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‘Three Things’: On Coreau’s long-term outlook, Glendening’s ‘numbers’ and Svechnikov’s advice

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Red Wings goaltending coach Jeff Salajko regarding the progress made by Jared Coreau given the team's likelihood of trading Jimmy Howard.

While Salajko believes that Coreau needs a little more time in Grand Rapids, he also told St. James that Coreau is likely the team's long-term solution behind Petr Mrazek:

Coreau, 24, has been in the Wings’ system since 2013, when he was signed after his third season at Northern Michigan (he was an undrafted free agent). At a time when big goaltenders dominate story lines, Coreau appeals as he’s around 6-foot-6, 220 pounds. He’s coming off his best season since turning pro, going 29-15-2 with a 2.43 goals-against average and .922 save percentage that earned high marks from Jeff Salajko, who earlier this month was promoted from goaltending coach in Grand Rapids to Detroit.

“He had a really good year for us in Grand Rapids,” Salajko said. “He took the job there for a while, while Tom McColllum had a bad ankle, played something like 21 of 22 games, and he wasn’t used to playing a lot of games in college.”

Coreau has been called up to Detroit in a reserve capacity, but is yet to see action in an NHL game, so he isn’t ready to serve as Mrazek’s backup. Another good season in the minors (Coreau is a restricted free agent this summer, and the team plans to re-sign him) would serve as persuasion he’d be ready for a bigger role in the future.

“In the big scheme of things, he’ll play in Grand Rapids for another year, but now we know he can play a lot of minutes if needed,” Salajko said. “Jimmy Howard played four years in the minors. We’re not rushing Jared, but he is going to be an NHL goalie, there is no doubt in my mind about that.”


2. DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji looks back at Luke Glendening's 2015-16 season campaign "By the Numbers":

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Penguins and Sharks open the 2016 Stanley Cup Final when they face off in Game 1 at CONSOL Energy Center.
This marks the first all-time playoff meeting between these teams; they split their two contests during the regular season, with each club winning on the road. The Sharks, however, are 17-3-3 in their last 23 regular-season matchups dating to April 1, 1998 (PIT: 5-13-5).
The Penguins are making their fifth appearance in the Stanley Cup Final and are vying for their fourth championship, following wins in 1991, 1992 and 2009. The Sharks, who joined the NHL in 1991-92, are playing in their first Stanley Cup Final in franchise history.

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All Of A Sudden You Are A Hockey Fan In The Bay Area

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle,

So you want to hop on the hockey bandwagon?

The Sharks have been around for a quarter century, but unless you’re a San Jose resident or a transplant from the frozen north, you may have been holding out for a big moment.

Here it is. The big moment. The Stanley Cup Finals open Monday with the Sharks in Pittsburgh against the Penguins.

And here’s why hockey is the coolest (pun intended) sport around:

Speed: We live in a video-game culture, and hockey is played at video-game speed. Bay Area remote controls have been worn out in recent weeks, clicking between baseball and basketball and hockey.

The first thing you notice is that hockey seems to be operating at a different speed: crazy fast. Flipping between baseball and hockey is like going from a dead stop to 130 mph.

The athletes: They are almost all nice guys. They’re normal size; though they look huge coming off the ice, when they take off their skates and massive amounts of equipment they shrink to size of average folk (except for Jumbo Joe Thornton).


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AHL Playoffs: SemiFinals

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The semi-finals of the AHL Calder Cup playoffs were completed today.  This will be my summary.  You can look back at my first round and second round summaries if you wish.

Here are the results:

Hershey Bears defeat Toronto Marlies four games to one.  Hershey is the Washington Capitals farm affiliate.  The Marlies belong to the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Hershey looked like the superior team in this series despite the fact that Toronto finished first place in the AHL regular season.  Hershey's offence was led by Carter Camper and Jakub Vrana.  Aaron Ness has been their top defenceman and Justin Peters has been solid in their goal.  Toronto's offence was led by Connor Carrick and William Nylander.  TJ Brennan is their top defenceman and Antoine Bibeau has been their top goaltender.

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Trevor Daley’s Faint Hope Of Playing In The Stanley Cup Final

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

You battle through a 13-year pro career and all of the highs and lows that come with it and finally reach the Stanley Cup final. You get handed all of the nice new swag dispersed among the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks, and are tossed into the middle of the media day frenzy on the Consol Energy Center concourse.

And when your big moment arrives, as Trevor Daley’s did Sunday afternoon, you show up using crutches and wearing a walking boot.

“You know what, obviously I do – I do feel sorry for myself,” said Daley. “I try to control what I can control. I can’t control this situation so I’m going to have to make the best out of it.”

The Penguins have already announced that he’s done for the playoffs with a broken left ankle. Daley got his skate stuck in a rut and fell awkwardly while getting hit by Ryan Callahan in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final on May 20.

However, he’s still trying to keep the faintest light of hope alive, especially given that a Stanley Cup final that begins Monday might stretch all the way until June 15.

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Video- Joe Thornton Is Enjoying The Ride

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Joe Thornton is a guy that just likes to keep things loose and have fun. But he’s all about business when it comes to giving his team their best chance to raise hockey’s greatest prize.


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Video- Will Arnett Takes The Stanley Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I'm a little lost with this one.

via NHL.com,

The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on June 22, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and hosted by world-renowed comedian WIll Arnett.


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Pavel Datsyuk’s Legacy

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Keith Gave at The Hockey News,

After helping Russia to a bronze medal finish at the World Championship – and presumably negotiating at the same time with some Kontinental Hockey League clubs while he’s under contract for another season with the Detroit Red Wings – Pavel Datsyuk went on vacation.

But before he causes irreparable harm to his legacy in Hockeytown, Datsyuk would be wise to take a moment and put in a call to Sergei Fedorov, who seems to regret his decision to leave Detroit before his time.

Datsyuk plans to meet with Red Wings GM Ken Holland in mid-June, and in all likelihood make official what has seemed like a foregone conclusion for months – that he will leave the NHL to finish his playing career in Russia. SKA Saint Petersburg appears to be his team of choice, though agent Dan Milstein insists no deal has been consummated and his client may still negotiate with other KHL teams.


No matter when it ends in the NHL for Datsyuk, this much is sure: With two Stanley Cup rings and seven individual NHL trophies on his mantle, he one day will be an Honored Member in the Hockey Hall of Fame, just as Fedorov was in November. But if Datsyuk expects the Red Wings to honor him along with the franchise’s other all-time greats by hanging his No. 13 from the rafters of their new arena, he can forget it.

Just like Fedorov can.


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Top Defensemen In The Stanley Cup Final Have To Be Just That

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Hodge of TSN,

Teams that strive to win the Stanley Cup should realize one thing, perhaps above all others; one tireless, dominant defenceman is virtually essential.

He should be capable of winning the Conn Smythe Trophy, as Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks did last season. More to the point currently, he should be somebody like Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks or Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang. If it had been a St. Louis-Tampa Bay Stanley Cup final, those names would have been Alex Pietrangelo and Victor Hedman. If Burns and Letang aren’t clear Conn Smythe favourites for their respective teams already, they’re certainly on a list and they might well emerge as the most logical choices.

Letang almost has to be great for Pittsburgh to win. He’ll be on the ice for close to 30 minutes a game. You might say rookie goalie Matt Murray and captain Sidney Crosby are the most important Penguins, and I might agree that Letang isn’t about to carry the Pittsburgh team if the other two falter, but try it this way; if the Penguins absolutely need one of the three to be healthy and at his best throughout the Stanley Cup final, that player is Letang.

continued plus is the season too long?

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Who You Rooting For Boston?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Christopher L. Gasper of the Boston Globe,

The “Twilight” saga featured a blood feud between vampires and werewolves, two staples of horror canon. Watching Thornton or Kessel lift Lord Stanley’s hardware qualifies as a horror film of sorts for Hub hockey fans. It’s a reminder of what has contributed to the Bruins’ current rudderless state — squandering valuable assets.

While the Bruins are selling their fan base on the merits of re-signing ordinary people such as Kevan Miller, two of their former phenoms are fighting for the Stanley Cup.

This is already a spring of discontent as the Bruins are playoff bystanders for the second consecutive year. Adding insult to playoff inactivity is the fact that one of these erstwhile Bruins, both traded away in their primes, is going to have their career validated with a Cup. One of them is going to have as many Stanley Cups to his name as Patrice Bergeron. Fighting in hockey is flagging, but this is a punch in the teeth for the Spoked-Believers and the Jacobs clan.

This is the first Stanley Cup Final appearance for Thornton or Kessel, top-five picks who have piled up points and criticism during their careers.

The parallel between the Team Edward (vampire) and Team Jacob (werewolf) showdown in the “Twilight” movies applies shockingly well here.

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