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Mike RIchards still being investigated by RCMP regarding drug charges

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From TSN's Frank Seravali:

One month after the Los Angeles Kings terminated the contract of forward Mike Richards, no charges have been laid and the NHL Players’ Association has yet to make a decision on whether to file a grievance on the matter.

Sgt. Bert Paquet, a spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Manitoba, said Thursday there is “still an active investigation” into Richards.

According to a Winnipeg Sun report from June 30, Richards is “under investigation for alleged possession of a restricted substance while attempting to cross the Canada-U.S. border." The Sun reported a man was “held in custody … for at least four hours after allegedly trying to import” prescription painkiller OxyContin on June 17.

The Kings placed Richards on unconditional waivers on June 28, then moved to terminate his contract on June 29, citing a “material breach.” They have yet to discuss the grounds for terminating his contract.

In the month since then, the NHLPA has continued to gather facts and information, but has yet to decide on filing a grievance. Richards and the NHLPA have 60 days to file a grievance contesting the termination, or until Aug. 29. Whether charges are laid could impact the NHLPA decision to move forward with a grievance.

“There is no guarantee charges will be laid,” Paquet, the RCMP spokesman, said. “There has been a lot of interest in this case. If charges were laid, we would likely announce the information publicly.”

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Wallner: Wings assistant Pat Ferschweiler ready to make the NHL leap

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

As the Grand Rapids Griffins wrap up their youth hockey camp, a familiar face dropped in for a visit...

And the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with Wings assistant coach Pat Ferschweiler about his adjustment from Grand Rapids to his new position with the Red Wings:

First-year Detroit Red Wings assistant coach Pat Ferschweiler got a taste of what's ahead under Jeff Blashill when the staff met for the first time about three weeks ago. Ferschweiler, who was with the Grand Rapids Griffins with Blashill, will be joined on the bench by Tony Granato, a holdover from Mike Babcock's staff. He came away encouraged.

"We went over for two days in Detroit for a seminar where we did, 'Here's how we did things in Grand Rapids,' and Tony said, 'Here's how we did taught things in Detroit,'" Ferschweiler said. "Now, the systems are virtual the same with a few subtle differences. Some of the verbiage is different, so we just wanted to get on the same page and say I like the way that sounds or the way this sounds. That was our first time as a staff."

Ferschweiler continues, discussing his role as the power play manager for Detroit's forwards, and at the end of the article, he and Blashill discuss their roles in terms of keeping each other in check:

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‘Roughtly Translated’: Niklas Kronwall gives lengthy interview to Expressen

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Niklas Kronwall spoke with Expressen's Jonatan Lindquist in a very lengthy interview, and here's a rough translation thereof:

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ESPN’s Burnside suggests Red Wings could miss the playoffs this year

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

ESPN's Scott Burnside penned a list of, "Five teams that could fall out of the playoff picture" during the 2015-16 season, and he included the Red Wings in his list:

Detroit Red Wings

Yeah, we know GM Ken Holland nabbed defenseman Mike Green during the summer. But did anyone happen to watch the tapes of the final three games of the Capitals’ second-round loss to the New York Rangers, when Green was regularly exposed by the Rangers? Enough said.

And while we like the addition of Brad Richards, who was a key part of Chicago’s run to a Stanley Cup last spring, the 35-year-old Richards joins a forward group that also includes the aging Johan Franzen (a battered 35), Henrik Zetterberg (34) and Pavel Datsyuk (37).

With Datsyuk coming off injury and perhaps not available until after the start of the season, and with the goaltending situation still in a state of flux under rookie head coach Jeff Blashill, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that the Wings' improbable run stops at 24 straight playoff appearances.

Burnside continues...and he seems to have forgotten about Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan, Danny DeKeyser, Petr Mrazek etc.

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‘Two Things’: Hicketts looks forward to Canadian WJC camp; U of M’s Kile reflects on Wings camp

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

One Red Wings prospect and one free agent have reflected upon their summer camp experiences, with Joe Hicketts looking forward to taking part in Team Canada's World Junior summer evaluation camp starting on Saturday, as he told the Victoria Times-Colonist's Mario Annicchiarico...

The Victoria Royals captain has represented the country at several international events, but to be part of the junior evaluation camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park [in Calgary] is a first for the Kamloops native.

“I didn’t get the opportunity to go to it last year,” said Hicketts, who arrives in Alberta today, with practices set for Saturday and Sunday before the recruits are divided into teams to play Russia and the Czech Republic from Monday to Thursday. I’m looking forward to meeting all the new guys and seeing what camp is about. It’s going to be quick with practices and then four games. Hopefully, I can become one of the leaders there, that’s my personal goal.”

He’s handled that responsibility on previous Canadian teams in younger age groups, wearing a ‘C’ or an ‘A’ as captain or an alternate.

And MLive's Brendan Savage spoke to University of Michigan forward Alex Kile during the Red Wings' summer development camp, discussing Kile's desire to fill Dylan Larkin's absence on the Wolverines' roster:

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Strike Back Against the Off-Season

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

After five seasons of covering NHL and WHL hockey, there’s one thing I know for sure: I should never be left unsupervised in the off-season. Exhibit A: On the first official weekend of the WHL off-season, I promptly face-planted off a stair and spent the next 12 weeks on injured reserve. The diagnosis was one broken ankle, one ruptured tendon and one sprained ankle. Don’t be jealous now. It also left me with way too much free time to catch up on TV shows I missed during the season. Like one of my personal favorites about to begin its final season tonight: Strike Back (Cinemax, 10 pm).  Naturally, I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen if the two lead characters -- Damien Scott and Michael Stonebridge -- were dropped into the middle of a hockey game instead of a secret military mission. Something tells me they’d come in pretty handy.

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The 2022 Winter Olympics Will Be Held In Beijing, China

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from IIHF.com,

The International Olympic Committee has awarded the 2022 Olympic Winter Games to Beijing, China, and the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games to Lausanne, Switzerland.

Both event hosts were decided during the 128th IOC Session held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Beijing beat out the other bid from Almaty, Kazakhstan, by a close vote of 44-40.

"I congratulate Beijing on becoming the first city to host both a Summer and Winter Games, and congratulations to Almaty for putting forth an excellent bid," said IIHF President and IOC Executive Board member René Fasel.

"Both bids were very strong but I am happy to see Beijing as the 2022 host because it gives the IIHF a great platform to promote the sport of ice hockey in Asia. Now with the next two Winter Olympics taking place in Korea and China, we have a tremendous opportunity to open up new horizons for our sport and to showcase ice hockey to a new generation.” ...

An IIHF member since 1963, the status of China’s ice hockey teams regarding automatic host qualification is still to be determined. The men’s team has yet to qualify for an Olympic tournament, but the women’s team participated in three Winter Games in 1998, 2002, and most recently Vancouver 2010. The nation’s best result came in Nagano 1998, when the team put up big wins over Japan and Sweden in the first round, but ultimately lost 4-1 to Finland in the bronze medal game and finished in fourth place.

China’s men’s national team is 38th in the IIHF World Ranking, while the women’s team is 16th. 

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In case you are wondering, Beijing, China is 12 hours ahead of EST.

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Deposition Day For Gary Bettman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will be in the hot seat today.

Bettman will be surrounded by lawyers acting for players suing the league over concussions suffered while playing, who will be asking him all about what he and the league know or believe about repeated head trauma, and what he did or didn’t do to protect those players.

Bettman’s deposition promises to be the most significant development so far in the concussion lawsuit that is plodding its way through the U.S. legal system.

Like all that have been deposed before him — including Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan — Bettman’s testimony about what he knew and what the league knew about the effect of repeated head trauma on players will be sealed, hidden from public scrutiny.

U.S. district court judge Susan Nelson will rule — perhaps before NHL training camps begin in September — whether to unseal the depositions to allow the public to know fully what both sides have been arguing.

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The Vancouver Canucks Took Advantage Of The Cap Issues In Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

When the Vancouver Canucks were able to augment their centre position through the Brandon Sutter trade this week, they hit upon one of the proven formulas of improving a team in the NHL.

The difficulty in pulling this off more often, of course, is getting yourself into the right position and then finding a team which has the assets you covet, and having stumbled into same the position the Pittsburgh Penguins found themselves in before this trade.

Positioning yourself to take advantage of teams that are over the salary cap and must pare down before the start of the season is something the Canucks have done successfully in the past, and other teams as well have found this a winning formula.

After all, when you are making a trade with a team that has to make a trade, the odds are very much in your favour that success will be forthcoming.

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The Arizona Coyotes Are “Kicking Tires” Of Potential Roster Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sarah McLellan of azcentral,

The Coyotes still have a few items left on their wist list -- namely a puck-moving defenseman -- but General Manager Don Maloney doubts any more changes will hit the roster before it is set to debut at training camp in the fall.

"There are still a lot of players out there," Maloney said Thursday. "If anything, I can see maybe some tryouts coming our way. The good thing for us we still have roster flexibility. We have some payroll flexibility, but I'm just adamant not to shore up a roster with any more one-way contracts unless it's a very good deal."

After watching the talent brewing in the pipeline at the team's prospect development camp earlier this month, team brass is eager to see how many youngsters can legitimately contend for a job in the NHL. If the candidates become slim, the team isn't opposed to exploring outside options at that point.

But the possibility of prospects competing for roster spots is enticing; actually, despite also coveting another winger, Maloney said he'd probably rather add a mobile defenseman instead of a winger because of the exciting youth currently in the team's forward group.

Even so, the Coyotes are still keeping a pulse on the market.

"We're still talking, more kicking tires," Maloney said.

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