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Griffins offer ‘puck pass’ payment plan for season tickets

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins are employing a unique installment plan for season-ticket packages:

The Grand Rapids Griffins and Lake Michigan Credit Union have partnered for the 2013-14 season to bring back the LMCU Puck Pass, allowing fans to buy season tickets now and pay later.

The option is available to both new and renewing season-ticket holders. Fans can purchase their full-season, 20-game or 10-game ticket plans and delay payment with a low interest loan over equal monthly installments.

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Questioning God (AKA Daniel Alfredsson)

Blog: KK Members Blog By Da lil Guy

At some point on Thursday, the Ottawa sports media will be stirred from the sleepy doldrums of summer to meet with the man who was, until recently, the longest serving captain in the NHL and the dominant face of the Ottawa Senators franchise. They'll get to question him on why he chose to break the hearts of his faithful and leave for the apparently greener pastures of the Motor City.

The thing is, in the Ottawa media, questioning Daniel Alfredsson is not exactly the natural state of things. Alfie's word has been held to be gospel truth, his actions sacrosanct, his motives pure. Even when he might have seemed to have mispoke, it would be considered the height of blasphemy to do anything less than rush immediately to his defence. A lack of faith in the cult of Alfie was enough to prove one was (at least) out of touch with reality (or worse still, a Leafs fan).  Little wonder, to those in Ottawa, that I-Phone's helpful homonculus, Siri, famously confused Alfie with God.

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson

UFA Dman Douglas Murray Draws Interest From Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,

The Canucks have been kicking the tires on huge free agent defenceman Douglas Murray, his agent confirmed on Tuesday morning.

“We’ve talked to them off and on all summer,” said player agent Anton Thun. “At this point we’re not close to signing. There are a group of clubs that have interest, so it comes down to the right circumstances and the right dollars. At this point in time there’s a gridlock in terms of cap space and money availability with a number of clubs. Until some of that shakes out and the dominoes start to fall, I think the market is going to be tight. Whenever that starts to shake out, we’ll react accordingly as to what might be the right place.”

The Canucks have just six defencemen signed to NHL contracts next season – two under the usual number – and two of those are fringer Yannick Weber and rookie Frank Corrado.

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  Tags: douglas+murray

Wings Prepared To Go To Camp With What They Have

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Ansar Khan of Mlive had a chat with Ken Holland today...

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland made a concerted effort to clear some roster spots and shed salary by making a trade this off-season, but had no luck.

It doesn't appear as if anything will materialize before the season.

“Things are pretty quiet,'' Holland said Tuesday. “There's not much going on.

“At this stage, lots of teams will go to camp feeling their kids will fill holes for them.''

That will force the Red Wings to seek other means to trim up to two players before the start of the season.

“If we have to go to training camp with what we have I feel OK,'' Holland said. “There will be more talk in camp. There's moves to be made to get ourselves cap compliant.''

continue for more on the Wings including Nyquist contract talks...

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Brule Signs PTO With Phoenix

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Gilbert Brule will in fact be getting that second chance at the NHL he was hoping for when training camp opens next month.

The former Vancouver Giants star has confirmed earlier rumblings that he has signed a professional tryout agreement with the Phoenix Coyotes, the team to which he was slated to return at the conclusion of last season’s lockout. But things had not gone well for Brule while he was playing under former Vancouver Canucks coach Marc Crawford in Zurich of the Swiss league at the outset of last season and, of course, before that, as earlier reported in The Province. Brule stepped away from hockey to get his life in order.

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  Tags: gilbert+brule

Building On Mike Sundheim’s Advice On How To Break In

Blog: KK Hockey By Monica McAlister

So, you have decided that you want to work in sports.  Great news! You finally have discovered what it is you want to do with your life.  Think that was hard?  Just wait until you try to break in to the sports world.

Carolina Hurricanes' Mike Sundheim published a piece on the teams’ site this morning with some helpful tips and advice for those that are trying to break into the sports world; I read through it and have some pointers of my own.

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Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This one worked out better: Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM this afternoon, and here's his conversation with Ryan Ermanni and Rico Beard. Holland addressed the Wings' "size" issues going into the East and their status as a team that remains in transition in a six-and-a-half-minute interview:

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Do You Have A Problem With Chara Posing For A Picture With Hossa And The Stanley Cup?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

Should Chara have popped into his neighbor’s party given that the Cup’s appearance came courtesy of the 6-foot-9 defenseman and his B’s teammates falling in Game 6 of the Cup Final.

Chara was a minus-6 in the final three B’s losses to the Blackhawks in the Final, and was on the ice for a boatload of goals against as Boston’s defensive stalwarts collapsed against Chicago’s best players. A hip pointer helped add to Chara’s struggles, but it’s clear the Blackhawks really gave the B’s shutdown pair of Chara and Dennis Seidenberg some major problems.

While B’s teammates like Chris Kelly, Shawn Thornton and Tuukka Rask have talked about how much the “loss still stings” and how much it “sucked” less than two months later, Chara had no problems posing with Hossa in front of Lord Stanley’s Cup.

It was a 180 degree turn from the stoic, guarded persona Chara took on during the two month playoff run when he wasn’t interested in giving anything more than one sentence answers, and rightly put all focus into his efforts on the ice.

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  Tags: zdeno+chara

It’s a little clunky, but here’s Mike Babcock’s interview on 105.1 FM

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I tried recording Red Wings coach Mike Babcock's interview on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM, and it came out a little clunky (you can hear Tweetdeck updating and a Skype message coming in) as this is the first time I've ever recorded anything on my computer, but I snagged the vast majority of the interview (Babcock started the interview being asked about the Tigers' management, I believe), and Babcock emphasizes the importance of adding Daniel Alfredsson (as well as the recruitment process) and his hopes that Darren Helm will return to health in a six-and-a-half minute interview:

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Red Wings morning report: ‘scouting the Penguins,’ KH on 105.1 FM today and the training camp fund

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Upated 4x at 1:26 PM: Last night's crop of Red Wings-related news was very thin, so if you missed it, the Wings are selling preseason tickets this morning, and the Wings will begin selling regular season single-game tickets on August 24th.

Otherwise, MLive's Ansar Khan examines a team that the Wings will play much more often in the Eastern Conference in the Pittsburgh Penguins...

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