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Why Not The Flyers?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of the Phillynews,

The club president isn’t predicting that the Flyers’ four-plus decades without a Stanley Cup are about to end. That, he knows, would be foolish. But he likes the direction in which the team is headed under general manager Ron Hextall. He thinks the likely injection of several rookies will complement the core that features Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek, and Ivan Provorov.

“Obviously, our plan is to make the playoffs this year and see what happens,” Holmgren said Wednesday in his Wells Fargo Center office. “I think what Ron is doing, and has been doing, is put our team in a position where we can make multiple playoff runs with the hopes of winning Stanley Cups along the way. That was his goal when he took over three-plus years ago. I think if you look at our team now and where we are from this moment out, that’s kind of where we’re at.”

Holmgren, who recently had cornea surgery to try to improve the almost-lost sight in his right eye, said the Flyers are a “team that’s setting ourselves up for multiple playoff runs with the idea of winning a Stanley Cup or two along the way. … I think we’re a team that’s poised to take some steps forward over the next number of years. Could it be this year? Yeah, why not?”

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The Russian Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

... And Marchenko’s signing, just like that of Markov, Nesterov, Grigorenko and so on, is simply another part of the plan the Russian Hockey Federation has had since the NHL announced it wouldn’t be sending players to the 2018 Olympics. Following the NHL’s early April declaration, the RHF released a statement saying it would attempt to keep its top talent in Russia and persuade top Russian free agents to play in the KHL, giving them the opportunity to suit up in Pyeongchang — an opportunity they seemingly won’t have in the NHL cut.

Russia hasn’t medalled at the Olympics, let alone stood atop the podium, in more than 15 years. Not since 1998 has Russia won a silver medal. And it’s been more than two decades since a gold medal was awarded to the nation. Russia is planning on changing that in February, though, and it’s starting with bulking up by brining any and all potential national team members home.


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The Future Is Now The Present In Edmonton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Draisaitl, in his round of phone interviews that began at noon with rights holder 630 CHED, was adamant about his long-term desire to be an Oiler. The only question to most was whether Draisaitl might have to do a bridge deal if general manager Peter Charelli was going to balk at a number more than the $7 million or so suggested by contracts of comparable players.

“For me there was never even a thought to go anywhere else or to think about going anywhere else,” Draisaitl made it clear.

“You look at options, but for me personally, I just want to be with this group as long as possible. We have such a good group and I really do believe we have something special coming up in Edmonton,” added the NHL’s eighth top scorer with 77 points during the regular season and Oilers top producer in the playoffs with 17.

The ecstasy is that the modern day dynamic duo equivalent of Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier are both signed far enough into the future to take them through their prime time years of most careers.

McDavid’s eight-year extension, keeps him here for the next nine years. The captain has one year remaining on his entry-level deal. Draisaitl’s new deal kicks in this season. And there’s something to be said with both deals not ending at the same time.

Bottom line?

The future is now!


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Dylan Larkin Ready For His 3rd NHL Season

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings third-line center.

"Right behind Henrik Zetterberg and Frans Nielsen," Larkin, 21, said.

For how long depends on Larkin's production.

That Larkin pictures himself as the Red Wings' No. 3 center behind Zetterberg and Nielsen isn't all that surprising considering he regressed in his second NHL season and has about 30 games of experience playing in the middle in the League....

Blashill said he saw signs of Larkin coming of age when he coached him in the 2017 IIHF World Championship after last season. Larkin was second on the United States with 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in eight games.

"What happens when a coach is pointing out a lot of mistakes or you might be sitting out shifts because of mistakes is you lose your confidence. It's just part of the process of developing, it really is," Blashill said. "I think as last season went along, he learned to play that complete game that is going to make him successful and he regained his confidence. I really saw that at the World Championship, so I expect Dylan to hit the ground running this year."


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The Outlook For Riley Sheahan

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2017-18 outlook: Sheahan got off to a bad start which snowballed into a historically poor campaign. He had finished strong in 2015-16, when he began utilizing his big frame to go to the net and stay there, resulting in better production.

But it didn't carry over and he seemed to quickly lose confidence.

It was a puzzling season, since he was productive his first three years as a third-line center (36 goals in 202 games).

Coach Jeff Blashill continued to show faith in Sheahan, keeping him in the lineup and on the power play as a net-front presence. He should have been sat sooner and more often, and other alternatives should have been explored on an ineffective power play to which Sheahan did not contribute (one goal, two assists).

Blashill cited Sheahan's responsible defensive play, but his plus-minus rating suggests otherwise.

Was it an aberration? The Vegas Golden Knights apparently don't think so, passing on Sheahan in the expansion draft in favor of Tomas Nosek, another third-/fourth-line center, but with only 17 NHL games on his resume.


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The overnight report: Hangin’ with Mac, prospect talk, and Tweets and videos of note

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. DetroitRedWings.com's Art Regner conducted a 55-minute interview with Darren McCarty for the latest "Red and White Authority" podcast:

2. ESPN's Corey Pronman issued his team prospect rankings on Monday, and in terms of his team-by-team analyses, the rankings were a little short...

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Video- Ken Holland Was On NHL Tonight Yesterday

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Update: Here's the video in conventional form:

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Preview Week At The Little Caesars Arena And The District Detroit

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

(DETROIT – August 16, 2017) Olympia Entertainment today announced details surrounding Little Caesars Arena Preview Week. Events and activities will take place from Sept. 5-10 to provide fans, partners and community members chances to see the state-of-the-art home of the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and world-class entertainment acts – culminating with the official Grand Opening of Little Caesars Arena on Sept. 12, as Detroit’s-own Kid Rock plays his first of six shows to open the more than 20,000-seat arena.

“It’s thrilling to open our doors and welcome our fans and neighbors to experience this world-class venue for the first time,” said Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. “We can’t wait to share the many engaging, memorable spaces and innovative technologies that will allow Little Caesars Arena to provide one of the greatest fan experiences in all of sports and entertainment.”

As part of Little Caesars Arena’s Preview Week, there are several opportunities to preview the state-of-the-art and innovative centerpiece of The District Detroit:

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One More Year For Matt Cullen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

Matt Cullen could have retired a back-to-back champ or re-signed in Pittsburgh for a chance to three-peat.

Instead, the born and bred Minnesotan and former St. Cloud State standout has made a family decision and decided to return for a second stint and 20th NHL season with his home-state Wild, multiple sources say.

Cullen's deal is expected to be a one-year contract with performance bonuses.


added 3:14pm, Wild release is below....

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John Tavares In No Hurry To Sign A Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

John Tavares is not worried about his contract situation. Even as training camp looms in less than a month, the Islanders captain and star player said the fact that he’s prepared to enter this season, the last under his current deal, without an extension is not causing him to lose any sleep.

“For me, there’s really no rush,” Tavares told Newsday in a phone interview Wednesday morning. “I’m trying to determine things, let the process run its course, keep the lines of communication open, keep it all internal and it’s been good so far … In terms of signing a new contract, there’s a lot that goes into it. To really dive into all the details, get into all the conversations I’ve had with Garth [Snow], the team and Doug [Weight], I don’t think it’s productive to the situation and the negotiating. I prefer to keep it all internal, that’s the best way to keep it all open, honest and healthy.”


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