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Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This isn't Red Wings-related, it's a George's Pet Interest post: Surveying the Russian sports newspapers, you get used to the concept that the KHL's preseason begins in late July, so I wasn't surprised to read the Windsor Star's Bob Duff's report that Michael Leighton had to nix a contract with the Sochi Leopard because Leighton contracted an illness that prevented him from taking part in Sochi's mid-July training camp.

Duff also asked the former Philadelphia Flyers goalie whether his 2013-14 campaign for Donbass Donetsk--the Ukrainian team that's suspended operations because the Eastern Ukraine is currently engulfed in political turmoil--may have given Leighton second thoughts about continuing to play in the KHL...

“Where I was last year, it was fine all year until close to the end of the year and into the playoffs,” Leighton said. As troubles mounted in the area, the Donbass club moved to a base in Bratislava, Slovakia, playing its playoff games on the road. It did get kind of scary, because we weren’t playing at home,” Leighton said. “Teams didn’t want to travel to the Ukraine. When the season was done and I was home, I was happy that I was home.”

(Slovan Bratislava was willing to host Donbass Donetsk's 14-15 season games for a Euro per game, but Donbass chose to cease operations for the year instead)

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Fear the Fin’s brilliant ‘NHL Through the Years’ video

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Per The Score's Ian McLaren, Fear the Fin's Ann Fraizer graced the interweb with a brilliant video summarizing the NHL's evolution since its inception in 1917--team locations and logos included--set to "Brass Bonanza":

It's a great reminder that the "Original Six" weren't all "original" NHL teams, but were instead the ones that survived the Second World War.

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Red Wings evening news: Sports Cave talks Wings; rink development chatter and prospect talk

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This evening's crop of Red Wings-related news is a little "scattershot" in nature, but that's the nature of the late-July beast:

First, speaking of "late June," it's not often that a Sunday TV sports show talks about the Red Wings at all, but WXYZ's 7 Sports Cave's" "Fast Five Minutes" led off with Wings talk, and Matt Sheppard, Mike Stone and WXYZ's Brad Galli spent a minute discussing the Wings' likely 2014-2015 season-to-come:

If you missed the short video interview Dan DeKeyser gave to Fox 17 yesterday, MLive's Brendan Savage posted it...

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Video- Eric Nadel, Recipient Of The Ford C. Frick Award For Broadcast Excellence With Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Nadel is the broadcaster for the Texas Rangers and during his speech today at the Baseball Hall of Fame, made a reference back to his calling of minor league hockey games.

You can scroll to the 2:40 mark of the video to watch that part.

 

from Phil Rogers of MLB.com,

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Derick Brassard/New York Rangers Agree To A Five-Year Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 4:11pm,

 

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Paying The Players In The CHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

Canada's largest private-sector union, which is trying to organize major junior hockey players across the country, is scheduled to meet on Monday with Ontario's minister of labour to discuss the working conditions faced in the Canadian Hockey League by its 1,700 mostly teenaged players.

Jerry Dias, Unifor's president, said he plans to ask Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn to establish a task force charged with scrutinizing the business of junior hockey.

Dias told TSN that when he met with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne three weeks ago at Queen's Park, Wynne brought up the issue of working conditions in junior hockey with him. Dias said Wynne told him she is interested in learning more about whether players get a fair share of the game's profits.

Flynn's spokesman Craig MacBride declined to comment.

Wynne's spokeswoman Zita Astravas said both the premier and Flynn have already met with Dias.

"Discussions covered a wide range of topics," she said. "Unifor is an important partner and our government looks forward to a positive relationship with labour."

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A Lot Of Toughness In San Jose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

On Oct. 8, when San Jose opens the 2014-15 season against Los Angeles, it’s possible John Scott, Mike Brown, and Micheal Haley could be in uniform. The Sharks re-signed Brown, acquired from Edmonton last season, to a two-year extension. They locked up Scott and Haley on the free market.

Scott is the most dangerous fighter in the league. Brown totaled 94 PIMs between San Jose and Edmonton. Haley, who once busted short-term Bruin Chris Clark’s nose in a preseason fight, recorded 131 PIMs in the AHL last season.

“As we integrate more younger players to our team, John’s presence alone can act as a deterrent and help keep teams and opposing players honest,” GM Doug Wilson said in a statement after signing Scott.

That’s a whole lot of toughness to fill a mythical position — the player who keeps his teammates safe.

In theory, Dustin Brown wouldn’t have wrecked Tomas Hertl’s knee last year had one of the musclemen been present. The fear of Scott caving in his face would have discouraged Brown from targeting Hertl.

Baloney.

more plus other hockey topics including a look at the job Brendan Shanahan is doing in Toronto....

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Mostly One Liners

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,

* The most heard not-so-secret word in the NHL is Corsi. If you know how Corsi works you may become one of those insider geniuses.

* I'm not one of them but -- facts are facts -- I'd like to know if Corsi had one percent of the reason why L.A. won the Cup; and Rangers were runners-up.

* My conclusion is that Corsi's involvement came out to the Square-Root-Of-Chai-Levy. Which, in Brooklyn, comes out to nothing.

* Let's make this perfectly clear; 1. Sixty percent of the media sages will predict that Detroit won't make the playoffs; 2. The Red Wings will make the post-season; 3. Thirty percent of the writers will admit they were wrong.

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* My first three hockey reads every morning are; 1. Kukla's Korner because it always has the best variety; 2. The Hockey News because I love THN' columns and, 3. NHL.com because it's features are terribly underrated.

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Red Wings overnight report: On competing legacies, public appearances and ‘misheard lyrics’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

For the second Sunday in a row, a business-related cover story by the Detroit Free Press kicks off the overnight report, but we're not talking about a massive rink and arena district plan this morning; instead, we're discussing a comparison between business entities that the rink project made inevitable.

The Free Press's John Gallagher compares the approaches made by Mike Ilitch and Dan Gilbert toward building and rebuilding the City of Detroit, "Ilitchville vs. Gilbertville" graphic and respective-property photo gallery included, and while Gallagher's willing to compare the old-school business baron and new-school real estate mogul to (whose companies own sports teams and Detroit casinos) to Pittsburgh's Andrew Carnegie and Andrew Mellon, such a suggestion is at least premature:

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Simmons weighs in on Kyle Dubas’ ‘gutsiest’ move and Sheriff…Claude?

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons spends a significant portion of his Sunday notebook fighting the anti-advanced stats fight (again). In doing so, however, he does make one astute point about new Maple Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas, and it's a point that the "Boy Genius, Master of Advanced Stats" narrative has ignored.

Dubas made some very "gusty" calls in terms of both coaching and player personnel while turning the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds from a bottom-feeder into a perennial contender, including making a very risky coaching pick:

Against almost everyone’s advice, Dubas hired Sheldon Keefe to coach in Sault Ste. Marie when Keefe was persona non grata in the OHL because of his personal behaviour and his longtime involvement with the pariah David Frost. People knew Keefe could coach. But no one would touch him. Dubas found a way to finesse that and now he’s on the rise and so is Keefe. And lingering there are many people in the OHL who have no use for either of them.

Simmons also believes that Leafs president Brendan Shanahan's decision to fire Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle might have a positive effect upon the NHL's Department of Player Safety:

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