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Bill Daly On Kansas City As A Possible Destination For The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Caldwell at ESPN,

"Kansas City has never been entirely 'off our radar screen,'" Bill Daly, the NHL's deputy commissioner, wrote in an email to ESPN.com. "We have talked to potentially interested stakeholders in the past, and it's certainly a market that in the right circumstances (including a desire by our board to entertain further expansion) our league would fairly evaluate and consider.

"In evaluating potential locations for NHL teams, we typically look at three things: One, whether the market has or is building a suitable arena facility; two, the demographics of the market and whether they suggest an ability to support an NHL franchise; and, three, whether there is qualified and interested ownership to own and operate the franchise.

"While the Sprint Center certainly checks off the first of those boxes, the other two issues remain a work in progress.

"We opened a formal expansion process in June of 2015 and we did not receive an application for a Kansas City franchise. Further, we have never studied whether the market demographics of Kansas City are likely to be suitable for an NHL franchise long-term because there has not yet been a need to do so."

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The overnight report: On Athanasiou’s contract, Cholowski’s options and multimedia

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. According to the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan, the Red Wings are unlikely to re-sign Andreas Athanasiou until the team sorts out its salary cap situation:

The lone unsigned restricted free agent on the roster is forward Andreas Athanasiou. And it’s likely to stay that way for a little while, as the Red Wings deal with the salary cap issues.

General manager Ken Holland said he’s exchanged offers with Athanasiou’s representatives as talks continue.

The Red Wings will get $3.95 million of salary-cap relief with Johan Franzen gets placed on long-term injured reserve (LTIR), but that will only leave approximately $1.4 million for signing Athanasiou (likely not enough money) and recalling a player from Grand Rapids during the season if someone goes on short-term IR.

The Red Wings are likely to waive or trade a player — or maybe someone like Sproul (knee surgery) might not be ready to start the season — to get comfortably under the salary cap ceiling.

2. Hockeybuzz's Bob Duff took note of Dennis Cholowski's decision to sign with the WHL's Prince George Cougars:

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Evening news: On Bryan Murray’s dollar deal, Trevor Daley, projected points and Brady Gilmour

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Hockey News's Jared Clinton penned an article in which he highlighted Bryan Murray's top ten career "moments," and one of the highlights is certainly a memorable move for Red Wings fans:

Acquires Kris Draper from Jets — June 30, 1993

Looking through Murray’s history as an NHL GM, it’s awfully evident that he was the architect of some incredible trades involving some Hall of Fame players. However, while it may not include a talent of that calibre, the Draper acquisition stands as one of the most unique in NHL history because of what the deal cost Murray, then GM of the Detroit Red Wings, to complete: one dollar.

At the time, Draper was a relative unknown, four years removed from being drafted by the Jets in the third-round of the 1989 draft. But the Red Wings saw something in the youngster, who had played only 20 NHL games to that point, and acquired him for future considerations, the result of which was the exchange of one single dollar.

Murray would never get to see the deal pay off as he was off to the Florida Panthers by the 1994-95 season, but Draper would become an integral part of four Stanley Cup-winning teams in Detroit, skating in more than 1,000 games with the franchise and winning a Selke Trophy in 2003-04.

2. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan spoke with Danny DeKeyser when DeKeyser helped out at the Wings' youth hockey camp last week, and Kulfan and DeKeyser discussed the addition of Trevor Daley to the Wings' blueline:

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Afternoon Line- Brian Lawton On David Pastrnak’s Contract Situation

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Detroit Red Wings Announce Partial Season Ticket Plans

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that partial season ticket plans are now available for the Inaugural Season at Little Caesars Arena. Four pre-selected 10-Game Plans are available, featuring a convenient mix of weekday and weekend matchups against Eastern and Western Conference opponents, Original Six rivals and more. Ticket quantities are extremely limited for partial ticket plans. 

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The Prince George Cougars Sign Dennis Cholowski

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from the Prince George Cougars,

The Prince George Cougars are thrilled to announce that 1998-born defenceman Dennis Cholowski (Langley, B.C.) has signed a Standard WHL Player Agreement with the Prince George Cougars.

Originally selected by the Cougars in the 10th round (200th Overall) in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, the 6’0”, 170 pound Cholowski is one season removed from being selected 20th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2016 NHL Draft. Last season with St. Cloud State (NCAA) he scored a goal and 11 assists for 12 points in 36 games. Back in April he signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Red Wings ending his NCAA eligibility. He spent each of the two previous seasons in the BCHL with the Chilliwack Chiefs and was named a BCHL second team all-star in 2015-16 after scoring 12 goals and 28 assists for 40 points in 51 games. That same season he added four goals and 11 assists for 15 points in 20 playoff games.

Internationally Cholowski captured a gold medal with Canada at the 2015-16 World Junior A. Challenge and in June, 2017 he was one of 43 players invited to attend Team Canada’s World Junior Summer Showcase which took place from July 29th – August 5th in Plymouth, MI. Of those 43 players, 13 (including Cholowski) were defencemen.

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The Season Outlook For Gustav Nyquist

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Looking ahead: Consistency is something Nyquist, 27, needs to address. He got off to a great start last autumn on a line with Thomas Vanek and Darren Helm, but once Vanek got injured, Nyquist (and Helm) quieted. At the halfway point, Nyquist had not scored a goal in 21 games, and had just one goal his last 35 games. Of his 48 points, 30 came during the second half, 19 of them after the Wings had signaled defeat by being sellers at the trade deadline – and once he got to play on a line with Henrik Zetterberg.

If the Wings are to be competitive, it is tantamount that players such as Nyquist embrace being a go-to guy. Next season he will have the sixth-highest salary on the team. He averaged 17:26 in average time on ice in 2016-17, an increase of more than two minutes from the previous season. Nyquist does not play physical, but he’s smart, and he’s a good passer, and he has shown in the past he can score goals. He needs to develop better consistency, and he needs to find a way to be more productive especially given how big a part of the power play he is.

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Do You Want Alexey Marchenko Back With The Wings?

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Morning news: On Will Butcher, Green’s ‘numbers’ and Tweets of note

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. According to Hockeybuzz's Bob Duff, the Red Wings will do their best to land NCAA free agent-to-be Will Butcher when the clock strikes midnight tonight:

The Wings intend to be suitors when defenseman Will Butcher officially becomes an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday.

A fifth-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 2013, Butcher, has opted to explore the market rather than sign with the team that was the NHL’s worst in 2016-17.

The 2017 Hobey Baker Award winner while playing at Denver, Butcher was also named Denver’s male athlete of the year and an NCAA West First Team All-American.

The 5-10, 186-pound Butcher, who shoots left, was second among NCAA defensemen in scoring with 7-30-37 totals in 43 games and was third overall with a plus-27 rating.

2. DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji examined Mike Green's 2016-17 season "By the Numbers"...

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Will Butcher Goes UFA Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Lambert of Yahoo,

Tomorrow is the day.

It’s another Aug. 15, and a former high-end NCAA player will have his draft rights lapse, making him an unrestricted free agent. In the past, guys like Jimmy Vesey and Kevin Hayes were the guys who got a lot of attention.

This time around, it’s former Denver defenseman and most recent Hobey Baker winner Will Butcher.

The talk about Butcher has been more muted than Vesey or Hayes, for reasons that aren’t totally clear to me. Perhaps it’s the fact that he’s a defenseman and not a high-scoring forward. Maybe it’s because the team he’s leaving is the Colorado Avalanche, and there’s no clear big-market destination either (Hayes was leaving Chicago and went to New York; Vesey left Nashville in a more high-profile spat, and also ended up in New York). Maybe it’s because Butcher is undersized for an NHL defender, at just 5-foot-10.

But let’s be clear here: Regardless of these mitigating factors, Butcher is a damn good hockey player who put up a lot of points, has represented the United States internationally and, if he were a prospect for most any team, would have been hyped to the moon.

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