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A Lot Of Toughness In San Jose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

On Oct. 8, when San Jose opens the 2014-15 season against Los Angeles, it’s possible John Scott, Mike Brown, and Micheal Haley could be in uniform. The Sharks re-signed Brown, acquired from Edmonton last season, to a two-year extension. They locked up Scott and Haley on the free market.

Scott is the most dangerous fighter in the league. Brown totaled 94 PIMs between San Jose and Edmonton. Haley, who once busted short-term Bruin Chris Clark’s nose in a preseason fight, recorded 131 PIMs in the AHL last season.

“As we integrate more younger players to our team, John’s presence alone can act as a deterrent and help keep teams and opposing players honest,” GM Doug Wilson said in a statement after signing Scott.

That’s a whole lot of toughness to fill a mythical position — the player who keeps his teammates safe.

In theory, Dustin Brown wouldn’t have wrecked Tomas Hertl’s knee last year had one of the musclemen been present. The fear of Scott caving in his face would have discouraged Brown from targeting Hertl.

Baloney.

more plus other hockey topics including a look at the job Brendan Shanahan is doing in Toronto....

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Mostly One Liners

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from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,

* The most heard not-so-secret word in the NHL is Corsi. If you know how Corsi works you may become one of those insider geniuses.

* I'm not one of them but -- facts are facts -- I'd like to know if Corsi had one percent of the reason why L.A. won the Cup; and Rangers were runners-up.

* My conclusion is that Corsi's involvement came out to the Square-Root-Of-Chai-Levy. Which, in Brooklyn, comes out to nothing.

* Let's make this perfectly clear; 1. Sixty percent of the media sages will predict that Detroit won't make the playoffs; 2. The Red Wings will make the post-season; 3. Thirty percent of the writers will admit they were wrong.

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* My first three hockey reads every morning are; 1. Kukla's Korner because it always has the best variety; 2. The Hockey News because I love THN' columns and, 3. NHL.com because it's features are terribly underrated.

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Red Wings overnight report: On competing legacies, public appearances and ‘misheard lyrics’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

For the second Sunday in a row, a business-related cover story by the Detroit Free Press kicks off the overnight report, but we're not talking about a massive rink and arena district plan this morning; instead, we're discussing a comparison between business entities that the rink project made inevitable.

The Free Press's John Gallagher compares the approaches made by Mike Ilitch and Dan Gilbert toward building and rebuilding the City of Detroit, "Ilitchville vs. Gilbertville" graphic and respective-property photo gallery included, and while Gallagher's willing to compare the old-school business baron and new-school real estate mogul to (whose companies own sports teams and Detroit casinos) to Pittsburgh's Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Mellon, such a suggestion is at least premature:

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Simmons weighs in on Kyle Dubas’ ‘gutsiest’ move and Sheriff…Claude?

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons spends a significant portion of his Sunday notebook fighting the anti-advanced stats fight (again). In doing so, however, he does make one astute point about new Maple Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas, and it's a point that the "Boy Genius, Master of Advanced Stats" narrative has ignored.

Dubas made some very "gusty" calls in terms of both coaching and player personnel while turning the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds from a bottom-feeder into a perennial contender, including making a very risky coaching pick:

Against almost everyone’s advice, Dubas hired Sheldon Keefe to coach in Sault Ste. Marie when Keefe was persona non grata in the OHL because of his personal behaviour and his longtime involvement with the pariah David Frost. People knew Keefe could coach. But no one would touch him. Dubas found a way to finesse that and now he’s on the rise and so is Keefe. And lingering there are many people in the OHL who have no use for either of them.

Simmons also believes that Leafs president Brendan Shanahan's decision to fire Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle might have a positive effect upon the NHL's Department of Player Safety:

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Danny DeKeyser Says Contract Will Be Done Before Training Camp

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Steve Amorose of Fox 17 (western Michigan),

DeKeyser, 24, just finished his first full season with the Detroit Red Wings, scoring four goals and adding 19 assists while being a plus-10 in 65 games. He played in all five of the Red Wings playoff games against the Boston Bruins.

“Obviously wish we did a little bit better and made it a little bit further in the playoffs, but I thought we grew a lot as a team,” said DeKeyser. “Some guys stepped in who nobody really thought could play or didn’t know how they could play, and they really proved a lot of people wrong.”

Now he’s a restricted free agent and is simply waiting to sign a new deal with the Red Wings.

“There won’t be any problems,” said DeKeyser about the negotiations. “It’ll be done before camp. So, no one needs to worry about that.”

read on for a shot video of DeKeyser talking about Mike Babcock...

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P.K. Subban Not Talking About Contract Negotiations

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brenda Branswell of Hockey Inside/Out,

P.K. Subban declined to talk about his contract negotiations with the Canadiens during an appearance Saturday at the RBC Canadian Open.

The Canadiens defenceman is coming off a two-year $5.75 million contract and filed for salary arbitration earlier this month. The hearing is scheduled for next Friday.

“Today is not about hockey,” said Subban, who is sponsored by RBC as are several golfers in the field at the Canadian Open. He posed for pictures with fans Saturday afternoon and made an appearance at a chipping clinic. He also received a lesson from CBS Sports golf reporter Peter Kostis in the morning.

“I’ll answer one question about the negotiation,” Subban told a media scrum at Royal Montreal Golf Club.“It’s been kept pretty quiet the whole time and it’s going to remain that way until a deal is done.”

“As of right now today I’m sitting here and trying to just enjoy the day. Just not thinking about anything,” he said.

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Derrick Brassard/New York Rangers A Little Over $1M Apart

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The arbitration meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 28th.

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Red Wings overnight type thing…Nosek in Czech and goaltending stuff you already know

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This morning's crop of Red Wings stories is quite thin, but that happens at this time of year.

First, if you speak Czech, you might get quite a few chuckles out of Tomas Nosek's 9-minute interview with HC CSOB Pojistovna Pardubice's YouTube channel (or website, if you prefer), but I'm linguistically-limited to English, some German and some written Swedish, so...Not so much for me. I know that he references Richard Nedomlel at one point and that he talks about the excitement of taking part in the Wings' summer camp, as well as the fact that he wore Tomas Kopecky's #82 and that Axel Holmstrom wore Tomas Holmstrom's 96, but that's all I got out of it.

Second, the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan wrapped up his survey of the Red Wings' forwards (with photo gallery's worth of quips included) and defensemen (ditto) with something of an anticlimactic survey of the team's goaltenders. This time, Ken Holland doesn't make an appearance, and instead, Kulfan focuses on Jimmy Howard's admission that he didn't have a super 2013-2014 season before moving on to Jonas Gustavsson and "blurbs" about Petr Mrazek and Tom McCollum. Quoth Howard:

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James Reimer Settles On A Contract With Toronto Before Arbitration

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A Successful Smashfest

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TORONTO (July 25, 2014) – Dominic Moore, New York Rangers forward, is pleased to announce that last night’s Smashfest charity ping-pong event raised $140,000, which will benefit two important causes: concussions and traumatic brain injuries; and rare cancer research and advocacy. In three years of the annual Smashfest event being held, a total of $270,000 has been raised for charity. 

“We had an amazing time at Smashfest again this year,” said Dominic Moore, New York Rangers forward and Smashfest host. “The support we received was impressive on all fronts, from the players and guests in attendance, to the NHLPA and all of our partners. I'm proud that $140,000 was raised to further help with research into concussions and rare cancers.” 

Twenty-three current and former player NHL players attended the third annual Smashfest event this year: Dominic Moore (Host), Derick Brassard, Alex Burrows, Mike Cammalleri, David Clarkson, Logan Couture, Michael Del Zotto, T.J. Galiardi, Doug Gilmour, Mike Johnson, Kevin Klein, Nick Kypreos, Shawn Matthias, Jamie McLennan, Jeff O’Neill, Teddy Purcell, Zac Rinaldo, Tyler Seguin, Jeff Skinner, Cam Talbot, Chris Tanev, Stephane Veilleux and Kevin Weekes.

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