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Red Wings, FSD release 2011-2012 broadcast schedule

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

FYI, per the Detroit Red Wings and Fox Sports Detriot:

Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings and FOX Sports Detroit today announced the 2011-12 Red Wings local television schedule.

FOX Sports Detroit (FSD) continues its award-winning production and carriage of Red Wings games by airing a total of 73 regular-season and pre-season contests with 61 games slated for FSD and 13 on FOX Sports Detroit Plus (FS PLUS).  Additionally, FOX Sports Detroit will carry all non-exclusive games in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs if the Wings advance.

Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond return as the Wings TV on-air broadcast crew with former Red Wing and Hockey Hall of Famer Larry Murphy filling in for Redmond during select road games and serving as a between-the-benches reporter for home games.  John Keating will serve as primary host of the RED WINGS LIVE pre-game shows which air 30 minutes prior to most game times.  RED WINGS LIVE postgame follows most FSD telecasts with live reaction, analysis and game highlights.

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Wings/Griffins make no-risk signings in inking Estcolet, Rufenach to AHL deals

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

If what I saw this past summer held true during the Red Wings’ prospect tournament, the team’s made two superb signings which present no risk whatsoever to the team as the now Red Wings-managed Grand Rapids Griffins signed two slightly undersized but highly-skilled prospects to AHL-only contracts, which means that neither player takes up a spot on the Wings’ NHL roster, that they can turn pro with the Griffins or Walleye, and if they don’t work out for the Wings over the course of this season, they can impress 29 other NHL teams’ GM’s:


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday announced the signings of forward Adam Estoclet (EHST-oh-clay) and defenseman Bryan Rufenach (ROOF-uh-nahk) to standard AHL player’s contracts.

Estoclet, a 22-year old native of Orono, Minn., was second in scoring for Dartmouth College in 2010-11, recording 29 points and a team-high 16 goals in 34 games (16-13—29). After completing his senior year, he joined the Providence Bruins for a seven-game stint, registering two assists and seven penalty minutes. In 127 games over four years at Dartmouth, Estoclet picked up 104 points (39-65—104). He led Dartmouth in scoring as a sophomore in 2008-09 and tied for ninth in ECAC scoring after tallying 21 points (5-16—21) in 22 conference games and 32 points (8-24—32) in 31 total contests that season.

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Sharks presale tickets

Blog: KK Hockey By petshark


I was wondering when this information would come out.  Last minute as it seems, at least it tells us October will come, the wait will end. 

Sharks regular season individual tickets go on sale 10am Friday, Sept 16, but there are early deals for followers of the Sharks Twitter feed and those who like them on Facebook.  Check them out:

•Sharks on Twitter @SanJoseSharks
Sharks on Face Book.


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Peace Between the NHL and KHL?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Stu Hackel at Red Light on SI.com:

In a briefing published on the league’s website, KHL President Alexander Medvedev said Tuesday that he is interested in improving relations with the NHL in the aftermath of last week’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash.

“After the Lokomotiv tragedy I had a call from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who expressed his condolences,” he said. “The grief is felt by the whole hockey family. Now we can take a new view of all our differences with the NHL. I repeat once again: When we cooperate we can achieve much more for hockey than when in conflict or in isolation. I would like very much for this to be no mere surge of emotion, but that we move in step with each other. Gary and I agreed to meet in the near future and consider how we can further work together.”

This is good news because relations between the two league have sometimes been frosty, with gusts up to nasty, for a few years.

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  Tags: alexander+medvedev, gary+bettman

Byfuglien Passed Breathalyzer but Charges Still Likely

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Gary Lawless at the Winnipeg Free Press:

A police report, expected to be released in the next 48 hours will state Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien passed a breathalyzer test administered by Hennepin County Sheriff’s department police officers.

Byfuglien submitted to a breathalyzer test but refused to provide a urine sample when asked, according his lawyer Mitch Robinson.

Byfuglien was arrested on suspicion of boating while impaired and refusing a test.


Despite the clean breathalyzer, charges are still likely to be laid, as per Mike MacIntyre in yesterday’s Winnipeg Free Press.

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  Tags: dustin+byfuglien

Young Jets Come Out Flying

Blog: KK Hockey By BMS


Anxious Winnipeggers couldn’t have asked for much more from their rookies and prospects at the Young Stars tournament in Penticton last night. All that was missing from the Jets’ near-perfect 4-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks prospects were the official uniforms (the team wore white modified practice jerseys).

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  Tags: edward+pasquale, jason+gregoire, levko+koper, mark+scheifele, ryan+nugent-hopkins

“Thunder” Expected In Bay Area This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning unveiled its ‘Be The Thunder’ marketing campaign for the 2011-12 regular season today, calling on all hockey fans throughout the Bay Area to come together and be loud in support of the Bolts all season long as the highly-anticipated start of the regular campaign quickly approaches. 



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Sometimes Words Are Just That

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Landsberg of TSN,

E-mail, texting and instant messaging all have places in our lives. But I believe I have relied too much on them, often replacing personal contact with letters and words and symbols that are like the Buckingham Palace Grenadier Guards - conveying no emotion, revealing no subtlety. They are zombies devoid of anything meaningful outside of the obvious.

How many times have you wondered while reading a text whether someone was serious or joking, sarcastic or straight? Have you ever wondered when you ask someone how they are, whether fine really means fine?

Fine written in text always looks the same, but in person, on the phone, fine can reveal so much more. I am having a tough time forgiving myself for texting Wade Belak seven days before he died and accepting his fine.

Wade was my buddy. That didn’t make me unique. Wade was everyone’s buddy. Even guys he fought with on the ice liked him.

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Dominik Hasek By Point Shares

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I have been looking at goaltender point shares lately.  This is a system devised by Justin Kubatko of hockey-reference.com to try to give credit for team wins to individual players on the team.  I find the offensive portion somewhat successful because offensive stats are not too difficult to isolate.  The defensive and goaltending portions are not as good.  Defence is harder to evaluate on the individual level.  This system estimates how many goals a team prevented when compared to a replacement level team and then shares those goals out via ice time and position.  Although it should be clear that some players on some teams are more important to defence than others of the same position, this is not something this system can assess.  As a result, goaltending and defensive point shares are too dependent upon games played and not upon goaltending and defensive success.  The best players will be underrated and have some of their shares given to lesser players on their team, who are thus overrated.

One prominent example of this is Dominik Hasek and I will look at him today.

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A Trio Of Devils Information

Blog: KK Hockey By David Pavlak


Now that school has started for me, the ease of getting to a computer becomes limited to early in the morning, and very late at night. For my absense on the website for the past couple of days I apologize. Now that things are slowly calming down, I figured I would get back into things here on KK. I have news on the Devils bankruptcy rumor, some player who will be joining the Devils on a tryout, and some other interesting bits of information.

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  Tags: anton+stralman, bryce+salvador, jeff+vanderbeek, justin+barnett, lou+lamoriello, peter+deboer, petr+sykora, sergei+brylin, steve+bernier, thomas+nesbitt.

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