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The overnight report: On Trevor Daley, a tunnel closure, Zetterberg, the MSU Pro Camp and more

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of very disparate Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Athletic Detroit is offering a "360-Degree View" of the Red Wings' 2017-18 roster, and Craig Custance kicks off the previews with an examination of free agent signing Trevor Daley:

View from an opposing coach: “I love him. I always liked him when he was in Dallas. He was the guy we would talk about because – either off the rush or in the offensive zone – if you did not know where he was, he was all of a sudden standing in front of your net. He was quick and he had the ability to make things happen offensively.”

“As you watched him play in the cauldron of the NHL playoffs [with the Penguins] over the last couple years, he battled injuries but he showed he can play a complete game. They’re getting a really good player. I don’t think the Mike Green experiment went particularly well for them and this is a better fit. He can play in all three zones and he logged some tough minutes in the playoffs. In Dallas, his game was more offensively inclined. I think his game evolved and he was pretty darn effective in all three zones [for Pittsburgh]. They’re getting a really good defenseman and they don’t have that in Mike Green. He’s more of a one-way guy. This guy, he can play hard minutes in a lot of different situations.”

Custance continues (paywall)...

2. In news you can use, especially if you're from Windsor, the Windsor Star's Dave Battagello reports that the Detroit-Windsor tunnel is going to close every weeknight from 9 PM to 5:30 AM for extensive repairs, starting in November and continuing until June, 2018:

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The ‘Rush’ To Get To The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allain Roy of the RoySportsGroup,

“What should I improve in my game to get to the NHL?” A question I answer almost every day in my job as an NHL agent… The answer may have varied a bit over my last 18 years of doing this job, but the constant theme that is resoundingly stressed and never going away is: “Find a way to do everything at a high pace, and when you get there, do it even faster”.  

Welcome to the new NHL, a game of fast paced action, filled with ever younger talent, and professionals that work on every meticulous detail 12 months a year.  The “clutch and grab” style that dominated the game until the late 90’s is gone, the “training camp is for getting in shape” mentality of the 80’s is far gone, this game is super-fast, and will only get faster.

With the new high paced game also comes a faster pace of churning through bodies. Where the NHL neophytes used to have a 3 to 5-year window to prove they belonged, now the clock has accelerated to about 18 months to get your passport stamped to the minors or Europe. Teams and management have less patience, younger players are better prepared, and the salary cap driven economics of the game have left only a sliver of the proverbial window open, slicing down like a guillotine every few seconds on a NHL hopefuls’ neck, before they even get a taste of the game in the “Show”.

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A Bad Year For Team Corsi

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Travis Yost of TSN,

One of the interesting debates following last season was whether or not team Corsi% – the percentage of shots in a team’s favour over a given period of time – was still a meaningful driver of game outcome.

This discussion, in part, started during the regular season. I think the genesis of this was a very tight distribution of talent across the league. Outside of Washington (great) and Colorado (terrible), it was often hard to discern which teams were legitimately good or bad. Creating a hierarchy of the other 28 teams was a difficult exercise – far more difficult than in years past.

The argument that team Corsi% had lost its predictive nature seemed to strengthen as the Pittsburgh Penguins ran through the Eastern Conference en route to a second consecutive Stanley Cup. Pittsburgh was a strong team all year, but a 51.5 per cent Corsi% over 82 regular-season games ended up as one of the lowest marks for a championship team in the modern era. And the other conference finalists – Anaheim and Ottawa in particular – weren’t world beaters here either. So, is something up?

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‘Roughly Translated’: An interview with Libor Sulak and Tweets of note

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings prospect Libor Sulak took part in an interview with the CTK News Agency's Michal Kamaryt, and what follows is a very roughly translated:

Sulak's fairy tale: contract, a preparatory camp and praise from a legend

In mid-April, defenseman Libor Sulak debuted in the Czech REpublic as the first player from the [Austrian] EBEL league, and four months later, he'll appear again on the national team [for the Four Nations Tournament] in a completely different role. The 23-year-old native of Pelhrimov, who played for Znojmo, has participated in the World Championship in Paris and signed a contract with Detroit of the NHL.

In September, Sulak will fight in camp for a premiere in the world's best league. If he doesn't get into the Red Wings, he could return to Europe, where he'd previously agreed to play for the Lahti Pelicans in Finland. That would give him the hope to participate in the Olympics in February in Pyeongchang.

He's been enjoying his fairy tale in recent months. "Two years ago, when I was leaving Chomutov, I would have been laughing [if you told me] I'd sign a contract with the NHL, but it's about when you take the jump, and good luck turns to you," Sulak told reporters.

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Francois Beauchemin Back With The Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

added 3:33pm, Anaheim release is below...

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Free Sneak Peak Of Little Caesars Arena

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

(DETROIT – August 21, 2017) Olympia Entertainment today announced details surrounding the free Community Sneak Peek at Little Caesars Arena taking place on Saturday, September 9 from 2-8 p.m. This free admission tour is part of Little Caesars Arena Preview Week and is one of the first opportunities for fans and community members to experience the signature “Via” concourse, look into the intimate arena bowl and more.

Community Sneak Peek Ticket Details:

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Watching Hockey In Malaysia At The Southeast Asian Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,

KUALA LUMPUR – For the first time in the 58-year-old history of the Southeast Asian Games ice hockey will be included in the 29th edition of the multi-sport event that starts with tomorrow’s opening ceremony in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

With the historic addition of three winter sports disciplines – ice hockey, figure skating and short track speed skating – the 29th Southeast Asian Games will include 47 sports. All ice sports will be played at the new Malaysia National Ice Skating Stadium (MYNISS). The international-size ice rink opened in time for the SEA Games at the yet-to-be-completed Empire City mall in the Damansara area located next to Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya.

Although the ice rink is built in a mall, it’s not just one of many small rinks surrounded by shops as they exist throughout the continent. The ice sheet is 60 on 30 metres big, the rink has four big dressing rooms, rooms for officials and coaches, a jumbotron and a seating capacity for 700 spectators according to Susan Loh, the General Secretary of the Malaysia Ice Hockey Federation. 

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Video- The Top 20 Centers In The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via NHL.com,

NHL Network’s countdown show Top 20 Centers Right Now, ranking the best at the center position in the National Hockey League #NHLTopPlayers

 

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‘Two Things’: On Mike Green and Niklas Kronwall

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. MLive's Ansar Khan penned an article discussing the 2017-18 season outlook for Mike Green:

Green remains indispensable because he's the team's lone offensive threat on the blue line and a key component on a power play that is capable of being more potent than it was last season (27th at 15.1 percent). That is why the club protected him for the expansion draft.

Green is not likely to be traded if the Red Wings feel they are in playoff contention. If they believe they're out of it at the trade deadline, they'll move Green for a draft pick, unless they were to sign him to a short-term, lower-priced contract by then.

Green managed to double his goal total from the previous season despite registering just one more shot. He needs to get the puck on net more often - or least to the net front, where it can be tipped. His power-play production (three goals, seven assists) were lacking.

Green has never been valued for his defensive ability and struggled at times last season, leading the team in turnovers. But the Red Wings realized they had to take the bad with the good when they signed him. It's imperative for Green to continue utilizing his skating ability and good wrist shot to generate offense.

Khan continues;

2. DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji looked back at Niklas Kronwall's 2016-17 season "By the Numbers":

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The overnight report: Two more years of Zetterberg; an obituary, a stat of note and fundraising

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated with more Zetterberg stuff at 7:32 AM: Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Henrik Zetterberg gave a long interview to his hometown paper, Sundsvalls Tidning, but the interview is behind a paywall. The interview's teaser suggests that Zetterberg focuses on his foundation's charity work in Africa, that he discusses the close call with career-ending injury that was the Sochi Olympics, and discusses Detroit's situation...

But there's also tidbit about "tricking the system" that drew the interest of Aftonbladet's Andreas Kack, who peers behind the paywall (noting that the interview appeared in several different online newspapers) and shares Zetterberg's take on his contract. What follows is Kack's report, and it's roughly translated:

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