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Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

August 1st usually marks the nadir of the hockey news cycle, and at least as of the "middle of the night," it's quiet, but with PK Subban's arbitration hearing scheduled for today, Paul's going to busy and I'm going to be running pre-vacation errands and hoping that things remain "quiet."

For the present moment, I've found a press release, a 17-minute interview Jonathan Ericsson gave to Norrkoping's Tidningar--in Swedish--and a few notes.

The press release involves Danny DeKeyser making a charitable appearance at the Kohl's in Livonia on August 6th:

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Steve Mason Recently Broke A Pinky Finger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Philadelphia Flyers,

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall gave the following injury update on goaltender Steve Mason

"Steve Mason broke his right pinky finger playing hockey in Oakville, Ontario on Sunday, July 27. Mason will miss approximately two (2) weeks of on-ice training but will continue with his off-ice training."

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Shawn Thornton Excited To Be Playing For The Florida Panthers

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from Alain Poupart at NHL.com,

 Shawn Thornton first got to know Dale Tallon more than a decade ago. Now that the two have been reunited with the Florida Panthers, the veteran forward knows exactly what his new general manager expects from him.

"At this point, I know my role and the job fairly well," Thornton told South Florida media members Thursday. "Dale didn't need to stress it too much to me. We've known each other for a long time and I think he knows how self-aware I am, if I'm self-aware at all, and what he needs to tell me. So there wasn't too much being said, except that he was excited that I was excited to come there. I was very pleased that they were as interested."

Thornton, who turned 37 on July 23, joined the Panthers as an unrestricted free agent on July 1 after the Boston Bruins decided against bringing him back for an eighth season. He was a popular player in Boston, in part because of his outgoing personality and also because of his role as the Bruins' enforcer.

"It's no different than anything in life," Thornton said. "You spend seven and a half years somewhere, you're going to have a lot of ties, you're going to have a lot of memories. I was fortunate to be on a pretty good team the last five years that I was here, so it was a lot of fond memories. But I'm excited for the next chapter.

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Grand Rapids Griffins encouraging fans to design a special ‘alternate jersey’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This is plain old cool:

Per HockeyJerseyConcepts.com:

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Red Wings afternoon news: Hiller endorsements, coming attractions and hockey tunes

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This afternoon's crop of Red Wings-related news falls into the "lists and information" category, but this summer's still been eye-opening for me in terms of the new reality that there simply is no such thing as an offseason any more.

If you've been down to Joe Louis Arena in the summer, you'll see that the parking lot is still 3-quarters full and that the hockey operations departments are in fact quite busy, so the Wings' announcement of the details of this year's HockeyFest, their revealing of a new menu for the Hockeytown Cafe and Ayron letting us know that they're designing this year's bobbleheads presently, the community relations department getting us ready for Breast Cancer Awareness night...

It's not hiring an assistant coach and video coordinator, but the Big Red Machine never sleeps, whether we're talking about the PR department, ticket sales (potential season ticket-holders have probably visted possible seats at "ice level" today), game operations, promotions, merchandising, food services, maintenance, all departments keep humming along in June, July and August, and I think that's fascinating.

In terms of today's actual news, the Tri-City Herald penned a "blurb" about Jim Hiller's hiring as the Wings' second assistant coach...

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Red Wings’ Hockeyfest to take place on September 14th, tickets on sale next week

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings:

RED WINGS 2014 HOCKEYFEST TICKETS ON SALE WEDNESDAY
… Autographs, Interactive Games & Locker Room Tours Highlight Fun-Filled Event Scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 14 at Joe Louis Arena …

DETROIT – The Red Wings today announced that tickets for the 2014 HockeyFest at Joe Louis Arena set for Sunday, Sept. 14 (11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) will go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 10:00 a.m. This year’s HockeyFest, presented by Coke Zero and Meijer, features an unforgettable day of hockey-related activities, including a chance to meet current players, Red Wings Alumni and FOX Sports Detroit television personalities. General admission adult tickets for this family-friendly event are priced at $20 apiece, while kids tickets (12 & under) are available for $10 each.

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The Dallas Stars Are Getting Closer To Becoming Profitable

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alex Silverman of SportsBusiness Daily,

The Stars took a significant step forward in ’13-14, making the playoffs for the first time since Owner Tom Gaglardi bought the team out of bankruptcy in ’11.

The team followed up that milestone by adding veteran scorers Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky to its young core. With the hope that the team will carry its on-ice momentum into ’14-15, the front office, led by President & CEO Jim Lites, is working to put the team’s business operations in a position to follow suit.

Lites admitted the team likely is not in a position to turn a profit this season, but said that the goal is climbing closer. Lites: “Once we can sell the lower arena of the AmericanAirlines Center out on a season-ticket basis at fair prices, we’re going to be well on our way to being profitable on an annual basis.”

Lites said that the team is 80% of the way to selling out the arena's lower bowl on a nightly basis. The team has a full season-ticket base of 9,000 heading into this season, up from 6,000 when Gaglardi took over.

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Nick Spaling Settles On A Two-Year Deal With The Pittsburgh Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with forward Nick Spaling, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The deal runs through the 2015-16 campaign and has an average annual value of $2.2 million.

Spaling, 25, was acquired by the Penguins from the Nashville Predators along with Patric Hornqvist on June 28. Spaling is coming off a career year this past season, recording 13 goals, 19 assists and 32 points in 71 games.

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Perhaps A Short-Term Deal For P.K. Subban?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

There are rumours the two sides are having all sorts of trouble reaching a long-term deal, and Meehan didn't throw cold water on that theory in his radio interview. Maybe the solution is a shorter deal that gives both sides another shot at this when Subban is 29 or 30, still in prime earning years for a defenceman.

While Meehan added that Subban hasn't "instructed us to attend to" making Subban the NHL's highest-paid blue-liner (Weber's $7.8M average annual value is tops), Canadiens fans are getting increasingly nervous. That fatalism grew when Subban told The National Post he's thought about the idea of playing for his hometown Maple Leafs.

"It's far too soon to have any thoughts," of Subban leaving Montreal, Meehan said. "We have a long period of time before P.K. becomes a UFA and really our objective is to concentrate our best efforts in trying to reach a settlement with Montreal on a long-term contract."

It's interesting watching Bergevin and Subban. The GM has shown he's unafraid to make bold moves, whether the fans support him or not. So far, he's been very successful. But Subban is also fearless. He believes 100 per cent he's going to accomplish everything he wants, no matter who stands in his way.

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Three-Year Contract For Robin Lehner In Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today that the club has agreed to terms with goaltender Robin Lehner on a three-year contract.

Lehner, 23, set a new career high in playing 36 National Hockey League games last season while establishing a new personal best in victories with a record of 12-15-6. He also set a personal and franchise high with 53 saves in a 5-4 shootout setback to the N.Y. Islanders on Nov. 1, and then became the first goaltender in franchise history to face greater than 50 shots in one game and earn a victory in a 5-4 shootout win over the Blues on Feb. 4 in St. Louis, which was ultimately the first shootout win of his NHL career.

added 9:35am,

 

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