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The return of the charitable donut

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings:

DETROIT RED WINGS FOUNDATION and TIM HORTONS® BRING BACK ANNUAL RED WINGS DONUT with proceeds benefiting the detroit red wings foundation
... Red Wings Forward Dylan Larkin to Visit Tim Hortons® Restaurant in Troy on Saturday, March 25 to Serve Special-Edition Donut with Edible Red Wings Logo …

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings Foundation and Tim Hortons® are pleased to announce the return of the “I Love the Red Wings” Donut, a specially-themed donut decorated with an edible Red Wings logo and red and white sprinkles. The Red Wings Donut will be available in participating Michigan Tim Hortons® restaurants for $1.25 beginning Friday, March 24 through Friday, April 7. Proceeds from the sale of the special donut will benefit the Detroit Red Wings Foundation.

Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin will assist in serving the special-edition donut at the Tim Hortons® restaurant in Troy, Mich. (507 E. Big Beaver Rd.) from 9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 25. Due to time constraints, Larkin will not be signing autographs for customers.

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Afternoon Line- Steve Silverman On Gary Bettman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hockey and the Winter Olympics go hand in hand, but because there is no immediate financial gratification to the NHL coffers, Bettman wants to thumb his nose at the event.

He is hurting his sport, and he is doing his part to ruin the Winter Olympics.

Bettman is supposed to be the NHL’s leader, but he is a short-sighted man who looks down his nose at anything that doesn’t bring immediate gratification.

He has outlived his usefulness as the commissioner.

It’s time for him to go.

-Steve Silverman of CBS New York where you can read more on this topic.

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The Real Negotiations Are About To Begin Regarding The NHL And 2018 Olympics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

The negotiations are about to begin. No more posturing. No more pleasantries. We will soon hear about a deadline date. We will know in short order whether NHL players will play on the Olympic ice in South Korea next February. All sides will decide how important it is to play in the Games. My gut says the next three weeks are key — before April 12 and the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. No one wants the Olympic discussion to become a distraction then.

Perhaps that day becomes the deadline?

Far to one side, the International Olympic Committee. Set in its ways and happy to spend other peoples' money (not just hockey's) for infrastructure and the glory of the Olympic movement. The formula has worked well for the IOC. Through summer and winter Games, scandal and deceit, doping and bribery, the Olympic movement just keeps chugging along. No reason to change, no reason to share the wealth. After all, if you change for the NHL, you’ll have to change for other leagues and organizations that are involved, such as the NBA, PGA, LPGA and both of tennis’ governing bodies. If you pay for hockey, you might just have to pay for other sports, too.

Far to the other side, the National Hockey League. The 31 owners and a senior executive at the league office who can’t comprehend what the value of the Olympics are anymore if there isn’t some form of compensation or acknowledgement of hockey’s best league. It goes beyond tickets and access or the ability to use video footage. It is about answering a simple question: What’s in it for us?

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On Mantha’s resurgent play vs. Montreal

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Free Press's Helene St. James penned an off-day article discussing Anthony Mantha's ups and downs...

“Mo has such potential,” veteran Niklas Kronwall said. “You see glimpses and pieces of it throughout the game. Big body. Can skate. Unbelievable hands. Has a bomb of a shot. He really has all the tools.”

Mantha netted his 15th goal of the season Tuesday, when he scored in overtime to lift the Wings past Montreal, 2-1, collecting his third career goal against the Habs. The goal was Mantha’s first point since being sat mid-month, an event that came after he looked egregiously sloppy -- even in what was a sloppy game by the entire team -- on March 8 at Boston.

When Mantha returned to the lineup March 15, it was with a message received.

“It is all a learning process, in the end, and I decide to skate more, shoot more pucks, keep being good in my D-zone,” Mantha said. “I think it paid off.”

From the way Mantha, 22, talks, he seems to understand that he is being pushed hard by coach Jeff Blashill because Mantha has such a high-end skill set.

“He just wants me to bring it every night, and that is, basically, what I need to learn,” Mantha said. “We have been working on it for years now, even when I was playing in (Grand Rapids), we were talking about it. It's just something that needs to come into my mind and be an automatic instinct for me to move my feet as hard as I can and do the little details.”

St. James continues, and the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan also took note of Mantha's performance as assessed by his coach:

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Khan tackles expansion draft question in this week’s ‘Ask Ansar’ column

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Among MLive's Ansar Khan's "Ask Ansar" questions and answers for this week:

Q: Why not expose a couple of the albatross contracts (Danny DeKeyser, Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm) instead of younger, cheaper players such as Xavier Ouellet and Nick Jensen? Given the excessive length of all three deals, Vegas would be doing the Red Wings a favor by selecting any of them. They have all proven themselves as average players now and all have four-plus years left on their deals. DeKeyser has been especially bad this year and is paid way too much as a second-pair defenseman. Abdelkader looks lost without (Pavel) Datsyuk creating space for him and Helm is too injury-prone. – Tom

A: The front office viewed those players as key pieces in helping the team extend its playoff streak, so it overpaid in both money and term on all the deals.

Of the three you mention, I don’t think they’ll protect Helm. I think the seven forwards protected will be Anthony Mantha, Gustav Nyquist, Henrik Zetterberg, Tatar, Athanasiou, Abdelkader and Frans Nielsen, who must be protected due to his no-movement clause. Dylan Larkin is exempt. Of course, this list could change if they swing a trade before the expansion draft.

I doubt Vegas would take Helm, considering his contract (four more years at a cap hit of $3.875 million), age (30) and health concerns based on his history.

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Givani Smith And Filip Hronek Join The Grand Rapids Griffins

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday reassigned forward Givani Smith (jih-VAH-nee SMIHTH) to the Grand Rapids Griffins from the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm and defenseman Filip Hronek (FIHL-ihp H’RAWN-ehk) to the American Hockey League club from the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit. 

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If The Detroit Red Wings Were A Healthy Team This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

They would still be a non-playoff team.  I just hope the Wings don't use injuries as and excuse and try again next year without making some very key changes.

via Helene St. James tweets,

Tempting to wonder where Wings at if ... Howard not out 11 weeks, Vanek not out 11 games (4g 4a in 5-2 start; Wings 3-7-1 without him).

You missed the point. The Wings have been decimated by injuries (260+ man games lost). Take away a couple, maybe different season.

Steve Yzerman many times told me the team that wins the Stanley Cup often is the healthiest one.

Ask the Montreal Canadiens if injuries factor into a season. Ask them if last season it mattered not having Carey Price. (spoiler: It did).

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Red Wings Alumni to raise funds for United Cerebral Palsy on March 25th

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From Fox 2 Detroit:

Some Detroit Red Wings alumni are gearing up for a charity hockey game later this month that benefits United Cerebral Palsy of Detroit. The event is a chance to see some of your favorite hockey players up close and personal while supporting a great cause.

The event features a sled hockey game with Grand Rapids Sled Wings, a silent auction and then the alumni game. Last year's event raised more than $40,000 for United Cerebral Palsy of Detroit.

The game is on Saturday, March 25 at Orchard Lake St. Mary's Ice Arena in Orchard Lake. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and the sled hockey game kicks off the day's activities at 4 p.m. Tickets are just $10 a person, or $30 for a family up to 5 members. Kids 5 and under are free.

Organizer Jay Adams joins us in studio with Mickey Redmond and Michael Ward from United Cerebral Palsy of Detroit to tell us more about Skate Without Limits. You can watch in the video player above, or visit http://www.skatewithoutlimits.org for more information.

For more information on United Cerebral Palsy of Detroit, visit http://www.ucpdetroit.org


Mickey Redmond was among the participants who spoke with Fox 2's Amy Andrews this morning:

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Pride, ‘culture’ and attention to detail drive the Wings to perform down the stretch

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Free Press's Helene St. James penned an article regarding the Red Wings' desire to do more than "play out the string" over the course of the team's remaining games, and MLive's Brendan Savage penned a similar notebook:

"You still have to be professional," said goaltender Jimmy Howard, who made 35 saves against the Canadiens. "This organization has given us all a lot. Our fans and their dedication, we owe it to both of them just to go out and play our best."

Losing on a regular basis also isn't something the Red Wings are used to, especially the veterans who have helped build that lengthy playoff streak.

Coach Jeff Blashill credits the organization's winning history and his veterans for producing unexpected victories like the one vs. the Canadiens.

"I continue to say, our culture - and this has been said by guys who have been other places and come to play for us - our culture is excellent," Blashill said. "We gotta make sure we maintain that culture so you gotta continue to compete even when times are tough and times are tough.

"I think (Henrik) Zetterberg leads the way and (Niklas) Kronwall and (Justin) Abdelkader. But I think we got character throughout the lineup. Sometimes you get kicked and you gotta get back up and keep competing and that's what we did tonight."

Savage continues...

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Video- Hits Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sportsnet style...


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