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Audio from the first day of the Red Wings’ summer development camp, 2015

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' prospects were put through their paces during the first day of the summer development camp this morning in Traverse City, Michigan, and Todd Nelson's camp was a little different than Jeff Blashill's, emphasizing fundamentals and skill development over the Red Wings' system of play--though it was also the first day thereof.

And let me tell you, it was a "first day" and a half. Evgeny Svechnikov was the highest-profile member of the, "My new equipment = sometimes I fall over" club, passes were off at times, the pace of play was staggered and the returning players looked to be at least three or four steps ahead of even the most-heralded newcomers.

I spoke with several players during the media availabilites, as well as coach Nelson and Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer, and here's the audio from said interviews:

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Anaheim Ducks Name Dave Nonis As Special Assignment Scout And Consultant

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named Dave Nonis as a special assignment scout and consultant to Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray.

Nonis was most recently the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2013-15. He originally joined the Maple Leafs staff as senior vice president of hockey operations on December 6, 2008. Prior to joining the Leafs, he was the Ducks’ senior advisor of hockey operations from June – Dec., 2008.

A native of Burnaby, British Columbia, Nonis was the senior vice president and general manager of the Vancouver Canucks from 2004-08. He joined the Canucks in 1998 as senior vice president, director of hockey operations after four seasons as the National Hockey League’s manager of hockey operations. Working at the NHL office, Nonis helped create the 1994 Collective Bargaining Agreement and worked with the league’s arbitration team.

Nonis played hockey for the University of Maine (1984-88) and was team captain for two seasons. He led his team to back-to-back NCAA tournaments and graduated with a B.A. in 1988. He played one season professionally in Denmark before returning to the University of Maine in 1989 to join the coaching staff.

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Watching Hockey In Canada

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from Etan Vlessing of The Hollywood Reporter,

In hockey-mad Canada, TV audiences for NHL games are tumbling, thanks in part to cord-cutting and digital media.

It turns out the country's national game is hardly immune to a generational shift in overall TV viewing habits. "In our research, we noticed that for the NHL, as well as for other pro leagues, there is a migration to online and mobile at the expense of TV. I mean why not, we see that for many kinds of content," Kaan Yigit, president of Toronto-based Solutions Research Group, told the Hollywood Reporter.

For cable giant Rogers Communications, which last year threw CAN$5.2 billion (US$4.1 billion) at the NHL for the exclusive national TV and Internet rights to NHL game broadcasts in Canada over the next 12 years, the recent Stanley Cup playoffs began well, thanks to five Canadian NHL teams in action during early rounds.

But ratings slid in the final two rounds as Canadian teams fell by the wayside, according to Numeris audience data. An average audience of 2.39 million for the final round fell 12 percent from the average audience of 2.72 million viewers for the 2014 championship final round.

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The Way Early Power Rankings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

So, it seems like the perfect time to assess all of the wrangling and shifting of pieces that has taken place in the past two weeks with our offseason Power Rankings.

28 Carolina

It's going to get worse before it gets better in Carolina while GM Ron Francis wades through tricky contract waters with netminder Cam Ward and captain Eric Staal.

29 Toronto

You can't spell rebuild without the letters c-e-l-l-a-r, and it's hard to imagine the Leafs being anywhere but the basement of the NHL next spring. Too early to start talking about the Auston Matthews sweepstakes?

30 Arizona

Not sure how the Coyotes avoid ending up here at the end of next season, even with Boyd Gordon returning to the desert and Zbynek Michalek and Antoine Vermette being repatriated after deadline trades last season. What are the chances both are on the block again next March?

the other teams...

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Three-Year Entry Level Contract For Connor McDavid

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Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, the club has agreed to terms with centre Connor McDavid on a three-year entry level contract.

McDavid, 18, has spent the past three seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters, recording 285 points (97G, 188A), 104 penalty minutes and a +83 rating in 166 career games. His 285 points are second most in Otters franchise history.

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After Their Moves, Are The Washington Capitals Better?

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from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,

By adding Williams and Oshie and losing Brouwer, the Caps now have $13.89 million in cap space, according to www.generalfanager.com. If we stick with the premise that Braden Holtby will earn roughly $6 million in his new contract and Evgeny Kuznetsov and Marcus Johansson combine for roughly $6 million, the Caps would enter next season with about $2 million in cap space, a perfect cushion to account for injury call-ups and trade deadline acquisitions.

But the big question is this: Are the Caps better today than they were when they were eliminated by the New York Rangers in Game 7 on May 13?

My answer is “yes” at the forward position and “no” on the blue line.

If you ask me if I’d rather have Williams and Oshie over Joel Ward, Troy Brouwer and Eric Fehr, my answer is “yes.”

If you ask me if I’d rather have Nate Schmidt, Dmitry Orlov and Taylor Chorney over Mike Green and Tim Gleason, I’d take Green and Gleason.

But we all knew the Caps couldn’t afford Green at $6 million and Gleason battled injuries through the playoffs.

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Calgary Flames Preparing For The Future

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

“You’re planning for things. You’re aware of things,” Treliving said. “You can’t operate in a world of fear, thinking the sniper’s behind the bush, but you also have to be wise to the ways of the world. And I think we’re in a new world.

“You’re always planning for beyond the next season, planning for things on the horizon and how you’re going to address them.”

In Calgary’s case, the first step would be to sign Gaudreau and Monahan before they become RFAs, which could happen on Canada Day 2016.

To protect themselves, though, they’re making sure they have enough salary-cap space.

As of now, forwards Jiri Hudler and David Jones (both with US$4-million salary-cap hits) are in the final year of their contracts. Same thing goes for goalies Jonas Hiller ($4.5 million) and Karri Ramo ($3.8 million) and defencemen Mark Giordano ($4.02 million) and Kris Russell ($2.6 million).

They won’t be able to — or maybe even want to — keep all those players in the fold beyond next season.

To think, for the past couple of years, the Flames have openly talked about taking on salary for an asset with all their salary-cap space.

“It’s a good thing we didn’t do that,” Treliving admitted. “We’ve hit that stage now (with less cap space on the horizon), and it’s by the play of those young players, they’re going to need new contracts.

“We’ve positioned ourselves where we’ve not got into a pinch.”

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The Los Angeles Kings Should Say No To Slava Voynov

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Those who say it's punishment enough that Voynov was suspended most of last season and must serve jail time and probation, perform community service and go through a domestic violence prevention program should focus on the nature of the incident. If the Kings give him another chance, they would be making it a "gimme" and diminish its magnitude.

Varlamova told Redondo Beach police Voynov punched her in the jaw, choked her three times, pushed her to the ground, kicked her and shoved her into the corner of a flat-screen TV, resulting in a 1.2-inch gash above her left eye. He accepted responsibility for his actions, remember? That should not be forgotten.

The Kings can terminate his contract, trade him, or keep him with the team. Here's a vote for one of the first two options.

That he's a top-four defenseman isn't reason enough to keep him. It's irrelevant. He doesn't deserve to wear their uniform and they shouldn't grant him that privilege.

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T.J. Oshie Trade Finally Happens

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from Jeremy P. Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“I thought something would possibly happen at the draft,” Oshie said. “After a couple of days, I just figured that I’d be staying in St. Louis. I got a call from (Blues general manager Doug) Armstrong today and my initial reaction was a little bit of shock, even though that I knew it was a possibility.”

The Blues’ ongoing search for a deal ended in Washington, where they found a forward in Brouwer, who they believe better fits their style.

Brouwer, 29, is a rugged 6-foot-3, 215-pound winger who has 132 goals and 255 points in 531 games with Chicago and Washington. He tied a career-high in points with the Capitals last season with 43, including 22 assists.

“Troy is a power forward in today’s game ... plays the way the Blues are looking to play moving forward,” Armstrong said. “We’re getting a different style of player. We’re getting a consistent 20-goal scorer. Those are valuable in the league. We’re getting a big body that can play. His minutes are high. It’s a different style of player than T.J. We probably have more players in our group like T.J. and less like Troy. That’s probably the easiest way to explain it.”

Brouwer, like Oshie, voiced some shock over the trade, but said he’s looking forward to his new chapter as well and hopes the Blues will benefit from the move.

“I’m an honest player,” Brouwer said. “I’m a guy that works hard. I’ve got some skill, I can make some plays. I’ve been able to score some goals. But I’m a big-body power forward, I like to play in front of the net, in the corners, play a hard-nosed game, I’ll fight when I need to. I like to (think) I’m a pretty well-rounded player with the ability to score 20-25 — hopefully 30 — goals but still be able to finish my checks and be a very reliable guy.”

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Ryan Miller With An Assist

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Wife Noureen DeWulf credited with one too.

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