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Savage: Ken Holland won’t talk contract turkey with Mike Babcock until training camp

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings have filled their assistant coaching and video coordinator's positions in Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer, respectively, but MLive's Brendan Savage (via RedWingsFeed) reports that we'll have to wait until the fall to find out whether Mike Babcock will ink a contract extension (before the start of the regular season):

"I think face-to-face is best," [Ken] Holland said. "Mike's out in Saskatchewan 'til the middle of August. I'm out in B.C. (British Columbia) for a week or 10 days. I don't think anything will happen on Babs' front until August or September, until we're able to get into Detroit and start gearing up for training camp and we're able to sit down and talk."

Holland told Savage that the Wings were going to fill in their assistant coaching and video coordinator's positions shortly, and he also told Savage that the team's coaching brain drain isn't a concern:

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A bit about the Red Wings’ new video coordinator, Andrew Brewer

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings did indeed name Jim Hiller the team's second assistant coach today, and Andrew Brewer's apparently familiar to Babcock as well as the 28-year-old has been Hockey Canada's video coordinator since 2011, when Brewer left an assistant coaching position at the University of New Brunswick to join Hockey Canada.

The New Brunswick Beacon's Nick Murray spoke to Brewer (who's on Twitter) about his Olympic experiences in Sochi...

Brewer has been to two World Hockey Championships and three World Junior Hockey Championships since starting with Hockey Canada in late 2011, but his first Olympics tops them all.

“It’s way more than just a hockey event, it’s a truly international sporting event. It’s just on a completely different stage than I had ever seen,” Brewer said. “You forget how big it is. When you see TV numbers afterward and 15-million Canadians watched the Canada-US semi final game, you’re just like ‘Oh wow, that’s half the country watching the hockey game for the team I’m working with.’ You kind of forget how much we’re united, even if you’re not a hockey fan, you still follow the Olympics.”

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Jim Hiller And Andrew Brewer Named Assistant Coaches For The Detroit Red Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that they have hired Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer as assistant coaches. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.

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Dwight King Settles For A Three-Year Deal With The Los Angeles Kings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

His scheduled arbitration date was this Friday.

 

added 12:34pm,

 

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P.K. Subban Asking For $8.5M In Arbitration

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Scott Hartnell A Great Fit In Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

Hartnell is happy to be here only because he believes the Blue Jackets have a chance to be good for several years, and he sees himself playing a key role in that. That starts with beating a Pittsburgh team that knocked the Jackets out of the playoffs.

“The Pens are not my favorite team, probably by far,” he said. “I think they’re only a couple hours drive from Columbus, so I’m excited to stir that pot a little bit and get under Crosby’s and Malkin’s skin and frustrate them like I usually do.”

He grinned.

More than two months before the start of the season, the trade of R.J. Umberger to the Flyers for Hartnell looks like a home run.

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Brad Marchand On Tomas Plekanec

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec isn’t very well-liked or well-respected within the B’s dressing room, and a national hockey audience got a taste of why when he repeatedly snapped his head back in embellishment during phantom high stick encounters against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The blatant play-acting even spawned the hash tag #Plekanecing on twitter where fans snapped selfies in mock pain and head-snapping embellishment.

During the 2014 Phoenix House Champs for Change dinner in Halifax, Marchand was asked by AHL President Dave Andrews during a panel discussion which NHL player irritates him the most. Surely it’s a long list with an agitator like Marchand, but there wasn’t much hesitation in his answer (YouTube video).

“There are a few guys out there that really irritate,” said Marchand, who it should be noted has authored his own adventures in embellishment over the years. “Tomas Plekanec from Montreal…I hate him. I can’t stand him. No, I probably shouldn’t say that. I dislike him very much. Now somebody is going to call and get mad at me tomorrow.”

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Red Wings to name Jim Hiller assistant coach today

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I've been allowed to Tweet this stuff, so:

Hiller was indeed Paul Coffey's roomate back in 1993, and he didn't last very long in the NHL, but the 45-year-old native of Nelson, BC spent three years at Northern Michigan University, and as soon as his playing career ended, he became an assistant coach for Tri-City. He spent one year as the head coach of the BCHL's Port Alberni Bulldogs, and then he went on to coach the Chilliwack Bruins for 3 seasons, and he spent the past 4 seasons with Tri-City, taking them to the WHL final in 2009.

The Tri-City Herald's Anne Fowler covered the circumstances of Hiller's departure from Tri-City in early May...

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Red Wings overnight report: On Tatar, Nestrasil, Abdelkader and a horse named Datsyuk

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Among this morning's Red Wings-related stories, and after one busy day (Abdelkader suspended, Samuelsson to Sweden, mid-day chatter, Holland on the radio, Mattias Backman profiled...Can the Wings maybe slow down a little so that I don't have to freak out about going on vacation starting Saturday, or at least get inking DeKeyser and lining up some assistant coaches done?) and ahead of another one:

The Slovak news media's been a little preoccupied with Tomas Tatar's personal life lately (to quote Kermit the Snitch, "That ain't none of my business"--and it isn't), so Tatar gave an interview to his official website regarding his new 3-year contract extension.

The interview, conducted by Valerian Lukacko, is straightforward-enough to roughly translate, and it reflects the Slovak media confusion regarding "restricted free agency" that's been present from the start:

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Chad LaRose returns, signs an AHL deal with Carolina Hurricanes’ affiliate

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

This isn't blockbuster news, but Chad LaRose basically disappeared off the hockey map for a year (kind of like what Ian White's done now), and this evening, it appears that LaRose is going to attempt to make an NHL comeback the old-fashioned way, via an AHL deal with the Hurricanes' developmental affiliate. Per the Charlotte Checkers:

The Charlotte Checkers have signed former Hurricanes right wing Chad LaRose to an AHL deal. LaRose, 32, spent parts of three seasons in the ECHL and AHL before breaking into the NHL and becoming part of the Stanley Cup-winning team in 2006. The 5-foot-10, 181-pound LaRose has played 508 games in his NHL career over eight seasons, all with the Hurricanes, accumulating 180 points (85g, 95a) and 286 penalty minutes.

The undrafted Michigan native has also appeared in 125 career AHL games with the Lowell Lock Monsters, most recently in the 2005-06 season, totaling 83 points (41g, 42a) and 71 penalty minutes. LaRose has not played at any level since posting four points in 35 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.

“For us, he’ll be a top player," Checkers coach Jeff Daniels told CarolinaHurricanes.com. "He’s a guy that has scored at the NHL level. I think we’re getting a hungry player. We’ve got a guy who’s going to play with a purpose and show not only Carolina, but all of the NHL, that he’s still a young guy and still has a lot of hockey left in him. He’s going to need to prove that he still has it, and I’m sure it will take some time to get the timing in game situations back, but he’s a guy that competes. He’s hungry, and he wants to get back to the next level.”

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