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More Trouba talk

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Free Press's Helene St. James...

Should the Wings be interested [in Jacob Trouba]? Absolutely. Trouba is worth finding a way to clear salary cap space. But the bigger hurdle is the enormous trade cost: at least three pieces including a first-round draft pick. Larkin is an untouchable, and I think fellow forward Anthony Mantha should be, too. He has a swagger about him that indicates that he is ready to take a big step forward in his career.  If the Jets want a lefty defenseman in return, the Wings would have to cough up Danny DeKeyser as part of the package -- again, a steep price for a defenseman who isn’t a true No. 1 guy.

One thing to remember: The Jets aren’t obligated to trade Trouba any more than the Tampa Bay Lightning had to move Jonathan Drouin when he expressed unhappiness with his situation last season. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman was patient and, ultimately, that situation ended up working out for both sides. Maybe the Jets end up moving Trouba -- they won’t lack for suitors -- but there is no rush to do so.

The Wings have been looking for upgrades on defense. Last summer saw talk with the St. Louis Blues about Kevin Shattenkirk, but that ended when the Blues asked for Larkin. This summer, there were talks with Anaheim regarding Cam Fowler, but the Ducks can't really move him while Hampus Lindholm remains unsigned.

And NBC Sports' Jason Brough:

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Here’s to the volunteers at Centre ICE Arena

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of near and dear Red Wings-related note to me: the Wings thanked the volunteers at Centre ICE Arena for their tremendous efforts in making the prospect tournament and training camp happen, and camp director Ann Reeves recevied some fine send-off gifts from the team as she transitions to a position in Dallas:

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Audio from the final day of Red Wings training camp: Coreau, Lorito, Larkin and Blashill

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The White Team defeated the Red Team 6-5 at the Red vs. White Game in Traverse City, wrapping up the team's training camp activities. After the game, several Wings spoke with the media:

Jared Coreau discussed his likely status as the Grand Rapids Griffins' starter and his understanding that he's to establish himself in that role; Coreau discussed some of the offseason work he's put in to helping refine his craft as a goaltender and his confidence moving forward as well:

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A Good Year Ahead

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

A difference-maker in many fantasy leagues is the ability to hit on a player that is ready to bust out for a career season, usually taking advantage of an increased role after a year or three in the league.

Here are some candidates to consider for potential breakthroughs this season:

Jonathan Drouin – He won’t be sneaking up on anyone this year, even though the third-overall pick in the 2013 Draft has eight goals in 92 career games. He was outstanding for Tampa Bay in last year’s playoffs, however, putting up 14 points in 17 games and the brilliant playmaker should get a more prominent role in Tampa Bay this year.

Teuvo Teravainen – Acquired by Carolina from Chicago as the sweetener for taking on Bryan Bickell’s contract, Teravainen is a talented 22-year-old playmaker who had 35 points in a supporting role last season despite being saddled with an unsustainably low on-ice shooting percentage (5.5 per cent). A more significant role with an offensively-challenged Carolina team, along with likely more favourable percentages could result in a big scoring increase for Teravainen.

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Brent Burns Still Unsigned

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

While Marchand's agent Wade Arnott had been working hard throughout September and during the World Cup to conclude an agreement with Boston, talks between San Jose GM Doug Wilson and Burns' agent Ron Salcer are not believed to be nearly as far advanced.

Neither Wilson nor Salcer will discuss where they're at, but it's my sense there hasn't been the same hard, number-crunching negotiations and trading of proposals that would suggest a deal is imminent or even close. The lines of communication, as the saying goes, are wide open, but the real work lies ahead.

Now, let's be clear on something here. This is not to suggest Brent Burns is not going to re-sign in San Jose or that the Sharks don't want him. Far from it. It's way too soon to even imply that (see Steven Stamkos-Tampa Bay Lightning for reference, please).

Until we hear otherwise, we have to presume Burns wants to return to San Jose and I'd say it's patently obvious San Jose wants Burns back. Wilson is a huge Burns booster.

That said, all negotiations are interesting; this one could be intriguing for a number of reasons.

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Marian Gaborik Out With A Foot Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


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Nice Compliment For Frans Nielsen

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

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Where To Play Darren Helm?

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Anser Khan of Mlive,

The preseason will be somewhat of an audition for Darren Helm to see if he is best suited to return to the third-line center spot he has played most of his career with the Detroit Red Wings.

"Darren Helm hasn't played center full-time in four years, so I think it's impossible for him or I to know if it's the best thing for him or the team today," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "So let's watch him in preseason, give him time to get comfortable. He'll get in four games or so and let's see if that's the best option for the team and him.

"I think he's happy wither way, at center or wing, but we want to see if that speed and transporting ability can help us at the center position."


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2016-17 NHL Order Of Finish, Per Bovada Futures

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

Based on the latest Bovada moneyline (winnings per $100 bet for a team to win its division) odds, here's where teams are expected to finish in 2016-17:


Pittsburgh +180

Washington +195

NY Rangers +600

NY Islanders +700

Philadelphia +1200

Carolina +1600

New Jersey +1600

Columbus +2000

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Danny DeKeyser Continues To Work On His Game

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Josh Berenter of the Wings' website,

DeKeyser, who earned a career-high eight goals last season, along with a team-high 107 blocked shots and a team-high 21:49 time on ice, said he just wants to be the best player he can be and help the Red Wings win games anyway he can.

"I just try to take steps forward every year," DeKeyser said Sunday during Day 3 of training camp at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City. "I'm trying to do that again this year. Just improve on my game, be better than I have been in the past and just be a better player."

The 26-year-old isn't the most vocal player in the locker room, but after playing 234 career games, DeKeyser said he's happy to become a leader to young Red Wings players on and off the ice

"I've been in the league a little over three years, so not a long time, but enough to where I'm comfortable now," he said. "I can see when young guys come in, it can be tough sometimes, so it's always good to try to help other guys out and try to lead by example."

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