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All About The NHL All-Star Competition

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Jan. 19, 2017) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced the details of the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the format of the six events that will showcase hockey’s top talent on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. Prior to the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition™, NHL legends will face celebrities from the worlds of movies, television and music in the 2017 NHL All-Star Celebrity Shootout™, a friendly hockey game at 2:15 p.m. PT at STAPLES Center.

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Two Injured Wings Close To A Return

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Coach Jeff Blashill said after Thursday's practice that Helm's status will be determined after Friday's pregame warmups.

"Right now we're shooting for tomorrow,but we'll have a final determination after the pre-game skate," Blashill said.

If Helm is cleared, forward Steve Ott will be placed on injured reserve to clear a roster spot. Blashill said Ott has been bothered by a shoulder issue since the Jan. 1 Centennial Classic in Toronto and reaggravated it in Dallas on Jan. 12. He hasn't played the past three games but has continued to practice....

Defenseman Niklas Kronwall (groin) also is close to returning. He is not expected back Friday, but might return on Sunday. The club would need to clear a roster spot before activating Kronwall.

"Absolutely (Sunday), but we'll see what the medical team says and go from there," Kronwall said. "But I feel pretty good."


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Where Are They Now?:  Detroit Red Wings Edition

Blog: KK Members Blog By Primis

Detroit Red WIngs GM Ken Holland has traded away a fair amount of prospects/young players in recent years, in addition to losing several more on waivers.  Detroit fans have fretted, gnashed teeth, and more still over most all of these losses in some form.

So... where are these guys now, and what are they actually doing?

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Wings Practicing At The Joe

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Jimmy Howard working with goaltending coach Jeff Salajko before practice. Not facing shots yet.

RedWings on ice for practice. Petr Mrazek in starter's net. Face @BuffaloSabres tomorrow at 7.

Brendan Smith (knee) practicing for first time since injury on Jan. 4. 

Zetterberg not skating today. Likely maintenance day. Will know after practice.

Helm skating on line with Glendening and Abdelkader. Miller rotating in.

Other lines in battle drills for #RedWings:
Nyquist-Ott (holding Zetterberg's place)-Mantha

added 1:57pm, Ted Kulfan tweet,

Kronwall likely to play either friday or Sunday

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Custance updates the Red Wings prospects’ progress

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

ESPN's Craig Custance has spent this week assessing prospect progress across the NHL, and today, he penned an Insider-only article discussing the Atlantic Division's prospects. Here's what he had to say about the Red Wings' prospects:

Detroit Red Wings

Preseason ranking: The graduation of Dylan Larkin to the NHL dropped the Red Wings from No. 7 to No. 18.

Prospect making the most progress: Daniel Renouf, D, Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)

Shawn Horcoff is in his first season with the Red Wings organization as director of player development and has spent a lot of time watching the growth of Detroit’s young players in Grand Rapids. The play of Renouf has stood out to him. The University of Maine product has nine points in 31 games for the Griffins.

“He’s a shut-down guy in the making,” Horcoff said.

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NHL Players On Changes They Would Make To The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from ESPN,

This week's Big Question: What changes would you make to the game and why?

Brendan Gallagher, RW, Montreal Canadiens: "Take out the goal crease. That would be more fun for a guy like me, it would help my game. Wait a minute, our goalie wouldn't like that. Let me rethink that. Let's make the nets bigger. Because he will still be able to stop pucks and we'll be able to put more in."

Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks: "One thing that we need to do a little bit of a better job is that coach's challenge and a way to speed it up a little bit. I feel like a lot of times we're waiting at the bench to see if they're going to challenge and it ends up taking so long. The other night in Detroit, it went in our favor; it's not like we got screwed on it, but they went and looked at it, then we challenged it, then they went back and looked at it. That part of it slows things down for me, and I really don't care for it."

continue for more players answering the question...

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Video-Highlights From The NHL Games Played Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

3 1/2 minutes of action from the NHL games played last night.


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Reason Behind Shane Doan’s Decision To Waive His No Movement Clause

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports,

Doan said in multiple interviews this week that this isn’t the first time he has considered the possibility of a Cup run with another team. It’s true there has been considerable interest from multiple teams for his services in the past, but Doan has never truly reciprocated that interest. Like Larry Fitzgerald, he has been an Arizona lifer; a loyal soldier who clung to the admirable and sometimes naïve belief that he could realize his championship dreams in Arizona before his career ended.

So what has changed? What is it in his voice that makes this possibility sound so much more real? How did such a perfect marriage end up on the rocks so late in the game? How did the Coyotes and Doan end up in this unhappy place?

The seeds of discontent can be traced to this summer’s prolonged contract negotiation when the Coyotes initially asked Doan to take a significant pay cut over the $4.55 million he had earned the previous season when he scored 28 goals. Doan never imagined that would happen and it opened his eyes to the possibility that the new hockey operations department — president Gary Drummond, executive vice president (and coach) Dave Tippett and newly hired GM John Chayka — was fully prepared to move on from him, despite his immeasurable contributions to the franchise and the community.

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Jeff Blashill On Players Earning Their Ice Time

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Will Burchfield of CBS Detroit,

Earlier this week, Red Wings GM Ken Holland laid down a hardline philosophy on ice time. In short, veterans can have off nights but young players can’t.

Coach Jeff Blashill elaborated on this on Thursday.

“I don’t know (about) the word ‘veteran,’ because veteran can be murky. I don’t know when you define yourself as a veteran,” Blashill told the Jamie and Stoney Show on 97.1 The Ticket. “Here’s what I’ll say. When you play good hockey, you earn what I guess I’d call credit, you earn trust. Sometimes, then, when you don’t play good hockey, that trust and credit that you’ve earned previously carries you through more ice time. But at some point, that trust and credit goes away and if you keep playing poor hockey then you end up in a spot where you are not playing. That’s kind of how it works.”

But it’s not as simple as dolling out ice time based on sheer results.

“The other side of it,” Blashill went on, “is the determination from me, who are our best players and will a benching by sending a message help that person? Is that person giving everything he has every day, anyways, and maybe it’s a confidence thing and so the benching doesn’t help? Does that person need a wake up call in a benching, whether it’s in a game or from game to game?

Blashill continues and mentions Mantha and Athanasiou...

Update: The interview can be heard below:

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Video- Yea Mike Milbury, But It Is Our Dump

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Tweet verbiage contains NSFW language, so it is posted below...

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