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A Contract Extension For Bill Peters In Carolina

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed head coach Bill Peters to a contract extension through the 2018-19 season.

“Bill is a talented, young coach in the National Hockey League,” said Francis. “We are happy that he has made a commitment to the Hurricanes, and that he will be a major part of the team continuing to grow.”

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The Mrazek Watch Is On

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

Barring a last-minute agreement, it appears as if the Detroit Red Wings are headed for their first true arbitration hearing in more than 20 years.

"So far we are going to arb," general manager Ken Holland said in a text to MLive Tuesday night after being asked if any progress had been made in contract negotiations with goaltender Petr Mrazek.

Mrazek's hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. today in Toronto but the sides can continue negotiating until it begins.

The Red Wings filed for arbitration with Mrazek July 5 and the sides were far apart when they exchanged briefs Monday morning. Mrazek is seeking $5 million per year for two seasons while the Red Wings are offering $5.85 million – $2.7 million this season and $3.15 in 2017-18.


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Bolts re-sign Namestnikov

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From ESPN's Craig Custance:

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John Tavares Wants To Continue Playing For The New York Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Emily Sadler of Sportsnet,

Tavares, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in July 2018, had a clear response when asked about a possible future with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“I would not count on that,” Tavares told Sportsnet’s Andrew Walker during an appearance on Sportsnet 590 The FAN Tuesday.

"I think I've always showed my commitment, my appreciation and my desire to play on Long Island. I'd love for that to continue for the long haul," he said. "I think you look at some of the greatest players in the game, they have been able to spend their entire careers somewhere and I hope I'm in that same position.

"Obviously being from Toronto, people are going to make those connections...It is what it is. It's nothing I can control. I just want to go out there and be the best player and best person I can be for the Islanders, day in and day out, and I'm just going to focus on tomorrow and the upcoming season," said Tavares, whose Game 6 overtime winner in April helped New York to its first playoff series win in 23 years.


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TMR evening line: DeKeyser on Datsyuk’s departure

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

We might as well have an "evening line," so here is this evening's "hot take" from one Danny DeKeyser, via the Windsor Star's Jim Parker:

DeKeyser jumped right from college hockey to the Red Wings and has produced 14 goals and 75 points in 234 games. Despite the loss of Pavel Datsyuk, DeKeyser is excited about the team’s future.

“Losing Pavel hurts,” DeKeyser said. “There’s nobody that’s going to be able to replace him. There’s no single guy that can replace him. We’ve got some veteran forwards that have proven in the past they can score goals and help out teams. I’m really excited to see what these guys can do and help us out.

“We have some young guys that will be taking some bigger steps here as well. I think we’ll be fine. I think we have the potential to have a really good season.”

Update: I dig DeKeyser's take on being a Michigan-born Red Wing, too, via the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa:

“Anybody who’s from Michigan has, I’m sure, grown up a big Red Wings fan, just like myself. And it’s been great for me to play here,” DeKeyser said. “Sometimes I kind of catch myself every now and then, not really taking things for granted but, just like not really realizing how special it is to be able to play for your hometown and your home state. Today just makes me realize how lucky I am and how special an opportunity I have to be play here.”

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St. James: Arbitration hearing likely in Petr Mrazek’s case

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Barring an 11th hour agreement, the Detroit Red Wings will be making a rare appearance before an arbitrator.

As of Tuesday evening, there was still no accord between the Wings and restricted free agent goaltender Petr Mrazek.

“Ideally, I'd love to negotiate a deal with all our players,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said from Toronto, site of the Wednesday hearing. “We’ll see.”

The Wings were the ones filing for arbitration, in response to Mrazek’s demands for $5 million annually. Mrazek, 24, had the choice of requesting a one-year or two-year deal and opted for the latter. The Wings, in their brief, offered $2.7 million the first season and $3.15 million the second season.

In a hearing, each side gets to present its case. The arbitrator can rule entirely in the favor of either side – or settle on a number in between.

St. James continues...

The Wings have until 9 AM EDT on Wednesday to negotiate with Mrazek before going before the arbitrator, and if they don't reach an accord, the arbitrator will have 48 hours to issue a ruling.

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Evening news: A charitable video, an APB and playoff bubble talk

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This is a strangely-grouped set of afternoon/evening news items, but they're going to be grouped together anyway:

1. The Grand Rapids Griffins posted a YouTube video explaining their Griffins Youth Foundation's purpose and mission, and it's a pretty cool video:

2. I'm putting out a Czech APB regarding an extended interview that Petr Mrazek gave iSport.cz's Miroslav Horak. The part about his arbitration hearing was posted yesterday, but the part about his goalie camp in the Czech Republic is new, and in the Google Translation, at least, there's a part where Mrazek suggests that the Red Wings' team isn't quite built as it should be going into the regular season. If anybody's willing to lend a hand with the translation, I'd appreciate it;

3. And I this theme will repeat itself ad nauseam as we make our way toward the regular season: today, the Hockey News's Matt Larkin is the one suggesting that the Red Wings are one of three teams that made the playoffs in 2015-16 who may not make the cut in 2016-17:

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If you missed it: Fox Sports to allow ‘in-market streaming’ on Fox Sports GO application

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I don't know if you saw this when Paul posted it yesterday, so here's an announcement from Fox Sports Detroit:

FOX Sports Regional Networks will begin live streaming local NHL telecasts beginning with the upcoming 2016-17 season, the National Hockey League and FOX Sports announced today.

As part of a new multi-year agreement, NHL games televised on FOX Sports Regional Networks will be available for live streaming on FOX Sports GO to customers of participating pay-TV providers.

The agreement also allows distributors, including new streaming services, to deliver NHL games via their digital platforms as part of their carriage of the Fox RSNs.

"We are pleased that hockey fans that subscribe to FOX Sports Regional Networks will now have more ways to follow their favorite NHL teams," said David M. Proper, NHL Executive Vice President of Media Distribution and Strategy / Business Affairs. "We believe increasing accessibility to NHL games benefits not only fans, but the league and its partners."

"We see in-market streaming as a valuable extension of the customers' pay-TV subscription," said Jeff Krolik, President, FOX Sports Regional Networks.  "We're happy to partner with the NHL to bring in-market streaming to hockey fans, and we look forward to collaborating with the league on this effort."


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‘Roughly Translated’: NHL.com’s Swedish website follows Niklas Kronwall’s summer training

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Via Hockeysverige.se, Niklas Kronwall conducted a lengthy Swedish-language interview with NHL.com's Janne Bengtsson, and here's a rough translation thereof:

Training in full swing, almost time to go on the ice

It's said that the end is the beginning of a new start. That's certainly true for NHL players. Whether their team misses the playoffs or is eliminated in any of the four playoff rounds, or stands as the Stanley Cup champions, once the final whistle sounds during the last game of the season, preparations begin for the next season.

As much as time away from the rink is a chance to relax from 82 games in the long hunt for Lord Stanley's trophy, it's a time to prepare for the next season and a new quest for the hockey world's most coveted trophy. But it's also time to get rest in order to prepare for the next season with full focus.

That's an NHL player's summer.

With the 2015-16 season in the rear-view mirror and the 2016-17 season in front of us, NHL.com/sv follows a player as he summarizes and documents his previous season while preparing for the event.

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A bit about the Ted Lindsay Foundation’s annual Celebrity Golf Outing

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:

For 15 years, the Ted Lindsay Foundation Celebrity Golf Outing has enjoyed excellent weather while raising important funds for research to find a cure for autism. The legendary Red Wing hopes Mother Nature will cooperate for a 16th straight time this September.

“So far, touch wood, we’ve never been rained out,” Lindsay said. “We had a couple of drops of rain at the start last year but before they got the first hole in the sun came out. So hopefully it continues.”

Current Red Wings will join the team’s coaching staff, alumni and other local luminaries at Lindsay’s 16th annual fund raiser, which returns to Wabeek Country Club in Bloomfield Hills. The event will be held Sept. 12.

The 18-hole scramble with a shotgun start begins at 12 p.m. The dinner and awards program, with open bar and silent and live auctions, will kick off at 6 p.m.

All proceeds from the golf outing go toward the Ted Lindsay Foundation’s mission to raise funds to support research and educational programs, focusing on the cause and management of autism spectrum disorders.


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