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Morning Line - Devan Dubnyk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“It’s a very fickle business and, you get a much bigger appreciation for having an opportunity to play in the NHL. You come to the rink every day, you have a chance to get to do it again. You get a really strong appreciation for that after what I went through last year.”

-Devan Dubnyk, goaltender for the Arizona Coyotes reflecting on his time with the Edmonton Oilers.  More from Dubnyk from Mark Spector of Sportsnet.

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Bobby Ryan With A Seven-Year Contract Extension In Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Elliotte Friedman tweets,

Hearing OTT signs Bobby Ryan to a 7-year extension. AAV just over $7m per.

Ryan extension: 7 years, $50.75M

Watch the announcement live below...

added 9:35am, Erik Karlsson named captain at the press conference too.

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Key Question For Every Western Conference Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Here's a look at a key question facing each team in the Western Conference:

Arizona Coyotes

Who's going to put the puck in the net? The Coyotes bought out center Mike Ribeiro and let forward Radim Vrbata leave as a free agent, removing two of their top-five point producers from last season. The biggest import is forward Sam Gagner, who in seven seasons with the Edmonton Oilers never topped 19 goals or 49 points. Coach Dave Tippett hopes rookies like 2013 first-round pick Max Domi are ready for the NHL and that young players such as Mikkel Boedker can take the next step. The Coyotes get more offense from their blue line than most teams, but they'll need more firepower up front to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2012.

Colorado Avalanche

Was last season a fluke or a harbinger of better things to come? The Avalanche came out of nowhere to win the Central Division under new coach Patrick Roy. Colorado had plenty of speed and skill and the Avalanche were one of the NHL's most exciting teams. But they won the division despite being outshot by 3.2 shots per game and allowing an average of 32.7 shots on goal, the most of any team that qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Semyon Varlamov (.927 save percentage) was a Vezina Trophy finalist last season, but unless the Avalanche tighten up defensively, they're risking a significant drop in a tight Western Conference playoff race.


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Red Wings-Penguins preseason wrap-up and overnight report: loose ends remain, especially on defense

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Chief called 2009 "The Summer of Ken," and going into Friday's game against a Toronto Maple Leafs team that hasn't played since Monday's 3-0 Wings win (7:30 PM EDT on FSD, Sportsnet and 97.1 FM; fear not, the Leafs "went to cottage country"), as well as Saturday's exhibition finale against Boston (5:30 PM EDT on the NHL Network U.S.), I think we might want to call the season we're all about to begin as "The Winter of Babs (and the Cone of Silence)." It sounds better than, "The Season of Mike Babcock" at least.

But I'm not the Chief (much to some of your disdain and much to my, well, comfort). I'm the awkward, anxious but sincere guy who won't shut up. Seems to work for me, and I hope for you.


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Red Wings-Penguins preseason quick take: some good, some bad (and Tatar’s OK)

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Please take note that the beat writers report that Tomas Tatar's OK:

The Red Wings lost a very "up and down" game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night, dropping a 2-0 decision, but ahead of Friday and Saturday's back-to-back exhibition finales (in Toronto on Friday, at 7:30 PM EDT on FSD, and in Boston on Saturday, at 5:30 PM, on the NHL Network), there were some positives in the game:

  • Jimmy Howard held the Wings in the game at times, and despite a wonky rebound on the 2-0 goal, he was otherwise immaculate, looking sharper and smarter in the crease (and stopping 15 of 16 second-period shots and 31 of 33 overall);
  • The Wings' penalty-kill remains perfect on the preseason, going 25-for-25;
  • Nick Jensen most certainly aided his cause via a 4-shot, 2-hit, 20:24-played perfromance, leading a Wings defensive corps that wasn't hurting for talent with Danny DeKeyser and Niklas Kronwall in the lineup;
  • While they can't seem to finish, the Nyquist-Zetterberg-Franzen line was nothing less than dynamic. Nyquist led the Wings with 5 shots (and 4 more attempts), Franzen had 4 (with 4 more attempts), Zetterberg went 10-and-7 on faceoffs and had 3 shot attempts and 2 takeaways;

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It’s A Preseason Live Blog- Pens/Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Puck drops just after 7:30pm ET and is on NHL Network US, FSD and Root.

Wings lineup via Bill Roose at the Wings's site (more news too).

Gustav Nyquist-Henrik Zetterberg-Johan Franzen
Tomas Tatar-Riley Sheahan-Tomas Jurco
Andrej Nestrasil-Stephen Weiss-Mitch Callahan
Justin Abdelkader-Luke Glendening-Landon Ferraro

Niklas Kronwall-Danny DeKeyser
Kyle Quincey-Jakub Kindl
Brian Lashoff-Nick Jensen

Jimmy Howard

Here is the Penguins lineup.

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Red Wings-Penguins preseason pre-game ramble: on Babcock, Alfredsson, Ericsson and Smith

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 6:40 PM: So I had an awful afternoon, whose details of errand-running and dead batteries I will only allude to. As such, the Red Wings-Penguins "morning skate in progress" post is going to hit the wires sometime shortly before tonight's game (7:30 PM on FSD, ROOT Sports, the NHL Network U.S. and 97.1 FM)...

And you and I are going to disagree about some stuff, starting now (maybe I should be blunt more often). I happen to find the fact that the Joe Hicketts Cone Of Media Silence coming down over Mike Babcock's contract negotiations with Ken Holland to be more amusing than anything else. GM Low Expectations himself did a fine job of both doubting that he'd come to a deal with Babcock before pointing out that the two may in fact discuss contract turkey during the season itself, which is something Babcock hasn't suggested before.

Mind you, all of this silence is going to mean that when the Red Wings visit Toronto on Friday, Andy Frost may introduce Mike Babcock as, "The Next Coach of Your TorontoMapleLeafs" (yes, Leaf fans, you pronounce it like one word, take it from a Detroiyiter; the fact that the Leafs haven't played a preseason game since Monday doesn't help the situation, either), and I could hear the Toronto media at large issue a Fangirl SQUEEEEEEEE from the parking lot of my mom's shrink...

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Afternoon Line - Gerard Gallant

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"He's an 18-year-old kid and we know he's going to be a great hockey player. But this is a big step. A lot of people can attest that playing defense at 18 in the NHL means you have to be a special player. We're going to go game-by-game and see how he gets along. We're not going to rush anyone.''

-Gerard Gallant, head coach of the Florida Panthers on #1 pick Aaron Ekblad.   More on Ekblad from George Richards of On Frozen Pond.

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The FCC Blackout Ruling And The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It's still about distribution rights and I don't think we will see any blackouts lifted in the near future.

from the FCC,

The Federal Communications Commission repealed its sports blackout rules, which prohibited cable and satellite operators from airing any sports event that was blacked out on a local broadcast station. This action removes Commission protection of the private blackout policies of sports leagues, which require local broadcast stations to black out a game if a team does not sell a certain percentage of tickets by a certain time prior to the game. Elimination of this rule, however, may not end all sports blackouts: sports leagues may choose to continue their private blackout policies through contractual arrangements with programming distributors. For more information read the news release....

In other sports, blackouts generally occur as a result of the way in which the sports league has defined a particular team’s “home territory.” For example, if you live within a particular team’s “home territory” but your cable or satellite system does not carry the local television station or regional sports network that holds exclusive distribution rights to that team’s games, you will be unable to view the team’s games, even if you subscribe to an “out-of-market” sports package, such as MLB Extra Innings or NHL Center Ice.

If a sports event is blacked out on a particular broadcast or non-broadcast channel, you may want to contact the broadcast channel or non-broadcast system to determine why the decision to black out the event was made, as well as register your viewing preferences with the channel or system which they can consider when renewing any future distribution agreements with sports leagues. You also can contact the relevant sports team.

a bit more...

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The Season Of Mike Babcock Is About To Begin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Never mind that he has fewer Stanley Cup titles than either Joel Quenneville or Darryl Sutter, neither of whom is considered a better coach than Babcock.

He — like Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Drew Doughty, the largest stars in hockey — has won two Olympic gold medals, under two vary different circumstances, the most recent a triumph to coaching and order in hockey.

Babcock has his one Stanley Cup ring, twice lost in the final, once in Anaheim, once to Crosby with Pittsburgh, but is generally considered the No. 1 coach in hockey. And, coming up, the top free agent coach in hockey history.

That’s what makes this season of Babcock-watching and speculation so fascinating. The basic truth is, if Babcock wanted to stay with the Red Wings, and considering his long-term history with general manager, Ken Holland, that deal would be made by now.

It would have taken about a half-an-hour to get that done.

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