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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It's what I do now, and as I do with every problem in my life, I blame Ken Holland.

I avoid thinking of our Red Wings. I truly do. I have enough turbulence(ance) in my life.  Lou Whitaker left off the ballet(ot), the Lions, Michigan football, chinch bugs ruining my frigging yard, angsty fifteen year olds, a perfect and adorable grand(d)aughter, defending the Florida coast line.

So I forget. And the emperor backs me up and it makes me feel sad. 

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Evening news: Videos of note; Griffins and Wings-Bruins teasers; on AA and Mantha, cap talk & Barkov

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Here's the Red Wings' Game Day Preview video...

2. And Fox Sports Detroit also posted a video chronicling the job of Little Caesars Arena's "transition team":

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A Good Time To Sell The Calgary Flames

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Don’t be fooled by the $430 million Forbes estimated the team to be worth last month – the Flames wouldn’t sell for a dime less than the newly-pegged cost of starting a franchise from scratch. (Minus sizeable NHL transfer fees, of course.)

After all, there’s far more value in acquiring a team with proven, marketable superstars like Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan and backed by a solid team and front office that knows the business inside out.

Fact is, we’ll eventually reach the point in this dangerous game of chicken that the most logical solution may just be to sell.

It certainly is the easiest.

After all, it’s only worth the two-thirds of a billion dollars if you sell it.

It’s worth a fraction of that in Calgary, where the political and business climate is such that the reality may just be that the Calgary Flames have outgrown this town.

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A Heavier Workload For Brock Boeser

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Just when you think Brock Boeser can’t score all the goals, he goes out and does something and you can’t help but wonder.

Maybe he can.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to overestimate what Boeser can do this season. He is still only months into his NHL career and right now he is the Canucks’ most important player.

He is not only their best goal scorer, he represents their best hope to survive a lengthy stretch of games in which the Canucks will be without Bo Horvat, and, it now seems, Sven Baertschi.

Horvat, as everyone knows, is lost for six weeks with a foot fracture. The news is less clear on Baertschi, but he left the team and returned to Vancouver after taking a puck to the face Saturday night in Calgary. That doesn’t suggest good things and leaves the Canucks without their No. 2 and No. 3 goal scorers.

But No. 1 is still here, and what a No. 1 he is.

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Would you call Lansing to lobby for a Red Wings license plate?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From WXYZ's Max White:

The four professional sports teams in Detroit are coming together and asking for your help to get the Michigan legislature to pass a bill allowing team logos on Michigan license plates.

Senate Bill 178 was introduced by State Sen. Jim Stamas in February and would allow the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions and Michigan International Speedway to put their official logos on license plates.

When a person chooses the plate, the money raised would support funds for each team, specified as the Detroit Red Wings Fund, Detroit Pistons Fund, Detroit Tigers Fund, Detroit Lions Fund and MIS Cares Fund.

All four of the teams tweeted Monday morning, asking residents to contact their state representative to vote for the bill in the Michigan House of Representatives. The tweets included photos of what the plates could look like

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Red Wings-Panthers game-day updates: Wings look to bear down defensively as Panthers look to dig in

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 5x at 1:42 PM: The Detroit Red Wings host the Florida Panthers this evening (7:30 PM EST on FSD/FS Florida/97.1 FM), and the morning skate revealed very little on the Red Wings' side of the ice, but it appears that Aleksandr Barkov will be returning for the Panthers.

According to MLive's Ansar Khan, the Red Wings will celebrate "D-Boss bobblehead night" by attempting to bear down defensively:

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Friedman on the Oilers’ interest in Mrazek

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman's 31 thoughts:

1. Laurent Brossoit is improving in the Edmonton goal, but the Oilers have looked at some external contributions to their crease. Nick mentioned Winnipeg’s Michael Hutchinson, playing extremely well for AHL Manitoba, but another goalie they looked at was Detroit’s Petr Mrazek.

Remember, he blanked the Oilers 5-0 last month. But, he’s really struggled lately and Edmonton was watching so it’s probably on the backburner now. I thought something might be imminent when, after making it look like they were scratching Ryan Strome Saturday in Montreal, he played and Anton Slepyshev sat. Slepyshev does not need waivers, and could be sent to Bakersfield if the team needed a roster spot.

Update: Also:

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Thoughts Of Hockey On A Monday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- I can’t imagine Florida will wait too much longer to wade into the goalie pool, either. And I think they are looking for someone young-ish who might be their future.

- There have been rumours that Brendan Shanahan would like to “bring back the band” in Toronto. That is, keep everyone in the front office in the same positions for at least one more season. But there’s no confirmation and a real desire to keep this kind of information very quiet.

- The bigger debate between the NHL and the NHLPA might actually turn out to be sports science. Many teams use some form of tracking for this department. Calgary, Philadelphia and Toronto are among those who use Catapult. I follow that company on Twitter, and its work is very interesting. However, there are a couple of teams that don’t use it because they are concerned about inconsistencies when the radio technology is indoors. (Catapult built its reputation with Australian Rules Football and rugby, which are played outdoors.)

Others use Kinexon. There is a lot of terrific stuff that can be accomplished: including scheduling proper rest days and better understanding of injuries. The NHLPA has long worried that this will be used against players. For example, if player X is up for a contract extension, does his GM look at the data and say, “His knee is down to 75 per cent strength compared to last season. Do we really want to do this?” Over texts with a few players, there is a sense they trust some teams more than others. Pittsburgh scored well. (I know you will ask, but they weren’t comfortable sharing which teams don’t.)....

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Dustin Byfuglien Considered Week-to-Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Dec. 11, 2017) – St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn, St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen and Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 10.

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