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Updating Niklas Kronwall’s situation

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Windsor Star's Bob Duff updates Niklas Kronwall's condition, explaining why Kronwall has chosen to skip the World Cup of Hockey...

Niklas Kronwall won’t be playing in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. The Detroit Red Wings defenceman bowed out of Sweden’s lineup Wednesday due to continuing issues with his troublesome knees.

“I talked to him a week, 10 days ago and (Red Wings athletic therapist) Piet Van Zant talked to him in the last few days,” Detroit GM Ken Holland said. “He’s feeling better, but there’s still a little soreness in the knee. The hope is with another month to go he’ll be ready for the start of camp.”

As does MLive's Ansar Khan...

"He's feeling better, still a little soreness in the knee," Holland said. "To be fair to the Swedish team, his responsibility is to the Red Wings. The hope is with another month to go he'll be ready for the start of camp."

And the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that “it's a decision Kronner made. I talked to him a week to 10 days ago and he told me he was feeling better and that he wanted to represent his country, but he wanted to be 100% for Sweden and he wanted to be 100% for the Red Wings.

“Niklas does not feel his knee is 100%, and he'd rather go to camp with us in another month than with Sweden in a week. The Red Wings are his No. 1 priority, and another month of strength and conditioning will give him the best chance to be healthy for the upcoming season.”

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Jay Bouwmeester Named To Team Canada World Cup Roster For Injured Duncan Keith

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO/NEW YORK (Aug. 24, 2016) – Hockey Canada announced today that St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has been added to its 23-man roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, the best-on-best international hockey championship from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016. He replaces injured Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith. Bouwmeester, 32, will be entering his 14th NHL season in 2016-17. He has registered 81 goals and 376 points in 990 career NHL games and was a member of Team Canada’s 2004 World Cup of Hockey championship squad.

added 4:10pm, Blackhawks statement below...

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Positive Points For All The NHL Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

For the most part, off-season moves are finished, prospects are a year closer to impact and hypothetical rosters begin to take shape. Not every fan base will have Stanley Cup on the mind, but everyone is hopeful for something good this year. What is that? We take a look at all 30 NHL teams and provide a point of optimism for each.

ANAHEIM Whether or not you believe in the impact of a coach “lighting a fire” under his players, the Ducks hired Randy Carlyle to do just that. By the end of Bruce Boudreau’s tenure, the former Ducks coach seemed frustrated with his team and their lack of discipline in the playoffs. There will be no lolly-gagging under Carlyle.

ARIZONA Numbers! Stats! Analytics! The right way of thinking!

The youngest GM in the NHL, 27-year-old John Chayka, promises to present the latest interesting test case in the Fancy Stats vs. Eye Test debate. And earlier this summer he was quoted as saying “defence isn’t about defending” and went on to talk about the importance of moving the puck. This could be fun.

read on

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Khan: Jurco’s had back surgery after workout injury; Saarijarvi out 2 months due to wrist surgery

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 5:19 PM: Not good not good, per MLive's Ansar Khan:


Also also:

The Free Press's Helene St. James confirms Jurco's injury:

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Mid-afternoon mishmash: Praise for Mrazek’s contract, prospect news, rink news and a wacky video

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of very disparate Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. ESPN's Rob Vollman penned an Insider-only entry suggesting that Petr Mrazek's contract with the Red Wings is one of the summer's best deals from an analytic perspective--per the views of 22 analytics community experts:

Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings
Two years, $4.0 million per year
Approval: 90.9 percent
Attraction: Signing the 12th-best goalie for the 26th-highest cap hit

Statistically, Mrazek is viewed as the NHL's 12th best goalie. Mrazek's .929 save percentage at even strength in his two NHL seasons is tied with Brian Elliott and Braden Holtby for 13th. Similarly, his 61.3 quality start percentage ranks 11th among those with at least 20 starts, per Hockey Reference.

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All About Sportsnet’s National NHL Broadcasts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (August 24, 2016) Sportsnet today announced its 2016-17 NHL national broadcast schedule, featuring more than 300 national games and three main marquee national nights –Hockey Night in Canada on Saturdays, Rogers Hometown Hockey on Sundays, and Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey on Wednesdays. (See below for full broadcast schedule).

Sportsnet’s 2016-17 schedule delivers premium Canadian match-ups chock full of NHL star power. Two outdoor games in Canada headline Sportsnet’s lineup: the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic in Winnipeg on October 23 and the first-ever NHL Centennial Classic in Toronto on New Year’s Day, which also kicks off the NHL’s yearlong centennial celebration. Two other marquee outdoor games on the 2016-17 schedule include the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and the2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

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Joe Kocur discusses Saturday’s charity softball game on Fox 2

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Joe Kocur Foundation holds its annual charity softball game at Duck Lake Pines Park in Highland, MI this weekend, and Kocur appeared on WJBK Fox 2's morning show to discuss Saturday's events:

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Pro Hockey Talk’s ‘Red Wings day’ articles include big questions for Holland to answer

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

NBC's Pro Hockey Talk blog is posting a set of articles throughout "Red Wings day," and thus far, they've posted a general backgrounder, pondered whether moving Dylan Larkin to center is a good idea, they've suggested that Anthony Mantha is the player most likely to "make the leap" to the NHL, and PHT's Mike Halford has suggested that the person under the most pressure to perform in Detroit isn't a player or coach (edit: though PHT did address Jeff Blashill's situation /end edit):

There’s no denying Ken Holland’s been feeling the heat in Detroit for a while now.

But this season, the temperature could become unbearable.

There are three pressing concerns as the Red Wings look to make the playoffs for a 26th consecutive campaign, all of which fall directly into Holland’s lap:

1) Can the Wings survive without Pavel Datsyuk?

2) What will they do in goal?

3) How will they fix their defense?

Halford continues, summing up the Wings' issues in a logical conclusion:

Add it all up, and you’ve got a team with more questions than answers.

Update: While we're at it, Sportsnet's Rory Boylen offers "reasons for optimism" for all 30 teams:

The Red Wings have not missed the playoffs since 1990, so its supporters have been brought up on optimism. But we basically start each season now wondering if this is the one when the Wings’ streak ends, and where the next group of core players is coming from. We’re asking that again now that Pavel Datsyuk is retired. But in 54 games last season, Petr Mrazek looked magnificent in goal. Dylan Larkin lurked in the background of the Calder Trophy race. Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist are in a bounce back spot after both had drop-off seasons in 2015-16. And keep an eye on Anthony Mantha. Lots to like here still.

Update #2: Pro Hockey Talk's Cam Tucker also discussed the Howard-Mrazek goaltending tandem.

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Wings single-game tix go on sale Monday, August 29th

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings:

Single-game tickets for the “Farewell Season at The Joe” go on sale Monday, Aug. 29 at 10 A.M.
Limited ticket quantities remain for fans to celebrate final season at Joe Louis Arena

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that single-game tickets for all 2016-17 regular season home games go on sale Monday, Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. Limited ticket quantities remain for fans to celebrate the “Farewell Season at The Joe” and watch the team chase its 26th consecutive playoff appearance and 12th Stanley Cup® championship.

The Red Wings home schedule for the 2016-17 season features numerous marquee matchups, including the Home Opener on Monday, Oct. 17 against the Ottawa Senators; a clash against the defending Stanley Cup® champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, Jan. 14; the lone home matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, March 10; and the final regular-season game at The Joe on Sunday, April 9 against the New Jersey Devils.

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What little news there is regarding Niklas Kronwall is murky

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated significantly at 5:09 PM: The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan, MLive's Ansar Khan and the Free Press's Helene St. James are confirming the news that Niklas Kronwall will miss the World Cup of Hockey, but they haven't received an answer yet as to why Kronwall's out.

St. James adds this to the mix...

Incidentally, the Ducks have yet to come to terms with Lindholm, who is a restricted free agent. That's why trade talks regarding defenseman Cam Fowler have cooled off -- the Ducks need Fowler if Lindholm ends up being a holdout. The Wings are very interested in Fowler, a Farmington Hills native, because he is an elite skater who'd upgrade their defense.

The teams discussed a trade prior to the draft in June, but the Ducks' asking price was in the range of Gustav Nyquist/Tomas Tatar and a second-round pick.

But in terms of Kronwall news, all I could find was this from Expressen's Mattias Ek:

First, Alexander Steen was forced to cancel his World Cup plans due to an injury. Now it's clear that Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall has to say no.

Anaheim defenseman Hampus Lindholm will play for the Tre Kronor in the super tournament.

"Niklas has worked hard to have time to come back after his injury. Now it's not happening, and therefore he declined the games," said coach Rikard Gronborg in a statement.

The Tre Kronor has suffered two setbacks in the short time before the World Cup, which begins in Toronto on September 17th.

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan just added this:

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