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‘Three Things’: More Radulov pursuit confirmation; does Howard fit in NYI; ‘Bacon’ goes home

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Two things of Red Wings-related note this afteroon:

1. The Windsor Star's Bob Duff makes three English-language sources (Sportsnet, MLive and now Duff) who are reporting that the Wings are interested in Alexander Radulov:

While it would appear almost a certainty that Pavel Datsyuk has played his last NHL game in Detroit, according to an NHL source, the Wings are doing their due diligence on forward Alexander Radulov.

Selected 15th overall by the Nashville Predators in the 2004 NHL entry draft, Radulov has spent the last four seasons with CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental League, the team managed by former Wings center Sergei Fedorov.

There’s no question of Radulov’s ability. He scored 26 goals for the Predators in 2007-08 and was a 20-goal scorer for CSKA the past two seasons.

It’s his attitude that the Wings are concerned about. Radulov, 29, has a history of bad behaviour and the Wings, who have spoken Radulov’s agent, are talking to his friends and former teammates to get a handle on whether he’d be a problem in the dressing room or a bad influence on the club’s younger players.

Those close to him insist Radulov has changed his ways. He’s now a father and has settled down into family life.

2. I missed this one from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, and it's an intriguing "thought":

17. Wonder if Thomas Greiss’ tremendous play is closing a Jimmy Howard possibility. Islanders GM Garth Snow is said to be a fan, and those Maine Black Bears stick together.

Howard would fit in well as the Islanders' starter, but yes, Thomas Greiss has been a revelation playing ahead of Halak in the Islanders' crease;

3. I don't know how much detail you're looking for in terms of Joakim "Bacon" Andersson going back to Sweden. He's probably being paid more than the Red Wings can offer to head to Orebro for two seasons, and MLive's Ansar Khan, the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan, Expressen and Aftonbladet are all confirming.

Orebro's website's press release is most telling, because it sounds like Andersson made his decision to leave for Sweden sometime in the middle of the NHL season, which means that the Wings knew about this move ahead of time:

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Afternoon Line- Corey Perry

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Anaheim Ducks Twitter,

"I have memories and opportunities I wish I could have back. It was the way it kind of went that whole series, for me anyway."

"We laid it on the line in Game 7. A bounce here, a bounce there, it’s a different story. But we keep saying that..."

"This one probably hurts even more than the rest of them. You look at the team, what we overcame, it was a close-knit group."

Perry says Boudreau, "Has nothing do with what we did on the ice. We have to hold ourselves accountable. I think guys are doing that."

"We have to go out next year and prove ourselves all over again. It’s a clean slate, a new year. Hopefully we can rewrite the story."

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Anaheim Fires Coach Bruce Boudreau

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is always a bad idea to fire a coach if that coach suddenly becomes the best available unemployed coach and other teams with coaching vacancies are immediately interested in hiring him.  Nevertheless Anaheim followed that path and fired coach Bruce Boudreau.  Boudreau is the coach with 500 or more games coached with the highest winning percentage ever.  Granted he coached in an era where you can get a point for losing as long as you do it in overtime.  He has a very good record as a coach.  He won the 2008 Jack Adams Award as coach of the year.  He has a good chance of being nominated for this year's award.  I would have put him on my ballot

The alleged problem with Boudreau was a lack of playoff success.  Specifically he had a lack of success in game sevens in the playoffs.  Bruce Boudreau teams had appeared in eight game sevens in the playoffs and lost seven of them.  Most recently Anaheim lost to Nashville in game seven.  They were leading three games to two before losing the series.  It is disappointing but it is hard to blame coaching.

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Wallner: Double A strengthens the Grffins’ center-ice position

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner:

Andreas Athanasiou, who missed the Grand Rapids Griffins' opening-round series due to a family matter, was assigned to the team by the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. Athanasiou, who practiced with the team Saturday, will be available for the Central Division finals when the Griffins take on Lake Erie beginning Thursday.

"He gives us depth up the middle, something we were lacking a little, and we get a guy coming off NHL experience," said coach Todd Nelson. "And he had that last year (in the AHL). So, he worked out today and we'll see how fast he can get back at it."

Nelson said Athanasiou had not skated during the time off. He skated with Triston Grant and Zach Nastasiuk.

Athanasiou appeared in the five playoff games for the Red Wings before they were eliminated from the playoff by the Tampa Bay Lightning in April 21.

He was originally expected to join the AHL squad afterward, but instead went home near Toronto to tend to a family matter.


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Andreas Athanasiou Assigned To The Grand Rapids Griffins

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned center Andreas Athanasiou to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Athanasiou, 21, skated in 37 games with the Red Wings during the 2015-16 campaign, notching 14 points, five penalty minutes and a plus-one rating. The second-year pro made his NHL debut with Detroit on Nov. 8 vs. Dallas and notched his first goal in his second NHL game on Nov. 10 vs. Washington, in what turned out to be the game’s only goal. Athanasiou also made his NHL postseason debut during the Red Wings’ first-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning and recorded his first playoff goal in Game 3. The London, Ontario, native also appeared in 26 games for the Griffins this season, recording 16 points (8-8-16). In 83 AHL games over the past two seasons, he has logged 51 points (25-26-51), adding 10 points (5-5-10) in 22 career AHL playoff games.

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Video- Highlight Package From The Two NHL Playoff Games On Friday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A little over three minutes long.


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Joakim Andersson Signs With Orebro In Sweden

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul


The link displays a video of Andersson talking in Swedish in case you are interested.

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Questions For Ansar Khan

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Ansar Khan of Mlive answers some questions....

Thoughts on a Detroit/Anaheim trade; Wings get (Cam) Fowler, give up (Tomas) Tatar or (Gustav) Nyquist. Ducks deep on D, need scoring; Wings need defense.

A: Seems like a good match, for the reasons you state. After another disappointing playoff result, the Ducks, who fired coach Bruce Boudreau on Friday, probably will look to shake things up with a significant move. Offense was an issue for them, Fowler, 24, could be a trading chip, and they might be more inclined to deal with an Eastern Conference club.

Anaheim is a big team up front, so acquiring a smaller forward like Tatar or Nyquist probably wouldn't be an issue. The Red Wings would need to sweeten the pot to get Fowler, however. But the Red Wings' quandary is they struggled to score and would be moving a forward with offensive upside.

After Winnipeg signed Dustin Byfuglien, I think they'll look to move Jacob Trouba or Tyler Myers. I don't think they can afford to keep all three long-term, especially when they also have (Tobias) Enstrom. Shouldn't the Wings be aggressively pursuing a deal with the Jets?

A: The Jets are another potential trading partner for the Red Wings. Trouba's name has been tossed around in trade rumors this season. The Rochester native is only 22 and will be a restricted free agent after next season.

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The St. Louis Blues Start Flat Against The Dallas Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

If you struggled to recognize the Blues on Friday night, you’re not alone. Those may have been the same players who eliminated the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks in the opening round, but they definitely weren’t the same team.

They were slower, a tad behind most of the night and completely missing in the first two periods against the Dallas Stars. By the time it was over, they were fortunate to have lost Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals by a mere 2-1 margin at American Airlines Center.

The Blues hardly resembled the team that beat the Blackhawks in a thrilling, seven-game classic in the Western Conference quarterfinals.

“They outplayed us,” captain David Backes said. “They deserved to win this one. We got to regroup and find our game and play for a full 60 the way we did in the first series and we’ll be just fine.


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Morning Line- Ray Ratto After Game 1 Sharks/Predators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

And San Jose, which has suddenly become the hockey punditocracy’s popular choice for Stealth Team Nobody Wants To Play, had conquered a few more fence-sitters. True, the Sharks remain the most anomalous of playoff teams in that it has a hideous home/absurdly strong road record combo, but unless Nashville can find what abandoned it Friday night, the Sharks may create a little elbow-room in what has been a very Warrior-centric world.

-Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea where you can read more on the Sharks 5-2 win over the Hashville Predators.

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