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Questions For Khan

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Ansar Khan answered questions from the fans today...

Q: I think it is safe to say the Red Wings have a salary problem. A lot of long deals with players that are hurting us. How are the Wings going to be able to sign guys like Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha next summer? The (Tomas) Tatar deal really seems like it is hurting us now, especially, with Athanasiou not signed yet. The only two salaries I see that expire at the end of this coming season are (Mike) Green and Mrazek. I can’t imagine this team is going to make the playoffs, but is that the only way for the Wings to re-sign those two guys is by trading the aforementioned?

A: You can argue Tatar is making slightly more than he should at $5.3 million per season, but not it’s not outrageous, based on Gustav Nyquist’s salary ($4.75 million). And Tatar’s deal has absolutely nothing to do with Athanasiou being unsigned. Even if Tatar had signed for $4.5 million, giving the Red Wings an additional $800,000 to play with, they’d still be in the same predicament with Athanasiou because, like I stated earlier, the club doesn’t believe a player with 27 goals and 43 points in 101 games is worth more than $1.9 million per season, regardless of his huge potential.

They’ll be able to offer Larkin and Mantha fair-market value. No concern there. They obviously are building blocks for the future and priorities to keep in the fold. They’ll have ample cap space for those signings and other moves (signing Frk and Tyler Bertuzzi) if Green and Mrazek are off the books ($10 million combined). 

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Home Team in Caps
TAMPA BAY 5, Pittsburgh 4
FLORIDA 5, St. Louis 2
NASHVILLE 4, Dallas 1
Minnesota 5, CHICAGO 2
Winnipeg 4, VANCOUVER 2
Detroit 4, ARIZONA 2
SAN JOSE 3, Buffalo 2

Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo made 37 saves to earn his 454th career win and move into a tie with Curtis Joseph for fourth on the NHL’s all-time list among netminders.

* Luongo, who began his career with the Islanders (7 W), is the franchise wins leader for both the Canucks (252 W) and Panthers (195 W).

* Luongo made his 968th career NHL appearance, three shy of tying Terry Sawchuk (971) for third on the all-time list among goaltenders.

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Red Wings-Coyotes quick take: a classic ‘late night steal’ in Arizona

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings continued their short West Coast swing with a visit to the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, with the Wings hoping to rally from a 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

The Wings ended up pulling out a gutsy win, rallying from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits en route to a 4-2 decision over the Arizona Coyotes, a win in which Mike Green had 2 assists, Dylan Larkin had 2 assists, Martin Frk scored a clutch goal, Henrik Zetterberg and Luke Glendening scored some others, and in addition to receiving a fine performance from Jimmy Howard (33 saves), Jonathan Ericsson of all people had an assist and drew two penalties for the visiting team.

Now the Wings head to Las Vegas to play the Golden Knights (10:30 PM EDT on FSD/97.1 FM) hoping to salvage a what is currently a 1-and-1 road trip.

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Blashill Logic Rules The Day

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

If you're wondering why our most electric offensive player is sampling the Swedish wares instead of warming up in Gary's Glendale tonight? Look no further. 


The emperor brought us that this afternoon, courtesy of Dana Wakiji.

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Video- Martin Hanzal Hit On Yannick Weber

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Martin Hanzal gets five and a game for interference.


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Krupa: Yes, the goal horn at LCA is a recording

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa:

“The simple truth is we wanted to bring the old horn over, and the old horn is a tiny little horn, believe it or not,” said Tom Wilson, president of Olympia Entertainment. “It just never was going to fill the volume we need.”

The so-called bowl portions of the two buildings are simply too different, he said.

“What we’ve got is, it’s probably triple the volume and totally different acoustics,” in Little Caesars Arena, Wilson said. “It would be more like a beep, you know? As opposed to what we’re used to. So, we just made the decision to tape the sound, which we did over the summer, and magnify it, so it would be as close to the sound that people remember.”

And so, at 5:20 of the second period in the 4-2 opening-night win against the Wild, when Martin Frk fired a shot off Anthony Mantha’s thigh, the puck plopped to the ice and Mantha ripped it in from point-blank range for the first Wings’ goal of all time in Little Caesars Arena, fans heard the amplified sound of the old goal horn, for the first time.

“You still have to handle it the old way,” Wilson said. “If you want it to sound for 10 seconds, you’ve got to hold the button down for 10 seconds. But it is a taped sound.”


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‘Tip a Griffin’ to take place on October 18th

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins’ popular Tip-A-Griffin fundraiser returns for its 11th edition on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 6-8 p.m., when team players, coaches and hockey staff will trade in their jerseys for aprons to help serve and wait tables at all five Uccello’s Ristorante locations in West Michigan.

Each of the five locations will feature a raffle with items that include Griffins memorabilia, ticket packages and various gifts from sponsors. Griffins personnel will wear aprons that will be signed and auctioned off at the end of the event. Beloved mascots Griff and Finn will make appearances at select locations.

Donations and raffle proceeds will benefit the Griffins Youth Foundation. In its previous 10 versions, Tip-A-Griffin raised nearly $85,000 for various local charities.

The Griffins will be dispersed to each location as follows (lineups subject to change):

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The TSN Insiders Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss the likelihood of Auston Matthews signing a bigger extension than Connor McDavid, whether William Nylander will get a deal done with the Leafs before Matthews, why Nikita Kucherov could eclipse Steven Stamkos' big payday in Tampa Bay, and much more.

The more includes slashing penalties up 495% as compared to last season but power plays up only 18%.

Watch at TSN...

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Ready For More Expansion Talk?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

There are just too many numbers that add up to adding another team and I suspect some owners will be pressing the commissioner to look at it, now.

Here are some of those numbers:

4 and 10: Houston (No. 4) and Seattle (No. 10) are the largest TV markets in the United States without an NHL team.

4: The number of years left on the league’s TV deal with NBC, and you have to think the value of the league’s media rights stand to grow if it’s in more and bigger TV markets. There’s also the possibility that both Fox and ESPN might be interested once again in a U.S. national hockey deal.


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Jeff Blashill Wants To Make Sure Riley Sheahan Plays With Confidence

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Jeff Blashill pulled Riley Sheahan aside and gave the Detroit Red Wings forward a message....

“The biggest thing I just wanted to make sure with him is that he keeps his confidence up,” Blashill said Thursday at Gila River Arena, where the Wings were scheduled to play an evening game against the Arizona Coyotes. “Riley is a 12-13 goal scorer in this league. He has proven that. That wasn’t by fluke. It wasn’t because he was playing with certain guys. It was because that is what he is.”

Sheahan has started the season on the fourth line, but “the biggest thing with him is, he’s a guy who without question can move up the lineup,” Blashill said. “He’s done it before. He’s just got to make sure his game is ready whenever the door of opportunity opens.

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added 5:31pm, from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

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