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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

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

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A Successful Smashfest

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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George’s summer reading recommendation: The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This isn't Red Wings-related, but it's important to me: nearly every "hockey person" will tell you that Ken Dryden's The Game is by far the best hockey-related book ever, but as far as I'm concerned, Julien Rubenstein's The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts (link goes to a KK Affiliate) blows The Game out of the water.

Rubenstein can't replicate Dryden's near-lyrical prose, but his (mostly) true accout of Hungarian goaltender Atilla Ambrus's discovery of bank robbery as a way to supplement his truly dreadful income as a post-Eastern-Bloc collapse professional hockey player--and his inability and unwillingness to stay away from the high-spending, sleeping-around lifestyle of a slightly bumbling professional bankrobber to get out while the "gettin's good," resulting in incarceration...

It's not the story of a hero or a villain, it's the story of someone who finds himself having to rob banks to get by while his country tries to come to grips with the financial devastation of the first post-Soviet years, and The Hockey News's Jason Kay points out that the anti-hero protagonist is beautifully complex:

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Kate Gillis On Her Father Mike Gillis

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joshua Clipperton of the CP at the Surrey Leader,

Kate Gillis says it was difficult to block out the noise.

The energetic 24-year-old is the captain and inspirational leader of Canada's women's field hockey team at the Commonwealth Games. She's also the daughter of former Vancouver Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis, who was fired in April after the team missed the playoffs for the first time in six years....

Having your feet held to the fire is part of being an executive in professional sports, but that doesn't make it any easier for the families. It's something the younger Gillis learned first-hand this spring.

"I think it's always hard for people to say those things about your father. With the Internet these days, you can just have a free-for-all," she said this week. "It's tough to kind of differentiate between the truth and the fiction, but I just keep my head down. He definitely doesn't let us get affected, but in the long run it's hard.

"It's your dad."

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Paying P.K. Subban

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

Subban's talent makes him the heart of the Canadiens, but it's his swagger that makes him the team's soul. He's not just a player. He's an entertainer, a throwback to the days of Yvan Cournoyer, Guy Lafleur and Steve Shutt. Subban may be Ontario-born, but he's a Flying Frenchman through and through.

His defensive play has matured. And so has he. The unflagging team-first spirit he displayed with Team Canada in Sochi while being relegated to the press box demonstrated his commitment to winning above all else. He's still learning how to make all the right sacrifices, but the willingness is there.

All those elements combine to make him the most irreplaceable player in the organization, and that's why his next contract should reflect that. Carey Price is a terrific goalie, and after his performance in Sochi, he now ranks among the very best in the world. But there are always capable goalies to be had, and Montreal has a pretty decent heir apparent in its system in Memorial Cup-winner Zach Fucale.

There's nobody else like Subban in the pipeline. Or anywhere else in the NHL, for that matter.

 

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This morning, Subban tweeted this,,,

 

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Red Wings mid-day news: on Ferraro, Ilitch’s Holland endorsement and hockey blog chatter

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 4:40PM: Amongst today's Red Wings-related stories;

As Paul reported, the Wings signed Landon Ferraro to a 1-year contract extension, and despite "club policy" forbidding the disclosure of salary demands, the beat writers and at-large press announced that Ferraro's deal is a 2-way contract paying $550,000 at the NHL level and $85,000 at the AHL level.

Will Ferraro be plucked off waivers if he doesn't make the team? That's hard to say. His pro stats haven't been overwhelming and he's faithfully listed at 6' and 175 pounds. In the "old days," being a Red Wings prospect on waivers meant that you were going to be plucked off, but dozens of mid-range prospects clear waivers on a yearly basis these days.

The Free Press's George Sipple (via RedWingsFeed): spoke with Wings assistant GM and Grand Rapids Griffins GM Ryan Martin regarding Ferraro's status:

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