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Wallner: Griffins will get Lorito back from shoulder injury this Friday

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports that the Grand Rapids Griffins will be getting back their co-leading scorer this Friday:

[Matt] Lorito, a winger who has missed the past eight games with a shoulder injury, is expected to play Friday when the Griffins host San Jose.

"Yeah, I'm looking forward to getting back," he said. "I've been practicing, skating, getting ready to get back out there and contribute."

When he went out the first week of January, the second-year pro had 10 goals and a team-high 32 points that were fourth most in the AHL. His 22 assists were third in the league.

His return now means another scoring threat for the Griffins, who enter Wednesday's home game against Iowa leading the Western Conference at 27-10-1-2 with the third highest goal-per-game average (3.43).

"It will be another weapon that we'll have," coach Todd Nelson said. "He creates a lot of offense and is a smart player. Plus he has a great shot and is very good on the power play."

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Chaos Reigns When You’re On The Outside Looking In

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Drew Miller doesn't get waived by a contending team because Drew Miller is an accent. He's garnish and a complement on a good team. He's a niche player who happily fills a role on a fourth line and a PK. Really good teams need Drew Miller.

The Red Wings are not a well constructed or particularly well coached team, so Drew Miller was waived.

Because the Red Wings are not only poorly constructed and poorly coached, but overall less than mediocre, Drew Miller was brought back to do more than the little things.

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Thinking About Hockey On A Tuesday Afternoon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- This is my read on Claude Julien and the Bruins: Julien is tired of being made a public scapegoat, which is why he took a shot at the roster last week. But he’s a pro. He feels he has a responsibility to the players and coaching staff, so he will push forward because that’s the right thing to do. But I’m sure part of him is saying, “Look, if you want to fire me, just do it already.”

Why hasn’t it happened? A couple of things. First, GM Don Sweeney would rather make a trade and see how things play out. I'll always remember a conversation with him when he took over, Sweeney bristling at the suggestion he wouldn’t give Julien a fair shot. He didn’t like that assumption, and it stuck with me. Second, the Bruins know Julien is a good coach. He’s going to go somewhere else and make that team better. You can make the argument it’s time, but fans forget that if your guy goes elsewhere and improves another club.

- In prepping for Hockey Night in Canada last week, we discussed whether fans were getting “Olympic fatigue” from updates about the situation with no firm resolution. The consensus? Yes. That said, here’s an update: We’re still waiting for the official paperwork, but, assuming the players do go, they will stay in Seoul and take an hour-long train trip to the facilities when necessary. They have seen the setup and find it acceptable. However, a resolution after the Board of Governor meetings this week at All-Star appears unlikely. Word last weekend was the Olympics may not even be on the agenda, since the NHL has yet to see a proposal worth discussing. So this might not be settled until later in February. This is now an NHL-vs.-IOC issue above anything else.

much more, trade talk includced. Good read.

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Remembering The Glow Puck

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I tweeted this earlier today but now have decided to post it too.

from SportsBusiness Journal,

Fox Sports President David Hill loved hockey the moment he saw it at the 1988 Calgary Olympics. “It’s fighting on ice,” he said recently. “I love it.”

The NHL, though, was not a big television draw, and Hill believed he knew why — in standard definition, it was impossible to see the puck on TV.

As Fox agreed to a heavily hyped five-year deal for NHL rights in 1994 that cost an average of about $31 million a year, he had an idea. “The only way to make this work would be to make the puck glow,” he said.

That led to FoxTrax, a technology that essentially put a “big blue fuzz ball over the puck, with a red rocket trail that had sparkles on it,” said the glowing puck’s inventor, Stan Honey.

The hype around the puck was breathless. Fox Sports billed it as “the greatest technological breakthrough in the history of sports” before its 1996 launch. It was a description that made Honey uneasy. “I mean, what about the wheel?” he asked.

continued with  comments from NHL types. Fox execs., etc. along the way...

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Afternoon Line- Alex Prewitt On Stan Mikita

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

On the best days, Stan’s memory will activate. Then the family sees glimmers of his old self. When the family takes him to Jane’s house, which overlooks a golf course, Stan brings his grandchildren onto the putting green and offers tips on their strokes. After watching the Blackhawks lose to the St. Louis Blues in the 2017 Winter Classic earlier this month, Scott asked the next day if he remembered the game. Yes, Stan replied, “and they looked like crap.” Over the summer, it was a big deal when Jane handed him a signed 8 x 10 picture from his playing days and asked him to autograph it again, which he did “as perfectly as the original signature.”

-Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated where you can read much more about Stan Mikita.

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Hockey And Hollywood

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

STAMFORD, Conn. – January 24, 2017 – With the movie capital of the world hosting the NHL’s biggest stars, NBC Sports is rolling out its biggest NHL All-Star Game engagement plan ever with “Hockey Goes Hollywood.” The multi-platform campaign weaves together this year’s NHL All-Stars with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood moviemaking, and many of Los Angeles’ world famous landmarks.

The 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be played at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sunday, January 29, at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Originally scheduled to be televised on NBCSN, this year’s contest will be the first network-television broadcast of the NHL All-Star Game since 2004. 

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A Tough Time For Drew Miller

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“It’s definitely a tough time,” said Miller after Tuesday’s morning skate. “Any time you go on waivers, it’s not easy. But thing go on in this game, in the NHL, things happen quick, and I’m back here for now and I’m going to try to make the most of this opportunity.

“For me, it’s just going into a personal shell, push away the waivers and the uncertainty and play hockey. It’s all you can do and what you can control. That’s what I’m going to do. I’ve played a lot of games in this league and tonight will be just another one.”...

Being waived caught Miller by surprise, too.

Wings' Blashill: Hockey analytics of limited use so far
“A little bit,” Miller said. “Obviously if you’re going to go on waivers, you want to be picked up and that didn’t happen, whatever the circumstances. But those things you can’t worry about and go about your business and prepare.

“I’m back for now and I have an opportunity and I’ll try to make the most of it.”


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San Jose Sharks Trade Tommy Wingels To The Ottawa Senators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired right wings Buddy Robinson and Zack Stortini, and a 2017 seventh-round draft selection from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forward Tommy Wingels (@tommywingels57). 

"Tommy has been a valuable member of our franchise for many years, a phenomenal teammate and a true role model on and off the ice for our organization and the NHL," said Wilson. "As a team evolves and younger players push for roster spots, unfortunately tough decisions have to be made. We wish Tommy and his wife, Molly, nothing but success in the future. 

"We also want to welcome Buddy and Zach to our organization. They add size and depth to our reserve list and we look forward to having them in San Jose." 

Wingels, 28, recorded 122 points (51 goals, 71 assists) and 197 penalty minutes in 337 career NHL games, all with San Jose. The Evanston, IL, native was originally drafted by San Jose in the sixth round (177th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. 

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A Confused Tomas Jurco

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

“It’s hard for me, for some reason, to stay in the lineup,” Jurco said after the morning skate. “I think most important for me is to maybe make some points, because I don’t think playing good is going to keep me in the lineup. When I have played before, and then Blash told me I was playing good, and, the next day, I was scratched. So I think I need some points.

“I don’t think I am a big guy that is going to go out there and be physical like Abby. I am different player. I have been always more skilled guy. That’s what got me here, and I need to try to do same thing what got me here. A big part of my game is skating, so I have to skate and create some chances for my teammates.”

Jurco, 24, requested a trade earlier this season, questioning whether he has a future with the Wings. Playing sporadically is a hard way for a young player to develop.

“If I were in Jurco’s shoes, I'd love to have 20 games,” Blashill said today. “I get that, 100%. I think Jurcs is a good NHL player -- that is one of the reasons why my advice has been to be real reticent about giving up on him. I think he’s got lots of ability. He’s a guy who can be a top-three-line player in the NHL.


Update: St. James posted a video of Jurco's remarks:

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Hypothetical Detroit trade scenarios and you. This is where we discuss and get down and dirty!

Blog: KK Members Blog By NIVO

note: bringing this to the top of KK so all can see. original post was on 1/23/17 at 4:39pm.    

 Hey folks, I've been having a ton of scenarios on trades race through my head lately. One of those involves a hypothetical from our own chief(IwoCPO). He mentioned a possible Mrazek($4 mil/yr through 2018) trade bait scenario. So for the hell of it I explored that a bit reading some things here and there. Lets see who needs a goaltender. I keep being led back to 2 teams which are Buffalo and Winnipeg. Usually teams hate trading inside their own division because it can sometimes over inflate prices.

     Lets start with Buffalo. Mrazek to Buffalo you say? Why? Well, their goaltending is not exactly stellar and they would like to climb out of the basement. They also have to room for the expense Mrazek would carry. Would we want anything back in return? Picks? D man(men)? Food for thought. Robin Lehner is 11-12-0-5 and has a decent SV% .921 and GAA% at 2.52. Anders Nilsson is comparable to Lehner. So what would we take back if we even want anyone? How about a D man, lets see what we have. Ristolainen is their top D man. So i guess the answer is no hehe. We cant afford him and they wont get rid of him. Signed for the long haul.

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