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The Bruins May Have Too Many Defensemen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe,

... Still, nine is too many. Seidenberg is healthy, and so is the injury-prone McQuaid. Miller will be fighting to retain his spot, as will Bartkowski and McQuaid. And Warsofsky, whose skills and size are a duplicate of Krug’s, is likely No. 9 in the field, but will be trying to prove himself.

“I think David’s ready to play in the NHL,” said Providence coach Bruce Cassidy. “Could he beat out eight guys in Boston? I don’t know. That’s a pretty good lineup, right? So a good problem for Boston to have, tough for David. But I’ve always felt if you’re good enough and you’re ready and you go up and prove it, they’ll make room for you.”

That could provide some good competition in camp — if Chiarelli lets it get that far.

Despite the GM emphasizing that he wants to keep his core together, Boychuk ($3.366 cap hit) is a free agent after this upcoming season and could command a deal approaching that of new Washington Capital Brooks Orpik (five years, $27.5 million) on the open market. Boychuk would bring more return and more cap relief than other options. Chiarelli also has already shown a willingness to deal Bartkowski ($1.25 million), who was headed to Calgary at the 2013 trade deadline before the deal was nixed by Jarome Iginla.

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Red Wings overnight report: Ilitches must deliver on their rink-and-entertainment-district promises

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 9:32 AM, updated incredibly substantially with Crain's reports and official renderings, and then with the gist of a Petr Mrazek interview: Sometimes doing this blogging thing is like waiting for battle, especially when the Free Press decides to delay its anchor stories until 5 AM (as per usual on Sunday). You try to keep yourself busy, you try to look for any ancillary hockey news that might pop up (happy 36th birthday to Pavel Datsyuk and happy belated wedding day to Jordin and Jennifer Tootoo)...

And you wait for the deluge. In this morning's case, it's a deluge of stories regarding the Red Wings' follow-on rink and the surrounding economic development, first provided by the Free Press; Crain's Detroit Business will publish its stories about the rink sometime after I go to bed, and I'm sure that this officially official unveiling of the plans will echo through MLive, the Detroit News, Macomb Daily and the local TV stations over the next week or two.

The most important confirmation comes simply via the Freep's "Ilitch Development Timeline," confirming that Joe Louis Arena has two or three seasons to live:

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Simmons discusses Clarkson and the remaining free agent everybody insists is a ‘steal’

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons offers a little less time to hockey notes in the middle of the summer, and aside from his weekly anti-Corsi rant, here's the gist of his hockey commentary from his Sunday notebook:

What happens if David Clarkson is as inept in Year 2 with the Leafs as he was in Year 1? Do they want a $5-million player on their fourth line (who isn’t Mike Richards)? Or will Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment swallow hard and send him to the minors, even if there is very little salary-cap help for doing so. In the end, performance will be up to Clarkson. One NHL scout makes a Michal Handzus comparison to Clarkson: “Los Angeles signed him to a large free-agent contract in ’07. And he sucked the first year. They were kind of frantic about that. But after that, he played OK for them. He really did."

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Still available in free agency: Martin Brodeur, Tim Thomas and Ilya Bryzgalov ... Went over the list of 234 unsigned free agents: The only one I had semi-interest in was Daniel Winnik, banging winger, formerly of the Anaheim Ducks

Simmons continues and discusses his usual myriad of topics...

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Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s Puck Possession

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday I posted the top 20 players by team adjusted Corsi ratings.  This is a group of players who were among the best in terms of puck possession in 2013/14.  Anze Kopitar of Los Angeles leads the pack, since I have already written about him; I will focus on the number two player in the list Marc-Edouard Vlasic of the San Jose Sharks and write a case study on him.

Vlasic has long been listed as one of the most underrated players in the game.  It isn't clear if he should be listed as underrated anymore now that he won a gold medal with Canada in the 2014 Olympics.  Vlasic was more of a depth defenceman in the Olympics, but given the depth of players available to Canada this is impressive. 

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The Recent Signings By The New York Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Both Lee Stempniak (in on a one-year free agent deal for $900,000) and Matt Lombardi (in at $800,000 per for two years) will fall under the AHL threshold, so neither would count against the cap for so much of a nickel if either fails to make the Rangers out of camp.

But these additions of marginal NHL players doesn’t say a lot for the organization’s confidence in the readiness of kids in the organization such as J.T. Miller, Danny Kristo, Oscar Lindberg, Ryan Haggerty and maybe even Jesper Fast to nail down spots with the varsity, much less be difference-makers.

Seriously. Would Stempniak — who scored for the Penguins in Game 1 against the Rangers, then went pointless in the next six matches of the second round while bouncing all over the lineup — or Lombardi — who was in Switzerland last year and hasn’t had a productive NHL season since 2009-10 — have made a difference against L.A.?

And how three years at $1.45 million per for Tanner Glass — scratched by Pittsburgh for five of seven playoff games against the Rangers — is a better investment than one year at $1.633 million for Derek Dorsett escapes me.

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Talking Salary Arbitration

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Gretz of About.com,

Twenty players filed for salary arbitration before the July 5 deadline -- and three more players will be taken to arbitration by their team -- and the hearings are scheduled to begin on Monday, July 21, with Cody Franson of the Toronto Maple Leafs.   

Here is a quick refresher course for how the arbitration process works.

It's a process that teams and players usually try to avoid at all costs. The hearings can be brutal as both sides make their arguments for what the player is worth. Both sides have an agenda, and while the player and his representation are going to make their case for why they deserve a higher contract, the team will make it's case for why they don't.

Even though a player -- or team -- chooses to go the arbitration route and files for it, the hearing can still be avoided by reaching a new contract agreement before the hearing date, something that usually tends to happen.

continued, includes all the salary arbitration dates...

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Pat Foley On The Foster Hewitt Memorial Award

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tracey Myers of CSNChicago,

Pat Foley couldn’t believe it when he got the call earlier this summer: he was a Foster Hewitt Memorial Award winner and would be part of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

“I asked, ‘Wasn’t there anyone else?’” Foley said on Saturday. “Truthfully, it’s still hard to wrap my head around it. But to me, this is the stuff that happens at the end of your career. I think I have a few more miles left in me.”

Foley discussed the prestigious honor, his love of broadcasting and how he got to the Chicago Blackhawks’ booth during his panel session at the Chicago Hilton on Saturday morning.

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Red Wings mid-day news: prospect talk, on ‘shopping around,’ shootouts and Twitterama

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

It's been a rough couple of weeks for Red Wings fans--and it's been a couple of rough weeks for me--so I'm hoping that news slows down a little bit to give us a break from what I will delicately describe as a pair of unpopular free agent signings and a coach who addressed some issues that, on my part, hit too close to home.

Anyway, one would think that the middle of July would yield little news, but every time I scroll through my "Core Wings" Twitter list, I find a solid chunk of "there's still stuff going on" content.

In the prospect department, via RedWingsFeed, OHL Prospects' Brock Otten examined the Wings' Ontario Hockey League-playing prospects as part of his "30 Teams in 30 Days" series. He looks at a pair of OHL graduates in Andreas Athanasiou and Jake Paterson, as well as a pair of strong prospects who will be spending this upcoming season in the OHL:

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Free Press, Crain’s Detroit Business to reveal Red Wings’ rink plans on Sunday

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This will be interesting:

Per Lacy:

The Detroit Free Press appears to have a big exclusive pertaining to the Detroit Red Wings that's so big the newspaper teased it a day early.

It is expected to unveil Sunday plans for the new $650 million Red Wings arena and adjacent entertainment district that will eventually replace Joe Louis Arena, the team's current home.

The message Free Press subscribers received Saturday in an e-mail:

"Arena plans unveiled: Plans for the Detroit Red Wings' new home will include construction of a huge new entertainment district downtown. An exclusive look, only in the Sunday Free Press."

Update:

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How Much Would You Pay Cody Franson In Arbitration?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What would you award Cody Franson (stats)?

 

 

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