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Ovechkin hacks Crosby, who reacts angrily

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Sidney Crosby took s nasty slash to the right hand from Alexander Ovechkin and angrily exited the Capials-Penguins game. Crosby would return:

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Kulfan examines the free agent class

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan examines this year's rop of unrestricted free agents-to-be via a photo gallery and feature article discussing those who might be of interest to the Red Wings. Kulfan believes that Steven Stamkos is the target of choice, should he choose to test the market:

Steven Stamkos, who scored 36 goals for the Lightning this season, becomes an unrestricted free agency July 1.

Stamkos, who is not playing in the postseason because of a blood clot, and the Lightning have apparently not come close to reaching an agreement. If he were to become a free agent, it would lead to a huge bidding war between his hometown Maple Leafs and the Sabres, Bruins, Canadiens, Canucks and Rangers, among others.

Like the Red Wings, assuming they can create some cap space. That would become more possible if they can trade Pavel Datsyuk’s cap space if he leaves for Russia, as expected. Datsyuk has one year left on his contract worth $7.5 million.

Stamkos, 26, is a rare player in his prime. But Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is expected to look over what is otherwise an uninspiring free-agent class.

“We’re going to explore free agency like we’ve done,” Holland said. “Those players that are out there on July 1, for the most part, are support players, secondary players, and they’re not players that carry franchises around.”

Kulfan continues, discussing both the free agent marketplace and the Red Wings' unrestricted free agents-to-be (Darren Helm, Drew Miller, Kyle Quincey, Brad Richards and Sweden-bound Joakim Andersson). The photo gallery is also worth your time as Kulfan goes through over 30 free agents-to-be.

What he doesn't discuss is the fact that the likely-to-be flat salary cap and the Wings' significant restricted free agents-to-be (Danny DeKeyser, Petr Mrazek, Alexey Marchenko and Riley Sheahan, among others) and Justin Abdelkader's $4.25 million contract extension will likely take up the vast majority of the Wings' available salary cap space this summer.

Unless the Wings really do move Datsyuk's salary cap space, it will probably take a meaningful trade (i.e. moving salary for salary added) for the Wings to meaningfully upgrade the roster.

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discuss all the hot button topics from around the NHL and Stanley Cup playoffs.

Topics include Ovechkin, Backes, Drouin and the 'influence' of Ron MacLean on the Letang suspension.


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Open Post- Washington Capitals Take On The Pittsburgh Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Washington @ Pittsburgh 8:00 PM ET NBCSN, CBC and TVAS

The Penguins are up 2-1 and you would have to think the Capitals need this game more than the Pens.

Feel free to discuss...

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Jeff Blashill appears on WBBL’s ‘Huge Show’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill spoke with WBBL's Bill "Huge" Simonson today, discussing the Red Wings' post-season reevaluation, the "Swedish Mafia" theory--which he shoots down with some fervor--the roles of Pulkkinen, Athanasiou and Mantha and much more over the course of 15 minutes' worth of discussion:

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A conversation with Chris Chelios

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Chris Chelios engaged in a long conversation regarding his tenure as a player and evolution as an assistant coach while speaking with ESPN's Paul Grant, and here's part of the interview:

ESPN.com: How does that work when you, as a former player who went through that -- you open the door and you go out kind of thing -- work within the real structured system now as an assistant coach? How do you reconcile those two?

Chelios: I always said that if I was a coach, I'd let them have a bit of a leash, but I found myself in the World Juniors tightening that leash up because that's just the way things are. You want to be a good guy, you want to be a nice guy to the players, you want to be a players' coach, but at the same time you want to win, so it's hard, especially for me. I'm adjusting now and that's why I'm taking my time. If I do happen to take that next step to be a head coach, a full-time coach, I hope I'll be ready. Again, I feel bad sometimes after games not allowing the defensemen to be more creative -- but now I get it, always second-guessing coaches as a player, now I get it.

ESPN.com: How would Chris Chelios, the player, fare in today's system?s

Chelios: Well, I adjusted I think because I played so long and had been through different types of games. Mike Babcock, I don't think there's a more structured coach than him, and I struggled with him. I tried to do what he wanted me to do, I was one of those players, you talk about elite players, I had a vision, I could see the puck and plays developing before it happened, but once he had me doing straight lines, I was worthless. Then I knew the end was there.

Grant and Chelios continue...

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Reports- John Chayka Will Be Named GM Of The Arizona Coyotes On Thursday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Many of the hockey insiders are saying via Twitter that John Chayka will be named GM of the Arizona Coyotes tomorrow.

He is 26 years old and here is his current bio on the Coyotes' website.

Assistant General Manager, Analytics
John Chayka is in his first season with the Coyotes as Assistant General Manager, Analytics.

Chayka is involved in all areas of hockey operations including NHL, minor league and amateur player evaluation as well as player development and coaching support.

Prior to joining the Coyotes, he co-founded and served as Director of Hockey Operations at Stathletes Inc. since 2009. Stathletes is a hockey analytics firm that tracks data through an intensive video analysis process and breaks down the game to provide objective insight into player and team performance tendencies.

The 25-year-old native of Jordan Station, Ontario earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 2014.

Dave Tippett will also have an expanded role with the team.

added 6:05pm, Just received a release from the Coyotes, press conference tomorrow at 2:00pm ET.

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The Assistant Coach Hunt Is On For The Detroit Red Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings expect to move fairly quickly in hiring an assistant coach, making a decision in the next couple of weeks, if not sooner, general manager Ken Holland said Wednesday.

"(Coach) Jeff Blashill and I have gone over a bunch of names. We've interviewed a couple of people," Holland said. "Jeff Blashill also has talked to a number of other people. Does it lead to an interview process? That's to be determined."

The Red Wings are replacing Tony Granato, who after two seasons with the organization took the head coaching job at Wisconsin, his alma mater.

Holland said they will hire an assistant with extensive NHL experience.

"We lost a guy with a lot of experience in Tony Granato," Holland said. "We want to replace him with someone with a lot of experience."

more inlcuding possible candidates....

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Afternoon Line- Lindy Ruff

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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What About Martin Frk?

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St, James of the Detroit Free Press,

As the Detroit Red Wings' top farm team continues its playoff run, one prospect, in particular, is under scrutiny.

The Wings drafted Martin Frk in the second round in 2012. After a quiet pro debut -- understandable, considering Frk's linemates in juniors -- Frk erupted in 2015-16 with 27 goals and 44 points in 67 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins. He takes three playoff goals into the Griffins' second-round series against the Lake Erie Monsters, which starts Thursday in Cleveland.

Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin called Frk one of the Griffins' most improved players.

"Coming into his pro career, he wasn't used to the pro style, wasn't used to not playing with the puck," Martin told the Free Press today. Frk, a product of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Halifax Mooseheads, spent his final junior season playing with Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin, who were drafted first overall and third overall in 2013. The line dominated nightly....

What does that mean for the Wings? That's the intrigue. While Frk has a year left on his entry-level contract, he no longer is waiver-exempt, so the Wings have to figure out whether Frk is part of their future come next season.

more on Frk who is listed at 6' 00" 193 lbs...

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