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Red Wings prospect news: Wheaton, Tvrdon and Kelowna on ropes; Mantha, Val-d’Or lose ground

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

If Xavier Ouellet does not play for the Red Wings on Thursday--and MLive's Brendan Savage reports that the signs aren't necessarily positive regarding "X-Man's" playoff debut--he may get to Abbotsford, British Columbia in time to join his Grand Rapids Griffins teammates when they begin battling the Abbotsord Heat on Friday and Saturday.

The Griffins may receive another blueline addition as they amass Wings prospects who've been eliminated from playoff competition (see: Mattias Janmark, Mattias Backman, Andreas Athanasiou, Zach Nastasiuk), and neither the big defenseman nor his WHL-playing teammate will have to travel far:

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Matt Cooke’s Suspension

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

There has been a significant suspension in the playoffs already.  Matt Cooke of the Minnesota Wild has been suspended for seven games for a kneeing incident that put Tyson Barrie of the Colorado Avalanche out of the playoffs.  Should Minnesota not last seven more games in the 2014 playoffs, the suspension will be completed at the beginning of next season.  The incident occurred in Monday's game three of the Colorado/Minnesota series that Minnesota won 1-0 in overtime.

Cooke is no stranger to being suspended.  This is his sixth NHL suspension.  It is his first since a 17 game suspension he served for a headshot to Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers in 2011.  It was widely reported that Cooke changed his style of play after that suspension to better conform to NHL rules.  In fact some misguided people suggested that Cooke should win the 2012 Masterton Trophy for changing his style of play.  That would have been a ridiculous result.  Matt Cooke wins an award for not getting suspended that season.  That is a feat that hundreds of players accomplish annually.

Matt Cooke is showing us that leopards do not change their spots.  His suspension should surprise no one.  Even those who supported him for the Masterton Trophy cannot be surprised right now.  His seven game suspension is about right given his crimes.

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Is Slava Fetisov ready for his close-up?

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

George here: I posted this little tidbit in my Red Wings-Bruins Game 3 tailings post, but I gather that not all of you read TMR, and something tells me that more than just Red Wings fans will be interested in this little ditty.

"Rope of Silicon's" Brad Brevet reported that a documentary titled Red Army--a film chronicling the creation, dominance, persistance and downfall of the mighty Soviet Red Army hockey team and its players--will make its debut at the Cannes Film Festival.

Is main character is a certain former Red Wing, New Jersey Devil, Russian Minister of Sport and current senator from Vladivostok, one Vyacheslav "Slava" Fetisov, who captained the team through the "Miracle on Ice" years and was part of the famous "Green Unit" (a.k.a. KLM line).

From Brevet:

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KK- The KK Donation Drive Is Now On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

note- moved to the top of page, original post was 4/23/14 at 9:32am


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Video- Matt Cooke Suspended 7 Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The video explanation...

 

NHL release is below...

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Video- Down Goes The Mascot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

LA Kings mascot takes down the Sharks mascot...

Bailey may be facing a fine/suspension!

 

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Open Post- Three Games Tonight On The Stanley Cup Playoffs Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The three home teams will try to even up the series at 2-2 tonight.

Feel free to comment on the games tonight or anything hockey related.

 

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Sergei Fedorov spent Tuesday’s Wings game in the Joe’s press box, but he wasn’t exactly ‘visiting’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

During last night's Red Wings game, the "GM Cam" found Sergei Fedorov speaking with Wings GM Ken Holland and executive Chris Chelios.

I wasn't too surprised as Fedorov rather wryly informed the media at the Winter Classic Alumni game that he still spends his summers in Metro Detroit, and as CSKA Moscow's season has ended--and KHL teams' training camps begin at the end of July, with exhibition games and tournaments spanning the entire month of August--this is Fedorov's "summer vacation."

The Detroit Free Press's George Sipple reports that Fedorov was a welcomed guest:

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It Might Be April, But The Skies of November Are Decidedly Gloomy

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yesterday I told you it wasn't quite time for Gordo. Today? Lightfoot is knee deep with the rest of you onboard the Hasek.

Serious trouble is what we're in.  Last night offered no hope. It was worse than Sunday only because Boston didn't play as well but dominated the Wings in an even more convincing fashion, and they did it at JLA.

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Red Wings prospect news: on Anthony Mantha’s latest hat trick and Tyler Bertuzzi’s recovery

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I figured that the Grand Rapids Griffins' setting up of their first-round series with the Abbotsford Heat would yield all of the Red Wings' prospect news today, but two stories popped up this afternoon:

1. Yahoo Sports' Neate Sager (via RedWingsFeed) reports that Anthony Mantha had quite the moment during last night's game between the Halifax Mooseheads and Mantha's Val-d'Or Foreurs. Val-d'Or ended up losing the Conference Final match-up via a 6-5 OT decision (Val-d'Or still leads the series 2-1) but Mantha scored a hat trick in the affair...

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