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It’s A Preseason Live Blog- Pens/Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Puck drops just after 7:30pm ET and is on NHL Network US, FSD and Root.

Wings lineup via Bill Roose at the Wings's site (more news too).

FORWARDS
Gustav Nyquist-Henrik Zetterberg-Johan Franzen
Tomas Tatar-Riley Sheahan-Tomas Jurco
Andrej Nestrasil-Stephen Weiss-Mitch Callahan
Justin Abdelkader-Luke Glendening-Landon Ferraro

DEFENSEMEN
Niklas Kronwall-Danny DeKeyser
Kyle Quincey-Jakub Kindl
Brian Lashoff-Nick Jensen

GOALIE
Jimmy Howard

Here is the Penguins lineup.

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Red Wings-Penguins preseason pre-game ramble: on Babcock, Alfredsson, Ericsson and Smith

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 6:40 PM: So I had an awful afternoon, whose details of errand-running and dead batteries I will only allude to. As such, the Red Wings-Penguins "morning skate in progress" post is going to hit the wires sometime shortly before tonight's game (7:30 PM on FSD, ROOT Sports, the NHL Network U.S. and 97.1 FM)...

And you and I are going to disagree about some stuff, starting now (maybe I should be blunt more often). I happen to find the fact that the Joe Hicketts Cone Of Media Silence coming down over Mike Babcock's contract negotiations with Ken Holland to be more amusing than anything else. GM Low Expectations himself did a fine job of both doubting that he'd come to a deal with Babcock before pointing out that the two may in fact discuss contract turkey during the season itself, which is something Babcock hasn't suggested before.

Mind you, all of this silence is going to mean that when the Red Wings visit Toronto on Friday, Andy Frost may introduce Mike Babcock as, "The Next Coach of Your TorontoMapleLeafs" (yes, Leaf fans, you pronounce it like one word, take it from a Detroiyiter; the fact that the Leafs haven't played a preseason game since Monday doesn't help the situation, either), and I could hear the Toronto media at large issue a Fangirl SQUEEEEEEEE from the parking lot of my mom's shrink...

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Afternoon Line - Gerard Gallant

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"He's an 18-year-old kid and we know he's going to be a great hockey player. But this is a big step. A lot of people can attest that playing defense at 18 in the NHL means you have to be a special player. We're going to go game-by-game and see how he gets along. We're not going to rush anyone.''

-Gerard Gallant, head coach of the Florida Panthers on #1 pick Aaron Ekblad.   More on Ekblad from George Richards of On Frozen Pond.

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The FCC Blackout Ruling And The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It's still about distribution rights and I don't think we will see any blackouts lifted in the near future.

from the FCC,

The Federal Communications Commission repealed its sports blackout rules, which prohibited cable and satellite operators from airing any sports event that was blacked out on a local broadcast station. This action removes Commission protection of the private blackout policies of sports leagues, which require local broadcast stations to black out a game if a team does not sell a certain percentage of tickets by a certain time prior to the game. Elimination of this rule, however, may not end all sports blackouts: sports leagues may choose to continue their private blackout policies through contractual arrangements with programming distributors. For more information read the news release....

In other sports, blackouts generally occur as a result of the way in which the sports league has defined a particular team’s “home territory.” For example, if you live within a particular team’s “home territory” but your cable or satellite system does not carry the local television station or regional sports network that holds exclusive distribution rights to that team’s games, you will be unable to view the team’s games, even if you subscribe to an “out-of-market” sports package, such as MLB Extra Innings or NHL Center Ice.

If a sports event is blacked out on a particular broadcast or non-broadcast channel, you may want to contact the broadcast channel or non-broadcast system to determine why the decision to black out the event was made, as well as register your viewing preferences with the channel or system which they can consider when renewing any future distribution agreements with sports leagues. You also can contact the relevant sports team.

a bit more...

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The Season Of Mike Babcock Is About To Begin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Never mind that he has fewer Stanley Cup titles than either Joel Quenneville or Darryl Sutter, neither of whom is considered a better coach than Babcock.

He — like Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Drew Doughty, the largest stars in hockey — has won two Olympic gold medals, under two vary different circumstances, the most recent a triumph to coaching and order in hockey.

Babcock has his one Stanley Cup ring, twice lost in the final, once in Anaheim, once to Crosby with Pittsburgh, but is generally considered the No. 1 coach in hockey. And, coming up, the top free agent coach in hockey history.

That’s what makes this season of Babcock-watching and speculation so fascinating. The basic truth is, if Babcock wanted to stay with the Red Wings, and considering his long-term history with general manager, Ken Holland, that deal would be made by now.

It would have taken about a half-an-hour to get that done.

read on

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Caught In The Middle

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,

Some of the teams we’ll be covering today are passing through this section on their way to bigger and better things, while others are tracking in the opposite direction. And a few are in what may well be the worst possible situation an NHL team can find itself in: stuck in no-man’s-land, not really good enough to contend but never quite bad enough to land the sort of high draft pick who could turn into a franchise player. Spend more than a season or two in that zone and it can take a franchise years to recover....

Outlook: The Red Wings are really old. Key contributors like Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, and Niklas Kronwall are all well into their thirties, and the team is still mulling the return of 41-year-old Daniel Alfredsson.

The Red Wings are also kind of young. Breakout star Gustav Nyquist leads a group of players that are just entering their prime, giving the Red Wings yet another generation of potential stars. That mix of young and old makes it hard to nail this team down — they could go in a few different directions.

Key number: 18.3 — Nyquist’s shooting percentage last year, which is Steven Stamkos territory. Nyquist certainly has the sort of talent that would lead you to expect him to put up a decent number in this category. But he was just a 6.1 percent shooter in 40 career games before last season, so it seems fair to assume we’ll see a drop this year.

Best case: The old guys stay healthy, the young guys take another step, the normally dependable Jimmy Howard rebounds from an off year, and the Wings return to quasi-contender status.

Worst case: Age and injuries wreak havoc once again, Howard struggles, and Babcock’s status becomes a running sideshow as the Wings finally miss the playoffs for the first time in 25 years.

more on the Wings and other teams in the middle of the pack...

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Marty St. Louis May Play Center

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants,

Following this morning’s roster cuts, the Rangers worked on the power play (which they’ll also do on Thursday).

And one thing that jumped out was that Marty St. Louis was in the middle on one of the units, taking draws. St. Louis says, other than faceoffs, playing center on the power play is not really that big of an adjustment.

However, coach Alain Vigneault said today that St. Louis will be tried at center for not just power plays but five-on-five play in at least one of the last two preseason games.

A couple of factors at work here:

1. As Vigneault constantly stressed today, salary cap considerations are going to impact the makeup of the Opening Night roster. It sounds as if there’s a good chance Derek Stepan (out until likely late October with a broken left fibula and still on crutches) will have to be included rather than put on long-term injured reserve. If that’s the case, the Rangers’ roster may be just 22 players (rather than the 23-player maximum) including Stepan, again meaning if the Rangers carry 13 forwards, there will really only be 12 healthy ones.

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Boone Jenner Out Five Weeks After Surgery On Broken Hand

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO -- Columbus Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner underwent surgery today on a broken hand and is expected to be sidelined approximately five weeks, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced.

Jenner suffered the injury when he was struck by a puck in practice on Sunday. The surgery was performed by Dr. Gary Millard at OhioHealth’s Grant Medical Center.

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The Resting Former General Managers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

For the first time in what feels like a lifetime, two of hockey’s most respected hockey minds are on the sidelines as the NHL regular season sits just one week away.

It’s a foreign feeling, to say the least, for George McPhee and Ray Shero -- the two former generals of that Washington-Pittsburgh rivalry.

Now both former general managers are taking a moment to reset and refresh, because you better believe they’ll be back.

"It’s the first time in this business I ever got fired," Shero told ESPN.com Wednesday in his first public comments since the Penguins relieved him of his duties last May. "But you always know in this business it’s going to happen. Not many people as GMs retire and get to stay in the organization like for example Paul Holmgren did in Philadelphia [Holmgren became the Flyers president after Ron Hextall became GM]. That was fantastic for him.

"So, for George and me, I mean if George had won a Cup or I had won another one, I’m sure we’d still be doing what we were doing with our respective teams. But that didn’t happen. We’re both in a good place. We’ve chatted a number of times, which has been good, he’s a real good guy and we’ve always had that mutual respect when we had those great games in that (Washington-Pittsburgh) rivalry." 

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Don’t Expect A Babcock Contract Deal Before The Season Starts

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland and head coach Mike Babcock met Tuesday regarding an extension for Babcock, but a deal doesn't appear imminent.

In fact, it might not come to be before the Wings open Oct. 9, which is when Babcock has said he no longer wants to talk about his contract situation.

A caveat to that, though: It means that neither side wants to deal with it publicly, in the media.

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added 1:54pm, Below, watch/listen to Doug MacLean on Babcock who was on Sportsnet radio this morning before the Holland announcement.

Scroll to the 6:20 mark of the vid unless you want to hear about the Leafs.

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