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Rosters For Team North America, Team USA And Team Canada Announced For World Cup Of Hockey

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Team North America, Team USA and Team Canada rosters are below...

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Afternoon news: On Nosek, Sadowy and Datsyuk’s options

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. The Wings re-signed Tomas Nosek to a 2-year deal, and the Free Press's Helene St. James reports that it's a two-way deal...

Nosek, who made a brief appearance in Detroit this past season, will make $575,000 next season if he is with the Wings, or $175,000 with Grand Rapids (he has one year left of waiver exemption). His salary for 2017-18 is $650,000.

Nosek, 23 - who hails from the same hometown (Pardubice, Czech Republic) as former Wings goaltending great Dominik Hasek - played six games with the Wings post-Christmas, going without a point in a mostly defensive role. In 70 games last season with the Griffins, Nosek had 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points, below the 34 points he managed in just 55 games his first year in the American Hockey League.

2. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan confirms Nosek's surprising waiver-exempt status as well; both St. James and MLive's Ansar Khan discussed Nosek and confirmed that the Wings have signed Dylan Sadowy, too, as does the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:

3. Back to Nosek for a moment, from MLive's Khan:

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Looks As If The Los Angeles Kings Will Have A New Captain

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And I believe Brown's agent...


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A Two-Year Contract Extension For Tomas Nosek

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

DETROIT – The Red Wings announced on Friday that they have signed center Tomas Nosek to a two-year contract extension.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Make Stanley Cup Finals

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Last night the Pittsburgh Penguins qualified for the Stanley Cup finals by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1.  This gave them a 4-3 victory in their semi-final series.  They will meet the San Jose Sharks in the finals.

When a Pittsburgh team led by Sidney Crosby made the finals in 2008 and lost to Detroit and then returned to the finals in 2009 and won the Stanley Cup, I think many people pictured the Penguins being a regular participant in the finals.  It turns out that they would not come back for seven years.  Not until 2016 - this year.  I think that is a sign that the team never was an elite team and suffered from some issues - most notably in their goaltending - that kept them from returning to the Stanley Cup finals for several years.

This Pittsburgh team isn't an elite team either.  I use my often discussed definition of an elite team where an elite team must have elite players.  They must have at least three players who are in or near their prime who are going to make the Hall of Fame.  They also must have goaltending.  Their goaltender must be in the elite group of goalies in the league who are Vezina Trophy candidates.  This group of players does not guarantee that a team is an elite team but if they do not have elite players they cannot be an elite team.

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Gustav Nyquist omitted from Sweden’s World Cup roster

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Gustav Nyquist was left off Team Sweden's World Cup roster this morning. Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall will represent Sweden on the Tre Kronor (Three Crowns) team.

Seven Players Added, Fulfilling Roster Requirement of 20 Skaters, 3 Goaltenders

TORONTO (May 27, 2016) -- The Swedish Ice Hockey Association announced today its final, 23-man roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, the best-on-best international hockey championship from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016, in Toronto.

Seven players were added today, highlighted below. They join the 16 selected to the team on March 2.

Representing Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 are:

G Robin Lehner, Buffalo Sabres *
G Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
G Jacob Markstrom, Vancouver Canucks

D Mattias Ekholm, Nashville Predators *
D Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes
D Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
D Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago Blackhawks
D Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
D Niklas Kronwall, Detroit Red Wings
D Anton Stralman, Tampa Bay Lightning

F Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals
F Loui Eriksson, Boston Bruins
F Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators
F Carl Hagelin, Pittsburgh Penguins *
F Patric Hornqvist, Pittsburgh Penguins *
F Marcus Kruger, Chicago Blackhawks *

F Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche
F Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
F Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
F Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim Ducks *
F Carl Soderberg, Colorado Avalanche *

F Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues
F Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings

Pavel Datsyuk and Alexey Marchenko (Russia), Justin Abdelkader (USA), Petr Mrazek (Czech Republic), Tomas Tatar (Team Europe) and Dylan Larkin (Team North America) will all participate in the World Cup of Hockey this fall in Toronto.

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Nichols: Sportsnet’s Friedman updates the Radulov sweepstakes

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This story comes to us via RedWingsFeed:

I've been gritting my teeth and preparing for the Red Wings to sign Alex Radulov based on nothing more than gut feeling for a month now, and according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman--via Today's Slapshot's Chris Nichols--the Red Wings may in fact sign the 29-year-old problem child who also happens to be big, mean and goes to the front of the net and stays there to score goals:

[Friedman] On his thoughts on the word that Pavel Datsyuk may be departing for the KHL: “Well, I think we’re all expecting it, right? That he’s going to end up in Russia. Even Ken Holland this week, I saw one of his quotes was, ‘Would I like it if he came into my office and said, I’ve changed my mind and I’m going to stay. But do I expect him to say that, no.’ And Saint Petersburg was always the team.

“I do think Detroit will try to trade the contract. I think depending on what they’re willing to do as part of that, they will be able to find a partner. But I would them to try to trade the contract.

“I also think that right now, if I had to pick where Radulov was going in the NHL, I’d say Detroit is the most likely team. I’m not saying for sure 100 percent it’s going to happen, but it sounds like that there’s an attempt being made for him to go there, and to sign him.”

As soon as Calgary's The Fan 960 posts the Friedman interview, I'll post it here...

And regarding Radulov, at 29 going on 30, he's at least grown up a bit, and again, he's a stocky 6'1" and 205 pounds, he's posted 20-plus goals and 60-plus points in 50-ish games per season for four of the past five KHL seasons, and he's become a surly, nasty net-front goal scorer. I'm not a huge fan of his off-ice shenanigans, but if he keeps his head on straight, he's an asset.

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Sportsnet Coverage Of The Stanley Cup Final

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (May 26, 2016) Eighty-two regular season games played. Twelve postseason battles won. Now, only four wins separate the San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins from capturing the Holy Grail of hockey, and Sportsnet is game-ready to deliver every moment of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.

The battle for the Stanley Cup begins on Monday, May 30 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT as the Penguins host the Sharks in Game 1. Fans can catch every game of the Stanley Cup Final on CBC and OMNI Television, Sportsnet 960 The FAN and stream online via Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE. (See below for full broadcast details)

 Sportsnet’s 2016 Stanley Cup Final full coverage details are as follows:

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For One Team It Is Incredible For The Other Team It Is Disappointing

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from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Five years after the Penguins started spiraling into a sordid playoff history, a history at its most vexing and twisted for Game 7’s in the place they call home, you may now pronounce all of that officially over, dead and gone, as the new house Lemieux built is finally ready for the Stanley Cup.

For all of their brilliance, resilience, and unflagging faith in themselves and their common goal, the Penguins might not have produced a Game 7 star on Tuesday night as incandescent as the building, by which I mean the people in the seats, who generated an atmosphere so perfect for the special urgency of ultimate playoff hockey that it nearly made head coach Mike Sullivan’s voice crack trying to describe it.

“I thought it was incredible,” Sullivan began. “The third period, it was electric. It was the loudest that I’ve heard a building in all the years I’ve been associated with this league. It was to the point where we had to scream to the players as to who was up next.”


from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

In the end, it all goes down as a disappointing season, a step back even though adversity conspired to keep the Lightning from playing for the NHL's holiest grail. It played most of the postseason without Stamkos. It played the conference final without goaltender and team MVP Ben Bishop.

Somehow, the resilient Lightning marched on, reaching the conference final. It nearly won this series in six games, but couldn't close the deal on home ice. Still, even without its top two players, it pushed Pittsburgh to seven games.

"I'm pretty sure a lot of people wouldn't have picked us to get this far," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.

For that reason, it's hard to beat up this team that has shown as much heart as it has skill, as much guts as it has talent. It's close to miraculous that it got as far as it did.


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World Cup Of Hockey Rosters Being Released Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

So far today, Team Russia, Team Czech Republic and Team Finland have been released.

You can view the rosters below...

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