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All Milan Lucic

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The lighter side of Lucic...

from Juliet Pennington of the Boston Globe,

Favorite vacation spot? The Bahamas. I’ve been there three times [to the Atlantis resort] and I liked it so much that I chose to get married there.


Favorite food or drink while vacationing? Margarita on the rocks with salt.


Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? Bora Bora [an island in French Polynesia] — but I’m finally going there this summer. I’m looking forward to it, especially since Brittany and I have been married for two years and haven’t really had a honeymoon.

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Red Wings summer development camp 2014, day 2: interviews w/ Marchenko, Ehn, Nedomlel and Fischer II

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' summer prospect campers held their first scrimmage today (they have another one scheduled for Tuesday), and Team Lidstrom defeated Team Yzerman 3-2. The players had a yoga class scheduled for shortly after the game, and they came streaming past me preparing for said class.

Yoga? O Rly? Ya Rly.

Myself, Brendan Savage, Hooked on Hockey's Kevin Sporka and the Hockey Writers' Zackary Landers were able to speak with Alexey Marchenko,and I didn't think that we were going to be able to get him again.

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Pleiness: No DeKeyser filing for arbitration = salary arbitration-free summer for Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Well I will take this news with my $2 ham sandwich (Oleson's Market's deli section powers my summer development camp coverage): the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reports that Danny DeKeyser did not file for salary arbitration (via RedWingsFeed), and DeKeyser was apparently the only Wing who could do so:

The Wings’ only eligible player for salary arbitration, defenseman Danny DeKeyser, as expected chose not to file by the deadline.

DeKeyser and Tomas Tatar are Detroit’s two remaining restricted free agents.

The team will get deals done with both players by the time training camp opens in September.

The Wings have already re-signed Riley Sheahan and tendered qualifying offers to those they planned on keeping.

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20 Players Filed For Salary Arbitration

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (July 5, 2014) – 20 players have elected Salary Arbitration:

Arizona Coyotes
Brandon McMillan

Boston Bruins
Matt Bartkowski

Calgary Flames
Joe Colborne

Dallas Stars
Cameron Gaunce
Antoine Roussel

Florida Panthers
Jimmy Hayes

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P.K. Subban Files For Salary Arbitration

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The Montreal Canadiens and star defenseman P.K. Subban will live in contractual harmony for at least one more season, probably two. That was guaranteed when Subban filed for salary arbitration before the Saturday deadline.

And while the league has long been opposed to the arbitration process, this is not necessarily a bad thing for either Subban or the Canadiens on a couple of fronts. First, it is certain Subban will not be embroiled in a contract dispute with the Canadiens and will be in training camp the day it opens in September. Second, it protects the Canadiens from having another team submit an offer sheet on Subban. And finally, if it goes all the way to arbitration, it ensures that Subban will be neither overpaid nor underpaid.

With Subban having filed, the Canadiens have the option of selecting a one- or two-year award. It’s difficult to fathom they would not take the two-year deal, one that would take Subban to his first crack at unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2016. It would also give the Canadiens two years to work on getting Subban under a long-term deal and offer him an extension as early as next summer.

And if they want to avoid the often confrontational arbitration process altogether, the two sides have from now until the ruling comes down later this summer to hammer out a contract, either a two-year deal that takes him to unrestricted free agency or a long-term deal that will keep him in Montreal for up to another eight years.


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Jim Nill Trusts His Youngsters On Defense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Like a wine stain on a wedding gown, the Stars’ defense still has many fans seeing red.

While general manager Jim Nill put some zing in his second line and added an admirable project at backup goalie this week, he didn’t touch the defense. That’s right, nothing. And haven’t you been hearing for the last four years that the blueline is where this team needs the most attention?

But Nill said he has a plan, and it’s to trust the kids. His changes will come in the form of Jamie Oleksiak, Patrik Nemeth, John Klingberg, Jyrki Jokipakka and Cameron Gaunce. Nill is betting that at least two of those youngsters will take a step forward, and that the remaining defensemen will be as good or better than last season.

“I’m excited about our defense,” Nill said. “We’ve got three or four young kids that are knocking on the door from the Calder Cup championship down in Texas. We think we’ve got lots of different options. We know they’re all going to get better. We think we’re going to be just fine.”


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Red Wings summer development camp 2014, day 2: morning skate impressions

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 2:20 PM: The Red Wings' summer development campers held simultaneous practices from 9 to 9:45 AM today, ahead of this afternoon's scrimmage (3 PM at Centre Ice Arena), so I had to play "pick a team" (this is the least-favorite game for someone who goes ga-ga about taking in hockey information).

I had watched the star-heavy Team Yzerman (Mantha, Larkin, Holmstrom, etc.) for the most part on Friday, so today, I watched the goalies warm up in the West Rink, and when I realized that Team Lidstrom was going to practice in David's Rink...

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Red Wings summer development camp 2014, day 2: morning interviews with Axel, McKee, Coreau & Fischer

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' prospects--minus Alexey Marchenko, who's hale and hearty but is still rehabbing his surgically-repaired ankle--took part in a very spirited 45-minute practice ahead of the 3 PM scrimmage today at Centre Ice Arena.

The players were available for a little more time before their off-ice workouts, so I was able to have a longer chat with Axel Holmstrom--and guess what the first question I asked him involved?

Axel's English was wonderful and the Skelleftea AIK forward was equally forthcoming regarding his experiences at the camp, the on-ice and off-ice learning experiences he's taking in (he duly noted that Swedish dry-land training is VERY different from what the Red Wings do), he talked about his skill set and the fact that his SHL team lost 5 players, meaning that Axel may graduate from the Under-20 team in short order

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Jim Rutherford Feels The Penguins Have Improved At Every Position

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from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Rutherford had a chance to reflect a bit on all that has transpired since he succeeded Ray Shero as GM May 6, and he clearly is satisfied with what has been accomplished so far.

"I feel very good about what's happened," he said.

He seemed particularly pleased with the hiring of coach Mike Johnston, even though Johnston got the job only after Willie Desjardins (and perhaps Bill Peters) accepted offers elsewhere.

He's happy with the trade that brought forwards Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling from Nashville for James Neal because the Penguins "added two players who can play a little different style."

And Rutherford is flat-out delighted to have gotten top-four defenseman Christian Ehrhoff as a free agent after Buffalo bought out his contract.

"I feel we've improved ourselves at all positions," he said.

He acknowledged the impact of defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik leaving via free agency, but said: "Our younger defensemen are getting better, and the addition of Ehrhoff makes us stronger."


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Go Ahead Leafs, Prove You Mean Business

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The Leafs once again raised ticket prices this season. One friend who has a pair of mid-level seats said the cost of his season tickets shot up 16 percent for 2014-15. What they need to show to their fans is that they’re in it to win it and what better way to do that than by giving a massive offer sheet to P.K. Subban?

I know what you’re about to say. Why would the Leafs do that if the Canadiens are just going to match the offer anyway? It’s a valid point, but let’s just say the Leafs get really aggressive and offer Subban a two-year deal at $12 million per season. Either way, they come out ahead because they either (a) get the player; or (b) put a division rival at a significant competitive disadvantage by forcing them to match the offer.

The Leafs would have to give up four first-round draft picks if they were to get Subban and there’s no getting around that. But would you rather pick 15th in the next four drafts or have P.K. Subban for two seasons and, most likely, beyond that?

Any team that signs Subban would have him for the next two years, which is plenty of time to get him signed to an eight-year deal. All the other defensemen of his ilk – Drew Doughty, Erik Karlsson, Alex Pietrangelo and Oliver Ekman-Larsson are signed to long-term contracts and aren’t going anywhere.

Subban would almost certainly look favorably upon a team that would give him that kind of deal. In fact, even if the Canadiens matched the offer, in two years when he becomes an unrestricted free agent, you’d have to think he’d look fondly upon a team that was most responsible for him getting $24 million over the previous two seasons.


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