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Grand Rapids Griffins sign two more NCAA players in Kyle Bonis and Mark Zengerle

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins have signed their fifth NCAA free agent forwards today, adding Ferris State University graduate Kyle Bonis to a mix that includes Shane Berschbach, Alden Hirschfeld and Tyler Barnes--and the team finally announced the signing of University of Wisconsin graduate Mark Zengerle:

The Grand Rapids Griffins on Thursday signed forwards Kyle Bonis and Mark Zengerle to one-year contracts.

A native of Lindsay, Ontario, Bonis picked up 45 points (25-20—45) in 65 games with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades during the 2013-14 season and ranked among team leaders in scoring (4th), goals (2nd) and assists (8th). The 5-foot-11, 175-pound left wing went scoreless in three AHL appearances with the Charlotte Checkers last season and tallied two points (1-1—2) in six games with the Norfolk Admirals late in 2012-13.

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Home Or Road Sweaters?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Lukas of ESPN,

Until 1951, some NHL teams had only one uniform, so the question of what to wear at home was often moot. In 1955, the league mandated that teams wear colors at home and white on the road. That arrangement was reversed in 1970, when teams began wearing white at home. And then it was reversed again in 2003, when teams went back to wearing colors at home, the format that's still in place today.

That brings up one of those classic questions that fans can debate for hours: Which uniform is better at home: white or colors?

And then there's a related but distinct question: Does a hockey team look better wearing a white uniform or a colored uniform?

Uni Watch has always been in favor of NHL teams wearing white at home. Part of this is no doubt because your friendly uniform columnist grew up in the white-at-home era, but there's more to it than that. The feeling here at Uni Watch HQ is that most NHL teams just look better in white.

read on and you can vote on which sweater you like better...

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Ken Holland On His Contract, Babcock, DeKeyser And The Season Outlook

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

"I've been here a long time and very proud, very happy to be a Red Wing," Holland told the Free Press. "I work for, I believe, the best owners in the NHL — passionate, committed. It's nice to know that ownership has confidence in me to continue to lead going forward."...

"I talked briefly to Mike yesterday; we exchanged texts. He's out west," Holland said. "When he gets back to town, at training camp, we'll sit down and talk. It's best that he and I talk about situation when we're face to face and both engaged in the conversation. So sometime in September, we'll talk."

More immediately, Holland is working on a contract for restricted free agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser. Holland said, "We'll find a solution. We like Dan a lot; he's been a real good, young player for us. The hard part is trying to find what's fair for player and for club. He's only played 76 games, but he's a real important part of our team. We'll get him done."...

"Our goal going into 2014-15 is, hopefully, we can compete with the top teams in the East, with Boston and Tampa Bay, and Montreal, which went to the final four. We've got a tough division. We're trying to compete for a playoff spot, be a contender.

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Denis Potvin Is Once Again The Color Analyst For The Florida Panthers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Florida Panthers,

FOX Sports Florida, the regional television home of the Florida Panthers, today announced Denis Potvin has joined its roster of Panthers on-air talent as it expands their broadcast team for the 2014-15 season. In his new role, Potvin will return to the broadcast booth as color analyst, a position he previously held with the Florida Panthers for the club’s first 16 seasons in the National Hockey League.

Alongside play-by-play announcer Steve “Goldie” Goldstein, Potvin will provide a seasoned, exciting voice to Panthers’ television broadcasters after spending the past four seasons as color analyst for the Ottawa Senators. Bill Lindsay will remain an integral part of FOX Sports Florida’s Panthers broadcast team as he transitions to a new role this season as color analyst for Panthers LIVE! pregames, intermissions and postgame shows, along with providing a second analyst on-ice perspective for select games. Bill will join Drew Goldfarb, who returns for his second season as host of Panthers LIVE!

"We are pleased to welcome Denis back to the broadcast booth for the Florida Panthers," said Florida Panthers CEO & President Rory Babich. "With an exciting season on the ice right around the corner, the addition of Denis, a hockey legend with long-term ties to the organization, to the existing broadcast team of Steve, Billy and Drew promises to provide an enhanced experience for our TV viewers with one of the premier broadcast teams in the NHL."

“This was a great opportunity to expand and bolster our Panthers broadcast team by bringing in Denis, an NHL Hall of Famer and a veteran broadcaster with intimate knowledge of Florida Panthers Hockey and the team’s history in South Florida,” said Brett Opdyke, executive producer of FOX Sports Florida. “It also allows us to showcase Bill’s analyst skills on our Panthers LIVE! shows, and gives our broadcasts the added bonus of a second analyst “between the benches” on marquee games.”

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A New Four-Year Contract For Ken Holland

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings announced today that the team has signed executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland to a new four-year contract that will keep him with the organization through the 2017-18 season.

“Ken is regarded as one of the premier executives in the National Hockey League and has been instrumental in the success of the Red Wings over the last two decades,” Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch said. “Marian and I are extremely pleased that he will continue to lead our hockey club over the next four years. We feel strongly that stability is key to the success of any organization and having this new agreement in place with Ken is important to the organization and its future.”

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Morning Line

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I Wonder If Gary Bettman And John Davidson Are Promoting Their Own Version Of Twins?

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Questions Remain For The St. Louis Blues

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from Louie Korac at NHL.com,

Can the Blues compete for the Cup with their revamped goaltending? -- The Blues allowed Ryan Miller to leave via free agency and will confidently turn to veteran Brian Elliott and rookie Jake Allen, who has 15 games of NHL experience under his belt.

The Blues feel like Elliott, who signed a three-year, $7.5 million contract, earned the right to go into the season as the No. 1.

"[Ellliott's] watched two other guys [Miller and Jaroslav Halak] get the ball," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Now he feels like it's his turn. There's still going to be competition, but I think Brian's going to start as the incumbent based on experience and all the work he's put in."

Will the additional depth at center pay off? -- Adding Stastny, Jori Lehtera, Peter Mueller and Joakim Lindstrom to a group that includes David Backes, Patrik Berglund, Steve Ott and Maxim Lapierre gives the Blues strong reinforcement despite losing Vladimir Sobotka to the Kontinental Hockey League.

"We wanted to add depth, we wanted to add competitive depth, we wanted to strengthen the middle of the ice and that's what we've done," Hitchcock said. "We've added scoring depth and we added real definitive depth at the center ice position."

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Lawsuit against Islanders owner Charles Wang takes a conflict-of-interest-y turn

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Would-be Islanders suitor Charles Barroway is suing current Islanders owner Charles Wang for $10 million after Wang reneged on the sale of the soon-to-be-Brooklyn-based team, and the New York Times' Richard Sandomir went so far as to pen an editorial-style article suggesting that Wang's--well, let's be honest here--awful stewardship of the team merits all but a moral imperative to sell the team to someone who can competently manage it.

This morning, the New York Post's Josh Kosman reports that Barroway's lawsuit involves someone with an intriguing tie to a certain sport's commissioner, and that commissioner now finds himself in a sticky situation:

An adviser working for the hedge-fund manager who sued the New York Islanders for reneging on a deal to sell him the team is NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s half-brother, The Post has learned.

Andrew Barroway hired Jeffrey Pollack several months ago after reaching a handshake deal to buy the club from owner Charles Wang for $420 million, sources said.

Wang and Bettman are believed to be pals.

And in addition to reporting that Barroway had difficulty actually coughing up the cash to purchase the team, Kosman reports that Wang increased the asking price for the team substantially (and many suspect that Wang did so after the Los Angeles Clippers sold for a billion dollars):

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Red Wings overnight report: on Frk, Tootoo, Alfredsson, Babcock, Nosek and Jurco

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 6:21 AM with some charming comments from Mikael Samuelsson and some Darren Helm stuff: Wednesday's slate of Danny DeKeyser contract updates certainly brought to mind the regular-season repeat machine, so I'd like to start with a point of clarification regarding Wednesday morning's "Wings in Waiting" article about Martin Frk instead.

The Wings posted the article minus the usual accompaniment of a "Prospect Report" video, so the video posted on Wednesday evening, which includes comments by Ken Holland, Ryan Martin and Griffins coach Jeff Blashill, sheds far more light upon the team's assessment of Frk's worth in light of his difficult professional debut:

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