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Evening news: Coreau on the Calder Cup; a podcast from Regner; Cholowski, Smith headed to Plymouth

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Of disparate Red Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins-related note this evening:

1. The Griffins posted a video of Jared Coreau discussing the Griffins' Calder Cup win, as well as the route that the Griffins took to get there:

2. Also in the multimedia department, from the Red Wings:

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Your Winners At The 2017 NHL Humanitarian Awards

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LAS VEGAS (June 20, 2017) – Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno received the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, while New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic accepted the NHL Foundation Player Award Tuesday at the 2017 NHL Humanitarian Awards, a special event at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas honoring the League’s leaders both on and off the ice.

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George McPhee Feeling Pretty Good Before The Expansion Draft

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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

George McPhee doesn't want to ruin the surprise. The Vegas Golden Knights' first roster and flurry of trades will be unveiled during the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile in Las Vegas on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN).

But you can hear it in the voice of the Vegas general manager and see it in his smile. He's confident, excited, like he's got a secret he can't wait to share.

Lots of secrets, actually.

"I guess we'll tally it all up at the end," McPhee said Tuesday, "and you guys can tell us how we did."

I guess he wouldn't say that if he didn't think the Golden Knights will have done darn well.

Some teases:

How good will this team be?

"I think it's going to be a pretty good team," McPhee said, smiling. "We're happy that we've got a lot of defensemen, we've got really good goaltending, we've got a lot of centers and we've got scoring on the wing. We should have good speed."

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NBCSN Coverage Of The Awards Show, Expansion Draft And The First Round Of The NHL Draft

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STAMFORD, Conn. – June 20, 2017 – The NHL celebrates the top performances from the 2016-17 season and looks ahead to the 2017-18 campaign and beyond this week, beginning tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with live coverage of the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The NHL Expansion Draft will reveal the first members of the NHL’s 31st team, the Vegas Golden Knights, who begin play in the upcoming 2017-18 season.

In addition, NBCSN will televise live coverage of the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft this Friday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs – will provide streaming coverage of the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft, as well as the 2017 NHL Draft.

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NHL Hardware Odds

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via Bovada,

Odds to win 2017 Hart Trophy

Connor McDavid (EDM)                         2/13

Sidney Crosby (PIT)                              4/1

Sergei Bobrovsky (CLB)                        11/1

 

Odds to win 2017 Norris Trophy

Brent Burns (SJ)                                    1/5

Erik Karlsson (OTT)                               5/2

Victor Hedman (TB)                               25/1

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A Reported Side Deal Between The Tampa Bay Lightning And Vegas Golden Knights

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from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Hearing the Lightning has a side deal with the Vegas Golden Knights to protect one or more of its young defensemen.

Those types of trades won't be announced until Wednesday, so details aren't available yet. GM Steve Yzerman neither confirmed nor denied whether he has a side deal.

"It's not something I'd share publicly at this time," Yzerman told the Times.

But it certainly makes sense for Tampa Bay to try to find a way to hold onto both Slater Koekkoek and Jake Dotchin, both of whom were left unprotected.

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More discussion of Petr Mrazek’s attitude problem

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According to The Athletic's Craig Custance, there is in fact strain between Petr Mrazek and the Red Wings' organization:

The strain between the Red Wings and Mrazek goes back before [this past season]. Last July, the two sides avoided arbitration in agreeing on a two-year deal worth $4 million on average per season. It was an agreement that didn’t just go down to the wire, it went beyond the wire in delaying the hearing to get an agreement done. Both sides were dug in on a number and ultimately Mrazek believed he was worth $4 million per season. He got his way.

“It was last second,” said one source close to Mrazek.

It was a great example of what makes Mrazek such a good goalie when he’s on – he has swagger. He has confidence in himself. He believed he was worth a number and he wouldn’t budge. Nothing wrong with that. He just needed to back it up.

It didn’t happen during the regular season, one in which he was outplayed considerably by Jimmy Howard. It didn’t happen in the World Championships, where Mrazek lost playing time to KHL goalie Pavel Francouz after posting an .881 save percentage for the Czech Republic.

When things went sideways for Mrazek this season, there was concern internally about his response. Rather than digging in and trying to work his way out of it, Mrazek, according to multiple sources, soured and placed the blame elsewhere.

Contrasted against Howard, whose work ethic picked up when his play went south in previous seasons, it presented a tough decision for an organization with an embedded belief in culture and work ethic for its best players.

Custance continues, considering what might happen to Mrazek in the expansion draft...

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‘Three Things,’ Griffins version: A silver lining, a Svechnikov interview and Matt Ford’s thank-you

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Of Grand Rapids Griffins-related note this morning:

1. ESPN's Tal Pinchevsky suggests that the Griffins' championship was one of the biggest "silver lining" stories which occurred during the Stanley Cup Final and its aftermath:

Silver lining: In a difficult season for a proud Original Six franchise, the Detroit Red Wings lost longtime owner Mike Ilitch, who died in February at age 87, before closing Joe Louis Arena at the same time they missed the playoffs for the first time since 1990. Seeing that remarkable run of 25 straight postseason appearances end was difficult for the franchise. But there are brighter days ahead for the Red Wings. The team will soon move into the state-of-the-art Little Caesars Arena, and its minor league affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, won the Calder Cup for the second time in five seasons. Much like the 2012-13 title team, this year's championship squad was led by players who could be contributing to the Red Wings soon, including Tyler Bertuzzi, Evgeny Svechnikov, Tomas Nosek and Jared Coreau.

2. Evgeny Svechnikov spoke with Sovetsky Sport a couple of days ago, and I'm finally catching up on international news, so here's a rough translation of his interview:

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Prospect news: Interviews with Sambrook and Nosek

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Of prospect-related note this morning:

1. In English, Winging It in Motown's J.M. Curran engaged in an interview with Erie Otters defenseman Jordan Sambrook...

WIIM: Which Red Wings' player are you most looking forward to playing with? Any special reason?

JS: There is not one in particular. Just to have the opportunity to put on the Red Wings jersey would be very special. I was glad to see other current Ontario Hockey League players Givani Smith and Filip Hronek get an opportunity to play some games for the Griffins.

WIIM: With the Red Wings' Development Camp just around the corner, do you feel more prepared heading into your second year? What was your first camp experience like?

JS: I definitely feel more prepared heading into my second year at camp. Last year was an amazing experience, I learned an endless amount of things on and off the ice that I took back to Erie and applied to my game this past year. Traverse City is an amazing host for the camp, and I am very excited to go back up there this year.

Curran continues...

2. And in Czech, Grand Rapids Griffins forward Tomas Nosek conducted an interview with Hokej.cz's Adam Bagar, and what follows is roughly translated:

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