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Ryan Smyth Would Like To Get Involved With The Edmonton Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Ryan Smyth, who bled Edmonton Oilers orange and blue for close to 1,000 games before retiring as a player, is keen to get back to hockey.

After taking a season to decompress and spend time with his family following his final game in the spring of 2014, Smyth said Monday he’s interested in reconnecting with the Oilers.

“I would like to sit down with (Oilers Entertainment Group chief executive officer) Bob Nicholson and see what they’re thinking,” Smyth said. I want to be involved in hockey but I don’t know in what capacity.”

The Oilers aren’t commenting, but there are options they could consider in the short term.

Having the heart-and-soul Smyth at Oilers’ training camp as, say, a guest instructor could help the young forwards learn about getting position in front of the net and along the boards — an area that’s been lacking.

The Oilers also have to increase their team battle level, which was always Smyth’s best trait through 970 games as an Oiler, as well as his stops on Long Island, Colorado and with the Los Angeles Kings.

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Wise words from Jeff Blashill precede Q and A with Anthony Mantha

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose penned a Q and A with Anthony Mantha that's preceded by the following:

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill likes what he sees in Mantha, who has the tools to be a top-six forward in the NHL. He just needs to continue to work hard and overcome some of his inconsistencies.

“The biggest message that Anthony and I have talked about it just the idea that this is a journey,” said Blashill, who coached Manthan in Grand Rapids last season. “He’s run both sides of the gamut where a year ago the expectations were extremely high. There’s a lot of deserved media hype about him, hype within our own organization about him, and then he went through some things, he got injured twice at critical moments of the year. There where different times he had some struggles and it probably wasn’t as easy as he thought it was gonna be coming in. But this is not the end, it’s just part of the journey. Let’s keep coming. Let’s keep working. Let’s keep finding ways to improve and get better.”

Eventually, Mantha produced 15 goals and 33 points in 62 regular-season games with the Griffins. He also chipped in with two goals and two assists in 16 playoff games.

Mantha will return to Traverse City for the annual prospects tourney and Detroit’s main training camp with hopes of making the club’s 23-man roster. It won’t be easy, but this will be the time for the big winger to prove himself in front of the coaching staff.

“Inner drive and perseverance are the two biggest factors for individual success, in my opinion, and he’s going to have to persevere,” Blashill said. “He’s shown that at different times. He’s gonna have to go to work this summer with that inner drive.”

Roose continues with the aforementioned Q and A...

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‘Roughly Translated’: Another interview with Tomas Jurco

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Tomas Jurco's been in the news lately--the Slovak news--and here's his second interview of the day, a discussion with Kosice Dnes (Kosice Today). I'm going to provide a very rough translation of the interview as this one was particularly difficult to work out and is really rough, and one of our KK readers will provide a more precise one tomorrow morning:

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WDIV posts aerial footage of follow-on rink construction

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

WDIV posted a video of aerial footage showing the Red Wings' follow-on rink's construction. It's a little jittery at times, but it's intriguing nonetheless:

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Brad Richards will have his ‘Day With the Cup’ tomorrow

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the CBC Prince Edward Island:

The small eastern P.E.I. village of Murray Harbour is preparing for a slew of visitors on Tuesday as NHL hockey player Brad Richards will parade the Stanley Cup downtown.

Richards won the cup this year with the Chicago Blackhawks. The win is the second of his career, having won with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004.

Carol White helped organize the first celebration 11 years ago, as well as Tuesday's event.

"It's really comparable, because last time it was the first time, but I mean, we were so excited, and it was such a big, big day for us," said White.

"But,you know, as it gets nearer and nearer, it's building and the excitement in this little village is really, it's just awesome. It's phenomenal that we're having this Stanley Cup in this little tiny village twice."

White says they expect close to 7,000 people to attend.

Continued, and I'm not going to cover Richards' day with the Cup as he won it as a Blackhawk, but this entry's letting you know that tomorrow is the big day.

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The Glendale ‘Extortion’ Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darrell Preston and James Nash of Bloomberg,

Hockey was probably always going to be a longshot in the desert. But nobody expected what’s playing out in sunny Glendale, where the city’s done the unthinkable to the Arizona Coyotes.

Tired of doling out $15 million a year in subsidies, the Phoenix suburb last week abruptly cut its payments to the National Hockey League franchise by more than half. The move, pretty much unheard of in professional sports, was the latest blow for the Coyotes, the league’s third-lowest in attendance last season, holder of the worst win-loss record in the western conference and the butt of jokes.

What Glendale did “is almost the exact opposite of what happens in these extortion situations,” said sports economist Victor Matheson of College of the Holy Cross. “Typically the team extorts more payments out of the taxpayers.”

The city canceled its stadium lease contract with the Coyotes in June, done with funneling so much to them as part of the deal even as it was cutting municipal services and raising the sales tax.

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Mitch Callahan’s Goal Is To Make The Red Wings Team

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

This year, he wants to avoid a return to the AHL. If he doesn't make the Red Wings, he will have to clear waivers before he would return to the Griffins.

"There's always been talk that some teams would be interested if I was on waivers, but it all depends on the timing on everything," he said. "I just want to go in and try and make Detroit.

"As much as I love Grand Rapids, I don't want to play in the AHL next year. So I'm trying to do everything possible to play with them (Red Wings) or have a good enough camp for someone else to take me."

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Praise for the Wings’ offseason moves (and Brad Richards’ day with the Cup)

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I apologize for the "wall of entries" of late, but the Wings news cycle's come in fits and spurts over the past three hours, yielding a whole bunch of single entries as opposed to news digests. This includes CBS Sports' Adam Gretz's "NHL report card" offseason grades for Atlantic Division teams:

Detroit Red Wings: B The biggest change in Detroit this offseason is the one behind the bench where Jeff Blashill takes over the spot that Mike Babcock occupied for a decade. The Red Wings' style of play probably won't change much, but it's going to be interesting to see if the younger player on the rosters are able to get a longer leash than they did under Babcock. Blashill has coached -- and won -- with many of them in the AHL. Gustav Nyquist's contract should prove to be a steal for the Red Wings over the next couple of years, while Mike Green gives the team the puck-moving, right handed shot it has badly needed on its defense. Brad Richards should also add some nice depth down the middle, provided they don't count on him to do too much.

Gretz does believe that the Red Wings' signing of Mike Green was the best individual move made by an Atlantic Division team this summer...

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Afternoon Line- Jim Matheson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

If you missed the release from NBC, read it here.

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‘Roughly Translated’: Tomas Jurco discusses his new contract, role with the Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Tomas Jurco discussed his new contract with Pravda.sk's Michal Maslan, and here's a rough translation of their conversation:

Jurco: The new coach knows when I'm most useful to the team:

Tomas Jurco turned down Detroit's first qualifying offer, but he will continue playing for the team. Slovak hockey player Tomas Jurco agreed to a 2-year, 1-way contract worth $1.7 million with the management of the overseas team.

"I'm satisfied. Although it took a bit longer than we thought, and there was an unnecessarily large amount of coverage, I'm satisfied. I look forward to another two years in Detroit," says the 22-year-old winger. He's played in 99 regular-season games and has registered 11 goals and 22 assists.

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