The Malik Report
Tonight's Red Wings-Avalanche game isn't far off (9 PM EST on FSD/NBCSN and NBCSN's web service/Sportsnet 360/97.1 M); the 9 PM EST start = early notebooks and miscellaneous articles have already been posted as part of the evening and/or "early overnight" news cycle, an incredibly diverse set of stories constitute what I can only describe as a scattershot entry.
First, let's get the elephant in the room out of the way: I was as surprised as anyone to read Henrik Zetterberg and Mike Babcock's very measured, balanced takes on the Wings' need to trade or not make a trade while speaking with the Free Press's Helene St. James and the Windsor Star's Bob Duff; the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa also took note of the pair's remarks, and Zetterberg's, "We know the window is closing" [for himself and Pavel Datsyuk] comments are still a little jarring:
The Grand Rapids Griffins now have Tom McCollum and Jared Coreau tending their net again, so the team's chosen to release interim back-up Pat Nagle, who will head back to the ECHL's Fort Wayne Komets, but the team took a novel approach in addressing the fact that both Xavier Ouellet and Alexey Marchenko are on Detroit's "Fathers' Trip."
Instead of recalling Richard Nedomlel, the Griffins signed a Toledo Walleye defenseman to a pro try-out for tomorrow and Saturday's home games against the Rochester Americans, and they signed a veteran who may be getting a try-out because he's a veteran who can help the team should Detroit need to either recall several defensemen...Or make a trade:
NIGHTINGALE SIGNED TO PTO, NAGLE RELEASED
The Grand Rapids Griffins on Thursday signed defenseman Jared Nightingale to a professional tryout and released goaltender Pat Nagle from his professional tryout.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Nightingale is a 10-year veteran of the AHL, having accumulated 51 points (14-37—51) and 888 penalty minutes in 413 career games between the Springfield Falcons (2005-06), Iowa Stars (2006-07), Hartford Wolf Pack (2007-11; 2014-15), Chicago Wolves (2007-08), Connecticut Whale (2011-12), Syracuse Crunch (2012-13), Rockford IceHogs (2013-14) and Norfolk Admirals (2014-15).
Updated 2x with some intriguing trade talk at 4:11 PM: The morning skate prior to tonight's Red Wings-Avalanche tilt (9 PM EST on FSD/NBCSN/Sportsnet 360/97.1 FM; Justin St. Pierre and Brad Watson will referee tonight's game, with Pierre Racicot and Andy Galloway working the lines) yielded some serious-ass jitters when the beat writers reported that Pavel Datsyuk skipped the morning skate, but the vast majority of today's talk involved the Wings-Avs rivalry's current form and next year's Stadium series game.
On the Avs' side of the ice, the "big story" involved a single personnel swap, as noted by the Denver Post's Mike Chambers...
Updated 2x at 2:16 PM: OH THANK GOODNESS, Datsyuk is OK.
The timing of tonight's game between the Red Wings and Avalanche (9 PM EST on FSD/NBCSN/Sportsnet 360/97.1 FM) is a little strange, and the "morning skate" is just starting for the Avs as I write this at approximately 12:30 EST, so we're going to do some "articles first" in what is usually a Twitter post (and you can also have fun reading The Hockey News's Lyle Richardson's summary of the Wings-related trade rumors if you wish).
Most of you will be watching the game on NBCSN, so here's Pro Hockey Talk's Ryan Dadoun's game set-up:
The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's "Hockey World" and "Hockey World Short Shifts" columns discuss players that the Red Wings might want to pursue via the trade route.
Matheson suggests that the Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks are in a "bidding war" for a player who may or may not be on the trade table to begin with, and Matheson claims that the Wings are more than willing to mortgage a good chunk of their future to snag Myers (and for the record, I believe Myers will go to Anaheim instead of "within division"--if he's traded at all):
The Wings crave a rightie on their back-end, with none in their stable, and the Ducks, who are more of a Cup threat than Detroit is, want to win now in the ultra-competitive West.
Here’s who the Wings won’t give up for Myers: *Centre Dylan Larkin, the best USA player at the world junior, who will be a lightning-fast second-line NHL pivot.
Slovak winger Tomas Tatar, who might get 30 goals in Detroit.
Here’s who Detroit would hesitate to move: *Winger Anthony Mantha, the 6’5” kid who had 81 goals in 81 games in Val D’Or in junior last year and while feeling his way in his first pro season in Grand Rapids, could be heir apparent for Johan Franzen.
Here’s who would be in play:
The Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche heaven't even taken to the ice for their respective morning skates ahead of tonight's game (9 PM EST on FSD/NBCSN/Sportsnet 360/97.1 FM), but my decision to sleep in given the 12:30 PM EST Avs skate and 1:30 PM EST Wings skate (and the whole birthday thing) wasn't the brightest one.
I'm going to try to catch up with what was a very, very busy morning of Wings news as briefly as possible, so:
1. As Paul reported, USA Today's Kevin Allen has reported that the Wings have made a pitch for the 2018 World Junior Championships. Logistically, I'd imagine that the Wings would at least have to utilize their new rink, Compuware Arena, the Ice Cube and possibly Windsor's WFCU Centre to make things work (and the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan is confirming);
Scott Lewis of Sportsnet lists five teams as potential trade targets for Cody Franson, Detroit is one of them...
The Red Wings are light on cap space, but they might make the most sense as a potential rental destination for Franson. Of course, the Maple Leafs will be looking to maximize the return on the 6-foot-5 defenceman, so the addition of Franson to an already deep Red Wings team may be little more than wishcasting for Detroit fans.
The Red Wings have a few impressive young players already in the NHL and more coming down the pipeline. Perhaps there’s a deal to be made with multiple parts involved and Franson serving as the centrepiece.
Potential trade chips: Tomas Jurco, Dylan Larkin, Xaveir Ouellet, Teemu Pulkkinen, Ryan Sproul
read on for the other teams
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Detroit Red Wings executives are in Colorado Springs Thursday to talk with USA Hockey officials about the possibility of Detroit serving as the site for the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championships.
The Red Wings' new downtown arena is scheduled to be completed by then.
The World Junior Championships showcase the world's top teen-age players, many of whom go on to play in the NHL. More than 366,000 fans attended the 2015 tournament in Toronto and Montreal.
Join me in wishing George a Happy Birthday and I will let him announce his age if he so chooses.
It is a pleasure having George around and nobody covers the Detroit Red Wings like George does.
The Red Wings Fathers' Trip begins as the Red Wings play a "rivalry game" of sorts against the Colorado Avalanche this evening (9 PM EST on FSD/NBCSN/Sportsnet 360/97.1 FM), and this one's not a trap game--but it's a deceptively difficult one.
The Avalanche rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Dallas Stars 3-2 in an 11-round shootout on Tuesday, and the Avs have won 3 of their past 4 games (2 shootout wins) while building a 3-0-and-1 record, but Colorado also finds itself in a messy battle to earn one of the Western Conference's wild card spots and/or sneak back into the Central Division's playoff picture.
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