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KK- Donation Drive Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Thanks to some very recent donations, the KK GoFundMe Dontation Drive is now over $8000.

Your donations will help make KK a much better place moving forward and I cannot thank you enough.

Do remember, anyone who has donated in the past and does so again, any amount over $20 will get the majority of ads removed on KK to make your browsing experience that much better.

If this is your first time donating, anything over $25 will also to the trick.

Again, thanks to all who have donated.

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Royal Swedish Snowballs Selling Well In Eastern Canada

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Without a doubt, it is slow in the hockey world...

from Chris Halliday of The Banner,

The Detroit Red Wings captain visited the Pita Pit’s Broadway location on Tuesday (Aug. 4) to congratulate the franchise for selling the most The Royal Swedish Snowballs — a chocolate, vanilla-centred dessert endorsed and owned by Zetterberg — in Canada during the months of April and May.

“We blew away the competition in all of Canada, but Pita Pit awarded two prizes — one to Miramichi, NB as well,” Melanie Horton, who owns the town’s Pita Pit franchises with her husband Brad, recently told The Banner. “We feel our community really pulled together for this one.”

read on with two pictures of Zetterberg signing stuff...

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He Is Now Known As Dr. Andy Miele

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

 

Check out more of Miele's recent tweets for more on this topic...

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Is Curtis Joseph HHOF Worthy?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

If there will be endless debate about Chris Osgood’s status as a Hall of Famer, fellow goalie Curtis Joseph likely is on the flip side of the coin. While Joseph is generally accepted to have been a "better" goaltender -- more agile, more athletic, certainly possessing a higher profile -- he did not have the personal or team success of many of his peers, including Osgood, which makes the debate over his case for Hall of Fame worthiness among the more difficult to reconcile.

The Case For

Sure, you can make numbers say pretty much whatever you want, but Joseph's numbers don’t lie regardless of the prism through which they’re viewed. He won 454 games in the NHL, and only the incomparable Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy and Ed Belfour won more. At No. 4 overall on the all-time wins list, it is almost a given that he should be in the Hall of Fame. The six of the next seven goaltenders in the all-time list who are eligible for the Hall of Fame are in, and Osgood is the other.

continued

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“Blashill Has A Decent Group To Work With”

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from James O'Brien of ProHockeyTalk,

It’s worth noting that the Red Wings remain a quality possession squad, although their exact rankings vary based on which specific metrics you use. The bottom line is that there’s a solid chance that Blashill has a decent group to work with, even if this obviously isn’t the stupidly dominant group many long associated with the Red Wings brand.

When your team is currently on a record 24-season playoff streak, expectations are inevitable, and Blashill faces a tall task. For all we know, setting the bar so high might not be such a bad thing.

more

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Ryan Clowe May Not Be Able To Play Due To Concussion Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Chere of NJ.com,

The odds may be against veteran winger Ryane Clowe returning to the ice for the Devils this season as he recovers from his latest concussion, but general manager Ray Shero said he won't make the call.

"It won't be my decision. It will be Ryane and the doctors who make that decision," Shero told NJ Advance Media.

It seems very possible, if not likely, that doctors will recommend Clowe not risk having another head injury. He has endured several in recent years and admitted at the conclusion of last season that he has contemplated retirement for the first time.

continued plus and update on the heath of Bryce Salvador...

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On The Gustav Nyquist Contract

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Craig Custance of ESPN (ESPN Insider) list the 10 best contracts of the offseason and Gustav Nyquist is included,

There are two ways to approach the contracts of young players. One is to take on risk early by offering long-term security in the hopes that the player continues to develop and you get a break on the money down the road (see Klingberg, John). Or you let the player establish his value and then reward him. That’s the approach the Red Wings took with Nyquist, who signed a two-year bridge contract after his entry level and then followed it up with a four-year extension worth $4.75 million per season. Detroit GM Ken Holland has continuously minimized risk with Nyquist and even this deal comes in on the low end. This contract expires before Nyquist turns 30 and doesn’t exceed $5 million -- a nice payment for a player capable of scoring 30 goals.

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The NHL/MLB Partnership

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ian Thomas and Eric Fisher of SportsBusiness Daily,

The NHL has signed a six-year partnership with MLBAM in which MLBAM and MLB’s overall media division will now operate the NHL’s digital operations, streaming services and NHL Network, according to multiple sources. The deal, valued at more than $1.2B over the course of the contract, will also give the NHL a 7-10% equity stake in MLB’s digital arm. MLBAM will take over operations of the websites of the league and its 30 clubs, all mobile applications, and its GameCenter Live streaming video service. The NHL had previously used NeuLion as its digital vendor for the past seven years.

MLBAM will also oversee NHL Network, moving the channel's HQ to MLB Network’s existing location in Secaucus, N.J. With the new deal, MLBAM will work with the NHL on programming and production, and pay the league approximately $100M a year in rights fees. The partnership will be formally announced during a conference call this afternoon hosted by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, NHL COO John Collins, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB President of Business & Media Bob Bowman.
 

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Optimism In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy at NHL.com,

The Toronto Maple Leafs are in a transition phase, and it is clear there will be no quick fixes after they missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs in back-to-back seasons. President Brendan Shanahan and new coach Mike Babcock have preached patience as they take their first steps toward trying to construct a winning team.

With sweeping changes this summer, including a trade that sent forward Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the 2015-16 Maple Leafs will bear little resemblance to recent editions. Considering they've made the playoffs once since 2004, it's a welcomed fresh start.

Here are four reasons for optimism:

Babcock is behind the bench: Given his success, Babcock could have taken a job with a team that is much closer to being a contender than Toronto. He won the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008 and two Olympic gold medals with Canada (2010, 2014). The Maple Leafs, who haven't won the Cup since 1967, represent one of hockey’s greatest challenges. After signing an eight-year contract, Babcock has the credibility and organizational power to successfully command an intense on- and off-ice commitment from his players. Babcock demands discipline and hard work from his players; those who don't give it will find themselves elsewhere.

Because of their lack of success, coupled with the media scrutiny in Toronto, the Maple Leafs have not been a destination for many high-profile free agents. Babcock said upon his hiring that he wants Toronto to be a "safe" city for his players. That will be accomplished by winning and consistency.

continued

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‘Roughly Translated’: a short Datsyuk interview

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Via AllHockey.ru, Pavel Datsyuk spoke with Sport.FM's A. Kuzmak, and here's a rough translation of his interview:

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