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Scott Gomez Accepts Invitation To The New Jersey Devils Training Camp

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from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Scott Gomez, who won two Stanley Cups with the Devils, has been invited to the team's training camp on a unsigned tryout basis, general manager Lou Lamoriello told The Star-Ledger Wednesday.

Gomez, 34, played 46 games last season for the Florida Panthers and had 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists). It is his playmaking that makes him appealing to the Devils.

"He felt he still had a lot of hockey in him and he's been working out this summer so I told him to come to camp," Lamoriello said. "There are no promises. We certainly know what he has the capability of doing. This is no different than with Petr Sykora."

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Holland Still Working On DeKeyser Contract And The Latest On Alfredsson

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said today that he’s still trying to work out a deal with restricted free agent Danny DeKeyser and said that a final decision on whether forward Daniel Alfredsson will play next season probably won’t be made until just before Sept. 18, when players report for camp.

Some Red Wings have begun skating at Joe Louis Arena and other locations in the area. Holland said most of the players will be back in town and skating again Tuesday.

Holland said Alfredsson wants to play next season but has to decide whether he can contribute again.

“I haven’t talked to him in about a month,” Holland said. “He’s training hard. He’s training to play. He does want to play. When I last talked to him, he said he felt good — he wanted to feel great. He would love to play another year. He wants to play for us. He only wants to play if he feels he can contribute. The best test for him is to skate a couple weeks prior to training camp.

“I’ll talk to him next week. We’ll wait 10-12 days. Do we sign him to a contract? Does he just want to come to camp? I’m lobbing everything out there.”

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I think they’ll be a playoff team. There’s a big difference between getting a playoff spot and being a contender for the Cup and I still think they’re a little bit away from that, but I think they’re moving in the right direction.”

-John LeClair on the Philadelphia Flyers.  More from LeClair on the Flyers by Katie Strang of ESPN.

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If Vegas Does Get An NHL Team, What About Gambling?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matt Youmans of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

It’s a developing story, not a done deal. In May, MGM Resorts broke ground on a $375 million, 20,000-seat arena on the Strip that is set to open in 2016, and it figures to someday be home to an NBA or NHL franchise. A hockey team is now the favorite in the race to be first.

The issue of legalized sports wagering will be a hot topic for debate, though in reality it should not be an issue at all.

There is no way to justify a betting ban on Las Vegas’ NHL team when UNLV football and basketball games are offered in the books. Bettman might not make the request, but if he does, there should be a unified effort to refuse a sports book blackout of the local team.

“We don’t know what their intentions are, and they might not want that,” LVH sports book director Jay Kornegay said of the NHL. “I can’t speak for the industry, but I think it would be hypocrisy if we took our home team off the board. I just think we’re sending the wrong message if we were to take games off the board.

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‘Red Army’ to air at Toronto International Film Festival; Fetisov, Bowman speak with The Fan 590

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off on September 4th, and director Gabe Polsky's documentary of the Soviets national hockey team, Red Army, will be shown at the festival:

 

As such, The Fan 590's Joey Vendetta spoke with Polsky, the film's director and creative masterimind, as well as the "main character" in the documentary, Slava Fetisov (with Senator Fetisov speaking from Moscow instead of Vladivostok)...

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Red Wings mid-day news: on the ‘captain’s skate,’ a District Detroit jobs summit, videos & Perani’s

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Updated 3x at 6:43 PM:

From the Red Wings:

DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose actually Tweeted these quips yesterday...

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Grand Rapids Griffins Release Their Regular Season Schedule

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday released their schedule for the 2014-15 season. It will mark their 19th campaign overall, 14th as members of the American Hockey League and 13th as the primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.

The Griffins will begin their 76-game slate at home on Friday, Oct. 10 when the Lake Erie Monsters pay a 7 p.m. visit to Van Andel Arena. Coupled with the regular season finale at home on April 18, this will mark the first season since 2005-06 that Grand Rapids both opens and closes its regular season schedule on home ice.

Highlights of the 2014-15 schedule include::

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The AHL 2014-15 Regular Season Schedule

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today released the complete schedule of regular-season games for the 2014-15 season, the league’s 79th year of operation. The season, comprising 1,140 games, begins on Fri., Oct. 10 and concludes on Sun., Apr. 19; each of the league’s 30 clubs will play 76 games, 38 at home and 38 on the road. 

2014-15 team-by-team schedules (PDF)
2014-15 day-by-day schedules (PDF)
2014-15 LeagueStat schedules

Some highlights of the 2014-15 schedule: 

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Bill Daly On The Latest Expansion Talk

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from Patrick Caisse of TVA Sports,

The rumor that an expansion team soon moved to Las Vegas raged Tuesday night.

In fact, a reporter from The Province has even write that it was a "done deal" and that it was only a matter of time before everything is formalized.

Bill Daly, the right arm of the Commissioner of the National Hockey League, Gary Bettman, however, categorically denied this rumor on Wednesday morning.

"It's not in our plans, there is absolutely nothing new in that," he has admitted to TVA Sports.

And if it were an organization struggling with financial difficulties, as the Florida Panthers, who moved rather in the "Sin City"?

"We have no move in sight, whether in the case of the Panthers, or any other team besides," replied Daly.

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Pro Hockey Talk’s ‘It’s Red Wings Day single-post post

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 6:25 PM:

So today is NBC's Pro Hockey Talk's "Red Wings day," and the lovely gents have tended to post 5 to 8 articles on each team over the course of their August survey of the NHL's 30 teams, with the first "hitting the wires" around 8 AM, and the last one, involving this little vote, hitting at 11 PM:

This blogger has some away-from-the-home-office responsibilities today, so Paul and I will be posting the gents' articles in this entry as they "hit the wires" (more or less). I strongly encourage you to give 'em a click as I've thoroughly enjoyed their work thus far.

from Ryan Dadoun,

The larger issue at this point is if the Red Wings will be able to lure talent to help compliment their rising young players and have at least one more serious playoff run with 33-year-old Zetterberg and 36-year-old Datsyuk before they’re slowed down by age.

Detroit used to be a choice destination for free agents, but that hasn’t been the case in recent years and this summer was no exception. Detroit wasn’t able to sign a single noteworthy defenseman and instead brought back Kyle Quincey at a cost of $8.5 million over two years.

With the Red Wings largely unchanged from 2013-14, they will enter the season as contenders for a playoff spot once again, but some serious question marks remain.

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added 10:06am, from Ryan Dadoun,

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