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‘Roughly translated’: Niklas Kronwall on the end of the playoff streak

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Niklas Kronwall will be holding his annual "Kronwall-Stars" game to benefit his youth hockey team, Jarfalla HC, on Saturday, and ahead of the game, Kronwall spoke with Aftonbladet's Tomas Ros about the Red Wings' disappointing 2016-17 season. What follows is roughly translated:

"We betrayed the fans"

How is it to belong to a team that missed the playoffs for the first time in 25 years?

Niklas Kronwall knows.

"We betrayed the fans, and it hurts me," says Detroit's veteran defenseman.

The city of Detroit is so proud of its hockey team, the Red Wings. A team that gave it so many successes and the city hockey favor. Detroit is called "Hockeytown" for a reason.

But last spring's long streak broke, the longest professional streak in North merica. The one that featured 24 years of playoff hockey in Joe Louis Arena, and, during that epoch, allowed the team to celebrate four Stanley Cup Finals and lots of playoff wins.

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Video- The Florida Panthers Completed Their Fantasy Broadcast Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Peter Rossi of FloridaPanthers.com,

On Tuesday, the Florida Panthers hosted their second annual broadcast camp, giving young Panthers fans an inside look at sports broadcasting and what goes on behind-the-scenes at an NHL game.

With Panthers radio and television personalities like Steve Goldstein, Randy Moller and Doug Plagens in attendance, campers took part in numerous entertainment-centric activities, including on-camera segments, hands-on work and instruction, public address announcing and radio play-by-play.

"Seeing the kids come out and being as dedicated and committed to doing what we do for a living, it brings back memories. It is a great thing that the Panthers do," said Panthers television broadcaster Steve Goldstein.



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Theo Fleury On Today’s Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sonny Sachdeva of Sportsnet,

Unfortunately, that same mix of skill, unbridled emotion, and unpredictability is a rarity in today’s game, according to Fleury.

“The game is wayyy, wayyy too over-coached,” Fleury said to Sharp magazine’s Dave McCarthy on Wednesday. “It’s almost like coaches are playing Xbox with these guys. IPads on every bench now. It really takes individuality out of the game.”

The league still has a few characters who call back to that bygone era, according to Fleury, but they’re certainly tougher to find.

“That’s why I love guys like P.K. Subban, who have their own personality and beat to their own drum,” Fleury said. “There’s definitely a lack of that now. If you look at my era, you had all these characters who played, like Jeremy Roenick and Marty McSorley. They were different guys and said what was on their mind and wore their hearts on their sleeves.

“There were a lot of colourful people in the game. Now, when you listen to interviews with so many young guys, it’s all clichés.”

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Video- Spend A Summer Day With Dion Phaneuf And His Wife Elisha

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Grand Rapids Griffins sign Kevin Tansey

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Thursday signed defenseman Kevin Tansey to a one-year contract.

Tansey, 24, split the 2016-17 season, his first full campaign, between the Chicago Wolves and the ECHL’s Missouri Mavericks. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound blueliner contributed three points (1-2—3), a plus-three rating and 21 penalty minutes in 19 regular season games with the Wolves and made his Calder Cup Playoff debut, skating in two games. A 2017 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic participant, Tansey played in 44 games with the Mavericks and led all team defensemen with 13 goals while placing second among team blueliners with 31 points (13-18—31).

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The Expected Season For Riley Sheahan

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Looking at money: Signed through this coming season with an annual average value of $2.075 million, then a restricted free agent.

Looking ahead: Here’s the thing about Sheahan – he scored 14 goals in 2015-16, and 13 goals in 2014-15. For that matter, he had nine goals in 2013-14. Even in his small body of NHL work, this past season stands out as an aberration, not a pattern. Sheahan, 25, came into pro hockey with a reputation as a defensive player, honed by his years at Notre Dame.

Encouraged first by Mike Babcock’s coaching staff and then Jeff Blashill’s, Sheahan showed growth in his offensive capabilities. It speaks to his reputation around the league that even as his numbers were so bad last season, there was still a fair deal of interest in Sheahan at the trade deadline (the Wings opted to hold onto him to see if he can bounce back). His confidence by the midpoint last season clearly was shot, and it’s tough to recover for a young player.

Sheahan enters next season with a contract on the line, which tends to motivate most players just a little bit extra. He got a little reminder in the season finale, too, that he can score. If he can shake off the travesty that was 2016-17, odds are he can once again chip in in the 10-12 goal range. Put it another way – who would take a Vegas bet that Sheahan will again go 79 games without scoring a goal? 


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The Social Media Guy For The Vegas Golden Knights

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Candee of the Las Vegas Sun,

Dan Marrazza learned through many trials that the golden hour begins at 4 p.m. Monday.

Outside Las Vegas, the magical time could occur on any weeknight after the family finishes dinner and retreats to their cell phones, or even on a Saturday morning while parents zone out as the kids play at the park.

Marrazza, the 30-year-old New Jersey native behind the cheeky social media presence of the Vegas Golden Knights, discovered over the past eight months that what works elsewhere might not fit the nonstop Las Vegas lifestyle. As he readies the next funny video or insider interview for the team’s Facebook audience of more than 112,000 friends, Marrazza knows from research the most ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ will roll in if he posts right before quitting time on Monday.

While analytics drive his posting times, little else about Marrazza follows a script. Colorful ideas and one-liners flow from him at an East Coast pace as he discusses his job, each pulling at the next like tissues from a box.

“Being here allows for so much creativity just because there’s no template to follow,” Marrazza said. “Not only is there no template for an expansion team in the digital era -- there’s no template for a team in Las Vegas at all on the major league level.”


added 8:35am, Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal on the court approving the VGN trademark....

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Jaromir Jagr Still Looking For Work

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Langr at NHL.com,

 Jaromir Jagr said Wednesday he wasn't expecting it to be so difficult to sign with an NHL team this offseason.

"The most serious negotiations I have are with Kladno. Because Kladno has a smart owner who knows what he wants," joked Jagr, who owns the team in Czech Republic's second-tier professional league. "No, really, I don't have a clue. I leave it all on my agent [Petr Svoboda]. There is a couple of [NHL] teams that showed interest, but nothing specific yet."...

Jagr said if he stays in the Czech Republic, he would play for Kladno, not in Extraliga, the top league, because he would like to keep open as an option signing with an NHL team during the season.

"That would be the advantage of playing for Kladno. One thing is I would be at home and the other is I would have a chance to leave for the NHL anytime there is an opportunity," he said. "Let's say some team deals with injuries and needs help, then I could pack my stuff in the next day and go. If I played in Extraliga, I wouldn't have such an option unless the Czech league season would be over."

Jagr remains hopeful he'll sign with an NHL team, but only if the situation is right.

"Most important for me is to see some serious interest from the team. Because the more serious it is, the bigger the chance to get a better role on the team," he said. "And then it's on me how I would use that chance. Right now, I need to be ready when the opportunity comes. That's all I need to take care of now; taking care of anything else doesn't make sense."


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Morning Line- Matt Murray

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“At the end of the day, I’m not going to fill Marc-Andre Fleury’s shoes,” Murray said. “Nobody’s going to fill Marc-Andre Fleury’s shoes. It’s about being myself, doing the best that I can each and every day, and it’s about being better than I was yesterday.

“My day-to-day thought process isn’t to fill Marc-Andre Fleury’s shoes. If I’d do that, that would be reaching too high. I’m just going to be myself and do what I know how to do, try to take care of what I need to do to be successful.”

-Matt Murray of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Jason Mackey of hte Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has much more from and on Murray.

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The Outlook For Dylan Larkin

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2017-18 outlook: After a smooth transition from college to the NHL in 2016-17, Larkin took a step back last season, not uncommon for young players.

He didn't have as much space or time to make plays. It was more difficult to score, harder to defend. He described it as a learning experience and vowed to be more mentally prepared heading into this season, realizing he has a lot to learn about this league.

He will get another opportunity at center, where the team will soon need a young player to step up and assume the No. 1 spot after Henrik Zetterberg retires. He wasn't prepared for it at the start of last season but fared better near the end of the year and performed well there at the World Championship.

Zetterberg is expected to remain the top-line center, so playing on the second or third line should help Larkin with the transition, where he's not going up against the best players all the time. Larkin flourished the first half of his rookie season on Zetterberg's wing; he must find a way to thrive without the captain.

He has tremendous speed, which he often uses to circle the perimeter looking for an opportunity. Adding strength should help him be more effective on the inside.

Key question: Will a slightly more experienced Larkin adjust to the center spot?


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