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LeBrun discusses why Wings-Leafs Phaneuf negotiations fell apart

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Reading this post-deadline "Almost" from ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, regarding the purported Dion Phaneuf deal, is a relief:

The reality is once Detroit and Toronto really laid their cards on the table, both front offices realized they were talking about a completely different deal.

The Red Wings would have wanted the Leafs to eat part of Phaneuf's $7 million-a-year salary, and the parts coming back weren't going to be Grade A stuff. The Leafs wanted a high-end return, and I'm not real sure just how much they would have wanted to eat of the Phaneuf salary.

As one source involved in the talks told ESPN.com, once both sides realized they were talking about a completely different deal than what the other side had in mind, it was time to move on.

Darren Dreger was on TSN 1050 this morning, and he stated that the Leafs wanted a Larkin or Mantha and the Wings' 1st round pick to make a "hockey deal" out of something the Wings did not want to make anything less than a salary-for-salary situation, and as the Wings aren't moving Larkin, Mantha or a 1st-rounder, that was the end of that.

And the Wings did, making an excellent deal for pending unrestricted free agent Marek Zidlicky instead, paying a modest price of a conditional third-round pick. Now, the fact that Zidlicky had a full no-move clause (and thus limited the New Jersey Devils' trade options severely) also helped keep that price modest. (The Wings tried on the Edmonton Oilers' Jeff Petry as well, but the weekend price on him was too high, so the Wings moved on. It's believed the Canadiens got Petry for less on Monday -- a second-round pick and a conditional fifth -- than what the Oilers were asking for over the weekend.)

LeBrun continues, discussing Lupul, the Bruins, Lightning and the Anthony Stewart deal.

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Ken Holland explains trade deadline moves, talks about the ‘next generation’ on Detroit Sports 105.1

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke to Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Matt Dery for about 18-and-a-half minutes on Tuesday afternoon, delivering nothing less than a fascinating interview:

1. Regarding the thought processes surrounding adding Erik Cole and Marek Zidlicky, the "state of the team" as he and Mike Babcock view it;

2. The reasons why the team's demoted Teemu Pulkkinen (Babcock told Holland Pulkkinen wouldn't be in the lineup on Wednesday) and Petr Mrazek--so that they play and don't sit [edit: and Holland said it's Babcock's decision as to whether Marchenko will remain in Detroit when he heals from his oblique muscle injury /end edit];

3. Holland both acknowledged that the team feels that the Zetterbergs, Datsyuks and Kronwalls won't get many more chances at making a deep run and/or Cup run, which the team hopes to do this year;

4. And Holland also suggested that some of the non-starters trade-wise were the Wings' next generation in Andreas Athanasiou, Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, [edit: and I believe it was implied that the following players were among them Pulkkinen, Xavier Ouellet /end edit], Alexey Marchenko, Ryan Sproul and Mrazek. This is really great stuff:

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Post-practice articles/Tweets: Cole ferries apology to Zetterberg; Howard starts Wed + articles

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 9x at 5:19 PM: As Paul noted, the Red Wings practiced at Joe Louis Arena with Marek Zidlicky and Erik Cole in tow, and there was quite the push of media at the Joe to cover the "new guys" as well as the new lines.

We'll lead off our survey of post-practice Tweets and articles with the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness's videos:

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Willie Mitchell On The Glen Healy Tweet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Goerge Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Panthers captain Willie Mitchell said he heard Sportsnet analyst Glenn Healy disrespecting the Panthers during SN's trade day coverage Monday and decided he couldn't let it sit.

Mitchell sent out a tweet directed at Healy that got plenty of play as it spiced up a fairly lame trading deadline....

"We're not satisfied with what we've accomplished by no means,'' Mitchell said. "We have one goal and that's to make the postseason and we've said that from the beginning of the season. We've worked our tails off. Ownership has given us a chance. I just thought it was uncalled for from the outside to discredit what we've done to this point.

"Again, we haven't accomplished anything, but, we were a last place team in the league and we're fighting with a team that won the Stanley Cup not that long ago. I thought it was uncalled for. We talk about the positive things in the Florida market. We're playing better, we're in every game. We try to do things the right way. I think people are seeing that.''

Mitchell added that there's a challenge of playing in a non-traditional market especially one like South Florida. He says he and his teammates relish the opportunity to get things right here.

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Pulkkinen officially assigned to Grand Rapids

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

For the record:

… Winger Led AHL in Goals and Points at Time of Recall …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned right wing Teemu Pulkkinen to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Pulkkinen has skated in 12 games with the Red Wings this season, scoring two goals and tallying 27 shots on goal. When he was recalled by Detroit on Feb. 17, he was leading the AHL in both goals (30) and points (57) and still sits first and second in those categories, respectively. The 23-year-old winger also leads the Griffins with 10 power-play goals and six game-winning goals. A native of Vantaa, Finland, Pulkkinen has totaled 117 points (61-56-117) and 64 penalty minutes in 117 career AHL games since 2012-13. Prior to coming to North America, the former fourth-round pick (111th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft) registered 128 points (48-79-128) in 185 professional games with Jokerit of Finland’s SM-Liiga from 2009-13 and was honored as the league’s rookie of the year in 2010-11.

Update: As a result, from the Griffins:

The Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday assigned right wing Teemu Pulkkinen to the Grand Rapids Griffins. In addition, Detroit reassigned goaltender Jared Coreau and right wing Martin Frk from Grand Rapids to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye.

Detroit’s fourth choice (111th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Pulkkinen currently ranks second in scoring in the AHL with 57 points (30-27—57) in 44 games with Grand Rapids. Pulkkinen also ranks among league leaders with 30 goals (1st), 10 power play goals (T2nd) and 178 shots (4th). Prior to his recall to Detroit on Feb. 17, Pulkkinen notched his 30th goal of the season to become the first player in Griffins history to record back-to-back 30-goal seasons (31 in 2013-14), and he is only the second Griffin to log multiple 30-goal seasons. Michel Picard scored 46 in 1996-97, 33 in 1999-2000, and 32 in 2002-03.

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Afternoon Line- Phil Kessel

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Jonas Siegel tweets,

Phil Kessel just lambasted Toronto media for treatment of Dion Phaneuf: "It's not his fault. Why he does he get the blame?"

Kessel: "I think the way the media treats Dion Phaneuf in this city is embarrassing."

More Kessel on Phaneuf: "Is it his fault we're losing? No. Did he build this team? No.

added 12:43pm, Watch Kessel's comments below...

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The Detroit Red Wings Are Skating At The Joe

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Erik Cole and Marek Zidlicky on ice for first practice with new team.

Marchenko left ice at start of practice. Didn't see Helm (also oblique strain) out there.

via Chuck Pleiness tweets,

Early look at line combos at practice. Cole is with Zetterberg and Abdelkader; Weiss with Nyquist and Shehan; Datsyuk with Tatar and Jurco.

Fourth line is Glendening, Andersson and Miller.

added 12:16pm, via Khan,

Defense pairs:
Kindl rotating in

added 12:24pm, Ted Kulfan tweet,

Zidlicky getting looks with several different pairings

added 12:30pm, via Pleiness,

Power play units: Datsyuk, Nyquist, Sheahan, Tatar, Zidlicky -- Abdelkader, Zetterberg, Cole, Weiss, Kronwall


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The Tomas Tatar Line

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Royal Oak, Michigan (PRWEB) March 03, 2015- PUCK HCKY, LLC have collaborated with Detroit Red Wing star, Tomáš Tatar, to launch the Tomáš Tatar Signature Series, a collection of custom-designed hockey fashion items, accessories, and more.

The Signature Series goes beyond your typical corporate-licensed hockey apparel to offer fans an exclusive and more personal connection to Tomáš Tatar. “We’ve co-developed high-end, designer hockey-wear that incorporates Tomáš’ personality, interests, and background,” said Matt Marini, CEO and co-founder of PUCK HCKY, a Michigan-based hockey brand development firm. “The Tatar Signature Series has a wide variety of designs, including a hand-drawn image of one of Tomáš’ tattoos and an abstract likeness of Tomáš that is already a fan favorite; each image was designed to reflect Tomáš’ fun-loving, charismatic personality and Slovak heritage.”

To view the entire Tomáš Tatar Signature Series collection, visit www.puckhcky.com


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The Calgary Flames Are Without Their Leader

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

The third-period comeback wins won’t be the biggest test of the Calgary Flames and their ability to persevere through adversity.

It’ll be how they fare the final 20 games while in a playoff push without their heart-and-soul captain Mark Giordano.

The worst possible fears regarding Giordano’s injury suffered in last Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils were realized when the team announced on Monday Giordano had suffered a torn biceps tendon requiring surgery, and will be out for the remainder of the season.

“He was devastated. It’s devastating for all of us,” GM Brad Treliving said Monday at the team’s hotel in Philadelphia. “The next message to the team is this is what we’ve been dealt. We respond one of two ways: You hang your head or you pick your head up and you say, ‘What’s next?’


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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Four different players found the back of the net to lift the Rangers past the League-leading Predators and to their ninth victory in their past 11 games (9-1-1).
* At 39-17-6 (84 points), the Rangers leapfrogged the idle Islanders (41-21-2, 84 points) to reclaim first place in the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers hold two games in hand and own the ROW tiebreaker (NYR: 36, NYI: 34), but the Islanders lead the season series (NYI: 3-1-0, NYR: 1-3-0). The teams face off one more time in 2014-15, next Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum.
* The Rangers extended their home point streak to nine games (7-0-2), their longest such run since Feb. 16 – April 4, 2008 (8-0-3). They have won 16 of their last 21 contests at Madison Square Garden (16-3-2), including four consecutive victories.
* The Rangers also extended their point streak against Western Conference opponents to seven games (5-0-2); Elias says that is their longest such streak since Nov. 26, 1996 – Jan. 21, 1997 (8-0-2).

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