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Wow: Red Wings sign Joey MacDonald to a 2-year contract

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 5x at 12:11 PM: St. James confirms that it’s a 2-way deal for $550,000 in the NHL and $105,000 in the AHL and I quote from Jim Nill, who walked by at 11:30 AM: “Just a little insurance policy.”

Per the Detroit Red Wings’ Twitter account:

The Red Wings have agreed to terms with goaltender Joey MacDonald on a two-year deal.
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MacDonald appeared in 15 games in 2010-11, posting a 5-5-3 record with a career-best 2.58 GAA and a .917 SV%.

I’m guessing that the Wings have signed him to be their #2B goaltender and help Thomas McCollum and Jordan Pearce in Grand Rapids, but we’ll see…wouldn’t you know it, I just saw Jim Nill prior to reading these “Tweets”...

Update: Here’s the Wings’ press release…

 

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Christian Hanson Signs With Washington

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed center Christian Hanson to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Hanson, 25, recorded 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) and 51 penalty minutes in 58 games last season with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL). The 2010 AHL All-Star also finished tied for fifth on the team in points and seventh in goals. In 96 career AHL games with Toronto, Hanson has collected 65 points (25 goals, 40 assists) and 86 penalty minutes.

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NBC Takes Over Sale Responsibilities For The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (July 11, 2011) – Following April’s landmark, 10-year media rights agreement with NBC,  the National Hockey League (NHL®) and the NBC Sports Group announced today that the two companies are strengthening their relationship even further by creating a unique,  groundbreaking sales venture that will streamline national U.S. NHL media sales for the next five years.

NHL media sales for all national platforms—NBC, VERSUS, NBCSports.com, NHL Network™,  NHL mobile and all official NHL digital sites, including NHL.com — will be sold by the NBC Sports Group Sales Department, which will be bolstered by absorbing NHL media sales employees. All traffic generated by official NHL digital sites, including NHL.com, will now be attributed to NBC Sports Digital.

The agreement excludes current and future NHL official marketing partners, who will continue to purchase media through the NHL Integrated Sales Department.  Financial terms of this new agreement, which continues through the 2015-16 season, were not disclosed.

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Notice: Red Wings summer development camp’s on-ice sessions canceled for Monday, July 11

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Update: As of noon, I’m sittin’ here at the rink, and there’s a forest of sticks and gloves around me as the players are in the gym and will then engage in some “golf ball” hockey: A biggy note from Centre Ice Arena: If you were planning on attending today’s abbreviated sessions at the Red Wings’ summer development camp at Centre Ice Arena, I arrived at the rink to see a big white board state that the on-ice portions of the camp had been canceled as Ryan Martin informed me that, technically speaking, “The ice went out,” and the Wings are hoping that it will recover this afternoon.

Update/edit: The Red Wings confirm:

DRW SCHEDULE UPDATE: Due to technical difficulties at the rink, there is no on-ice activity today.
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On ice activity at Centre Ice is expected to resume on Tuesday at 8:30 A.M. and 2:30 P.M. Admission is $5.

The skates were scheduled to take place from 9:30-11:30 and 12-2 PM today, but they should get back to their 8:30-10:30 AM and 2:30-4:30 PM schedule tomorrow and Wednesday, should the coolant in the rink respond, and then there will be a scrimmage from 8:30-10:30 AM on Thursday…

This marks the second camp in a row where ice issues have shelved a day of skating, so my question to you is simple: as the gents do their plyometrics and work out in the gym, which I don’t have access to, do you want an overweight blogger to take notes on their techniques and wait for questions from the players in the middle of the day, or should I take the MSM’s hint and head back to the hotel? The guys are going to be in the gym until 11:30, and you paid for me to come up here, so let me know what you want me to do.

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Congrats, Clint, And Good Luck

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

If life were fair then bad things wouldn’t happen to good people.  Maybe such omnipotent injustice exists to inspire us when we witness a fellow human being emerging victorious over monumental challenges thrown his way.

With over 20 years of the precincts in since a fateful night at the Aud in Buffalo, Clint Malarchuk is winning.

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Red Wings morning report: Parkes the hero, family prospect ties and the ‘social’ draft pick

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 10 AM with a really cool interview with Brendan Smith: Red Wings try-out turned prospect Trevor Parkes starred during Sunday’s intra-squad scrimmage at the Red Wings’ summer development camp, scoring a hat trick as he led “Team Lidstrom” to a 5-3 victory over Team Zetterberg, and Grand Rapids Griffins coach Curt Fraser told the Free Press’s George Sipple that Parkes (who played on a fantastic line alongside Brent Raedeke and Gustav Nyquist on Sunday) has taken several steps forward in terms of his development:

“He’s bigger, faster, stronger,” Fraser said. “We were kind of excited about him (last summer). But this year now you see what he can do. He’s a lot more confident on the ice. He knows what he’s doing. He follows the structure that we play very well. He’s done a great job so far, and he got rewarded for it today by doing things properly and getting out there and working hard.”

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Should The PHWA Get Involved With Bloggers?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Downbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

The PWHA’s other major concern is what to do with new media. Blogs, Twitter and Facebook have radically changed the landscape. While most of the new media comport themselves properly, there are still reported issues with bloggers cheering in press boxes, wearing team colours and inappropriate behaviour in scrums. With limited space in press boxes and scrums, not everyone can or should be admitted. “We’re going to provide standards for memberships,” says Allen.

“We’re going to be careful who we admit (to the PHWA). We’re still trying to figure it out. It’s a new world, but we think we can co-exist.”

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Devils Still Coachless

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

For the third time in five years, we are into July and the New Jersey Devils do not have a coach.  Conventional wisdom says this is a bad way to run a franchise.  Presumably a coach should be involved in the draft and the July free agent frenzy.  It is logical to fill out a roster in a way that suits a team’s coach.  This isn’t possible when the coach is unknown.  It is an important step for a coach to “buy in” to the way his team is selected.

The New Jersey Devils have run a franchise where the coach is an easily replaceable part.  This prevents them from hiring top coaches who have other more stable job options.  This pattern of being last in the league in hiring a coach takes some of the most attractive coaching options off the table before the Devils get around to hiring one.

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Every Team Has Interest In Stamkos But No Trade Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

“I talk to general managers on a daily basis and get asked a lot, ‘How are you making out?’ But that’s about all,” Yzerman said.

Has anyone come up with a proposal? “Absolutely not. I’m not interested in discussing a possible trade. I’m committed to re-signing Steven.”

Has anyone said they would be interested if negotiations broke down? “They don’t have to say that,” he said, laughing. “Every team is interested in Steven Stamkos.”

Bottom line? “I’m confident,” Yzerman said, “we will reach an agreement.”

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An interview with Ken Holland and observations from the Red Wings prospects’ Sunday scrimmage

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I guess we’ll start at the end: after helping point out where a certain Igor Larionov had to go to speak to his client, Red Wings summer development try-out Artem Sergeev—Sergeev mentioned to me that his agent spotted him a pair of $1,000 MLX skates, and when Larionov showed up for the scrimmage, I put two and two together, asked Wings capologist Ryan Martin if Larionov, who tends to place Russian players in Major Junior Hockey, if the Val-d’Or Foreurs’ defenseman’s agent happened to be the gentleman who looks like he can still play, and pretty much walked up to Larionov and told him he needed to follow me to speak to Artem—I walked down toward the players’ locker rooms at Centre Ice Arena, and Red Wings GM Ken Holland was speaking to the media.

So the Grand Rapids Press’s Michael Zuidema got about six minutes with Holland, and then I had six of my own, speaking mostly about the prospects, try-outs, how they Wings assess them in terms of the summer camp versus the prospect tournament in the fall, the new coaching staff and then the important part: Chris Osgood’s future. According to Holland, Osgood doesn’t return from the golfing trip he, Kris Draper and several other teammates are taking part in over in Scotland until tomorrow, and as such, Holland has not had “the talk” with Osgood, but this week that’s going to happen, so I’m leading off with a 12-minute interview whose conclusion involves the future of two long-serving members of the organization:

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