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Detroit/Edmonton Comparison When It Comes To The Younger Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

Listening to Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock tell the media Monday night about veteran center Stephen Weiss needing to earn his way back into the lineup ("We don't give away anything for free," Babcock said) despite his hefty five-year, $24.5 million contract is a good reminder why the Wings have made the playoffs 23 straight seasons and are often held up as an example of building a team the right way.

Now, let's contrast that with the downtrodden Edmonton Oilers, who have offered little incentive to their young stars in terms of making them earn responsibility and ice time. A smart hockey man pointed out to me on Monday what happened when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored just four goals in the lockout-shortened 2013 season: Nugent-Hopkins was awarded a seven-year, $42 million contract extension that following September.

What happened when Detroit's Tomas Tatar had two straight 24-goal seasons in the AHL from 2010-12? He was told to go do it again, and didn't find a regular roster spot in Detroit until 2013-14. It's a difference in culture.

The Red Wings foster high expectations and preach patience and preparation. The Oilers, meanwhile, are in shambles and appear to have no long-term plan, firing their goalie coach Monday in one of the most cringe-worthy, petty-looking moves this season. You want to shake things up, do it, but we all know a scapegoat when we see one.

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Video- Plays Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sportsnet style...

The best plays from the week that was in the NHL, including Martin St. Louis picking pockets, outlet passes from goalies, and Vladimir Tarasenko dazzling.

 

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$50 To The Winner Of The BoltDraft/KK Fantasy Game On Tuesday Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

original post was 11/24/14 at 1:12pm- Just moving to the top of KK so everyone has a chance to see and play.


Here is your chance to win $50 in the BoltDraft/KK Fantasy Game on Tuesday, November 25th.

Register and/or submit your lineup by 7:00pm ET tomorrow then watch how the games play out.

All you have to do is pick one forward, one defenseman and one goalie from the seven NHL games on Tuesday.

It's fun, it's easy and did I mention the $50 to the winner?

In needed when registering, use pass code "kukla7" at the top of the page to qualify for the $50 prize.

Scoring rules are below and if you have any questions regarding the game, the Rules/FAQ page at BoltDraft should be of help.

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Financial Value Of Your NHL Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Ozanian of Forbes,

Fueled by a new Canadian media deal with Rogers Communications that begins with the 2014-15 season, the average NHL team TISI -0.27% value rose 18.6% during the past year, to an all-time high of $490 million. The 12-year, $4.6 billion agreement, which gave Rogers rights to all NHL games in Canada, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final, on all of its platforms, in all languages, is worth 2.6 times more annually than the league’s previous Canadian deals.

For the first time the league has three teams–Toronto Maple Leafs ($1.3 billion), New York Rangers ($1.1 billion), Montreal Canadiens ($1 billion)–worth at least ten digits. This is the ninth consecutive year the Maple Leafs are the top team.

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Hockey Fan? Keep Reading

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

By the simple act of reading this column, you’ve confirmed yourself to be a hockey fan. And you probably want to be the best hockey fan you can be, right? Of course you do. This is why you’re going want to heed the advice on being a better hockey fan I’m about to lay out for you in the words that follow these ones.

Right off the hop, I want to speak directly to each and every one of you fans who is compelled to pound on the glass at ice level whenever the play or a camera is in your vicinity. And here’s what I want to say: Stop doing that. There’s no need for it. You’re not affecting the play or the players, other than to make them embarrassed for you. When I watch you banging your fists and palms, it makes me think only one of two things could be going on: some voice inside your head has convinced you that you’re trapped behind the glass and you’re desperately attempting to “escape”; or you’re proudly demonstrating to the world your brain still has the ability to control your arm movements. Either way, this doesn’t reflect well on you or fans in general.

It also doesn’t reflect well on you or any fan if you’ve stooped to doing The Wave.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

MALKIN HELPS FLEURY SECURE 300TH WIN
Evgeni Malkin scored twice, including the winning goal at 0:32 of overtime, to help the Penguins improve to 11-2-1 in their last 14 games.
 
* Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves to become the 31st goaltender in NHL history to reach 300 career wins (300-172-49 in 547 GP).
 
* Via Elias, Fleury is the third-fastest goaltender in NHL history to earn 300 wins, following Jacques Plante (521 GP) and Andy Moog (543 GP). At 29 years, 361 days, Fleury also is the third-youngest goaltender to achieve the milestone, following Martin Brodeur (29 years, 223 days) and Terry Sawchuk (29 years, 323 days).
 
* Fleury improved to 12-3-1 with a 2.09 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and four shutouts in 16 appearances this season.
 
* ICYMI: Craig Adams congratulated Fleury on his milestone victory with a pie to the face.
 
* Malkin extended his point streak to five games (4-4—8). He has found the scoresheet in 17 of 20 games this season, compiling 10-15—25 to rank second on the team and fourth in the NHL in points.
 
* Sidney Crosby recorded 1-2—3, including the primary assist on Malkin’s overtime winner, for his sixth three-point performance of the season. With 9-20—29, he also moved into a tie for the NHL scoring lead (with Jakub Voracek: 7-22—29).
 
* Kris Letang collected three assists, one shy of his single-game high set March 2, 2013 at MTL (0-4—4).
 
* The Penguins improved to 7-1-1 in their last nine regular-season trips to Boston dating to March 18, 2010.

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Video- Roberto Luongo With A Mask Save

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Best part of the video is when the camera zooms on the face of Roberto Luongo near the end.  Great job!

 

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Oilers struggles go deeper than on ice performance

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

The Edmonton Oilers are bad, really bad, so bad that they are quite literally the laughing stock of the NHL. But it shouldn’t be that way. They should be able to block shots, they should be able to play together as a team but the most glaring issue with the team seems to be their ability to stick together, to play together, and to be a team.

Jason Gregor from TSN 1260 and Oilers Nation has penned a very telling piece on the team’s struggles:
 

They don't play for another. They don't protect one another. They aren't willing to do whatever it takes to win for each other. And when a team doesn't have that, they are doomed.

The players have to be unified, even if the other team has more talent. If they don't believe in each other and aren't willing to defend one another this team will never win. They will never become competitive.

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Videos- Stephen Weiss And Mike Babcock Post-Game

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

We all know Stephen Weiss has had a tough thirteen months with the Wings, but if he can remain healthy, he could be a huge factor for Detroit moving forward.

Here is Weiss post-game...

 

 

Below, Mike Babcock post-game...

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Oilers/Blues May Be Talking Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

If the Edmonton Oilers are indeed sniffing around St. Louis Blues centre Patrik Berglund, who is currently playing left wing on that stacked team because the team has Paul Stastny, David Backes and Jori Lehtera firmly planted at centre, the Blues conceivably are asking about Jordan Eberle in a package.

Nobody’s saying it would ever be a one-for-one arrangement because Eberle has more currency around the league as an offensive weapon (76- and 65-point NHL seasons on his resume) than the six-foot-three, 217-pound Berglund and he makes considerably more money than the Swede for longer term, but Eberle could take Berglund’s spot as a winger in St. Louis.

There is some history with Eberle and Blues’ management, of course. St. Louis head coach Ken Hitchcock had the Oilers’ winger at the Canadian Olympic team summer orientation session in Calgary before the 2014 Sochi Games, and Blues general manager Doug Armstrong was also part of the Canadian Olympic management group.

Plus, the Blues and the Oilers have been trading partners before. Oilers GM Craig MacTavish traded forward Magnus Paajarvi and a second-round draft to St. Louis in the summer of 2013 for winger David Perron.

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