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Afternoon news: Luke’s off!; fantasy forecasting Green, Kronwall and the Atlantic Division standings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. Luke Glendening is off to have an adventure with the Blue Angels:

2. Back here on the ground, Yahoo Sports' Darryl Dobbs has penned a list of the best fantasy hockey defensemen for the 15-16 season, and he's deemed Mike Green to be a "boom or bust" defenseman, and Niklas Kronwall one to not be overrated:

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‘Three Things’: A Babcockian farewell in comic form, a video from MSU Pro Camp and a Kindl outlook

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. This was inevitable, and at least it's funny:

2. The Wings posted a video of Justin Abdelkader and Jakub Kindl at the MSU Pro Camp...

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The Detroit Red Wings Release Training Camp Schedule

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

DETROIT – The Red Wings today released the 2015-16 training camp schedule, which will commence on Thursday, Sept. 17 with the 16th Annual Training Camp Golf Classic at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa prior to four days of on-ice practices from Friday, Sept. 18 to Monday, Sept. 21, held at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich.

The Red Wings will first participate in the Training Camp Golf Classic, presented by Eitel Dahm Motor Group, on Thursday, Sept. 17, which takes place at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa at 1:00 p.m. Proceeds from the tournament benefit Involved Citizens Enterprises (I.C.E.), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing affordable skating programs in Northern Michigan.

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Morning Line- Ted Wyman On Dustin Byfuglien

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In many ways the Jets would be better off without Byfuglien, especially if they can get a decent return. That, of course, is more easily said than done given his contract status and age (30).

If the Jets won’t — or can’t — move Byfuglien they will either have to sign him to a long-term contract or lose him outright to free agency.

Neither of those options sound very good.

-Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun on Dustin Byfuglien.  Read more on this topic from Wyman.

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Everyone’s Happy With The Mark Giordano Signing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

To the Calgary Flames faithful, GM Brad Treliving’s elevated himself to lofty status.

On the heels of the team signing captain Mark Giordano to a contract extension — essentially capping a summer in which the club also acquired and inked rising star blueliner Dougie Hamilton among a few other impressive moves — the praise for Treliving has gone off the charts.

Words of “wizard” and “genius” were all over Twitter in the aftermath of Giordano’s extension being announced on Tuesday....

And his latest signing, inking Giordano to a six-year extension which pays an average salary of US$6.75 million, has other benefits than just keeping the team’s captain in the fold.

“I do think Mark Giordano on the open market can make more than what Mark Giordano signed for here with us,” Treliving said. “Absolutely he did a good deal for himself, but I also think he was very cognizant of his team here and making sure we give ourselves the best chance moving forward to have success.”

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Everyone Knows The Montreal Canadiens Need More Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Arpon Basu of NHL.com,

Bergevin took a chance on two talented, underachieving forwards in the hopes they find a way to play to their potential.

The Canadiens on July 1 traded popular forward Brandon Prust to the Vancouver Canucks for Zack Kassian and a fifth-round pick at the 2016 NHL Draft. Kassian was the No. 13 pick at the 2009 NHL Draft, has scored 35 goals in 198 games, and has been traded twice. However, the 24-year-old was tied for the Canucks lead in goals per 60 minutes of ice time last season, according to war-on-ice.com, and the Canadiens hope a clearly defined role will lead to more consistent production from the 6-foot-3, 214-pound forward.

Bergevin also signed forward Alexander Semin to a one-year, $1.1 million contract July 24 after the Carolina Hurricanes bought out of the final three years of his five-year, $35 million contract July 1. The 31-year-old is coming off the worst season of his NHL career (six goals, 19 points in 57 games) but as a right-handed shot with a tremendous release and high-end skating ability, he fills an area of need for the Canadiens. He has 238 goals and 513 points in 635 NHL games in 10 seasons, including seven seasons with 20 or more goals.

"We're going to give him an opportunity, and it's the type of player we were missing when you looked at our team," Therrien said. "He's a guy who can score, who can make plays, and who's shown in the past that he can contribute to the success of a team offensively."

The bottom line for the Canadiens in 2015-16 is they need to score more goals. Whether that comes by fixing a dysfunctional power play, from contributions from new acquisitions, or through the continued development of forwards Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher, it has to happen in order for the Canadiens to take the next step.

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‘Two Things’: On Tomas Tatar’s learning curve and Igor Larionov II’s WHL journey

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. DetroitRedWings.com's Craig Peterson looks back on Tomas Tatar's "Red Wings Highs," also known as his 30-goal, 56-point 2014-15 season, and as you might expect, Tatar provides his own narration regarding his levels of confidence and performance:

Appearing in all 82 games this season, Tatar impressed by not just matching his totals from a season ago but drastically improving upon them with career highs in goals (28), assists (29), points (56), power-play goals (9) and game-winning goals (7).

“That’s what most people are telling me that the second season is hard to repeat but I feel like in Detroit it’s not as much because you wait for your chance for so long,” Tatar said. “They make sure you’re ready to be in the NHL, so the first year is not any different. The more years you play, you feel more experienced and you can play better.”

The Ilava, Slovakia, native posted three separate five-game point streaks and four multi-goal games en route to a team-high in goals.

Skating as a top-six forward, Tatar spent much of the season alongside players like Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist. Playing with some of the top forwards in the NHL, Tatar came into his own and was a constant source of offense.

“I feel way more confident,” Tatar said. “(I have) established myself more here, you know, first year I had to try and find my role and I feel like now I know what I’m supposed to do to help the team. It’s just different for me.”

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Kulfan: Jakub Kindl excited about a ‘fresh start’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan has a spare writing style, and it's to the point--but in this instance, in which Kulfan asks Jakub Kindl about his difficult 2014-15 season under a coach that benched him on a regular basis, the spareness speaks volumes:

Kindl never earned the trust of former coach Mike Babcock, and last season felt like a bottoming out, as he played in 35 games and just one during the playoffs. Always a subject of trade rumors, Kindl now finds himself back in Detroit.

"It's a fresh start, not just for me but for everybody," Kindl said after an informal workout Tuesday at Michigan State's Munn Arena. "Everybody is at the starting line all the same, and at the end of the day it's a competition."

Kindl, a 2005 first-round pick, had 13 points (five goals) in 35 games and was plus-2, averaging 16 minutes.

He injured his elbow Dec. 28, missed 12 games, then was a healthy scratch for 33 of the final 41 games.

"It was tough," Kindl said. "But I was trying to be a good teammate and support the guys at the rink. Some things you can't control, so I just went to the rink and stay positive and it feels like a fresh start."

Kulfan continues, duly noting that Jeff Blashill plans on giving Kindl a "fair shot" at a roster spot...

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Mike Babcock attends fundraiser for suicide prevention in Peterborough

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

This news item from the isn't TMR stuff any more because it's not Red Wings-related, but as a Red Wings fan, I'm glad to read the Peterborough Examiner's Dale Clifford report that Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock's commitment to mental health awareness hasn't changed a bit:

The 52-year-old was the guest of honour for Breakfast with Babcock, a fundraising event in support of a new suicide prevention program hosted by Team 55, Let’s Tackle Suicide Awareness, at the Trentwinds International Centre on Tuesday morning.

An announced crowd of 506 attended the affair and $71,544 was raised for the new two-year program with the Canadian Mental Health Association Halliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (CMHA HKPR) called Assertive Outreach for Suicide Prevention (AOSP).

The program serves individuals who’ve been identified to be at high risk for ongoing or repeated suicidal behaviour and offers support for the person’s immediate and short-term needs and helps to create a safety plan, while connecting them with other resources.

Babcock talked some hockey and his involvement in the game over the years but his focus mainly was on talking about leadership qualities on and off the ice and sharing why he was so passionate about mental health and particularly suicide prevention, especially after losing two family friends to suicide.

...

“When I heard what they were doing here and had the opportunity to be here, I wanted to come,” he said. “I didn’t come here as a coach but I wanted to talk about mental health and share it with others. I care about people, worry about kids. There is nothing worse than suffering in silence. People need someone to talk to if something is wrong. Sharing with someone can get you through it and can make a difference. These things have been very important to me.”

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The Tooth Hurts

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

George here, filling in for Paul. Things are going to be a little slower than usual here at KK over the next 24 hours as the boss recovers from a pulled wisdom tooth. I will do the best I can to keep the main blog up and running while Paul heals up.

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