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Evening news: Abdelkader flies over the dream cruise; Holmstrom out another month; Datsyuk stuff

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Justin Abdelkader kicked off the Woodward Dream Cruise in style, flying in a B-24 Liberator B-17 Flying Fortress as the Breitling Jet Team flew alongside:

2. In Sweden, Expressen's Mattias Ek has confirmed that Axel Holmstrom will miss the start of the SHL season (on September 23rd) as he continues to rehabilitate a torn ACL, and Skelleftea AIK's doctor isn't quite sure when Holmstrom will return. Skelleftea played in Champions Hockey League action today, defeating KalPa Kuopio 2-1;

3. And Championat's Victoria Shmelev posted a picture story chronicling the opening of Datsyuk Arena yesterday in Yekaterinburg. Datsyuk was officially named SKA St. Petersburg's captain today, and he took part in a ceremonial cannon-firing on St. Peterburg's Zayachy Island today. Some of you might enjoy the fact that online translators = the event read as "Datsyuk shot out of a cannon."

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Device May Help Cut Down Injuries To Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

If a general manager could decrease his team’s man-games lost to injury by 20 percent, he would sell his owner’s personal jet to make sure such a scenario became reality. Injuries, especially the preventable groin strains, keep GMs up at night as they call up reinforcements, pursue help on the trade market, and perform hourly check-ins with their medical staff.

The only barrier between teams and better health is acceptance.

Catapult, an Australian company specializing in data to maximize athlete performance, believes it can help teams minimize injuries. Part of Catapult’s injury solution lies within its technology.

One of its products is the OptimEye T5, a wearable device about the size of a deck of cards. If a player wears the OptimEye T5 on his back, the device’s infrastructure — accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, ability to be tracked by indoor wireless nodes — can track speed, workload, even the force of his skating stride.

The appeal to technology that can monitor effort is how the data can help teams improve player usage. According to Catapult, the average NHL team records 252 man-games lost per season, with more than 50 percent of its roster suffering some type of injury.

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The overnight report: Tweets of note and World Cup talk

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The ice is apparently in at Joe Louis Arena:

2. Justin Abdelkader and Dylan Larkin spoke with NHL.com's Paul Harris regarding the World Cup (via the Wings on Twitter), where Abdelkader will play for Team USA and Larkin will play for Team North America...

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Jimmy Vesey To The Rangers

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

There isn't much hockey news in August.  Evidence of this is the fact that we have all been waiting to see where a player with no NHL experience at all will sign.  Jimmy Vesey is that player and he signed with the New York Rangers today. 

Vesey was drafted by the Nashville Predators in 2012 but chose not to join them.  He played at Harvard University for his four year college career.  He won the Hobey Baker Trophy as NCAA MVP in his most recent season.  When Vesey did not sign with Nashville he became an unrestricted free agent this summer, but not until August 15th.  His rights were traded to Buffalo for a third round draft pick in June.  He didn't sign in Buffalo either.  Today we have learned that he will be a New York Ranger.

The question is how good is Vesey?  As the MVP in the NCAA he is definitely a prospect.  The last two winners before Vesey were Jack Eichel of Buffalo in 2015 and Johnny Gaudreau of Calgary in 2014.  There is definite precedent for a Hobey Baker winner to be a star NHL player.  However there are differences between those Hobey Baker winners and Vesey. 

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Jimmy Vesey Now A Member Of The New York Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK, August 19, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Jimmy Vesey.

Vesey, 23, skated in 33 games with Harvard University this past season, registering 24 goals and 22 assists for 46 points, along with a plus-11 rating and six penalty minutes. He won the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in collegiate hockey in 2015-16, becoming the fourth player in Harvard’s history to win the award. Vesey ranked fourth in the NCAA in goals per game (0.73), tied for seventh in goals, and ranked eighth in points per game (1.39) in 2015-16. In addition, Vesey led Harvard in goals, points, and shots on goal (148), ranked second in power play goals (six) and game-winning goals (five), and tied for second in plus/minus rating this past season. He recorded a point in 24 of the 33 games in which he played in 2015-16, including a goal in 18 of those contests. Harvard posted a 17-6-1 record in games which Vesey notched a point, including a 15-2-1 record in contests which he registered a goal.

The 6-3, 203-pounder was also a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award during the 2014-15 season, as he established collegiate career-highs in games played (37), goals (32), assists (26), points (58), and plus/minus rating (plus-23). Vesey led the NCAA in goals and goals per game (0.86), and he ranked third in the NCAA in points in 2014-15. He was selected to the NCAA (East) First All-American Team and was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year. Vesey notched a point in 34 of the 37 contests in which he played during the season, and he tallied a goal in 26 of those 37 games. In addition, Vesey helped Harvard win the ECAC Championship in 2014-15, and he was named Most Valuable Player of the ECAC Tournament.

Vesey skated in 128 career collegiate games over four seasons at Harvard (2012-13 – 2015-16), registering 80 goals and 64 assists for 144 points, along with a plus-17 rating and 66 penalty minutes. Over his last two seasons at Harvard, Vesey recorded 104 points (56 goals, 48 assists) in 70 games, averaging 0.80 goals per game and 1.49 points per game over the span. Vesey’s 56 goals in 2014-15 and 2015-16 led all collegiate players over the two seasons. In addition, he tallied a point in 58 of 70 games over his final two seasons of collegiate hockey, including a goal in 44 of those 70 contests. Vesey ranks fifth on Harvard’s all-time goals list and is tied for 12th on Harvard’s all-time points list. 

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Waiting For Jimmy Vesey Decision?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Hedger at NHL.com,

Jimmy Vesey is in no rush to pick his first NHL team.

Vesey, a 23-year-old unrestricted free agent from Harvard University, is meeting with his representatives to decide where he will begin his NHL career and may not have an answer until the end of the weekend.

"What we're not going to do is say, 'We're going to get it done [Friday],'" said Peter Donatelli, an agent who represents Vesey with the Boston-based management firm Global Hockey Consultants. "We believe it will be done by the weekend. Everybody would like to get it done as soon as we can, but we can't get in a position where we timeframe it and then have to make a decision on a certain day."

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Morning news: Russian alumni notes and a profile of Dan Renouf

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of brief Red Wings alumni and prospect-related note:

1. According to Championat's Victoria Shmelev, Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Artemi Panarin and famous Russian hockey alums are taking part in the opening of the Pavel Datsyuk Arena in Yekaternburg;

2. According to Sovetsky Sport, the annual "From a Pure Heart" charity game will take place in Voskresensk, Russia on Sunday, and will serve as a farewell game for Slava Kozlov, who currently works for Spartak Moscow's coaching staff. Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Evgeni Malkin and other Russian stars will take part in the game;

3. And in the prospect department, the Griffins posted a video profile of incoming defenseman Dan "Reno" Renouf:

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The OHL Addresses Player Safety With Some Changes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Toronto, ON – At its annual league meeting, the Ontario Hockey League Board of Governors took further steps in addressing player safety through the adoption of a “Blindside Hit Rule” whereby there will be a penalty assessed for those players who check an opponent from the blindside.  Based on the discretion of the referee, a minor, major and game misconduct or match penalty may be assessed. Such infraction would also be subject to review and possible supplementary discipline by the league.

In addition, the league took further steps to address fighting in the game by lowering the threshold prior to automatic disciplinary action being assessed from 10 fights per player per season to three fights per player per season. Players exceeding such threshold will be subject to an automatic two game suspension, for each fight exceeding the threshold.

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Sean Monahan Signing Is Official

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed Sean Monahan to a seven-year contract extension. Monahan will be entering his fourth season in the NHL with the Flames after posting three consecutive seasons of 20+ goals to start his career (2013-14: 22G, 2014-15: 31G, 2015-16: 27G). The 21-year-old will represent Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey next month following a 2015-16 campaign where he eclipsed career-highs in points (63) and assists (36).

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Report- Sean Monahan Close To A New Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

The Calgary Flames are on the verge of coming to terms on a longterm contract with Sean Monahan that could be announced as early as Friday.

While Flames GM Brad Treliving refused to comment, a source told the Calgary Sun the 21-year-old centre will likely be inked to a a seven or eight year deal as part of a contract that will make him the highest-paid of all the high-profile young centres who’ve signed extensions to their entry-level deals this summer.

On Thursday afternoon Monahan’s high-powered agent, Pat Morris, told the Sun he was now having daily conversations with Treliving and was “more optimistic now than a week ago.”

He said the deal was taking so much time because “both sides are methodical and well-prepared,” and because of “differences of opinion and other players having signed.”

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