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The overnight report: Red Wings-Islanders wrap-up—Bye bye bye Week

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings' 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders was an incredibly frustrating end to a pre-"Bye Week" schedule that saw Detroit defeat the Capitals and Penguins, but come home and lay an egg--if not a pancake--and I'd argue that this goal may symbolize the Red Wings' season in a nutshell:

Individual player gets mis-direction, tries to do too much himself right away instead of waiting for a better play, flub, goal against, there's your 2016-17 campaign (and Mrazek redeemed himself with some superb saves, too).

If you can't out-score your mistakes, you're not going anywhere but the golf course come April, and now the Red Wings' players will go on their "Bye Week" vacations with some wondering whether they'll return to Detroit to do more than gather their belongings and head out to play for another team.

Our friends from Brooklyn were delighted to spoil the Wings' evening, and they were doubly delighted because the team overcame the in-game losses of Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas, as they told NewYorkIslanders.com's Cory Wright:

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Cotsonika speaks with Ken Holland, ‘seller’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika spoke with Red Wings GM Ken Holland regarding the Red Wings' trade deadline plans, and while Holland is most likely going to "sell," it doesn't sound like he's going to clean house:

The Red Wings squeaked into the playoffs last season with 93 points, breaking a tie with the Bruins with one more win in regulation or overtime. Just to reach 93 points this season, they would need 35 points in their final 22 games. Are they going to go 17-4-1, 16-3-3, 15-2-5 or 14-1-7?

"By simple math," Holland said, "we're going to have to have an incredible finish to make it."

Holland has started working already.

"The last week or so, the phones have been busier, both from me receiving calls and me making calls," Holland said.

The question is what Holland has to sell, however.

We know that Thomas Vanek, Steve Ott and Brendan Smith (and, as Cotsonika notes, Drew Miller [edit: and of course Tomas Jurco /end edit]) are available, but that may be it--if the Wings don't re-sign them first:

"I've had a couple brief conversations with the agents for [the unrestricted free agents] to kind of gauge what they're thinking," Holland said. "We're going to make some decisions between now and next Wednesday."

Cotsonika continues, discussing the fact that the Wings may be able to trade and then re-sign Vanek in the summer, but he notes that Brendan Smith is a little more apprehensive about the possibility of leaving the Wings, as Smith told the press on Tuesday.

Quick update: Take what the AP's Larry Lage has to say about Vanek for what you will:

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Khan, Savage: Jared Coreau to head to GR during Bye Week; Howard still sore

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

MLive's Ansar Khan and Brendan Savage report that the Red Wings will reassign Jared Coreau to the Grand Rapids Griffins for the Griffins' back-to-backs against Milwaukee this weekend, but their news about Jimmy Howard isn't as encouraging (though it solves some cap problems):

Update: Here's more from Khan:

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Red Wings-Islanders quick take: self-inflicted wounds doom the Wings, as usual

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to stretch their winning streak to three games at the expense of the New York Islanders, who opened a massive 9-game road trip at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday evening.

The Red Wings came out and laid an egg, coughing up the puck on each and every one of their goals en route to a 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders that stung, stung and stung some more going into the "Bye Week."

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Evening Line- Michael Arace

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It would have taken minimal effort to flash a picture of Johansen on the Jumbotron and have the PA announcer say, "Fans, welcome back Ryan Johansen," before the game, or during an intermission. It would have drawn some cheers and a few boos, and it would have been done, no sweat.

Johansen's contention: He received no "thank you" because Jackets management is still hot about the vicious contract negotiations that took place in the summer of 2014. If he is right, it speaks to a certain pettiness on the Jackets' part. I would hope that management here is not so small-minded. It would be bad for business.

Yet, Johansen's plea for martyrdom does not come off well, either. He has the size and skill to do his talking on the ice, he should have been supremely motivated, and he played one of his average games — which is why he was traded in the first place.

-Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch where you can read more on this...

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Mike Smith Not A Fan Of The Concussion Protocol

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McManaman of azcentral,

 Mike Smith didn’t allow a single goal that counted in practice on Tuesday, but the Coyotes goalie was still hopping mad a day after being removed from Monday night’s game against the visiting Anaheim Ducks.

Shortly after stepping off the ice following a brisk workout at the Ice Den in Scottsdale, Smith told azcentral sports that the NHL’s concussion protocol system needs an overhaul.

“I think there’s a lot of flaws in the system, especially with the goalie position, and it needs to get fixed,” Smith said, adding, “What stops a fourth liner from going and bumping into a goalie? It’s just a two-minute penalty to get your starting goalie out? I don’t think it’s happened in a playoff game yet, but I’m sure it will.”...

“When your helmet comes off in a game and you’re the goalie and the whistle hasn’t gotten blown, I think your first instinct is to probably protect your face,” Smith said, explaining what happened Monday night. “I think that was the reason why I did what I did and it has nothing to do with you being injured. It was more to protect myself before the whistle got blown. I didn’t agree with the call at all.


watch the incident below...

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Video- Petr Mrazek Now A Bad Goal Of The Night Candidate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Right on his stick...


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Top Prospects

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Button of TSN,

Who is the best hockey player currently not skating in the NHL?

Clayton Keller, the creative centre with Boston University, tops our list of the Top 50 NHL-affiliated prospects. Keller’s sleight of hand is matched by a creative mind that allows him to be dangerous every time he’s on the ice. The Arizona Coyotes prospect is an electrifying player who is highly productive.

Second on our list is Buffalo prospect winger Alex Nylander (Rochester, AHL), who reminds me so much of San Jose captain Joe Pavelski because of his ability to excel in any situation.

Ottawa defenceman Thomas Chabot (Saint John, QMJHL) is coming off a great performance at the World Junior Championship. No. 3 on our list, his progression this season has been impressive.

Our top five is rounded out by Arizona centre Dylan Strome (Erie, OHL) and Minnesota winger Kirill Kaprizov (Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL).

continued, includes Top 50 list...

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TSN’s McKenzie discusses possible Brendan Smith trade talks

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

While I was out getting pop, TSN's Insiders talked trade scuttlebutt (as Paul noted), and there was some Red Wings-related news.

Per Chris Nichols...

And the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa (McKenzie says the Wings are getting calls on Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott as well):

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The TSN Insiders Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TSN Hockey Insiders Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie have the latest on how Patrick Eaves' $1 million cap hit makes him sought-after, teams calling the Wings about defenceman Brendan Smith, Ryan Miller's five-team trade list, the Sens being unhappy with the NHL's 'no apparent injury' language regarding Mark Stone and much more.

Watch at TSN... no geo-blocking...

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