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Prospect news: Zablocki traded to Lethbridge; Wallner on the Griffins’ struggles

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the WHL, the WHL's website reports that Red Wings prospect Lane Zablocki has been traded from the Red Deer Rebels to the Lethbridge Hurricanes:

The ever-crafty general manager of the Lethbridge Hurricanes struck the latest jaw-dropping trade Friday evening just before 11 p.m. MT, sending 17-year-old forward Josh Tarzwell, a second-round pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft up the highway to the Red Deer Rebels in exchange for high-scoring 19-year-old Detroit Red Wings prospect Lane Zablocki.

“We felt by adding a guy like Zablocki, the way he plays, how hard he plays, how hard he competes and his ability to score big goals is one of the things that jumps out at you,” Anholt said in a team release.

“The injury to [Ryan] Vandervlis pushed this on a little bit further. We saw what Zablocki could do in the playoffs against us in the playoffs with his experience. He’s a quality player and I think any time you have a chance to add that kind of quality, you have to give it a look.”

Zablocki, a 6-foot, 182-pound product of Wetaskiwin, Alta., has managed 19 points (9G-10A) through 31 games with the Rebels this season. Over the course of 167 career WHL regular season games split between Red Deer and the Regina Pats, Zablocki has collected 110 points (55G-55A).

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And in the AHL, the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner penned an article about the Grand Rapids Griffins' struggles thus far:

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How About 34 Teams In The NHL?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

The NHL's commitment to considering Seattle as its 32nd team makes it tempting to wonder whether the NHL is en route to becoming a 34-team league....

This was a logical step for the NHL because there has long been a fascination with Seattle’s potential. Plus, Seattle is a natural fit to join the Western Conference, thereby balancing the league again with 16 teams in each conference.

From there, it’s not a significant leap to see the NHL embracing Houston as the 33rd team and then Quebec City becoming No. 34. Houston is the USA’s fourth-largest city in terms of population. Adding Houston expands the NHL’s television reach.

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A Weird Night For Hockey Related Tweets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

First off Adrian Dater with a night he will probably never forget.

It started out good...

 

Getting bad...

 

Tme to get nervous...

 

Finally, and there are more tweets within his timeline...

 

Below, let's turn our attention to VGN tweets and media in Nashville...

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps

Columbus 5, NEW JERSEY 3
WASHINGTON 4, NY Rangers 2
Vegas 4, NASHVILLE 3 (SO)
CHICAGO 3, Buffalo 2 (OT)
Minnesota 3, ANAHEIM 2 (OT)

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Prospect news: Griffins, Walleye lose; Rasmussen scores 2; Pope 2+1; Holway 1+2

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, the Grand Rapids Griffins are in some trouble. At 9-11-and-3, they're 15 points removed from the Central Division-leading Manitoba Moose, and they keep finding ways to lose, just like their parent team.

The Griffins opened a crucial stretch of 3 games in 3 nights (and a very busy December schedule) with a 4-1 loss to the Rockford IceHogs on Friday night, and without Tyler Bertuzzi (recalled to Detroit) or Turner Elson (injured) in the lineup, the Griffins have some legitimate concerns about their scoring abilities, as the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner noted:

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Blues set-up

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings hope to get the jump on an elite opponent as the 19-8-and-2 St. Louis Blues come to town this afternoon (1 PM EST on FSD/FS Midwest/Sportsnet 1/97.1 FM)

The Red Wings (11-12-and-5) own a modest one-game winning streak, and are still attempting to rebound from a 7-game losing streak; the Blues have won 2 straight, including a 4-3 win over Montreal and then a 3-0 win over Dallas on Thursday.

St. Louis has gone 3-2-and-1 over their past 6 games, and they're playing back-to-back games this weekend, also hosting the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. As such, the Blues are concerned about playing Jake Allen in both games--because they just recalled Ville Husso from the AHL--as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas noted:

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Krupa’s Opinion On Ken Holland’s Future In Detroit

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Red Wings ring bells for the Salvation Army

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

WXYZ's Brad Galli filed a report about the Red Wings ringing kettle bells for the Salvation Army on Friday. The Wings apparently raised $16,000 for the Salvation Army's STRIVE street hockey program:

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Jimmy Howard speaks with 97.1 the Ticket about the red seats

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Jimmy Howard appeared on 97.1 the Ticket's Jamie and Stoney show this morning, speaking with Jamie Samuelssen and Jeff Riger, and Howard had this to say about the Red Wings' empty seats, as noted by CBS Detroit's Will Burtchfield:

It’s not that the team has had trouble drawing fans to its new arena; the Wings rank third in the NHL in attendance. It’s that they’ve had trouble drawing fans to the action.

With so much to do in the building besides watch a hockey game, and with the home team struggling to win, many fans have given in to the lure of the concourse. Jimmy Howard, who has lots of time to scan the crowd from his vantage point in the crease, understands all the abandoned seats.

“There’s so much happening down there that you do notice it at the beginning of periods, but people are out enjoying the new experience,” Howard told  97.1 The Ticket. “Everyone that comes down to that arena for the first time, they probably want to take it all in and it’s probably a little overwhelming. I really haven’t been up on the concourse,” he admitted with a laugh, “but there’s a lot to see.”

Burtchfield continues and here's the Howard interview:

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Wyshynski: D-Boss bobblehead approved by Larkin

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

If you are not already aware of the promotion, the Red Wings are giving away "D-Boss" Dylan Larkin bobbleheads on Monday against Florida...

And ESPN's Greg Wyshynski reports that the bobbleheads were approved by the man himself:

The Red Wings had already done a "game-action pose" Larkin bobblehead, so they wanted to do something different for his second doll.

"Kevin Fisher, our game presentation manager, asked if I could check with Dylan to see if he'd be OK with us doing a D-Boss bobblehead instead of the typical hockey pose, in uniform," said Todd Beam, director of public relations for the Red Wings. "Dylan has embraced the D-Boss video, after initially trying to distance himself from it a bit when it first came out. And now, through his agent, has actually starting selling D-Boss T-shirts. So when I approached him with the idea for the bobblehead, he really liked it."

Larkin took an active role in creating the bobblehead, checking proofs through the production process. This video announcement above was the first time he saw the finished product, and Beams said he dug it.

Wyshynski continues, discussing the Shirtless Joe Thornton bobblehead...

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