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Prayers Go Out To The Ken Daniels Family On The Sudden Passing Of His Son Jamie

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via a release from the Detroit Red Wings,

The Detroit Red Wings and FOX Sports Detroit are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jamie Daniels, son of television play-by-play broadcaster Ken Daniels. Jamie passed away in his sleep on Wednesday morning at the age of 23. Both the Red Wings organization and FOX Sports Detroit would like to offer their heartfelt condolences to the Daniels family during this most difficult time.

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Any Interest In Patrik Nemeth?

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News answered questions from the fans...

Question: Play GM: Give us a trade scenario that would immediately make the Stars better.

Heika: Here's a weird one. Patrik Nemeth to Detroit for one of their prospects. The Wings needs some physicality on defense and Nemeth would be a perfect fit with the Swedish history of that team. I personally think a player like Joren Van Pottelberghe would be interesting for Dallas because he is a big project goalie who they could develop in Europe and then possibly move him over next season or the season after. But Jim Nill knows that system, so let him work his magic.

continued from the Dallas side and more Q & A...

NHL.com player page on Patrik Nemeth.

Hockey'sFuture page on Pottelberghe.

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Articles from practice: Athanasiou, Howard to return as Wings kick off 5-game home stand

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 5:10 PM: The Red Wings' practice on Thursday revealed good news regarding Andreas Athanasiou (knee), Alexey Marchenko (AC joint) and Jimmy Howard's (groin) respective injury situations. All three players expect to return sometime this weekend.

Howard will back up Petr Mrazek tomorrow evening, and MLive's Ansar Khan and the Free Press's Helene St. James reporting that Athanasiou has been cleared to play tomorrow.

Khan penned an article regarding Athanasiou's imminent return:

Athanasiou has missed 12 games with a sprained left knee suffered on Nov. 10 on a hit from Vancouver's Nikita Tryamkin.

"I feel good today. It's feeling strong," Athanasiou said. "I think we did a real good job of rehabbing it and I feel back up to speed. Worked on some battle drills two days ago. It feels solid, so everything feels back to normal."

Athanasiou has four goals and an assist in 13 games.

"He certainly adds an element of speed that's obviously important in the league," coach Jeff Blashill said. "And he can self-create. It's hard to self-create in this league. So, he brings another guy in our lineup that can do a good job. That said, I think the guys that have been in the lineup have done a good job as well. When Andreas comes back he needs to make sure he's ready to be an impact player."

Khan continues, and he also posted videos of Howard and Athanasiou discussing their situations:

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Looking At The Inner-Cities For Hockey Talent

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Evan F. Moore of Rolling Stone,

You've probably noticed, but hockey also isn't the most diverse sport. It also isn't the most popular in North America. It has its huge following in Canada, but many believe the thing that is holding the sport back in the United States is its lack of inclusivity, and that a combination of economics and access to the sport are the main factors explaining why the sport continues to be overwhelmingly white. But community leaders and the NHL have a plan to try and reverse that.

"I think it's about kids here seeing that it's actually possible. They've never seen a hockey stick before," (Jamal) Mayers says. "It's the same principles as any of the 'ball' sports, like soccer and basketball. You're creating two on one's all over the place. It's important that we did this the right way. We can't just put kids on the ice and say 'Let's play hockey.' They have to get comfortable holding a stick."

Even though Mayers, now in his second year as the Blackhawks Community Liaison, grew up in a city with kids from diverse backgrounds, he recognizes how hard it can be for some of those kids to get to a rink. The NHL has footprints in many of America's major cities through their teams, and with new programs, they're trying to bring the game to a wider audience in hopes of growing new fans and also future prospects as well....


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Bill Daly Statement On Vegas Golden Knights Trademark Issue

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (December 8, 2016) -- National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly today released the following statement regarding the office actions issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on
the applications to register the name Vegas Golden Knights:

“We are currently reviewingý the Trademark Office's letter and will prepare a detailed response demonstrating why we continue strongly to believe the Vegas Golden Knights mark should be registered in co-existence with the college registration, just as a number of other nicknames currently co-exist in professional and college sports (particularly where there is no overlap as to the sport for which the nickname is being used). That response is not due until June 7, 2017.

“We consider this a routine matter and it is not our intention to reconsider the name or logo of this franchise. We fully intend to proceed as originally planned, relying on our common law trademark rights as well as our state trademark registrations while we work through the process of addressing the question raised in the federal applications.”

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Auston Matthews Or Patrik Laine?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gary Lawless of TSN,

So what does Matthews have over Laine? Is he a better skater? On the whole, yes. Matthews is also more physically mature and closer to his athletic peak. 

Laine’s upper body features pipe cleaners rather than pipes. His frame is unfinished. He’s skinny. His upside in terms of speed and power are difficult to ascertain, but he will improve and close the gap with Matthews.

Matthews has loads of game. He’s going to be a star. Laine, however, has more wattage despite playing in a small market in comparison to Toronto.

In the end, this will be about the highest of ranges. They’re two great players trying to climb into the rarest of air.

Matthews was No. 1 in the draft, but Laine will prove to be No. 1 in rarity.


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With Coreau back in Grand Rapids, Griffins send Heeter to Walleye

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Thursday assigned goaltender Cal Heeter to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye.

A first-year Griffin, Heeter has won each of his two starts with the team this season and posts a 2.95 goals against average and a 0.920 save percentage.

The 28-year-old is a perfect 8-0 between the pipes for the Walleye, the only unbeaten among qualified goaltenders in the ECHL. The 6-foot-4 netminder ties for 16th in GAA (2.67), ties for 18th in save percentage (0.912) and has one shutout as he has helped the Walleye post the best record in the league at 16-3.

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Goalie Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,

How has goaltending changed compared to when you first started your career?

CORY SCHNEIDER: I came in the league with some of the guys at the end of the past generation, but I’ve also been around for some of the newer techniques and technologies and younger goalies. Just from what I’ve seen, the technique today is so good. Kids are learning this stuff at six, seven, eight years old, and they’re playing year round, and their technique is almost impeccable. I watch guys come into the league now, and they all seem to play like Carey Price.

ROBERTO LUONGO: If I still played the way I did back in the day, I wouldn’t be in the NHL anymore. You have to evolve with the time and the position and the new techniques that come out every year.

DOMINIK HASEK: I see a big change with the sliding. I wasn’t a sliding goalie. I was a butterfly goalie, but I was more up and down. Quickly down, quickly up. Today it seems the goalies look lazy, but they are not lazy. The style can look like that. They’re on their knees even when the puck is behind they net. They don’t go quickly up. They stay on one knee. My goalie coach told me it started in the ’90s in Finland. Through the sliding you cover the lower part of the net unbelievably, much better than we did as a group as goalies in the ’90s.

continue for more goalies and more questions...

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Practice Tweets and articles: Marchenko, Athanasiou make progress + catch-up articles

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings hit the ice for practice at Joe Louis Arena just before 11 AM, preparing for Friday's tilt vs. a surprisingly competitive Columbus Blue Jackets team. MLive's Ansar Khan reported in from practice...

#RedWings working power play entries:
Tatar-Zetterberg-Mantha, Sheahan (net front), Kronwall
Nyquist-Nielsen-Larkin, Vanek (net), Green.


Based on line rushes, looks like Lashoff will remain in lineup in place of Sproul. #RedWings

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Do You Believe?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean McIndoe at Sportsnet,

Lie No. 4: I bet if I yelled "shoooot" the whole time my team was on the power play, they'd find that really helpful

No. No they would not.

They're NHL players. They've been doing this for a while. I promise you, they're aware that they have the option to shoot.

Maybe let them get set up for three seconds before you start offering up helpful reminders.

Lie No. 5: Our prospect pipeline is stacked

Birthday presents are always more fun before you open them.

At that moment, they could be anything. Sure, they're probably just dress socks, but what if they're something way better?

Fans tend to treat their favourite team's prospects the same way—and that's why they're almost always convinced that their team's future is in good hands.

In some cases, of course, it's true. Some teams really do have a flood of top young talent on the way.

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