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Wings Face Another Process

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from E.J. Hradek of NHL.com,

Top-four defensemen Niklas Kronwall and Brad Stuart each come into the 2011-12 season in the final year of their respective contracts. Can you imagine the Detroit blue line without those players in the fall of 2012?

Neither can Holland.
“We’ll probably start conversations with their agents in training camp,” Holland said. “It will probably take some time from there.”
Fortunately, this is far from Holland’s first rodeo when it comes to signing key players.
“If you look at our recent history, we signed Pav (Pavel Datsyuk) late in the season back in ‘07 and we got Z (Henrik Zetterberg) and (Johan) Franzen done in the second half of the ‘08-09 season,” Holland said. “It’s a process.”

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Hot Enough For You?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I’ve been dreaming of taking the iced tea pluge for the last week!

In hockey news….. nada.

People are emailing me, saying still some ufa’s to sign and I respond, not until all arbitration results are in plus most signing will be closer to camp, not late July.

With that, enjoy your weekend and stay hydrated.

Soon we will be drinking tea without the ice.

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Red Wings overnight report: On Draper’s future, the mayor of Plymouth and a dark horse prospect

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings GM Ken Holland may be relatively satisfied with the composition of his team’s roster as it applies to both its present and future, but Holland doesn’t want the fate of a long-time Wing to remain uncertain going forward, either, as he told the Windsor Star’s Jim Parker—via a late-breaking addendum to Parker’s conversation with Holland:

Wings GM Ken Holland expects a decision on the future of free agent centre Kris Draper to come in the next week.

“I’m talking to him in the next couple of days,” Holland said Tuesday from Vernon, B.C.

Draper was limited to 47 games last season as Detroit tries to infuse more speed and youth into the lineup.

“His role is not as important as it was two or three years ago,” Holland said. “He wants to stay a Red Wing, but we have 13 or 14 forwards.”

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Ken Holland believes Red Wings’ roster is ‘ready to go’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

As Paul posted earlier this evening, Red Wings GM Ken Holland apparently did take a look at at least two top-six forwards who signed elsewhere (Tomas Fleischmann and Scotty Upshall) during free agency, but he also informed the Windsor Star’s Jim Parker that all things being equal, Holland’s satisfied with his summertime moves:

“I think, if we had to go to training camp next week, we’re ready to go,” Holland said. “We’re still a good team and we can compete with teams perceived to be the best in the Western Conference.”

Holland was happy with what he accomplished in free agency, adding defencemen Ian White and Mike Commodore.

“White can play the power play and we can play him regularly,” Holland said. “Commodore gives us some size and can play on the penalty kill and gives us a presence back there.”

While the Wings might want to utilize their salary cap space to address any needs—be them at forward, on defense or in goal—down the line, for the moment, Holland believes that the Wings should expect significant improvement from within, with the re-signed Jonathan Ericsson, Patrick Eaves and a Justin Abdelkader who progressed forward by leaps and bounds in the playoffs providing a necessary internal push…

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

Blog: KK Hockey By Joe Tasca

Raise your hand if the name Joe Tasca sounds familiar.  Joe was involved with the hockey blogging community in the ‘early’ years.

I am proud to announce Joe will be blogging on a regular basis right here at Kukla’s Korner.  Joe will focus on all topics hockey.

Please welcome Joe and you old-timers, let him know you remember his work.


Some of you may remember.  Some of you have probably forgotten.  Most of you just have no earthly idea.

My name is Joe Tasca.  For the last 13 years, I’ve worked as a radio broadcaster in southern New England.

Seven years ago, I started a hockey blog called Tasca’s Take.  It was an experiment at the time, and it sure didn’t last long.  For the better part of 2004, I wrote extensively about the NHL and professional hockey as a whole, expressing my opinions as candidly as possible.  Back then, hockey blogging was in its infancy, and as a hockey fanatic languishing in baseball-mad southern Rhode Island, I relished the opportunity to become involved in a daily conversation about the game I love with rabid fans across the continent.


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Perhaps the strangest Cup photo of all time

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

It’s 9 pm and 45 Celsius outside with the humidity. We Canadians sure do like our extremes.

Speaking of extreme, I know this isn’t Montreal Canadiens related, but it’s too good to pass up. The link below leads to, perhaps, the greatest Stanley Cup celebration photo of all time - and a pretty good story to boot. Ok, maybe not the greatest photo. The strangest? Regardless, well done Tomas Kaberle. More power to him. He won the Stanley Cup. He can do whatever he wants.

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Wings Searched For a Top-Six Forward

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Parker of the Windsor Star,

Holland admits he tried to add another forward to the team.

“I’d like to add a top-six forward, but so would every other team in the league,” Holland said. “When free agency started, we wanted to add a guy like Dan Cleary. A good, two-way forward and we explored free agency, but came up short on a few (players) either in dollars or length of term.”

The Red Wings pursued both Thomas Fleischmann and Scottie Upshall, who both signed with Florida.

While the club didn’t add experience, Holland is now $6 million US under the cap, which can be used to address any shortcomings at forward later.

“I think we can compete and I like our cap space,” Holland said. “If, after 60 games and we get to the (trade) deadline and are in a playoff position, we can make a deal (because of cap space). We haven’t had that the last couple of years.”


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Aaron Boogaard Arrested

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matt McKinney of the Star Tribune,

The investigation into the overdose-related death of Minnesota Wild Hockey player Derek Boogaard has led to the arrest of his 24-year-old brother Wednesday in Minneapolis on suspicion of prescription fraud/possession of prescription pills, police said.

Aaron Boogaard, a Canadian national from Regina, Saskatchewan, is being held at the Hennepin County jail on the drug arrest and on a federal immigration hold, according to the jail’s website. The Minneapolis police record listing Aaron Boogaard’s arrest says that the date and time of his alleged crime is May 13, the day that family members found Derek Boogaard, 28, dead in his Warehouse District apartment.

The arrest resulted from the investigation into Derek Boogaard’s death, said Minneapolis police Capt. Amelia Huffman. The details of the allegation have not yet been made public. The Hennepin County Attorney’s office has until noon Friday to charge him with a crime.


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Hello KK Readers and Welcome to “Cluster Pucks”

Blog: KK Hockey By Doug Miller

A little bit of this, a little bit of that.

A pretty good way to describe the blog Doug will be running at Kukla’s Korner.

You the readers probably will be able to influence the topics Doug will cover, so make sure you let him know what you want to read about.

Welcome to KK Doug and good luck.  Just don’t spend too much time at the “Yack”.




I’m Doug Miller. I saw that KK was looking for some new bloggers, on one of my endless hockey news feeds, and I figured… “hey, I might as well give it a shot, I do have a good background in both writing and in hockey”. Although my credentials aren’t much compared to the majority of the other excellent bloggers here at KK.

I’m a ten year veteran of the independent film scene in the “Downriver” area of southeastern Michigan. I currently work as a writer and director on a freelance basis. I’ve grown up and still reside in the suburban town of Wyandotte, MI. Which I’m quite proud of, as they took home the Division II State Championship in 2011. I’ve lived here my entire life and began following hockey in 1991, and starting playing shortly thereafter. I’ve played hockey at a competitive level at every position on every major surface (ice, inline, street) up until the age of 14, when I started working in independent film, but continued to play Goalie on a recreational level up until I was 22 and herniated a disc in my lumbar spine.


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Red Wings afternoon news: On Pearce, prospects, questions and Datsyuk’s hockey camp

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins made it officially official today, confirming that the Red Wings have signed goaltender Jordan Pearce to a 2-year contract extension which Capgeek.com pegs at $525,000 at the NHL level and $85,000 and then $95,000 at the AHL level over the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons, respectively.

Aside from re-signing restricted free agent and fellow Wings prospect Francis Pare, the Wings are probably done making moves for the summer (save the whole Kris Draper issue), and that’s produced a bit of a collective, “Meh” in terms of overnight report comments regarding Detroit’s lateral summertime signings, and the Hockey News’s Adam Proteau, asking “big questions” about every NHL team, is all too happy to push the…concern…button:

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