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Red Wings afternoon news: Griffins release latest ‘Between the Benches’ video; Weiss on Ice

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 1:49 PM: "Slow?" Yes. "Dead?" Far from it. This afternoon's crop of Red Wings-related news stories isn't deep, but it's still worth watching and reading:

First, the Grand Rapids Griffins posted their 4th video chronicling the Griffins' 2014 playoff run, and there's over 32 minutes' worth of content across three videos now. Here's part 4...

And here are parts 1...

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It Is Still Very Slow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am back but really nothing to report from the hockey world.

Last night I lost power around 6:15pm after a major storm.

Power came back around 1:15am and when I woke up this morning, Comcast internet was down.

Just came back up and hopefully the bad weather is behind us.

With things being so slow, I just may have to find Pavel and join him...

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It might be a slightly quiet day here at KK

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

During yesterday night's severe storms, Paul lost power, so it may be a quieter-than-usual day at KK. I'll do my best to lend a hand but have some must-get-done tasks away from the home office. We'll both attempt to get ourselves online, Paul literally and me figuratively. At least it's late July?

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Red Wings overnight report: Ryan Martin on ‘analytics’; ‘numbers,’ charitable talk and summer fun

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Mike Babcock's "advanced stats"-related conversation with NHL.com's Dan Rosen ruffled quite a few feathers as some assumed that the Red Wings weren't employing "analytics" at all, but Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin sets the record straight via a conversation with the Free Press's George Sipple this morning: no, the Red Wings don't have a dedicated number-cruncher, but the team's not exactly been operating in the dark ages:

The Wings have attempted to be ahead of the curve for a while, poring over advanced data from different providers to glean information.

“We’re using it; it’s one piece of the puzzle,” said assistant general manager Ryan Martin. “It’s meant to supplement what your scouts and your staff see. The same way doing your due diligence on the players’ character and work ethic and what your scouts see with their own eyes. We’re in the information gathering business and advanced stats or analytics are one more piece of the puzzle that will hopefully help you make a better, more informed decision. We look at it and we certainly use it, but I don’t know that there’s a team that would say it is the be all and the end all.”

Martin tells Sipple that the Wings won't necessarily hire a dedicated advanced stats person this summer--they have to hire an assistant coach first--but the team will hire one sooner than later, and in the interim, the Wings are in the same boat as most every other NHL team; they're doing their best to sort through information-providers who may or may not be selling hills of magic beans:

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A little ramble about the strange place that is the KHL

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This isn't Red Wings-related, it's a George's Pet Interest post: Surveying the Russian sports newspapers, you get used to the concept that the KHL's preseason begins in late July, so I wasn't surprised to read the Windsor Star's Bob Duff's report that Michael Leighton had to nix a contract with the Sochi Leopard because Leighton contracted an illness that prevented him from taking part in Sochi's mid-July training camp.

Duff also asked the former Philadelphia Flyers goalie whether his 2013-14 campaign for Donbass Donetsk--the Ukrainian team that's suspended operations because the Eastern Ukraine is currently engulfed in political turmoil--may have given Leighton second thoughts about continuing to play in the KHL...

“Where I was last year, it was fine all year until close to the end of the year and into the playoffs,” Leighton said. As troubles mounted in the area, the Donbass club moved to a base in Bratislava, Slovakia, playing its playoff games on the road. It did get kind of scary, because we weren’t playing at home,” Leighton said. “Teams didn’t want to travel to the Ukraine. When the season was done and I was home, I was happy that I was home.”

(Slovan Bratislava was willing to host Donbass Donetsk's 14-15 season games for a Euro per game, but Donbass chose to cease operations for the year instead)

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Fear the Fin’s brilliant ‘NHL Through the Years’ video

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Per The Score's Ian McLaren, Fear the Fin's Ann Fraizer graced the interweb with a brilliant video summarizing the NHL's evolution since its inception in 1917--team locations and logos included--set to "Brass Bonanza":

It's a great reminder that the "Original Six" weren't all "original" NHL teams, but were instead the ones that survived the Second World War.

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Red Wings evening news: Sports Cave talks Wings; rink development chatter and prospect talk

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This evening's crop of Red Wings-related news is a little "scattershot" in nature, but that's the nature of the late-July beast:

First, speaking of "late June," it's not often that a Sunday TV sports show talks about the Red Wings at all, but WXYZ's 7 Sports Cave's" "Fast Five Minutes" led off with Wings talk, and Matt Sheppard, Mike Stone and WXYZ's Brad Galli spent a minute discussing the Wings' likely 2014-2015 season-to-come:

If you missed the short video interview Dan DeKeyser gave to Fox 17 yesterday, MLive's Brendan Savage posted it...

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Video- Eric Nadel, Recipient Of The Ford C. Frick Award For Broadcast Excellence With Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Nadel is the broadcaster for the Texas Rangers and during his speech today at the Baseball Hall of Fame, made a reference back to his calling of minor league hockey games.

You can scroll to the 2:40 mark of the video to watch that part.

 

from Phil Rogers of MLB.com,

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Derick Brassard/New York Rangers Agree To A Five-Year Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 4:11pm,

 

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Paying The Players In The CHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

Canada's largest private-sector union, which is trying to organize major junior hockey players across the country, is scheduled to meet on Monday with Ontario's minister of labour to discuss the working conditions faced in the Canadian Hockey League by its 1,700 mostly teenaged players.

Jerry Dias, Unifor's president, said he plans to ask Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn to establish a task force charged with scrutinizing the business of junior hockey.

Dias told TSN that when he met with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne three weeks ago at Queen's Park, Wynne brought up the issue of working conditions in junior hockey with him. Dias said Wynne told him she is interested in learning more about whether players get a fair share of the game's profits.

Flynn's spokesman Craig MacBride declined to comment.

Wynne's spokeswoman Zita Astravas said both the premier and Flynn have already met with Dias.

"Discussions covered a wide range of topics," she said. "Unifor is an important partner and our government looks forward to a positive relationship with labour."

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