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The Latest On Ken Hitchcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,

While he indicated Thursday he has been having discussions with current St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock since the season ended, General Manager Doug Armstrong refused to shed any light on the team’s coaching situation.

Hitchcock’s contract expires in June and the Blues reportedly explored the possibility of bringing in former Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. Media reports suggested that Babcock had talks with the Blues, Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres before deciding to sign a record-breaking eight-year, $50 million contract to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs.

During a conference call with reporters Thursday to discuss the hiring of new assistant general manager Martin Brodeur, Armstrong was asked specifically if he knew whether Hitchcock would be brought back as head coach of the Blues next season.

“You’re trying to put words in my mouth,” Armstrong said. “When I have something to communicate, I will.”

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It’s official; Larkin signs a 3-year entry-level deal with the Red Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 6x at 6:01 PM: TSN's Aaron Ward called it:

Here's the press release:

RED WINGS AGREE TO TERMS WITH DYLAN LARKIN ON ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT
… Former First Round Pick Will Join Griffins for AHL’s Conference Finals   …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that they have agreed to terms with center Dylan Larkin on a three-year entry-level contract. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.

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Ken Holland discusses Babcock’s departure on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Ken Holland appeared on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Matt Dery show, discussing Mike Babcock's departure, and Holland revealed more of the timeline and the process by which he tried to keep up with the offers other teams made than he has in any previous interview. He also discussed Jeff Blashill's future, and it certainly sounds like Blashill will be #1 on Holland's list of Babcock replacements:

 
And here's the Free Press's Jeff Seidel speaking to Jeff Blashill about the possibility of becoming the Wings' next coach:

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Aaron Ward: Dylan Larkin to turn pro with the Red Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This is a pleasant surprise:

Update:

ATO = Amateur Try-Out. Larkin will be able to play for the Griffins despite not being on their AHL playoff roster.

Update #2:

Update #3:

Update #4: Here's St. James in text form:

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Boston Hires GM Don Sweeney

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Boston Bruins missed the playoffs and fired their GM in Peter Chiarelli.  That quickly began to look like a mistake when he was almost immediately hired by the Edmonton Oilers to be their GM.  You have almost certainly made a bad move if you fire somebody who is immediately such a good candidate that another team races to hire him. 

Boston needed a new GM.  The problem is that it is hard to find a good GM.  They do not grow on trees.  Giving up Chiarelli with no plan one who to replace him is not smart.  Boston basically admitted it when they hired Don Sweeney to replace him,

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A Massive Challenge In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at TSN,

Mike Babcock took over as Toronto head coach Thursday, saying the Maple Leafs are Canada's team and they need to be put back on the map.

The 52-year-old Babcock, no stranger to coaching Team Canada, becomes the 30th head coach in Leafs' history.

Babcock said he was thrilled and excited to take the Toronto job. He cautioned the journey will be a long one, but promised it will be a lot of fun.

The former Detroit Red Wings coach takes over a 30-44-8 Leafs team that finished 27th in the league this season.

Babcock told the packed news conference in the foyer of the Air Canada Centre that he embraces the job ahead.

"I came here with my eyes wide open," he said.

Babcock made it clear that he is aware of the size of the task ahead and would have no problems operating in the fishbowl that surrounds the Leafs franchise.

"This is going to be a massive, massive challenge," he said.

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added 1:23pm, Watch the full Babcock press conference below...

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Mike Milbury On Corey Perry

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Eric Stephens tweets,

Milbury was apparently asked how he would stop Corey Perry. "If I were playing against Corey Perry, I’d probably want to hurt him in (1/2)

(more) some painful and permanent way. And I think most of the rest of the league feels the same way." (2/2)

via Helene Elliott tweets,

Perry on Milbury comment last night: "it's not something that's been taken lightly. If somebody said something about his kid that way (more)

How would he feel?" Milbury had said if he played vs Perry he would " want to hurt him in a painful and permanent way."

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Sergei Fedorov ‘scores’ in appeals court ruling against financial advisor

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Free Press's Tresa Baldas reports huge news for Sergei Fedorov, who witnessed a crooked financial advisor wipe out the vast majority of his hockey earnings:

With the help of a federal appeals court, former Red Wings star Sergei Fedorov just checked his ex-financial manager — a Grosse Pointe Shores man who allegedly swindled the hockey star out of $43 million.

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled against that manager — Joseph Zada — concluding he has to pay $112 million for selling fake investments in Saudi Arabian oil to dozens of unsuspecting victims — including Federov, a horse trainer, a plastic surgeon and several firefighters.

The ruling comes six years after the Free Press first disclosed Fedorov's claims that Zada had embezzled millions from him during an 11-year period.

Zada was counting on the 6th Circuit to overturn a lower court decision, which ordered him to pay $56 million in damages and an additional $56 million civil penalty for running a Ponzi scheme that caught the attention of the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission.

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Babcock did thank the Wings while being introduced as the Leafs’ coach

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Mike Babcock did thank the Red Wings and praise his relationship with Ken Holland and Mike Ilitch during his opening presser as the coach of the Maple Leafs:

Babcock also stated that he also needed to bring out a box of Kleenex when he finally told Ken Holland that he was leaving.

Update: As was noted by CBS Detroit's Ashley Dunkak:

Babcock declined to re-sign with the Red Wings, opting instead to accept a reported eight-year, $50 million offer from the Maple Leafs. Detroit’s final offer was reported to be $20 million over five years.

“This was a hard decision,” Babcock said.

The coach met with Holland one more time Wednesday, and Babcock described the encounter as difficult.

“It was very emotional,” Babcock said. “I had to get the Kleenex box out when I sat in his office.”

Update #2: Here's a bit more from MLive's Ansar Khan:

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WOOD TV8’s Figurski gets Blashill to state the obvious: He wants to coach the Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x with 2 videos at 1:16 PM: This is probably worth its own entry, yes?

Update: WOOD TV8 posted a video of Blashill's comments:

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