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Babcock’s statements to the media, summarized

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated with video @ 1:54 PM: Babcock on Periscope TV tells the media that he hasn't decided anything about his future, that he's going to speak to Ken Holland over the next 10 days and may go to Grand Rapids on Sunday to talk about it; he talked about his wife about it yesterday; there's been no grandioise plan, he's been trying to get into the playoffs and execute well in the playoffs, and this will be the next thing.

There's no odds on anything, there hasn't been enough thinking about it. They lost, he felt terrible about it, as bad as he felt as a Red Wings coach after the loss and yesterday, Z Pav and Kronwall are the best leadership group he's been around in pro sport, and their window isn't as long as the kids, the Wings had 15 kids under 28 at one point and the Wings need the push for their kids, when he first got here Z, Pav and Kronwall were making the older kids better and gave the Wings a three-year run in 7, 8 and 9, the Wings need to have another run. They're not a million miles away, when they played in Games 3-7, you feel like you're a Cup contender, but when you lose in the 1st round for 3 years, you feel depressed, it's depressing.

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Locker room clean-out day Twitter post: prepare for rolling updates…

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings gathered at Joe Louis Arena to officially wrap up their regular-season activities with a team picture and a final media availability, and I'm just going to post "rolling updates" here:

Roose also reported...this...

Toronto media at The Joe today. Humm. An unusual sight for locker clean-out day. <sarcasm>

The Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno's probably in attendance, and he's already written a Babcock article...

No comment regarding this, either:

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Craig MacTavish Now The #2 Guy In Edmonton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Peter Chiarelli is still working on the title.

Not his own.

The new President of Hockey Operations and General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers has convinced demoted G.M. Craig MacTavish to stay on as Super Duper Chief Right Hand Head Man.

Or something like that.

“I haven’t settled on his title,” said Chiarelli, who is here in Prague for the opening weekend of the IIHF World Championship.

“He’ll be the No. 2 guy,” Chiarelli made it official in an exclusive interview upon arrival.


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Afternoon Line- Mike Yeo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I feel like I’m a lucky guy but it’s not just me, it’s my entire staff. I’m lucky because I’m well-surrounded by my staff. Our leadership group is outstanding, but we’ve got a bunch of guys and I consider them winners. They’re willing to do the things, the little things, things that go unnoticed, but they’re willing to do those things to win hockey games. There’s a lot of pride in that room.”

-Mike Yeo, head coach of the Minnesota Wild.  Joe McDonald of ESPN has much more on Yeo.

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Dreger on Babcock’s situation

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Among TSN's Darren Dreger's latest points in his "Dreger Report" (they include the Dion Phaneuf sweepstakes or lack thereof, given that Dreger suggests that the Leafs might want Anthony Mantha or Teemu Pulkkinen in exchange, which are no-gos for the Wings):

AIn a brief conversation with Babcock on Thursday, mere hours after the Red Wings were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in a Game 7 showdown with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Babcock clearly stated he has made no decision on whether to stay or test the market, and has no sense of timing as to when the dance will end.

Dreger says that Babcock's family may end up making the decision for him in terms of staying or going...

There is no question the Red Wings very much want Babcock back. However, the Wings aren't going to engage in a bidding war, or wrestle with a rival organization willing to crack open the vault with an offer that rockets into the 20's: as in $25-30 million on a five- or six-year term.

That's not to say Detroit doesn't have the wiggle room to sweeten what is already believed to be a standing offer significantly north of $3 million per season.  The Red Wings are willing to listen and through ongoing discussions with Holland will need to completely understand what it's going to take to make Mike Babcock a Red Wing for life.

In the meantime, Edmonton, Toronto, Buffalo and Philadelphia are ready for the auction to begin. Each club’s brass likely prepped for a sales pitch laced with glowing roster reports and promise of strategies in play to swiftly develop their team into Stanley Cup contenders. Each will dole out the ingredients and suggest Babcock is the only thing missing from the recipe.

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Morning mishmash: On Marchenko, Franzen, Babcock, prospect news and a Wings ‘thank you’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Ahead of locker room clean-out day, and as I watch the USA-Finland World Championship game on NBCSN, I have five very disparate articles for you to peruse ahead of locker room clean-out day.

First, if you were unaware, the Wings have officially assigned Alexey Marchenko to the Grand Rapids Griffins ahead of tomorrow's 4th game of the Marlies-Griffins series:

Second, the Free Press's Helene St. James has an update on Johan Franzen's status from WIngs GM Ken Holland, and it's...concerning:

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Home Team in Caps
Washington 2, NY RANGERS 1 – WSH leads series 1-0
ANAHEIM 6, Calgary 1 – ANA leads series 1-0
The Rangers evened the game at 15:21 of the third period, but Joel Ward scored the tiebreaking goal with 1.3 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Capitals to a 1-0 series lead.


* Per Elias, only two other game-winning goals have been scored in the final two seconds of regulation in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, by Maple Leafs forward Bob Pulfordon April 11, 1964 vs. DET (19:58) and Hurricanes forward Jussi Jokinen on April 21, 2009 vs. NJD (19:59). Ward, however, became the first player to achieve that feat on the road.

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Do You Consider The Montreal Canadiens The Underdog In Their Series With The Tampa Bay Lightning?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stu Cowan at Hockey Inside/Out,

Throughout a campaign that saw the Canadiens put more wins together than any other season in 26 years, they’ve been dogged by a question: what if you face Tampa Bay in the playoffs?

The Lightning dominated Montreal at every turn this year, winning all five games they played against the Canadiens, including one in overtime. Now the question that’s lingered for months has become a reality. The doomsday scenario that so many fans and pundits feared is upon us and the Habs say they’re happy to try to prove the naysayers wrong.

“If people feel that strongly about how badly we match up against them then I hope we can prove that we can beat a team like this in the playoffs,” Max Pacioretty said after practice Thursday in Brossard. “It’s extra motivation. I sat here since we beat Ottawa answering questions like, ‘What if you play Tampa? You don’t match up well against Tampa,’ but the playoffs are a whole other situation. We have to make it uncomfortable for them. … It’s a tough task but it’s what we have to do.”

The Canadiens, as we’re so often reminded by the team’s management, are a young squad and one that seems uncomfortable in any other role than underdog. Despite finishing first in their division, the Canadiens played the “us against the world” card as they faced Ottawa in the opening round of the playoffs. Now they’ll use this mindset to try to unseat the National Hockey League’s most prolific offence.


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NBCSN Coverage Of IIHF World Championship Begins At 10:00am ET Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 27, 2015 – NBC Sports Group will present exclusive, comprehensive coverage of the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championship from Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic – NBC Sports Group’s fifth consecutive year covering international hockey’s premier annual tournament – totaling more than 40 hours of coverage across NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

“As the U.S. television home of hockey, we’re thrilled to present comprehensive coverage for the fifth consecutive year of IIHF World Hockey Championship, the sport’s premier annual international tournament,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN. “The World Championship is another example of our commitment to hockey, from our near-200 games of regular-season and Stanley Cup Playoff coverage, to our presentations of international hockey at the Olympic, Paralympic and Championship levels.” 

Live coverage begins on NBCSN on Friday, May 1, at 10 a.m. ET, when Team USA faces Finland, the 2014 silver medalist, in the first of seven preliminary-round games, which will all air on NBCSN. Team USA’s preliminary-round matchups also feature a showdown with 2014 IIHF gold medalist Russia, on Monday, May 4, at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Last year, Team USA finished second in preliminary-round play before losing 4-3 to the Czech Republic in the quarterfinal round.

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Patrick Kane And Zach Parise Ready To Go Head-To-Head

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Patrick Kane knows it’s coming, but he still gets a chuckle every time Zach Parise skates up to him before a faceoff and says, “What’s up, Darryl?”

“He spilled the beans?” Parise laughed.

Parise’s greeting is an inside joke about the skills coach he shares with Kane. It’s just one of those funny things that link two of the NHL’s best American forwards who, frankly, have little in common yet will clash for a third consecutive year in the postseason starting Friday when the Wild takes on the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.

“I could be here all day talking about their differences. I don’t know if they have a whole lot of similarities other than their skill and ability to score goals and make plays,” Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said about Kane and Parise, the Wild’s top scorer whom Toews knows well because of their similar path to the NHL by way of Shattuck St. Mary’s and the University of North Dakota.

“Kaner’s a little more laid back and goes with the flow. Zach’s the go-getter and task-oriented, the what-can-I-do-next type of guy.”

Off the ice, Parise and Kane have different personalities. On the ice, they have completely different styles.


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