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A Look At Detroit’s Salary Cap

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Losing Tomas Nosek to the Vegas Golden Knights in Wednesday's expansion draft did little to free up salary-cap space for the Detroit Red Wings, in addition to costing them one of their better prospects.

The Red Wings' current cap figure stands at $67.7 million. But that will change over the course of the summer.

They must sign restricted free agents Tomas Tatar (likely in the $5 million per year range), Andreas Athanasiou and Xavier Ouellet. That would push them close to over slight above the $75 million cap for the 2017-18 season.

But they will get relief from the injured Johan Franzen's contract (close to $3.95 million). If they're able to trade goaltender Petr Mrazek that would free up as much as $4 million (depending on what they get in return). Other trades are possible.

Still, it doesn't appear the Red Wings will have a lot of wiggle room heading into free agency on July 1. Even if they did, it's a thin pool of talent.

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Looks Like Jordan Eberle Headed To The New York Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 12:27pm,

 

added 12:30pm,

 

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Vegas Trades Trevor van Riemsdyk To Carolina

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Less than 24 hours after announcing him as a member of the team, the Vegas Golden Knights have traded Trevor van Riemsdyk to the Carolina Hurricanes, according to TSN's Frank Seravalli.

van Riemsdyk scored five goals and added 11 assists in 58 games this season as a member of the Blackhawks.

More details to follow.

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added 12:39pm, Carolina release is below....

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  Tags: trevor+van+riemsdyk, vegas+golden+knights

Chris Pronger Named Senior Advisor To The President Of Hockey Operations For The Florida Panthers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that Chris Pronger has been named the club's Senior Advisor to the President of Hockey Operations.

"Chris has spent the last three years working for the League's Department of Player Safety and is ready to move into a more competitive, executive role," said Tallon. "One of the most dominant defensemen of his era, Chris' winning resume and wealth of hockey knowledge will be a great asset to our hockey club. We're thrilled that he has chosen to join the Panthers organization."

Pronger, 42, joins the Panthers front office after working with the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety since 2014.

"I'm excited to have the opportunity to work with and learn from an executive with the track record that Dale has," Pronger said. "I'm looking forward to doing everything I can to help the Panthers work towards winning the Stanley Cup."

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Feeding Your Trade Appetite

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

As of last night, tho, it sounded like VGK had at least a couple of deals in place and ready to go. Lots of talk of TVR to CAR. We shall see

I don't doubt there will be significant moves. It is more likely than not EDM will trade Jordan Eberle; more likely than not MIN trades a D.

There are several serious suitors for Eberle, including the NYI. EDM appears to have offer(s) close to acceptable, still mulling options.

I also believe MIN is leery of moving Dumba this soon into his career, so perhaps Marco Scandella is most likely candidate to move.

As for all these Colin Miller to TOR rumors, driven in part by Dubas/Keefe connection, I'd never say never, BUT it may be more media driven.

MTL obviously has to get busy. Need D or two, C or two, and it sure sounds like Galchenyuk is likely to be on the move at some point.

I keep hearing the Marcus Kruger from CHI to VGK scenario is alive and well, but some question on timing. So stay tuned on that one.

more recent tweets...

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“The Gunk”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Former Red Wings goalie Gilles Gilbert described a debilitating skin condition that eventually drove him to retirement as something he wouldn't wish on "my worst enemy."

"Maybe broken legs, but not the rash," he told the New York Times in 1982. "You need boxing gloves when you go to sleep. It's worse than a sunburn. It really, really itches. It drives you crazy. When you start sweating, it's worse."

Hockey players in the 1970s and '80s referred to this simply as "the gunk" during a time when the mysterious condition afflicted many of them. More recently, there have been few publicized cases in the NHL.

In announcing Wednesday that Marian Hossa will sit out the 2017-18 season because of side effects from medication to treat a "progressive skin disorder," the Blackhawks declined to specify Hossa's condition or treatment.from Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune,

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Morning Line- Terry Jones

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Las Vegas “doubling down” with the awards and expansion draft worked because the league brought in more than a dozen of the top 100 players to present the awards and paraded them on stage to start the show.

-Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun where you can read more on last night's show.

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The Vegas Golden Knights Are Happy With Their Picks And Trades

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The Golden Knights finally had players they could put into uniform. Thirty-seven in all, who always will be remembered as the original faces of Las Vegas’ first major league sports franchise.

They will be known as the first ones picked by general manager George McPhee and welcomed by majority owner Bill Foley, who paid a record $500 million a year ago to join the NHL as the league’s 31st team.

“I’m thrilled,” Foley said after his team was announced during the NHL Awards Show on Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena.

“I thought we did a great job of balancing veterans and young players and we negotiated for some extra players and draft picks.”...

“It’s a pretty impressive group,” said Knights coach Gerard Gallant. “There’s more skill than I anticipated and there’s more than enough character guys. I’m excited about what we have. George and the guys did a great job.”...

“We had two objectives going in,” McPhee said. “One was to put a team on the ice that would entertain and compete, one the NHL and Las Vegas would be proud of. The other was to acquire additional draft picks to help us achieve long-term success. I thought we were successful in doing both.”

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  Tags: vegas+golden+knights

The Athletic examines the Wings’ draft options

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Athletic Detroit asked Sean Tierney to weigh in as to what the Red Wings should do to maximize their 11 picks in the 2017 draft, and Tierney issues three options for the Wings to utilize to improve their stead as much as possible over the course of Friday and Saturday's draft in Chicago:

The silver lining to the end of the Red Wings' playoff streak comes now. After three consecutive years of first round playoff exits, and with a roster desperately in need of new blood, missing the playoffs offered the Red Wings a chance to finally begin what the team needed the most: a rebuild.

That’s where this week's NHL draft comes in. Armed with 11 picks in 2017, the Red Wings are poised to have many opportunities to snag quality prospects and bolster their organizational depth. Who knows? With a little luck, the team could pluck a future star to propel Detroit back to their winning ways.

But how should Red Wings brass proceed? With so many picks, and a number of key organizational needs, how should the Wings approach the draft?

Here, we’ll turn to the data to detail the two courses of action that are available to the Red Wings and settle on the best path for the team at the draft on June 23rd.

Let’s dig in.

Tierney continues...

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Craig Anderson’s Masterton Trophy acceptance speech ‘gives you the feels’

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson won the Masterton Trophy on Wednesday night, and he gave a heartfelt acceptance speech that paid tribute to his wife Nicholle, who's successfully battled cancer:

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  Tags: craig+anderson, masterton+trophy, ottawa+senators

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