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Dion Phaneuf Very Close To Signing A 7-Year $49M Contract Extension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Aside from a couple of details that still have to be worked out, the Toronto Maple Leafs are 'very close' to locking up captain Dion Phaneuf to a seven-year, $49 million contract extension, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.

Those details, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, are regarding Phaneuf's no-movement and no-trade clauses in the language of the new contract.

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The Asking Price For Michael Del Zotto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators have spoken to the Rangers several times in the last six weeks about defenceman Michael Del Zotto but aren't alone in their pursuit. The Leafs and Shark have held talks and a report in the New York Post says Colorado has shown interest as well.

Sources say if the Senators are to close a deal for the 23-year-old Del Zotto,  who many believe is on the verge of being moved with GM Glen Sather desperate to make a trade, the asking price has to change.

It's believed the Rangers have been demanding blueliner Marc Methot in return for Delo Zotto. That isn't going to happen but the Senators may be willing to exchange Patrick Wiercioch, who was a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game Friday and has upside potential.

"Del Zotto's value has gone down," said a league executive Friday. "He hasn't shown any consistency and he's not worth nearly as much as he may have been earlier in the season."

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100 Books & Counting For The Hockey Maven

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

By Tom Murray,

First of all, before I write another word, a confession:

Stan Fischler, aka “The Hockey Maven,” is an old and dear friend. I figured I’d better share that fact before diving into a review of his latest effort, “We Are The Rangers,” which represents a bit of a milestone in his publishing career: It is his 100th book.

It is of course a remarkable accomplishment, but then again maybe Stan truly had no choice: His birthday is March 31st, a date he shares with Gordie Howe, aka “Mr. Hockey.”

Mr. Hockey and The Hockey Maven, both destined from birth to accomplish remarkable hockey feats--one on the ice, the other off it. Although Stan will be the first one to say he was always a pretty good skater too.

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Minnesota Wild Need To Start Winning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

This season is disintegrating right in front of our eyes. The Wild better find a gargantuan Band-Aid or tourniquet for that matter and stop the bleeding ASAP.

The Wild fell to 5-10-1 in the past 16 (so, it has accumulated 11 of a possible 32 points in the past 16 games) since the last time the team came to Winnipeg.

It looks like it’s ninth in the standings with 45 points. It’s not. It is in deep, deep trouble.

The Wild is four points behind seventh-place Colorado, which got clobbered tonight in Chicago. It is one point behind eighth-place Phoenix and creeping up from the rear is Dallas, which is one point behind.

All three of those teams have played three fewer games than the Wild. As we know in this league, because of the loser point, once you get behind in the second half, it is almost impossible to catch up.

And the Wild is lower in the standings than it actually appears by virtue of the games played category.

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Video- Goal Of The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Josh Pitt of the Western Michigan Broncos with an end-to-end rush and goal to beat Michigan in the dying seconds of OT.  WMU moves on to play Michigan Tech in the finals of the GLI tonight at Comerica Park.

That's Dan Dickerson, the radio voice of the Detroit Tigers with the call while Mickey Redmond and Manny Legace provide the analysis.

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Red Wings-Panthers set-up and overnight report: undermanned Wings hope to earn first win vs. Florida

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

After a practice which yielded a mixed bag of injury news, the Detroit Red Wings flew to Florida to both kick off their fathers' trip and battle a pair of vexing opponents ahead of the Winter Classic.

The Red Wings will battle the Panthers this evening (7 PM on FSD/Fox Sports Florida/NHL Network U.S. with the cursory Center Ice and GCL blackouts/AM 1270; of course HBO's 3rd episode of 24/7 will air at 10 PM) and the Nashville Predators on Monday (8 PM on FSD and AM 1270), knowing that the Maple Leafs are breathing down the Wings' necks in the Atlantic Division (Toronto's 4-3 shootout win over Buffalo on Friday tied the Wings' 43 points, though the Wings have a game in hand), and knowing that the Panthers have defeated the Wings twice--the Wings lost 2-1 on December 7th and 3-2 in a shootout on December 10th.

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The Hockeytown Winter Festival has Downtown Detroit hopping with activity

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings will be very busy away from Metro Detroit until Tuesday, and their roster's in flux ahead of tonight's game against the Florida Panthers and Monday's tilt against Nashville...

So I'm not exactly going to cover the Hockeytown Winter Festival in detail (I will be attending the Griffins-Marlies game on Monday, the Alumni Showdown on Tuesday and the Winter Classic itself, so that's where I'm going to focus my coverage), but I can't deny that I've had a smile on my face watching the local news stations report that the Coke Zero Fan Zone has exceeded expectations (with all of the NHL's trophies minus Monday and Tuesday's guest, the Stanley Cup, in attendance, and Wings alums like Mickey Redmond and Nicklas Lidstrom signing autographs).

The Red Wings themselves posted a video promoting the Hockeytown Winter Festival...

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Red Wings prospect news: McKee didn’t play in WMU’s GLI win; Griffins win, Walleye lose

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

As you probably already know that Jake Paterson will start for the Canadian World Junior team when they tangle with the Czech Republic today at 11:30 AM (on TSN; Paterson and Canadian teammate Anthony Mantha are the only Wings prospects taking part in the tournament), the Red Wings prospect whose team took part in the biggest game on Friday didn't actually play in his team's game.

Wings prospect Mike McKee (who the Kalamazoo Gazette's David Drew reports is transitioning from defense to forward) was watching from the press box as Western Michigan University defeated Michigan 3-2 in overtime at the Great Lakes Invitational, setting up a championship match-up with GLI defending champions Michigan Tech (who defeated Michigan State 3-2) at 7 PM tonight (WMU's website reports that the game will be streamed on FoxSportsDetroit.com and will be shown on tape-delay at 10 PM; the MSU-Michigan consolation game will air at 3:30 on FSD, and yes, this yields more than enough parenthetical expressoins for one entry).

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Sergei Fedorov continues to deke, dangle and dodge questions about continuing to play for CSKA

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I'm reluctantly posting this as a separate entry because the player in question is taking part in the Red Wings' Alumni Showdown, and I'm posting it because the end of his playing career seems to be taking the same pattern of intrigue and mystery with which his NHL career began:

Over the past four months, CSKA Moscow GM Sergei Fedorov's navigated what turned out to be a professional comeback on Friday with a finely-tuned general manager's worth of wordplay and double-entendres, and after helping CSKA Moscow defeat the Rochester Americans 4-3 at the Spengler Cup, he engaged in a little show-and-hide with the Russian press.

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AHL confirms that Griffins-Marlies game at Comerica will be on FSD; OHL games will be on local TV

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The AHL posted a press release confirming that Monday's Griffins-Marlies game will be televised--with the game airing on Sportsnet in Canada, not the CBC--and I recieved word that Sunday's Whalers game will be televised as well...to some extent.

Here's the AHL's press release:

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE OUTDOOR GAME TO BE TELEVISED LIVE FROM DETROIT
Red Wings and Maple Leafs affiliates to square off at Comerica Park Monday

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... The American Hockey League has announced that Monday evening’s regular-season outdoor game between the Grand Rapids Griffins and Toronto Marlies will be televised live to audiences across the United States and Canada from Comerica Park in Detroit, Mich.

The seventh outdoor game in the American Hockey League’s 78-year history will take place Monday, December 30, at 5 p.m. ET, as part of the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival, which leads up to the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day. The Griffins and Marlies are the top development affiliates of the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, who will play at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Wednesday.

In the U.S., Monday’s game will air live on FS Detroit, which is available in Michigan and surrounding areas on most cable systems as well as nationally on DirecTV channel 663, Dish Network channel 412/5430 and AT&T U-Verse channel 737/1737. In Canada, the broadcast will air live across the country on Sportsnet in all four of the network’s broadcast regions.

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