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Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Thursday was a busy day, and if you missed some of the "action":

1. Ilitch Holdings held what I'd guess you'd call a local contractor-recruitment seminar at the MotorCity Casino, and as Paul noted, Olympia Development's sticking with an actual-rink-opening date of Summer of 2017, though the Free Press's John Gallagher reports that any sort of actual "groundbreaking" at the rink site won't happen until December.

Both Gallagher and MLive's David Muller reported that the parties involved in the District Detroit project will hold a "resident workforce outreach" at Coo Hall this October to help ensure that 51% of the construction jobs on the rink go to Detroiters.

2. The Red Wings and the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau released the Wings' prospect tournament roster, and it's a little thinner on free agent invites than I'd anticipated it would be.

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Sale Rumors Will Only Get Stronger Regarding The Carolina Hurricanes

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from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

Thursday morning on his radio show, Dan Patrick claimed that “a financial person who’s involved in this” told him the NHL would have a team in Las Vegas by 2016. He further claimed the Carolina Hurricanes were one of two teams that could move there.

“I guess he’s asking an exorbitant price for his team,” Patrick said, after initially identifying Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos as the owner of the Nashville Predators. “That’s also a possibility from what I’m told. They could relocate as well.”

Patrick is probably right about the first part. Expansion, to Las Vegas and beyond, appears inevitable. As for the second, just consider this kind of talk the price of five straight seasons without a playoff appearance. As ticket sales and corporate sponsorships dwindle, as Karmanos sells off chunks of the team to local investors, these kinds of rumors will only intensify.

But Karmanos is getting more involved with the Hurricanes, not less, even as he continues to seek investors.

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Kevin Bieksa Believes In The Canucks

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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

“I still believe in our group. I trust the twins are going to come here and be ready. (Defenceman Dan Hamhuis) will be hungrier than ever. We have a lot of pride on this team, a lot of integrity, and we’re not happy about what happened last year. I think we’re all going to look in the mirror and come back motivated. I’m excited about this year.”

After an offseason in which the organization was taken down to the studs, so are a lot of people. But it’s a funny thing.

For all the changes made to the Canucks this summer — and that was everything except the drapes and carpeting — the team’s fortunes are still very much tied to a group of players who’ve been together for almost a decade. The Canucks are younger. They should be deeper. There’s a new president, a new GM and a new coach, to say nothing of a new goaltending tandem and a new second-line centre.

But, for all that, this team will still go as far as the Sedins, Bieksa, Alex Burrows, Alex Edler and Hamhuis (admittedly a late-comer to the Founders’ Club) can carry them. The look will be different. The supporting cast will be different. But the core group, at least at the start of the season, will be the same.

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Red Wings Announce Prospects Camp Roster

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today revealed their roster for the 2014 NHL Prospects Camp, which is slated to run from Friday, Sept. 12 to Tuesday, Sept. 16 at Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich. Highlighting this year’s roster are 11 players who helped the Red Wings win their first-ever tournament championship last September, including Anthony Mantha, the reigning CHL most-valuable player after scoring 81 goals in 81 combined regular-season and playoff games during the 2013-14 season, Ryan Sproul, one of nine rookies to make their NHL debut for Detroit in 2013-14, and Martin Frk, a 2013 CHL Memorial Cup champion and the team’s top pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

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Afternoon Line

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The only thing left to determine is the timetable. With the NHL’s 100th anniversary coming up in 2017, privately, just about everybody in a senior position with an NHL team believes it’ll happen by then.

-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail on NHL expansion.  Read more on this topic...

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Another ‘Vegas Done Deal’ Report

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from Sean Gentile of The Sporting News,

... we now have two sourced reports that an eventual Las Vegas team (Let's go Craps!) is "a done deal." The first came from the Vancouver Province's Tony Gallagher earlier this week. That's why we're talking about this at all.

The second came from Dan Patrick on Thursday morning. Patrick, who does TV work for NBC and hosts a national radio show, cited "a financial person who is in involved" with the process and told him there'd be a team in Vegas in 2016: "The paperwork's already done. It is, as has been reported, a done deal."

Patrick raised the question over whether the still-theoretical team would be an expansion franchise or a relocated one. He mentioned the Arizona Coyotes, which is par for the course, but the team's new ownership group has said, constantly, that they're committed to the market long-term, five-year out clause notwithstanding. Several recent long-term sponsorship deals back that up.

The other team Patrick mentioned, per his source: the Carolina Hurricanes. Owner Peter Karmanos is looking to sell for an "exorbitant amount,' according to Patrick, so he said the end result could be a Vegas move.

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Sportsnet Adds More Hockey Broadcasting Talent To Their Lineup

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TORONTO (August 28, 2014) Canadian hockey fans will be receiving the all-star treatment this season, as the NHL on Sportsnet today unveiled its big-name broadcast team – including 39 hosts, play-by-play announcers, analysts and reporters – who will bring fans the biggest plays, analysis, stories and highlights from both the rink and the studio throughout the 2014/15 NHL season.

Highlighted by both new additions and familiar faces, the robust roster will deliver more than 500 regular season games across nine networks, including CBC, City, Sportsnet (East, Ontario, West, and Pacific), Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360 and FX Canada.

“Canadian hockey fans deserve a broadcast team that is just as passionate about the game as they are,” said Gord Cutler, Senior Vice President of NHL Production, Rogers. “It was important that we assemble a crew of experienced, knowledgeable, entertaining and accomplished broadcasters with diverse backgrounds and experience, to create a fresh, new viewing experience that will resonate with fans of all ages.”

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Tim Horton And Tim Horton’s

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from Jessica Smith Cross of MetroNews,

The hockey player’s name is perhaps said more often than any other in Canada — no, it’s not Wayne Gretzky.

In all of the talk of what Burger King Worldwide Inc.’s acquisition of Tim Hortons means for Canada’s iconic brand, there’s little mention of Tim Horton, the man — a beloved Stanley Cup-winning defenceman for the 1950s and ’60s Maple Leafs, who died driving drunk near St. Catharines, Ont., in 1974.

“Horton is a ghost in the corporate machine,” said Douglas Hunter, author of a book on Miles Gilbert (Tim) Horton and another on Tim Hortons. “He has pretty much disappeared from the store that bears his name.”

Prior to his death, the coffee chain had begun to “disengage” Horton from the restaurant, said Hunter, as Horton was never comfortable as a “persona” and the company thought it was better business strategy to focus on the food. The phasing out of Horton the man continued in 1974 after the circumstances surrounding the Tim’s founder’s death mired the chain’s namesake in controversy.

On Feb. 21, 1974, Horton, who then played for the Buffalo Sabres, was heading to Buffalo for treatment after taking a puck to the jaw and stopped to meet with his partner in the doughnut shop chain, Ron Joyce, said Hunter.

At 4 a.m. Horton went off the road at high speed. Alcohol and pills were found at the scene, but at the time whether or not he was driving drunk was publicly disputed and unconfirmed.

 

Below, watch a Legends of Hockey feature on Tim Horton...

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Wings’ New Rink Expected To Be Completed By Summer 2017

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from John Gallagher of the Detroit Free Press,

Detroit’s planned arena district development took a step closer to reality today as the Ilitch Holdings team began briefing Detroit-based contractors on how they can participate in the project.

Working with the City of Detroit, the Ilitch family’s Olympia Development has set a goal of using 30% Detroit-based firms as contractors for the arena district and hiring 51% of construction workers from among Detroit residents.

At today’s conference for contractors at MotorCity Casino, Ilitch Holdings CEO Christopher Ilitch promised an “amazing walkable district” from the project. His team of lead contractors, consultants, and city officials also briefed the 200 or so local contractors on how to become certified to work on the project.

Initial site work and utility relocation is scheduled to begin in December, with excavation of the arena site and erection of steel and concrete to begin by next summer. The arena itself is expected to be finished by summer 2017, along with the initial portions of the residential, retail, and commercial district that rise near it.

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A Deeper Look At Ryan Johansen

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from Jonathan Willis of Sportsnet,

It seems that at least once per summer, a contract negotiation between an emerging young star and his NHL teams goes all pear-shaped. This year, the distinction belongs to Columbus Blue Jackets pivot Ryan Johansen, the 2010 fourth-overall pick who broke through in 2013-14 after two disappointing professional seasons.

In hindsight, the impasse seems predictable, simply because of the dichotomy between what Johansen accomplished last season and what he had done previously as a pro. It’s well worth remembering that as recently as May 2013 the centre was a healthy scratch—and not for the Jackets, but for their AHL affiliate, a team fighting for its playoff life. “It’s not something I enjoyed doing or wanted to do,” Springfield Falcons coach Brad Larsen told the Columbus Dispatch at the time. “But, to be honest with you, it wasn’t all that hard of a decision. We talked after Game 2, and I tried to ramp him up. In Game 3, we just felt like he wasn’t all there, like he wasn’t invested 100 percent.”

With that kind of history, it is entirely understandable that the Blue Jackets would look at Johansen’s 2013-14 performance with some skepticism, asking themselves if it’s really representative of that player’s future performance. Johansen’s camp understandably wants the player to get paid for what was an exceptional year. He led the team’s forward group in minutes played and was second only to Brandon Dubinsky (who regularly kills penalties) in minutes per game. He also scored 33 goals; one more would have had him in the NHL’s top 10.

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