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‘Quick player takes’ from the third day of Red Wings training camp

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Technically speaking, as the Red Wings begin their exhibition season against the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow night (7 PM EDT; roster avaialble here, and let's hope somebody streams WPCW's coverage online) and the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, training camp wrappd up with the Red vs. White game.

More realistically speaking, the Wings' will hold their morning and non-game-day player skates at Centre Ice Arena on Monday and Tuesday, and while the eventual release of the players sent back to their Major Junior teams will yield a roster basically comprised of a "Team Datsyuk" and a "Team Zetterberg," I've found that the coaching staff still tries to jam as much teaching into their final days at Centre Ice as possible.

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Red Wings afternoon news: MSM and blog takes from the third day of Red Wings training camp

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 7x with overnight report stuff and Pens roster at 10:25 PM: I guess it's gonna be media takes first, my takes later--audio aside. It appears that tomorrow night's Wings-Penguins game (7 PM EDT start) will air on WPCW in Pittsburgh, which means bootleg streams for you and me and the following lineup:

As Babcock told the assembled media Howard will get two periods tomorrow and Gustavsson will get two periods vs. Chicago on Tuesday (8:30 PM EDT start on CSN TV+, more bootlleg streams; the Wings also host Chicago on Thursday the 25th--the day I finally travel home--Boston on Saturday the 27th and Toronto on Monday the 29th [with the latter game airing on FSD]).

Babcock called Petr Mrazek the "closer" for both games.

MLive's Ansar Khan took note of both what this lineup means and perhaps what it means going forward--especially given that Major Junior players are taking part in exit interviews today (Zach Nastasiuk, Marc McNulty and Tyler Bertuzzi were among the early players taking that long walk to the coaches' office):

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Audio from the third day of Red Wings training camp: Abdelkader, #2-27, Babcock, Holland & Pulkkinen

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The White Team defeated the Red Team 3-2 in a shootout during Sunday's training camp "closer" (there are morning skates tomorrow and Tuesday, but training camp is technically over, and we should know the roster cuts to come shortly; I've already seen Marc McNulty, Zach Nastasiuk and Tyler Bertuzzi take "the walk" from the office, with Bertuzzi carrying his gear).

Actually Team Delvecchio defeated Team Howe as coach Babcock squeezed in a full third day's worth of training camp activities, and after all was said and done, the press was given the roster for tomorrow night's game vs. Pittsburgh:

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Funding The New Arena For The Detroit Red Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Bill Shea of Crain's Detroit Business,

The financing plans for the new Detroit Red Wings arena are complex. Crain’s spoke with two key figures of those plans — Glen Long, vice president of administration and CFO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., and Art Papapanos, DEGC vice president of board administration — to get a simplified explanation of the taxes and bonds involved. Also consulted were outside sources, research and our past reporting. Included are exclusive details about the arena itself, provided by Olympia Development of Michigan, the real estate arm of Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch’s business holdings.

How much will the arena cost?

The initial base price is $450 million. Problems, changes and added amenities could increase that final cost. Anything beyond $450 million must be paid by the Ilitches. The ancillary development — bars, restaurants, stores, apartments, townhomes — is at least $200 million, and will be privately financed by the Ilitches and their third-party business partners. The Ilitches are obligated to pay any arena costs beyond the $450 million. Their business empire, which includes the Little Caesars pizza chain, had $3.1 billion in 2013 revenue.

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Even With KHL Offers, Ryan Johansen Focusing On A Deal With The Blue Jackets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Pierre LeBrun tweets,

Ryan Johansen's agent Kurt Overhardt says his client has got "several offers" from KHL clubs over past 2 months. But focus remains... 

 trying to get a deal done with the Blue Jackets

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Morning Line - Chad LaRose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"But I couldn't give somebody me, I couldn't give them 100 percent of me. I wasn't into the game anymore and I didn't think it was fair to give somebody 60 or 70 percent of me.

"I had just built up a lot of anger towards the game. I wanted to get away. I didn't know that I would ever play again, to be honest. … I fell out of love with the sport and didn't have any passion for it. But sometimes you have to lose what you have to realize what you had."

-Chad LaRose who is trying to make a comeback in the Carolina Hurricanes organization.  More on LaRose from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer.
 

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Edmonton Oil Kings Start Season Off With Win

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa McRitchie

The reigning Memorial Cup champions, the Edmonton Oil Kings packed the house at Rexall Place with a record breaking 11,024 in attendance, the most ever recorded for a home opener. Led by a handful of veterans, and a new WHL head coach the Oil Kings opened their 2014-15 season with a 4-2 victory over the visiting Kootenay Ice.

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No Goalie Issues In Philadelphia With Steve Mason In Net

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers have questions about their Kimmo Timonen-less defense; questions about Claude Giroux's health and who will replace left winger Scott Hartnell; questions about whether young players such as Sean Couturier, Luke Schenn, and Michael Del Zotto can take their games to another level.

But for the first time in a while, there are few questions about the team's most important position.

That's because goalie Steve Mason rediscovered his mojo last season, and even outplayed the great Henrik Lundqvist in the Flyers' seven-game playoff loss to the New York Rangers.

"There's not one person in the organization that doesn't believe in Mason," forward Brayden Schenn said after the Flyers opened camp Friday in Voorhees. "You see what he did last year. When he's on his game, he's one of the better goalies in the league. Just shooting on him in practice, there's no holes. And the thing about him is that he never quits on a play, even in practice."

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Dustin Byfuglien Playing Two Roles

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

I asked Byfuglien a simple question about his expectations for the season.

"Um, be back on defence anytime, right away," quipped Byfuglien, before getting serious again. "No, just have a good start and do what I do and bring to the table what I usually do. Provide a little bit of everything. Focus on defence first and the offence will come."

Just how productive Byfuglien can be during a full season in the hybrid role of playing forward at five-on-five and defence on the power play and in other situations like four-on-four on occasion is anyone's guess.

But Byfuglien's blend of size, skill and strength obviously has Maurice believing it can lead to some impressive things.

"There's really nothing this man can't do on the ice," said Maurice. "He's a Top-six forward and he can play defence, if you need him to. He's big, he's strong, he's exceedingly smart -- in terms of his reads on the ice."

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Red Wings morning news: on Babcock, the ‘young guns’ on defense, etc.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Ahead of today's expanded training camp activities and what will probably be a Team Howe vs. Team Lindsay Red vs. White game:

It's been a wee bit frustrating to get answers from Mike Babcock that don't involve, "There are 8 exhibition games to watch and I'm going to find out then" regarding any of the Wings' young players competing for jobs on the roster.

We've already had a "Media Can't Go Through There" issue, and I can certainly tell you that Babcock's press conferences are 8-10 minutes shorter than Jeff Blashill's, and if one asks a non-pertinent question, you get one or two, "Anything else?" warnings before a, "See you, guys" means he's done for the day.

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