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Practice post: Franzen will return to Red Wings’ lineup Friday; on Babcock, Callahan, etc.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 5x at 3:53 PM: On Wednesday, Todd Bertuzzi began to pursue a post-hockey-playing career in coaching (though he's still hoping to get a call from some NHL team) taking in the practices of Tyler Bertuzzi'sGuelph Storm, and you and I discussed the Red Wings' shootout issues, Mike Babcock's future, the Mattias Backman issue and the consistency of a certain general manager's points of view.

Thursday, the Red Wings got back to work after taking Wednesday off, preparing for a 3-games-in-5-nights pre-Christmas, home-ice stretch against the Islanders (on Friday; the Isles are tied with the Wings' 41 points but have 4 more wins than the Wings do), Avalanche (on Sunday) and surging Sabres (on Tuesday).

There was good news from the beat writers in that Johan Franzen--whose bad play apparently coincided with a physical illness--skated and proclaimed himself good to go on Friday, and that Stephen Weiss skated hoping to return to the lineup on Sunday.

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Shane Doan Not Even Thinking About Leaving the Arizona Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,

The Coyotes have failed to make the playoffs since that Cinderella run, and barring a midseason revival, the team seems poised for a third consecutive absence.

This trajectory has led many to wonder if now is the time for Doan to cash in those 19 years of unwavering service, request a trade and seek a championship with a different team.

Apparently, though, Doan isn't one of them.

"It hasn't even crossed my mind," he said. "It's not even something I'm thinking about. I don't foresee me ever making that decision."

Doan and the Coyotes are about as interchangeable as it gets, so it'd be tough to see him slip on a sweater of another color. But no one could blame him for tagging out to chase a personal ambition after being a pillar of optimism through ownership drama and relocation rumors — especially at the age of 38.

But, believe it or not, it's that commitment to the Coyotes that gives Doan plenty of reason to stay.

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added 1:24pm, More on Doan from Pierre LeBrun below...

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All Nick Foligno

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

STRANG: How different is it in the room these days than it was the first few months?

FOLIGNO: Oh, the confidence is there. You can see it. I think the younger guys have come along really nicely and we've had a lot of new faces, so I think they've found their roles with the team and I think it's allowed us to play more cohesive as a team. [Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky] has been playing great for us. That always helps any team, when you have a hot goaltender. We've got to keep that going. We're finding a lot of good ways to play good hockey right now and we need that to continue.

STRANG: You're a pending unrestricted free agent, so I'm sure you'll be getting asked this a lot in the near future, but what's your expectation about how this will go and what would you like to see happen?

FOLIGNO: It's funny. This is my first time kind of going through it. I'm kind of green but obviously my first priority is to want to sign with the [Blue Jackets]. I love it here. I feel like I've really started to build something here and I want to see this team through because I think we have a lot of key components to being a winning team. I want to help in that regard, so that's definitely the case, but it's a business and you realize that the longer it goes. It's definitely somewhere where I want to invest time in and hopefully get a deal done, but I know that you have to look out for family as well and do what's right for you personally.

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Do You Boo Your Home Team?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Chere of NJ.com,

Patrik Elias, back from a groin injury and desperate to help the Devils get back into the playoff picture, heard the boos from the Prudential Center crowd of 15,379.

Although the Devils lost their fifth straight home game (0-3-2), Elias thought the booing was inappropriate.

“They were booing. They were disappointed. So were we. Trust me,” Elias said after the 2-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night. “But we didn’t deserve that today. The effort was there. We were the better team. We understand it, but it wasn’t deserved tonight. I didn’t appreciate it.”

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Go Huskies Go

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

HOUGHTON, Mich. — Hockey rules this remote part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where it is played by everyone from children to those in their 70s and 80s. All through the long winter it is always game on — in modern arenas, outside (into the wee hours of the night) and in two of the oldest hockey rinks in the world.

Professional hockey was born here in Copper Country in 1902, 15 years before the N.H.L. was formed. Even before that, the game was king in Houghton, Hancock, Calumet and nearby towns when they were at the center of a mining boom.

The mining is gone, the woods dotted with abandoned buildings and ghost towns. Only about 44,000 live in the area now, but the love affair with hockey endures. And the Michigan Tech Huskies are winning again, at last.

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Will Viktor Stalberg Survive Waivers?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Nashville Predators,

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the team has placed forward Viktor Stalberg on waivers with the intention of assigning him to the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals. 

After missing six weeks of action due to a knee injury, Stalberg is prepared to return to action. With the NHL roster freeze going into effect on Friday at 11:59 p.m. CT and lasting until 12:01 a.m. CT on Dec. 28, and the team being at the 23-player roster maximum, the move was necessary before the team heads out for its final three games before the holiday break.

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Ray Ferraro On The Edmonton Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce McCurday of The Cult of Hockey,

I daresay I’m not the only Edmonton Oilers fan who gets sick and tired of the team getting called out in the national media. Especially so when those critics are all too willing to throw in gratuitous insults about the city and the fanbase, as if we are somehow deserving of our lot in life supporting a club that has become something of a laughing stock for its constant, ongoing futility.

I am, however, prepared to make exceptions for fully informed commentators who are able to focus on the real problems while sparing the cheap shots. The man at the top of that list may well be Ray Ferraro, the TSN broadcaster who once worked as a regional colour man for the Oilers from 2003-08 and who has followed the team’s (mis)fortunes closely ever since.  Ferraro has been harsh in his criticisms of the team to the point that some consider him an Oiler-hater, but to my ear many if not most of those assessments are valid, at least to a degree.

Take Wednesday afternoon’s segment on the Jason Gregor Show, when Ferraro let fly for the better part of 20 minutes in his usual shoot-from-the-hip fashion that emerges from his mouth in complete sentences and a high degree of articulateness that puts some of us writers to shame....

Ray Ferrrar speaks...

They’re coming off a guy that hasn’t coached in the NHL before, and they need a guy to transition the new coach. To me that’s a red flag. I would have thought given the disarray that the Oilers are in — and contrary to what Craig [MacTavish] has said, I don’t think they look much better than last year — and my thought has been somebody along the lines of Terry Murray, he’s been around the game for 35 years, he’s a real stickler for discipline, and he’s probably better with a young team than an older team. That would have been my thought had I been in charge. I look what Winnipeg did last year when they went from Claude Noel to Paul Maurice, there was no transitioning needing. Now Todd Nelson may turn out to be a fine coach, I just don’t know enough about him, but I do know he hasn’t coached in the NHL before.

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Practice Tweetapalooza: Franzen, Weiss skating with Wings, as is Ouellet

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings resumed practice after a necessary day off on Wednesday, and as the Wings hope to snap a 4-game winless streak during a 3-games-in-5-nights stretch (against the 21-win-possessing Islanders tomorrow, the Avs on Sunday and then Sabres on Tuesday), and there's good news of a sort at the Joe, per the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Amongst MLive's Ansar Khan's practice Tweets:

Franzen back on the ice at practice today. Weiss also skating.

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Zetterberg was on the ice at the start of practice but has left early. Weiss took his place on that line with Nyquist and Abdelkader.

(Fear not, he returned)

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Your 2015 IIHF Hall Of Fame Class

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from IIHF.com,

The IIHF Hall of Fame Selection Committee has added seven new names to its pantheon of greats, and the newest members represent the pinnacle of the international game through a wide variety of contributions. In honour of the golden era of Czech hockey, goaltender Dominik Hasek and longtime captain Robert Reichel will be inducted. Joining them is Scott Niedermayer, the Triple Gold Club Canadian defenceman who has won at every level possible. 

To celebrate 25 years of women’s hockey come two inductees, Fran Rider, as a Builder, the woman most responsible for the very creation of women’s hockey at the international level, and Swede Maria Rooth, the catalyst to the “Mirakel” in Turin in 2006. 

Introducing a new trophy named after great Swiss star of the 1930s, Richard “Bibi” Torriani, the IIHF will honour Italian Lucio Topatigh, whose 20-year career with the Azzurri was exceptional in its own right. 

Joining these inductees into the Hall of Fame is Monique Scheier-Schneider of Luxembourg, who will be the 2015 recipient of the Paul Loicq Award. The new class will be honoured next May in Prague during the medal weekend of the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. 

continued which includes a biography on each inductee...

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Goalie Analytics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the NHL YouTube channel,

NHL.com correspondent Kevin Woodley discusses how goalie analytics can provide different measures for shot-stopping success.

 

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