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Red Wings evening news: this also goes up to eleven (news items)

What you need to know regarding the GM's meetings and other stuff if you are a Red Wings fan, given that Paul's already reported that the NHL's GM's won't increase video review and are iffy about a coach's challenge, and I posted something of a Twitter summary of the GM's meetings and the Competition Committee rule change tweaks that will be approved by the Board of Governors just before the draft (the idiot GM's want to review embellishment via video, even if a dive isn't called on the ice, but goals that go in the net? No expansion! No surrender!):

Item the first, here comes the schedule (and the Hockey Hall of Fame's selection committee will announce its inductees the next day):

Item the second, it appears that BOTH Tom Renney and Bill Peters are still in the running for the Florida Panthers' coaching job, and the Florida Sun-Sentinel's Harvey Filakov reports that the Panthers' decision will be announced on Monday:

Item the third, hmmm, via the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa:

Item the fourth, case you missed it, Grand Rapids Griffins center David McIntyre is headed to Finland:

Item the fifth, regarding a Red Wings player:

I couldn't find Brendan Smith's chat with TSN 1050's Dave Naylor, but Off the Record posted a 5:51 clip of Michael Landsberg talking about the "sibling rivalry" between the two players--and Brendan's idiocy in challenging Zdeno Chara--and a 4:53 clip of the gents playing "Family Feud"...

Item the sixth, also from a Red Wings player, Gustav Nyquist is asking for your vote:

Item the seventh, know that you already are aware of Danny DeKeyser's status as the Detroit Sports Broadcasters' Wings rookie of the year, but this press release from Western Michigan University made me smile. Why?

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser has been named the 2013-14 Red Wings Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association. DeKeyser, 24, skated in 65 games for Detroit during the 2013-14 season, registering 23 points (4-19-23), a plus-10 rating and 30 penalty minutes, while averaging 21:38 of ice time, second on the team to only Niklas Kronwall.

You know how we lament the free agency signings of late?

The Macomb, Mich., native signed with the Red Wings as an undrafted free agent on March 30, 2013, and went on to appear in 11 regular-season and two postseason games with the Red Wings in 2012-13. This season, he ranked among the NHL’s top rookie blueliners in points (8th), plus-minus (T4th) and ice time (2nd). He also placed third among all rookies, and second on Detroit overall, with 116 blocked shots.

Item the eighth, regarding another Michigander, the Muskegon Chronicle's Mark Opfermann reports that Justin Abdelkader will be taking part in a youth hockey camp in Muskegon this July:

Also scheduled to be on hand are former Red Wing Kirk Maltby and current coaching staff members Jimmy Bedard and Keith McKittirck.

Abdelkader, a graduate of Mona Shores, was taken in the second round by the Red Wings during the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He totaled double digits in goals the past two seasons with the Red Wings and was the captain of Team USA for the recent world hockey championships.

The clinic, run in conjunction with the Muskegon Lumberjacks, is open to players ages 8-13 and will provide instruction on power skating, edge control, stick handling, passing and shooting.

Participants will receive at least 150 minutes, or two 75-minute sessions, of on-ice training.

Three two-day sessions are offered and players are grouped based upon age and/or experience. The sessions are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and noon to 1:15 p.m.

The cost for the two-day camp is $55 per participant.

For more information or to register, go to juniorlumberjacks.com or contact Youth Hockey Director Ian Vanbiesbrouck at 231-724-5225 ext. 239 or ivanbiesbrouck@muskegonlumberjacks.com.

Item the ninth, here's a free ad for the Wings' season-ticket packages:

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I desperately, desperately wish that the Red Wings would hold a couple of open practices for non-season-ticket-holders per season. I think that would get people in the door, big time.

Item the tenth: This report from The Score's Thomas Drance, taken from TSN's Insider Trading video (there will be a transcript coming), scares the shit out of me:

The Toronto Maple Leafs are reportedly very interested in former San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle, a pending unrestricted free agent whose exclusive negotiating rights were acquired by the New York Islanders earlier this month. According to TSN's Darren Dreger, that interest may be mutual.

"The Toronto Maple Leafs are high on Dan Boyle's list," Dreger said during an Insider Trading segment on "Sportscentre" Wednesday night. "Dan Boyle wants a two-year deal and the money might be more than the Maple Leafs are willing to pay, but they definitely have interest."

The Islanders, who have already made Boyle a contract offer according to Dreger, are waiting to hear from Boyle's camp about whether or not he intends to negotiate. That decision is expected to come down this week.

If Boyle doesn't sign with the Islanders, general manager Garth Snow will likely shop his rights in an effort to recoup the conditional fifth-round draft pick he traded to San Jose in exchange for Boyle's negotiating rights - as he did with Christian Ehrhoff in the summer of 2011.

Here's the Insider Trading transcript:

Dan Boyle's rights are owned right now by the New York Islanders. But could he end up a Toronto Maple Leaf?

Dreger: The Toronto Maple Leafs are high on Dan Boyle's list. He's expected to alert Islanders GM Garth Snow at some point this week as to whether or not he intends to negotiate with the Islanders with the possibility of staying there after New York made the trade for his negotiating rights. I know that the Islanders have already made an offer but there is no negotiation. Boyle wants a two-year deal, and the money might be more than the Leafs are willing to pay but they definitely have interest.

Now I don't believe that Matt Niskanen's going anywhere, but if the Wings want a fall-back plan, given that Andrei Markov is staying with Montreal, Boyle's essentially "the guy." I hope the Wings are smart about rights-trading at the draft.

And item the eleventh: I am posting this because I have to, just as I posted that damn Pierre McGuire interview with Matt Sheppard. Eddie Olczyk spoke with Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Matt Dery today, mostly discussing the Cup Final but also talking about Jimmy Howard (in a roundabout manner) and Mike Babcock, and it's my job to avail you of the opportunity to listen to the interview--should you wish to do so:

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George, why do you believe Boyle is “the guy”, rather than “a guy”?

1)  He’s been passed in usage as SJ’s #1 guy by Vlasic, both in terms of total minutes used (where it’s very close) and matchups (where Vlasic gets the tougher ones).

2)  He doesn’t kill penalties regularly.

3)  He was SJ’s fourth-best possession defenseman, behind Vlasic, Demers, and Braun, this despite an offensive bias to his zone starts.  Admittedly he may have been slowed down by having Matt Irwin as his most common partner, but just last season he was San Jose’s best possession defenseman, which indicates a decline, consistent with this having been his Y37 season.

I’m not saying he can’t be effective for a season or two, but I don’t see any evidence that he’s head-and-shoulders above the field, even if the field is just Gilbert and Stralman (I agree with you that Niskanen will cost too much and that Montreal will retain Markov who’s arguably too much of an injury risk anyway).

Posted by captaineclectic on 06/11/14 at 09:48 PM ET

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I don’t think he’s head and shoulders above the field at all. I believe that he’s the most realistic option given that Niskanen will either stay with the Pens or probably command $7.5-8 million, which is more than the Wings will want to pay.

I don’t think he’s “the guy” for the next five years as much as he could be “the bridge” for the next two. That’s why I think he’s a more realistic target than Niskanen.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/11/14 at 10:00 PM ET


I’ve got to say, I want to see a bridge. Boyle seems to fit perfectly. Wings pay him $6m x 2 years, then have 2-4 budget young prospects ready. The alternative? Bring up the most ready prospect and find a way to dump either Kindl or Lashoff and bring up another.

Posted by teldar on 06/11/14 at 10:48 PM ET


It absolutely boggles my mind that, in the wake of the huge, multi-year-contracts-for-over-the-hill-players mistakes that have been made in the last couple years there are actually people hoping that Holland will give a multi-year, overpaying contract to a declining going-on-38-year old defenseman.

Especially rather than giving not-that-much-more to a guy who is stepping into his prime right now.

Posted by Garth on 06/12/14 at 08:56 AM ET

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Addressing several issues:

1. Mr. Bob, I have redacted my comment.

2. However, please know, folks, that when you’re commenting “anonymously,” we know who you are, and while there is an “ignore” button for you to mute your fellow commenters, Paul and I receive email notifications regarding each and every comment made.

If you feel that you’re being bullied or abused, your job is to email Paul or myself or to comment stating as much (he’s pk at kuklaskorner dot com and I’m georgemalik at the same address)...

3. Regarding my “fractious flock,” yes, I understand that my job as a content author is, to some extent, to be your pincushion and your pinata, but I’m allowed to get annoyed and jab back from time to time, if not hurl a brick back.

I didn’t make the rules of engagement for this comments section, nor did I do anything than inherit a rather spirited group of professionally passionate folks who may or may not have an minority of outspoken individuals that enjoy arguing more than they enjoy sports…

But that sort of Laissez-Faire atmosphere is not what I prefer, and I have made no bones about the fact that I would establish a new set of requirements that might mean some of you wouldn’t be here.

I don’t quite understand why getting off on getting angry at a particular content provider is fun for some of you, but if you’re going to play professional antagonist, and I’m going to have to deal with you (even though some of you have repeatedly ignored entreaties from management to respond to us via email and explain and/or account for your actions when you very, very narrowly skirt being banned, because we do ban people from time to time), you bet I’m gonna be packin’ a slash-happy stick sometimes.

I did check with Paul, and he was completely fine with what I did earlier today. So let that serve as a warning—just as some of you think you have the right to “troll” as you “play the game,” the management has empowered me to get nastier than I did today if I feel the need to do so.

So *#$%@& with each other, and me, at your own peril.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/12/14 at 10:29 PM ET

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Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/12/14 at 10:30 PM ET

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