The Malik Report
by George Malik on 03/26/13 at 01:59 PM ET
The Detroit Red Wings are spending this afternoon taking their first "day off" in over a week, and it's well-deserved given the Wings' 3-2 win over Phoenix, building upon their back-to-back wins over Anaheim to give the Wings the six points they needed to earn on their four-game road trip with one more tilt--Thursday's game against a San Jose Sharks team that will be playing its third game over the course of four nights--to go.
While the Wings enjoy their time away from the rink, a trio of Tweets of Red Wings-related note popped up, and two offer no surprises...
But one, from DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose, offers good news of a sort:
Emphasis on "of a sort":
Roose also penned a "Time and Space" Q and A with Jakub Kindl:
Besides increased minutes, it must be nice to contribute on the score sheet, right?
It’s nice that I’ve scored, but it’s not my biggest goal to keep scoring. I’m here to play defense and this team is built all about defense. I’ve just got to be solid defensively and I believe that when I’m doing that right my confidence will be rising higher because I’m doing the right things and playing good solid defensively. When I get the puck I’ve got to shoot. But even if it doesn’t go in the net, there’s a rebound created so we can retrieve the puck. But the players that we’re playing against are better every year. I have to get the puck through as fast as I can, because these days everyone is trying to block the shot, everyone is trying to put the stick on it. So there’s not a lot of time there. Every time I have it I have to make sure that it takes-off from my blade right away.
How big is confidence for you?
It’s huge. Obviously when the team plays good you feel good too. But when the team plays awful then it’s kind of tough. It’s also difficult when the coach is giving you opportunity even if things don’t go well. For example, this year I’ve been playing more than in the past and I feel great. So it’s different than when you’re playing 10-minutes or 20-minutes, but at the same time you have to earn it. You have to do the things right. But it all comes with opportunity.
Were you the first player in this locker room to get involved in social media?
Definitely not. Maybe (Mike) Commodore and Cory Emmerton. One of those guys. But I got involved last summer. It’s helped me build up a fan base. It’s pretty cool, obviously, even following some of the other guys and keeping up with what’s going on in the world.
It’s fun. I like interacting with the fans. It is fun.
With Kyle Quincey (fractured cheekbone) out, how will that effect the back end?
I don’t even know if we’re finished with Q or how long he’s going to be out for. But it’s tough losing him. He’d been playing really well, I thought, lately. He’s a big piece of our puzzle. He kills a lot of penalties. He plays against the top lines, so I don’t know what the result is or what the word is on how long he’s out for. I thought we were pretty deep on the back end now. Smitty’s been picking up is game and playing really well. Kronner, E, Lash too. Now Whitey is back in the lineup. I think we have to play simple, move the puck quick. That’s what they want us to do. You look up front, our forwards are pretty skilled and they move the puck so just move it ahead all of the time.
Your game, is it where you want it to be?
I’ve said it many times, it’s all about confidence. It’s different when you play 10-minutes or 20-minutes, you know? That’s how I look at it. I’ve been feeling good lately, playing game-by-game and every time I play I just try to do the right things. Play simple, you know? Play good defensively and I believe if I do all of that stuff, play hard, that good things will happen. That’s how I look at it.
Fox Sports Detroit's Larry Murphy may have been fired from Fox Sports Detroit, but he's chosen to remain outspoken regarding his situation, speaking to 97.1 the Ticket's Stoney and Bill this morning...
“The wound’s still fresh, so I’m just trying to let the dust settle and kind of figure out what the best thing to do is,” Murphy said.
He added he was blindsided by the loss of his job after 10 seasons on the air, saying, “It was definitely a surprise and a shock to say the least.”
Murphy added the news came in the form of a phone call telling him he would be “relieved of his duties” because ratings were not where the network wanted them to be. Co-host Mike Stone asked if the ratings were more contingent on the team’s recent record, and the lockout, and less to do with the game analysis. “I have no clue,” Murphy said, adding, “I’m just focused on doing the best job I can do, I don’t even know what the numbers are to be perfectly honest… When you do a good show, you feel proud about it and hopefully people are watching, people are listening and that’s just the way I approached it.”
Fox Sports Detroit released this statement about their decision to terminate Murphy: “We wanted our primary team of Mickey Redmond and Ken Daniels to call the remaining games as the Red Wings make a push for the playoffs. We thought it was only fair to let Larry know as soon as possible that he would not be scheduled for any more assignments. We thank Larry for his contributions to our telecasts over the years and we wish him well.”
On a happier front, Murphy said he’s been bolstered by the support of fans, some of whom formed an online petition to get him back on the air. “It really has helped,” Murphy said of the petition that has 2,866 signatures.
Is he afraid of backlash over going public with his firing?
“I didn’t want to hide, I wanted to get out there and if anybody had a question or anything, I was going to answer it,” Murphy said, adding, “It’s still settling in, I’m trying to decide what to do next. I thought I was going to be doing this for a long time so I wasn’t ready for this.”
Here's his interview...
Red Wings 3, Coyotes 2
* Red Wings: won 3 straight and 5 straight on road
* Pavel Datsyuk (DET): Goal, Assist; 3rd multi-point game in last 5 games
* Coyotes: 0-5-1 in past 6 games
Each and every one of the members of the media not named Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos have suggested that Jarome Iginla has conditionally approved potential trades to the Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins, but 97.1 the Ticket's Jeff Riger believes that the Wings should spend an incredibly high asking price (a top prospect or two, a top-six forward and several first-round draft picks) to acquire Iginla to assuage for the team's inability to land Zach Parise and Ryan Suter:
As the April 3rd trade deadline rolls around, Detroit is looking to make their team better and a true goal scorer could be just what the doctor ordered. Yes, Detroit could use a top four defenseman but I’m not sure one of those is out there so let’s focus on the scorer. Detroit needs a guy that could consistently net the Wings 30 to 40 a season, something that they have not had since Marian Hossa scored 41 goals for them back in 2009 and then left to win a cup in Chicago the following year. In fact, Detroit has struggled to light the lamp for quite some time now and a lack of goal scoring could be to blame for early playoff knockouts the last 3 seasons.
Jarome Iginla could be their man!
For as long as I can remember there have been rumors that the Flames would deal Iginla but now it actually seems like it will happen. Iginla is in the last year of his deal and there is no way the Flames want to resign the 35 year old captain who will be an unrestricted free agent as they are currently in a rebuild. They can’t afford him and he doesn’t want to be there anymore. So could he come to Detroit?
Initial reports state that Iginla gave the Flames 4 teams that he would be willing to go to and waive his no-trade clause in his contract. The Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and L.A. Kings are the lucky ones. However since that report, others have claimed that the Wings have been added to his list, and then some have taken that back and say Detroit is indeed not there. Bottom line I believe Iginla could help Detroit and help them make a long postseason run.
This season Iginla only has 9 goals in 30 games however before this year he has always been one of the better forwards in all the game. The last 11 seasons, not including this year, the lowest amount of goals Iginla has had has been 31 while the most has been 52.
I believe that Iginla still has a lot of good hockey left in him and that a change of scenery would do him wonders. Go get him!
Of course Calgary is not just going to give him away! Rumors swirling around on what it would take to land the star include draft picks, a top 4 defenseman and at least an everyday top two line forward plus prospects. The price is hefty but the payoff has a chance to be sensational. I’m not going to sit here and pretend to know who exactly from Detroit it would take to land Iginla, but I do know if he would come here then Detroit has enough pieces to make it work.
People constantly bring up the LA Kings and how they, as an 8th seed last year won it all. Well why can’t Detroit do the same thing? The Wings are playing their best hockey of the season. They have won their first 3 games of a 4 game West Coast road trip and they are a season high 6 games above .500. In fact the Wings have won 5 of their last 6 and have figured out their power play woes that troubled them pretty much all season long. Detroit has scored man advantage goals in 8 consecutive games including 5 in a row on the road. They are playing well and a bona fide scorer should make things that much better.
In the prospect department, in addition to posting a list of the top 20 Red Wings prospects, Hockey's Future is slowly but surely posting its take on the top 50 NHL prospects, and the AHL's former leading scorer and a potential 60-point player finished surprisingly far down their list:
34. Gustav Nyquist, C/W, Detroit Red Wings
Height: 5-11 Weight: 185, Fall Ranking – 38
Gustav Nyquist is a 23-year-old prospect from Sweden who played college hockey at Maine. His successful career continued when he joined the Grand Rapid Griffins at the end of the 2010-11 season. In his first full year with the Griffins, Nyquist had 58 points in 56 games. He continued that point-per-game rate this season and has been among the top AHL scorers all year. He has had several cups of coffee with the Red Wings over the last two seasons, typically seeing limited ice time. Nyquist has demonstrated himself to be a creative playmaker that plays well at both ends of the ice. He appears to be NHL-ready, with the ability to play on the top two lines as well as the power-play, and should get that opportunity sooner rather than later.
Martin Frk, RW – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
It’s hard to kick off your playoff run any better than Frk did. The Czech national blitzed rival Saint John for five goals and eight points in the first game of a series that likely won’t last too long. The sturdy winger has a booming shot and has also manned the point on the power play for the dynamic Herd. Drafted 49th overall by Detroit in 2012.
This week's second crop of power rankings should hit the wires this afternoon, and the Hockey News's Rory Boylen's ahead of the curve:
9. Detroit Red Wings [last week] 11 [record] 16-11-5 [last ten] 6-3-1
Back-to-back wins in Anaheim shows why you still can not underestimate this team. Wings have scored two goals or fewer in nine of their past 13 games, but still managed 7-4-2 record. Jimmy Howard starting to trend towards Vezina contention.
Amongst this afternoon's Twitter tidbits:
And finally, if you're not already experiencing Danny DeKeyser overload, Michigan Hockey points us toward a story in which the Kalamazoo Gazette's David Drew spoke with Western Michigan coach Andy Murray about DeKeyser's progress and potential. You may read it on your own.
Update: ESPN's Craig Custance held a web chat today, and here are his Red Wings-related answers to reader-submitted questions:
Mike (Berkley): If you had to bet, who will DeKeyser sign with?
Craig Custance: Mike - There's a ton of interest and he's sorting through offers this week. Was told to expect a decision on that front by Thursday or Friday morning at the earliest. If I had to pick a favorite, I'd say it's Detroit although the Red Wings haven't had a lot of luck closing deals on UFAs lately. But he's from the Detroit area, and grew up a fan. Also close with the Nill family. For those same reasons, I wouldn't count out Steve Yzerman and the Lightning.
JimBeast (A2): What are the wings going to do at the trade deadline?
Craig Custance: Jim - I got the sense they'd be content with a low profile at the trade deadline. They're getting healthy on D so there's some depth to possibly move there although depth on defense is exactly what playoff contender try to add this time of year so it might not make sense to thin out. They traded a first last year for Quincey and I don't think they're too eager to do it again. If they can land DeKeyser this week, that might be good enough.
gary (detroit): although ken holland is reguarded as one of the elite gm's in the game his lack of landing any top ufa's or trades of any value the last few years or even the questionable deals with tampa which seem very very tampa friendly do you think his job is on the line this trade deadline and or this offseason?
Craig Custance: Gary - No way. Ken Holland's job is safe.
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