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KK- We Are Hanging In There

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

As I have mentioned in the past, KK software is getting old or in hockey terms, it is like a 45 year-old verteran not named Chelios who is trying to keep up.

We have increased the server side of things to relieve some of the strain, but it can only do so much.

A complete re-build is scheduled for the summer months and KK will look a very different when released.

KK depends on you, the members and readers more so than other hockey site.  We have no corporate backing so we depend on ad revenue and donations like the one going on now.

We are getting there slowly so if you use KK on a regular basis, any help would be appreciated.

Previous post on this topic is here.

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Evening news: Does Babcock’s departure spell tougher times ahead?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

If you missed any of the updates to the Babcock farewell presser post, the Windsor Star's Bob Duff adds a few more quotes to the mix...

“Don’t get me wrong - I love it here, but I also think it was time for me,” Babcock acknowledged. “No matter how much I talked to (Detroit general manager) Kenny (Holland) and we went back and forth and he was great, I wanted a different challenge. I went through a long process. I made a decision that was best, I felt, for Mike Babcock and his family. I’m going to a different place with a new opportunity where I’m very, very excited to go.”

It wasn’t an easy decision for him to make, but in the end, it was the appropriate call.

“I went back and forth on it 100 times,” Babcock admitted. “I probably wore Kenny out being a pain in the butt and I know I wore my family out. It was gut wrenching. As much of it is emotional for me right now talking to you, I said it yesterday it was like I was 25. I was jacked up, scared to death. We’ll see. Only time will tell. I believe you put your foot on the gas and go get it and that’s what we’re going to do.”

And it's from this set of quips that we delve into two columns (and an interview) which concern themselves with the concern--for lack of a better term--that Babcock's departure strikes something of a death-knell for the Red Wings' playoff streak, if not an indication that this team can't go any higher than the 1st round regardless of who's coaching it.

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Your Finalists For The GM Of The Year Award

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK -- Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks, Glen Sather of the New York Rangers and Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the three finalists for the 2014-15 NHL General Manager of the Year Award, the National Hockey League announced today.

Voting for this award was conducted among the 30 club general managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the Second Round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 24, during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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Wallner: Playoff bonuses yield a 12-hour bus ride for the Griffins

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

For once, I'm going to point you toward the Grand Rapids Griffins' press release regarding their upcoming series with the Utica Comets, which begins on Sunday and Monday in Utica, NY, and let you read about the Wings' prospects-vs-Canucks-prospects series on your own...

And I'll let the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner explain why the hell the Griffins bused to Utica, NY (a 12-hour trip) for two games prior to next Thursday, Friday and Sunday's home games:

The AHL in the postseason gives 52 percent of the gate from games to the participating players. But certain costs, including travel, come out of those expenses. Taking buses is less expensive than flying and potentially leaves more in the pot for the players.

In the Griffins case, they took two sleeper buses. They pay for one and the other they plan to submit for reimbursed by the league, according to Tim Gortsema, the Griffins senior vice present of business operations.

Two years ago the Griffins bused their first trip to Syracuse, which is about 50 miles less than Utica. When they had to return a second time for a Game Six, the Red Wings provided their team plane. It worked. The Griffins won and took home the cup.

Either way, the bus trip to Utica is the longest of the season. The closest comparison would be Des Moines, which is about 500 miles.

The Griffins had nothing planned but travel today. They will practice Saturday ahead of Sunday's series open. They play the following night as well, and then head home taking the Southern route, which is longer but avoids crossing the border and gives the players uninterrupted sleep.

Wallner continues, noting the gulf of time between the Griffins' last playoff home game and their next one, Mark Zengerle's strong playoff showing and Zach Nastasiuk's health....

And Griffins broadcaster Bob Kaser noted that the Griffins arrived in Utica with a new face in the lineup:

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Bonus Swedish: Henrik and Emma Zetterberg expecting; Hakan Andersson talks Swedish prospects

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I posted links to two Swedish stories earlier today, and now I've got the time to get to them. Here's a rough translation of Aftonbladet's Per Bjurman's report that Henrik and Emma Zetterberg are going to become parents this summer:

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Open Post- Game 4 ECF Between The Tampa Bay Lightning And New York Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The puck drops just after 8:00pm ET and is on NBCSN, CBC and TVA.

Almost a must win for the Rangers, they certainly do not want to go down 3-1.

On the other hand, the Lightning hope to go up 3-1 before heading back to New York to play game 5 on Sunday.

Feel free to discuss the game tonight.

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Bad Response From Gary Bettman Regarding CTE

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

There was a smarter way for Gary Bettman to handle a question about the existence of any connection between contact in hockey and the brain damage condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

The commissioner should have replied that the league is currently involved in litigation and then declined to speak any further. Evasive, sure, but perfectly understandable.

Instead, he told reporters in Chicago on Thursday this:

“From a medical science standpoint, there is no evidence yet that one necessarily leads to the other,” Bettman said. “I know there are a lot of theories, but if you ask people who study it, they tell you there is no statistical correlation that can definitively make that conclusion.”

It was a page ripped from the climate-change denial playbook, a classic head-in-the-sand defense. Appalling ... but then again exactly what you’d expect the man to say.

more plus other hockey topics...

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There goes one assistant coach…

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Yesterday, TSN's Bob McKenzie told Winnipeg's TSN 1290 (8 minutes into the interview) that assistant coaches Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer were going to Toronto with Babcock, and the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan confirms that Hiller's gone:

There's no compensation for assistant coaches, and Tony Granato's contract is up this summer, so I'm not sure what will happen with him.

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The Mighty Mite: Undersized, overlooked… and flat out dominant!

Blog: KK Members Blog By Bradley97

The Mighty Mite-

The undersized star that shouldn’t even be on the ice yet dominates play.

My introduction to this elusive player was none other than Theo Fleury. At 5’6” (some say that’s generious) Fleury could not be ignored as the undersized power forward. He was built like a semi truck with the speed and agility of a super car. In his prime he was the number one threat that had to be shut down in Calgary. Good luck with that. When he wasn’t scoring goals he was crushing players all over the ice. And when he got angry he may as well have been the Hulk’s Mini Me taking on players who towered over him and beating the living snot out of them. He was so memorable in my house that a conversation about jerseys turned into reminiscing about when Fleury’s jersey was too bloodied to allow him back on the ice after a cut. A fan volunteered to give him a team signed jersey to get back in the game. Fortunately the equipment manager found a spare jersey with another number on it and quickly added Fleury’s name to the back. I didn’t know number changes were legal during games, but the refs allowed it and back in he went.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, | KK Members Blog | Permalink

Do You Care About The Stanley Cup Final Ratings?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing,

Heading into the Stanley Cup Conference Finals, the suits at NBC were surely crossing their fingers and doing whatever superstitious ritual they could think of to get a dream Stanley Cup Final in the ratings department: Rangers vs Blackhawks.

Chicago.  New York.  Two members of the original six.  Two of the biggest markets in the country.  Two teams with national namebrand recognition.  Two cities with hockey in their sports DNA.  It wouldn’t get better than that.

Instead, after three games in the west and the east, NBC is looking straight down the barrel at a matchup that is most certainly a polar opposite: Ducks vs Lightning.

Tampa Bay.  Anaheim.  Two of hockey’s more recent expansion representatives.  Warm weather.  Sunshine.  Palm trees.  It’s not exactly the ghosts of Stan Mikita and Eddie Giacomin.

Why is this the case?  The numbers tell the story.

The Ducks were involved in the lowest rated Stanley Cup Final in the last 20 years back in 2007.  Senators-Ducks averaged a paltry 1.2 rating over the course of 5 games and just 1.7 million viewers on average.


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