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Why Hasn’t A Team Signed Cody Franson?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

It’s now four weeks in to free agency. Franson’s still not signed. How can it be?

Corsi analyst: Franson set to “become one of wealthiest players.”

This will be a bigger mystery if you’re a devout believer in Corsi-based player analysis. Several writers have been saying for some time that Franson scores exceedingly well on Corsi counts.

In December this past season, James Mirtle of Toronto’s Globe & Mail laid out the case: “Franson has also grown into a top pairing role, logging 275 of his 348 even strength minutes (80 per cent) alongside captain Dion Phaneuf so far this year. Despite those minutes and some tough situations, when Franson has been on the ice, the Leafs have been a 50 per cent possession team, nearly 4 per cent better than when he’s on the bench. He drives play, and more than ever, teams are looking for that.”

Then there was analytics writer Steve Burtch, a Leafs fan and perhaps Franson’s biggest on-line booster, writing for Sportsnet: “To put it plainly, Franson produces offensively amongst the elite D-men in the NHL. His possession impacts are amazingly consistent, and have never been negative. He has shown an ability to both reduce shot-attempts against and increase shot-attempts for. And goals-for and against improve significantly when he is on the ice compared to what one would expect based on his usage. … Franson’s on-ice impact and potential UFA status this summer combine to create a very unique combination, and rumours are already spreading that his camp will be seeking a deal worth $5 million-plus annually…. However things play out, Franson is set to become one of the wealthiest players in the NHL a year from now, and for a long time to come. Because despite what the eye test says, he deserves it.”

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‘Roughly Translated’: Axel Holmstrom discusses his hockey upbringing

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Axel Holmstrom conducted a rather lengthy interview with Kuriren.nu's Jimmy Landstrom, and here's a rough translation thereof:

Holmstrom: Jersey number 96 was hung in my place

Ice hockey/Skelleftea. He broke through with a bang last season. Now, Axel Holmstrom discusses his earlier efforts, #96 in Detroit and Skelleftea's hard pre-season training.

The brthers Daniel and Henrik Sedin scored 14 points apiece in the 2000 playoff as juniors. 15 years ago, the record broke. By an 18-year-old from Moskosel outside Arvidsajaur.

Axel Holmstrom scored 18 points (7 goals and 11 assists) in 15 games in the SHL-finals when Skelleftea eventually lost the final series against Vaxjo 4 games to 2.

"There was a lot of talk, but I try not to get too comfortable or satisfied. I don't want to fall back and be safe, but instead, I want to find new goals to strive for. I try to put it behind me, but of course it was an extremely fun thing. Too bad we couldn't win in the end," says Holmstrom to Norrbotten's Kuriren.

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Roose: Ted Lindsay hits 90 today with grace and gratitude

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Today is Ted Lindsay's 90th birthday, and DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose (via RedWingsFeed) engaged in a conversation with the still-spry Lindsday regarding his birthday plans:

“It’s just another day in what has been a very quick life, but and a wonderful life,” Lindsay said during a phone call last week from Harbor Springs. “I did everything that I love to do, played the greatest game in the world with some of the greatest players in the world, and against some of the greatest players.”

As a player, Lindsay was a showman, entertaining the multitudes as a charter member of the famed Production Line with Sid Abel and Gordie Howe. Lindsay is one of six players to have four Stanley Cup rings from the Wings’ dynasty of the 1950s. He also spearheaded a crusade to form the first NHL players’ association, which led to his trade to Chicago 58 years ago this month.

Lindsay finished playing in 1965, an 11-time all star, who won the Art Ross Trophy in 1950 as the league’s leading point producer, ahead of Abel and Howe, who finished second and third that year. He stepped into the front office as the sixth general manager in franchise history in 1976 and remained at the helm until 1980.

Hockey has given Lindsay a comfortable living, which now begins a 10th decade. He doesn’t dwell on the past. He lives for the here and now, though he says it’s fun to look back occasionally on the previous 89 years.

“I would say yes to that because to go into the twilight of your life, I guess, you never think of too many things,” Lindsay said. “Who thinks about 90 years of age? I played the greatest game in the world and never thought about it. But it’s one day at a time. That’s my philosophy, and now, even more so.”

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Evening news: Multimedia, an offseason grade, Mike Green talk and more

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Okay, this entry is a bit of a mishmash, so, we begin with multimedia:

If you haven't seen the "new rendering" of the Wings' follow-on rink, here it is, via MLive's Ian Thibodeau:

In the non-mandatory multimedia department, NHL.com's "Summer With Stanley" blog posted pictures from Brad Richards' day with the Stanley Cup...

And WOOD TV8 posted a clip of Luke Glendening working with the Grand Rapids Griffins' youth hockey campers:

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Audio/Video- Bill Daly On Expansion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly joined Prime Time Sports to talk about potential expansion in the league, and what makes Las Vegas such a unique market.

 

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‘Roughly Translated’: Yet another interview with Tomas Jurco

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Tomas Jurco engaged in one more interview with the Slovak media, this time speaking with Hokej.sk, and here's a very rough translation thereof:

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A Multi-Year Extension For Sean Couturier In Philadelphia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Phiadelphia Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed 6-3, 197-lb center Sean Couturier to a multi-year contract extension, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Couturier, 22 (12/7/1992), recorded a career-high 15 goals and added 22 assists for 37 points in 82 games for the Flyers in 2014-15. Following the season, Couturier helped lead Team Canada to the gold medal at the 2015 IIHF World Championships where he recorded three goals and added four assists for seven points in 10 games.

Couturier appeared in all 82 games for the second consecutive season and has appeared in 287 out of a possible 294 NHL games. He has also appeared in 198 consecutive games, which is the third-most active streak on the Flyers (Jakub Voracek: 226 & Brayden Schenn: 208).

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Quick Reaction To Today’s Trade By The Vancouver Canucks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

For the first time since the Vancouver Canucks originally picked up Adam Clendening, the team finally made a trade where the immediate reaction isn’t to tear out one’s own hair.

Not that this deal is by any means one which will put the Canucks into the playoffs for sure, because at this point that’s looking to be a long shot at best. What it does is get them some insurance at the second-line centre spot in case Bo Horvat can’t seem to make anything happen with his expected promotion — a strong possibility given the wingers he’ll be playing with bear no resemblance to Mike Bossy.

Brandon Sutter gives the Canucks a right-handed centre to take all the key defensive draws on the right side of the ice, which can be handy, and it makes them a little bigger and tougher down the middle, which is certainly an asset in the Western Conference. Canucks general manager Jim Benning considers Sutter a fellow who will be the leader of the young group of players he hopes to assemble here, being slightly more experienced yet still within hailing distance in age of the likes of Horvat, Jake Virtanen, Sven Baertschi, Brendan Gaunce, Jared McCann and the rest he hopes will adorn the roster.

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Michigan Hockey: Detroit doesn’t make 2018 World Junior hosting cut

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This is a bit of a bummer, per Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples:

USA Hockey announced today the five cities that are finalists in contention for hosting the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, but Detroit wasn’t one of them.

USA Today’s Kevin Allen (A Michigan native and resident) had reported in February that Detroit was one possible location for the prestigious international tournament, but per today’s announcement, Hockeytown is not in the running.

Buffalo, Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Tampa are under final consideration by USA Hockey.

“We had interest of varying levels from more than a dozen entities,” said Mike Bertsch, assistant executive director of marketing, communications and events for USA Hockey in a release. “In the end, we’re extremely pleased with the group of finalists. The time and effort each put into the materials that were submitted is impressive and we look forward to continued conversations with each of the finalists.”

Caples continues...

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‘Expertly Translated’: Tomas Jurco’s interview with his hometown paper

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I did the best that I could to translate Tomas Jurco's interview with his hometown paper yesterday, but it was an incredibly challenging piece, and very thankfully, TMR reader Martin Pohanic was willing to translate the article from Slovak to English.

Here's a far, far better translation of Jurco's interview with Kosice Dnes:

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