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Red Wings Send Sheahan To Pittsburgh And Sproul To The New York Rangers

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Sproul and Sheahan press releases from Rangers and Pens are below...

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Double A Returning? We’ll See…In The Meantime

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It's a Friday night in Hockeytown with the Caps in town. 

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Will return

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Family is ill, as am I, will return when able.

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Look out for Los Angeles

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From NHL.com's Lisa Dillman:

Los Angeles Kings forward Adrian Kempe thought about it for second or two and did the time zone math in his head on Wednesday at Staples Center.

"It is morning back in Sweden," Kempe said.

And so, there's a good chance that hockey fans in his native country, as well as friends and family, did not sleep through his first NHL hat trick in the Kings' 5-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens. Kempe added an assist for a four-point performance and his linemate, Michael Cammalleri, also had four points (two goals, two assists) against his former team.

If it were morning in Sweden, it is also a new day dawning for the Kings.

Los Angeles is off to a 5-0-1 start, the best in its history. The Kings are the only NHL team without a loss in regulation, and moved past the idle Vegas Golden Knights to take possession of first place in the Pacific Division and Western Conference.

Just like everyone envisioned, right?

"I don't think there's one person that would have predicted that we've done what we've done," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. "I'm pretty sure I know from hearing other people talk, that every single team counted us out of the playoffs, counted us out of even competing for a playoff spot. We knew about that a little bit and wanted to prove everyone wrong. We've got so much work to do and it's so early to talk about that. But I'm not surprised."

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Bruins Rask-less giong into game vs. Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From NBC Sports Boston's Joe Haggerty:

The string of injuries for the Bruins continues as Tuukka Rask (upper body) is out for tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden after getting trucked by Anders Bjork in practice Wednesday.

Rask was wobbly-legged while being helped off the ice after the violent collision and the 21-year-old Bjork looked like he’d also needed a couple of stitches on his chin after bloodying his practice jersey.

The big concern is Rask still being evaluated by Bruins medical personnel for a possible concussion. It will be Anton Khudobin stepping in place for him against the Canucks with Providence Bruins netminder Zane McIntyre serving as his backup.

“Tuukka is out tonight. He’s going to get reevaluated today and we’ll have a better idea tomorrow,” said Bruce Cassidy. “Anton will start [against the Canucks].”

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Wallner: Griffins to get Svechnikov back in the lineup this weekend

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins will play a set of back-to-backs in Rockford against the IceHogs on Friday and at home against the Hershey Bears on Saturday, and the Griffins have been playing without the services of Evgeny Svechnikov (neck) since the start of the season. That will change on Friday, as the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports:

The former first-round pick in 2015 has been skating with the Griffins and has practiced without restrictions all week, or about a week longer than Svechnikov wanted.

"Yeah, I've felt good but the trainers and doctors just wanted to make sure I'm 100 percent ready and that nothing bothers me," said the 20-year-old.

The Griffins, who play at Rockford on Friday and home to Hersey on Saturday, have endured wild swings in starting 2-2. They have alternated wins, with goal outputs of five and seven, respectively, But, in the losses, they have two and zero goals, with a 4-0 shutout last game at Stockton.

Svechnikov, who was third in scoring for the Griffins last season (20-31-51) worked this week on a line with Ben Street and Eric Tangradi.

"Right now, we have to get our big guys going," coach Todd Nelson said, pointing to Street, Tangradi, Matthew Ford and Matt Lorito with a combined one goal. "Those are big offensive guys and on power play, too. And Geno is going to be a part of that group. I think maybe he might complement Street and Tango on that line. We'll see how it works."

Wallner continues, reporting that Tyler Bertuzzi (wrist) is still at least a week-to-10 days out...

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Talking ‘takeaways’ with St. James

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Free Press's Helene St. James penned a list of "takeaways" from the Red Wings' two most recent games, and her observations include the following:

Shoot more: Blashill is big on looking at scoring chances rather than shots, but he acknowledged after the Leafs game that more Wings need to shoot more. “Two areas I think we’ve got to get better at is one, having a little more shot-first mentality and two, having more net presence,” Blashill said. “They probably go hand-in-hand - when people are at the net, you are way more apt to shoot the puck. We’ve got to become a team that’s more committed to shooting the puck.”

The Wings are in the bottom 10 of the NHL with a 30-shots per game average. Interestingly, they are 0-2 when outshooting opponents, and 3-1 when they’ve been outshot.

Tatar scores: Tatar finished last season with 25 goals but had just nine at the halfway point. Wednesday saw him score his first of this season. “Obviously the same thing kind of happened last year, so it was good to see him score for sure,” Blashill said. “I expect him to get hot here.” Tatar said he “wasn’t really too worried,” about not converting on his chances until the seventh game of the season, but it’s a disconcerting that Tatar only has three points overall, as does Gustav Nyquist. They are being paid to produce, and if they again don’t produce in the first half, it again won’t matter what they do in the second half because the Wings will miss the playoffs.

St. James continues...

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Custance with an Athanasiou update

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From The Athletic's Craig Custance:

The Red Wings have made it clear to restricted free agent Andreas Athanasiou: They want him on their roster this season, a stance that becomes even stronger with the team playing well to open the year.

On Monday, the Red Wings had a conference call with Athanasiou and his agent Darren Ferris that included multiple people from the organization, expressing exactly what his role would be and articulating why the two-year offer is where it currently is.

They’ve also sweetened the one-year offer a tad from the $1.25 million that was already on the table in an attempt to get him into the mix in the short term.

With the Red Wings in Toronto on Wednesday, Detroit GM Ken Holland and Ferris met briefly in person again to chat about getting a deal done.

Custance continues (Paywall), and he reports that the Wings may very well want Athanasiou to play in Europe to avoid getting too rusty and/or decrease his trade value.

Also, in prospect news:

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Ken Daniels discusses his new book on Fox 2

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings play-by-play announcer Ken Daniels was on Fox 2 Detroit this morning to discuss his new book, If These Walls Could Talk, with Ryan Ermanni:

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Walleye coach Dan Watson weighs in on 2017-18 season expectations

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Toledo's WTOL 11 filed a video report regarding Toledo Walleye coach Dan Watson's expectations ahead of the Walleye's home opener on Saturday:

Update: Also, from the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe:

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