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KK- A Donation Push

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Time for another push for the KK Donation Drive.

At this point we are at 53% of a very lofty goal of $10K.  To all of the 132 persons who have made a donation, I can't thank you enough.

I am planning a complete rebuid of KK over the summer and funds donated will allow me to achieve that goal.

If you can spare any donation amount, it will be greatly appreciated and will be put to good use.


Here is the original post kicking off the GoFundMe drive along with numerous comments made by KK members.

Also, do remember if you donate $25 or more, I will remove the majority of ads for you over the next year.  Also, if you have donated in the past, $20 will get the ads removed for you too.

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Open Post- Tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

No more predictions for me.  I have been so wrong with the picks in the last week, time to hide for a bit.

Tampa tries to go up 3-0 at home tonight while the Capitals try to make it 3-1.


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Predators extend Mazanec

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From the Nashville Predators:

Nashville, Tenn. (May 6, 2015) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Wednesday that the club has signed goaltender Marek Mazanec (MAIR-ehk muh-ZAN-ehk) to a one-year, two-way contract worth $575,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level for the 2015-16 season.

Mazanec, 23 (7/18/91), played his second full season in North America in 2014-15, posting a 2.26 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage in two appearances with the Predators during the month of January, and an 18-18-9 record with four shutouts, a 2.76 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage in 48 appearances for Nashville’s primary developmental affiliate, the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals.

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Tatar registers assist but in-tumult Slovaks lose to Norway

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I hate to make an entry out of this because it's so "thin," but this is really a "spit take" and then some:

Toma Tatar registered an assist, took 4 shots and played 15:51 (and Tomas Jurco took 1 shot in 13:04) in Slovakia's 3-2 loss to frickin Norway at the World Championships on Wednesday, and Slovakia built a 2-0 lead before Norway rallied.

But the Slovaks--whose coach, Vladimir Vujtek, decided to take the captain's "C" off Tomas Kopecky's sweater, bench Kopecky, and give the "C" to Marian Gaborik--were unable to close the scoring gulf, and a late 5-minute penalty to Andrej Meszaros for butt-ending stifled the Slovaks' attempts to rally.

Update: Here's a highlight clip from the IIHF:

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Griffins add Turgeon via Amateur Try-Out

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Dominic Turgeon's Portland Winterhawks were eliminated from the WHL's Western Conference semifinal on Sunday, and as such, Turgeon's joined the Griffins on an amateur try-out:

The Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday signed center Dominic Turgeon to an amateur tryout.

Detroit’s third-round draft pick (63rd overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Turgeon picked up 43 points (18-25—43), 36 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating in 67 regular season games with the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks this season. In nine playoff games with Portland, the Pointe-Claire, Quebec, native potted eight goals and one assist in 17 games, before his team was knocked out by the Kelowna Rockets in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. In all, Turgeon owns 82 points (31-51—82), 69 PIM and a plus-30 rating in 187 career games with Portland.

The AHL Western Conference Semifinal series between the Griffins and Rockford IceHogs will kick off at Van Andel Arena with Game 1 tonight and Game 2 on Friday. Both games will begin at 7 p.m.

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The Shot-Blocking Washington Capitals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of Capitals Insider,

There have been times when Jay Beagle has tried and failed to block a shot for his goaltender, and when he’d turn and look at Braden Holtby after he inevitably made the save, Beagle would usually receive praise anyway.

“You hear something like that from your goalie, like, ‘Great try on that block, you were in the right spot,’” Beagle said. “Even though I didn’t get the block, it allowed him to see it, so the next time you’re going into it, I’ll take that off the face for him.”

The Capitals are not only blocking more shots for Holtby this season, but they’re doing it in a different way than last season, getting low to block a shot so he can still see the puck should it get through. In Washington’s win over the New York Rangers on Monday night, the Capitals’ ability to clear shooting lanes for Holtby paved the way for the Game 3 shutout.

“There are so many benefits to guys getting low,” Holtby said. “From my standpoint, I think it takes away more surface area and I also have more lane to see. If guys stand up, you usually only have a little bit of surface area being blocked and a lot blocking my vision.”


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Habs And Bolts Prepare For Back-To-Back Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

Tonight’s third game in the series will be the sixth meeting between the teams in less than 60 days and the first of back-to-back games, which comes with physical challenges.

“Can’t stand here and say I’m a big fan of back-to-backs,” said Tampa captain Steven Stamkos.

Following brisk morning skating sessions, players from both sides insisted the focus is solely on tonight as the Habs attempt to dig themselves out of trouble, while the Lightning shovels will be busy trying to make the hole deeper.

After two days spent recuperating, and in Montreal’s case ruminating over a 6-2 loss in game two, the clubs were mostly trying to channel their energy and find playoff-level focus.

The Habs talked about the benefits of rest – “We need to play fast to have success,” said winger Alex Galchenyuk – and the need to avoid a familiar pitfall: penalties.

The Tampa power-play suddenly roared to life in the last game, the Habs will doubtless be encouraged to know such a thing is possible. They are 1-for-26 in the playoffs with the man-advantage.

“We’ve got the right Xs and Os, we’ve just got to make the plays,” said centre Lars Eller, who was sent out more regularly on the power play in game two.


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I NOW Consider Marian Hossa A Hall Of Famer

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I am looking at active hockey players and deciding when I think they have reached the point that they should make the Hockey Hall of Fame regardless of what they do in the rest of their careers.  Today, I am arguing that Marian Hossa has reached that level.

Hossa's argument is made most strongly by his career numbers.  He has 1056 career points.  This is good for fourth all time among active players.  That places him 66th all time among all NHL players.  Very few players with that many points who are Hall of Fame eligible have not been inducted.  Those that have not been inducted all played in the late 1980s and early 1990s which were the highest scoring era in recent memory.  Today's players such as Hossa played in the "dead puck era" where scoring was far lower.  Adjusting Hossa's points to a higher scoring era, his numbers would be significantly higher on the all time list.  Hossa also lost a season and a half due to lockouts.  If he played without labor interruptions his totals would again be much higher.

In the playoffs Hossa has clearly established himself as the second highest scoring active player this season with 134 career playoff points so far.  His seven points so far in this year's playoffs have clearly moved him past the rest of the active field (except for Jaromir Jagr).  Hossa has a very good scoring record in the regular season and in the playoffs.

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Gave: Expect Wings to aggressively pursue acquiring Phaneuf this summer

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Fox Sports Detroit's Keith Gave insists that the Red Wings will attempt to acquire Dion Phaneuf once again this summer, likely hoping to swap out Stephen Weiss, a Brendan Smith-type defenseman and a "lesser prospect" to bring the 30-year-old to Detroit:

How close were the Wings to this deal in March? Dave Nonis, since relieved of his duties as Toronto's GM, said he could have made the deal for Phaneuf at the deadline. And the Wings know they were probably Toronto's only dance partner on this deal.

That Nonis is gone now doesn't mean the Wings would have to start at ground zero in talks with a new, yet-to-be-hired GM. This is one of those deals that went above his pay grade, involving Leafs President Brendan Shanahan, the former Wings star who remains steadfast in his desire to find a new home for his captain. Shanahan can make this deal in the absence of a GM.

One potential sticking point: Phaneuf has a no-trade clause in his contract. But a league source said Phaneuf would agree to a deal involving Detroit. "He wants to get out of that nut house in Toronto," the source said.

Whether Phaneuf would be a good fit in Detroit is another matter open for debate. One of the strengths of the organization has been the chemistry in the dressing room, thanks in large part to the outstanding leadership trio of Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall and Pavel Datsyuk, which coach Mike Babcock describes as "the best I've ever been around."


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Bob Probert ride scheduled for June 14th

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Here's an FYI from the Blackburn News's Mike Vlasveld:

The 5th Annual Bob Probert Ride campaign is underway.

Money raised this year will go toward new exercise equipment for the 10,000 sq. ft. Cardiac Wellness facility at Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare.

Former Detroit Red Wing and Leamington-native Darren McCarty will be the ride captain. “If you knew big Bob, he wouldn’t want everybody being around, sulking about missing him and stuff,” explains McCarty. “He’d want us being out, having fun in his honour, and there was no bigger guy than he was to get on the Harley and go for a ride.”

Over the last four years, the Bob Probert Ride has raised nearly $500,000 which went toward the completion of a new angioplasty suite at Windsor Regional Hospital.

The ride will take place on June 14th, starting in Windsor and concluding in Tecumseh.

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