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Weiss remains a Wing

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 12:34 PM: The Red Wings didn't waive Stephen Weiss today, so he's going to remain a Wing unless the team can find a trade partner.

Instead...

Edit: The Wings have until 5 PM to buy him out, but the practice of putting players on waivers almost always happens at noon EDT.

Update: Here's the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness on Weiss:

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Alexander Semin On Unconditional Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Michael Smith of CarolinaHurricanes.com,

The Carolina Hurricanes placed forward Alexander Semin on unconditional waivers Tuesday with the intent of buying out his contract.

Semin was notified of the club’s decision Tuesday, per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and he will need to clear waivers at noon Wednesday prior to being bought out.

Semin, 31, signed a five-year, $35 million extension with the Hurricanes in March 2013, and he has three years remaining on his contract.

 

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The Latest On Mike Richards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

Mike Richards, whose contract has been terminated by the Los Angeles Kings, is part of an ongoing investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for an off-ice incident, a source told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the RCMP in Manitoba told ESPN that, as of Tuesday, no charges have been brought against Richards but declined to comment further.

The source said that Canadian Border Services is also involved in the investigation, but a spokesperson declined comment, citing Canadian privacy laws.

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What Don Cherry Says On Phil Kessel And Dion Phaneuf Makes Sense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Stop holding your breath for the Toronto Maple Leafs to deal away Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf, says Don Cherry.

“They’re not getting traded,” the Hockey Night in Canada icon told Sportsnet 590 The Fan on Tuesday.

“First of all, you wouldn’t get fair value for them right now. [Kessel] is a 30-goal scorer. He can put the puck in the net. And Dion, I remember when he was with Calgary, he was a Norris Trophy [finalist].”...

Cherry believes Toronto will refuse to sell low on its core players and give new head coach Mike Babcock a chance to get their games into shape.

"[Babcock] has a knack for turning guys around and straightening them out," Cheery said. "[Kessel] will report in shape this year, not 10 pounds over and laughing that he only skated 10 times in the summer.

"Give [Babcock] a chance with those guys, and if he can't do anything with them, then you're going to have to get rid of them. But they won't be traded."

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It appears that the NHL has reached a settlement in the antitrust case against Center Ice/GCL

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Is there a lawyer in the house? Paul just received this email from DirecTV regarding the antitrust case against the NHL's Center Ice/GameCenter Live package, and it sounds like the result = fans will be able to purchase individual team packages for 20% less than the entire Center Ice package. There's a whole bunch of legal gobbledeygook in here, however, so we're both asking for someone to translate this into plain English if that is at all possible:

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

NOTICE TO PERSONS WHO PURCHASED GAME CENTER LIVE FROM THE NHL OR PURCHASED NHL CENTER ICE FROM COMCAST OR DIRECTV

You Have an Opportunity to Subscribe to Discounted Individual Team Packages through NHL GameCenter LIVE and You May Have Access to Free NHL Center Ice Programming through Comcast or DIRECTV

A federal court authorized this notice. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer.

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Morning news: On the ‘Hall of Fame team,’ retiring #91, Lidstrom and the development camp

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 11:16 AM: Among this morning's Red Wings-related news stories:

Regarding the Wings' "Hall of Fame Team," ESPN is asking whether the 2001-02 Red Wings were the "best of this generation," with ESPN's Kenneth Woolums (via RedWingsFeed) breaking down the team's statsticial claims to fame:

With nine players in the Hockey Hall of Fame, it’s no surprise that the Red Wings were the best team in the NHL in the 2001-02 season. They scored 251 goals, allowed 187, and their plus-64 goal differential in the regular season was the best in the league. The Red Wings captured the true essence of a "team" as only one of their players finished in the top 10 in voting for the Hart Trophy (NHL MVP).

Though they only had one top-10 Hart finisher, the Red Wings had at least one player in the top 10 in voting for the Vezina, Norris, Calder, Lady Byng and Selke trophies that season, including the top two finishers for the Norris Trophy: winner Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Chelios. Five members of the team were selected to the All-Star game in the regular season.

While they now have nine players in the Hockey Hall of Fame, they're due for another shortly down the road. Pavel Datsyuk was a rookie in the 2001-02 season, finishing with 35 points in 70 games and finishing fourth in Calder Trophy voting. In his career, The Magic Man has 298 goals and 869 points in 13 seasons.

WDIV's David Bartkowiak Jr. makes the case for retiring #91...

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Adam McQuaid Re-Signs With The Boston Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, June 30, that the team has signed Adam McQuaid to four year contract extension through the 2018-19 season at an NHL cap figure of 2.75 million per year.

In his sixth season with Boston, McQuaid competed in 63 games, recording one goal and posting six assists with 85 penalty minutes.  In total, the 28-year-old blueliner has played in 283 games at the NHL level -- all with Boston -- racking up 9-34=43 totals, while amassing 430 penalty minutes.

McQuaid has also appeared in 54 NHL playoff games with the Bruins, where he has posted two goals and six assists with a combined plus-13 rating in 54 matchups.  McQuaid was a member of the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup winning team.

The 6’5”, 209-pound native of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, was originally selected by Columbus in the second round (55th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. On May 16, 2007, McQuaid was acquired by Boston for a fifth round draft pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

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Top 40 UFAs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Long-time Washington Capitals blueliner Mike Green, a two-time Norris Trophy runner-up with 360 career points, tops TSN's Top 40 unrestricted free agents list as he looks for a new home for the first time in his NHL career.

Defence appears to be the deepest position of available talent, with Cody Franson, who played for the Maple Leafs and Predators last season, Andrej Sekera, who finished the year with the Kings after a trade from the Hurricanes, and battle-tested veterans Johnny Oduya, Francois Beauchemin and Paul Martin all on the market.

There are also appealing options for teams looking to bolster their depth on the wings, topped by 22-goal scorer Matt Beleskey, who is set to depart the Anaheim Ducks. Michael Frolik, a 27-year-old left winger who had 19 goals for the Winnipeg Jets last season, is also expected to garner a lot of interest.

A team that fancies itself one piece away from a Stanley Cup might want to give Justin Williams, aka Mr. Game 7, a call. The veteran right winger with three Stanley Cups and a Conn Smythe Trophy on his resume is not expected to return to the Los Angeles Kings.

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The Soon To Be UFAs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Andrew Gross of The Record,

It’s certainly not upscale shopping.

Which is not to say the unrestricted free agents class of ’15 is a dud, just not star-studded.

Teams can begin signing UFAs at noon on Wednesday and the window to start discussing deals opened Friday.

A good representation of the risk-reward offered in this market is Capitals defenseman Mike Green, once one of the most feared — he had 31 goals and 42 assists in 2008-09 and 19 goals and 57 assists the following season — offensive-minded blue-liners in the NHL. He’s still just 29 and has a hard slap shot despite injuries diminishing his production. Green still had 10 goals and 35 assists in 72 games this past season.

The Predators’ Cody Franson might be a cheaper alternative for teams seeking a point-producing defenseman while the Ducks’ Francois Beauchemin, 35, might be the steadiest blue-liner available in a group that includes ex-Devils Johnny Oduya, 33, who just won a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks and Paul Martin, 34.

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Morning Line- Pierre LeBrun

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Pierre LeBrun tweets,

Interesting dilemma for teams trying to unload high-priced talent. Do you make your best pitch today before the UFA market opens tomorrow?

Or, as some are thinking, do you sit back and wait after first few days of UFA business and circle back to teams that strike out there...

Those are the kinds of conversations teams are having right now.... it's not your usual NHL off-season, that's for sure.

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