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Wings’ Tickets Go On Sale This Friday

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that single-game tickets will go on sale Friday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m., offering fans the chance to see the team chase its 24th consecutive playoff appearance and 12th Stanley Cup championship.

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Nice Profit On A Mark Messier Game Worn Rangers Sweater

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Seideman at Forbes,

Over the weekend at the White Plains County Center, Kenny Palma, a dealer and collector, set up in his usual space in the corner of the East Coast National sports collectors show, as he has pretty much since he entered the sports memorabilia business just four years ago. Baseball bats, cleats, and catcher’s equipment were piled high on a dozen tables. A huge assortment of sports jerseys hung on a clothing rack like the those they wheel around in Manhattan’s garment district 25 miles south.

One jersey was missing from the rack because Palma had recently sold it in a big auction. It was an autographed Mark Messier hockey uniform shirt from the New York Rangers’ only Stanley Cup championship, in 1995, over the past 73 years.

Palma paid about $300 for it as part of a bigger collection he bought from a collector. “I didn’t like the way it was framed, so I took it out and brought it to the shows and hung it with the rest of my jerseys,” he says. Over the course of half dozen shows during a six-month span dozens of dealers and thousands of collectors, including me, walked past it.  “I was asking $1000, but people offered me from $300 to $400,” Palma says.

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How Bad Can These Teams Be?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,

By my count, a little more than half the teams in the league could be contenders for last place overall if everything went wrong. Of course, some of those teams are better positioned than others, so let’s start with the worst of the worst.

Buffalo Sabres

This year’s 30th slot sure feels like it’s the Sabres’ to lose. After all, they’re the defending champs in this category, having finished at the bottom of the league last year. It wasn’t even close — the Sabres were 14 points back of the 29th-place Panthers. (And remember, that was with former All-Star Ryan Miller in net for most of the season.)...

Calgary Flames

The Flames are another team that’s in rebuild mode, although they actually did try to get better this summer, and may have succeeded thanks to the signing of goaltender Jonas Hiller. On the other hand, they lost Mike Cammalleri, and they’re apparently going to insist on stocking their roster with Brian Burke–style tough guys, so any improvement is likely to be minimal.

more on each of the above tems plus 15 other teams in different categories...

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Grand Rapids Griffins hire Pat Ferschweller as an assistant coach

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill's filled one of the holes caused by Jim Paek and Spiros Anastas' departures, and the Griffins' website reports that Blashill leaned upon an old colleague to do so:

The Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday announced the addition of Pat Ferschweiler to their hockey operations staff as an assistant coach. He replaces Jim Paek, who served as the Griffins' assistant coach for nine seasons (2005-14) before being named director of hockey for the Korea Ice Hockey Association (KIHA) and head coach of the Korean Men’s National Team in July.

Ferschweiler, 44, recently concluded his fourth season behind the bench at Western Michigan University, where he helped the team to a 19-16-5 record. The Rochester, Minn., native served as an assistant coach with the Broncos from 2010-13 before being promoted to associate head coach for the 2013-14 season.

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NHL Combine Heads To Buffalo For The Next Two Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (Aug. 18, 2014) – The NHL Combine, an annual event featuring the top 120 draft-eligible players from North America and Europe, will be held at First Niagara Center and HARBORCENTER in Buffalo, N.Y., in 2015 and 2016, the National Hockey League and Buffalo Sabres announced today.

The weeklong NHL Combine, gives all 30 Member Clubs a chance to evaluate hockey’s future stars three weeks before the NHL Draft. Prospects convene for interviews with NHL club management, scouts and athletic training staff as well as undergo medical and fitness examinations as part of a complete mental and physical assessment.

The 2015 NHL Combine is set to feature highly-touted North American prospects Jack Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.) and Connor McDavid (Richmond Hill, Ont.) ahead of the 2015 NHL Draft hosted by the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., June 26-27.

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Who Is He?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Those who worship at the altar of hockey analytics have long insisted that he is one of the most overrated players in the NHL. These type of "findings," however, prove "new stats" have a ways to go before they're bang-on accurate. He does have flaws, yes. His play can lag for long stretches, and he does not always anticipate well when the play has broken down. But to suggest he's in the lower tier at his position in the NHL is absurd....

He plays best when he's angry. He's one of those athletes who needs a snub of an oversight to put fuel in the tank.

Who is he and more on the current NHL player...

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Hey Canada- Get Ready For Hockey, Win An Easton Synergy HTX Stick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In order to win the Easton Synergy HTX Stick, you must be a Canadian resident and also be a member of Kukla's Korner (join here, it takes 10 seconds).

For a chance to win, you must leave a comment by Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 6:00pm ET.

The topic is up to you but needs to be hockey related and I will choose one random winner from all the comments left.

The winner will be announced the week of September 1st and the stick will be shipped directly to you.

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The Winnipeg Jets Won’t ‘Throw’ The Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

During a summer of relative inactivity, the local populace has become edgy -- a natural emotion when you consider that moves by their rivals in the Central Division appear to strengthen each of the other six teams the Jets are competing with for a playoff spot.

With that in mind, writer Justin Bourne posted a piece over at thescore.com last week suggesting the Jets might actually be tanking the current season for the opportunity to pick first overall in a bid to secure the services of Connor McDavid.

Every team in the NHL would love the opportunity to add a potential franchise player like McDavid or Jack Eichel to their organization, but to suggest that Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff is sitting on his hands and is comfortable with watching losses pile up this season for what could be a payoff down the road is simply ridiculous.

First of all, what franchise decides to push the reset button in Year 4 of the unofficial five-year plan?

Where's the fire sale that sees the Jets ship off veterans for draft picks, young players or prospects?

While the Jets appear to be in tough to break the streak of non-playoff seasons that stretches back to their days as the Atlanta Thrashers, they're not about to simply roll over and be a doormat.

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Who Should Wear The ‘C’ In Montreal?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Don’t get me wrong: I agree with (Jacques) Demers. In the room and on the ice, Markov might be the best choice to replace Brian Gionta as captain. He has the talent, the respect, the calm demeanor, the experience and that mysterious quality of leadership the position demands.

Markov would be (with his buddy, Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals) one of only two Russian captains in the NHL. I just think he’s too smart to take the job....

And if the ‘C’ doesn’t go to Markov, where does it go? The Canadiens are fortunate to have several potentially good possibilities, even with Gionta and Josh Gorges in Buffalo.

Assuming that Markov wants no part of the job, the club could do worse than to pin the letter on the broad chest of Brandon Prust, as natural a leader as you can find. If he can stay healthy and contribute as he did during his first campaign with the Canadiens, Prust would make an excellent captain.

Marc Bergevin and Michel Therrien also have about 72 million reasons to make P.K. Subban captain – and as many reasons not to make him captain, if you believe that the extra duties constitute an unwelcome distraction.

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Red Wings overnight report: On the MSU pro camp, Paek’s ‘unveiling,’ Z’s numbers, Sheahan and Jurco

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated with some Datsyuk stuff at 6:19 AM: I don't stare at the overnight report's batch of stories and wonder how to put them together but that's the case this morning, so:

Let's start with a reminder. Michigan State University's "Pro Camp" begins today at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing and continues until Friday, and every 10 AM-to-12 PM skating session is open to the public. The Free Press's George Sipple listed some of the camp's more prominent participants, and he revealed that two more non-MSU alums and a Wings alumnus will attend the camp as well:

Former Spartans Justin Abdelkader and Drew Miller will join 18 other former Michigan State players in a pro hockey camp that runs today through Friday at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing. The players will skate from 10 a.m. to noon each day. The camp is free and open to spectators.

Abdelkader, 27, had 10 goals and 18 assists in 70 games last season for the Red Wings. Miller, 30, had seven goals and eight assists in 82 games last season for the Wings.

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