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We are so close to 75% of our goal in the KK Donation Drive. Any amount helps with the new rebuild of Kukla's Korner in the late summer.

Coverage of NHL news and information will be thorough through mid-July.  It is not easy work but part of what we do here at KK.

I will be tweeting more than usual during this period so it may be a good idea to follow along or you can catch the most recent tweets on the right sidebar of the KK Hockey section.

Thanks to all for your continued support and I look forward to bringing you the latest news in the coming weeks.

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Habs prepare for the Frenzy

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

So July 1 is but 30 hours away. The Canadiens, once thought to be out of range on big free agents this year, suddenly announced the buyout of PA Parenteau on Sunday afternoon. Could something be afoot?

My hunch is yes. This isn't a coincidence. The Canadiens have sought a top-six forward for the past few years, failing to get one time after time. I suspect this time, Marc Bergevin has his man. Whether it is a free agent target, or a trade, the timing can't be coincidental. The Habs have been able to speak to free agents since Thursday, and we all know lots of trade talk took place over the weekend at the draft. 

My hope? Patrick Sharp, Phil Kessel or Mikko Koivu is coming to Montreal. My hunch? It's probably Michal Frolik. Wouldn't it be someting if Bergy pulled off a big deal, post-draft, when so many Habs fans have lost faith? The Canadiens have lots of chips to play, such as Jarred Tinordi, Alex Emelin, etc. Many teams are looking for defencemen. Could their be a match? 

With bonuses due, and free agents available, in 30 hours, there's not much time left until we'll know. The playoffs are the best time of year for hockey fans, but this rightly might be the second best time. Lots of change to come yet. Buckle up. 

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Summarizing the media’s takes on Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov, Hall of Famers

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 5x at 10:30 PM:

There's so much coming out regarding Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov's naming to the Hockey Hall of Fame's 2015 Induction Class that I can only apply the "digest entry" treatment to the stories popping up on the news wire, starting with this from ESPN's Pierre LeBrun...

You could argue that three and a half defensemen got the call from the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. Blueliners Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Phil Housley were joined by forward Sergei Fedorov in the men’s player category getting the Hockey Hall of Fame nod, the latter taking a whirl on defense for Scotty Bowman years ago when injuries hit the Red Wings.

"One year we had injuries on the blue line for about six weeks, so we decided to put [Fedorov] back there. He didn’t miss a beat," Bowman, the legendary former coach of the Red Wings, told ESPN.com on Monday. "He could play as well as any of them. He was a good skater backwards and forwards. Wayne Gretzky told me a long time ago, 'I couldn’t play defense, I don’t think Mario [Lemieux] could, I don’t think [Jaromir] Jagr could, but this guy can.' So that tells you what kind of player Fedorov was."
Lidstrom was there when Fedorov took a turn on defense for a few weeks.

"It shows first of all [how] great of a skater he was," Lidstrom said on Monday’s media call when asked about it. "It’s not easy for a forward going back playing defense, but Sergei did it in an excellent way. It showed just how talented he was, moving from one position to another."

And continuing with the Canadian Press's summary of comments made on the post-announcement conference call...

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Pleiness: Wings still considering buying out Weiss

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This is a bit surprising, per the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:

The Detroit Red Wings have until noon Tuesday to make a decision on Stephen Weiss. And it appears they’ll take up until that time to make it.

“We have until noon (Tuesday),” Wings general manager Ken Holland said during a phone interview Monday. “Let’s leave it at that.”

The noon deadline ends the buyout period – June 15-30 – teams have to decide on whether to part ways with players and their contracts, paying out two-thirds of the deal spread out over twice the remaining length of the deal.

Weiss, 32, has three more years at $4.9 million a season left on the five-year deal he signed prior to the 2013-14 season.

Pleiness goes through the team's thought process here:

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NHL General Managers On The UFAs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Traikos at Canada.com,

“Certainly there are players who can help teams,” Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “But they’re not franchise players.”

And yet, that may not stop some teams from paying them franchise dollars. Supply and demand can make general managers do funny things. And a shallow talent pool has suddenly made big fish out of a number of mid-level free agents.

“I don’t like to overpay. That’s not in our vocabulary,” said Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney, who on the weekend traded for Chris Pronger, who is no longer playing because of injuries, but still has a cap hit of 4.9-million, in order to reach the salary-cap floor that will rise in 2015-16 to $52.8-million from $51-million.

“We can’t chase it. You sign bad deals and a year from now you’re like, ‘Why did we do that?'”

Chances are someone will pay (or overpay) for Green or Beleskey. Someone will get caught up in the frenzy and sign a contract they will soon regret. Which is why smart general managers might be better off doing what Brian Burke did several years ago: Accept a chance to visit Canadian troops in Afghanistan on July 1 and wait for the free-agent dust to settle.

“I had a bunch of general managers tell me that they’re not going for the flavour of the month. They have no appetite for that,” said agent Rick Curran of the Orr Hockey Group, who represents free agent defenceman Christian Ehrhoff. “What they do want is the guy they’ve been looking at and following for the last six months and are hoping that for one reason or another he doesn’t re-sign.”


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Hall Of Fame Inductions

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame class has just been announced.  Going in are first time eligible Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov and Chris Pronger.  They are all clear Hall of Famers.  In fact Sergei Fedorov and Chris Pronger are players that I wrote about when I first considered them Hall of Famers.  I wasn't blogging yet when Nicklas Lidstrom reached that threshold.  I also wrote posts for the retirements of Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov and Chris Pronger.  Of course the Chris Pronger retirement is a controversy as it hasn't officially happened yet.  We all know that he will never attempt to play another NHL game but for salary cap reasons he remains active on paper and was traded to the Arizona Coyotes for his salary cap hit over the weekend.  He works for the NHL and yet somehow they still consider him an active player.

Phil Housley joins this group.  He has been long overlooked.  His retirement in 2003 predated my blogging but I have long seen him as a Hall of Famer.  Housley is the fourth highest scoring defenceman of all time with 1232.  The next highest scoring eligible defenceman who is not in the Hall is Gary Suter who is almost 400 points behind Housley.  Not including Housley in the Hall made a mockery of point totals for defencemen.

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Your Hockey Hall Of Fame 2015 Inductees

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Chris Pronger, Phil Housley and Angela Ruggiero will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2015.

Bill Hay and Peter Karmanos were also inducted as builders.

Lidstrom’s election was a matter of inevitability. One of the most dominant defenders of his era, Lidstrom is a seven-time Norris Trophy winner, including six wins in seven seasons between 2001 and 2008. Lidstrom won four Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, earning the 2002 Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP. He became the first European to win the award and in 2008 became the first European to captain a club to a Cup title.

His international resume is equally impressive as Lidstrom won World Championship (1991) and Olympic (2006) gold representing Sweden. He became the 17th member of the “Triple Gold” club at the 2006 Turin Games.

In 1,564 games with the Red Wings Lidstrom scored 264 goals and 878 assists.


added 4:30pm, HHOF release is below...

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Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov named to Hockey Hall of Fame’s 2015 Induction Class

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

It's official!

Update: The Free Press has posted a Lidstrom photo gallery, and the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan spoke with Jimmy Devellano about Lidstrom...

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Flyers Trade Zac Rinaldo To The Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, June 29, that the Bruins have acquired forward Zac Rinaldo from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for the Bruins natural third round draft pick in 2017.

Rinaldo skated in 58 games with the Flyers during the 2014-15 campaign, registering one goal and five assists for six points. Rinaldo led the team in penalty minutes with 102.

In total, the 25-year-old has skated in 223 games at the NHL level - all with Philadelphia - notching eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points with 572 penalty minutes. The forward has led the Flyers in penalty minutes the last four seasons.  Rinaldo has also skated in 14 NHL postseason games with Philadelphia, racking up 64 penalty minutes.

The 5'11'', 185-pound native of Mississauga, ON was drafted by the Flyers in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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Grand Rapids Griffins fill out coaching staff

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:


The Detroit Red Wings on Monday announced the hiring of Bruce Ramsay and Ben Simon as assistant coaches for the Grand Rapids Griffins. In addition, assistant coach Mike Knuble, goaltending coach Jeff Salajko and video coach Bill LeRoy will reprise their coaching roles with Grand Rapids.

Ramsay, 46, has been the head coach of the Tulsa Oilers in the ECHL and Central Hockey League for the past six seasons, compiling a 185-180-35 record in 400 regular season games from 2009-15. Most recently, Ramsay’s Oilers earned a 37-29-3-3 record in their first ECHL season and qualified for the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs, where they fell to the eventual champion Allen Americans in five games during the first round.

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