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Three things: On an aggressive deadline, Jensen’s value and Sheahan’s goal-less slump

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa penned an article suggesting that a "salary dump is in order," and given the fiscal commitments of many of the Wings' long-term deals, I'm not quite sure how the Red Wings' management could accomplish Gregg's goals. For example:

Two seasons ago, Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist looked ready to replace some of the offense that would eventually be lost when Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk retired. Now, they are fading assets.

Tatar and Nyquist have slumped badly enough that their return value is diminished. Holland should not fail to pull the trigger if an offer hold a promise of improvement, even if only long range.

Nyquist may go first. His no-trade clause kicks in next season.

The rest of the lineup contains no untouchables.

Krupa believes that the Wings could and perhaps should move everyone not named Mantha, Larkin, Athanasiou, Zetterberg, Kronwall, Mrazek or Howard; it's going to be hard to do that, and I sincerely question the Wings management's desire to move that aggressively.

2. To the positive, the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness penned an article about pleasant surprise Nick Jensen, who's made himself an indispensable part of the lineup:

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The TSN Insiders Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun have the latest on numerous teams interest in Kevin Shattenkirk, Western Conference teams inquiring about Martin Hanzal, which player is drawing the most attention out of Vancouver, the Flames scanning the goaltending market and much more.

Watch at TSN, no geo-blocking...

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Arizona Senate Rules Committee Passes Coyotes Funding Bill

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Next step the full Senate next week...

via Ben Giles tweets,

In GOP caucus, @bob_worsley explains how his SB1149 would help the Coyotes build a new stadium in Arizona.

Sen. @bob_worsley trying to allay fears that the Coyotes would soak up existing tax revenues in a TIF situation.

Wherever the Coyotes build a new arena, would have to be a "greenfield" site, Worsley said. That means a site with no current tax revenue.

Sen. Peterson asks if relationship with Glendale/Coyotes can be repaired. Worsley: “For Glendale, the Coyotes are gone one way or the other"

Worsley said taxpayers won't bear burden if Coyotes fail in new arena. Team will be responsible for paying the bond that funds construction.

Worsley estimates $15M in annual tax revenue from a new Coyotes arena. Half of that, $7.5M would go to pay construction bond. Rest to the GF

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Video- The Anaheim Ducks Awards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the TSN YouTube page,

Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa and Nate Thompson hand their teammates awards based on a handful of the 2017 Best Picture Nominations at the Academy Awards. Awards based on the movies "Arrival", "Moonlight", "Hidden Figures", "Manchester By The Sea" and "Fences" are given and the players deliver acceptance speeches that ends with a mic drop.

 

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Afternoon news: On the ‘Bye Week,’ trade talk and expansion draft talk

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. In "coming soon" news, concrete version: DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji spoke with the Red Wings regarding their attempts to come out of the "Bye Week" up to speed with the rest of the NHL:

The Red Wings managed to take advantage of the Washington Capitals last week when the Capitals were coming off their bye.

Now it's the Wings' turn. Following Tuesday night's game, the Wings won't play again until next Tuesday in Vancouver.

They will have just Monday's practice before that contest. Teams have gone 4-12-4 in their first game after their bye.

"I don't think there's any magic plan," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "We're going to have to come up with the right approach, have the right type of practice. What's our pre-game skate going to look like on that Tuesday? You can't make up for five days with a pre-game skate and a practice, so we got to be careful there. The No. 1 thing is we're going to have to have lots of energy in Vancouver. I bet you lots of those games (teams coming out of break) are close. The one we won against Washington, them coming out of the break, was a shootout game. So we got to make sure we find a way to win a hockey game."

Wakiji continues...

2. In "coming soon" news, theoretical version: ESPN's Craig Custance penned an Insider-only entry discussing 20 trade deadline targets, and 3 of his targets are Red Wings players:

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Sad news as Mrs. Lindsay passes away

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Very sad news:

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Svechnikov impressing in Grand Rapids

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with Evgeny Svechnikov regarding his superb rookie season with the Grand Rapids Griffins:

Svechnikov, the Red Wings' No. 1 pick (19th overall), enters Friday's home game against Milwaukee on a 12-game point streak, the fourth longest in franchise history. He picked up an assist in last Friday's game to give him 14 points (5-9-14) since the streak began Jan. 20.

He already holds the longest consecutive points streak by a Griffins rookie.

Svechnikov is ninth among rookie goal scorers in the AHL with 15, to go with 16 assists. His 31 points are sixth on the team.

"It has been good as far as giving me confidence," Svechnikov said of the points streak. "I want the puck, I want to shoot and it gives me confidence that I can score."

Veteran Drew Miller, who skated with Svechnikov in training camp with the Red Wings, likes what he has seen from the prospect.

"So far in the time I've been here he's shown a lot of skill and I think he's going to be a real good player," Miller said. "He's definitely got NHL skills."

Wallner continues...

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Your Official NHL Paint

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 23, 2017 – PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced it has reached a multiyear corporate marketing agreement with the National Hockey League (NHL) to make PPG paint brands the Official Paint of the NHL® in the U.S. and Canada. Financial details and terms were not disclosed.

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Expect More Rental Defensemen To Be Moved

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Capitals GM Brian McLellan told reporters he believes blueline rentals like Hainsey and Michael Stone - who checked in at No. 5 on TSN’s Trade Bait board when he was moved on Monday - will all move before the deadline because teams don’t want to commit longer term with an expansion draft looming.

“With the ability to protect three defenceman in the expansion draft,” McLellan said, “it might restrict people from adding a guy at this point that you might have to protect and you might lose him come expansion draft time.”

Eight rental defencemen remain on TSN’s Trade Bait board of players potentially on the move, including Nos. 31-35:

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Morning news: On Smith’s availability, Doug Brown’s coaching philosophy, prospects & Tweets of note

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note on a relatively quiet Thursday morning:

1. ESPN/TSN's Pierre LeBrun penned a list of "Defensemen in demand," and Brendan Smith made his list:

Brendan Smith, Detroit Red Wings

Smith could really beef up a team's third pairing and even move up to a No. 4 role in a pinch. If the Blues do move Shattenkirk but are clearly still in the playoff race, will GM Doug Armstrong try to add a defenceman to help fill the roster hole? I think the Blues should look at Smith, a midround pick, who has a $2.75 million cap hit, if indeed Shattenkirk is moved.

[Edit/update: LeBrun added this to an ESPN article:

The Detroit Red Wings are not shopping defenseman Mike Green and have no plans to deal him. But given where they are in the grand scheme of things, they also can't afford not to listen if a team calls with a serious offer. The 31-year-old, right-handed puck mover has another year on his deal next season, at $6 million, and he's been good for Detroit this season. I would think that the price to get him would have to supersede whatever St. Louis gets for pending UFA Kevin Shattenkirk -- if only because Green (who has a full no-trade clause) is signed past this season. The Red Wings plan on having Green back next season, but the point here is this: they owe it to themselves to at least listen over the next week.

/end edit]

2. Former Red Wing Doug Brown spoke with ESPN's Craig Custance about his experiences as an amateur hockey coach, and his comments are really intriguing:

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