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Red Wings overnight report, part 2: The ‘low ebb,’ taking prospects slowly & Tootoo’s new linemate

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 8:06 AM: The Red Wings unveiled their plans for a new rink and a surrounding development that has a solid chance of dramatically changing the City of Detroit on Sunday, but Art Regner spent his time on the 7 Sports Cave talking about Mike Babcock's would-be "inevitable" departure from Detroit, and the Detroit News's Terry Foster and ESPN 96.1 FM's Sean Baligian sounded similar tones regarding Babcock's last-Thursday radio interview on Fox 2's Sportsworks (nobody seems to understand that Babcock wants GM Ken Holland to be re-signed before he re-ups):

The summer of Wings fan (and media) discontent continues, and prior to heading out on his summer vacation, the Hockey News's Ken Campbell offered this take on the state of the Wings and Babcock's, "If you don't want to be coached, don't come here" message:

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Red Wings overnight report, part 1: On the ‘District Detroit’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Sunday's unveiling of the Red Wings' rink plans yielded what was very literally an all-night "vigil" for me. The Free Press usually publishes its next-day stories between 12 and 2 AM, and on "old-school" nights, between 3 and 4 AM. The rink stories weren't posted until after 5 AM; Crain's Detroit Business's stories hit around 7:30, and the Wings didn't post their official release until 8 AM.

After waking up from what I guess we'll call a nap, I woke up and thought, 'That's going to cost way more than $650 million."

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Seth Jones Working On Getting Physically Stronger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,

“He knows he has to get stronger and fill out,” general manager David Poile said. “He’s a pretty determined and dedicated kid.”

It’s somewhat rare for Predators players to stay in town during the offseason. Most scatter for the offseason. Captain Shea Weber heads to his summer home in British Columbia. Goaltender Pekka Rinne goes to his native Finland. Forward Eric Nystrom resides in the Los Angeles area.

Predators strength and conditioning coach David Good has been able to monitor how the fourth overall pick of the 2013 draft is developing physically. Jones said he has gained about five pounds of muscle so far and weighs 210. The Predators like that trend.

“Physically he needs to mature more,” assistant coach Phil Housley said. “He has to get stronger on his feet. He has to get more leverage, starting with the basic foundation of his legs up. That’s just going to come with maturity and having seasons of working out as he grows. Mentally, I think he’s mature.”

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The Latest On Ryan Johansen Contract Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

The Blue Jackets and restricted free agent center Ryan Johansen may still be a long way from a new contract. But after weeks of silence there has been significant progress.

Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, recently extended a second contract offer to the Blue Jackets, sources have told The Dispatch. It's a two-year contract, or a "bridge" deal -- the type Johansen called a "slap in the face" late last month.

The term of the contract -- the player demanded a long-term contract, the Blue Jackets insisted on a shorter deal -- was the major stumbling block in these negotiations dating back to April.

"Ryan wants to be a Blue Jacket and he wants to be in Columbus," said Overhardt, who declined to discuss the negotiations. "That has never been an issue in any of this. He loves it there.

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The Sports Cave Talked Wings This Morning

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

The Sports Cave on Channel 7 talked some Wings and Mike Babcock this monring.

The video starts at the point of the Wings' talk...

 

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Thoughts From The Maven

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,

* Who gets signed first; Michael Del Zotto, Tim Thomas or Martin Brodeur? Gotta be Del Zotto. Young with potential.

* What are the odds that a summer of celebration and adulation will make Jonathan Quick a more agreeable interview? 12-1 against.

* What are the odds that David Clarkson enjoys a comeback season after his 2013-14 disaster? 8-1 against!

more including plan B for Martin Brodeur...

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We’ve got two good lines that we feel like he’ll complement either one — whichever one (Head Coach Patrick Roy) wants to put him with. And really with that power play and in front of the net he’s still got a great shot. And that leadership — you can’t have enough leadership in the dressing room and he’s definitely going to bring that.”

“Our core guys are young and we try to surround them with great veteran leadership that can help them get to the next level.” 

-Joe Sakic, President of Hockey Operations for the Colorado Avalanche on Jarmome Iginla, via CBSDenver.

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The Bruins May Have Too Many Defensemen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe,

... Still, nine is too many. Seidenberg is healthy, and so is the injury-prone McQuaid. Miller will be fighting to retain his spot, as will Bartkowski and McQuaid. And Warsofsky, whose skills and size are a duplicate of Krug’s, is likely No. 9 in the field, but will be trying to prove himself.

“I think David’s ready to play in the NHL,” said Providence coach Bruce Cassidy. “Could he beat out eight guys in Boston? I don’t know. That’s a pretty good lineup, right? So a good problem for Boston to have, tough for David. But I’ve always felt if you’re good enough and you’re ready and you go up and prove it, they’ll make room for you.”

That could provide some good competition in camp — if Chiarelli lets it get that far.

Despite the GM emphasizing that he wants to keep his core together, Boychuk ($3.366 cap hit) is a free agent after this upcoming season and could command a deal approaching that of new Washington Capital Brooks Orpik (five years, $27.5 million) on the open market. Boychuk would bring more return and more cap relief than other options. Chiarelli also has already shown a willingness to deal Bartkowski ($1.25 million), who was headed to Calgary at the 2013 trade deadline before the deal was nixed by Jarome Iginla.

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Red Wings overnight report: Ilitches must deliver on their rink-and-entertainment-district promises

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 9:32 AM, updated incredibly substantially with Crain's reports and official renderings, and then with the gist of a Petr Mrazek interview: Sometimes doing this blogging thing is like waiting for battle, especially when the Free Press decides to delay its anchor stories until 5 AM (as per usual on Sunday). You try to keep yourself busy, you try to look for any ancillary hockey news that might pop up (happy 36th birthday to Pavel Datsyuk and happy belated wedding day to Jordin and Jennifer Tootoo)...

And you wait for the deluge. In this morning's case, it's a deluge of stories regarding the Red Wings' follow-on rink and the surrounding economic development, first provided by the Free Press; Crain's Detroit Business will publish its stories about the rink sometime after I go to bed, and I'm sure that this officially official unveiling of the plans will echo through MLive, the Detroit News, Macomb Daily and the local TV stations over the next week or two.

The most important confirmation comes simply via the Freep's "Ilitch Development Timeline," confirming that Joe Louis Arena has two or three seasons to live:

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Simmons discusses Clarkson and the remaining free agent everybody insists is a ‘steal’

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons offers a little less time to hockey notes in the middle of the summer, and aside from his weekly anti-Corsi rant, here's the gist of his hockey commentary from his Sunday notebook:

What happens if David Clarkson is as inept in Year 2 with the Leafs as he was in Year 1? Do they want a $5-million player on their fourth line (who isn’t Mike Richards)? Or will Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment swallow hard and send him to the minors, even if there is very little salary-cap help for doing so. In the end, performance will be up to Clarkson. One NHL scout makes a Michal Handzus comparison to Clarkson: “Los Angeles signed him to a large free-agent contract in ’07. And he sucked the first year. They were kind of frantic about that. But after that, he played OK for them. He really did."

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Still available in free agency: Martin Brodeur, Tim Thomas and Ilya Bryzgalov ... Went over the list of 234 unsigned free agents: The only one I had semi-interest in was Daniel Winnik, banging winger, formerly of the Anaheim Ducks

Simmons continues and discusses his usual myriad of topics...

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