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Ken Holland On Danny DeKeyser And Petr Mrazek

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings are working on locking up defenseman Danny DeKeyser.

DeKeyser is a restricted free agent who filed for arbitration, but general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press today that he anticipates a deal getting done before Thursday's hearing.

Holland did have a flight scheduled Monday evening to Toronto, because the team is likely to go to arbitration with goaltender Petr Mrazek. He has asked for a two-year deal, Holland said. Holland is to meet Tuesday with lawyers who will represent the Wings in front of an independent arbitrator.

DeKeyser is likely to make in the $4.5-$5 million range.

“The player and the club both know what the range would be on a one-year deal,” Holland said. “We continue to have conversation on a longer-term deal. I'm comfortable we can avoid the process.

a bit more on DeKeyser and Mrazek...

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‘Roughly Translated’: Mrazek hopes to avoid arbitration with the Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Petr Mrazek spoke with iDnes.cz's Miroslav Horak regarding his pending arbitration case, and here's a rough translation of the interview:

Mrazek's battle over money: Detroit goes against me, but I won't back down

Today, if you fly into Toronto, on board you will meet Petr Mrazek. It's not that the possibly #1 goalie for the World Cup needed to familiarize himself with the environment ahead of the autumn show, that will be a little different. The hard defending is your own business. The Detroit goaltender has a pending arbitration hearing in order to determine his salary. And it's often a harsh duel in which participants have recalled for decades..."I'll tell you my..." but the 24-year-old goalkeeper with tremendous potential doesn't hide.

Last weekend, before traveling to Canada, he spent his maximum time in his native Ostrava, where Petr Mrazek gave young clients of his goalie school a morning exercise for his eventual successors.

The day after tomorrow then he will sit before an independent judge on a personal mission. About his future financial situation with the Red Wings. Although there is still time before arbitration to get the awkwardness out of the way.

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A bit about Evgeny Svechnikov’s turning-pro status

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji spoke with Evgeny Svechnikov (via RedWingsFeed) regarding his decision to turn pro after a strong season playing for the QMJHL's Cape Breton Screaming Eagles:

"I learned a lot in junior hockey," Svechnikov said. "I had a good coach and I think I’m ready. Done with junior hockey now. So excited. Have to be ready as much as I can."

Svechnikov, whose English is coming along as nicely as his game, was pleased with last season.

"I think it was a great season, good experience again," Svechnikov said. "It was good run in the playoffs but unfortunately we lost in the second round but I think overall it was a good year."

Although he only played two games with the Griffins, Svechnikov thought he got a lot out of it.

"It was a lot of experience," Svechnikov said. "It’s pro playoff, just the speed of the game. Everything in the lifestyle, it's just everything different. It was a lot of learning there. Again, excited."

Svechnikov is the type of player the Wings have wanted to develop, a big -- 6-foot-2, 200 pounds --power forward with skill. In his second development camp, Svechnikov felt much better prepared.

"It’s feeling great, actually," Svechnikov said. "More comfortable, know everybody, know lots of guys now. It's just very exciting."

Continued with comments from Griffins coach Todd Nelson and Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer...

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NHL Announces Live Streaming Of Local Broadcasts With Fox Sports Regional Networks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (July 25, 2016) – FOX Sports Regional Networks will begin live streaming local NHL® telecasts beginning with the upcoming 2016-17 season, the National Hockey League (NHL) and FOX Sports announced today.

As part of a new multi-year agreement, NHL games televised on FOX Sports Regional Networks (RSNs) will be available for live streaming on FOX Sports GO to customers of participating pay-TV providers.

The agreement also allows distributors, including new streaming services, to deliver NHL games via their digital platforms as part of their carriage of the Fox RSNs. 

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Afternoon Line- Cam Talbot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I don’t think we’re that far off from making the playoffs, to be honest with you. I think one more piece [on defence] and we’ve got all the talent up front we’ve always had and added more talent via free agency and the draft. When you shore up the back end, which is what Peter’s trying to do, as long as I do my part, I think we could definitely battle for a playoff spot this year and next year and go from there.

-Cam Talbot of the Edmonton Oilers.  Read more from Talbot in a Q & A with Luke Fox of Sportsnet.

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Grand Rapids Griffins sign Calvin Heeter

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins have signed goaltender Calvin Heeter to a standard player’s contract for the 2016-17 season.

Heeter, 27, spent the 2015-16 season between two clubs. In 24 games with the Hamburg Freezers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga he posted an 11-8-0 record, a 3.00 goals against average and a 0.900 save percentage while showing a 0-2-2 mark, a 3.23 GAA and a 0.856 save percentage in six games with the Kontinental Hockey League’s Zagreb Medvescak.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound netminder also skated in 22 games with Zagreb Medvescak in 2014-15 and compiled a 9-9-2 record, a 2.65 GAA and a 0.911 save percentage.

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A Bridge Deal May Be Best For Jacob Trouba In Winnipeg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

... That's why a bridge of a season or two still seems to make the most sense right now.

If Trouba can continue to log big minutes and increase his offensive production, the Jets will be happy to pay him big bucks over a longer term.

One of the potential problems is that as long as Dustin Byfuglien, Tyler Myers and to a certain degree Toby Enstrom remain in the fold and healthy, there haven't been many power-play minutes available for Trouba, which has an obvious impact on his point totals.

But the Jets appear to hold much of the leverage when it comes to this round of negotiations, so Trouba's options seem pretty straightforward.

Sign a bridge deal and bet on himself to progress and cash in next time or lower his salary demands on a longer-term contract, assuming that's what he wants.

If neither of those possibilities appeal to Trouba, that's where things could get dicey.


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All About Plus/Minus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Commito of Sportsnet,

Plus-minus is the most polarizing statistic in hockey. There’s no quicker way to draw battle lines in the hockey community than by starting a dialogue about plus-minus. Some still look to it as a way to measure a player’s defensive value, while others see it as the most useless number in the box score.

And it’s not just fans and writers who are dismissive of it. Plenty of players have gone on record over the years to voice their disdain for it. When asked about it this past March, Boston Bruins defenceman Torey Krug said that he personally hates it and finds it to be misleading.

While plus-minus has certainly come under fire in recent years with the advent of more sophisticated metrics, it has a much longer, complicated history that includes criticisms about its usefulness dating back to its inception.

Today, many argue that plus-minus is meaningless because it depends on far too many variables. These include quality of linemates, team systems, deployment, personal shooting percentage, team shooting percentage, team save percentage and sheer luck.

“[It is] the most useless statistic ever devised,” says Brian Burke, President of Hockey Operations for the Calgary Flames. “It’s pretty simple. If your team stinks, so does your plus-minus. And it’s compounded if you play against the opposition’s top players.”


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A bit more about the Eastside Elite Hockey League All-Star Game

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples:

Steven Oleksy wasn’t quite sure of how the hockey community would respond to the Eastside Elite Hockey League’s inaugural all-star game.

After a sold-out event on Saturday night, it seems safe to say that Oleksy’s league held the first of many Eastside Elite All-Star Games at Mount Clemens Ice Arena.

Fans lucky enough to get their hands on one of roughly 400 tickets – the game sold out three days before puck drop – watched a charity game featuring a collection of professional, college and junior players highly familiar to hockey fans across the state.

The game raised money for the Mount Clemens Hockey Club, and showcased some of the best players from Michigan at the same time. After the skate, fans were treated to an acoustic concert by former Eastside Elite skater turned Nashville musician Cooper Anstett, as well.

“It’s really special,” said Oleksy, the founder of the Eastside Elite league, after the game. “I think not only to raise money for the organization here in Mount Clemens, but to draw awareness to the league and to Michigan hockey in general. Michigan hockey is really known as one of the hockey hotbeds. To shine some light on how many players come from Michigan, it was incredible. For the people to support that and to see guys they might not see throughout the regular season, I think it was incredible for everyone.”


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Mark Giordano On The Changes In Calgary

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sportsnet,

Flames captain Mark Giordano was a guest on Boomer & Pinder on Sportsnet 960 The FAN Monday and he talked about the club’s off-season changes.

Giordano was asked if he felt it was time for a change in reference to Hartley's dismissal. Hartley was behind the bench in Calgary for four seasons as Giordano developed into one of the game's top puck-moving blue liners.

"It's always hard to say...I've been through a few of the coaching changes in my career being in Calgary," Giordano said. "Sometimes a fresh start is needed. I think sometimes it's good for guys.

"Personally, I had a good relationship with Bob. I know he had a lot to do with me being named captain here so I have a lot of respect for the man and I think he's a great coach.

"Ultimately, when things don't go the way as planned...not getting in playoffs for us was a big disappointment as an organization, there's going to be changes."

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