The Malik Report
Among this evening's Red Wings-related news stories:
1. The Free Press's George Sipple spoke with Adam Lidstrom regarding his father's disposition as a "hockey dad," and Adam (and Kevin) had nothing but good things to say about the nearly-perfect human:
"He doesn't put a lot of pressure on me," Adam said. "I always come to him and ask him a lot of advice. He actually gives me a lot of advice. Some nights we'll sit up and talk about hockey for a couple hours."
Lidstrom's boys play hockey in Sweden. Adam plays for Vasteras, his father's former team; Kevin plays for IFK Arboga.
Adam said he doesn't wear his father's number. The team gets hand-me-down jerseys each year from the Vasteras men's team and didn't have a No.5 from the previous season, so he wore No.6 instead. Adam said he plans to wear No.72 next season because he always has wanted to wear a high number.
Adam said his father gave him advice about playing in the development camp.
"Relax, have fun," Adam said. "Not feel too much pressure." I'm just trying to do my thing."
2. The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness took note of Jeff Blashill's positive comments regarding the play of one Jakub Kindl:
Is there something in Detroit that made them have such good development?
They had real good scouts, they have the best general manager in hockey, a great owner who let the GM run a real good program and they kept good people and they kept building. When they made mistakes they didn't dwell on it, they just went ahead and kept building. They hired good people and let them do their jobs. There's no question that Ken Holland — everyone talks about Lidstrom and Yzerman and Datsyuk and Zetterberg, but the superstar there is Ken Holland.
More at the Leafs' website from Babcock on day two of their prospects camp.
Jeff Blashill was on 105.1 today with Matt Dery..
Detroit Red Wings Head Coach Jeff Blashill joins Matt Dery to discuss the team’s offseason so far, including the recently completed prospect camp, the free agent acquisitions of Mike Green and Brad Richards, and the ongoing negotiations with restricted free agents such as Gustav Nyquist.
You can listen to the 12 minute interview here.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
The Wings are in the process of re-signing Nyquist, with the expectation that it'll be done without the arbitration that is Nyquist's right as a restricted free agent. Arbitration runs July 20-Aug. 4.
Thirty-goal scorers easily command upward of $5 million annually, but the Wings should be able to get Nyquist for less. To their argument, they can point to the fact that he has been snuffed out in two straight playoffs. He did OK in 2013, when he had five points in 14 games tucked away on the third line, but he had no points in five games in 2014, when he was a top-six forward, and came up with two points in seven games in the same role this spring.
It's not unusual for a young player to struggle in the playoffs — in his mid-20s, from 2003-06, Pavel Datsyuk had nine points in 19 playoff games; in those same years, Henrik Zetterberg had 11 points in 22 games. But Datsyuk and Zetterberg always were great defensively, whereas Nyquist is far from a 200-foot player.
A shorter-term deal, such as two or three years, makes sense for both sides. For the team, shorter term means a lower annual average value number.
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today signed left wing Eric Tangradi to a one-year contract. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.
Here is Jeff Blashill on Dylan Larkin...
"His impact was good. How close is he? He's certainly close. What does that mean come camp? We'll see. Everybody takes different journeys to the get to the NHL. How quickly those journeys are depends on the player and the work they put in this summer."
more from Blashill from Brendan Savage of Mlive...
And the 7&4 News provided highlight clips...
Now that I've emptied my notebook and given my final impressions...Here are three items of Red Wings-related note:
1. First, I hate to say it, but the Free Press's Helene St. James has it right: the most impressive prospects at the Red Wings' summer development camp were...the most impressive prospects in the pipeline...
General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that "the players you expect were the best in the scrimmages: Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi. Anthony Mantha played good."
The latter name is especially key, because while both Larkin and Bertuzzi had terrific 2014-15 seasons, Mantha's first year of pro hockey demonstrated the growing pains that can come when a junior hockey standout suddenly finds that he doesn't have nearly as much space at his disposal.
"When you scored as many goals as he did," Holland said, "every time you go up a level, goals are harder to score. For most young players, they have to go through process. Mantha had a good week; he competed harder. He's learning it."
Svechnikov, selected in the first round in last month's draft, was among the youngest at camp.
Holland addressed the group at the start on Friday, emphasizing that "it's about moving forward and getting better, it's about hitting the gym, learning to be a pro. Down the road, it's about taking somebody's job. We'll let them state their case in September."
2. Jerome Verrier scored the game-winning goal in today's scrimmage, and MLive's Brendan Savage spoke with Verrier after the game:
The scrimmage wrapping up the Red Wings' summer development camp was all you could hope for: Team Lindsay tied the game 4-4 with 6 seconds remaining in regulation, the teams skated in 3-on-3 overtime for about two-and-a-half minutes before Jerome Verrier scored a chip shot over a sprawling Chase Perry, and the "10-man shootout" went down to the final shooter, with Team Howe winning 5-4.
Anthony Mantha scored a goal, Dylan Larkin scored a goal, Evgeny Svechnikov scored a goal, for summer hockey, the pace was scintillating, there were big hits, great board battles, and a jam-packed Centre Ice Arena crowd (as well as Jeff Blashill, Todd Nelson and Jiri Fischer watching from the suite) catching some fantastic summer shinny on a cool Tuesday morning in Traverse City.
The Red Wings' players are taking part in a yoga class as I begin to write this entry at the rink; I'll relocate to my hotel by the time that this is over, and four hours from now, I'll wrap up my summer development camp coverage for the moment--though I've been asked to perhaps pause and share a few thoughts on the different kind of camp under Todd Nelson instead of Jeff Blashill and without Tomas Storm or Andy Weidenbach over the next week or so.
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