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Michigan Hockey: Detroit doesn’t make 2018 World Junior hosting cut

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This is a bit of a bummer, per Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples:

USA Hockey announced today the five cities that are finalists in contention for hosting the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, but Detroit wasn’t one of them.

USA Today’s Kevin Allen (A Michigan native and resident) had reported in February that Detroit was one possible location for the prestigious international tournament, but per today’s announcement, Hockeytown is not in the running.

Buffalo, Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Tampa are under final consideration by USA Hockey.

“We had interest of varying levels from more than a dozen entities,” said Mike Bertsch, assistant executive director of marketing, communications and events for USA Hockey in a release. “In the end, we’re extremely pleased with the group of finalists. The time and effort each put into the materials that were submitted is impressive and we look forward to continued conversations with each of the finalists.”

Caples continues...

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‘Expertly Translated’: Tomas Jurco’s interview with his hometown paper

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I did the best that I could to translate Tomas Jurco's interview with his hometown paper yesterday, but it was an incredibly challenging piece, and very thankfully, TMR reader Martin Pohanic was willing to translate the article from Slovak to English.

Here's a far, far better translation of Jurco's interview with Kosice Dnes:

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The Key To Russ Brandon’s Success

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

Russ Brandon would be more than willing to scream at the top of his lungs from the 38th row in the upper deck at Ralph Wilson Stadium about the trials and tribulations of maintaining the viability of an NFL franchise in a small market like Buffalo.

He's talked about the importance of regionalization as if it were a lifeline. There were times, to be blunt, when he implicitly lamented about the need for patience and more support from Bills fans.

But Brandon, who yesterday was named president of the Sabres, is too intelligent of a man not to be well aware of the obvious number one determining factor -- past, present and future -- in his success or failure.

Winning.

Think about it. After all of the fierce marketing efforts and initiatives that were implemented by Brandon, why did the Bills have fewer season ticket holders seven years after he was hired for his first high-level executive position with the team in 2006?

Do you think seven straight losing seasons may have had something to do with it?

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How About Releasing The Salary Numbers When A Player Signs?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,

It’s become an offseason hobby for NHL fans on Twitter, one popularized by TSN analytics columnist Scott Cullen: Wait for a team to publicly announce a signing, note its refusal to actually mention the dollar value of the deal, and then see how many minutes it takes for a media insider to get the goods. So far, nobody has made it past 10.

All of which raises an obvious question: Why are NHL teams doing this? Why bother taking the time to announce news without bothering to include, you know, the actual news?

If there’s a good reason for the practice, it’s a well-kept secret. I recently asked one PR rep from an NHL team that doesn’t disclose terms about the logic behind the practice, and he admitted he wasn’t aware of any particularly good reason for the policy. A player agent offered up the theory that some teams may exclude salary info “based on a philosophical belief the information is confidential,” but quickly added that “there is no legal basis for this assumption and contract terms are readily available on the NHLPA’s public website.” 

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Pittsburgh Penguins/Vancouver Canucks Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Nick Bonino, defenseman Adam Clendening and a 2016 second-round pick from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Brandon Sutter and a 2016 third-round pick, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The second-round draft pick acquired by Pittsburgh is Anaheim’s 2016 second-round selection.

The third-round choice that Pittsburgh is sending to Vancouver is the compensatory pick awarded from Buffalo for hiring Dan Bylsma as head coach earlier this summer.

Bonino is signed through the 2016-17 season and carries an average annual value of $1.9 million. Clendening is signed through the ’15-16 campaign.

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added 11:39am, Vancouver release is below...

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A Three-Year Contract For Eric Fehr In Pittsburgh

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with forward Eric Fehr to a three-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The deal runs through the 2017-18 season and has an average annual value of $2 million.

Fehr, 29, has played most of his 10-year NHL career with the Washington Capitals. He posted 19 goals, 33 points and a plus-8 in the 2014-15 campaign with Washington. His goal total was the second-highest mark of his career.

The 6-foot-4, 212-pound center was a key member of the Capitals’ penalty kill unit in ’14-15, logging 1:23 shorthanded minutes per game. The defensively reliable center won a career-high 52 percent of his faceoffs.

Fehr underwent elbow surgery June 3 and faces a recovery time of 4-6 months.

Fehr has been a plus or even nine times in his NHL career, and has broken the 30-point plateau three times, including each of the past two seasons.

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These Two Words- NHL Lockout

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

NHL lockout.
 
It's the one phrase that can send a chill down your spine on the sweatiest summer July day.
 
Rest easy, for now: the NHL and NHL Players' Association has guaranteed labour peace for each of the next five seasons, through the 2019-20 campaign.
 
While another hockey work stoppage may not be on the radar of most - the lost half-season of 2012-13 still all too fresh - a group of the league's highest-paid players are already gearing up for the possibility.
 
New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan became the latest player to negotiate protection in his contract in case of labour strife when he inked a six-year, $39 million deal on Monday.
 
Technically, the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement runs through Sept. 15, 2022 - or shortly before the opening of training camps for the 2022-23 season. But either the NHL or NHLPA can opt out of the agreement on Sept. 15, 2020.
 
That's why quite a few players, like Stepan, have negotiated hefty signing bonuses to be paid on July 1, 2020 - before any side could possibly opt out.

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We may be getting close to the release of Stadium Series jerseys

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

WXYZ's Brad Galli and WDIV's David Bartkowiak Jr. have Tweeted/written articles about this, so:

Chris from IceThetics posted these Tweets last night:

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Cap Issues May Return Next Year For The New York Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Andrew Gross of The Record,

Not to be an alarmist, but next summer also promises to put the squeeze on the Rangers.

The Rangers and Stepan avoided arbitration on Monday as the No. 1 center agreed to a six-year, $39 million deal with an average cap figure of $6.5 million that leaves the team with approximately, $400,000 in cap space under the $71.4 million ceiling.

There are no projections yet what the cap will be for 2016-17.

But with Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller slated to be restricted free agents, next summer also figures to be a costly one for the Rangers, especially with all three arbitration eligible.

Keeping a core group together in the financial minefields of a salary-capped NHL is a tough tightrope to walk and there are casualties. This summer, it was Carl Hagelin, an RFA dealt to the Ducks in order to free space to re-sign Stepan.

Team president Glen Sather, still the general manager at the time of the trade, told the speedy left wing it was a sad day for the organization in having to deal him.

A likely departure next summer will be defenseman Keith Yandle, who cost Sather a first-round pick and top prospect Anthony Duclair on March 1. Yandle is working on the last season of a five-year, $26.25 million deal with a cap hit of $5.25 million. The Rangers can afford him now because only half of his cap figure counts against the Rangers, the other half is charged to his previous team, the Coyotes.

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Morning Line- Ken Hitchcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“You don’t just bring in six fast skaters, it doesn’t work that way. The ‘faster’ we wanted was more ability to bring it from the back end, that’s where we wanted the speed coming from. I keep using that word ‘reckless,’ more reckless speed from the back end. That’s what (Petteri) Lindbohm does ... (Robert) Bortuzzo is not afraid to do that. We want to play our defense in a much more active role with the puck and a much tighter gap without the puck.

“The quickness is in the kids (Rattie and Fabbri). Some team isn’t just going to give you a really quick player, you’re going to have to develop that. But you can still play quicker, which is what we want to do. We have to play quicker. We need to get back to where we were before, in that we had the ability to play a little bit reckless in joining the play. We need to get back to that element of our game again.”

-Ken Hitchcock, head coach of the St. Louis Blues.  More on the Blues from Jeremy P. Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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