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Prospect news: Sambrook’s Otters lose to Windsor, will play in Memorial Cup semifinal Friday
Of prospect-related note: At the Memorial Cup, Jordan Sambrook finished even with no shots as his Erie Otters lost 4-2 to the host Windsor Spitfires. Windsor now advances directly to the Memorial Cup Final on Sunday, while Erie will battle the Saint John Sea Dogs on Friday for the opportunity…
Posted by George Malik on 05/24/17 | Comments 0

Prospect news: Grand Rapids Griffins win 4-2 over San Jose, take 2-1 lead in AHL WCF
Of prospect-related note: In the AHL: The Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the San Jose Barracuda 4-2 in Game 3 of the AHL's Western Conference Final, taking a 2 games to 1 lead in the best-of-7 series. Grand Rapids rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits via 3rd period goals from Matt…
Posted by George Malik on 05/24/17 | Comments 0

Toledo Walleye post videos saying, ‘Thank You’ to fans, highlighting 2016-17 season
The Toledo Walleye posted three videos as part of their fan "Thank You," thanking fans first and foremost... Offering player "Thank-Yous"...
Posted by George Malik on 05/24/17 | Comments 0

‘Two Things,’ Wings version: A heads-up regarding a TV special and Nyquist and Abdelkader go golfing
Of brief Red Wings-related note this evening: 1. Per WDIV Local 4: From Little Caesars Arena, join Bernie Smilovitz as he talks to some of the biggest names in Detroit sports, with special guests Mickey Redmond and Lomas Brown. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and his wife Kelly talk about raising…
Posted by George Malik on 05/24/17 | Comments 0

‘Two Things,’ Griffins version: a Game-Day Preview and a Griffins-Sharks series primer
Of Grand Rapids Griffins-related note ahead of tonight's Game 3 between Grand Rapids and the San Jose Barracuda (7 PM EDT at Van Andel Arena; on ESPN 96.1 FM and the AHL Live): 1. The Grand Rapids Griffins posted a Game-Day Preview video in which Bob Kaser sets up tonight's…
Posted by George Malik on 05/24/17 | Comments 0

A fluffy little story about a cat at the Joe
This is quite the unique story from WDET's Sandra Svoboda: A stray kitten scored a new home after Joe Louis Arena workers caught it on the ice. ”Josie” is likely the last visitor to play in the Detroit stadium. She’s going to live with a Red Wings team staff member.…
Posted by George Malik on 05/24/17 | Comments 0

St. James’ mailbag feature: on DeKeyser, goal-scoring and Frk
The Free Press's Helene St. James posted a mailbag feature today, and here are some of her answers to reader questions: Regarding Danny DeKeyser, and Jonathan Ericsson's trade value... HSJ: DeKeyser was solid for USA at the World Championship, surrounded by a more talented defense corps than he is in…
Posted by George Malik on 05/24/17 | Comments 6

Red Wings sign Czech defenseman Libor Sulak to entry-level deal
Updated 5x at 2:22 PM: From the Red Wings: UPDATE: The #RedWings signed free agent defenseman Libor Sulak to a two-year entry-level contract. (��: @orliznojmo) pic.twitter.com/IqSvlvbS0I — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) May 24, 2017 According to Elite Prospects, Sulak is a 6'2," 190-pound defenseman who played for Orli Znojmo this…
Posted by George Malik on 05/24/17 | Comments 11

Red Wings name Delaware North Sportservice as food/beverage/retail partner for Little Caesars Arena
The Red Wings have chosen their foodservice provider for Little Caesars Arena, and it's a company owned by Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs. Delaware North Sportservice is an established foodservice company that handles the food and beverage needs of many sports facilities around the country: Here's the press release: Olympia…
Posted by George Malik on 05/24/17 | Comments 2

Saving the Spitfires
The Windsor Spitfires are hosting the Memorial Cup this week at the WFCU Centre, and Sportsnet's Gare Joyce shares the story of Spitfires owners Bob Boughner and Warren Rychel taking over and ultimately "saving" the Spitfires: The Memorial Cup opened in Windsor on Friday night but it would surely have…
Posted by George Malik on 05/24/17 | Comments 0

NHL.com’s Rosen on the ‘rebuild on the fly’
NHL.com's Dan Rosen answered mailbag questions this morning, and Rosen suggested that the Red Wings' "rebuild on the fly" shouldn't include a total tear-down of the Big Red Machine: What's the first offseason move for a team like the Detroit Red Wings, who are just entering a rebuild? This includes…
Posted by George Malik on 05/24/17 | Comments 18

Grand Rapids Griffins’ Ben Street ‘takes the pulse’ of the AHL’s Western Conference Final
The Grand Rapids Griffins posted a video in which forward Ben Street takes the pulse of Grand Rapids' Western Conference Final series against the San Jose Barracuda. The teams are tied 1-1 after 2 games, and Games 3 (Wednesday), 4 (Friday) and 5 (Saturday) take place at Van Andel Arena:
Posted by George Malik on 05/23/17 | Comments 0

St. James: Holland, Wings preparing for the draft at organizational meetings
The Red Wings are holding their pre-draft/free agency organizational meetings this week (next week, the Draft Combine takes place in Toronto), so Wings GM Ken Holland spoke with the Free Press's Helene St. James regarding the team's outlook as it prepares to select 9th overall--and make a total of 11…
Posted by George Malik on 05/23/17 | Comments 1

Toledo Walleye say, ‘Thank You’ to fans
The Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe reports that the Toledo Walleye's players thanked their fans on Monday night, two days after being eliminated from the ECHL playoffs: The fans came one last time to salute a team that seemed well-equipped to go the distance and hoist the Kelly Cup. Walleye team…
Posted by George Malik on 05/23/17 | Comments 0

Wallner: Grand Rapids’ player development rides a fine line come playoff time
The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner asked Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson whether the Griffins would play a prospect ahead of a veteran during the playoffs, and Wallner received a nuanced answer: "It's been the philosophy of the organization that everybody has to earn the right to get…
Posted by George Malik on 05/23/17 | Comments 0

Crain’s Detroit Business’s Shea: Little Caesars Arena construction costs at $863 million
Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea reports that the total construction bill for Little Caesars Arena exceeded the original $650 million estimate by quite a bit: It will cost nearly $863 million to build Little Caesars Arena, which is the latest estimate from the state after $40 million in taxpayer-financed funding…
Posted by George Malik on 05/23/17 | Comments 0

Prospect news: Sambrook’s Otters shell the Sea Dogs at the Memorial Cup
Of prospect-related note: At the Memorial Cup, Jordan Sambrook had an assist on the Erie Otters' first goal...as Erie scored TWELVE TIMES to defeat the Saint John Sea Dogs 12-5. You can watch highlights from the game here. Erie will play the Windsor Spitfires on Wednesday, and the team that…
Posted by George Malik on 05/22/17 | Comments 0

A historical note and the stuff of playoff legend
There's a wee bit of irony in this note from NHL.com's John Kreiser, because what happened during and after this game is the stuff of playoff and hockey (urban) legend: THIS DATE IN HISTORY: May 22 2009: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom sets an NHL record by playing in…
Posted by George Malik on 05/22/17 | Comments 1

District Detroit posts two pictures of the Wings’ practice rink
Via Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples, the District Detroit posted a picture of construction at the Wings' underground practice arena today... Practice ice. Dasher boards. Cool. @LCA_Detroit @DetroitRedWings pic.twitter.com/zgkVqG21eY — The District Detroit (@DistrictDetroit) May 22, 2017 And the District Detroit posted a second picture on its Instagram account:
Posted by George Malik on 05/22/17 | Comments 1

St. James on the Griffins’ offensive contributors
As the Western Conference Final series between the Grand Rapids Griffins and San Jose Barracuda shifts to Western Michigan for Games 3, 4 and 5, the Free Press's Helene St. James examines the offensive contributions made by the Griffins' top youngsters, focusing on Tyler Bertuzzi's play: The Griffins are 8-2…
Posted by George Malik on 05/22/17 | Comments 1

On Jonathan Ericsson’s ‘numbers’ from the 16-17 season
Every Monday, the Red Wings are examining a player's 2016-17 season "By the Numbers," and today, DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji looks at Jonathan Ericsson's significant figures: 51 - Ericsson was limited to 51 games this season due to injury. On Feb. 9 at Washington, fellow Swede Nicklas Backstrom hit Ericsson behind…
Posted by George Malik on 05/22/17 | Comments 3

Wallner: PK problems plague the Griffins in Game 2 vs. San Jose
The Grand Rapids Griffins dropped Game 2 of their Western Conference Final series with the San Jose Barracuda last night, losing 4-2. The Griffins struggled on special teams, surrendering 3 power play goals on 5 penalties taken, and Griffins coach Todd Nelson spoke with the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J.…
Posted by George Malik on 05/22/17 | Comments 0

Prospect news: Grand Rapids Griffins lose 4-2 to San Jose in Game 2 of Western Conference Final
Of prospect-related note: In the AHL's Western Conference Final, the Grand Rapids Griffins suffered a setback in San Jose, losing 4-2 to the San Jose Barracuda. Grand Rapids received 36 saves from Jared Coreau, but San Jose was able to go 3-for-5 on the power play; Julius Bergman and Ryan…
Posted by George Malik on 05/21/17 | Comments 0

Toledo Walleye to hold Fan ‘Thank You’ on Monday at the Huntington Center
The Toledo Walleye are holding a "Fan Thank You" event Monday night at the Huntington Center: What an unforgettable season of Toledo Walleye hockey! Records were crushed, new leaders were crowned and our fan support could be heard across the league. Share in those moments on Monday, May 22 at…
Posted by George Malik on 05/21/17 | Comments 0

Here’s the Griffins’ Game-Day Preview ahead of Game 2 vs. San Jose
Ahead of tonight's game between the Grand Rapids Griffins and San Jose Barracuda (8 PM EDT on ESPN 96.1 FM and the AHL Live), the Griffins have posted a four-and-a-half-minute Game Day Preview video:
Posted by George Malik on 05/21/17 | Comments 0

St. James discusses Jared Coreau’s performance for the Griffins
The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan and the Free Press's Helene St. James took note of the Grand Rapids Griffins' 3-1 win over the San Jose Barracuda last night, and St. James chose to focus on Jared Coreau's playoff performances: [Jared] Coreau stopped 26 of 27 shots Saturday to help the…
Posted by George Malik on 05/21/17 | Comments 0

Walleye reflect upon their playoff ouster
The Toledo Walleye suffered a set of devastating losses against the Colorado Eagles in the Western Conference Final, dropping 3 straight games en route to a playoff ouster on Saturday night. As such, the league's best regular-season team was eliminated from playoff contention, and the Walleye spoke with the Toledo…
Posted by George Malik on 05/21/17 | Comments 0

Wallner: Griffins hope to dial down penalties ahead of Game 2 of WCF
The Grand Rapids Griffins opened their Western Conference Final series against the San Jose Barracuda with a 3-1 victory on Saturday night. Ahead of tonight's game at the "Shark Tank" (8 PM EDT on ESPN 96.1 FM and the AHL Live), the Griffins plan on making one major tweak--they don't…
Posted by George Malik on 05/21/17 | Comments 1

Prospect news: Walleye lose to Eagles, playoff ends
Of prospect-related note: In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye blew 1-0 and 3-1 leads as the Colorado Eagles scored 5 straight goals, eliminating the Walleye from the playoffs via a 6-3 victory. Tyson Spink, Beau Schmitz and Dane Walters scored for the Walleye, Shane Berschbach registered his 14th and 15th…
Posted by George Malik on 05/20/17 | Comments 0

Prospect news: Grand Rapids Griffins defeat San Jose 3-1 to open Western Conference Final
Of prospect-related note: In the AHL, in the Western Conference Final, the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the San Jose Barracuda 3-1 in Game 1 of the WCF. Grand Rapids got two assists from Eric Tangradi, goals from Mitch Callahan and Ben Street in the first period and Kyle Criscuolo Matt…
Posted by George Malik on 05/20/17 | Comments 2

Jake Paterson takes part in a roundtable Q and A
The ECHL's website held a roundtable with the four goaltenders taking part in Conference Final play, and Jake Paterson took part. Among Paterson's questions and answers: As a goalie in the ECHL for a few years, what has helped you most in your preparation for the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs?…
Posted by George Malik on 05/20/17 | Comments 0

Prospect news: Sambrook scores a goal as Otters win at Memorial Cup
Of prospect-related note: At the Memorial Cup in Windsor, Jordan Sambrook scored a goal and finished at +1 with 1 shot and a minor penalty in the Erie Otters' 4-2 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. You can watch highlights from the game here.
Posted by George Malik on 05/20/17 | Comments 1

A Griffins Game-Day Preview and Griffins-Barracuda notes
Ahead of tonight's Conference Final-opening game between the Grand Rapids Griffins and San Jose Barracuda (9 PM EDT on ESPN 96.1 FM and The AHL Live), the Grand Rapids Griffins posted a superb game-day preview video... And the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner penned a "What to Know" article…
Posted by George Malik on 05/20/17 | Comments 0

Prospect news: Walleye lose in Triple Overtime to Eagles
Of prospect-related note: In the ECHL Conference Final, the Toledo Walleye looked to goaltender Jake Paterson for a key performance as they attempted to snap a 2-1 deficit against the Colorado Eagles, and Paterson did his part, stopping 39 shots, but the Walleye blew 3 1-goal leads en route to…
Posted by George Malik on 05/20/17 | Comments 0

Three Griffins-Barracuda series set-ups
The Grand Rapids Griffins begin their Conference Final series against the San Jose Barracuda on Saturday night (9 PM EDT on ESPN 96.1 FM and The AHL Live), and Sportnset's Patrick Williams sets up the series statistically... Each team brings potent offensive firepower. Grand Rapids has an AHL-best 4.25 goals…
Posted by George Malik on 05/20/17 | Comments 1

Blashill pleased with the World Championship performances of Larkin, DeKeyser and Howard
Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill discussed the World Championship performances of his charges on Team USA--Dylan Larkin, Danny DeKeyser and Jimmy Howard--with both the Windsor Star's Bob Duff and MLive's Ansar Khan. Larkin in particular earned an enthusiastic thumbs-up from Blashill, as he told Khan... Detroit's Dylan Larkin, a 20-year-old…
Posted by George Malik on 05/20/17 | Comments 0

Wakiji, Regner set up the Griffins-Barracuda series
Tomorrow, the Grand Rapids Griffins will battle the San Jose Barracuda in the AHL's Western Conference Final, and DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji and Art Regner spoke with the team about the long travel, Tyler Bertuzzi and Evgeny Svechnikov's offensive performances, Dylan McIlrath's intimidation factor and more: The Grand Rapids Griffins are…
Posted by George Malik on 05/19/17 | Comments 0

Wallner: Svechnikov hitting the right notes in the playoffs
Evgeny Svechnikov sits second on the Grand Rapids Griffins in playoff scoring with 3 goals, 6 assists and 9 points registered over the course of 8 games played--one point behind Tyler Bertuzzi's 10. Ahead of the start of the Griffins-San Jose Barracuda series tomorrow night, the Grand Rapids Press's Peter…
Posted by George Malik on 05/19/17 | Comments 3

Despite Team USA’s loss at the Worlds, Howard was superb all tournament long
Despite Team USA's loss at the World Championship today, Jimmy Howard played excellent hockey in Team USA's crease, pitching a 1.86 GAA and a .9197 save percentage. Prior to today's game vs. Finland, NHL.com's Brian Hedger penned a notebook article about Howard's attempt to extend his 2016-17 campaign for as…
Posted by George Malik on 05/18/17 | Comments 13

Get ready for the Memorial Cup
As noted by the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan, the Memorial Cup is coming to Windsor this weekend, and it's worth a trip across the bridge to the WFCU Centre: Local hockey fans have an opportunity to catch the best in junior hockey the next couple weeks. Cross the bridge (or…
Posted by George Malik on 05/18/17 | Comments 2

Red Wings at the Worlds: Mrazek’s Czechs, Team USA eliminated in Quarterfinals
Updated 6x at 8:16 PM: It was a puzzling day for the Red Wings' representatives at the World Championship in Paris and Cologne. In Paris, the Czechs chose to start Pavel Francouz instead of Petr Mrazek for the Czechs' Quarterfinal match-up against Russia, and the Czechs lost 3-0; And in…
Posted by George Malik on 05/18/17 | Comments 15

‘Top 20 Greatest NHL Teams’ include two Wings Cup-winners
Two of the fan-voted "NHL's Greatest Teams" are Red Wings teams. Per the NHL: NHL UNVEILS TOP 20 GREATEST NHL TEAMS, AS VOTED BY FANS Top 20 Voting Now Open; Fans to Determine the NHL’s Greatest Stanley Cup® Championship Team NEW YORK / TORONTO (May 18, 2017) – Following two…
Posted by George Malik on 05/18/17 | Comments 20

Prospect news: Walleye lose in OT to Eagles in Game 3 of Conference Final, held to 12 shots
Of prospect-related note: In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye received a goal and an assist from Matt Caito, goals from Tylor Spink and Kyle Bonis as the Walleye lost 4-3 in overtime to the Colorado Eagles. Colorado held Toledo to only 12 shots, and the Eagles now lead the ECHL…
Posted by George Malik on 05/18/17 | Comments 1

Toledo Walleye coach Dan Watson frames his team’s playoff narrative
The Toledo Walleye open their Conference Final series against the Colorado Eagles tonight (9 PM EDT), and ahead of the team's third-round playoff match-up, DetroitRedWings.com's Art Regner spoke with Toledo Walleye coach Dan Watson to set up the Walleye's playoff narrative: It has been an outstanding season so far for…
Posted by George Malik on 05/17/17 | Comments 0

Grand Rapids Griffins set up Conference Final series vs. San Jose Barracuda
From the Grand Rapids Griffins, here's the Griffins' press release setting up its Western Conference Final series against the San Jose Barricuda: GRAND RAPIDS FACES SAN JOSE IN WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS Game 1 Sat., May 20 GRIFFINS at San Jose Barracuda 9 p.m. Game 2 Sun., May 21 GRIFFINS at San…
Posted by George Malik on 05/17/17 | Comments 4

Grand Rapids Griffins post video of Evgeny Svechnikov reflecting on the 2nd round, Conference Final
The Grand Rapids Griffins posted a video interview with Evgeny Svechnikov in which Svechnikov talks about clinching the team's second-round series with Chicago, and Svechnikov also shares the team's outlook going forward:
Posted by George Malik on 05/17/17 | Comments 0

Red Wings at the Worlds: Setting up Thursday’s Quarterfinals
The Red Wings' representatives at the World Championship will be busy in the Quarterfinals tomorrow: Danny DeKeyser, Jimmy Howard and Dylan Larkin's Team USA will battle Finland at 10:15 AM EDT, on the NBCSN, and Petr Mrazek's Czechs will battle Russia, also at 10:15 AM EDT. MLive's Ansar Khan set…
Posted by George Malik on 05/17/17 | Comments 0

Saarijarvi joins the Griffins’ ‘Black Aces’
From the Grand Rapids Griffins: UPDATE: @DetroitRedWings reassign defenseman Vili Saarijarvi to the #Griffins from the @OHLSteelheads. #GoGRG pic.twitter.com/IXP9nHYS2G — GrandRapids Griffins (@griffinshockey) May 17, 2017
Posted by George Malik on 05/17/17 | Comments 0

‘Three Things’: Filip Hronek, OHL All-Star; on the Probert Ride and Mrs. I
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon: 1. In the prospect news department, via the Grand Rapids Griffins, Saginaw Spirit defenseman Filip Hronek was named to the Ontario Hockey League's 3rd All-Star Team: #OHL 3rd Team All-Stars: F: @KevinHancock98, @cliffp_28, @Raddy1998 D: @hronek_filip & @OlliJuolevi G: @miketendy Coach: @drew_banny1 pic.twitter.com/zMyvOnVn0z —…
Posted by George Malik on 05/17/17 | Comments 0

Jeff Blashill speaks with NHL Network Radio regarding the World Championship
Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill appeared on the Sirius on XM NHL Network Radio on Wednesday morning, discussing his experiences and impressions regarding his current occupation as Team USA's World Championship team's coach with "Stellick and Simmer":
Posted by George Malik on 05/17/17 | Comments 3

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