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Red Wings release development camp roster + teasers from Sipple

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Updated 3x at 8:24 PM:

Here's the press release...

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Roose: Yzerman, Draper support Sergei Fedorov’s Hockey Hall of Fame candidacy

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There's actually some doubt as to whether Sergei Fedorov will be named a 2015 inductee of the Hockey Hall of Fame today at 4 PM EDT, but Kris Draper and Steve Yzerman told DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose that Fedorov's case for induction is rock-solid:

“He had a fabulous career,” Yzerman said of Fedorov. “Looking back we wish he could have spent the entire career in Detroit, but things change along the way. One of the most-talented athletes I’ve ever been around. A really, really nice guy and I hope he gets inducted.”

In a time when Gretzky and Mario Lemieux roamed NHL rinks, Fedorov was developing into one of the league’s most exciting two-way centers. A swift skater and gifted stick-handler, Fedorov was equally potent as a high-scoring center or puck-moving defenseman.

“Sergei to me was one of the most dynamic players that the game has seen,” Draper said. “There were so many different ways that he could impact a hockey game. Obviously, just an elite skaters, an elite goal scorer, probably straight out one of the fastest skaters that I’ve ever played with, and just the ability to turn on a dime, the agility that he had down low on a cycle, the strength that he had. He was almost a freak of nature with the kind of condition he was in. He was a guy that could do a lot of great things. He was a great face-off man and he could score short-handed. He could score on the power play, so a guy who could impact the game in many, many ways.”

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Los Angeles Kings Terminate The Contract Of Mike Richards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings have terminated the contract of forward Mike Richards, the club announced today.

The club has issued the following statement and will not comment any further at this time:

“The Los Angeles Kings today have exercised the team's right to terminate the contract of Mike Richards for a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract. We are not prepared to provide any more detail or to discuss the underlying grounds for the contract termination at this time.”

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Going Right To 3-on-3 In OT

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Brandon Sun,

Players preferred all three-on-three, Schneider said, not only because it doesn't add more time to games but because they believe it will produce better hockey.

"What it really boiled down to was, players said, 'If we want to end games sooner going three-on-three, then having three-on-three for the longest period of time was the way to go about it,'" Schneider said in a sit-down interview last week in Las Vegas. "They think it's going to be exciting, wide-open hockey."

The AHL had incredible success cutting down on shootouts in its first season under the seven-minute overtime format split four-on-four and three-on-three. The key to it working in the NHL might be how three-on-three is coached.

"I hope three-on-three does what everyone thinks it's going to do," Schneider said. "I hope coaches don't start coaching it defensively because it could turn ugly quickly. My position always was: If Mike Babcock wants to get to the shootout, he's going to get to the shootout whether it's three-on-three or four-on-four."

Schneider is a supporter of the shootout and had to put his personal feelings aside when talking to players and attending the competition committee meeting in early June. Commissioner Gary Bettman at one point asked players which they'd prefer — the status quo of four-on-four overtime or three-on-three, and Schneider said a great majority wanted the latter.

The question of the AHL format or status quo was never brought up, Schneider said.

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Antti Niemi Signed By The Dallas Stars

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added 2:18pm, Dallas release is below...

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Ken Holland’s Plan

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

"Where's Mule going to be in September?" Holland asks. "Certainly we expect him to be healthy. Everything I'm told is that he's making good progress. He's healthy. He's practicing. We expect him to be ready."

There's the top-six forward who, when he's right, is better than anyone available in free agency.

By Holland's count, the Wings have 14 forwards, seven defenseman and two goaltenders -- all of whom helped Detroit earn 100 points last season and scare the beejesus out of Stanley Cup finalist Tampa Bay in the opening round of the playoffs.

If anything, the Wings have an abundance of NHL-ready young players, and it's unlikely that all of them will be able to play in Detroit. That's why Holland may be busier trying to make trades than he is shopping the free-agent market.

"I'll explore trades, but to make an upgrade it's tough to match up money and identical needs," he said. "I'm exploring it -- if there's a player with a dimension who can make us better."

Bottom line: The Wings are a young team on the rise energized by a new coach. There are worse things Holland can do than stand pat with this roster.

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Jay Beagle Re-Signs With The Washington Capitals

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ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Jay Beagle to a three-year, $5.25 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

“We are pleased to re-sign Jay to a new three-year contract,” MacLellan said. “Jay is a hard-working player who plays multiple positions and is an excellent face-off man and penalty killer. Jay has improved steadily since joining our organization and has always brought his game to a different level in the playoffs.”

Beagle, 29, set career highs in goals (10), assists (10) and points (20) in 2014-15 and tied his career high in games played (62). The 6’3”, 212-pound center earned a career-high three points (2g, 1a) on Feb. 11 at San Jose and recorded three of his four career multi-point games last season. The Capitals are 17-0-4 all-time when Beagle scores a goal and were 15-0-1 in 204-15 when he earned a point. In 254 career NHL games with Washington (2008-15), Beagle has registered 47 points (23g, 24a) and 97 penalty minutes.

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LA Kings Have Interest In Signing Andrej Sekera And Drew Stafford Still Talking With Winnipeg

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

- The Kings still have interest in re-signing UFA blueliner Andrej Sekera and perhaps with the Mike Richards buyout they can find enough cap space to do so. But if not, it’s believed 10 teams have shown interest.

- Drew Stafford's agent Steve Bartlett said Monday morning that he continues to talk with the Winnipeg Jets but doesn’t have a deal done. Stafford was a good fit there as a trade deadline pickup but finding the right parameters to stay put is always a challenge. Still, I hope this one gets done, sometimes the fit is more important than just making as much money as possible. Stafford looks good on that roster.

many more updates during this busy time...

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Afternoon Line- Pierre McGuire On The Boston Bruins

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“Hopefully they’re going to groom this new brand of Boston Bruin players. If you’re a Bruins fan, player or coach that’s your hope. And these guys are worth their weight in gold in terms of leadership and understanding what it takes to play in the league. I say this because I’m such a big fan of certain players on that team — one of them is Patrice Bergeron, one of them is Brad Marchand, another one is Zdeno Chara, another one is Chris Kelly — so you ask yourself the question: How do they feel right now? And I can’t think they feel very good about it.”

-Pierre McGuire via WEEI where can read more from McGuire on the Bruins.

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Christian Ehrhoff Wants To Play For A Team With A Chance To Win The Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

... unrestricted free agent Christian Ehrhoff can still help a team for sure, the 32-year-old coming off a tough season injury-wise but still a terrific skater and passer.

"I’ve had a number of clubs call me to let me know that they’re going to be interested [when the market opens]," veteran agent Rick Curran told ESPN.com Monday morning.

This time around, it’s not about looking for the monster, long-term deal.

"That’s not his priority, his priority is to get with a club that’s competitive and has a chance to challenge for a Cup," said Curran.

Read into that that they’ve already heard from the more obvious playoff contenders.

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