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“The Gunk”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Former Red Wings goalie Gilles Gilbert described a debilitating skin condition that eventually drove him to retirement as something he wouldn't wish on "my worst enemy."

"Maybe broken legs, but not the rash," he told the New York Times in 1982. "You need boxing gloves when you go to sleep. It's worse than a sunburn. It really, really itches. It drives you crazy. When you start sweating, it's worse."

Hockey players in the 1970s and '80s referred to this simply as "the gunk" during a time when the mysterious condition afflicted many of them. More recently, there have been few publicized cases in the NHL.

In announcing Wednesday that Marian Hossa will sit out the 2017-18 season because of side effects from medication to treat a "progressive skin disorder," the Blackhawks declined to specify Hossa's condition or treatment.from Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune,


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Morning Line- Terry Jones

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Las Vegas “doubling down” with the awards and expansion draft worked because the league brought in more than a dozen of the top 100 players to present the awards and paraded them on stage to start the show.

-Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun where you can read more on last night's show.

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The Vegas Golden Knights Are Happy With Their Picks And Trades

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from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The Golden Knights finally had players they could put into uniform. Thirty-seven in all, who always will be remembered as the original faces of Las Vegas’ first major league sports franchise.

They will be known as the first ones picked by general manager George McPhee and welcomed by majority owner Bill Foley, who paid a record $500 million a year ago to join the NHL as the league’s 31st team.

“I’m thrilled,” Foley said after his team was announced during the NHL Awards Show on Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena.

“I thought we did a great job of balancing veterans and young players and we negotiated for some extra players and draft picks.”...

“It’s a pretty impressive group,” said Knights coach Gerard Gallant. “There’s more skill than I anticipated and there’s more than enough character guys. I’m excited about what we have. George and the guys did a great job.”...

“We had two objectives going in,” McPhee said. “One was to put a team on the ice that would entertain and compete, one the NHL and Las Vegas would be proud of. The other was to acquire additional draft picks to help us achieve long-term success. I thought we were successful in doing both.”


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The Athletic examines the Wings’ draft options

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Athletic Detroit asked Sean Tierney to weigh in as to what the Red Wings should do to maximize their 11 picks in the 2017 draft, and Tierney issues three options for the Wings to utilize to improve their stead as much as possible over the course of Friday and Saturday's draft in Chicago:

The silver lining to the end of the Red Wings' playoff streak comes now. After three consecutive years of first round playoff exits, and with a roster desperately in need of new blood, missing the playoffs offered the Red Wings a chance to finally begin what the team needed the most: a rebuild.

That’s where this week's NHL draft comes in. Armed with 11 picks in 2017, the Red Wings are poised to have many opportunities to snag quality prospects and bolster their organizational depth. Who knows? With a little luck, the team could pluck a future star to propel Detroit back to their winning ways.

But how should Red Wings brass proceed? With so many picks, and a number of key organizational needs, how should the Wings approach the draft?

Here, we’ll turn to the data to detail the two courses of action that are available to the Red Wings and settle on the best path for the team at the draft on June 23rd.

Let’s dig in.

Tierney continues...

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Craig Anderson’s Masterton Trophy acceptance speech ‘gives you the feels’

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson won the Masterton Trophy on Wednesday night, and he gave a heartfelt acceptance speech that paid tribute to his wife Nicholle, who's successfully battled cancer:

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NHL honors Bryan Bickell

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The NHL paid tribute to the battle Bryan Bickell is waging against multiple sclerosis:

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NHL Awards Show Wrap

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LAS VEGAS (June 21, 2017) -- Center Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, whose 100 points (30 goals, 70 assists) led all NHL players in his second NHL season, captured the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP and the Ted Lindsay Award as the League’s most outstanding player as voted by the NHLPA at the 2017 NHL Awards, held at T-Mobile Arena.

McDavid captured the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s scoring leader, sparking the Oilers (47-26-9) to a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2005-06. The team’s 103 standings points were its most in 30 years. McDavid registered at least one point in 59 of his 82 appearances (72.0%), highlighted by a career-high, 14-game point streak to close the season (7-18—25) – the longest by any NHL player in 2016-17. He also posted a League-best 30 multi-point performances.

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Your All-Rookie Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

LAS VEGAS (June 21, 2017) – The National Hockey League announced today the 2016-17 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players voted as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s top rookie: forwards Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets and Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs as well as defenseman Zach Werenski of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Also named to the 2016-17 NHL All-Rookie Team are forward Mitchell Marner of the Maple Leafs, defenseman Brady Skjei of the New York Rangers and goaltender Matt Murray of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Your NHL All-Stars

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LAS VEGAS (June 21, 2017) -- Center Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, voted to his first career berth on the First All-Star Team, heads the list of players on the 2016-17 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. McDavid, a double winner at the 2017 NHL Awards in receiving the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP and Ted Lindsay Award as the most outstanding player as voted by the NHLPA, led the NHL in scoring with 100 points (30 goals, 70 assists) as the Oilers posted their best regular-season performance in 30 years.

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The Vegas Golden Knights Night

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VEGAS (June 21, 2017) – The Vegas Golden Knights made their 2017 NHL Expansion Draft selections on Wednesday, June 21. The announcements were made by Chairman and CEO Bill Foley and General Manager George McPhee. Below is a list of the players and transaction information. 

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