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Red Wings overnight report: On Howard’s new lid, Weiss, Bertuzzi-Moore and an old cliche

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Friday involved...Well let's just say that I wasn't the only blogger who noticed that the following Tweet regarding Jimmy Howard's mask, which had a handy little "Red Wings" copyright on the bottom right, was chopped and snipped by goalie-eqipment Tweeters to promote their own brands. So here's the Wings' Tweet...

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Evening Line

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Red Wings mid-day news: Cleary’s latest number, Tweets, pictures and a little ‘myth busting’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 1:29 PM: Amongst today's Red Wings-related news stories and tidbits:

 

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John Tonelli On The New York Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

Tonelli, who won four Stanley Cup championships with the Islanders, thinks the addition of Jaroslav Halak and backup netminder Chad Johnson could be huge for the Isles this season as they try to make it back to the playoffs after a disappointing 26th place finish last year.

“I think they made a great move getting some goaltending help. It’s tough for one guy to carry the load and it always helps when you bring in another guy,” said Tonelli, who played in front of the legendary Billy Smith during the Isles’ dynasty days. “Goaltending seems to be the key ... it starts from there, taking care of your own end.”

And dynamic young center John Tavares gives the Islanders an electrifying element.

“He’s just such a pleasure to watch,” Tonelli said. “You know, he’s exciting to watch and he wants to lead by example. He wants to be there. He wants to see the Islanders become a great team. As a former player for the Islanders organization, that’s what it’s all about. We all want it to be there. We all wanted to be part of a great team. I see that in [Tavares].” 

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Patrice Bergeron For NHL 15 And Brad Marchand Too

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added 11:50am, Brad Marchand too... below....

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Would The Boston Bruins Think Of Moving Zdeno Chara?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE who answered some questions from fans...

w/ cap issues, too many D and age starting to show, how do you feel about shopping big Z while value is still high?

JH: I feel like this may happen eventually if he continues to show his age in key spots during the season (cough, cough…the playoffs), but the Bruins would need to develop an exit strategy first. I don’t see anybody on Boston’s roster that could step in and become the defensive stopper and play 25-30 minutes a night against the other team’s best offensive players.

You could force Johnny Boychuk to play that role or push Dougie Hamilton into it before he’s potentially ready to take that on, but that could have negative consequences. Just look in Toronto where the Maple Leafs have pushed Dion Phaneuf into a stopper D-man role that he’s really not suited for, and Toronto’s entire defensive effort has been compromised because of it.

The bottom line: the guy was a Norris Trophy finalist last season and had an excellent year. Be careful what you wish for, especially now that the 6-foot-9 defenseman has agreed to park his big frame in front of the net on power plays. That’s been a big difference-maker.

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Justin Schultz Signs A One-Year Deal With Edmonton

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added 11:35am, Edmonton Oilers press release is below...

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Ryan Smyth Trying To Keep Busy

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

With National Hockey League training camps three weeks away from starting, this is the first time in his life he didn’t spend his summer getting ready for hockey.

He says there are no withdrawal pains now, but come Oct. 9 when the Calgary Flames are here for the Oilers home opener, maybe they’ll kick in.

For now, he’ll be as far away from the rink as possible. He’ll be a National Football League and a baseball fan.

“I’m heading to Seattle this weekend to watch the Green Bay Packers,” said Smyth.

“Then I’m going to New York to see Derek Jeter close in on his final games.

“These are not things I’d be doing if I was going to camp. Trying to keep busy.”

He has seen the inside of a gym since hanging up his skates four and a half months ago. He hasn’t turned into a sloth.

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Questions Facing The San Jose Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Gilmore at NHL.com,

How will the Sharks respond after their stunning first-round loss? -- The Sharks were humiliated after losing four straight games to the Kings. Most likely, they'll use that meltdown as motivation.

"The way we ended was disappointing to say the least, but it's something that we're going to have to look into the mirror, each one of us, and look to each other and all start pushing in the same direction," defenseman Jason Demers said.

"I think we still have that team that can go all the way."

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Red Wings overnight report: on the prospect tournament, prospects in general, Athanasiou & Tatar

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 6:15 AM: Thursday was a busy day, and if you missed some of the "action":

1. Ilitch Holdings held what I'd guess you'd call a local contractor-recruitment seminar at the MotorCity Casino, and as Paul noted, Olympia Development's sticking with an actual-rink-opening date of Summer of 2017, though the Free Press's John Gallagher reports that any sort of actual "groundbreaking" at the rink site won't happen until December.

Both Gallagher and MLive's David Muller reported that the parties involved in the District Detroit project will hold a "resident workforce outreach" at Coo Hall this October to help ensure that 51% of the construction jobs on the rink go to Detroiters.

2. The Red Wings and the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau released the Wings' prospect tournament roster, and it's a little thinner on free agent invites than I'd anticipated it would be.

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