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Stanley in Saugatuck

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

If you live on the West Side of the State of Michigan, WHTC 1450's Gary Stevens reports that the Stanley Cup will be making a rare-for-the-summer stop in Western MI this weekend:

For the second time in seven years, hockey's Holy Grail comes to the Lakeshore, and in both instances, it wasn't because the Detroit Red Wings were champions.

Paul Goodman is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the three-time Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks. As a way to say thanks to his adopted off-season "refuge" and part-time hometown, he's spending his allocated three days with the Cup in Saugatuck this weekend, capped with a cameo public appearance as part of the Labor Day afternoon boat parade from Kalamazoo Lake through the mouth of the Kalamazoo River to Lake Michigan. Goodman is also supporting a fund-raising effort for purchasing a large "Holiday Tree" that would be permanently planted in the community.

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Red Wings announce preliminary lineup for Hockeyfest on September 13th

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings:

PRELIMINARY LINEUP FOR HOCKEYFEST ANNOUNCED
… Kronwall, Howard, Nyquist Highlight List of Current Players Set to Appear at Fun-Filled Event at The Joe on Sunday, Sept. 13 …

DETROIT – The 2015 edition of Red Wings HockeyFest, presented by Coke Zero and Meijer, is set to take place at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday, Sept. 13 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), featuring an unforgettable day of hockey-related activities, including a chance to meet current players and Red Wings Alumni. A preliminary list of past and present members of the Red Wings set to attend this much-anticipated event can be found below. Additional players will be added to this list at a later time.

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Chris Drury Named Director Of Player Development For The New York Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK, September 4, 2015 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has named Chris Drury as Director of Player Development.

In his role, Drury, 39, will be responsible for working with the team’s hockey operations department to assist in the development of Rangers prospects, both on and off the ice. He will serve as a liaison between the hockey operations department and prospects in the organization, and assist in the evaluation of the team’s prospects. Drury will work closely with the Rangers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, to further enhance the progression of Rangers prospects who are in professional hockey by providing encouragement and guidance. In addition, he will assist in overseeing and evaluating all players at the collegiate level.

During his 12-year NHL career, the Trumbull, Connecticut native skated in 892 games with the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres, and the Rangers, registering 255 goals and 360 assists for 615 points, along with 468 penalty minutes. Drury captured the Stanley Cup as a member of the Avalanche in 2000-01, ranking second in the NHL with 11 goals in 23 games during the team’s playoff run. In 1998-99, Drury received the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year after registering 20 goals and 24 assists for 44 points with Colorado. Drury recorded at least 20 goals in nine different seasons in his career, and he registered at least 50 points in eight different seasons.

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Informal practice Tweets: Tatar returns, Green debuts

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 11:57 AM: The Red Wings and their Detroit-based pals took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena for what is likely their last pre-Labor Day practice on Friday morning, and DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji Tweeted from said practice...

The CBC's Elliotte Friedman dropped this bit of knowledge...

And then Wakiji resumed Tweeting:

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Niklas Kronwall discusses the Red Wings’ coaching change and adding Mike Green

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Via RedWingsFeed, Fox Sports Detroit's Andrea Nelson penned an article in which she speaks with Niklas Kronwall about the Red Wings' coaching change and the addition of Mike Green to the blueline:

"[Blashill] was great as an assistant but I think all along, Blash might feel that he’s a head coach and I think he wants things done a certain way,” said Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall. “And I think it’s great. He went down to Grand Rapids, got the opportunity there, did great, and now he’s got an opportunity here.”

Plus, Blashill hasn’t received anything but good reviews from the former Griffins players.

“He’s had most of the guys in here, most of the younger guys, play for him in GR when they won it and they have nothing bad to say about him,” Kronwall said. “They all got positive things to say about him which is encouraging and it’ll be exciting with a new voice, we’re looking forward to the opportunity.”

Nelson continues, and here's what Kronwall has to say about Mike Green:

“Really an offensively gifted defenseman, another thing we haven’t had in years,” Kronwall said of Green. “So we’re hoping for him to just come in here and do his thing. Contribute offensively, join the rush when you can and I thought it was a great addition and excited to get to see him and get to meet him and play with him.”

Update: FYI: NHL.com released its Top 250 fantasy hockey rankings, and Henrik Zetterberg (37), Pavel Datsyuk (55), Gustav Nyquist (87), Tomas Tatar (97), Mike Green (111), Jimmy Howard (153), Petr Mrazek (158), Niklas Kronwall (160), Justin Abdelkader (176) and Brad Richards (231) made the cut.

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Andrei Vasilevskly Has Surgery To Treat Vascular Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TAMPA BAY - Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy had successful surgery on Thursday, September 3 to remove a blood clot from near his left collarbone and to treat a type of Vascular Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced this morning. The procedure was performed by Dr. Karl Illig, Director of Vascular Surgery at Tampa General Hospital. Vasilevskiy is expected to fully recover and he should be able to return to the ice in 2-3 months.

The 21-year-old Vasilevskiy played 16 regular season games for the Lightning in 2014-15, compiling a record of 7-5-1 with a .918 save percentage and a 2.36 goals-against average with one shutout. Vasilevskiy also appeared in four Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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What Do You Expect From Tomas Tatar?

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. Kames of the Detroit Free Press,

Looking ahead: Once Datsyuk (ankle surgery) is healthy and, presumably, on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader --with a second line likely consisting of Gustav Nyquist, Brad Richards and Darren Helm -- Tatar could find himself on the third line (plus power-play minutes). In theory, that should give Tatar plenty of open space and, in turn, give the Wings a considerable third-line punch. If not, Tatar has proved he can handle being a top-six forward and is capable of being, at the very least, a 20-goal scorer. He's a great locker room guy, too, because of his aura of irrepressible delight.

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Video- All Todd McLellan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Gene Principe sat down with new Oilers head coach Todd McLellan to talk about everything from Connor McDavid to goaltending to the high expectations of Edmonton’s patient fans.

 

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Report- The Latest On The Patrick Kane Case

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from WGRZ,

2 On Your Side's Scott Levin has learned that a woman who was with Patrick Kane's alleged rape victim has been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury on September 8.

Chicago Blackhawks player and south Buffalo native Patrick Kane is the focus of a rape investigation by Hamburg Police, although he has not been charged in the case....

Former Erie County District Attorney Frank Clark says he does not expect any decisions to be made by the grand jury before the end of this month. In fact, he says this process could take weeks or even months to play out.

"Right now, it looks as though the decider as to whether or not Patrick Kane is guilty of any criminal conduct or not will be an Erie County grand jury," says Clark.

With no criminal charges filed, a grand jury will take up the Kane case. Clark says the grand jury process may have started some time ago.

"They may have been listening to the case for a while, and we're just finding out about it. Or it could be that both the police and the prosecutor felt that they had some investigative work to do before they were comfortable in starting a grand jury action," he says.

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The Outlook For Mike Green

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2015-16 outlook: The Red Wings filled their biggest need of the past couple of seasons by signing this right-handed shooting offensive defenseman.

He'll provide a much-needed scoring boost to a blue line that has relied essentially on Niklas Kronwall as its lone offensive threat. Green is a good skater who will frequently join the rush and has a terrific wrist shot. He'll also quarterback the top power-play unit.

Green has defensive deficiencies, which is why coach Jeff Blashill intends to pair him with Danny DeKeyser, who should help erase some of his mistakes. The other concern regarding Green is his durability, as he's been injury-prone in recent seasons.

Key question: How big an offensive boost will the Red Wings' defense get with Green?

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