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Red Wings overnight report: Holland on the youth movement, a Paek interview and some rambly stuff

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' media corps and out-of-town media both did a fine job of covering the stories regarding Ken Holland's signing of a four-year contract extension on Thursday, but in light of Holland's evening remarks to MLive's Ansar Khan and the Windsor Star's Jim Parker, I'd figured that I wouldn't find anything else of note overnight.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Holland actually addressed the team's youth movement (though he didn't explain how exactly a youth movement and re-signing Daniel Cleary, giving him a $1 million bonus for playing 10 games and a $250,000 bonus for signing a promise-keeping contract and giving Kyle Quincey a half-million-dollar raise over the course of 2 more years in July jibes with the team's willingness to play "the kids" to the point that Luke Glendening is out of waiver options) over the course of an interview with the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:

“With the injuries we’ve suffered over the last couple of years, it’s been the depth of the organization that’s allowed us to stay in the race,” Holland continued. “It gives me optimism that we’ve got the depth in the organization we need. You’ve got to draft and develop in order to get that push from players. We have a lot of young players that look like they have a chance of being good players.”

Holland also suggested that "the kids" might help remedy the team's status as a one-playoff-round-and-done team...

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Video- Gary Bettman Accepts The Ice Bucket Challenge

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Gary Bettman accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS Awareness...

 

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Red Wings’ re-signed GM issues some ‘real talk’ regarding recent ups and downs

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 7:13 PM: I wrote all that "stuff" about Ken Holland's extension this afternoon, and just around the time I hit "submit entry," Holland made some very intriguing comments regarding his team's underwhelming regular season and playoff performances of late in a conversation with the Windsor Star's Jim Parker and MLive's Ansar Khan, and Holland's comments change the commentary equation significantly.

Holland was blunt about the team's "retooling" process when speaking with Parker...

“I’m as motivated and energized today as I was when I got the job in 1997,” Holland said. “It’s a different job than it was in 1997. We overhauled the team in the early 2000’s and made a nice run. We’re in the process of overhauling the team again, but I believe we can compete for a playoff spot. I’m excited, I’m optimistic. That’s what motivates me.”

And he addressed the Wings' status as a "bubble team," too:

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Remembering Referee Frank Udvari

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

Frank Udvari was an NHL referee in the 1950s and ’60s who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1973. According to Josh Brown of the Waterloo Region Record, Udvari passed away at the age of 90 on Thursday.

Udvari is perhaps best known for being the referee in charge of the infamous game that eventually led to the Richard Riots in Montreal. On March 13, 1955, the Montreal Canadiens played the rival Boston Bruins on the road. During play, Bruins defenseman Hal Laycoe caught Richard with a high-stick by the eye and Udvari put his arm in the air to call a penalty.

But Richard was ready to take the situation into his own hands.

“I told him, ‘I got it, Rock. I got it,’ ” Udvari said when he recalled the incident years later.

Of course, that didn’t stop The Rocket. 

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Video- Mario Lemieux, Legends Of Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Many of you know Mario Lemieux had a great hockey career (hockey-reference.com) and was one of the greatest players to ever play in the NHL.

So on this slow summer night enjoy the 24 minute presentation on Mario Lemieux.

 

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Evening Line

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Red Wings evening news: Observations about the Holland extension and some other stuff

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I had a strange night and slept in (I'm not at liberty to explain why this entry started at 2:30 PM and required some Mountain Dew to finish at 5:48 PM, but let's say I've "had a day"), so I woke up in the middle of the afternoon finding out that the Red Wings have inked GM Ken Holland to a 4-year extension, meaning that there will be at least another "four years of Ken."

I wasn't expecting Holland to go anywhere for at least another decade, and while the lateral signings and over-loyal moves he's made over the past five or six years and especially over the past two have aggravated me to no end, I just want the team to have some front-office continuity and bench continuity--which means locking up Mike Babcock as soon as possible--and my hope is that the presence of Kris Draper, Chris Chelios, Jiri Fischer, Kirk Maltby, etc. in the management group will slowly but surely provide some more progressive player personnel decisions instead of regressive/lateral ones.

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Plymouth Whalers’ alumni game this weekend, exhibition game on Aug 30 to benefit local charities

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Plymouth Whalers:

PLYMOUTH WHALERS ALUMNI PLAY FOR CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK, BEAUMONT HOSPITAL

Whalers Alumni Give a Miracle on Ice on Saturday at 4 pm at Compuware Arena

PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Whalers start their 25th season in the Ontario Hockey League with an event that will prompt more smiles then goals in hosting its Fourth Alumni Game this Saturday, August 16 at 4 pm at Compuware Arena.

Billed “Whalers Alumni Give a Miracle on Ice," proceeds of the game – in the form of a $10 donation – will go to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Beaumont Children’s Hospital.  For the $10 donation, Whalers Alumni will participate in Meet-and-Greet Autograph Session with fans from 2-3:30 pm. Fans can have two items signed by the Alumni.  The game will start promptly at 4 pm.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“You had a lot of complexity around Kovalchuk and some other things. It was a disappointing season. I see it. I was unhappy. I didn’t like being home watching the playoffs on TV. I wanted to be in the playoffs. That’s not lost on me. At the same time, good people and good systems can have disappointing years. We’re long term. We’re focused on making this a great franchise over the long term.”

-Josh Harris, owner of the New Jersey Devils.  More on the Devils from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger.

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Grand Rapids Griffins sign two more NCAA players in Kyle Bonis and Mark Zengerle

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins have signed their fifth NCAA free agent forwards today, adding Ferris State University graduate Kyle Bonis to a mix that includes Shane Berschbach, Alden Hirschfeld and Tyler Barnes--and the team finally announced the signing of University of Wisconsin graduate Mark Zengerle:

The Grand Rapids Griffins on Thursday signed forwards Kyle Bonis and Mark Zengerle to one-year contracts.

A native of Lindsay, Ontario, Bonis picked up 45 points (25-20—45) in 65 games with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades during the 2013-14 season and ranked among team leaders in scoring (4th), goals (2nd) and assists (8th). The 5-foot-11, 175-pound left wing went scoreless in three AHL appearances with the Charlotte Checkers last season and tallied two points (1-1—2) in six games with the Norfolk Admirals late in 2012-13.

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