The Malik Report
by George Malik on 03/28/13 at 08:30 PM ET
As we close in upon tonight's game between the Sharks and Red Wings (10:30 PM EDT, FSD/CSN Bay Area/97.1 FM), I'm posting a second game-day update post because it sounds like I'm going to have a very long night (10:30 EDT starts mean 5-6 AM EDT bedtimes) and a very early-by-those-standards morning (Tweets from RedWingsFeed and MLive's Ansar Khan):
Very interestingly, NHL.com's Brian Hedger reports that Wings GM Ken Holland
chose to neither go back to Detroit nor make the cross-country trip to San Jose only to join the Wings on a flight back East on what the beat writers reported would be a Friday morning-to-afternoon trip. Holland went to Chicago instead to take in tomorrow's Hawks-Ducks tilt, and along the way was either back in Detroit or en route to San Jose this evening, and Holland had quite the chit-chat with Hedger:
Regarding tonight's game, here's the Wings website's game-day preview...
Here's the Sharks' game-day preview...
Their KFOX preview...
And coach Todd McLellan's game-day presser:
If you're interested in that sort of thing, the Grand Rapids Griffins' website posted a story about Brett Skinner's NCAA playoff memories in light of tomorrow's "regionals" in Grand Rapids, and the Score posted a list of Cup odds...
Someone ironically, Wings coach Mike Babcock coached Jarome Iginla in 2010, and Brad Stuart played with him in Calgary, so both parties spoke to MLive's Ansar Khan about the Iginla trade to Pittsburgh...
“I'm a fan of that guy,'' Babcock said. “I think he's a heck of a person, been great for Calgary. I think it was real special to watch Stevie and Nick retire (as Red Wings) and yet you know it's a business and when your franchise is trying to change the program you need draft picks, you need to change some things. He'll be excited when he gets (to Pittsburgh). Him and Sid (Crosby) played great together at the Olympics.''
There won't be as much pressure on Iginla, since he's stepping into a star-studded lineup.
“He's not going to be the captain,'' Babcock said. “(Evgeni) Malkin and Crosby take a lot of the attention. He's just got to work and play. Same with Brenden Morrow (whom the Penguins acquired Sunday from Dallas). Those guys are warriors.''
Said Stuart: “You're not coming in to be the guys they're going to look to every night. He's just going to be a nice piece you put in to add to a couple superstars they already have. When you don't have that added pressure of coming into a situation where they need you to be the guy that makes it a little easier as well.''
The Flames received the Penguins' first-round pick this year and college forwards Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski.
“You're losing a guy that's been there a long time, he's the face of the franchise,'' Stuart said. “I think it would be similar if (the Red Wings) would have traded Nick (Lidstrom) a couple years ago.''
And I've got something to say about Paul's report that TSN's Darren Dreger believes that the Wings may be interested in Calgary Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester:
1. Interest does not mean action;
2. If the Flames want Petr Mrazek or Jake Paterson, they'd get Paterson;
3. The Flames would HAVE to eat a significant chunk of Bouwmeester's $6.68 million salary due next season if they make the move;
4. And what the Wings do on the trade market depends on DeKeyser's decision. I've heard "Wings or Bolts" from the start, but it's up to a 23-year-old who's just been wined and dined by 20+ NHL teams and promised the world by all of them, not me.
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