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Ranking Those Who Broadcast Our Game On TV

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Derek Zona of SBNation,

ONE STAR (or less)

Ken Daniels, Mickey Redmond, Larry Murphy - Detroit Red Wings: Listening to the Red Wings crew is like sitting at your local watering hole and watching the game with the sound off. Redmond and Murphy tell tale after tale, interrupt Daniels at every turn, attempting to one-up each other from the pre-game show to the final horn, laugh uproariously and rarely pay attention to the action on the ice.  Daniels, to his credit, tries to call a game every once in awhile, but typically gives up by the second period.

FIVE STARS

Pete Weber, Terry Crisp - Nashville Predators: Another pairing hidden away in an extremely weak television market, Weber and Crisp know what they’re talking about and connect with both the stereotypical “new Southern hockey fan” and long-time fans alike. Crisp played for a decade and won two Stanley Cups, then coached for a decade and won another, and he puts all of that experience into each broadcast.

He has no fear of taking a Predator to task for poor play or a mistake. He’s plugged in with the Preds and is quick to point out when an inside tip about a tactic or strategy is applied on the ice. Weber calls a fair and error-free game and moves seamlessly from explaining the basics of the game to calling out line chances and on-ice play.

more broadcast teams listed…

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We’re on Osgood/Draper watch now

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Update: For the record, for those of you who wanted to know, Teemu Pulkkinen is training with Jokerit Helsinki, which is the reason he’s not at the Wings’ development camp: Thanks to shoving most of the “evening” and “overnight” news in my late-evening missive, this morning’s crop of Red Wings-related stories is a little sparse, but they reinforce a bottom line: the Red Wings organization and Red Wings fans are going to be dealing with some “heavy” news in short order as Ken Holland will speak to Chris Osgood and Kris Draper this week to gauge the veterans’ physical conditioning and emotional reserves before deciding whether to part ways with the pair almost eighteen years after their NHL careers began.

That process began to reach its final stages as the Wings re-signed Joey MacDonald to a 2-year contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level, with the contract becoming a one-way, NHL-salary-only deal for the 2012-2013 season (which means that MacDonald would be subject to re-entry waivers). Holland told the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan that the Wings are happy to have brought back a superb #3 goalie to both spell any injured Wings goalie and serve as a mentor to Thomas McCollum and Jordan Pearce in Grand Rapids:

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Will Heatley And Setoguchi Lead The Wild To The Playoffs?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

It’s been a dramatic offseason for the Wild, one that was triggered less than 12 hours after the team missed the playoffs for a third consecutive year by the firing of coach Todd Richards.

Since then, the changes have been fast and furious, with the hiring of Mike Yeo as coach and the overhaul of a roster that includes the departure of six unrestricted free agents, established players Brent Burns and Martin Havlat and the arrivals of Darroll Powe and Mike Lundin.

But General Manager Chuck Fletcher’s two largest additions—Heatley and Setoguchi—tried on their forest green Wild sweaters for the first time Monday.

“I think as a team we’re going to get back in the playoffs,” said Heatley, music to the ears of Wild fans everywhere.

If that’s to happen, Heatley and Setoguchi must be two significant factors.

continued

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Red Wings evening report: on Nicklas Lidstrom’s Swedishness, Osgood/Draper and Datsyuk’s watches

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

While we’ve been talking about Chris Osgood’s future given that Joey MacDonald’s been re-signed today, and we know via the Windsor Star’s Jim Parker that we should put ourselves on notice as Ken Holland plans on determining both Osgood and Kris Draper’s fates with the team this week, I’ve been doing…

Let’s call it double duty, watching the Red Wings’ prospects take part in their summer development camp. The fact that today’s on-ice sessions were canceled due to coolant issues with their rink—for the second year in a row—was a relief to the players and allowed me to watch the off-ice drills the players who weren’t on the ice were doing while the skaters had my attention, so you can thank a certain Paul Kukla for telling his blogger to stay at the rink instead of heading back to the hotel to nap.

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Sutter Pleads Guilty To Disorderly Conduct

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Van Rassel of the Calgary Herald,

Former Calgary Flames forward Brett Sutter has pleaded guilty to punching a cab driver during a road trip in Arizona.

Sutter, 24, pleaded guilty in Scottsdale City Court on Monday to disorderly conduct and received a fine of $323.60 US in connection with the incident outside a sports bar in the Phoenix suburb on Nov. 11, 2010.

Sutter, who was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes a few days after the incident, is scheduled back in Scottsdale court on Sept. 15 for a restitution hearing.

Under Arizona law, victims can claim financial restitution. The hearing in September will determine how much compensation Sutter must pay.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I want to be the guy who can carry this team. It depends on how much the team needs me. If the team needs me 82 games I’ll play 82 games. If the team needs me 60 games I’ll play 60 games. It’s the coach’s decision and management’s decision. We’ll see how much we go through the whole season.”

-Ilya Bryzgalov, goaltender for the Philadelphia Flyers.  More from Bryzgalov at Flyers.com as he spoke with the media today.

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Will Pay To See These Guys Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

There’s excitement, and then there’s excitement—the kind that yanks you right out of your seat. The kind that makes you shake your head. The kind that makes you wonder aloud, “How did he do that?”

Players who generate that kind of excitement don’t come along every day. Here’s a look at some of the NHL’s best at bringing us out of our seats over the seasons. 

You might agree with NHL.com’s choices. You might think an all-time great–remember we are talking a superior brand of excitement, the players you don’t want to miss a single shift. Feel to share a comment about our choices. Oh, and Happy Hockey in July.

Dominik Hasek (1990-91 - 2007-08)

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The great Joey MacDonald freak-out clarified: He’s not succeeding Osgood as the Red Wings’ back-up

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x with more from Holland and a bit from Joey MacDonald himself at 8:50 PM: This would usually into “unnecessary post” territory, but given that we’re talking about Red Wings free agent signings in July and Chris Osgood’s future, both KK’s comments and Twitter are blowing up like a hot air balloon fueled by a Brian Burke since the Red Wings signed Joey MacDonald to a two-year contract this morning.

Let’s clarify the situation: Yes, the Wings signed MacDonald to a 2-year contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level. He is not, however, going to succeed Chris Osgood as Jimmy Howard’s back-up. If you don’t believe me when I can tell you that Jim Nill informed me MacDonald’s, “Just a little insurance policy,” here’s what GM Ken Holland had to say to the Free Press’s Helene St. James about the team’s plans for MacDonald…

“He’s going to be our third guy,” general manager Ken Holland said. “He had some options in Europe, but he wanted to stay in North America. He did a nice job for us when called up. He understands that he’ll open the season at the American league level. He’s a good veteran.”

As well as what Holland told MLive’s Ansar Khan: about the goaltender, who Khan reports will earn a one-way contract for the 2012-2013 season:

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Homeless Free Agents

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From James Mirtle at the Globe & Mail:

The pickings were certainly slim when NHL free agency opened 10 days ago, and yet somehow teams managed to sign 95 unrestricted free agents and spend a whopping $494-million since Christian Ehrhoff became a Buffalo Sabre late on June 30.

There remain quite a few veterans still without jobs, however, and while half the league has $10-million or more in cap space to spend, the majority will likely choose not to do so and stay closer to the $48.3-million salary floor.

That leaves many of the 120 or so UFAs still out there in for what could be a long summer, waiting by the phone and hoping for a training camp tryout.

read on for Mirtle’s list of the top available players

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NHLPA Not Worried About Coming CBA Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sean Fitz-Gerald at the National Post:

Donald Fehr, executive director of the National Hockey League Players’ Association, held an informal session with a clutch of reporters Monday on his way out to the course for the union’s annual charity golf tournament.

[...]
When would you sit down again with the NHL for the next round of CBA talks?
“The answer is I don’t know yet. I’m sure it won’t be until the winter, but whether it’s in mid-winter or early spring, I think it’s too soon to say.”

Should hockey fans be nervous?
“I hope not. If there’s a reason to be nervous, they’ll know soon enough. I wouldn’t be nervous before there’s a reason to be.”

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