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‘Quick player takes’ from the first day of Red Wings training camp

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Trying to pace oneself at a training camp is a complicated task, especially when you know that on Saturday, you're going to the rink at 8:30 AM and probably leaving the rink around 10 PM...Then going to the rink the next day at 8:30 AM and leaving at 3 PM.

With that in mind, I'm going to go through the rosters of the three teams that took part in day 1 of training camp and give you incredibly brief impressions of the players taking part (and nudge you toward my friend Jim Schoensee's pictures of the Lindsay-Howe scrimmage):

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If you missed it: Red Wings will ‘break ground’ on follow-on rink September 25th

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

If there was one thing that I felt got "under-covered" while I was recovering from the prospect tournament, it's the fact that the Red Wings are going to actually break ground on their new arena on Thursday, September 25th, and this video from WDIV took note of said event:

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Red Wings evening news: impressions and MSM stories from the first day of training camp

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 5x at 9:26 PM: For me, training camp is where things get interactive again, and a little strangely so.

I watched sixty-something Red Wings players, prospects and try-outs engage in about fifteen different iterations of dump-and-retrieve drills, end-to-end skating drills, etc. that all focused on today's points of emphasis: "entries, o-zone, spots facing right up," or so the schedule stated. I can probably spend three or four hours writing up as detailed an assessment of the drills based upon my note-taking with antiquated technology called "a pen and a five-subject notebook" if you wish, and I can very happily give you a one or two-sentence write-up on every player I witnessed participate in drills (I did not see Brennan Evans or Andy Miele today; everyone else was healthy, save you-know-who-wears-#39).

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Likely To Be Traded

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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

So, which players are most likely to be dealt this season? Put it this way: If you're thinking of buying a new jersey, you might want to hold off before having it personalized with the name and number of any of these guys.

​BOBBY RYAN, LW, OTTAWA SENATORS: The Sens have lost two top players — Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza — during the past 15 months. They can't afford to lose a third, which is why the ongoing negotiations between the team and Ryan are so crucial. Ottawa is ready to ante up in order to lock Ryan in long term, but the winger wants some non-financial assurances before he signs. Ryan took issue with the way he was used at times by coach Paul MacLean last season and he wants the chance to prove that he can be Ottawa's go-to guy....

DAM McQUAID, BOSTON BRUINS: It's clear they'll have to make a deal soon to address some pressing cap issues. The question is, who do they sacrifice off a team that has legitimate Cup aspirations? The expectation is that they'll move a defenseman, but it won't be Johnny Boychuk and his expiring contract. Despite the relief he'd provide, he's too valuable a part of their top four. That leaves McQuaid as the most likely option. Plenty of teams would be interested in his size and physicality, even if his thinking lags behind the play at times....

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Realistically speaking, Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha will begin the ‘season’ in the AHL

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Very understandably, there's been a ton of talk about Anthony Mantha's broken right leg--what sounds like a fracture just below his right knee, in fact, based upon Mantha and Ken Holland's comments over the past couple of days--and while I can tell those of you who want to see Mantha start the season in Detroit that the Red Wings can't send him down to Grand Rapids until he's healed (on paper, anyway), and that the Wings will probably prefer to monitor his progress in Detroit...

When push comes to shove, you don't have someone who's coming off a broken leg get back up to speed in late October or early November in the NHL:

Duff penned an article about Mantha's injury...

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Holy crap, congrats Jim Paek! Korean Ice Hockey team to play at 2018 Winter Olympics

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

While I was headed down to the rink this morning, the Windsor Star's Bob Duff reports that there's great news for Jim Paek and the Korean Ice Hockey team:

From IIHF.com's Adam Steiss:

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NHL GMs On RFA Ryan Johansen

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Speaking with the group of current and former GMs, a couple of themes emerged:

• They were unanimously on board with the Blue Jackets offers to Johansen and all agreed they were more than fair. For the record, the Blue Jackets have offered deals of $6 million for two years, $32 million for six years and $46 million for eight years.

• While the majority felt the Jackets tactic of going public runs counter to their style, they could certainly understand Davidson’s and Kekalainen’s frustrations.

• None of them would trade Johansen.

While most of them said the public flogging of Overhardt, in particular, is counterintuitive to their negotiation style, they acknowledged their might be some behind-the-scenes dynamics of which only they know. And they all sympathized with the Blue Jackets. All GMs spoke to thn.com on the condition of anonymity.

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Audio from the first day of Red Wings training camp: Tatar, Helm, Babcock, Kronwall, Zetterberg, etc

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' players engaged in a set of drills mostly involving puck retrieval and transition play at the first day of training camp, working with an emphatic Mike Babcock and new assistant coaches Tony Granato and Jim Hiller on all sorts of "soft dump and retrieval" drills with a heavy emphasis on proper positioning and folding players into drills using outlet passes (today's three focuses were, according to the schedule, "Entries, O-Zone, Spots Facing Right Up") as the three teams--Delvecchio, Lindsay and Howe--combined video, practice, and in two out of three teams' cases, a 40-minute scrimmage.

The biggest scare involved Tomas Jurco taking a shot from Kyle Quincey off the shin and having to walk it off, but he was OK. I'd say players were skating at maybe 80% of their potential and that the coaches were shaking off some rust as well, but that's why training camp is three days long.

"Team Howe" beat "Team Lindsay" 3-2 in a shootout, and MLive's Ansar Khan took note of the lines used by each "team":

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Afternoon Line - Ilya Bryzgalov

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Friday Afternoon Hockey Talk

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Katie Strang of ESPN held an online chat today...

Who will win the Connor McDavid sweepstakes and finish at the bottom this year?

Katie Strang  I don't think it will be Buffalo. That team made significant strides. Don't see it being Calgary or Buffalo, either. Both teams have talented youngsters and solidified their goaltending. I'm really not sold on Ottawa this year, but that would be a pretty precipitous decline. Edmonton, perhaps? Shoot, even Arizona could really take a tumble if Mike Smith has a bad year.

Rebound year for Letang - is he arguably the most important piece for Pitt to make a deep run?

Katie Strang  His performance is key, especially with the loss of Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, but he'll have help along the blue line from Paul Martin and Christian Ehrhoff. Two most important pieces? Crosby, duh. And Marc-Andre Fleury. Quite the test with him entering the last year of his contract without an extension. Has to prove himself to earn that.

The most important question tonight:Who will win Lord Stanley?

Katie Strang  Hard to pick against Chicago, but I like the Lightning as my sleeper team in the East.

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