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Evening Line - Taylor Hall

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“It’s gotten to the point now, not just for myself but for every player on our team, if we’re going to get the recognition … our team has to be a better team than it’s been in the pas. When we see players vault to levels that they weren’t at before, it’s usually because of their playoff performance. Or the way they were able to get their team into the playoffs.

“The same applies to me: In order for me to get the recognition I want from Edmonton fans and outside sources … it’s going to have to be because our team is good.”

-Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers.  More on Hall from Mark Spector of Sportsnet.

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St. James updates Daniel Alfredsson’s situation with Red Wings and back, Mantha’s issue

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Free Press's Helene St. James' article about Danny DeKeyser re-signing:

Holland said Daniel Alfredsson is seeing back specialists and will definitely not be at training camp. Alfredsson, 41, badly wants to play another season, but the team will give him the time he needs to assess if that's feasible in light of latest setback.

Holland said top prospect Anthony Mantha sat out Tuesday's prospects tournament finale because of being a little banged up, but Mantha is expected to be ready to hit the ice Friday for the first day of training camp.

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Red Wings Tweet: DeKeyser signs 2-year contract

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

About damn time:

added 5:27pm,

added 5:30pm,

added 5:51pm,

added 5:55pm, Press release is below...

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‘Mantha Mania’ note: No #39 for tonight’s 3rd place game vs. Carolina

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 7:33 PM: I hate to feed the "Mantha Mania," but Anthony Mantha skipped the Red Wings prospects' morning skate, though he wasn't wearing any ice bags, nor did he look hobbled, and it appears that Mantha won't be playing in tonight's 3rd place game against the Carolina Hurricanes (6:30 PM at Centre Ice Arena's West Rink):

The game's box score will be available here on Pointstreak, and a "pre-game" set of notes is already available; internet permitting, the Wings, Winging It in Motown's SlapShotgoal, MLive's Brendan Savage, myself, the Carolina Hurricanes' gameday account and CarolinaHurricanes.com's Michael Smith will be live-tweeting the game.

I'm guessing that whatever's ailing Mantha is minor; the Wings' main training camp begins on Friday, and the less stiff and sore Mantha is, the better.

While we're waiting for news from the Wings, you can read my recap of yesterday's game and now read and watch Winging It in Motown's SlapShotgoal's re-cap and highlights, and the "Captain's Practice" post has been updated half a dozen times.

Updates below, though they're not interesting--except for St. James' report that Alfredsson's seeing a back specialist:

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Centre Ice Arena holding second Mark Howe book signing

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

In Metro Detroit, Michigan Hockey reports that the Red Wings' community tour is going quite well...

And up here in Traverse City, if are coming up for training camp, the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau reports that Mark Howe will be signing copies of his memoir, Gordie Howe's Son: A Hall of Fame Life Lived in the Shadow of Mr. Hockey for a second time this Saturday:

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Video- Anaheim Ducks Fans Get A Surprise When They Pick Up Their Season Tickets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

You never know who you will see when you pick up your tickets.

 

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Anaheim Re-Signs Devante Smith-Pelly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Anaheim Ducks,

The Ducks have signed right wing Devante Smith-Pelly to a two-year contract through the 2015-16 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Smith-Pelly, 22 (6/14/92), has scored 9-14=23 points with 18 penalty minutes (PIM) in 75 career NHL games with the Ducks. Smith-Pelly set career highs in assists (8) and plus/minus (+5) in his third NHL season in 2013-14, appearing in 19 games with Anaheim. The 6-0, 222-pound winger also made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in 2014, leading the Ducks with five goals (5-0=5) and ranking third with 24 PIM.

 

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Red Wings ‘Captain’s Practice’ post in progress: Bert on ice, Jurco talks GR

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 5x at 4:41 PM: In Captain's Practice news, Twitter version: From DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose...

It's the last day of captain's practices for the #RedWings at JLA, and forwards Tomas Jurco and Todd Bertuzzi have joined in for first time.

MLive's Ansar Khan...

Todd Bertuzzi has joined his former Wings teammates for the final informal practice at JLA before camp.

...

Bertuzzi has not been invited to camp on a tryout by the Wings, Ken Holland said.

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...

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Mike Richards Wants To Move Up The LA Kings Depth Chart

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Mike Richards, it sounds like anyway, kept his word to the Mad Professor.

Faced with the possibility of his contract being bought out by the Stanley Cup champions, the 29-year-old Richards vowed to Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi in June that he would be more committed to his workouts this summer to help bring back the Mike Richards of old. He would commit himself to trying to bring back the player that Lombardi traded for in the summer of 2011, the one that help transform the Kings from pretenders into winners.

"This summer, I put in the work," Richards told ESPN.com over the phone Monday. "Of course, injuries can happen, but at least going into the season right now I feel good and I’ve skated a lot more than I have in the past. I feel prepared and I’m excited for the year."

As Richards pointed out, who knows exactly how that translates to his on-ice performance once the season starts, but he says he feels much better at this point than he did a year ago. 

continued

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NHL Playoff Odds

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

First a little primer...

 

 

Now on to the odds via Bovada,

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