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KK- Donation Drive Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Thanks to some very recent donations, the KK GoFundMe Dontation Drive is now over $8000.

Your donations will help make KK a much better place moving forward and I cannot thank you enough.

Do remember, anyone who has donated in the past and does so again, any amount over $20 will get the majority of ads removed on KK to make your browsing experience that much better.

If this is your first time donating, anything over $25 will also to the trick.

Again, thanks to all who have donated.

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Post-informal practice articles: On Franzen and Abdelkader

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 2:48 PM: We're going to be talking about this as one of the main stories going into training camp, the exhibition season and regular season, so let me be blunt:

I've had three severe concussions in my life, and as a result, I'm hesitant to take part in any sport because I've learned that one "funny bump" on the noggin can yield post-concussive symptoms that last for months. While I get to do things like test sticks and gear, I don't do anything involving contact.

I am not in Johan Franzen's skates, and I have all the sympathy in the world for a man who's been playing hockey for the vast majority of his 35 years. I also understand that when one is a professional athlete, as Franzen is, it's probably close to impossible to envision yourself stepping away from the lifestyle you love for the sake of your health, especially if you feel--as Franzen clearly does--that you haven't "given your all" to exhaust all options for a comeback.

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How one ‘does the math’ changes Red Wings arena contract breakdown significantly

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This article from the Free Press's Joe Guillen may cause a bit of a kerfuffle:

Of the more than $200 million in construction contracts awarded for the new Red Wings arena project so far, nearly $77 million will end up in the pockets of Detroit companies.

But the financial gains for Detroit companies, as tallied by the Free Press, are significantly less than the figures publicly reported by the Ilitch-owned arena developer, Olympia Development of Michigan.

Companies headquartered in Detroit or with offices here have been awarded about 38% of the arena contract amounts so far — a mark exceeding the Ilitch family’s promise to include Detroit companies in at least 30% of the new arena’s construction contracts, according to a Free Press analysis of 11 arena contract packages awarded so far.

By Olympia’s calculations, however, Detroit companies have received more than $126 million, or about 63%, of the $200 million worth of construction contracts. The developer has used this method to promote Detroit participation in the arena project through news releases and public appearances.

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Update: Via JeffW, here's a video of Fox 2's Roop Raj talking about the District Detroit webcam (http://www.districtdetroit.com/live-web-cam/) and speaking with Olympia/Wings CEO Tom Wilson:

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Report- The Pittsburgh Penguins Price Tag - $750M

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

The owners of the Pittsburgh Penguins are asking $750 million (U.S.) for the team, but face long odds of finding a buyer who’s willing to pay that much because of the flagging North American economy and uncertainty over the future of the Canadian dollar, sports investment bankers say.

A $750-million transaction price would mark a record for a U.S.-based NHL team, said Drew Dorweiler, a Montreal economist who has been hired by the owners of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Manchester United and other sports teams to estimate their franchise values.

“It does seem a bit steep with the economy and for that market,” Dorweiler said. “Pittsburgh is certainly not one of the largest cities in the U.S.”

continued

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Video- Happy Birthday Madi

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Calgary Flames,

After hearing Madi's story, Joe Colborne decided to surprise her for her birthday.

 

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Wings prospect Adam Marsh thriving after pushing the re-set button

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

MLive's Brendan Savage has posted an "emptying the notebook" article about Wings prospect Adam Marsh, who re-set his hockey career after moving from Chicago to Saint John, New Brunswick to play for the QMJHL's Saint John Sea Dogs:

"I liked his game," said Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson, who conducted the camp. "He did a lot of good things. He had some nice shots on net, scored, his handling the puck. I liked his game. That was the first time I really saw him in a scrimmage and that was a guy who put himself in a good spot."

Playing against top Red Wings prospects like Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou at the development gave Marsh, who will be a senior in high school this year, an idea of what he can expect when he makes the move to pro hockey in a couple of years.

"I like to see the speed of all of them and knowing where I need to be by this time next year and see what I have to work on when I come back to camp," he said. "The speed is definitely up there.

"The pace and practices are pretty high but it's nothing I can't handle."

Marsh will take part in the Red Wings prospects tournament beginning Sept. 11 – he'll be one of the youngest players in Traverse City – before heading back to Saint John for his second QMJHL season.

"I definitely want to put up some good numbers," he said, "but I always want to have a good defensive game and be a team player as well. Just have the best season possible."

Savage continues...

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Post-informal practice Tweets: Franzen still ‘suffering setbacks’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 1:15 PM: Of note among the post-informal practice Tweets:

Johan Franzen said he hasn't been guaranteed anything from the Red Wings, but he's encouraged by his physical progress.

...

Franzen said he had to go home from four-hour workouts and sleep the rest of the day. I asked him the last time he had to. "Last week."

From DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:

#RedWings Franzen says he's going hard on and off ice to test himself.

Update #1:

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Custance: How do the Red Wings and Atlantic Division stack up against the Blackhawks?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

ESPN's Craig Custance is comparing every NHL team to the Chicago Blackhawks based upon five specific categories, and today, he's analyzing the Atlantic Division's teams. Here's what his Insider-only entry has to say about the Red Wings:

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Beakout Season For Five Youngsters

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jonathan Wllis of Sportsnet,

It’s always difficult to identify breakout players; by definition, these are individuals who have never in prior seasons accomplished the things they are about to accomplish. However, analytics offers us some hints as to which individuals might be on the cusp of a revelatory performance. The following are five candidates for big seasons.

Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

MacKinnon is the kind of player who might get the “sophomore slump” label after falling from 63 points as a rookie to 38 a year ago. It’s unfair, because he was a dramatically better player in Year 2 of his NHL career. His line (with Ryan O’Reilly and Gabriel Landeskog) improved according to every five-on-five metric we have available.

Consider shots. In an average hour with MacKinnon on the ice, the Avs went from being out-shot 33-30 to outshooting the opposition 33-31, going from just below team average to well above it (as Colorado tends to get out-shot). His personal five-on-five scoring numbers were almost identical year-over-year, and he shot the puck far more frequently, almost 20 percent more than he did as a rookie.

Why did his scoring fall? Colorado’s power play imploded, with the unit’s goal production down nearly 30 percent from the previous season, and MacKinnon’s personal shooting percentage fell markedly, down from a reasonable 10 percent to a lousy 7.3 percent.

He’s 20 years old, all of his personal performance markers at even-strength are pointing in the right direction, and he’s coming off a year where everything went wrong on both the power play and as a shooter. He shouldn’t just match his rookie scoring totals, he should blow past them.

read on for Nazem Kadri, Justin Schultz, Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Strome...

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Informal practice Tweets: The media’s back ‘in the room’ today

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa:

@DetroitRedWings

informal skates open to media, 1st time today.

nice to be back in building,

fri oct 9 v maple leafs, home opener.

...

a bit of the ol' fog, knees down, parts of ice at venerable joe louis arena.

emphasis on INFORMAL skate. players, wings and not. no coaches

Ahem:

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