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The NHL’s ‘credit facility’s’ gone up as a result of the new CBA’s terms

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Until the bottom fell out of the world's economy in 2009, the NHL's 30 member franchises--yes, all of them, even Florida and Phoenix--were cashing in on the second lockout's promises of every-year increases (usually by double-digit percentages) in NHL teams' equitable values.

The theory went something like this: if you're running a large business and your largest expense, player compensation, is both capped at a fixed percentage of league-wide revenues, and has nothing less than an ironclad link to a certain percentage thereof, especially with a capped limit (at 57-and-change cents on the dollar under the previous CBA), even teams that lost money on a salaries-versus-ticket-sales basis were good investments.

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Red Wings afternoon news: charitable alumni endeavors, Calder Cup fun and more prospect talk

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings-related news: one member of the Red Wings' front office is taking part in a charitably "working" vacation activity today...

Red Wings VP Jimmy Devellano also spoke with the Free Press's George Sipple to answer a fan-submitted question as to why the Red Wings have not chosen to wear a "third jersey," despite the obviously huge merchandise sales that they'd rake in:

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Grand Rapids Griffins release second playoff journey video

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins released a fantastic 15-minute video chronicling the first part of their playoff journey last week, and Tomas Tatar points us toward the second installment of the series--which is TWENTY-FIVE minutes long:

Here it is:

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Put The Langenbrunner Retirement Talk On Hold

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Weegman of the Duluth News Tribune,

The former Cloquet High School star was to be feted for his 18-year playing career, one which organizers of a fundraising hockey game at the Heritage Center apparently believed to be over after hip surgery ended Langenbrunner’s season with the St. Louis Blues after just four games.

But the ceremony was a late scratch as Langenbrunner has no plans on retiring.

“I’m not ready yet,” he said before taking the ice at the Heritage Summer Hockey Classic. “After going through the surgery (for a torn labrum), I feel as good as I have as far as skating. It’s great to get to a point where there’s no pain skating, and I’m looking forward to continuing my training this summer and see where it takes me.”

An unrestricted free agent, Langenbrunner can sign with any team.

“It’s a process of waiting to see what teams need,” he said. “They went through their prospect camps, and then teams reconvene and figure out what they want to do — whether they want to bring in a veteran guy or if they are going to go young. We’ll see in the next couple weeks if there’s a good opportunity, and, if not, then I will figure out the next stage of life.”

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Centre Ice Arena/The Left Wing Lock releases Red Wings prospect tournament schedule

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings released their version of the 2013 prospect tournament schedule on Monday, but the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau received an ever-so-slightly different version of the schedule from Centre Ice Arena itself, and when the rink publishes the schedule, you go with the rink's information as 1,000% correct:

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While We Wait For Olympic News And The NHL Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

You can watch this Sports Science feature on putting a Sumo wrestler in the net while Georg Parros tries to score.

 

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Remembering Wayne Flemming

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Almost four months after Fleming lost his lengthy battle with brain cancer at age 62, the sizable crowd on hand at C.O.P.’s Markin MacPhail Centre to salute Fleming was treated to plenty of stories of a man who touched so many on his winding hockey trail.

A teammate from his Swiss playing days revealed Fleming’s favourite food earned him the nickname “Pudding,” setting the tone for two hours of positive reflection dotted with plenty of healing laughter.

Nashville Predators coach Trotz referred to the man who got him into coaching as his “mentor, father figure and moral compass as a coach.” Quinn credited associate coach Fleming for all the gameplans at the 2002 Salt Lake Games at which Canada won its first Olympic gold in 50 years. He also recalled “Flemmer” taking advantage of a typically lengthy Hitchcock media briefing by switching the sweatsuits of Hitch and fellow assistant Jacques Martin.

As former players and colleagues of Fleming’s attested, the native of Snowflake, Man., who started his career at the University of Manitoba, would stop at nothing to do whatever he could to make his troops as comfortable as possible going into battle.

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Gilbert Brule Trying To Get Another Shot At The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vanvouver Province,

Brule was drafted sixth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2005, but they dealt him to Edmonton after 2½ disappointing seasons. And the young man who was once tabbed to be a multimillion-dollar superstar in the NHL soon found himself out of the league after the Oilers also cut him loose following three mostly unproductive seasons.

But Brule says there were reasons he hadn’t built on his 2009-10 season, when he scored a career-high 17 goals and 37 points in just 65 games with Edmonton.

Brule was depressed about his fractured relationship with his father, Chris Brule — a man, who until recently, had been heavily involved in his son’s career, even long before he became a star with the Giants.

The medications Gilbert was on seemed to exacerbate the problem.

Brule says he entrusted his father with the care of the money he had worked so hard for, with the understanding that he was building a company for him.

Instead, he says his dad was doing something else with the money, something that ended poorly.

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Red Wings overnight report: Holland heads west and Smith chats with TSN 1050

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The NHL's 2013-2014 schedule was supposed to be released today, but only in the case of the NHL, the IIHF and the International Olympic Committee having agreed upon a framework for NHL participation in the 2014 Olympics...

And the IOC isn't the kind of organization that likes to be rushed, the NHL and the IIHF aren't exactly bestest buddies, and even by Russian governmental project standards, the Sochi Olympics' construction, infrastructure-building and organization are so grossly bloated and bogged down by corruption and kickbacks that it might make Vladimir Putin blush through his botox.

So who the hell knows whether we're going to see a schedule today, tomorrow or two weeks from now. That two-week break in mid-February is something of a "keystone" as far as the 13-14 schedule's concerned, so until the deal is done, we'll all be in the same holding pattern that so many free agents find themselves in as general managers head to their summer homes.

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Tanner Glass Has The Worst Adjusted +/-

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It was late June when I wrote the sabermetrics and hockey post listing the worst 20 players in the 2013 season by adjusted +/-.  The worst player was Tanner Glass of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Pittsburgh also had the top players in the league in Sidney Crosby's linemates Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz

Tanner Glass is one player who doesn't belong on a team as good as Pittsburgh.  He managed only two points all season but played every regular season game.  Come playoff time, he was scratched in all but five playoff games.  When the games got important, Pittsburgh realized that he was a liability.  Despite that he is signed for next season.  It will be interesting if Pittsburgh plays him regularly next season.  Glass is your typical example of a player who is ineffective and still playing.  He is a hard working, fan favorite that his teammates like who has been totally ineffective.  It is hard to scratch  popular player who works hard regardless of how much of a liability he is.  A player like Tanner Glass shouldn't be in the NHL.  Even in his best season, he had never done better than five goals and 16 points.  The typical "replacement player" would be more valuable than Tanner Glass.

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