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Mid-day news: Wings take the day off; on Axel Holmstrom, AHL referees behind-the-scenes, etc.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings chose to take a rest the morning after a 3-2 OT loss to the Boston Bruins. The Wings host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday, and then they'll have 2 days off before playing road games against the Islanders and Flyers next Tuesday and Wednesday; the team closes out its pre-Christmas schedule with a rematch against Boston on Saturday the 23rd.

The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa reports that the Wings took the day off...


Also of Red Wings-related note:

1. The Athletic's Corey Pronman penned a list of "interesting" NHL prospects to discuss, and he included Axel Holmstrom in the mix:

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Minnesota Wild Say Devan Dubnyk Is Week-To-Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

He had an MRI yesterday.


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Chris Neil Retires From The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators orward Chris Neil today announced his retirement from the National Hockey League. A former sixth-round pick of the Senators in 1998, Neil played his entire 16-year NHL career in Ottawa, playing in 1,026 games (third most in team history). He also established the Senators all-time career penalty minutes mark with 2,522, while making a significant impact on the Ottawa community.

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Sale Of 21st Century Fox To Disney Includes Fox Regional Networks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brooks Barnes of the New York Times,

The Walt Disney Company said on Thursday that it had reached a deal to buy most of the assets of 21st Century Fox, the conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch, in an all-stock transaction valued at roughly $52.4 billion.



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What is Your Best “Hockey” Gift?

Blog: KK Members Blog By ilovehomers

'Tis the season of giving (and to be jolly, but don't tell that to a Red Wings fan), which is oddly *after* the season of giving thanks. Figure that one out.

I recently got my first hockey jersey dry cleaned for engagement pictures, and boy did it need saving. Once again, I have more connection to the 2000s Wings, thus my first jersey was a white Datsyuk. In my very biased opinion, the white beats red any day. In any case, that being my first jersey, and though I own other pieces of memorabilia that do actually have more value, this is my favorite hockey gift of all time.

What was your first/best hockey gift? Tickets, a meet and greet with a player, signed puck? Is it something you gave to someone, or maybe an item passed down through your family?

As always, looking forward to the responses and I encourage everyone to use the member's blog.

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Recap Of USA Hockey Hall Of Fame Inductions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com,

Scott Young knows what it is like to be part of an influx of talent. He was there in 1996 on the USA Hockey roster that won the World Cup of Hockey, part of a group of American players that would come to be known as the greatest generation, one that included Pat LaFontaine and Brian Leetch and Mike Modano and Keith Tkachuk.

He sees something familiar happening now.

"USA Hockey has done such a tremendous job," said Young, who was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday. "I think you see right from the grassroots of it now when you look at the ADM [American Development Model], the NTDP [National Team Development Program]. There's a clear path now.

"Right now, USA Hockey is in the hunt for all the gold medals in the world championships at every level. They've obviously done it right, and I think there are a lot of countries that are trying to copy the U.S. now."

It was a hot topic amongst the inductees to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. In addition to Young, Ron Wilson, the all-time winningest American head coach in NHL history; Jack Parker, the longtime Boston University coach; Ben Smith, who served as head coach of the 1998, 2002, and 2006 women's Olympic teams; and Kevin Collins, who officiated more than 2,000 NHL games, were honored. Peter Lindberg and Dave Ogrean received the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding contribution to hockey in the United States.


Below, USA Hockey press release on the inductees...

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Another OT Loss For The Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings, 0-6 in overtime, are 1-5-5 in their past 11. Aside from a few ugly losses during this stretch, they believe they've played well but haven't gotten results....

The Red Wings can't explain their difficulty in overtime.

"That area is killing us for sure," Tatar said. "That's many points we lost....

"You can hold the puck, you can get them tired, make them stay longer on the ice," Tatar said. "You can't shoot every chance, maybe wait for a better one. More and more teams are trying to figure it out, because when this rule came to the league, it was more free-for-all. Now you can see some teams are doing it on purpose and doing some things that looked structured."

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said they have looked into player usage, their system and other factors, searching for answers to their OT woes.

"I think the biggest thing in those three-on-three situations is you got to make offensive and defensive plays and we haven't made enough of those," he said.


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The Ottawa Senators Are Not Up For Sale

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Team owner Eugene Melnyk told Postmedia in an email on Wednesday night he wanted to set the record straight about reports his team had been sold, rumours captain Erik Karlsson is being traded and to respond to comments by former Ottawa centre Kyle Turris.

“I am NOT selling the team — period,” said Melnyk in the email. “My kids (had) first call on the franchise long ago.”

Melnyk, 58, said the source of the talk he’s selling may be the result of a routine refinancing of the team’s debt he’s working on right now.

“Let me set the record straight. I have no idea how a reporter fabricated a fiction about my selling the team,” Melnyk said. “These stories pop up out of nowhere probably from someone ‘hearing something’.

“(The) only thing I can think of is our routine refinancing of our debt involves a financial ‘roadshow’. Virtually every major Canadian, international and American bank have attended one of over 20 presentations in Toronto, Ottawa and New York.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


Home Team in Caps

OTTAWA 3, NY Rangers 2

Dallas 5, NY ISLANDERS 2

Boston 3, DETROIT 2 (OT)

Nashville 7, VANCOUVER 1

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Prospect news: Griffins ‘Dogg’ their way to shootout win; Gilmour (1), Rasmussen (2) score goals

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins rallied from a 3-0 deficit on goals from Brian Lashoff and Ben Street (2) en route to a 4-3 shootout victory over the Iowa Wild. Street also scored the shootout winner, and Jared Coreau stopped 25 of 28 shots for Grand Rapids.

The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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