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AHL Playoffs First Round

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The first round of the Calder Cup playoffs finished last night in the AHL.  The first round is a best of five series.  Here is a summary of the results:

Hershey Bears defeat Portland Pirates three games to two.  Hershey is the Washington Capitals farm affiliate and Portland belongs to the Florida Panthers.  This was a close series.  Hershey's offence was led by Jakub Vrana and Ryan Stanton.  Aaron Ness led their defence and Justin Peters had a strong series in goal posting a .966 saves percentage and a 0.85 GAA.  Rocco Grimaldi and Rob Schremp led the Portland offence with Brent Regner leading their defence.  Mike McKenna was their goaltender/

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Red Wings announce Youth Hockey Camp dates

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings:

… Andreas Athanasiou, Luke Glendening and Riley Sheahan Join Kirk Maltby and Goaltending Coach Jim Bedard to Lead Camp from Aug. 1-3 …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings Youth Hockey Camp, presented by Perani’s Hockey World, returns to Joe Louis Arena this summer from Aug. 1-3. For $289 for skaters and $239 for goalies, young Red Wings fans will have the opportunity to skate on the same ice as their favorite National Hockey League players and receive instruction from current Red Wings Andreas Athanasiou, Luke Glendening and Riley Sheahan, four-time Stanley Cup champion Kirk Maltby and Red Wings Goaltending Coach Jim Bedard.

Minor hockey players between the ages of 6 and 14 are able to participate in this one-of-a-kind camp. Players aged 6-10 will take part in exclusive morning sessions, while players in the older age group (11-14) will hit the ice at The Joe during the afternoon.

The three Red Wings players, along with Maltby and Bedard, will serve as special guest coaches during select sessions of the three-day camp. All camp participants will receive at least one hour and 15 minutes of on-ice instruction from these NHL-level players and coaches each day. In addition, Mark Cadotte, who runs Cadotte Hockey Academy and played 10 years professionally, will be on hand to help with instruction for the skaters and goalies.

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What Exactly Did Barry Trotz Mean When Discussing The Orpik Suspension?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


Yohe followed up with this tweet,

Players have been suspended for a grand total of 1 game in 11 seasons for hits against Sidney Crosby, by the way.

added 2:15pm, from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz did not hold back on Monday when asked about the NHL’s decision to suspend defenceman Brooks Orpik three games for his late hit on Penguins defenceman Olli Maatta in Game 2.

Trotz inferred that the Penguins received preferential treatment from the NHL, that Orpik’s punishment was bigger because the Penguins were the victims.


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Brooks Orpik Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tom Gulitti tweets,

Orpik said he spoke to Maatta after the game Saturday. Called him a "good friend"

Orpik called the hit "a bad decision".  "There's no denying it was late.'

"Hopefully across the League they'll start punishing other guys the same way."

Orpik basically said the suspension was fair. Accepted full responsibility.

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New York Rangers Agree To A New Contract With Antti Raanta

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK, May 2, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Antti Raanta on a new contract.

Raanta, 26, appeared in 25 games with the Rangers this past season, posting an 11-6-2 record, along with a 2.24 GAA, a .919 SV%, and 1 SO. He tied his career-high in appearances, and he ranked eighth in the NHL in GAA in 2015-16. Raanta allowed two goals or fewer in 13 of his 18 starts during the season. Raanta earned a win in each of his first four starts of the season, becoming the first goaltender in franchise history to register a win in each of his first four starts with the Rangers. He stopped all 22 shots he faced to earn a win/shutout while making his debut with the Blueshirts on Oct. 19, 2015 vs. San Jose, becoming the fourth goaltender in franchise history to earn a shutout in his first start with the Rangers and the first to do so since Marcel Paille on Nov. 2, 1957.

Raanta concluded the 2015-16 regular season by earning a win in each of his final four starts, posting a 1.75 GAA and a .941 SV% in those contests. In addition, he posted a 7-1-0 record, along with a 2.13 GAA and a .931 SV% in his final eight starts of the season. Raanta appeared in three playoff games with the Rangers in 2016 and made his NHL playoff debut in Game 1 of the First Round against Pittsburgh on Apr. 13.

The 6-0, 193-pounder has appeared in 64 career NHL games over parts of three seasons with the Rangers and Chicago, posting a 31-15-7 record, along with a 2.35 GAA, a .914 SV%, and 4 SO. Among goaltenders who have appeared in at least 15 games over the last two seasons (2014-15 – 2015-16), Raanta ranks second in the NHL in GAA (2.10) and ranks fourth in SV% (.926). In 31 career NHL appearances at home, Raanta has posted a 19-4-4 record, along with a 1.80 GAA, a .934 SV%, and 4 SO. In 13 career NHL appearances in which he has made at least 30 saves, Raanta has posted an 11-1-1 record, along with a 1.61 GAA, a .955 SV%, and 2 

added 1:00pm,


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Examining Radulov’s ‘fit’ with the Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

ESPN's Matthew Coller penned an Insider-only article examining Alexander Radulov's "fit" with seven possible destinations, including the Florida Panthers, New York Rangers, Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens, and *cringes* the Red Wings:

Nothing is official yet, but the Red Wings expect legend Pavel Datsyuk to retire from the NHL and return to Russia. Datsyuk's exit leaves a gaping hole in the Red Wings' top-six forwards.

Detroit has a number of offensively gifted players -- headlined by Dylan Larkin, who was a candidate for the Calder Trophy this season -- but the Red Wings struggled offensively in Jeff Blashill's first season as head coach, finishing the season 24th in the NHL in even-strength goals. Even with the possibility of top prospect Anthony Mantha making the jump from the minors for good next season, Detroit will need a big boost in order to remain competitive in the East.

Coller continues...

And I hate to say this, because I've read about Radulov's continued discipline and attitude issues in the KHL, where he's still very much so a "bad boy" who plays hockey well enough for CSKA Moscow to put up with him...

But if he can keep his head on straight, the 29-going-on-30-year-old forward would fit pretty damn well with the Wings. The 6'1," 205-pound forward is built like a fire hydrant, he goes to the front of the net and stays there, he's got a mean streak and he could very well score 20 goals.

On a team where Justin Abdelkader, Riley Sheahan and the still-learning Anthony Mantha are the net-front guys, Radulov could be a real difference-maker...IF he keeps his head on straight.

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Nyquist the horse will race in the Kentucky Derby with the Stanley Cup on hand

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

In the, "You can't make this up" department, from the Los Angeles Times' John Cherwa:

Nyquist, the presumptive favorite for the Kentucky Derby, will come muzzle to metal with the most important trophy in his namesake sport Saturday when he goes for a stroll about 6:30 a.m. on Derby Day.

The Stanley Cup will be in his barn Saturday morning amid hopes of inspiring the undefeated 3-year-old colt named for Gustav Nyquist, the talented right wing for the Detroit Red Wings.

Nyquist the horse has had a better year than Nyquist the hockey player. The Red Wings were eliminated from the NHL playoffs by Tampa Bay, 4-1, in the first round. The horse has not lost in seven lifetime starts, including an easy win over the best horse on the East Coast, Mohaymen, in the Florida Derby.

Nyquist is owned by Southern California's Paul Reddam, a rabid Red Wings fans. In fact, Reddam has a business of buying yearlings that he calls “Red Wing.”

“That’s as close as either Nyquist is going to get to it [the Stanley Cup] this year,” Reddam sardonically told The Times.

Continued, and as you probably know by now, Gustav Nyquist the person is going to be in Russia playing for Sweden's World Championship team...


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Luke Glendening Withdraws From World Championship

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Update: MLive's Ansar Khan clarifies the situation:

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said after the season that Glendening was getting his foot/ankle checked out. Glendening traveled to Europe with Team USA but was unable to dress for Tuesday's exhibition game against Finland in Helsinki and was scheduled to return home.

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The Windsor Spitfires Will Host The Memorial Cup In 2017

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from the Windsor Spitfires,

The Ontario Hockey League today announced, on behalf of the 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup Site Selection Committee, that the Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club will host the 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup.   

The Spitfires were considered following a formal bid presentation on April 18, 2016, to the Site Selection Committee comprised of five leaders in the sports industry including Paul Beeston (Former Toronto Blue Jays President & CEO), Colin Campbell (NHL Executive Vice President & Director of Hockey Operations), Jim Gregory (NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations), Gord Kirke (OHL Legal Counsel), and Scott Moore (President, Sportsnet & NHL Properties).   

“The city of Windsor and Essex County is home to some of the most passionate fans in the entire Canadian Hockey League,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “It is only fitting that an event of this magnitude be hosted in a world class facility like the WFCU Centre in a community that embodies dedication and over 40 years of rich history in junior hockey. We are extremely proud to award the Spitfires the opportunity to host the 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup and look forward to showcasing our league and the CHL’s best major junior players and teams in Windsor next May.”    


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Martin Jones Is A Stabilizing Influence For The San Jose Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

“He’s just very composed, especially for a young goalie,” defenseman Paul Martin said. “He relies heavily on his position and being in the right spot and making the right read. He’s not flashy. But I think that’s just because he’s always in a good spot or getting to the right spot to make those hard saves look easier than they really are.”

A little more than 10 months ago, Jones was playing an Arizona golf course when his phone buzzed. He had already been shipped across the country from Los Angeles to Boston at the 2015 NHL draft, but partially suspected the move wouldn’t last long. His intuition proved correct four days later as the Bruins flipped him back to the Pacific Division, a few hours north of his old home in southern California, much to the surprise of everyone on the links. “I think my friends were just as stunned as me,” Jones recalled later. “But they were excited. They knew it was a bit of an opportunity for me to play some games.”

Jones’s numbers weren’t particularly flashy during his first campaign as a full-time starter; among the NHL’s 42 goaltenders who made at least 30 appearances, he ranked 22nd in save percentage (.918) and seventh in goals against average (2.27). But he was critical during the Sharks’ opening-round win over the Los Angeles Kings, allowing no more than three goals in any of the five games.

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