The Malik Report
by George Malik on 06/02/14 at 06:19 PM ET
During what I was probably vainly hoping to be a quiet evening:
1. I don't know where The Score or Expressen were nearly 48 hours ago, but the Free Press's Helene St. James dropped the line that the Wings would have "considerable interest" in Alex Edler (should he be available on the trade market) late on Saturday night, as previously noted. No new news here
[edit: Okay, Edler. Cagpgeek $$ page here, $5 mil hit for the next 5 years for the 28-year-old, NHL.com's stats noting that he had 22 points in 63 games and a gaudy -39 this past season here, and The Sports Forecaster profile reading as follows:
Assets: An excellent physical package, he owns an imposing frame, smooth fundamentals and all-round acumen. Can play on the power play, where he displays poise, composure and a heavy point shot. Excels in one-on-one situations.
Flaws: Is still a little inconsistent in his own zone, and prone to gaffes every now and then. His physical game has improved greatly, but it isn't consistent. Offensively, he's not as silky-smooth as a natural power-play quarterback.
Career Potential: All-round big-minute defenseman.
2. And while Fox Sports Detroit's Art Regner and now the Windsor Star's Bob Duff are focusing their efforts on Mike Babcock's status, between Ken Holland's chat with the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson, MLive's Ansar Khan, the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness and Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Matt Dery, never mind Babcock's comments to everybody who's asked him about his status...
That song-and-dance number's getting a little old, innit?
I am intrigued, however, by what Holland told the Windsor Star's Duff about Jeff Blashill's intentions, as they more or less mirror what Blashill told WOOD TV8's Larry Figurski last week--that Babcock's Mini Me is in fact quite happy in his present situation:
“Blash and I talked, we’re in the process of negotiating a contract extension for him,” Holland said. “We’re talking about a significant salary increase in return for him being patient for another year or two. He’s very happy where he’s at. I think he’d like to spend another year or two in the AHL getting more experience coaching pros. He wants to be in the NHL, but he’s got family in Michigan and enjoys where he’s at in Grand Rapids. I told him some teams have called, but he’s happy where he’s at. He’s got another year to go on his contract. He’s happy to be in Grand Rapids for at least another year, maybe two.”
With the emphasis on maybe, perhaps?
The Wings like Blashill a lot. They are impressed with the job he did developing young players such as Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco, Brendan Smith and Gustav Nyquist, all of whom have become key Red Wings.
“It’s an important time in Detroit,” Holland said. “We’re trying to develop another group of players who’ll be key contributors to us having playoff success. It’s important that they learn to win at the American Hockey League level.
“This season and next summer is a critical time in Detroit as we transition young players into being Red Wings. Jeff Blashill is an important guy as we go through that transition. He’s excited to continue to have an impact on the Red Wings.”
Duff continues with the usual Babcockian speculation...But I'm just not worried about Babcock, and I'm a professional worry-wart thanks to both the parameters of my job and my anxiety disorder. He's going to stick around for a few more years. I'm pretty damn sure of it. The end.
Update: Late-night napkin notes:
1. Pro Hockey Talk's Jason Brough profiled UFA-to-be Tom Gilbert;
2. Red Line Report's Kyle Woodlief says that this year's draft class is forward-heavy, which is good;
3. SI's Brian Cazenueve discussed the "definition" of "dynasty" in "today's NHL."
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