The Malik Report
Mostly good, very, very little bad, including denials from Ken Holland and Jimmy Devellano regarding the Wings' supposed sale possibilities.
The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night, taking game 1 of the back-to-back series by a 4-1 margin, and from Kyle Quincey playing well to Jimmy Howard looking strong when the Wings were out-shot in the 2nd to some superb play by...Jakub Kindl...Almost everything went well:
Regrettably, after scoring his second goal, Johan Franzen left the game with what was deemed a "lower-body injury," and we got a post-game sigh of relief via RedWingsFeed:
The teams go back at 'er on Saturday at 7 PM (on FSD/CBC/NHL Network U.S./97.1 FM), and aside from Andrej Nestrasil and the Riley and the Slovaks line not finding their hands yet (though Tomas Tatar has the "Joe Hicketts my center of gravity is several feet below the ice" thing going), the Wings played a superb overall game, rebounding from Wednesday's 3-2 shootout loss to Boston and witnessing a command performance by a Henrik Zetterberg who seems to be "finding his wind."
Updated 2x with text as well as Tweets at 8:47 PM: Well here you have it:
So Paul reported that Sportsnet's Bob McCown suggested that Mike and Marian Ilitch might have entertained offers for the Red Wings and/or might be interested in selling the Red Wings during Friday's Prime Time Sports broadcast.
With your host Ken Kal.
1. His decision to not discuss Mike Babcock's contract status in the media (the Wings' PR staff informed the Toronto media corps that Babcock would not answer questions about his contract at the morning skate),
2. The fact that so many former Wings coaches or players (Brendan Shanahan, Bill Peters, Paul MacLean, Jim Nill, Todd McLellan, Steve Yzerman, etc. etc.) have gone on to make meaningful impacts upon other teams;
Wonderful signing, well-earned and well-deserved:
Here's the Wings' official press release:
The Detroit Red Wings today signed winger Tyler Bertuzzi to a three-year contract. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.
Bertuzzi, 19, is in his fourth season with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League and has tallied five points (1-4-5) in six games to start the 2014-15 campaign. Named an alternate captain on Guelph this season, the winger helped the Storm capture the OHL Championship last season and advance to the Memorial Cup championship game. The 6-foot-1, 190-lb., forward led the Memorial Cup with five goals in four games. In all, Bertuzzi has recorded 78 points (29-49-78) and 247 penalty minutes in 139 games with Guelph over the last four seasons (2011-14). The Sudbury, Ontario native was drafted in the second round (58th overall) by the Red Wings in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Update #2: FYI from the Production Line:
Game-day post: Red Wings battle Maple Leafs; Reimer vs. Howard, Abdelkader in, Datsyuk ‘stayed home’
Updated 12x at 2:51 PM: The Maple Leafs' morning skate preceded the Red Wings' practice ahead of tonight's back-to-back-starting game between Detroit and Toronto (7:30 PM on FSD/Sportsnet Ontario/97.1 FM), and in the "no surprise department," per TSN 1050's Jonas Siegel:
Joffrey Lupul is on the ice for Leafs morning skate. Missed practice yesterday.
Lupul confirms he'll play tonight.
Ditto in the "No surprise department," per the Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno:
If the morning skate is to be believed, James Reimer will make his third straight start for the #leafs. They host #redwings tonight.
Slight suprise, per NHL.com's game notes: Tim Peel and Graham Skilliter will referee tonight's game, with Mark Shewchyk and Steve Miller working the lines.
So there's a "Starter's Net?"
Ahead of tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs (7:30 PM EDT, FSD/Sportsnet Ontario/97.1 FM), Red Wings special assistant to the GM Kris Draper appeared on The Fan 590 (Ken Holland will appear later today), discussing Mike Babcock's contract, Gustav Nyquist's play and Luke Glendening's assets:
Edit/update: Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman talked about possible Mike Babcock poaching on the Fan 590 as well:
KK member tbhug penned a "members' blog entry" that you may have not seen, and I believe that it needs more bandwidth, so:
Hello fellow Kukla's Korner Readers,
I'm writing you regarding a dear friend of mine. She is the single mother raising an autistic child.
His lifelong dream is to play for the Detroit Red Wings. She has spent her life providing for her son, often working several jobs to fund his passions. She has little, if any outside financial support. She posted on her Facebook that her son would no longer be able to play hockey due to financial restrictions. I know this is crushing her, and I know that he will be devastated if he can't play. I'm asking for your support in helping Nassim achieve his dream, if nothing else, help keep him playing the game we all love.
I know how much my family sacrificed to make sure I could play, and it breaks my heart to hear of someone who does everything for her son realizing she just can't make his dreams come true because of money. I am asking all of you, if you can, just to give a little bit to make sure Nassim can play hockey. Thanks!!!
Here is the campaign I started: http://www.gofundme.com/fu9gyc
P.S. Paul and I communicated regarding this matter, and he deemed it a worthy cause to post on Kuklas Korner. Thanks Paul, and Go Wings!!
The Help Nassim Play Hockey fund has raised $405 of a $5,000 goal, but someone is paying attention:
Great News!!! Nassim and Aleen have been invited to be the guest of Darren Helm at an upcoming Red Wings game in November!!! We have raised enough for the coming month for Nassim to stay on the ice!! But, we need more support. Please share this with your friends, and give. Every little bit counts. Thanks Brigid Bresnihan @DetroitRedWings #DarrenHelmRocks !!!
If you can lend a hand...
When I fell head-over-heels in love with hockey back in 1991, the Colorado Avalanche played in Quebec, the Anaheim Ducks weren't even a movie yet, the San Jose Sharks had just plucked a crapton of players from the Minnesota North Stars in a "dispersal draft," Larry Murphy was winning Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Wings had a bench-clearing brawl against a Boston Bruins team whose ranks included Cam Neely, Ray Bourque, Adam Oates and Andy Moog.
In 1991, the Red WIngs had two main rivals in the Norris Division, the Blackhawks and Maple Leafs. Even then, going into Toronto was more than all but a guaranteed fight between Probert and somebody and a tough game; it also meant dealing with a massive press push, knowing that Hockey Night in Canada's Bob Cole, Harry Neale, and of course Ron MacLean and Don Cherry would invoke epithets regarding the dastardly presence of Swedes (Nicklas Lidstrom and, for a while, Per Djoos) and Russkies (Sergei Fedorov and Vladimor Konstantinov) on the team from De-TROY-it.
Red Wings prospect news: Kadeikin adds a helper; Hicketts to play in Super Series; on another Mantha
The Toledo Walleye open their regular season tonight against Cincinnati, the Grand Rapids Griffins will kick off a road set against the Charlotte Checkers tonight, and if you live in Southeastern Michigan, you might be able to take in Dylan Larkin's official debut as a Wolverine as U of M hosts New Hampshire tonight and on Saturday.
In the interim, in terms of Thursday's game action:
In the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin made his return to SKA St. Petersburg's lineup and made an impact, registering an assist on the game-winning goal and playing 8:30 in SKA's 4-3 win over CSKA Moscow;
In the SHL, Mattias Janmark didn't register a point but played 15:00 in the Frolunda Indians' 2-1 win over Leksands IF;
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