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Some ‘what could have been’ talk regarding the Wings and Phaneuf

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings GM Ken Holland spoke with the Toronto Sun's Mike Zeisberger regarding the almost-trade in which the Wings weren't quite willing to give up Stephen Weiss, Brendan Smith, and either Teemu Pulkkinen or Anthony Mantha...

“Obviously, any time you are talking trade with anybody, unless the trade is consummated, you haven’t found something that both sides are comfortable with,” Holland said during a one-on-one interview on Wednesday night. “I talk to lots of people about lots of things. Some come to fruition, some don’t.”

In the case of the Dion-to-the-Wings scenario, it didn’t.

“I do think Dion’s a legitimate top-four NHL defenceman,” Holland said. “He’s only 30. He’s still in his prime. I hear good things about him as a person. He competes. He treats people with respect. Everything I hear sbout Dion has been positive.

“We did have some conversations with the Leafs at the deadline, but we didn’t obviously get far enough to get anything done for various reasons. But Dion is a top-four NHL defenceman with lots of years ahead of him.”

Not in Detroit, obviously. At least, not at this point.

Interestingly, when you read between the lines, note that Holland called Phaneuf a top-four defenceman, not a top-two. For the hefty cap hit he carries, obviously sacrificing a young player such as Smith or Manta just wasn’t worth it.

Zeisberger continues, and the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa pondered whether the Wings made the right move in not consummating the trade for Phaneuf:

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Danny DeKeyser ‘day to day’ with bruised knee

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Here's the update on Danny DeKeyser, who took a Dion Phaneuf shot off his knee in the 3rd period of the Wings' 3-1 win over Ottawa:

Here's the play, from Sportsnet:

Update: And here's what Blashill had to say, per MLive's Ansar Khan:

"It's a bruise is what it looks like. It's a not a break by any means," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said following his team's 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators at Joe Louis Arena. "It was sore. It hit in a spot that's going to be painful. He'll be day-to-day. We'll see tomorrow where it's at. He just couldn't put enough weight on it to finish the game."

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Red Wings-Senators quick take: balanced, businesslike effort yields a big win

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings hoped to earn a 3rd straight home win against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night, but Dion Phaneuf's Senators presented no easy task, having won their previous 2 games by an 11-2 margin. Detroit is determined to continue its climb back into the thick of the Atlantic Division playoff race, while the Senators are plain old desperate to make the playoffs.

The Red Wings did exactly what they needed to do, stifling the Senators' offense for nearly 57 minutes thanks to some sterling goaltending by Petr Mrazek and generating balanced scoring of their own en route to a 3-1 win over Ottawa--despite losing Danny DeKeyser to what looked like a bruised knee and despite taking SEVEN penalties.

The Wings' effort wasn't perfect, but it was damn close, and close against a team riding the high of a reinforcing trade, and in its own way, this was a statement made as the Wings won their 3rd straight game and 3rd straight home game for the first time since December.

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Sportsnet profiles Dylan Larkin

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Sportsnet posted a feature about Dylan Larkin having grown up as a Red Wings fan who now plays for his childhood team:

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Finding A Winning Formula

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

Thirteen plus Forty looks like it could be part of finding a winning formula. It's a small sample size, but man, it sure looked right.

 Blash says he's staying with the same line up for tonight, so, maybe he sees something there. There are 19 of us that agree.  If it's working, then keep er' going!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

It's a live blog. Bitches!

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Evening news: On the ‘second line,’ game-day stats, corprate rink talk and nicknames

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan asked Jeff Blashill about the Larkin-Richards-Tatar line:

“Dylan can self-generate a lot of times regardless of who he’s playing with,” said Blashill of his new lines. “But it had more to do with my belief in Brad Richards is a second-line center. He did it last year on a Stanley Cup-winning team (Chicago). With Hank and Pavel, it gives us a 1-2 punch up the middle that is a real important piece. We wanted to, in (general manager) Ken Holland’s words, get 2 percent better. By putting them together, we hoped that synergy would create a little more offense and also have a real good No. 2 center in Brad Richards, who can also be accountable defensively.”

Signed to a one-year, $3 million contract as an unrestricted free agent last summer, Richards has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 39 games, with a plus-7 rating. Blashill believes there are potential match-up strengths for his team with the current line combinations.

“Who you’re playing against matters a ton,” Blashill said. “If Glennie (Glendening) can go punch for punch with the other team’s best players, it frees up other guys to do things offensively.”

2. Among MLive's Brendan Savage's Game Day notes:

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Updated Odds to Win the 2016 Stanley Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We are approaching the final 30 games of the National Hockey League season, which means it’s time to start looking at the postseason. The postseason award in the NHL is known as the Stanley Cup. Online betting sites have updated their odds to win the 2016 Stanley Cup, let’s take a look at them:

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19 Days Before The Trade Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Another week, another exercise in trying to put 10 pounds of fertilizer in a five-pound bag.

It’s T-minus 19 days and counting to the NHL trade deadline, so let’s try to size up some of the situations/players we’ll be watching and talking about between now and then.

In honour of the Dustin Byfuglien signing in Winnipeg and Dion Phaneuf trade to Ottawa, let’s start with a trio of defencemen:

Travis Hamonic: The sense I’m getting from teams that would like to trade for Hamonic is that New York Islander general manager Garth Snow would really rather prefer to put this whole thing off until the summer.

The Islanders are all about a) making the playoffs, and b) trying to make a splash in the playoffs. Unless an incredible offer comes across Snow’s desk in the next couple of weeks, which is certainly possible, those interests are likely best served by keeping Hamonic for the rest of the season and trying to deal with his closer-to-home (Western Canada) trade request (for personal reasons) in the off-season.

That doesn’t preclude a deal between now and Feb. 29, it just means it’s going to have to be perfect for Snow to radically alter team chemistry now when he isn’t under any real pressure to do so.

continue for more on Hamonic and more possible trade notes...

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Shanahan’s Leaf Legacy

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday the Toronto Maple Leafs traded their captain Dion Phaneuf.  The return is nothing that should excite the Leaf fans.  It looks like Milan Michalek who has 10 points so far this year is the best player in their return.  This is a move that further tears down the Leafs.  Their goal was to get rid of Phaneuf because it isn't clear how this trade makes the Leafs a better team  in the near term or in the longer term since they don't bring in any significant prospects.

Toronto is currently a last place team and this move makes them worse.  It isn't a sensible move under the premise of tanking for a better draft pick because there is a draft lottery and Toronto already has a good chance at being the team with the best chance of winning.

If we look back a little over a year, Toronto was in a playoff berth when they opted to fire coach Randy Carlyle.  Brendan Shanahan made a conscious decision to change course and tear things apart.  As a result, Toronto lost last season.  They have also lost this season so far and it looks like things are going to get worse before they get better.

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Ken Holland On Detroit’s Goaltenders

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul


added 4:11pm,

Holland did an interview on TSN1200 in Ottawa, talking goalies, Larkin, Phaneuf and more.

Listen here, or click below:

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