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Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan notes that the opening of training camp takes place four weeks from Friday, and as such, Kulfan has nine questions for the Wings in the final full month before the preseason opens. Among them:

Will there be a spot for Tyler Bertuzzi or Evgeny Svechnikov? Depending on how the salary-cap situation evolves, there might be a spot for Bertuzzi, but it’s far from certain.

Luke Witkowski can play either forward or defense, which is a huge plus given the current salary cap crisis.

If the Red Wings keep only 22 players, and all eight defensemen are healthy, there isn’t any room for Bertuzzi (unless a forward is injured).

As for Svechnikov, he’s an exciting prospect, but he’s not quite ready for the NHL.

Kulfan continues at length...

2. On Thursday morning, we discussed ESPN's Corey Pronman's mentions of Red Wings prospects among his Top 100 NHL Prospects list, and later on Thursday, Proman penned an Insider-only take on each and every one of the NHL's 31 prospect pools. Here's his take on the Wings' 10 best:

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Video- Workout Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A few of the 'name' players in the NHL putting in some work.

 

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A Two-Year Contract For Zemgus Girgensons And The Buffalo Sabres

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BUFFALO, N.Y. (August 17, 2017) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Zemgus Girgensons to a two-year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $1.6 million.

Girgensons (6’2”, 200 lbs., 1/5/1994) will enter his fifth season as a member of the Sabres in 2017-18 after the team selected him in the first round (14th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft. In his first four NHL seasons, the Riga, Latvia native has totaled 86 points (37+49) and 77 penalty minutes in 277 games.

The forward, who has appeared in at least 61 games in each of his four NHL seasons, set a new career high with 75 games played in 2016-17 after signing a one-year extension in September 2016.

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Big Loss For The New Jersey Devils, Travis Zajac Out 4-6 Months

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Newark, NJ - New Jersey Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero provided the following update on center Travis Zajac.

"This morning, Travis Zajac underwent successful surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle that was suffered last week during off-season training. The procedure was performed by the club's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jonathan L. Glashow. Zajac's expected recovery time is approximately four to six months."

 

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Afternoon Line- Joe Sakic On Matt Duchene

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I will be listening to offers. Right now it’s quiet on all fronts. But I’ll listen to offers on how we can get better. I’ll never name names but I’ll sit there and if something makes sense for the way we want to go, with our team, we’ll really look at that.”

-Joe Sakic on Matt Duchene.  More on the Avs from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post.

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We Have Ice

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

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St. James on Mantha’s outlook

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Free Press's Helene St. James penned a 2017-18 season outlook for Anthony Mantha:

Looking ahead: Mantha, 22, seems be figuring out how to be a good pro, from diet to working out to realizing just how much effort it takes to be a factor on a regular basis in the NHL. Management and coaches have hammered home to Mantha that he needs to skate, and use his 6-foot-5, 221-pound body to be a nuisance in front of the net. Mantha saw spotty power play time last season and wasn’t on either of the units that had the power play at nearly 25% the last 30 games of the season, but if there is an injury to power play net-front men Justin Abdelkader or Riley Sheahan – or if either unit ends up needing retooling, Mantha will get a chance for special-teams minutes.

Beyond salary cap space, part of the hesitancy to re-sign Thomas Vanek, in fact, is that while Vanek has shown he’d make Andreas Athanasiou a better player (their line with Frans Nielsen had excellent chemistry), Wings management wants Mantha to play a bigger role. That means more minutes; minutes that Vanek would eat into if he were in the lineup. Mantha’s among the most intriguing Wings to watch in 2017-18 – he flirted with the 20-goal mark last season, and seems to be growing into the player the Wings hoped they’d get when they drafted Mantha 20th overall in 2013.

St. James continues, and Mantha needs to churn those legs in the direction of the opposing team's net to succeed. Thankfully, he knows that now.

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WXYZ: Octopus sighting at Little Caesars Arena

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

WXYZ's Max White reports that the ice is being laid down at Little Caesars Arena, and as part of the process, an octopus was tossed onto the "Hockeytown" logo:

Update: Of miscellaneous Twitter-related note this morning:

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Why Not The Flyers?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of the Phillynews,

The club president isn’t predicting that the Flyers’ four-plus decades without a Stanley Cup are about to end. That, he knows, would be foolish. But he likes the direction in which the team is headed under general manager Ron Hextall. He thinks the likely injection of several rookies will complement the core that features Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek, and Ivan Provorov.

“Obviously, our plan is to make the playoffs this year and see what happens,” Holmgren said Wednesday in his Wells Fargo Center office. “I think what Ron is doing, and has been doing, is put our team in a position where we can make multiple playoff runs with the hopes of winning Stanley Cups along the way. That was his goal when he took over three-plus years ago. I think if you look at our team now and where we are from this moment out, that’s kind of where we’re at.”

Holmgren, who recently had cornea surgery to try to improve the almost-lost sight in his right eye, said the Flyers are a “team that’s setting ourselves up for multiple playoff runs with the idea of winning a Stanley Cup or two along the way. … I think we’re a team that’s poised to take some steps forward over the next number of years. Could it be this year? Yeah, why not?”

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The Russian Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

... And Marchenko’s signing, just like that of Markov, Nesterov, Grigorenko and so on, is simply another part of the plan the Russian Hockey Federation has had since the NHL announced it wouldn’t be sending players to the 2018 Olympics. Following the NHL’s early April declaration, the RHF released a statement saying it would attempt to keep its top talent in Russia and persuade top Russian free agents to play in the KHL, giving them the opportunity to suit up in Pyeongchang — an opportunity they seemingly won’t have in the NHL cut.

Russia hasn’t medalled at the Olympics, let alone stood atop the podium, in more than 15 years. Not since 1998 has Russia won a silver medal. And it’s been more than two decades since a gold medal was awarded to the nation. Russia is planning on changing that in February, though, and it’s starting with bulking up by brining any and all potential national team members home.

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