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They Were Just Storylines

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean McIndoe at Sportsnet,

• Wait for Duchene deal continues
• What will Vegas do with D-man surplus?
• Still no bites for Jagr, Iginla, Doan

The writers in charge of the NHL’s off-season script are struggling.

They spent the last year opening up all sorts of interesting storylines and plot holes, with lots of fun ways they could go. But now the summer is here, the credits are about to roll, and there are still all sorts of loose ends to tie up.

They’ve wrapped up a few. The Dallas Stars finally got that goalie they’ve been hunting for years, the touching Kevin Shattenkirk homecoming played out pretty much like we all expected, and the Connor McDavid contract plotline came together nicely. Some of it feels kind of derivative – haven’t we seen this Blackhawks roster already? – but for the most part it’s been fine.

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Heck, I recall many of the media we depend on telling us the off-season was going to be crazy, oops!

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All Johnny Gaudreau

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,

DI: What was your biggest takeaway this season with the Flames?

JG: Probably the resiliency of our team. We had a tough start this season. I think we were like 5-10. Coming around Thanksgiving we were out of a playoff spot. The statistics of when you’re out of a playoff position at Thanksgiving is really high (to miss the playoffs). It’s difficult to fight your way into a playoff spot, but our team did it. We had a great second half of the season and we played some good hockey in the playoffs. Unfortunately we got swept, but I think we could have won a game or two there and the series could have been a little different. It’s a learning experience for us. We have a really young team, a lot of good, young leaders on our team and some older leaders that us young guys get to learn from. We’re pretty fortunate with the group we have in Calgary. We had some pretty big signings this offseason (including Union College star Spencer Foo and trading for defenseman Travis Hamonic and goalies Mike Smith and Eddie Lack). I’m really looking forward to next season, too.

DI: I bet your phone was blowing up recently after your interview on 94.1 WIP. They asked you about coming to the Flyers someday and you said it would be great. Did that small spark set off your Twitter account?

JG: Yeah, the way the question was asked I said, “It would be sweet to play in your hometown.” I think if you ask any player in the NHL if they’d like to play in their hometown at some point they’d all say it would be pretty sweet. You’ve got friends, you’ve got family, you’ve got kids you went to school with, you’ve got teachers, you name it. You’ve got people that will be supporting you. The people support me down here, like it’s crazy down here. I’m just really fortunate they follow me up in Calgary. I love Calgary, don’t me wrong. It’s a great city and they’re so passionate about our team. It’s a real hockey city. I really enjoy it up there, don’t get me wrong, but I think if you ask any player if he wants to play in his hometown they’d say it would be pretty cool to do that. I’ve still got five more years on my contract and who knows…if we’re playing well up here in Calgary I could end up staying another four or five years there because I love the city so much. It’s tough to have all those articles come out when it’s something so small, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.

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Morning news: On a charitable endeavor, Jordan Sambrook, Walleye try-outs and Tweets of note

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Danny DeKeyser has been taking part in the Red Wings' Street Hockey Summer Tour, and the Free Press's Brandon Folsom reports that DeKeyser spent Tuesday taking part in a charity hockey camp:

While most Detroit Red Wings were out of town Tuesday, defenseman Danny DeKeyser was playing street hockey at Echo Grove Camp near Oxford.

DeKeyser teamed up with the Salvation Army of Metroit Detroit to spend the afternoon with 200 campers to teach them how to shoot and pass.

"This was an opportunity the kids will probably never get anywhere else," organizer Erin Eddy said. "Most of these kids cannot afford to go to hockey games or meet a player, so it's an invaluable experience for them. Some of their faces lit up and were so excited to see him. A few were screaming and wanted to hug him. They were excited to see and interact with somebody who is a popular, influential person in Detroit."

The opportunity was organized by STRIVE Hockey, a floor hockey program started in 2009 that teaches fundamentals, team building and sportsmanship to children ages 8-12 at different community centers around the metro area. STRIVE stands for "Student Training for Integrity, Vitality and Education."

2. MLive's Brendan Savage posted a profile of Wings prospect and Erie Otters defenseman Jordan Sambrook, whose Ontario Hockey League team won the OHL title but fell short of a Memorial Cup win:

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Wings’ ‘Final Farewell’ to the Joe continues with alumni memories

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' "Final Farwell to the Joe" video series continues today with a video in which the Wings' alumni weigh in as to what made Joe Louis Arena special:

And if you missed Part 1 ofthe six-part series, "The Joe" can be watched below:

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Canada Names Rosters For Two International Tournaments

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from TSN,

Team Canada has named its roster for the 2017 Sochi Open and the Tournament of Nikolai Puchkov which both take place in August,

The Sochi Open, which will take place from Aug. 6-9 in Russia, will mark the first pre-Olympic action for Team Canada as general manager Sean Burke looks to form his roster for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games....

Among the most recognizable names on the Sochi Open roster are former NHLers Rob Klinkhammer, Brandon Kozun, Daniel Paille, Mason Raymond, Max Talbot and Linden Vey. Former Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Justin Peters will dress for the tournament, along with Kevin Poulin, who was named to both rosters.

Notable names on the Tournament of Nikolai Puchkov roster for Team Canada include Cam Barker, Carlo Colaiacovo, Taylor Beck, Ryan Garbutt, Derek Roy and goaltender Ben Scrivens.

Kevin Klein, who retired from the New York Rangers earlier this month and then signed in Switzerland, is also on the tournament for Aug. 14-17 Tournament of Nikolai Puchkov.

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Afternoon news: On upcoming hockey events, Adam Larkin, The Athletic’s business model and Wings wins

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings and hockey-related note:

1. Dylan Larkin's charity hockey game is taking place at Lakeland Ice Arena tonight at 6 PM, and tickets are now available for Steven Oleksy's Eastside Elite League All-Star Game is taking place on Thursday, July 27th at 5:30 PM. Tickets are on sale at the Mt. Clemens Ice Arena:

2. The Red Wings' annual Street Hockey Summer Tour stopped in Grand Rapids today, and the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports that there are six more stops on the Summer Tour's winding route through Michigan:

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Hockey Canada Announces Management Group And Coaching Staff For The Men’s Team

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CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada has unveiled its plan for the 2017-18 Canada’s National Men’s Team , which includes an expanded schedule that will see the red-and-white take to the ice in at least seven international tournaments.

As part of the highly anticipated release of the season’s plans, Hockey Canada also announced the National Men’s Team’s management group and coaching staff. Joining Tom Renney (Cranbrook, B.C.), Hockey Canada’s CEO, Scott Smith (Bathurst, N.B.), president and COO of Hockey Canada, and the organization’s vice-president of hockey operations and national men’s teams, Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), on the management group are the team’s general manager Sean Burke (Windsor, Ont./Montreal, NHL), as well as management group member Martin Brodeur (Montreal/St. Louis, NHL).

Behind the bench, Hockey Canada has selected Willie Desjardins (Climax, Sask.) as head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Team. He will be joined by assistant coachesDave King (Saskatoon, Sask.),Scott Walker (Cambridge, Ont./Vancouver, NHL), and Craig Woodcroft (Toronto/Genève-Servette HC, NLA).

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Mark Streit Signs With The Montreal Canadiens For One Year

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MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin announced on Tuesday that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year, one-way contract (2017-18) with free agent defenseman Mark Streit.

Streit, 39, played 68 games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016-17. He amassed 27 points (6 goals, 21 assists), including 13 on the power play. He added two game-winning goals and 28 penalty minutes, while averaging 18:45 of ice time per game. Streit added two assists in three playoff match-ups, helping the Penguins win the Stanley Cup.

The 5'11'' and 191 lbs defenseman has played 784 regular season NHL games with the Canadiens, New York Islanders, Flyers and Penguins, contributing 434 points (96 goals, 338 assists). Streit scored 47 goals on the powerplay (207 points), two while shorthanded and added 14 game-winning goals. As a member of the Canadiens from 2005-06 to 2007-08, Streit recorded 109 points (25 goals, 84 assists) in 205 games. He added 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists) in 34 playoff contests.

 

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Mika Zibanejad And The New York Rangers Agree To A Five-Year Deal

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NEW YORK, July 25, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Mika Zibanejad on a five-year contract with an average annual value of $5.35 million.

Zibanejad, 24, skated in 56 games with the Rangers this past season, registering 14 goals and 23 assists for 37 points, along with a plus-nine rating and 16 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2016-17, including assists per game (0.41), points per game (0.66), and faceoff win percentage (52.0%; 494-for-950), and he tied his career-high in power play goals (four). Zibanejad registered at least one point in 28 of the 56 games he played during this past season, and the Rangers posted a 33-17-6 record when he was in the lineup in 2016-17. He ranked fifth on the Rangers in points per game and tied for sixth on the team in assists per game during the past season. Zibanejad recorded 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in 18 games against Metropolitan Division opponents in 2016-17. Zibanejad also registered nine points (three goals, six assists) in the final nine games of the regular season, as well as 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in his final 21 regular season contests.

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Wings begin their ‘Final Farewell’ video series with ‘The Joe’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings have produced a six-part video series issuing a "Final Farewell" to Joe Louis Arena, and the series begins today with a discussion of the character of "The Joe":

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