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‘Three Things’: A charitable date to note, Adam Lidstrom ‘turning pro’ and prospects

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of brief Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. I know that the Joe Kocur Foundation's annual charity softball game is the high point of late summer for many of you, so:

2. In the "interesting news" vein, VLT.se's Christopher Gronlund reports that Nicklas Lidstrom's second-oldest son, Adam, has earned a try-out contract with Vasteras IK of the Swedish Allsvenskan (the second-highest league in Sweden).

Adam's dad happens to be on the club's board of directors, but Adam has been raised in Vasteras IK's hockey system, and he's hoping to earn a spot on VIK's third or fourth line.

3. It's entirely possible that Adam and Kevin Lidstrom will join the Red Wings' summer development campers in Traverse City in July, and Julius Vahatalo will be crossing the pond to take part as well. Hockey's Future's Tony Piscotta noted that Vahatalo and his Finnish Liiga team, TPS Turku, made significant progress this past season:

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Advance To The Stanley Cup Final

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Pittsburgh Penguins earned the right to represent the Eastern Conference by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 tonight.  Bryan Rust had both goals (which you can watch below) for the Penguins.

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the San Jose Sharks will be on Monday at 8:00pm ET.

Who do you have?

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Don Cherry shares his strong feelings about Steven Stamkos playing in Game 7 and why it’s a mistake.

 

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Open Post- Game 7 Eastern Conference Finals Pittsburgh/Tampa Bay

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 26, 2016 – NBCSN presents a win-or-go-home Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Final tonight at 8 p.m. ET with a trip to the Stanley Cup Final hanging in the balance, when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins host Tyler Johnson and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Three-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member and analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call of tonight’s Game 7 from CONSOL Energy Center.

Pre-game coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live, hosted by Liam McHugh, alongside analysts and former players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

The winner of tonight’s game will advance to the Stanley Cup Final and face the San Jose Sharks, who won Game 6 of the Western Conference Final last night to advance to the first Cup Final in franchise history. The full telecast schedule of the upcoming Stanley Cup Final will be announced on Friday.

In Canada, the game is on CBC and TVAS.

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Wings’ beat writers weigh in on Dylan Sadowy trade

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings acquired Dylan Sadowy in a trade with the San Jose Sharks today, sending a 3rd round pick in 2017 (not the pick the Wings get for Toronto signing Babcock away) for Sadowy, the Sharks' 3rd round pick in 2014.

Sadowy is a 6'1," 185-pound, left-shooting left winger, and Red Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin gave the Saginaw Spirit and Barrie Colts forward a thumbs-up while speaking with MLive's Ansar Khan...

Sadowy, 20, is a left wing who spent three-plus seasons with the OHL Saginaw Spirit before being dealt to the Barrie Colts midway through this past season. In 64 games combined with Saginaw and Barrie, Sadowy had 45 goals and 70 points. He added two goals and five points in eight playoff games.

"We like his combination of grit and competitiveness and scoring touch," Red Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin said. "He's got to continue to work on his foot speed and his body strength but we really like his upside."

Martin said the Red Wings were eying Sadowy during his draft year.

"We saw him play quite a bit being in Saginaw, not only because of the proximity but we had (goaltending prospect) Jake Paterson there at the time," Martin said. "We followed him closely over the last few years."

Martin said Sadowy projects as a top-nine forward in the NHL.

"He can kill penalties, block shots, go to the hard areas," Martin said. "He scored 42 and 45 goals in the OHL He gets a lot of his goals in the hard areas in front of the net."

The Windsor Star's Bob Duff...

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Red Wings Make A Minor Trade With San Jose

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

 

added 3:38pm,

added 3:50pm, Bob McKenzie tweet,

Sadowy has agreed to terms on his entry-level contract with DET:

added 3:58pm, Press release is below...

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Why Florida Won The Erik Gudbranson Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Travis Yost of TSN,

To recap: the Panthers acquired 2014 first-round pick Jared McCann and two 2016 draft picks (a second and fourth-rounder) in exchange for Erik Gudbranson and a 2016 fifth-round pick....

Let’s not forget that Florida added a 19-year-old centre and upgraded their fifth-round pick to a second-round pick and fourth-round pick. The incremental value in that pick swap in and of itself is big. Add in a productive young player who has already exhibited himself as a competent bottom-six talent and is locked in on a team-friendly $894,000 deal through 2017-18, and you have a great transaction.

Truthfully, it’s difficult to see what Vancouver sees in this deal. If the prize is Gudbranson, well, the prize is something like a third-pairing defender. And the premium they paid – a legitimate prospect and multiple picks – is, in a word, inexplicable.

Call it like it is: Florida took advantage of a team who egregiously misvalued a defenceman to once again win a trade in striking fashion. 

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Video- Is Steven Stamkos Playing Tonight?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Scott Oake reports from Pittsburgh where it has been hard to read the momentum in the series between the Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning and the possibility that maybe Steven Stamkos will play in Game 7.

 

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You Can’t Do That Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Patrick Redford of Deadspin,

The Tampa Bay Lighting hosted a very well-attended viewing party on Sunday for Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Finals series with Pittsburgh. Thousands went to the public showing (around 8,000 attended an analogous event last year), and the team had planned another official party for tonight’s Game 7, only to cancel it yesterday afternoon and encourage fans to head to a different, unofficial event.

The NHL told Deadspin that the Lightning were only allowed to host one official event per series, and that they’d already used up their slot on the Game 5 party. But the Sharks and Blues have each hosted multiple parties during the Western Conference Finals, and sources tell us that the NHL and NBC pressured the team to cancel tonight’s event because of worries about low TV ratings.

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San Jose Sharks Make The Finals

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Last night the San Jose Sharks qualified for the Stanley Cup finals by defeating the St Louis Blues 5-2 to win their semi-final four games to two.  This is the first time San Jose has ever made the finals.  They have some players who have had long successful careers without playoff success.  A Stanley Cup would be a much deserved reward for Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau.  Thornton is the active player who has had the most successful career without a Stanley Cup victory.  San Jose will play the winner of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning series in the finals.

Unfortunately for fans the San Jose Sharks are no elite team.  That probably comes as no surprise.  There was no reasonable person who ever picked San Jose at the top of a power ranking during this season.  In fact San Jose with a similar roster missed the playoffs last year.

My necessary but not sufficient definition of an elite team has often been discussed on this forum.  Basically an elite team needs many things but perhaps the easiest to determine is player quality.  An elite team needs to have at least three players who will make the Hall of Fame when they retire.  These players need to be near their prime.  Also goaltending is important.  The team must have an elite goalie (one of the top 5 or so in the league).  This goalie may or may not be included on the list of Hall of Fame players.  Having the group of players does not guarantee an elite team but not having them guarantees that it isn't an elite team.

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