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From Babcock To Blashill

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

As Red Wings training camp approaches, there's some extra excitement with a new man in charge.

New head coach Jeff Blashill might sound like Mike Babcock but he's not going to be a Mike Babcock clone.

Blashill spent a season as Babcock's assistant in 2011-12 before going to Grand Rapids to be the Griffins' head coach.

General manager Ken Holland spent some time in his office this past week talking about the transition from Babcock to Blashill.

"One of the things Mike Babcock said to me before he signed with Toronto and before he went through the process is, did I think his time had expired in Detroit and I said no, because we were having lots of young players, there was a turnover of players so some of these players had played for Mike for two years," Holland said. "(Tomas) Tatar, (Gustav) Nyquist and (Riley) Sheahan, they just got here. But there was a group of players that had played for Mike Babcock for 5, 6, 7 years. When you're a boss or you're in pro sports and you have structure, you make them accountable every day, sometimes change is good."

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Afternoon Line- Doug Armstrong

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

At an Ice Breaker event today...

 

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The Mike Richards Grievance Case

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Macramalla of TSN,

Richards was arrested when Canadian border guards found "some pills in a single bottle" during a random search of his car. According to Westhead's breaking report, it was small quantity intended for the hockey player's personal use.

That means Richards is looking at a simple possession charge rather than a charge for possession for the purpose of trafficking, which is a lot more serious. A trafficking charge means that a person was in possession of drugs for the purpose of selling or distributing. Richards is facing up to six months in prison and/or a $1,000 fine. Given the small amount, Richards is not going to jail assuming he's guilty of the offence (he may not be). Worst case scenario for Richards may include a fine and community service. 

The issue being raised now is whether being charged will hurt Richards' likelihood of success in connection with his grievance against the Kings for unlawfully terminating his contract. 

The short answer is no. Before criminal charges were filed against Richards, he stood a good chance of having an arbitrator overturn the termination of his contract. While Richards has now been criminally charged, nothing has changed as far as his chances of success.

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Video- On A Slow Sunday Late In August

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via RFHockey Fan YouTube page,

Promo/ Pump up Video about the NHL 2015-2016 Season which will start on October 7th 2015. Video with some of the best goals, saves, hits and moments.

After watching the video below, the 2015-16 NHL season will be six minutes closer...

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Morning Line- Barry Rozner On Patrick Kane

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The brand, the titles and the sweater go hand in hand as far as the Hawks are concerned, but no one player is bigger than the team and the Hawks and their litany of sponsors do not want to be known as a group that values winning above decency.

They do not want to be the Baltimore Ravens after the Ray Rice debacle, so the Hawks find themselves painted into a corner and Kane is holding the brush.

So you wonder just how angry the Hawks must be that they are forced to ponder the unthinkable as it applies to Kane's future, not to mention the hit they'll take on the ice if they have to move one of the league's best players and the hit they'll take off the ice if the details of this case are ugly.

Again, this all takes a back seat to real life and what it means for the accuser and Kane, but there are also questions being pondered on West Madison that go beyond hockey.

The guess among NHL folks is that the Hawks probably know more about this than the rest of us and are planning accordingly.

The guess is they have spoken to the commissioner about their options.

The guess is they have probably fielded calls from teams already interested if the Hawks move on from Kane.

The guess is they are considering everything from absolutely nothing to a trade, and all possibilities in between.

-Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald where you can read more on this topic.

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Questions Facing The Chicago Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Hedger at NHL.com,

Will the Blackhawks have to make more moves to get under the NHL salary cap? As things stand now, yes. Chicago is $393,462 over the $71.4 million salary cap for 2015-16 with an NHL roster of 22 players (14 forwards, six defensemen and two goalies), according to war-on-ice.com.

That figure doesn't include fourth-line forwards Marcus Kruger and Joakim Nordstrom, who remain restricted free agents.

Kruger, the fourth-line center and a top penalty-killer, has played a key role in each of Chicago's past two championships. He's reportedly waiting to see if general manager Stan Bowman can free enough cap space to sign him long-term, which could be the case with Nordstrom.

Either way, the Blackhawks have unfinished business heading into training camp, much like they did a year ago, when they traded defenseman Nick Leddy to the New York Islanders to get under the cap. This year, the cost might be veteran forwards Bryan Bickell or Kris Versteeg, or it could be somebody who's not thought to be on the trade block.

Will the top four defensemen be as effective with Trevor Daley replacing Johnny Oduya? If the Blackhawks last season proved anything, it was that the Stanley Cup can be won with four defensemen handling the vast majority of the work.

Oduya, 33, who signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Stars on July 15, was one of Chicago's top four defenders. The good news for the Blackhawks is that Daley, acquired from the Stars in the trade for Patrick Sharp, is comparable in build, age and skating ability. He moves the puck quickly, has loads of experience, and has high-end offensive instincts, scoring 16 goals in a 38-point season for the Stars in 2014-15....

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Early overnight report: On Pulkkinen, Chris Ilitch’s charitable honor and prospect news

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Free Press's Helene St. James has posited a profile of one Teemu Pulkkinen and his 2015-16 outlook, and I have a canned commercial line to describe what Teemu Pulkkinen must become before he truly succeeds at the NHL--"ready to strike!"

During the Grand Rapids Griffins' Conference Final series against the Utica Comets, Pulkkinen (who scored 34 AHL goals in 61 regular season games and 14 goals in 16 playoff games) was effectively shut down because the Canucks' AHL'ers figured out that AHL-level Pulkkinen meanders his way toward the net, sometimes doubling back once, twice or even three times before finding a shooting angle that he's comfortable with.

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Can A Drone Help A Team In The Faceoff Circle?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

It’s a good bet that in a future practice, when Mike Fisher leans over to take a faceoff, the Nashville center will have a drone hovering overhead to film his technique. The Predators are one of the teams that have expressed interest in the Phantom 3 ($799) and the Inspire 1 ($2,899), two drones manufactured by DJI. The Predators, who are more invested in video coaching than most organizations, are considering drone use to complement traditional fixed-location cameras.

“They really want to use it as an eye in the sky to track players, track specific plays, and track the puck,” DJI marketing manager Michael Shabun said of teams considering drone use. “For example, they really love looking at the overhead shot for faceoffs to see exactly what the player is initiating. Before, you couldn’t really see a lot of things because of obstruction with pads and players. Anything overhead is extremely valuable for these guys.”

Outdoors, the FAA restricts drones from flying 5 miles from airports, over stadiums, or higher than 400 feet. Inside a rink, such regulations do not exist. Teams can employ drones as they like — over the faceoff circles, over the net to film goalies, or near the ceiling to capture breakouts, forechecks, and power-play formations. Currently, teams seeking multiple angles would have to build and break down traditional camera-atop-tripod setups around the rink. Such time is hard to find in a midseason road practice between games.

more plus other hockey topics...

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I Can’t Wait For The Season To Start

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TMZ,

Mara Teigen just got a message from her hockey player ex-boyfriend ... a message she and anyone else driving the Sunset Strip could see.

It appears Evander Kane isn't closing the book on her relationship, making it clear to the Wilhelmina model he still has love for her.

The Buffalo Sabres forward rented the billboard above 1 OAK in West Hollywood, which as billboards go is prime real estate and impossible to miss.

Hope you score, Evander.

if you want to see a picture of the billboard...

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European Teams Already on the Ice

Blog: KK Members Blog By Cubanpuckstoppr

While much of the North American hockey news discusses off ice stories, Europe is alive with action.

The KHL kicked off its eight season on Monday the 24th with the opening day tradition of last year's finalists, remeeting to kick off the new season.  CSKA took a 4 to 4 OT win over defending champion SKA.

There are four games on schedule today.   en.khl.ru is the English language KHL site.

You can probably stream most games via onhockey.tv

The rest of Europe is participating in the Champions Hockey League (the morphed version of the European Hockey Trophy)

https://www.championshockeyleague.net/

Twelve different leagues/countries are represented, with plenty of games this weekend, and multiple ways to stream.

https://www.championshockeyleague.net/

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