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Your Vezina Trophy Finalists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 17, 2018) – Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets, Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators and Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the three finalists for the 2017-18 Vezina Trophy, awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” the National Hockey League announced today.

The general managers of the NHL’s 31 clubs submitted ballots for the Vezina Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 20, during the 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Following are the finalists for the Vezina Trophy, in alphabetical order:

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Calgary Flames Relieve Glen Gulutzan Of His Coaching Duties

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Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames have announced today that they have relieved Head Coach Glen Gulutzan and Assistant Coaches Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard of their coaching duties.

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Zach Parise Week-To-Week With A Fractured Sternum

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced that forward Zach Parise will miss tonight's game and is week-to-week due to a fractured sternum suffered in Game 3 vs. Winnipeg.

added 4:11pm,



added 4:21pm, Possibly when the injury occurred....

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Report- The New York Islanders May Be Searching For A GM

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from Chris Botta at Islander Point Blank,

Co-owners Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky are in the process of identifying a top executive to join the Islanders' hockey operations department, two NHL sources confirmed on Tuesday to SNY's Point Blank.

Since current Islanders President/GM/Alternate Governor Garth Snow has not been relieved of his duties more than a week since the end of another disastrous season, it is believed that the new hire would become Islanders GM while Snow would remain President (or given a new title).

The process includes asking other NHL teams for permission to speak to some of their executives. Among those expected to be on Malkin and Ledecky's list of highly-regarded hockey people to interview are Julian BriseBois (Lightning), Paul Fenton (Predators), and Tom Fitzgerald (Devils), who are assistant general managers with their respective clubs.


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Video- Radko Gudos Takes Out Sean Couturier In Practice Today

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I know some of you do not follow Kukla's Korner on Twitter, so here is the Gudas/Couturier collision in practce today which I RT'd about 45 minutes ago.

No update from the Flyers.


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The Penalty Box

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from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

The exact dimensions vary from rink to rink, but each penalty box functions the same. On the home side, referees conduct video reviews with oversized headsets and undersized tablets that are stored amid a maze of wires. On the visitors' end, spare pucks are chilled inside a minifreezer set to around 10° F. Both boxes are furnished with water bottles, athletic tape, ice bags and a metal bench, plus stacks of towels that serve particular use. “God, these guys are hygienically challenged,” one veteran NHL off-ice official laments. “All they want to do is spit.”

From full-throated brawls to controversial calls, the penalty box has played host to many memorable scenes in the history of hockey; it also cameoed in the April 15, 1978, episode of Saturday Night Live, in which a gritty Quebecker played by host Michael Sarrazin invites an opponent (Dan Aykroyd) to smoke pot while serving fighting majors—a hot-boxed box.

The spotlight is never brighter than during the Stanley Cup playoffs, when a single visit can tilt an entire series. Zebras swallowing whistles sounds like PETA’s worst nightmare, but laissez-faire playoff refereeing is more myth than fact: In 11 of 12 completed postseasons since the 2004–05 lockout, the rate of minor penalties per game reliably increased compared with the regular season average.

read on

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Watching The Stanley Cup Playoffs On The NBC Sports Group Of Stations

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STAMFORD, Conn. – April 17, 2018 – With compelling matchups, outstanding performances, and intriguing storylines, viewership for the first five days of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs across the networks of NBCUniversal is the best in four years and up 5% over 2017.

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  Tags: nbc+sports+group

Report- John Torchetti Will Not Return As Assistant Coach For The Wings

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via Craig Custance tweet,

According to multiple sources, the Red Wings have notified other NHL teams via email that they won't be bringing back assistant coach John Torchetti.

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Video- Classic Jack Edwards

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via Sportsnet,

Bruins legendary play-by-play guy Jack Edwards loses his mind after the whistle is blown for an injured Maple Leaf, thwarting a Bruins power play rush.


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Morning Line- Dan Shaughnessy

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Toronto’s anthem songstress Martina Ortiz-Luis turned the microphone over to Leafs fans in a passionate perfomance of “O, Canada!” which of course reminded me of Casablanca’s best scene: tears streaming down the face of a defiant Yvonne when French refugees overwhelm a German anthem, definatly standing and singing “La Marseillaise” at Rick’s cafe.

-Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe where you can read more on Leafs/Bruins.

Making a reference to Casablanca and a hockey game is okay with me.


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