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The overnight report: Mrazek’s mask, on Joe Hicketts, a Holland profile and Tweets of note

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Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Goalie mask artist David Gunnarsson has revealed Petr Mrazek's World Cup of Hockey mask:

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A Stretched Muscle Hampered Niklas Kronwall Over The Summer

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from NHL.com,

"It was sad to have to make the decision not to play [at World Cup], but injuries are part of the sport," the 35-year-old told NHL.com/sv. "Right now I do not know how it will affect the start of the season with Detroit, but I hope and believe that I'll be ready."...

Kronwall said he had a setback during offseason workouts.

"My knee has felt better and better over the summer, but three weeks ago I stretched a muscle in my thigh," he said. "That set me back three weeks of ice practice. Had I been able to practice those weeks, the chance to play would have been much better.

"I was really looking forward to the World Cup. But the first game is in about two weeks, and as of now I'm not in shape to play against the world's best players, regardless of how much I want it."

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From the Dub: Play On!

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

At first glance, Aussie Rules Football looks like really well-organized chaos. Stay past the first quarter and you'll begin to wonder "who invented this sport and how high were they when they did so?" If you're new to the sport, your perception of Australia's beloved national pastime probably goes something like this: Beer. Watch first half. Meat pie and another beer because obviously trying to understand this game while sober is an exercise in futility. Watch second half. Stumble home. But take a closer look and it's really a lot like hockey. And I'm not just talking about the beer.

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Resolution Needed Soon

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

With the opening of NHL training camps  only 17 days away, here are five story lines worth following:

Hampus Lindholm negotiations: The Anaheim Ducks still haven’t been able to re-sign the two-way restricted free agent defenseman, and what happens with the situation could affect another team.

While Lindholm is essential to the Ducks, they have eight NHL defensemen on their roster, plus prospects Shea Theodore and Brandon Montour who are close.  When Lindholm is re-signed, the Ducks are expected to trade  a veteran defenseman.

Top-pairing defenseman Cam Fowler’s name has been mentioned in trade rumors all summer. The Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, among others, have been looking for defensive help.

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Your New Captain Of The St. Louis Blues Is Alex Pietrangelo

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from Chris Pinkert of St.LouisBlues.com,

The Blues officially introduced Pietrangelo as the club’s new captain during a press conference Thursday afternoon at Scottrade Center. The 26-year-old native of King City, Ontario will join an exclusive list of former Blues to wear an embroidered ‘C’ on the front of the jersey. That group that includes such legendary names as Al Arbour, Brian Sutter, Brett Hull, Al MacInnis, Wayne Gretzky, Bernie Federko, Chris Pronger and Barclay Plager.

“When you look at the guys who wore the ‘C,’ those are some big shoes to fill,” Pietrangelo said. “Not just good leaders, but good people that have represented themselves and their teammates in a great way. It’s my job now to carry on that tradition.”

The decision to name a captain came less than two months after the previous captain, David Backes, departed for the Boston Bruins via free agency on July 1. Backes had served as the Blues’ captain for the better part of five seasons from 2011-16.

“Being a top draft pick and watching him grow into an elite player in our game, Alex is the perfect age to take the leadership role for this group,” Armstrong said. “We have turned into a younger nucleus of a team, and he can guide that through the next number of years. We’re excited to have him as a captain.

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added 3:47pm, St. Louis press release is below...

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Datsyuk bags first KHL goal

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I promise to not go overboard with Pavel Datsyuk stuff, but Datsyuk scored a heck of a goal and has also registered an assist as SKA St. Petersburg leads Salavat Yulaev 2-0. Here's Datsyuk's goal from Nino Tannahill on Twitter:

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Avalanche hire Jared Bednar as head coach

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Update: Here's the Avs' press release:

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A possible free agent signing and a possible Avs coaching resolution

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Arizona, Florida make Bolland-and-Crouse trade official

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

From the Florida Panthers..

Florida Panthers Acquire Two Picks from Arizona

SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers announced today that the Club has acquired two draft picks from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forwards Dave Bolland and Lawson Crouse.

Florida will receive a 2017 third round draft pick and, subject to trade conditions, either Arizona's 2018 second round draft pick or an additional 2017 third round draft pick.

“Steve Werier and Eric Joyce have been working the phones with Arizona for the past few weeks and came to Dale and I late last night with what they felt was a fair return for the cap, contract space and picks we received. Today’s transaction creates significant cap space for us in each of the next three NHL seasons, while simultaneously giving us the ability to add more good, young players to a farm system we know we need to improve,” said General Manager Tom Rowe. "We plan to use this cap space to continue to aggressively build on the steps we took this summer to construct a championship-caliber roster here in South Florida today and well into the future."

And Arizona Coyotes...

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Wings, Fox Sports Detroit announce broadcast schedule

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings:

Red Wings, Fox Sports Detroit announce 2016-17 broadcast schedule
74 Wings games to be featured on FOX Sports Detroit


DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings and FOX Sports Detroit today announced the 2016-17 Red Wings local television schedule.

FOX Sports Detroit (FSD) continues its award-winning production and carriage of Red Wings games by airing a total of 74 preseason and regular-season contests with 61 games slated for FSD and 13 on FOX Sports Plus (FSPLUS), including Opening Night (Oct. 17 vs. Ottawa) when the puck drops for the “Farewell Season at The Joe” and the final weekend of regular-season home games at Joe Louis Arena (April 8 vs. Montreal; April 9 vs. New Jersey). Additionally, FOX Sports Detroit will carry all non-exclusive games in the first round of the Stanley Cup® Playoffs, as the Red Wings chase their 26th consecutive playoff appearance and 12th Stanley Cup® championship.

With the popular announce team of Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond calling the action, FOX Sports Detroit’s comprehensive coverage also includes pregame and postgame editions of RED WINGS LIVE. In addition to live reports from Joe Louis Arena and road venues, studio portions of RED WINGS LIVE will originate from FOX Sports Detroit’s studios at its Southfield headquarters.

A total of 11 Red Wings games will be nationally exclusive broadcasts on NBC or NBCSN.

Here's the schedule:

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