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Post-practice articles/Tweets: Cole ferries apology to Zetterberg; Howard starts Wed + articles

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 9x at 5:19 PM: As Paul noted, the Red Wings practiced at Joe Louis Arena with Marek Zidlicky and Erik Cole in tow, and there was quite the push of media at the Joe to cover the "new guys" as well as the new lines.

We'll lead off our survey of post-practice Tweets and articles with the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness's videos:

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Willie Mitchell On The Glen Healy Tweet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Goerge Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Panthers captain Willie Mitchell said he heard Sportsnet analyst Glenn Healy disrespecting the Panthers during SN's trade day coverage Monday and decided he couldn't let it sit.

Mitchell sent out a tweet directed at Healy that got plenty of play as it spiced up a fairly lame trading deadline....

"We're not satisfied with what we've accomplished by no means,'' Mitchell said. "We have one goal and that's to make the postseason and we've said that from the beginning of the season. We've worked our tails off. Ownership has given us a chance. I just thought it was uncalled for from the outside to discredit what we've done to this point.

"Again, we haven't accomplished anything, but, we were a last place team in the league and we're fighting with a team that won the Stanley Cup not that long ago. I thought it was uncalled for. We talk about the positive things in the Florida market. We're playing better, we're in every game. We try to do things the right way. I think people are seeing that.''

Mitchell added that there's a challenge of playing in a non-traditional market especially one like South Florida. He says he and his teammates relish the opportunity to get things right here.

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Pulkkinen officially assigned to Grand Rapids

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

For the record:

… Winger Led AHL in Goals and Points at Time of Recall …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned right wing Teemu Pulkkinen to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Pulkkinen has skated in 12 games with the Red Wings this season, scoring two goals and tallying 27 shots on goal. When he was recalled by Detroit on Feb. 17, he was leading the AHL in both goals (30) and points (57) and still sits first and second in those categories, respectively. The 23-year-old winger also leads the Griffins with 10 power-play goals and six game-winning goals. A native of Vantaa, Finland, Pulkkinen has totaled 117 points (61-56-117) and 64 penalty minutes in 117 career AHL games since 2012-13. Prior to coming to North America, the former fourth-round pick (111th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft) registered 128 points (48-79-128) in 185 professional games with Jokerit of Finland’s SM-Liiga from 2009-13 and was honored as the league’s rookie of the year in 2010-11.

Update: As a result, from the Griffins:

The Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday assigned right wing Teemu Pulkkinen to the Grand Rapids Griffins. In addition, Detroit reassigned goaltender Jared Coreau and right wing Martin Frk from Grand Rapids to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye.

Detroit’s fourth choice (111th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Pulkkinen currently ranks second in scoring in the AHL with 57 points (30-27—57) in 44 games with Grand Rapids. Pulkkinen also ranks among league leaders with 30 goals (1st), 10 power play goals (T2nd) and 178 shots (4th). Prior to his recall to Detroit on Feb. 17, Pulkkinen notched his 30th goal of the season to become the first player in Griffins history to record back-to-back 30-goal seasons (31 in 2013-14), and he is only the second Griffin to log multiple 30-goal seasons. Michel Picard scored 46 in 1996-97, 33 in 1999-2000, and 32 in 2002-03.

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Afternoon Line- Phil Kessel

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Jonas Siegel tweets,

Phil Kessel just lambasted Toronto media for treatment of Dion Phaneuf: "It's not his fault. Why he does he get the blame?"

Kessel: "I think the way the media treats Dion Phaneuf in this city is embarrassing."

More Kessel on Phaneuf: "Is it his fault we're losing? No. Did he build this team? No.

added 12:43pm, Watch Kessel's comments below...

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The Detroit Red Wings Are Skating At The Joe

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Erik Cole and Marek Zidlicky on ice for first practice with new team.

Marchenko left ice at start of practice. Didn't see Helm (also oblique strain) out there.

via Chuck Pleiness tweets,

Early look at line combos at practice. Cole is with Zetterberg and Abdelkader; Weiss with Nyquist and Shehan; Datsyuk with Tatar and Jurco.

Fourth line is Glendening, Andersson and Miller.

added 12:16pm, via Khan,

Defense pairs:
Kindl rotating in

added 12:24pm, Ted Kulfan tweet,

Zidlicky getting looks with several different pairings

added 12:30pm, via Pleiness,

Power play units: Datsyuk, Nyquist, Sheahan, Tatar, Zidlicky -- Abdelkader, Zetterberg, Cole, Weiss, Kronwall


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The Tomas Tatar Line

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Royal Oak, Michigan (PRWEB) March 03, 2015- PUCK HCKY, LLC have collaborated with Detroit Red Wing star, Tomáš Tatar, to launch the Tomáš Tatar Signature Series, a collection of custom-designed hockey fashion items, accessories, and more.

The Signature Series goes beyond your typical corporate-licensed hockey apparel to offer fans an exclusive and more personal connection to Tomáš Tatar. “We’ve co-developed high-end, designer hockey-wear that incorporates Tomáš’ personality, interests, and background,” said Matt Marini, CEO and co-founder of PUCK HCKY, a Michigan-based hockey brand development firm. “The Tatar Signature Series has a wide variety of designs, including a hand-drawn image of one of Tomáš’ tattoos and an abstract likeness of Tomáš that is already a fan favorite; each image was designed to reflect Tomáš’ fun-loving, charismatic personality and Slovak heritage.”

To view the entire Tomáš Tatar Signature Series collection, visit www.puckhcky.com


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The Calgary Flames Are Without Their Leader

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

The third-period comeback wins won’t be the biggest test of the Calgary Flames and their ability to persevere through adversity.

It’ll be how they fare the final 20 games while in a playoff push without their heart-and-soul captain Mark Giordano.

The worst possible fears regarding Giordano’s injury suffered in last Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils were realized when the team announced on Monday Giordano had suffered a torn biceps tendon requiring surgery, and will be out for the remainder of the season.

“He was devastated. It’s devastating for all of us,” GM Brad Treliving said Monday at the team’s hotel in Philadelphia. “The next message to the team is this is what we’ve been dealt. We respond one of two ways: You hang your head or you pick your head up and you say, ‘What’s next?’


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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Four different players found the back of the net to lift the Rangers past the League-leading Predators and to their ninth victory in their past 11 games (9-1-1).
* At 39-17-6 (84 points), the Rangers leapfrogged the idle Islanders (41-21-2, 84 points) to reclaim first place in the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers hold two games in hand and own the ROW tiebreaker (NYR: 36, NYI: 34), but the Islanders lead the season series (NYI: 3-1-0, NYR: 1-3-0). The teams face off one more time in 2014-15, next Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum.
* The Rangers extended their home point streak to nine games (7-0-2), their longest such run since Feb. 16 – April 4, 2008 (8-0-3). They have won 16 of their last 21 contests at Madison Square Garden (16-3-2), including four consecutive victories.
* The Rangers also extended their point streak against Western Conference opponents to seven games (5-0-2); Elias says that is their longest such streak since Nov. 26, 1996 – Jan. 21, 1997 (8-0-2).

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How Do You Feel After The Trades Have Been Made?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

What are your thoughts on the trades the Wings made?

Okay with them, could have done more, should have traded for ....?

And one last report on the Wings/Toronto deal which did not happen...

via Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

The Maple Leafs did not offer Dion Phaneuf for Detroit D-man Brendan Smith at the trade deadline.

It was the Red Wings who made that proposal.

They were the supplicants, the Star has learned. But Toronto brass wasn’t sufficiently keen about the other features in that particular package, which included eating part of Phaneuf’s salary, and thus took a pass.

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Cody McLeod And Gabriel Landeskog Fined For Altercations

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (March 3, 2015) -- Colorado Avalanche forwards Cody McLeod and Gabriel Landeskog each have been fined the maximum amounts allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement for their respective actions during the final seconds of NHL Game No. 930 in Denver on Saturday, February 28, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

McLeod has been fined $3,091.40 for entering the game on a legal line change for the purpose of starting an altercation with 8.1 seconds remaining in regulation. Directly off a face-off at center ice, McLeod launched into a bodycheck against Minnesota center Mikael Granlund and then engaged in a fight with Wild forward Charlie Coyle. McLeod was assessed a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, a major penalty for fighting and a misconduct penalty.

Landeskog has been fined $5,000 for throwing a punch at Minnesota forward Mikko Koivu while both players were on their respective benches with 3.3 seconds remaining in regulation. Landeskog was assessed a misconduct penalty.

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Watch the altercations below...

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