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Open Post- 2015 NHL All-Star Game From Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Feel free to discuss the ASG or anything else hockey related.

The NHL games start again on Tuesday with 11 games on the schedule.

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World Cup Plans

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

A big announcement yesterday was the NHL is going to hold a "World Cup" in 2016.  It will run in pre-season from September 17th to October 1st.  The problem with a tournament at that time is it doesn't seem likely that the KHL will stop its season (which is already underway at that point) for the tournament.  Thus it isn't exactly a best on best tournament.  Several players who should make the European teams will likely be unavailable. 

The plans are that the 2016 tournament will have eight teams.  There will be Canada, USA, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden representing single countries.  In order to fill out the tournament there will be a "Team Europe" which consists of players from other countries that are not represented.  It is expected that even players from Asian countries such as Kazakhstan would be invited to play on this team.  There will also be an under 23 North American team - the North American YoungStars.  In fact all Canadian and American players who qualify for that team would not be eligible for the Canadian or American teams; they could only play for the YoungStars.  That is a problem.  In fact, there were times when Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby were the best player in the world and they would not have been eligible to play for Canada.  This takes away from the World Cup concept.

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Video- Steven Stamkos, Rich Nash And Drew Doughty Sit Down With George Stroumboulopoulos

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via Sportsnet,

Hockey Night in Canada host George Stroumboulopoulos sits down with Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, New York Rangers forward Rick Nash and Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty to talk about their experience in the NHL.

Good way to spend nine minutes of your time today...

 

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Red Wings TV posts parts 2 and 3 of Western Canadian chronicle

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings posted an "opener" of a behind-the-scenes set of videos that will chronicle their Western Canadian road trip on Friday...

Yesterday, they posted a behind-the-scenes clip of the team's visit to Vancouver...

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Time To Demand Participation In The Olympics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Now is the time for the best players in the NHL to stand up the way they do when the Stanley Cup is on the line. Because if they don’t push the issue on Olympic participation, the NHL will be more than happy to trash the entire concept.

The NHL and NHL Players’ Association announced the details of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which will be played in Toronto Sept. 17-Oct. 1, 2016. Both sides spoke of the event in glowing terms and there was much singing from the same songbook. That’s because both sides stand to gain a mother lode of money from a World Cup. The profits for the event are split 50-50 between the NHLPA and the league, meaning they will not be part of Hockey Related Revenues and will have no bearing on the salary cap. Each side is free to take its money and do with it whatever it wants.

So it comes as no surprise that Kumbaya will be used as the national anthem for the Young Stars under-23 team and We Are Family will be the anthem for the Pan-European team.

But make no mistake. When it comes to the Olympics, the two sides are completely opposed. 

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AHL All-Star festivities cap off a busy week for Teemu Pulkkinen

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The AHL is holding its All-Star skills competition tonight at 8 PM EST and its All-Star Game tomorrow at 7 PM. The AHL will stream both events online, and Fox Sports Detroit (click for all the AHL ASG's TV options) will air the ASG live and tape delay the skills competition to 10 PM on Monday night.

Teemu Pulkkinen's the Grand Rapids Griffins' lone representative due to Xavier Ouellet nursing a sore wrist, but Pulkkinen will start for the Western Conference on Monday, and even after spending a week and a half in Detroit, he sits 2nd in AHL scoring with 21 goals, 22 assists and 43 points registered over the course of only 36 games played.

His sojourn with the Wings ended with Mike Babcock promising to send video to Jeff Blashill to ensure that Pulkkinen graduates to the NHL on a full-time basis having remedied his few deficiencies, and Pulkkinen telling Fox Sports Detroit's Keith Gave that he knows he has room for improvement, and tonight and tomorrow's activities represent the end of a particularly grueling schedule for Pulkkinen, as the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner noted:

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Talking deadline trades or the lack thereof

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

My involuntary hiatus has continued due to a medication change, but I've been thinking about the Wings as much as I usually think about the Wings--most of the time--and the more I look at TSN's Darren Dreger's list of trade deadline targets, the Myerses and Yandles, Petrys and Michaleks included, and the Greens, Sekeras, and Zidlickys...

And then I weigh the cost of adding said players against the Red Wings' current stable of on-the-roster Xavier Ouellet, then Alexey Marchenko, Nick Jensen and Ryan Sproul in Grand Rapids, the steps forward that Danny DeKeyser, Brendan Smith and even Kyle Quincey have made in Detroit...

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At The All-Star Break

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Vogl of The Buffalo News,

The lack of drama in the East was just one note from the first half. Here are others:

• Los Angeles hit the break outside of a playoff spot. Is a king-sized Stanley Cup hangover finally hitting L.A.?

Not really. The Kings certainly can play better, but they’d be in a postseason position if they could win when the games get past regulation. L.A. has a league-worst 12 overtime losses, including their 1-7 record in shootouts.

• The Toronto Maple Leafs are a mess. They’ve gone through one coach, and the team is struggling to adapt to the defense-first plan of interim coach Peter Horachek. The Leafs have lost six straight and 14 of the last 16.

“What do we have to do, slay a dragon?” exasperated forward Phil Kessel said.

• Detroit is second in the Atlantic Division, one point behind Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay. The Red Wings have won five straight and are 13 points better than were at this point last season. The surprising part is they’ve gotten better with little roster turnover.

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NHL Short Notes

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NHL, NHLPA ANNOUNCE 2016 WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY . . .
The NHL and NHLPA announced that the World Cup of Hockey will return in September 2016 in Toronto, Canada, where eight teams, comprised of the world’s best hockey players, will compete in a best-on-best international hockey tournament.
 
The World Cup of Hockey is a joint effort of the NHL and NHLPA, in cooperation with the IIHF. It is expected that more than 150 of the best players in the NHL will participate in the tournament.
 
The eight teams will be divided into two groups of four, with each competing in three tournament games (within their assigned group) in a round-robin format. The top two finishers in each group will advance to a single-game semifinal against a team from the other group. Winners of the semifinal games will advance to a best-of-three final round.
 
All tournament games (round-robin, semifinal and final) will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto from Sept. 17 – Oct. 1, 2016.
 
Click here for complete details.

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Grabbing The Deep Data

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The NHL and Sportvision announced on Saturday a partnership to revolutionize the collection of data in the game of hockey.

With tracking chips implanted into pucks and the back of players' jerseys, Sportvision will be able to gather previously unattainable data from all over the ice by using a series of infrared cameras placed around the arena that will read the chips. The location of each player and the puck, as well as the speed of the puck and each player are among the data that can be collected at a rate of 30 times per second.

"Hockey is an incredibly hard sport to follow," said Hank Adams, the CEO of Sportvision. "It is very dynamic. It is very fast. Players change shifts dynamically during the game. You have guys coming on and off the ice, and fans at home can't see that. With this technology, we can very simply tell fans who has come on, who has come off, how long their shift was. It can be very simple storylines like that, or very complex storylines; when you collect this data over a long period of time, you can really start helping fans understand the game better and maybe even help coaches understand the game better. What happens with the penalty kill against a power play in certain formations. We can start mining this very deep data."

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Below,watch Sportsvision in action at the NHL All-Star Skills Event last night..

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