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A Weird Retirement Day For Martin Brodeur

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Blair of Sportsnet,

It seldom ends in a nice, neat package any more, because we are in sports Viagra era.

We live longer and our idols tend to perform at passable or better levels for longer periods of time because of better training, nutrition, medicine, travel — and, drug-testing often being half a step behind the cheaters, sometimes chemical intervention.

Go hard, don’t worry about going home.

It’s still said that if Wayne Gretzky can be traded, than anyone can be traded. True. The addendum is that if Gretzky can play out the string with the New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues, than anyone ought to be able to play out the string for whomever and for however long they want.

Still, watching Martin Brodeur retire from the NHL on Thursday surrounded by the logo and colours of a team for which he’s played all of seven games seemed a little much, even by todays standards of disposability.

He’s a New Jersey Devil — no, he IS the New Jersey Devils.

continued which includes an interview Elliotte Friedman did with Brodeur today...

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Daily Bracket Giving Away $7,500 On Sunday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

To celebrate the end of football season — a time when we can finally focus all our energy on the sport that really matters — Daily Bracket (register via mobile device) is giving away up to $7,500 on Sunday. They’re adding $5 to the prize pool for every new follower they get on Twitter; $3 for every share they get of their new explanatory video…

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Babcock talks about mental illness and coaching philosophies with St. James

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I'm not trying to milk this issue until it's blood-from-a-stone dry, but in addition to Mike Babcock's radio interviews yesterday, he spoke with the Free Press's Helene St. James about Bell Let's Talk day and mental illness...

"You say to yourself, maybe there is something I can do," Babcock said of his involvement. "To me, it's one of those things that, it's a scary, scary thing when you think of people going through it. If you're sitting at home, suffering in silence because you've got no one to talk to ... talk to someone who cares about you.

"I've never asked anyone for help in my whole life, where they didn't want to help."

For every text message, wireless and long-distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Alliant customers and for every tweet using #bellletstalk today, Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental programs.

Asked about trying to eliminate -- or at least reduce -- the stigma surrounding depression and mental illness, Babcock said, "I don't know why there's a stigma. We all got something with us that's a little screwed up, let's be honest. That's what makes you human. The essence of people are good. They want to help you. I believe that 100%."

And this video from St. James will...Well, Babcock's 5:51 worth of talking about his philosophies, admitting that he really does care about his players, his discussion about mental illnesses versus "character issues"...It's *#$%@& moving. As somebody who deals with severe depression and an anxiety disorder, this nearly got the room "dusty":

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Live Stream- AHL Press Conference

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of The Mercury News,

The NHL will make it official Thursday afternoon: Five franchises -- including the Sharks -- are moving their top American Hockey League affiliates to California next season.

The 12:30 p.m. PT announcement will be made at the SAP Center -- the rink both the Sharks and their relocated development team will call home. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and AHL president David Andrews will be on hand along with representatives of the Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers.

"It really helps us with the most important things that we do, draft and develop players" Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said Wednesday.


Watch the press conference below, it is scheduled to begin at 3:30pm ET...

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Re-purposing Rexall Place

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

Edmonton is getting a new arena, that is something well known. What isn’t well known, well, it isn’t even known at this point in time, what should be done with the old arena?

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On Wednesday, Mike Babcock placed his full support behind Bell Let’s Talk, giving 3 interviews

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Better late than never: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock stepped up in a big way to promote Bell Let's Talk day yesterday; after speaking with TSN about his belief that mental illness does not equal personal weakness during the All-Star Break, Babcock appeared on three TSN radio stations to help promote mental health awareness on Wednesday--and in total, he spoke for about 45 minutes in the hopes of reducing the stigma surrounding mental illnesses.

He started with TSN 690's Chris Nilan and Connor McKenna...

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Ads On Sweaters For The World Cup Of Hockey?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

NHL sponsors say they expect the league to use next year's World Cup of Hockey to trial on-uniform advertising.

Every North American sports league has weighed the added revenue putting ads on uniforms would generate against fan backlash. ...

In September, NHL officials told team presidents that the league would prefer not to be the first major league in North America to feature on-uniform ads, even though the move might generate $120 million.

But more recently, in the wake of the NHL's announcement of the eight-team World Cup of Hockey, sponsors say they expect the league and NHLPA to be aggressive with its marketing efforts. NHL officials have said privately that they hope the tournament generates close to $100 million. (The league recently sold the World Cup's Canadian TV rights to Rogers Communications for about $30 million, NHL sources tell TSN.)

The NHL has informed sponsors that it will feature about eight categories of sponsorships for the World Cup, selling each for about $1.5 million. To have a corporate logo featured on a team jersey would probably cost about $2 million per team, sources tell TSN.


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$50 To The Winner Of The BoltDraft/KK Free Fantasy Game On Thursday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

moving this to the top of page so everyone has a chance to see and participate. original post was 1/28/15 at 10:48am.

Two days late with this week's game.  Due to the weather warnings in the northeast, we decided to postpone this week's game until Thursday, so here we go.

Here is your chance to win $50 in this free fantasy game presented by BoltDraft.  Just register and/or play, use passcode kukla17 if needed, then pick one forward, one defenseman and one goalie from the 22 NHL teams in action on Thursday.

Then sit back and watch how the games play out.

Easy to play and fun to compete against other KK members and readers.

Scoring rules are below and if you have any questions regarding the game, the Rules/FAQ page at BoltDraft should be of help.

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Red Wings-Lightning game-day articles: Jurco’s in, Ouellet’s staying, Wings and Bolts talk respect

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 6x at 4:18 PM: The Detroit Red Wings tangle with the Tampa Bay Lightning in a "four-point game" (7:30 PM on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM), and as Paul noted, there were some "gray jersey" issues with the Wings' players this morning, but MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Tomas Jurco's returning from his back injury, and this is pretty cool:

Khan spoke with Tomas Jurco about his return--and other than the Jurco-in-Cleary-out swap (i.e. Jurco with Joakim Andersson and Drew Miller), the team's lineup will remain the same as it was on Tuesday:

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Afternoon Line- Shane Doan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Mark Master tweets,

Shane Doan on if he's thought about asking out of ARZ so he gets one more shot at Cup; says that plan rarely works for players.

Doan: "Everyone talks about the way Ray Bourque did it ... storybook ending, but there's a lot of guys that it doesn't work for."

Doan: "If you make that decision you have to understand the consequences that go along with it. This is my home."

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