The Malik Report
The general rule for a blogger who's missed time is, "Don't play catch-up," but I make an exception in the case of the Wings' prospects.
So, on a league by league basis, and very briefly, here's a summation of what took place over the past...five evenings.
Griffins post a best-of-October video, announce the return of ‘Tip a Griffin’ event on November 18th
The Grand Rapids posted a must-watch video of their "Best of October" on Monday...
And they announced the return of their "Tip a Griffin" charitable event on Monday, November 18th:
The NHL hasn't posted all of the induction speeches from tonight's Hockey Hall of Fame ceremonies, but here's Chris Chelios's 10:13 induction speech...
Here's NHL.com's Corey Masisak's summation of Chelios's speech...
Three Stanley Cups, 656 goals, 1,354 points in 1,524 games played and the "Shanahan Summit" under his belt.
"Meh?" Maybe, per NHL.com's Dan Rosen:
While praising the five new members who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman singled out his own employee as his "personal favorite." Brendan Shanahan is the League's Senior Vice President in charge of Player Safety.
"Obviously my personal favorite is Brendan Shanahan, because I think his contributions to the game based on what he's doing now will even exceed what he did in the 21 years he played," Commissioner Bettman said. "He's making a real mark on how the game is played, making it safer for current players and generations to come."
Asked how long he thinks Shanahan will last in his current position, Commissioner Bettman replied, "You'll have to ask Brendan, but hopefully a very long time."
He gave Shanahan credit for staying true to his values and beliefs despite receiving criticism on a daily basis.
"Listen, he's probably endured more criticism in the last few years than he did in 21 years that he played," Commissioner Bettman said, "but he's smart, he's passionate, he's thoughtful, he's articulate and he's strong-willed, which are all important elements in doing what is the most thankless job."
I guess we'll call this a, "Kinder, gentler" interview: former Red Wing and Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman all but definitively ruled out skating for the Red Wings' Alums at the Winter Classic while engaging in something of a tense media availability prior to Saturday's Wings-Lightning game, so Fox Sports Detroit's Mickey Redmond took a different tack in a second-intermission interview that Fox Sports Detroit just posted on their website:
Red Wings Monday practice post: lines shaken up (Cleary scratched?) HHOF inductions & Yzerman’s ‘no’
Updated 15x at 4:12 PM: The Detroit Red Wings need to get their shi...I mean "stuff" together in short order, especially after their humbling losses to Dallas and Tampa Bay. They resumed practice today having dropped 5 straight games at home and 7 of their last 10. But there's good news! Sort of! Per the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:
#redwings winless in five at home. Last time they were winless in six at home was 1996-97. Went on to win Stanley Cup.
The Wings hope to avenge last week's loss to Winnipeg when the Jets come to town tomorrow (7:30 PM, FSD, and tomorrow night is Military Appreciation Night, and the Jets defeated San Jose 5-4 in a shootout on Sunday); after shifting gears and hosting the Toast of Hockeytown on Wednesday, they'll welcome the high-powered Capitals to town on Friday, they'll head to Long Island for a Saturday tilt.
I don't know what to think about the Red Wings right now. The team's 3-2 OT loss to Tampa Bay certainly got this reluctant, "Let's be patient, the coach and GM know more than we do"-leaning Wings fan on the, "For *#$%@&'s sake, if you've got no secondary scoring up here and Gustav Nyquist tied for 5th in AHL scoring with 17 points in 12 games, why is he down there?" bandwagon, and I woke from a couple grams' worth of Amoxicillin to say, "This may be the antibiotics talking, but I fully believe that the Wings *desperately* miss Johan Franzen and Jonathan Ericsson" on Twitter.
The way the NHL keeps records is...let's call it "nuanced." Its record-keeping methodology states that the Wings are 3-3-and-4 over their last 10 games, or, very technically speaking, 3-3-3-and-1.
That translates into the Wings have earned points in 7 of 10 games...But it also means that the Red Wings have lost 7 of their past 10 games.
Mike Babcock with his assessment of the Wings' OT loss to the Lightning.
I'm running a fever so I'm going to keep this brief, but...
I'm *#$%@& baffled. The Red Wings continue to waste strong performances by Jimmy Howard, and thanks to a litany of turnovers, unforced errors and plain-old poor decision-making, the Wings have dropped 3 straight (taking 2 out of a possible 6 points) and have lost 5 straight at Joe Louis Arena, for the first time in 26 years.
This one came in the form of a 3-2 OT loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, a team the Wings will play 4 more times this season, and it came thanks to some really dumb mistakes--whether it was the complete and total lack of coverage on Ryan Malone, the team's baffling inability to cover Steven Stamkos after coming off of over 4 minutes of power play time, or Kyle Quincey's doofy give-it-to-the-game-winner pass to Teddy Purcell under pressure from Richard Panik.
Updated 3x at 8:52 PM: This is of course the one question those of you who've been wondering about Steve Yzerman's participation in the Winter Classic Alumni Showdown wanted to hear the answer to, and in typical Yzerman fashion, he gave 97.1 the Ticket's Jeff Riger a non-answer:
Yzerman will appear on Fox Sports Detroit during the second intermission, and while we're droppin' bombs, Mike Babcock had spoken to Ken Kal in a little chit-chat prior to Kal losing his voice this morning, and Babcock stated that Ken Holland had offered Valtteri Filppula a seven-year contract prior to the start of free agency, but Filppula chose to test the market anyway, and when Filppula circled back around, "the money was all gone." [edit: and Mickey Redmond said that Holland had told him that the Wings had 2 offers for Filppula, one pre-free agency and one during free agency, but 4 or 5 teams were after Filppula and he was gone]
Update: the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa all but Tweeted a column:
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