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Audio from the fifth day of the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘15

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Team Lindsay defeated Team Howe 5-4 in regulation on an overtime goal--a 3-on-3 overtime goal--by Jerome Verrier, but Team Howe took the shootout 5-4 as the festivities at the Red Wings' summer development camp came to a close. The Red Wings' prospects were packing up their gear and preparing to depart for parts all over the world after the scrimmage, but I was able to snag a few interviews with prospects I'd hoped to interview:

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A One-Year Deal For Mikkel Boedker In Arizona

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward Mikkel Boedker to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"We are pleased to sign Mikkel," said Maloney. "He is an important player for us and we look forward to having him back next season."

The 25-year-old Boedker recorded 14-14-28 and six penalty minutes (PIM) in 45 games with the Coyotes last season. The 6-foot, 211-pound native of Brondby, Denmark jumped out to a hot start with five goals in the season’s first three games and registered a career-high 3-1-4 and his first career hat trick vs. EDM on Oct. 15.


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An Eight-Year Deal For Vladimir Tarasenko

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

(July 7, 2015) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed forward Vladimir Tarasenko to an eight-year, $60 million contract.

Tarasenko, 23, had a breakout season in 2014-15, sharing 10th in the National Hockey League (NHL) overall with 73 points, fifth with 37 goals and seventh with a +27 rating in 77 regular season games.  He became the youngest Blue to record a 30-goal season since Brendan Shanahan (1991-92) and the first Blue overall to log 73 total points since Pavol Demitra in 2002-03.  The 6’0, 223-pound forward made his first career NHL All-Star Game appearance in January in Columbus while he was named the League’s Second Star for the month of November.  Tarasenko was one of four players to post two hat-tricks this season, while he was the only player to record six game-winning goals, six shootout goals and two overtime goals.  In addition, he became just the second Blue in club history (Brett Hull) to score a hat-trick that included the game-winning overtime goal, on Oct. 28 in Dallas.  For his efforts, Tarasenko was named a 2014-15 Second-Team All-Star - his first career NHL regular season All-Star selection.

added 1:15pm, Below watch Doug Armstrong talk about the deal...

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George Sipple Answers Your Questions

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press did a Wings/Tigers Q & A today..

Is anyone disappointed that Babcock is gone? Players? Fans? Management? Media?

GS- Sounds like a poll question....I'll definitely miss Babcock because he always had something interesting to say.

Poll: Glad that Mike Babcock is gone?

Yes (58%)
No. (42%)

What is Dan Clearys status

GS- There's no chance of him being back on the roster next season.

I think Red Wings fans on the message boards need to understand you can't package your crap players and contracts and get good stuff for them. No one wanted Weiss, Howard, Cleary, Franzen, Andersson, Ericcson. If you move them, you likely get something bad back in return. That being said, I like the Green signing a lot, but he's not physical. Do you think the Wings are just a little too easy to play against at this point?

GS- No, I don't think so.


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A Look At The ‘Big M’, Frank Mahovlich

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Summer is the time for me to look back at some of the greats from our game....

from the HHOF,

He was best known as 'The Big M.' Exploding down the left wing, Frank Mahovlich would strike fear in the souls of goalies, from the moment he made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1956-57 until the day he last untied his skates as a member of the WHA's Birmingham Bulls following the 1977-78 season.

By the time the 1972-73 season began, Frank had played on five Stanley Cup championships, had been named to the NHL's All-Star Team eight times and had already played 15 sterling seasons of professional hockey — 1 with Toronto, 3 with Detroit and a season-and-a-half with the Canadiens. Something else had also transpired — a victorious but unsettling tournament known as the Summit Series. Although Mahovlich played in six games, scoring a goal and an assist, he had been ill before traveling to the Soviet Union. "I developed a bad allergy that forced me to seek medical treatment," Frank admitted. "I stayed back in Canada for a couple of days before rejoining the team. This allergy hit me hard and both my eyes were swollen shut. It wasn't until two or three years later that I found out that the enemy was ragweed."


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No Problem With The T.J. Oshie Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

I have no problem with the Blues’ decision to trade forward T.J. Oshie to Washington for power forward Troy Brouwer plus a goaltending prospect and a third-round draft pick.

I never really understood Oshie’s elevated status here, and the star treatment that came with it. Not that this was all Oshie’s doing, but he personified the Blues’ celebrity culture, and the attitude of self-entitlement that permeated the locker room at times.

Oshie wasn’t the most disciplined player early in his Blues years. He matured off the ice but never reached his full potential as a player. The overrated Oshie had one 20-goal season here, missed nearly 20 percent of the Blues’ games over his seven seasons, never evolved into a leader, and fell into the shadows with teammates who vanished under extreme postseason pressure.

Though he dismissively plays it off now, Oshie criticized coach Ken Hitchcock late last season. This took some gall; I’ll give Oshie that. No one is saying that it’s easy to play for Hitchcock, but he did coach Dallas to a Stanley Cup and ranks fourth in NHL history for most career victories.

What has Oshie won?


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How About An NHL Team In Proctor, Minnesota?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fox21,

At Monday’s city council meeting, Proctor City Counselor Travis White introduced two resolutions. The first included bringing an NHL franchise to Proctor, the second addressing the need to build a stadium for that franchise.

Back in May, White made a similar proposal, that time hoping to bring an NFL team to Proctor.

He said much of the skepticism surrounding that idea was followed up with suggestions that hockey would be a better fit for the area than football.

And then fate nearly fell into White's lap.

The Board of Governors and Commissioner of the NF(H)L announced that beginning Monday, July 6, through Monday, August 10 they will be accepting applications for an expansion team.

White says an NHL team would bring in tourism, revenue and create jobs, and most importantly, the fan base is already here.

“You look at Grand Forks, the University of North Dakota, their hockey team brings in about 11,600 fans to each home game, while the lowest NHL team brings in 11,200. That's part of the market for an NHL team up here,” explained White.


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Flawed Front Office In Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

We understand we set impressive new standards for back flipping last week — give Jim Benning a chance; he did what? GAWWWKKKK — but there was something about the cumulative effect of the Canucks’ moves that didn’t exactly inspire confidence.

There’s no need to recap them here. But, one after the other, it seems the team was either trading assets for 70 cents on the dollar or firing capable and devoted Canucks. It could be Benning is right in all his judgments. It could be this is the start of a newly imagined organization. But sitting here in July 2015, it’s hard to see where this is the start of anything except more disappointment.

Two things stand out after all the dust has settled. The four most influential positions in the hockey department now belong to Trevor Linden, Benning, John Weisbrod and T.C. Carling.

Of those four, Linden has held his position the longest.

There’s also something troubling about the construction of that front office. Loyalty is one thing but you wonder who’s going to stand up and say, “This is a bad idea. Let’s think about this.”


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Morning news: On Jakub Kindl and prospect profiles/highlights

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Among this morning's Red Wings-related news items:

MLive's Ansar Khan penned an article discussing Jakub Kindl and the possibility that Kindl might re-set his career under coach Jeff Blashill...

"His strengths for me are he's good on the power play; he's another guy that's going to compete for power-playopportunities," Blashill said. "When he's playing his best he's a great puck-moving defenseman.

"He's going back for pucks. He's seeing through the forechecker, making the proper passes. I think for me that's the No. 1 ingredient for defensemen to be great, their ability to break the puck out of their own end so you're not playing in the D-zone and you're playing in the other team's end. That's a formula for winning."

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The Connor McDavid Hype

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Connor McDavid of Sportsnet,

There have been plenty of great players over the years, but what always separated them from the merely good one was their ability to sense the moment. The intelligence to know when it was time for a truly superior performance, and the wherewithal to be the best player on the ice that night — that’s what set the Gretzkys, Messiers, Lemieuxs and Crosbys apart.

Connor McDavid is not there yet, OK? No one is saying that he is.

But, in his first scrimmage as an Edmonton Oiler, with about 7,300 people who came out on a beautiful July evening solely to see him play a 4-on-4 game for 40 minutes, then 3-on-3 for another seven minutes, all McDavid did was score five goals. His team won 8-6.

It was, as his GM would say later, a “a 3-on-3, 4-on-4 no-hitter.” But there was one player who had the puck on a string, one player who emphatically showed that he was head and shoulders the most dynamic, highly-skilled player among the 31 prospects.

The stage, however small, was his and he owned it.


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