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Andreas Athanasiou Does Not Have Much Bargaining Power

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

I have been avoiding posting some of the AA talk but Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News goes in-depth with it...

Athanasiou’s disappointment is both understandable and common. It happens to a lot of restricted free agents at precisely this point in their careers.

The distance between their promise and their performance, measured in dollars by “hockey men” who manage NHL franchises, is never greater, even for a guy like Athanasiou who is playing well.

The player wants more. Management wants to wait.

Meanwhile, management has almost all the cards. The player has almost no leverage.

Arbitration rights normally come with the next contract, the one Athanasiou has yet to sign. Unrestricted free agency is farther around the bend....

Ferris is Athanasiou’s agent. After leaving, in short order, the Newport Sports Management group of longtime agent Don Meehan and then Bobby Orr’s Orr Hockey Group, Ferris launched his own Definitive Hockey Group.

He likes the Swiss gambit.

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Oakland University Will Be Evaluated For NCAA Division 1 Hockey Programs

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

DETROIT (Oct. 16, 2017) – The National Hockey League, National Hockey League Players’ Association and Detroit Red Wings announced today that Oakland University will be the second U.S. collegiate institution to be evaluated for the possible addition of NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey programs. In June, the University of Illinois was the first of five schools announced to take part in the NCAA Feasibility Study.

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Videos- Game Day Previews

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

First up from the Tampa side with a familiar name...

 

 

Below from the Detroit side...

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Bad Start For The Boston Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

The B’s have played five games in this young season. Two were highly positive, wins against Nashville and a weak Arizona club. Three were troubling, as the B’s were outworked and outplayed by unsung Colorado (twice) and Vegas teams.

Like so many NHL clubs, the Bruins are a work in progress. But it seems, with two weeks completed, that the work hasn’t really started yet.

So the Bruins are back in Boston this week, still trying to find an identity and consistency of effort and execution, which more often than not, have eluded them.

Center David Krejci tried hard to defuse the negativity just after Sunday’s , 3-1 loss to the upstart Vegas Golden Knights.

“There’s no reason to point fingers,” said Krejci. “Yeah, we lost the game. (It was) a frustrating loss. But it was just the fifth game of the season, so don’t make a big deal out if it. We’re going to go back to Boston, work hard in practices and get ready for the next game. We’ve got to figure things out.”

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The Test For The Wings Starts Tonight

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The start to this season has been ideal.

The Red Wings were universally picked to finish near the bottom of the Eastern Conference, so any sort of positive outcome through two weeks of the schedule is good news for the organization.

But, the strength-of-schedule factor increases this week, which will give everyone a better idea of where the Red Wings stand.

Monday’s game against Tampa will be followed by visiting Toronto on Wednesday, then returning home Friday to face Washington.

Those are three probable Eastern Conference playoff teams, so the Red Wings’ 4-1-0 start will be severely tested.

“It’s going to be a real good test,” forward Justin Abdelkader said. “It’s nice that’s we’re home for the majority of it (the Red Wings also host Vancouver on Sunday). It’s good we can match up ourselves against them and hopefully bring our best effort.”

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from Dana Wakiji and Art Regner of DetroitRedWings.com,

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Are The Detroit Red Wings The 8th Best Team In The NHL?

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

TSN has the Wings listed in the #8 spot in this week's power rankings.

The impressive part is that four of their five games have been played on the road, where the Wings have three of their four wins. Henrik Zetterberg has seven points while Mike Green has eight.

Agree, just about right, or disagree?

They have the Leafs in the #1 spot.

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Oct. 16, 2017) – Winnipeg Jets left wing Nikolaj Ehlers, Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 15.

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Morning Skate At The LCA

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Dana Wakiji tweets,

PP units:
Tatar-Zetterberg-Nyquist-Abdelkader (net front)-Kronwall/Daley;
Frk-Larkin-Nielsen-Mantha (net front)-Green

If there are any unexpected changes to the lineup tonight, I will update as needed.

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Is Auston Matthews The Next Face Of The NHL?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

It's clear he's trying to exercise his voice in small increments. That's the tricky part about celebrity -- in order to develop a voice, you have to be expected to have one. You have to want it, as much as anything else. Matthews will be a star, but the question is whether he'll fit the NHL's mold or develop into something of his own making. He is 20, and it's a choice he himself has to make. As the scrum unfolds, Matthews is asked a question that will chase him through his career: How does he want to be a role model for Hispanic children?

Standing away from his teammates with his arms crossed, Matthews rocks his weight from his left leg to his right. "Oh yeah," he says, pausing a moment.

"I'd like to -- I think -- in the future be someone kids can look up to."

much more on Matthews...

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The Twitter Account For The Vegas Golden Knights In The Spotlight For The Wrong Reason

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Nancy Armour of USA TODAY,

There’s nothing funny about sexism.

It doesn’t matter if it’s passed off as a one-liner or sly, edgy humor, as the Vegas Golden Knights tried to claim after a Twitter riff gone very wrong Sunday night. Disparaging women and making jokes at their expense is never OK, and the Golden Knights deserved every bit of condemnation and criticism they got.

Probably even more, given the condescending and defensive way in which the NHL’s expansion team defended itself.

Rather than list the actual players in the Boston Bruins’ lineup Sunday, the Golden Knights posted a series of tweets with women’s names. “Dakota-Sierra, Mandy-Samantha, Autumn-Ruby,” read the tweet for the “Broons Defense Pairs.”

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