothing — or maybe it means everything — but Wayne Simmonds’ trade list was due this week.


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The New York Islanders Are A Different Franchise

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,

For the first time in 35 years, the Islanders will have the reigning Stanley Cup champion coach behind their bench. That they are willing to pay him and that he was willing to take the job says everything about how far the franchise has come in the past two months.

Barry Trotz, the most accomplished coach the Islanders have had since Al Arbour, represents a whole new professional, aggressive approach. He also adds to it. The man who turned the expansion Predators into a perennial contender and turned the enigmatic Alex Ovechkin into a champion is the first major addition in Lou Lamoriello’s run. His arrival reinforces the point that the Islanders mean business.

“Lou is going to do what it takes to win. That got me excited right away,” Trotz said during a conference call Thursday afternoon.

The big numbers in his contract got him excited, too. That in itself was a breakthrough for the Islanders. For a good while, coaching has been a position in which the Islanders skimped. In fairness to Garth Snow, it is likely that the former general manager never had authorization to spend much on a coach.


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From the Dub: The Future Is Now

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

June provides a good preview of things to come this fall in the WHL. Coaching changes, the 2018 - 2019 preseason schedule, player signings and the NHL Entry Draft all make for a busy month. And let's not forget the nine league alumni who are celebrating their Stanley Cup win as members of the Washington Capitals. June marks the convergence of the past, present and future here in the Dub. The future is now and the future is bright. 

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The TSN Hockey Insiders Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

After the Sens moved on from Mike Hoffman, can they afford to lose more talent in Erik Karlsson? The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss the ongoing rumours surrounding the Sens captain and give you the latest on Ilya Kovalchuk, Ryan O'Reilly and other big names on the block.

Watch at TSN.

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Wings Need To Draft The Best Available Player

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings will not secure their future in the 2018 NHL Draft. They have much more rebuilding to accomplish.

They may not select a defenseman that will hasten reconstruction the roster.

And, whether the Wings accomplish a goal they should consider primary, drafting more effectively than they have in some recent years, is unlikely to be known for a few seasons.

If that seems a disappointing outlook for draft day, it is not.

Rather, it suggests an ambitious goal, for the Red Wings.

With a lot of draft picks, including the No. 6 selection in the first round Friday, amid considerable concern about the immediate and long-term future of the franchise, the false hope of imminent salvation is seductive.

The draft, after all, is usually gratification delayed.


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