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Evening news: On Tatar, Athanasiou’s ‘numbers,’ a ‘deep dive’ and a little Google garble

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. It's July 17th, and if Tomas Tatar and the Red Wings don't agree to a contract extension by 10 AM on Thursday, July 20th, they'll head to salary arbitration in Toronto. Hockeybuzz's Bob Duff examines the situation:

On the surface, the Wings can make a strong case that their offer to Tatar is in the ballpark of what he should expect. Recently, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson, whose production numbers are similar to what Tatar has posted, agreed to terms on a seven-year deal with $5 million per season. While Tatar has outscored Johnson 75-69 over the past three season, Johnson has out-produced Tatar 20-3 in the playoff goal column over the same span.

The flaw in this approach from the Red Wings point of view are the number of bad long-term contracts general manager Ken Holland has already agreed to with players on the team who aren’t nearly as productive offensively as Tatar. In recent seasons, he signed Justin Abdelkader to a seven-year, $30 million deal, and Darren Helm to a five-year pact worth $3.85 million a season. Helm has never scored 20 goals in a campaign, while Abdelkader did it once, netting 23 tallies in 2014-15.

Duff continues...

2. DetroitRedWings.com's Arthur J. Regner penned a "By the Numbers" analysis of Andreas Athanasiou's 2016-17 season:

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Jarome Iginla And Shane Doan Want To Continue Playing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

Free agent forwards Jarome Iginla and Shane Doan want to play in the NHL this season but are having difficulty finding someone to sign with.

The veterans each told Kamloops This Week that they have been in contact with multiple teams.

"At 40, you want to be on a contending team," Iginla said last week. "With the parity in the NHL, there are probably 15 teams that have a chance. … You factor all that in, along with family. At this point, we're still uncertain."

Iginla had 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) and was minus-30 in 80 games for the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings last season.

"I know last year I had a tough year, probably the toughest of my career," he said. "I look at it as fuel. I think I can bounce back and score goals and help a team in different areas."


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A Three-Year Deal For Jean-Gabriel Pageau With The Ottawa Senators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau on a three-year contract that will run through the end of the 2019-20 National Hockey League season. The average annual value of the contract is $3.1 million ($2.6M, $3.3M and $3.4M).

Pageau, 24, spent his second full season with the Senators in 2016-17 registering 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists) in addition to 24 penalty minutes and was one of three Ottawa players to appear in each of the team's 82 regular season games. He led the Senators with eight goals (and also earned two assists) while skating in each of the club's 19 post-season contests.

Drafted by the Senators in the fourth round (96th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Pageau has recorded 101 points (45 goals, 56 assists) and 71 penalty minutes over 251 NHL games. The Gatineau native will enter the 2017-18 campaign as the Senators' current Ironman leader and nine games shy of becoming only the ninth player in franchise history to appear in 200 consecutive games for the club.

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Morning news: On Adam Larkin, Lane Zablocki and Tweets of note

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. MLive's Brendan Savage posted a profile of Adam Larkin, who attended the Red Wings' summer development camp as a free agent invite. Larkin happens to be the cousin of Wings forward Dylan Larkin, and Adam possesses a similarly high hockey IQ:

"I'm hoping, of course," said Larkin, 22. "The great thing about these camps is it's an education opportunity so whether it is with Grand Rapids or with Detroit or elsewhere in the league, you're learning here and that's what's awesome about being here, you have such great resources to teach you whatever it takes to get to the next level.

"I would say I'm a headsy player. I'm one that plays well within the system and is able to see the ice well and understand the flow of the game. I think I communicate well and I think areas of improvement, I've always wanted to be a little bit more offensive than I have been, at least in recent years.

"I need to improve my skating, but everybody probably will tell you they need to work on their skating."

Savage continues...

2. The Free Press's Helene St. James penned a profile of Lane Zablocki, who happens to be the player the Wings picked with the "Mike Babcock" compensatory draft pick:

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The New Scoreboard At Little Caesars Arena

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

  •       5,100 square foot centerhung scoreboard will be largest system in the NHL by viewable area
  •       Full display system in and around new arena includes 13,500+ square feet and 16.5+ million LEDs
  •       Display system is just one of countless fan-focused innovations at Little Caesars Arena

DETROIT and BROOKINGS, S.D. – July 17, 2017 – Fans attending concerts, shows or sporting events at the new Little Caesars Arena will enjoy state-of-the art video displays designed, manufactured and installed by Daktronics, the world leader in audiovisual systems and implementation. The centerhung system at Little Caesars Arena, the future home of the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and countless entertainment and community events, will be more than 5,100 square feet.

As the largest seamless centerhung system in the world, the new scoreboard will allow video programming to completely wrap around the system and create a 360-degree experience. A total of 45 LED displays featuring more than 13,500 square feet and more than 16.5 million LEDs will be installed in and around the new arena before it opens for events in September.

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Brian Campbell Announced His Retirement This Morning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul



added 9:06am, Chicago press release is below...

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A Look At The Detroit Red Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is taking a look at where each team stands. Today, the Detroit Red Wings:

The Detroit Red Wings have not gone into a full rebuild while building a new rink.

Their goal is to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs in their first season at Little Caesars Arena while laying the foundation for future Cup contention, after missing the playoffs for the first time since 1989-90 in their final season at Joe Louis Arena....

Here is what the Red Wings look like today:...

On the cusp

Tyler Bertuzzi, F: Expect Bertuzzi to bring grit and skill to the fourth line after winning the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as most valuable player of the Calder Cup Playoffs last season. The 22-year-old, selected in the second round (No. 58) of the 2013 NHL Draft, had 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in 19 games during Grand Rapids' run to the American Hockey League championship. He had three shots on goal in seven games with the Red Wings in November. … Evgeny Svechnikov, F: The 20-year-old likely will start the season in the AHL but could get some NHL time this season. The 19th pick of the 2015 draft, Svechnikov had 51 points (20 goals, 31 assists) in 74 games for Grand Rapids last season, his first as a professional. He also played his first two NHL games in April. … Filip Hronek, D: The 19-year-old, a second-round pick (No. 53) in the 2016 draft, is headed to Grand Rapids for his first full pro season. He had 61 points (14 goals, 47 assists) in 59 games for Saginaw of the Ontario Hockey League last season and looked good in 10 regular-season and two playoff games for Grand Rapids. Skilled and competitive, he needs to fill out (6-foot, 163 pounds) and gain experience.

What they still need

Superstars. The Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in 1997, 1998 and 2002 with defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, forwards Sergei Fedorov and Steve Yzerman, and more. They won the Cup again in 2008 and came within a win of repeating in 2009 largely because they still had Lidstrom and had unearthed forwards Pavel Datsyuk (No. 171, 1998) and Henrik Zetterberg (No. 210, 1999) late in the draft. Now Zetterberg is the only one left, and he turns 37 on Oct. 9. The 25-season playoff streak was incredible but came at a cost: no top-10 picks for a quarter-century. Can Athanasiou, Larkin or Mantha reach that level? Or prospects like center Michael Rasmussen, the No. 9 pick of the 2017 draft, the Red Wings' first top-10 pick since forward Martin Lapointe in 1991? They need difference-makers to contend for the Cup again.


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Hockey Topics Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- This, too, on (Tyler) Johnson and (Ondrej) Palat, both of whom are eminently movable before their respective no-trade clauses kick in next July 1:

Am I the only one envisioning both of them being part of the package the Lightning would offer the Islanders in exchange for John Tavares at some point this season if No. 91 remains unsigned?

I know the Islanders say (and likely believe) they are committed to riding out the entire season, if necessary, in order to get the captain under contract just the way the Lightning did through 2015-16 when Steven Stamkos was on the cusp of unrestricted free agency. And of course, the Tampa Bay organization’s patience was rewarded when their No. 91 agreed to an eight-year contract extension two days before he could have hit the open market....

- According to a well-placed source, there has been no communication between the NHL and NHLPA regarding the league’s anticipated ruling on which classes of players, exactly, will be barred from participating in the Olympics.

The league unlikely is to prohibit players in the NHL or AHL from going, but Sixth Avenue’s intentions are unclear regarding athletes under contract playing in Europe or in the Canadian junior leagues.

Slap Shots has been told the PA views this as a matter under which individual owners should be permitted to grant permission to their respective team’s players to go to Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Indeed, the union would be expected to grieve or otherwise contest blanket prohibition of players under NHL contract from participating in the 2018 Games.

more topics

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Afternoon Line- Steve Simmons On Mike Sullivan/Phil Kessel

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mike Sullivan had a deal with Rick Tocchet when the two were together with the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Tocchet, the assistant coach, dealt with Phil Kessel. That way Sullivan, who didn’t want to talk to him, didn’t have to....

It’s not that he doesn’t care for Kessel. It’s that he truly doesn’t want to deal with him in any significant way. Tocchet was perfect for that role and for Kessel. The Hall of Famer, Mark Recchi, is assuming the role Tocchet had in Pittsburgh. He may be handed the Kessel portfolio. Sullivan needs someone to do what he doesn’t want to do himself.

-Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun where you can read more on Kessel and a few hockey notes too.

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#1 Draft Pick Nico Hischier Signs His Entry-Level Contract With The New Jersey Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Devils today signed the first-overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, Nico Hischier, to the maximum three-year, entry-level contract for salary ($925,000 AAV) and performance bonuses. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.

Hischier was selected first overall by New Jersey at the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago, the first time the Devils had the number one slot in team history. He is the only Swiss-born player to be selected with the top pick in NHL history. In 2016-17 with Halifax (QMJHL), Hischier led all rookies with 38 goals and 48 assists for 86 points in 57 regular-season games and added three goals and four assists in six QMJHL playoff contests. He was named CHL and QMJHL Rookie of the Year, QMJHL Offensive Rookie of the Year, a member of the QMJHL All-Rookie Team, and was awarded with the Mike Bossy Trophy as the QMJHL's Best Professional Prospect. During Day 2 of the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago, Hischier was named the 2017 recipient of the E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence, which is given to the candidate who best exemplifies the commitment to excellence through strength and character, competitiveness and athleticism.  

The left-shooting forward finished New Jersey's 2017 Development Camp this afternoon. Born January 4, 1999 in Brig, Switzerland, Hischier has represented his home country on multiple occasions in international competition, including when he led his country with seven points at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships in Montreal & Toronto. 

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  Tags: nico+hischier

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