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Red Wings mid-day tidbits: Hudler’s on the block, Toledo rocks and the Wings plug a sponsor

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated with more tidbit-style news at 6:23 PM: Because three tidbits of Red Wings-related news and a reference to the overnight report are better than nothing on what seems to be shaking up as a quiet day news-wise:

• Let’s just say that when Lyle Richardson suggests that the Red Wings have a player who’s already a “candidate” to be traded if he struggles, it’s not hard to figure out which player he picked:

Jiri Hudler, Detroit Red Wings: A year ago, the Red Wings were looking forward to Hudler’s return from the Kontinental League, anticipating a possible career-best performance. Instead, he put up the worst numbers of his NHL career since 2006-07, with only 37 points. Hudler will be expected to rebound from that poor performance, but a recent report out of Detroit suggested if he struggles early, he’ll end up on the trade block.

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Goodbye Drury

Blog: KK Hockey By Martin Krantz


I’m currently on a visit to my mother-in-law over the weekend. I brought the regular necessities - clothes, hygien articles, garlic, stake. I was playing with my daughter as my Iphone’s rss-feed reached me with news that aged me slightly - Chris Drury has retired.

I hold Drury in high esteem as a consummate professional. He excelled at sports from a young age, showing talent in both baseball and hockey. Drafted by the Nordiques in the 3rd round he took the college route to the NHL, becoming the first player to win both the Hobey Baker Award and the Calder Trophy.


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Sidney Crosby By Goals Versus Threshold

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

When I looked at goals versus threshold, we saw Sidney Crosby was ranked 16th in the league.  This is despite the fact that he only played 41 games before a season ending concussion.  This is despite the fact that he was 32nd overall in scoring in the NHL.  He ranks quite a bit higher in goals versus threshold than he does in the actual point race; when goals versus threshold preferentially ranks goaltenders near the top.  How did this happen?

The biggest reason Crosby ranks so high in the goals versus threshold system is that offence is ranked in part by the ice time it receives.  A player’s offensive contribution is essentially the number of goals he creates less the number of goals that would be created by a replacement player playing the same ice time.

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Drury Retires

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (August 19, 2011) – Chris Drury announced his retirement today from the National Hockey League (NHL) following a 12-year career.

After being drafted by the Quebec Nordiques with the 72nd pick in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Drury went on to play 892 career NHL games with four different teams (Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers).

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Bits & Pieces

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

• When will MSG realize they need RSS feeds for their writers, including Stan Fischler?

• Last season, Sportsnet allowed us in the USA to watch and stream their videos.  About a month and half ago, I noticed this in place of a video… THE VIDEO YOU ARE TRYING TO WATCH CANNOT BE VIEWED FROM YOUR CURRENT COUNTRY LOCATION.  Sure hope this changes again for the upcoming season.  And while on the topic, TSN and CBC should allow embedding of their videos.

• How long until we see teams having some fun in practice and playing getting the puck closest to the green line?

• Here in Detroit, the Tigers are in a pennant race, the Lions may actually be an above .500 team which leads to even less coverage of the Wings.  Hopefully that changes soon.

• Don’t forget to vote for The Malik Report in the CBS Detroit’s Most Valuable Blogger Awards 2011.  I know how much work and effort George puts in on a weekly basis and it just makes me shake my head.  George is also driven to provide Wings fans with all the latest news and does a great job doing so.


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Is Mark Streit Really On The Hot Seat?

Blog: KK Hockey By William Morrison


NHL.com writer John Kreiser wrote a column earlier this week on 15 Eastern Conference players on the hot seat to produce this season.  One of the players Kreiser listed on the hot seat is Islanders defenseman Mark Streit.

Kreiser said of Streit:

“The Isles’ season took a turn for the worse when Streit, their best defenseman, was lost for the year after injuring his shoulder in a training camp scrimmage. All indications are that Streit is healthy again; if he is as productive as he was in his first two seasons on Long Island, it would be a major boost for a team trying to end a four-year playoff drought.”


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Does Ovechkin Have More To Give?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tracee Hamilton of the Washington Post,

It was clear from watching HBO’s “24/7” last winter that a major difference between Sidney Crosby and Ovechkin is dressing room presence. Crosby was almost another coach in the room, praising, offering tips, being involved in the conversation. Ovechkin was nearly silent.

No, it’s not all about talking, and no, English is not his first language. But Ovechkin has enough of a command of the language now to use it to light a fire under guys, to offer compliments and criticisms. The fact is, he has, until now, chosen not to.

It’s clear that Boudreau expects more of him this season than just 81 hard games, and it’s high time someone did. Boudreau said he wants Ovechkin to take his role as team captain “a step further” and he wants to establish “a more serious tone” in the dressing room. He also said, “I fully expect Alex Ovechkin to come back into camp mean as a bear.”

If he doesn’t, if nothing changes with the Caps on and off the ice this season, Ovechkin won’t be the only one feeling mean as a bear. Caps fans (and Jason Reid) love him, but they won’t be patient forever.


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Sabres Need Moves To Get In The Black

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

From The Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black was finished with several offseason updates Wednesday morning in the HSBC Arena Harbour Club and it was time to bring $40 million defenseman Christian Ehrhoff to the podium to speak to reporters.

Black wanted Darcy Regier to do those honors and had a wry smile on his face as he turned and looked at his general manager.

Said Black: “With that—and I love doing this—I’d like to introduce the GM who currently has the highest payroll in the NHL.”

Cracked Regier when he got to the microphone: “Ted cannot resist putting any more pressure on the coaching staff.”

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Red Wings overnight report: On Darren Helm, the Wings’ TV sked and the Stanley Cup in Michigan

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

As the Free Press’s Helene St. James has wound through an astonishing set of ten sets of expectation-stating articles about the Red Wings’ key performers for the upcoming season, we’ve gone back and forth between lock-step agreement and disparate discourse regarding realistic expectations of and roles for certain players to take.

I don’t think any of us are going to disagree with her assessment of Darren Helm, who posted 12 goals and 32 points while maintaining his status as the team’s best defensive forward not named Datsyuk or Zetterberg:

Offense is a secondary part of Helm’s role, however. His main job is to provide speed and energy, be physical and to kill penalties. Helm does a much better job in the latter area than the Wings’ overall penalty kill (82.3% in 2010-11) indicates, as he’s often able to get control of the puck and then carry it all the way up the ice, eating valuable seconds off the clock. He doesn’t convert those breakaways into goals very often (though his two shorthanded goals last season did lead the team), but he’s working on that.

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Familar Name Trying To Buy Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Phoenix Business Journal,

Former San Jose Sharks president and CEO Greg Jamison is leading a new ownership bid to buy the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team and keep them playing in Arizona.

Jamison is expected to work out a sales agreement with the National Hockey League , which owns the Coyotes, next week. That includes putting down earnest money giving his group exclusive negotiating rights with the league and city of Glendale, which owns Jobing.com Arena.


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