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‘Four Things’: Free agent busts, unkind words, #91 and a Larkin video

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This evening's Red Wings-related news stories consist of four items:

1. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan posited an annotated photo gallery of 10 of the Wings' best and 10 of the Wings' worst free agent signings;

2. The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons, who believes if you have something unkind to say, just say it (because that is many a sportswriter's job), said this...

The best free agent signing to date: Williams in Washington. The one I don’t understand: Wanting Mike Green, who played third pair defence with the Capitals, makes sense. Paying him $6 million a year, even on a three-year contract, doesn’t compute with the usual common sense Red Wings. Detroit signed both Green and Brad Richards, whose best days were at least four years ago.

3. The Free Press's Steve Schrader, who believes in saying something if it's clever, issues this "Stevie Award"...

The "Those Were the Days" award To Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov, both elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Was there ever a more entertaining time for the Red Wings than their era, with the personalities and the Stanley Cups? And nobody was a bigger part of it than Sergei, so the Wings should stop thinking about it and put his No. 91 in the Joe Louis Arena rafters while they're still playing at the rink he starred at.

To which the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reminds us that Ken Holland offered a tepid response to any discussions of raising #91 to the rafters, saying there had never been any discussions thereof previously:

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Impressions from the Saturday scrimmage at the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘15

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I just had an entire entry eaten by a blogging glitch--a glitch that ate 2-and-a-half hours worth of work, which is why Paul is working so hard to get to KK 2.0 software-wise--and as such, I'm going to give this to you the short version route:

The scoring in the Red Wings prospects' scrimmage went like this...

And DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose and MLive's Brendan Savage told its tales:

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Audio from the second day of the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘15, scrimmage version

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' development campers engaged in a spirited scrimmage on Saturday, with Team Lindsay winning 6-5 and a slightly-more-than-10-man shootout 4-3. After the scrimmage ended, players hustled off to post-game interviews with the management, so I had very little time to speak with them, but I was able to speak with four people, and here's the audio from their interviews:

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Derek Stepan’s Next Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It was Christmas in July for Derek Stepan but a lump of coal in Jeff Gorton’s stocking, this gift of Buffalo’s seven-year, $52 million ($7.5 million per) extension to Ryan O’Reilly that kicks in next season and will keep on giving headaches to the Rangers and their newly installed general manager.

In a flash, Friday’s agreement between the needy Sabres and the 24-year-old center they obtained from Colorado last weekend blows to smithereens any hope the Blueshirts had of signing the 25-year-old Group II free agent center Stepan to a long-term deal in the range of $6.2 million to $6.5 million per.

It likely means Stepan, whose numbers are superior to O’Reilly’s in every meaningful category other than faceoff efficiency, not only will file for salary arbitration by Sunday’s 5 p.m. deadline, but could be in line for a two-year award taking him to unrestricted free agency worth well over $7 million per.

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Minnesota Wild Make Devan Dubnyk Extension Official

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed goaltender Devan Dubnyk (pronounced DOOB-nihk) to a six-year contract through the 2020-21 season.

Dubnyk, 29, went 36-14-4 in 58 games during the 2014-15 season and ranked second in the NHL with both a 2.07 goals-against average (GAA) and .929 save percentage (SV%), T-4th with six shutouts and T-6th in wins. He won the 2015 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, was named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team, and finished third in the Vezina Trophy voting and fourth in the Hart Trophy voting. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound native of Regina, Sask., set single-season career highs in GAA, SV%, games played, consecutive starts (39), wins, shutouts, minutes, assists (2), shots faced (1,625) and saves (1,510).

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Afternoon news: On Kindl, Marsh, Van Pottelberghe and coach Nelson’s take on development camp

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Wings coach Jeff Blashill regarding one Jakub Kindl, who had a conditioning stint in Grand Rapids this past season, and it certainly sounds like Kindl will be given a chance to redeem himself on the Wings' blueline:

"I thought when he came down he did a great job for us," Blashill said. "You can say, well, it's an NHLer coming down and playing — you have to stand out, and he stood out. He did a great job.

"When he's playing his best he's a great puck-moving defenseman — he's going back for the puck, he's seeing through the forechecker making the proper passes. I think that is the number one ingredient for a defenseman to be great, is their ability to play the puck out of their end, because then you just don't play any d-zone and you play in the other team's end and that's the formula to win."

It's likely the Wings do something on the back end before training camp to make room for a young guy (Alexey Marchenko/Xavier Ouellet) to play, but if Kindl shows up at camp in top shape, it sounds like he may get a chance.

"He's got really good ability, he's a really good person," Blashill said. "He's done a great job of persevering through tough times over the last few years. Hopefully he's put himself in position to compete for spots at camp."

In a different kind of redemptive tone, Mitch Callahan is up here in Grand Rapids rehabbing a torn ACL, and he spoke with MLive's Brendan Savage about that process...

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The New York Rangers Face Stiff Competition In The Metropolitan Division

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News,

What does clearly set the Rangers back, however, is what happened elsewhere in the Metropolitan Division these past couple weeks, primarily in Washington and Columbus:

As the Rangers failed even to maintain the status quo, many of their closest rivals improved or — at the bare minimum — had the cap space and wherewithal to take their best run at doing so.

There may be significant skepticism about how much the Capitals upgraded by trading right wing Troy Brouwer in Thursday’s deal for St. Louis Blues right wing and USA Olympic shootout phenom T.J. Oshie, 28. Yet there is a question to pose to the doubters: How long can a team continue trotting out the same core of players, year after year, and always come up short before changing something up front?

Washington revamped its blue line last summer with the signings of Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik. Goaltender Braden Holtby had by far his best season as a pro. Alex Ovechkin didn’t win the MVP award, but he played like one. And now GM Brian MacLellan has added the skilled Oshie (115 points the past two seasons) as well as “Mr. Game 7,” former L.A. Kings Conn Smythe winner Justin Williams, 33, on the right side.

You know who needed a player exactly like Williams? The Rangers. Too bad a two-year, $6.5 million deal shoved them out of any consideration, since they’re so tight against the salary cap.

more on the Metropolitan Division plus other hockey topics...

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Impressions from the morning skate at day 2 of the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘15

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This morning, the Red Wings' prospects engaged in a set of drills that were designed to get them ready for today's scrimmage (4-5:30 PM), and Team Lindsay and Team Howe practiced simultaneously, so I was able to get in about 20 minutes of viewing of each set of prospects and a good look at some of the goalie drills that goalie coaches Jim Bedard and Jeff Salajko put the goalies through...

But 20 minutes of assessment isn't a particularly fantastic indicator of where a player's going to be, and scrimmages allow some players to shine and others to fade into the woodwork, so I can't promise that there's going to be some sort of massively revelatory observation today, but I'm going to do my best.

I should note from the outset that Andreas Athanasiou is not playing thus far; I've heard that he has a finger injury, but he is present at the camp and taking part in the off-ice activities, and Mitch Callahan continues to skate under the watchful eye of team trainer John Bernal as he recovers from a torn ACL.

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Format for today’s summer development camp ‘15 scrimmage

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' summer development campers are taking part in a scrimmage from 4-5:30 at Centre Ice Arena today, and he's its format:

The game will have a "running time warm-up" at 4 PM;

1. The game starts at 4:05 PM, and there will be 2 30-minute periods (i.e. two "halfs") which break down like this:

  • 10 minutes of running time;
  • 5 minute 5-on-4 PP for Team Lindsay; 5 minute PP for Team Howe;

2. There will be a 15-minute intermission to resurface the ice in between the two periods;

3. There will be a short dry scrape after the "second half," and then there will be a 10-man shootout with a sudden death option if there is a tie.

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Audio from the second day of the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘15

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' summer development camp continued today with a set of simultaneous and split practices in which Team Lindsay and Team Howe prepared for the 4-5:30 PM scrimmage, and as the players were ready to get in the shower, have lunch and take their pre-game naps, I had to scramble as best I could for interviews, but I hope this is a "quality over quantity" scenario:

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