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Do The Vancouver Canucks Know What They Are Doing?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Benning is apt to be judged by how well many of the young prospects the club has and continues to bring in under its umbrella do as their careers unfold. Certainly, the early reports on him as a negotiator and as a trader are not particularly good, although there’s no way any of his trades can be fully judged yet.

But the dismissal of Laurence Gilman Thursday seems to be yet a monumentally bonehead move for two reasons.

First, the contract negotiation work in which Gilman had a massive hand during the Mike Gillis years was infinitely superior to the couple of early samples of contract work we’ve seen from this regime. If ever there was a clear strength from the old crew it was in this area, both in negotiating the hard ones and getting guys to take less to stay here. Yet they kiss off the guy largely responsible. How the owner can sit there and watch this happen is anyone’s guess.

Second, Gilman had an outstanding relationship with the powers that be in the NHL’s head office. Losing that longevity of rapport for the money they paid Gilman makes no sense, even if they decided that the wizard who signed Derek Dorsett and Luca Sbisa should continue in that role and Trevor Linden will forever be listed among Gary Bettman’s favourites.

It’s not that we didn’t know it was coming, given Gilman had no hand in negotiating anything other than dinner reservations for these guys, but the stupidity of it hits home when it happens.


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Los Angeles Kings Statement On Slava Voynov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

LOS ANGELES – Earlier today, Slava Voynov entered a no-contest plea to a single misdemeanor, domestic violence charge. The Los Angeles Kings have issued the following statement relating to this development:

“We believe the legal system has effectively resolved this matter and the punishment is fair and just. Any act of domestic violence is unacceptable. As an organization, the prevention of domestic violence and the education of our players and employees is of paramount importance. We will continue to actively develop and implement a strategy to deliver this message. We remain steadfast in our support of the National Hockey League as they now begin their own investigative process. Until that is complete we will withhold further comment.”

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T.J. Oshie Traded To The Washington Capitals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have acquired right wing T.J. Oshie from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for right wing Troy Brouwer, goaltender Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

“T.J. is an outstanding skater with a tremendous skill set,” said MacLellan. “He is a powerful player and has consistent track record of production throughout his career in the NHL. We feel that he complements our core group nicely and can help us get to the next level in achieving our ultimate goal. We also want to thank Troy for his contributions to our organization on and off the ice and wish him well in St. Louis.”

added 4:58pm, St. Louis release is below...

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  Tags: t.j.+oshie, troy+brouwer

KK- It Is An Extended Holiday Weekend

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Canadians may still be celebrating Canada Day, Americans may have started early with the 4th of July weekend.

Me, I will be around, doing what I do but maybe with a pop in hand on occasion.

Enjoy, be safe and check every so often for any hockey news.

Also, please consider the KK Donation Drive if you haven't done so at this point.  Thanks.

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Paul Martin Says Thank You To Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Martin at The Players' Tribune,

There are many more people I’d like to thank, but most importantly, I’d like to thank the fans. You were all so supportive and passionate. When I arrived here, I was a defensive specialist — definitely not a household name. I used to have a joke when I was driving around town with friends and spotted someone in a Penguins jersey. “Hey, there’s a no. 7!” You see so many 7s in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, most have an 8 before or a 1 after. Sid and Geno run the town. Whenever I would see an actual Paul Martin jersey, I’d usually pop my head out the window and say hello.

I’ll never forget the kids who would come up to me and say, “You’re my favorite player. I want to play just like you.” That never stops being an incredible feeling.

So thank you, Pittsburgh. And hello, San Jose. I can’t catch a break. I’ve got some stiff competition in the team store with Thornton, Marleau, Couture, Burns … I might have to buy a bunch of teal no. 7 jerseys and circulate them around the city. Keep your eye out.


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Slava Voynov Plea Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul



added 2:50pm, more via Hammond tweet,

DA says conviction will result in Voynov deportation. Defense is objecting to that, saying it is not mandatory. Some debate.

Judge clarifies that possible Voynov deportation is a matter for immigration court, not this court.

added 2:52pm, Hammond...

Judge has accepted plea agreement.

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Afternoon Line- Zack Kassian

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I can play physical, I can grind it, and I like the cycle game, but at the same time, I like to make plays and I like to score goals. When I’m at my best, I can do both. When you’re young and you come into the league, you have to kind of find your role and find what you can do. There were a lot of bumps in the road, but I think over the years, I gained a lot of maturity. I’m excited to be part of the Canadiens and I’m excited to have a fresh start and become the player I can be.”

-Zack Kassia of the Montreal Canadiens.  More at the Canadiens' website.

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Holland, Blashill on Larkin and Mantha

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Michigan Hockey's Nick Barnowski attended this morning's press conference for the Red Wings' prospects, and in addition to posting half-a-dozen videos of prospects chatting with the media, he took note of Ken Holland's take on the futures of Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha, per Ken Holland and Jeff Blashill...

"Coach Blashill’s got to say to me, I want him to play,” Holland said. “He’s not going to be a 13th or 14th forward. He’s going to be really important for our franchise moving forward. We want to make sure we do what’s right for him and for us.”

Blashill said he thought Larkin did a great job in his short stint in Grand Rapids during the playoffs, where he had five points in six playoff games. He compared his career path with Gus Nyquist’s, saying he grew as a player when he wasn’t with the Red Wings and made an immediate impact when he was called up.

“It’s a tiny sample size but he seemed to pass all those tests in terms of small sample sizes – World Championship, World Junior, his freshman year at Michigan,” Blashill said. “I think he’s going to be a really good player. We’ll see when.”

Mantha, who produced 15 goals and 18 assists in 62 games with the Griffins this past season, will struggle to make the Red Wings, Holland said. The Wings GM said he would have to take someone’s job, with 14 to 16 forwards competing for a spot.

And after addressing the Green and Richards signings, Holland and Blashill looked toward the upcoming summer development camp, which begins tomorrow:

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The Fedorov compromise

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Take this from Fox Sports Detroit's Keith Gave, who believes that the Red Wings simply won't retire #91 due to the burnt bridges from Fedorov's offer-sheet signing in 1998 and his exit for Anaheim in 2003, for what you will:

There may be room for a reasonable compromise, however, while honoring one of the most memorable eras in Wings history -- and five fabulous players at once. Hang a banner with the names and numbers of all the Russian Five who were so instrumental in helping the Wings end their Stanley Cup drought.

Invite Scotty Bowman -- the man who assembled them and put them together as a unit nearly 20 years ago -- and have him help hoist the banner to the rafters at Joe Louis Arena. Three of those players, after all, are in the Hockey Hall of Fame: Slava Fetisov, No. 2; Igor Larionov, No. 8, and Fedorov. The others: the ever-popular Vladimir Konstantinov, No. 16, and Slava Kozlov, No. 13.

Three of those numbers remain in service: Brendan Smith wears No. 2; Justin Abdelkader wears No. 8; and Pavel Datsyuk wears No. 13. No one has worn No. 16 since Konstantinov took off his sweater on June 7, 1997, the night the Wings won the Cup. Six nights later, a limo crash ended his career.

Oct. 24 marks the 20th anniversary of the trade Bowman made with San Jose to bring Larionov to Detroit and complete the Russian Five unit. Hold a ceremony this fall honoring them, but keep all their numbers in service.

That way, Richards can wear No. 91 in Detroit, if it means that much to him. But we bet it doesn't.


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Martin St. Louis Retires

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via New York Rangers release,

Martin St. Louis, who totaled 391 goals and 642 assists for 1,033 points in 1134 regular season games spread over 16 National Hockey League seasons, announced his retirement from professional hockey today. St. Louis, who played right wing for the Calgary Flames (1998-2000), the Tampa Bay Lightning (2000-14), and the New York Rangers (2014-15), leaves the game having been named to seven NHL All-Star Games, while earning All NHL Second Team honors four times and All NHL First Team honors once.

“I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride,” said St. Louis in making the announcement.  “I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years.  I could have never played for so long or accomplished all that I have without the unwavering love and support from my wife, Heather, our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason, and my parents.

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