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Kulfan: Red Wings will reveal assistant coaches’ identities tomorrow

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 10:08 PM: Things you miss out on because you’re sitting in the stands: the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan reports that the Red Wings have decided upon the assistant coaches who will flank Mike Babcock’s shoulders sometime on Friday:

The Red Wings will name coach Mike Babcock’s two assistants Friday. General manager Ken Holland said Babcock went through an extensive interview process with candidates from the junior to pro levels.

Paul MacLean and Brad McCrimmon were Babcock’s assistants in 2010-11. MacLean took the head coaching job with the Ottawa Senators and McCrimmon left to become a head coach in Russia.

“The guys we’ll announce will bring energy and some new ideas,” Holland said. “You want guys with communication skills, some ideas on specialty teams and some new ideas.”

Continued with some tidbits from the Wings’ summer development camp.

Update: The Detroit Free Press’s George Sipple confirms:

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Every Team Feels They May Have Improved, But By How Much?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Some random thoughts as the first week of NHL free agency grinds to an end and the consensus, around the league, is - to paraphrase the immortal band Hot Chocolate - Every 1’s a winner baby!

But can it be so?

Even in an era of bonus points for overtime or shootout losses, there are only a finite number of points up for grabs every year. Logically, if one team is better, somebody else needs to be worse. The one prediction you can safely make every year is that while one team will finish first overall, somebody else has to finish last. And 14 teams will miss the playoffs again, same as every year in the 30-team NHL.

So if the Columbus Blue Jackets are better, and the St. Louis Blues are better, who steps back in the Western Conference?


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Nashville Signs Four Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 7, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forwards Matt Halischuk and Nick Spaling to two-year contracts, and forwards Chris Mueller and Cal O’Reilly to one-year deals. Halischuk’s contract is worth $1.425 million, paying him $600,000 in 2011-12 and $825,000 in 2012-13 while Spaling’s contract is worth $2.1 million, paying him $1 million in 2011-12 and $1.1 million in 2012-13. O’Reilly’s contract will see him earn $1.05 million in 2011-12 and Mueller’s two-way contract will see him paid $550,000 at the NHL level and $65,000 at the AHL level.

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P.K. Subban’s Visit to Haiti

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Canadian Press via TSN:

Visiting earthquake-ravaged Haiti has been an eye-opening experience for the Montreal Canadiens P.K. Subban.

The rookie defenceman and former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque spent three days this week meeting patients and their families at Grace Children’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince and getting a first-hand look at the effects of the Jan. 12, 2010 quake that killed an estimated 300,000 and left more than one million homeless.

“I’ve never been to a poor country, I’ve never even been anywhere in the Caribbean, so this is a pretty different experience,” Subban said in a telephone interview this week. “I don’t know if it changes you, but it definitely affects you as a person.”


More on the NHLPA’s Hockey for Haiti initiative posted here yesterday.

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  Tags: p.k.+subban

Simmonds Signs In Philly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via a Philadelphia Flyers tweet, Per GM Paul Holmgren, #Flyers have signed RW Wayne Simmonds to a multi-year contract extension.

added 4:43pm, Reports are $1.75M per year for two years.

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The Decision Maker In Colorado

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of All Things Avs,

...a little over two years after succeeding the fired Francois Giguere as GM, Sherman seems more confident than ever in assering his leadership in the collaborative process on the hockey side of the operation, while both conceding and welcoming the buck-stops-here reality.

I spoke with him about the Avalanche’s latest moves on Thursday, as newly acquired goaltender Semyon Varlamov was talking with a pack of reporters at his introductory news conference in the Avalanche dressing room.

“I’m very confident in my abilities to do the job I have to do,” Sherman said. “This particular job, while player personnel decisions are a big part of it, there are multiple facets to running a hockey club. I’m very confident in the role.”

Sherman isn’t shying away from it: For better or worse, these are “his” moves and he’ll be accountable for them.

“A hundred percent,” he said. “I make the decision. I’m surrounded by great hockey people, but at the end of the day, make the decision and move forward. I and we believe what we’ve done in the last couple of weeks, culminating with last Friday, has upgraded this hockey club.


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  Tags: greg+sherman

Ducks Sign Brian McGrattan, 1 Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed right wing Brian McGrattan to a one-year contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

McGrattan, 29 (9/2/81), has appeared in 182 career NHL contests with Ottawa, Phoenix and Calgary, collecting 3-11=14 points with 395 penalty minutes (PIM). He most recently played with Calgary in 2009-10, scoring 1-3=4 points in 34 contests with 86 PIM. A native of Hamilton, Ontario, McGrattan appeared in a career-high 60 contests in 2005-06 with Ottawa, scoring 2-3=5 points with 141 PIM.

Update 3:56pm ET: Helene Elliott notes the details

McGrattan is a two-way contract. $600,000/$105,000

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KHL—NHL Agreement to “Avoid Hostility”

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Over at The Malik Report, George has details of the agreement available. And here is the KHL’s press release on the broad strokes of the newly-signed memorandum:

The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and National Hockey League (NHL) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that regulates player transitions between the two bodies, respects the professional contracts of players from both leagues and forces both sides to complete a range of procedures to avoid hostility in the transitioning of players from one league to the other.

The MoU’s conclusion marks an important step forward in the relationship between the two most respected hockey leagues in the world. The nine points of the agreement will be effective for the next 12 months and can be reevaluated at the end of that period.  Terms of the agreement include the exchanging of lists of contracted and free agent players, each league providing the other their standard contract templates and agreeing to appoint official representatives to conduct negotiations in person in Toronto or New York to resolve any player contract disputes.

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  Tags: alexander+medvedev, bill+daly, khl, mou, nhl

Here’s the Wings’ summer development camp roster, try-outs included

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 6:54 PM: Sproul and Macek are participating, Jurco’s wearing #28 and RWC’s Sarah Lindenau was spot-on about the try-outs: From my greedy little hands to you, here’s the Wings’ prospect development camp roster, try-outs included, for those of you who are interested as the youngsters—who didn’t arrive in Traverse City until this morning—get their feet wet with a pretty spirited practice:

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Leafs Sign Phillipe Dupuis, Re-Sign Matt Lashoff

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Brian Compton via Twitter:

Leafs sign F Philippe Dupuis and D Matt Lashoff.

More on Lashoff at TSN.

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  Tags: matt+lashoff, phillipe+dupuis

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