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A Six-Year Contract For Mark Giordano In Calgary

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed their captain Mark Giordano to a six-year contract.

Giordano, a native of Toronto, Ontario, has been the captain of the Calgary Flames since 2013. He has played his entire NHL career with Calgary, amassing 66 goals and 179 assists for 245 points along with 466 penalty minutes in 510 games.

Last season Giordano was named to the NHL All-Star Game and was a finalist for the NHL’s Foundation Player Award. Giordano was leading all NHL defensemen in scoring with 11 goals, 37 assists for 48 points in 61 games played before sustaining a season ending injury on February 25th.

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Meanwhile, in East Lansing…

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Michigan State University's pro camp is already underway, but the Red Wings' players took part in the Ilitch Charities for Children's Golf Classic yesterday, so they're making their debuts at Munn Arena today:

 

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Morning Line- Jim Rutherford

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Jason Mackey tweets,

Asked GMJR if he was pursuing a trade: "Not really actively pursuing it. There’s not a lot going on right now.

"You can’t even find a lot of guys if you call them now. It’s really when we get into camp, and teams see what they have."

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The Most Important Player For The Winnipeg Jets Is Jacob Trouba

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Last season might have been a seminal one for the Winnipeg Jets -- who returned to the playoffs for the first time since moving back to the prairies from Atlanta at the end of the 2011 season -- but a first-round sweep at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks revealed just how much work is ahead for the hard-luck franchise.

That’s where Jacob Trouba comes in. General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has painstakingly built a big, fast, physical team, and Trouba is a cornerstone member of a young defensive corps that has a chance to be among the league’s best.

Last season, the Jets finished tied for 10th in goals against per game after years of being a league doormat in that defensive category. Trouba was the ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft and joined the Jets after a stellar freshman season at the University of Michigan. He made the jump from college hockey almost seamlessly, leading all rookie skaters in average ice time per game in 2013-14 and earning serious consideration for the Calder Trophy despite missing almost a month because of injury. Trouba's absence from the lineup was a factor in the Jets' missing the playoffs that spring.

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About that Red Wings sticker on Paul McCartney’s guitar…

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From WCSX:

Why does Paul McCartney have a Red Wings sticker on his guitar...where did he get it? (You'll see it and Sir Paul at Joe Louis Arena on Oct. 21st - tickets on Tickets ($29.50, $69.50, $99.50, $168 and $253) go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. and can be purchased online at OlympiaEntertainment.com or LiveNation.com. They can also be bought at the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call 800-745-3000. )

From a Q&A last year with Sir Paul: "We were on a Wings tour quite a while ago and when we played Detroit somebody gave me a Red Wings sticker, which I liked the look of, so I stuck it on my guitar and I have kept it there ever since.  It does make it a little awkward when I go to places like Pittsburgh and the Mayor of the town offers me a Penguin sticker to put alongside!"

As for the guitar itself, McCartney has said it's the one he used to write "Yesterday" back in the mid-1960s and was made in Kalamazoo.

The concert he received the Red Wings sticker at was reportedly at the old Olympia Stadium in 1976 during his Wings Over America tour.

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An offseason outlook for Tomas Tatar

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

MLive's Ansar Khan evaluates Tomas Tatar's outlook for the 2015-16 season today, and in Tatar's case, keeping the good times rolling is in order:

2015-16 outlook: This gifted offensive player followed his strong first full NHL season with a better second season, showing he can be consistently productive. He plays with confidence and is highly motivated to keep improving his all-around game. "Tuna," as he's been tabbed by teammates, is not deterred by his size; he goes to the net and scores many goals from in tight when his good hands. He has good open-ice moves, capable of making highlight-reel plays. He spent much of the season on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Darren Helm.

Tatar would like to be a two-way forward in the mold of team captain Henrik Zetterberg, but he lacks defensive acumen. He can improve his puck management. He has a knack for committing turnovers in the offensive zone by holding onto the puck too long, trying to make a skilled play instead of a simple play.

He's young and has tremendous upside.

Key question: Can Tatar become a consistent 30-goal scorer?

Khan continues, and "Tuna" will need to simplify his game just a wee bit more to consistently score 30 goals. His overhandling of the puck can become his worst enemy.

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Khan: Piet Van Zant has preliminarily evaluated Pavel Datsyuk’s ankle

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From MLive's Ansar Khan:

Detroit Red Wings trainer Piet Van Zant went to see Pavel Datsyuk last week "at some place warm" and liked what he saw, general manager Ken Holland said.

Datsyuk is rehabbing from surgery on June 26 for ruptured tendons in his right ankle.

"Piet watched him work out, told me he's in good spirits," Holland said. "He's had no setbacks. He's doing lots of training. He's excited. He wants to feel 100 percent. He's happy about the surgery, what he's able to do at this point."

Datsyuk will be re-evaluated in mid-September by Dr. Robert Anderson, who performed the procedure in Charlotte, N.C. The club will know more at that time.

Khan continues...

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Nicklas Lidstrom to help advise Sweden’s 2016 World Cup team

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From NHL.com:

Former NHL players Nicklas Lidstrom, Daniel Alfredsson and Mats Sundin have been named to Sweden's advisory board for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Lidstrom, who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 9 in Toronto, won the Norris Trophy seven times. He was a First-Team All-Star 10 times and played in the NHL All-Star Game 11 times. He had 264 goals and 1,142 points, all with the Detroit Red Wings. In 20 NHL seasons, he never missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs and won four championships and the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs in 2002. He became the first European captain to hoist the Stanley Cup in 2008.

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The Latest On NHL Expansion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

So Phase Three of the NHL’s expansion process has now begun for Las Vegas and Quebec City.

What does that really mean? Quite frankly, not as much as the title would indicate. As Bill Daly told The Associated Press last week, “It does not necessarily constitute the end of the process.”

Maybe, just maybe, we are not really close to a decision.

Some are saying that we probably shouldn’t get our hopes up for a while, which means there won’t be an announcement in the next three weeks that both cities — or either city, or neither city — will join the exclusive NHL club.

Phase Three means the two cities now have to file their last formal submissions by early September, after which the process becomes more interactive between the bidders and the League.

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Darryl Sydor Enters Treatment Center

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

Three days after being arrested under the suspicion of drunken driving with his 12-year-old son as a passenger, Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor voluntarily entered the NHL/NHL Players’ Association Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health Program.

Sydor flew to Malibu, Calif., on Sunday and admitted himself into an inpatient treatment center where he will spend at least the next 30 days and possibly longer, his attorney said Monday.

Sydor, 43, was arrested Thursday in Fridley while driving his son to a hockey game. His blood alcohol content was revealed to be .30 percent, almost four times the legal limit. He has been charged with two gross misdemeanor counts of second-degree driving while impaired with two aggravating factors — the endangerment of his child and having a blood alcohol content of .16 or more.

“He’s hurt, he’s upset, he’s embarrassed by his actions, and his family is, too,” Sydor’s attorney Ryan Pacyga said Monday. “Right now, it’s about Darryl taking care of himself and really getting his arms around this.”

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