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Red Wings prospect tournament 2014, Game 1 quick take: 6-5 OT win was a strange stunner

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' prospects opened their defense of their one and only tournament title with a win--and a win in one of the strangest games I've ever seen any Wings team play.

The Wings defeated St. Louis 6-5 in overtime, with Joe Hicketts scoring at the 5:10 mark of an AHL-style 7-minute OT, which was preceded by a dry scrape, included "long changes," and had no whistles...

And Hicketts' would-be unassisted goal (actually set up by Martin Frk and Tomas Nosek) allowed the Wings to prevail despite the fact that the team surrendered a 3-1 lead (Anthony Mantha scored 2 of the Wings' 3 early goals) as the Blues scored 3 times in 5:09 of 2nd period action...

The Wings then tied things up in the 3rd period, gave up a crappy 5-4 go-ahead goal with 4:35 left in the game, they had to kill off a dreadful penalty to Mattias Backman called with only 3:34 left in the game, and yet the Wings managed to tie things up as Tyler Bertuzzi found Ryan Sproul skating onto the ice as Jared Coreau exited it with 51 seconds remaining...

And OT yielded this:

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Comparing Aaron Ekblad To Denis Potvin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel,

As Panthers rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad dug the puck out of the corner during a half-ice drill during the first prospects practice Friday morning at the team facility, all eyes were on him, particularly an interested set owned by NHL legend Denis Potvin.

The comparisons are obvious. Potvin, who's back for a second stint as Panthers television analyst, was also the overall No. 1 draft pick, albeit 31 years earlier in 1973. Both are from Ontario and considered offensive-defensemen. Both wore No. 5 on their backs and both were expected to make an immediate impact in the NHL as teenagers.

Potvin did. The Panthers are hoping Ekblad will....

"[Ekblad's] not as good-looking as I was,'' joked Potvin, who had 54 points his first year and 310 career goals to go with a career plus-minus of 460, sixth best all-time. "The first thing I saw was great hands. When they were battling he protected the puck well and passed the puck well, which is important. He got a puck on the boards and made a saucer pass all the way to the blue line, which is nice!

"But the most important aspect of his development is how closely he gets to his coach, who will have the ultimate decision; that's where you're going to grow.''

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“If I was another team, I’d be a little bit worried, to be honest. The depth that we have is incredible. Anybody can be top-two pairing right down to the bottom. It’s not about who’s the top pairing. It’s about what the coaches want, who they want to put out there.”

-Mike Green of the Washington Capitals.  More from Green plus Barry Trotz on Green by Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider.

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But He Was Offside On That Goal…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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What Was Time Leiweke Thinking?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

“There are players we have in our organization today whose numbers are off-the-chart good, and whose character is just terrible,” Leiweke told a group of business students at Ryerson University, just ahead of Leafs training camp. "I don't care how good your numbers are if you have bad character you are doomed for failure."

Now Bob McKenzie addressed the issue, via Hope_Smoke tweets (make sure to check out more in his recent timeline),

McKenzie "For a guy who has one foot out the door already, that's like throwing a molotov cocktail back into the building"

McKenzie "The two biggest insults you can give a hockey player is calling them a choker or say they have character issues"

McKenzie "f I was running MLSE I'd want a full explanation from Leiweke, & a tape of the interview

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Video- Goodbye Spin-O-Rama

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We will no longer see these moves in the shootout or on a penalty shot...

via Sportsnet,


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The Latest World Cup Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The expectation back in June was that the NHL and NHL Players’ Association would have some kind of World Cup announcement by the end of summer, but that’s going to wait a bit longer.

Both sides have an understanding that they will wait to get more concrete details in order, including being able to commit firmly to a regular interval for the tournament, which hasn’t been held since 2004 when Canada beat Finland in the final at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

In other words, while the NHL and NHLPA could have easily announced by now that the event is returning in September 2016, they want to have much more to give than that.

What we know at this point: The World Cup is scheduled to return in September 2016, primarily anchored in Toronto, but there may also be some games in Montreal. That’s still in discussion.

There likely will be eight countries in the tournament, which is the same as 2004 and 1996. There are six countries fixed: Olympic champion Canada, Russia, the United States, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic. The additional two teams and the manner in which they will be selected hasn’t been nailed down yet. 


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Darren Eliot Named Director Of Minor Hockey Operations For Little Caesers Amateur Hockey

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

DETROIT – Little Caesars Amateur Hockey today announced the appointment of former NHL goaltender Darren Eliot as its new Director of Minor Hockey Operations. In his new role, Eliot will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Little Caesars AAA hockey program and the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League (LCAHL), along with serving as the organization’s representative to USA Hockey, the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) and the High Performance Hockey League (HPHL). 

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Dean Lombardi Says The Kings Are Focused On Another Cup Run

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,

The Kings general manager talked about the current approach from his players as they get ready for their Stanley Cup defense. It is, he noted, a subtle contrast from when they first won the Cup in 2012.

“They were on a mission when they left [for the summer],” Lombardi said. “We’ve never had so many players back this early. When I saw them, they looked really good. There seems to be a different focus … something better than even the first time.”

He later joked that the players were all trying to be like their teammate, the ultra-lean Jeff Carter.

Lombardi provided an update on goalie Jonathan Quick, who had offseason wrist surgery. Quick has suffered no setbacks, according to the Kings GM.

“He just started talking shots now … but he’s still got to go slow,” Lombardi said.

The regular season starts Oct. 8 against the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center.

Will Quick get into any preseason games?

“It’s going to go right down to the wire, but we think we’re fine,” Lombardi said. “We’ve got [Martin] Jones if we have to go short-term.”

a bit more

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Red Wings afternoon news, part 2: Prospect morning skate impressions

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated with the Wings' official "Game Day Preview" video at 3:44 PM, and FYI:

Also: SI's Allan Muir's correct in stating that the Sabres are the favorites tow in, too...But they were the favorites to win last year! wink

Also Also: Sorry for short "assessments"...Had an anxiety attack as rink filled up. It happens.

Also Also Also: The Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau posted a photo gallery from this morning's skate.

As an adjunct to the earlier Red Wings prospects' morning skate post:

The Wings' prospects--consisting of a deliberately "green" roster and healthy number of try-outs--begin their defense of the team's one and only prospect tournament title as they begin a stretch of 3 games in 4 nights against the Blues this evening (7:30 PM at Centre Ice Arena; the Wings play Columbus on Saturday and Minnesota on Monday, with Sunday's schedule consisting of practices but no games).

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