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Jarett Meyer Is The Big Guy At Camp

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

Nobody has stood out more at the Detroit Red Wings development camp more than defenseman Jarett Meyer.

That's what happens when you stand 7 feet tall on skates.

The 18-year-old defenseman is easily the tallest player at Centre I.C.E. Arena after being among 22 invites for the 45-player camp.

Meyer came to the Red Wings attention last season, when director of player personnel Jiri Fischer was keeping tabs on Detroit draft pick Zach Nastasiuk, who was captain of the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League. It didn't take long for him to spot Meyer in the Attack lineup.

Meyer spent his first OHL season in Owen Sound and Fischer immediately took notice of his size.

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The Boston Bruins Signed Three Players Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, July 6, that the club has signed forward Jimmy Hayes to a three-year contract through the 2017-18 season worth a cap figure of $2,300,000, forward Brett Connolly to a one-year contract through the 2015-16 season worth a cap figure of $1,025,000 at the NHL level and forward Brandon DeFazio to a one-year, two-way contract through the 2015-16 season worth a cap figure of $575,000 at the NHL level.

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

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' prospects  went through their final day of skill development and systems drills at the Wings' summer development camp: tomorrow, the teams will scrimmage at 11 AM, and that will conclude the activities in Traverse City.

Today's drills were intense and focused on very Detroit-like systems of play, and after watching Jiri Fischer take his skating drills to their game-level conclusion and the Griffins and Walleye's coaches work on one-on-one battles, breakouts and regroup drills, I spoke to several prospects and coach Blashill:

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Can The New York Rangers Afford Derek Stepan?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Hartnett of CBSNewYork,

Initially, it was thought that the Rangers would be able to lock their 25-year-old alternate captain into a long-term deal slightly above $6 million annually. Buffalo giving a comparable center in O’Reilly crazy money raises Stepan’s asking price.

Stepan is an upward-trending star who is just breaking into his prime years. He has averaged 0.78 points per game over the past three seasons and has scored his share of memorable playoff goals. The question is: How far do the Rangers go to satisfy Stepan?

He is definitely worth between $6 and $6.5 million million per year. Anything above $6.5 million is an overpayment. He’s not worth Nicklas Backstrom or Anze Kopitar money. A demand of a long-term deal above $7 million AAV could force the Rangers to do the unthinkable — trade Stepan away.

Finding takers for third-pair defenseman Kevin Klein (three years, $2.9 million AAV) and/or fourth-line winger Tanner Glass (two years, $1.45 million AAV) could help alleviate the cap squeeze. Demoting Glass to the minors would force the Rangers to carry $500,000 in dead cap space, but would free up $950,000 of cap room.

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Video- Mike Babcock On The Nazem Kadri Signing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock has high expectations for Nazem Kadri, who has this next year to prove he’s an elite player before he gets paid like one.

 

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The Hockey Hall Of Fame Debate For Chris Osgood

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Longtime Detroit Red Wings netminder and owner of three Stanley Cup rings Chris Osgood might be one of the great Hall of Fame bubble cases of all time. His statistics, were they taken in a vacuum, would guarantee him a spot in the Hall of Fame, as he ranks statistically with some of the game's greatest goaltenders, including a bevy of netminders already enshrined. Yet there is a perception in many circles that he was simply an average-to-good goaltender who won the hockey lottery backstopping a dynastic team coach by one of the greatest coaches of all time in Scotty Bowman. How perception will ultimately reflect or influence reality in the coming years vis a vis voting for the Hall of Fame promises to be one of the most interesting Hall of Fame debates of all.

The Case For

Where to start? Well, as of this writing, Osgood ranks 10th all time in wins among all NHL goaltenders with 401 (Roberto Luongo will pass him shortly, and Luongo will no doubt become the subject of an interesting Hall of Fame debate in the coming years). Osgood won three Stanley Cups -- two as a starter -- and came within two wins in 2009 of winning a fourth Cup as Detroit was defeated by Pittsburgh in Game 7 at Joe Louis Arena. His 74 postseason wins are eighth all time, and he managed to collect 15 shutouts in the playoffs (fourth all time). 

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Almost One Week Into The Free Agency Period

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,

So while the free-agency market isn’t done, it’s cooled off enough that we can start handing out some report cards. According to long-standing hockey bylaws, all free-agency summaries must be presented in a winner/loser format.1 So let’s take a look back at the first few days since the market opened to see who came out ahead and who’s having a rough start to the summer.

Winners: Andrej Sekera and Michael Frolik. That Sekera and Frolik signed two of the biggest UFA deals in terms of overall money pretty much says all you need to know about this year’s market — i.e., it wasn’t very good. Both are solid players; neither would be considered a star.2 But when there’s not much available, teams pay for what they can get, and that’s what the Oilers and Flames did here. Edmonton has needed a top-pairing defenseman forever, and while Sekera may or may not actually be that, he’s as close as it was going to get this year, and that’s why he’ll make $33 million over the next six years. And a good young Flames team that was looking for some veteran help up front figured Frolik was worth $21.5 million over five years.

Those are big deals, although that doesn’t necessarily make them bad deals.

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Looking Ahead To Arbitration

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

Gustav Nyquist, Detroit – Coming off a two-year deal that paid him less than $1 million per season, Nyquist is definitely getting a bump. But if the Red Wings are canny, they’ll point out that his season was a bit of a step back from his insane 2013-14 campaign.

Stats matter a lot in arbitration and Nyquist’s were down this year. His relative Shot Attempts (aka Corsi) ranked 15th on the squad at -0.6, down from third the year prior (4.3). The sly Swede’s points per game also dropped and while the success he had in 2013-14 may have been unsustainable, it sure would have resulted in a bigger contract had it occurred this season instead of last.

Derek Stepan, New York Rangers – It would be easy for Stepan’s agent to start arbitration proceedings by simply stating, “Game 7, OT against Washington” and doing a mic drop, but unfortunately that’s not how the system works. Instead, Stepan’s reps can simply point to the stats, which indicate that the gifted center played some of the hardest minutes on the squad, placed near the top of New York scorers and was one of the most dangerous penalty-killers in the NHL with five shorthanded points, just one off the lead.

Then they can point to Ryan O’Reilly’s new contract in Buffalo and say “this.”

Of all the players listed here, Stepan’s situation may be the most contentious, since New York has limited cap space and Stepan could easily win $7 million, maybe even $8 million in front of an arbitrator.

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Shawn Matthias Now A Member Of The Toronto Maple Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Monday that the club has signed forward Shawn Matthias to a one-year contract.

Matthias, 27, skated with the Vancouver Canucks last season and finished tied for third in goals scored (18) while collecting a total of 27 points (18-9-27) and 16 penalty minutes. The Mississauga, Ontario native has appeared in 408 career NHL games between Vancouver and the Florida Panthers and has collected 131 points (69 goals, 62 assists) to go along with 137 penalty minutes. Matthias was originally drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round (47th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

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Your 2019 Stanley Cup Champions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

It helps that the Jets have a decent economy, new building and well-heeled bosses with an appreciation for the long term. “We have an ownership group that is extremely committed to doing things the right way,” Cheveldayoff said. “From Day 1, they’ve viewed drafting and developing as an investment, not as an expense. When you get into the boardroom and start dealing with budgets and things like that, the easiest thing to cut is something you don’t see. You barely see the amateur scouts because they’re on the road all the time and it’s an easy cut. But in that aspect, we’ve never been shortchanged.”

Everything is set for the Jets to have a future full of serious Stanley Cup runs. With a management team that has finally begun to address the present, while keeping an eye to the future, the Jets are on the precipice of something special.

We’re predicting a Stanley Cup in 2019. After all, when you’ve waited as long as Winnipeg has to get your team back, what’s a couple more years to bide your time for the top prize?

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