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Legal Talk Regarding The Wings’ Logo

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Frank R. Jakes of The Legal Examiner,

Imagine being a corporate executive awakening on Sunday morning to a Tsunami of media images of White Supremacists, KKK and Neo-Nazis embroiled in violent protests and, right there on the internet, newspapers, magazines and TV is your company’s trademark logo being worn as a symbol by these thugs. The sinking feeling is easily imaginable. But fear not because trademark law can save the day!

If you were following current events, this actually happened in Charlottesville during the so-called “Unite the Right” protests. One group of enterprising Neo-Nazis from Michigan has co-opted the Detroit Red Wings logo (above left) for their insignia (worn, for example on a collar). The group known as the Detroit Right Wings (above right) has copied the logo, but replaced the “spokes” on the wheel with repeating “SS” symbols.

On a conventional trademark infringement level, the Detroit NHL franchise may have problems winning a case.  One must prove a “likelihood of confusion.” Commonly, this is referred to as “passing off:” the act of passing the junior party’s goods/services as emanating from the senior user. Since it would be hard to prove that any consumers were confused into joining the Neo-Nazi group believing it to be sanctioned by the NHL club, success would probably be unattainable....

Practically, the NHL club may have some hurdles to overcome. Neo-Nazis are not necessarily known for having a stable presence. The group does not appear to have a formal, corporate structure. It will be difficult to serve the group with process; instead, it may be necessary to serve each of the members. No doubt, this is a daunting prospect since one would expect the group’s members to react to a summons the same way that roaches react to the light: by scattering and hiding.

Of course, the likelihood that the NHL club could actually recover damages is probably wishful thinking. Nevertheless, the public statement of a lawsuit coupled with a list of John Doe defendants could lead to an injunction that might prove useful as the NHL club seeks to rein in the theft of its identity. Sometimes, for a trademark owner, the most important thing is to make a statement that it will not permit its goodwill to be associated with those espousing such hate and vitriol. Stay tuned.

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What Is It With The Boston Bruins And Their Young Stars?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald,

The Bruins are starting to look like the University of Kentucky basketball program: Talented young players come and go in the blink of an eye, honing their skills and then moving on to bigger and better things.

For the Kentucky basketball players, “bigger and better things” means the National Basketball Association.

For the Bruins, it’s every other team in the National Hockey League.

The latest young, talented Bruin who may or may not be playing elsewhere next season — depending on whose tweets you’re reading — is right winger David Pastrnak. The 21-year-old had a sterling 2016-17 season, scoring 34 goals, but it’s the offseason that should worry B’s fans.

As always, it comes down to money. Pastrnak wants more of it. The Bruins, alas, are like the short-armed alligator in the Geico commercial....

As the Bruins determine whether Pastrnak’s playing skills make him worthy of a long-term deal for, say, $6 million per, they should also be determining what the kid’s name is worth.

We can agree Patrice Bergeron will be a Bruin for life. But he won’t be playing for life.

The Bruins should consider growing some veterans.

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Morning Line- Calvin Pickard

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“If anyone had told me last August I’d be in Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) representing an NHL team in Vegas I’d have thought they were crazy.

-Calvin Pickard, goaltender for the Vegas Golden Knights.  Dave Nichols of the The Spokesman-Review has more.

Also, Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com is on the road trip with the VGK.

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Morning news: ‘the first injury,’ cap talk, a vague assessment and a sneak peek at LCA

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. European teams are already taking part in preseason games and short tournaments, and as you might imagine, during what amounts to a month's worth of preseason hockey, players get hurt.

According to UNT.se's Martin Nilsson, Wings prospect Gustav Lindstrom's the first name to hit the IR, with Lindstrom suffering an injury to his AC joint in his shoulder. Lindstrom, who plays for Almtuna of the Swedish second division, will probably miss the Four Nations tournament in Finland at the end of the month as a result of his injury;

2. I know that a good chunk of Wings fans believe that the Red Wings will solve their salary cap issues by placing Niklas Kronwall (knee) or Jonathan Ericsson (hip) on the LTIR, but NHL.com's Dan Rosen believes that the Wings will deal with their likely overage by, well, dealing Riley Sheahan. Per Rosen's weekly mailbag:

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The Outlook For Nick Jensen

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2017-18 outlook: Jensen was one of the team's few success stories in an otherwise forgettable season.

Waived after the preseason, he didn't appear to have much of a future with the organization. Recalled from Grand Rapids in mid-December as a temporary replacement due to injuries, he became a fixture in the lineup.

He earned a two-year contract extension on Feb. 27. He finished the season playing on the top defense pairing with Danny DeKeyser. The club protected him in the expansion draft ahead of young D-men Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul.

Jensen is a tremendous skater who moves the puck well and competes hard. His speed and competitiveness can compensate for mistakes and his lack of size.

Jensen might be paired with Jonathan Ericsson at the start of the season. He should continue to see regular duty on the penalty kill. He isn't likely to see power play time, but his mobility and right-handed shot make him an option if there are injuries.

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When a Penguin’s day with the Cup is a noteworthy endeavor

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This isn't a Penguins blog, but this is pretty cool: Pittsburgh defenseman and Ann Arbor native Ian Cole brought the Stanley Cup to the C.S. Mott Chlidren's Hospital in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, and WXYZ's Brad Galli was there to chronicle the trip...

As was MLive's Ryan Zuke:

Cole's itinerary during his day with the Cup is less hectic than last year, he said, but he made sure Mott was his top priority. The back-to-back Cup champion took photos with dozens of patients and their families inside the Game Day Experience Room before bringing the Cup to Zingerman's Delicatessen.

Cole will end the evening at his parents' house for a private party with family and friends. Last year, he had a public visit at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube and also made stops at BTB Burrito and Coach & Four Barber Shop.

"This year is a little more low-key," said Cole, 28. "Last year, we definitely tried to share it as much as possible. This year, we wanted to do the same thing with kids here in the hospital. Not only that but the health care professionals who are working with the kids in the hospital, the ability to get some excitement out of the kids and get some excitement from those who are treating them is something we take a lot of pride in."

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Pre-Season Buzz - Which Teams Are Making Moves This Offseason

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

By Ryan,

Everyone gets excited for sports during preseason! Preseason is the time when all sports fans are talking about which teams are the teams to beat this year, which players are expected to stand out, and what changes have been or are being made as far as trades and other big moves amongst players and teams. With this Livescore app, you can be sure to stay in the know when it comes to the entire preseason buzz. The CBS Sports App is your go to app for all things sports, whether it be preseason, off season, or mid-season!

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Leon Draisaitl Should Stay Put In Edmonton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

The most telling pressure points for me, when it comes to Leon Draisaitl’s protracted contract negotiations with the Edmonton Oilers, is this:

Why on earth would the player ever want to play elsewhere? And why would the team ever allow him to do so?

On what other team would Draisaitl be able to, A) play nightly with the pending “Best Player in the NHL?” Or B) Get second-line centre minutes with a first-line centre that commands as much attention from opposing lineups as Connor McDavid does?

We’re not saying Edmonton is the only team in the National Hockey League that gives us the feeling that a Stanley Cup championship is imminent. There are a few teams like that (Toronto, Dallas, Calgary) and a few other mainstays (Pittsburgh, Chicago, Washington, Anaheim) that could win it any year as well.

But find me a landing spot for Draisaitl that has a better chance than Edmonton of putting a ring on his finger.

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Get To The Net

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Travis Yost of TSN,

A tried-and-true way of generating scoring chances and goals? Get as close to the net as possible.

That’s easier said than done in the modern era of hockey where defences are exceptional at pushing attacking forwards to the perimeter. Still, there are some players who have mastered the art of attacking through the heart of centre ice. Some use lightning-quick agility to duck around defenders. Others use brute strength and force to position themselves well for tape-to-tape passes and rebound opportunities. It’s certainly not a one-size-fits-all type of talent, but it is a valuable one....

A few names stand out to me on both sides of the aisle. For starters, I look at Colin Wilson – a player who lives in front of the net and has shot about 12 per cent over the course of his career – as something of a steal for Colorado. Remember, they acquired him from Nashville for just a fourth-round pick. That’s pretty darn good for a guy who has averaged about 40 points per full season over the course of his career. 

Chris Kreider (we already knew this!) and Tyler Bozak are also interesting names here. Bozak has been something of a polarizing player for most of his career, but one thing you really can’t knock is his ability to generate offence. Bozak’s scored like a top-six forward for a few years now and that’s at least partially driven by a ridiculous 15-per-cent conversion rate over 800 shots. I’d put Bozak in the ‘crafty and elusive’ category as it pertains to the short shot distances, by the way.

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‘Three Things’: On Kasper Kotkansalo, room for improvement and Tweets of note

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. MLive's Brendan Savage posted a profile of 2017 draft pick Kasper Kotkansalo:

Kotkansalo, whoi will play for Boston University this season, was at the Red Wings development camp last month and the skills tests gave him an idea of what he needs to improve if he wants to continue moving up the hockey ladder.

"It was like lateral movement was kind of tough for me," he said. "But I think as we get the test results, we also kind of know what to improve on, whether it's like the 10 yards or the 30 yards, if you got to improve on your start or something like that. The results will tell that.

"I had a meeting with the GM and the coaches ... and we were pretty much on the same page on what are my strengths and what I got to improve on. One thing is skating, like the mobility of the skating, and also getting shots through there so two big things for me."

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2. WDIV's David Bartkowiak Jr. penned a list of 5 Red Wings players who must improve this season (I'd add the rest of the roster to his list)...

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