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Peter Mueller On The Comeback Trail In St. Louis

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Mueller went to Switzerland last season, signing with Kloten, which he led in scoring 26 goals and 46 points in 49 games, ranking third in the Swiss league.

“You talk to anyone that puts the puck in the net, you get 20 goals anywhere, you’re feeling good,” Mueller said. “I haven’t felt that in a long time. So to put up points and be looked upon to put goals in the net, it’s obviously a great feeling. I’m riding that confidence of last year into this year.”

Mueller has been concussion-free for two-plus seasons and says “knock on wood” that he is as healthy as he’s been in a while.

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock advised Mueller to “just go play. He’s a really intelligent, offensive player. He’s had stops and starts in his career due to injury that really impacted his NHL career. So he just needs to come and play. When you have a player that plays with that level of intelligence, he’s going to fit in wherever we play him.

“I just know that the player before he got hurt, Mueller was a good player in the National Hockey League. Can he be back there again? Who knows, but he’s just got to come and play. He’s got a really high level of intelligence.”

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Morning Line - Rick Nash

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“Coming back from the concussion, it was tough for me to feel comfortable on the physical side of it. You can say maybe I was a little ‘careful,’ but it wasn’t as much being ‘careful’ as just not being comfortable in certain situations.

“When you come back from a knee injury, you might not be immediately comfortable on cross-overs, or if you have a groin pull, you can’t shift on the edge to gain speed when you come back. You don’t feel comfortable doing those things that always come naturally.

“Coming back from a concussion, you want to get hit and prove to yourself that you can handle everything of that nature, but that’s hard to do in practices. It was different for me.”

-Rick Nash of the New York Rangers.  More on Nash from Larry Brooks of the New York Post.

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Red Wings Monday-and-Tuesday activities at Centre Ice and probable exhibition game ‘teams’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

For simplicity's sake, here's a "cheat sheet" as to what's transpiring over the next two days:

1. The Red Wings are playing against the Pittsburgh Penguins this evening (7 PM EDT on WPCW in Pittsburgh) and the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday (8:30 PM on CSN TV+ in Chicago; I will endeavor to provide whatever quasi-legal streams of said games as I can), but the Wings are still skating at Centre Ice Arena for the next two days:

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

White Team (Game Day Players)
10:00 AM-11:00 AM Pre-game skate       DAVID’S RINK

Red Team Practice (Non-Game Day Players)
11:30 AM-12:15 PM Practice      DAVID’S RINK
12:15 PM-12:45 PM Practice      WEST RINK

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No #13 For The Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Chere of NJ Advance Media,

No one has ever worn No. 13 for the Devils and that will continue this season despite the acquisition of a player who has worn that number his entire career.

Mike Cammalleri, signed to a 5-year, $25 million contract this summer, wore No. 13 for the Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens and Los Angeles Kings and did quite well with it on his back. But the left winger didn’t get it in New Jersey and didn’t ask for it.

“No. I just showed up and No. 23 was in my stall,” Cammalleri said. “It’s just a number.”...

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello hasn’t allowed the number, considered unlucky by many, to be given out since he began running the club in 1987. But even before that no Devils players got the number.

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Bobby Ryan Under Observation For Possible Concussion

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from Don Brennan of the OTtawa Sun,

Top scoring right winger Bobby Ryan was held out of the last half of Sunday's red-white match after he had his "bell rung" in a collision with his centre, Kyle Turris.

Ryan won't play in either of Monday's pre-season games against the New York Islanders, as doctors want to make sure he doesn't experience any concussion symptoms.

"It was a broken play," said Ryan. "Turrey was circling one way behind the net and I was circling the other. I think we both had a pretty good head of steam and never saw each other. I just took it right in the chin.

"It was alarming, I guess, is the right word for it. They were very, very cautious and just said let's calm things down right away. It used to be you get it rung and you go right back out. That's where protocol was put into place, because of all the incidents in years past. When I talked to everybody real quick they said it wasn't worth it to go back out in those conditions. Let's just call it a day and re-evaluate (Monday)."

Ryan said he hasn't had a concussion in a long time -- so long ago he can't remember.

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‘Quick player takes’ from the third day of Red Wings training camp

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Technically speaking, as the Red Wings begin their exhibition season against the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow night (7 PM EDT; roster avaialble here, and let's hope somebody streams WPCW's coverage online) and the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, training camp wrappd up with the Red vs. White game.

More realistically speaking, the Wings' will hold their morning and non-game-day player skates at Centre Ice Arena on Monday and Tuesday, and while the eventual release of the players sent back to their Major Junior teams will yield a roster basically comprised of a "Team Datsyuk" and a "Team Zetterberg," I've found that the coaching staff still tries to jam as much teaching into their final days at Centre Ice as possible.

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Red Wings afternoon news: MSM and blog takes from the third day of Red Wings training camp

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 7x with overnight report stuff and Pens roster at 10:25 PM: I guess it's gonna be media takes first, my takes later--audio aside. It appears that tomorrow night's Wings-Penguins game (7 PM EDT start) will air on WPCW in Pittsburgh, which means bootleg streams for you and me and the following lineup:

As Babcock told the assembled media Howard will get two periods tomorrow and Gustavsson will get two periods vs. Chicago on Tuesday (8:30 PM EDT start on CSN TV+, more bootlleg streams; the Wings also host Chicago on Thursday the 25th--the day I finally travel home--Boston on Saturday the 27th and Toronto on Monday the 29th [with the latter game airing on FSD]).

Babcock called Petr Mrazek the "closer" for both games.

MLive's Ansar Khan took note of both what this lineup means and perhaps what it means going forward--especially given that Major Junior players are taking part in exit interviews today (Zach Nastasiuk, Marc McNulty and Tyler Bertuzzi were among the early players taking that long walk to the coaches' office):

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Audio from the third day of Red Wings training camp: Abdelkader, #2-27, Babcock, Holland & Pulkkinen

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The White Team defeated the Red Team 3-2 in a shootout during Sunday's training camp "closer" (there are morning skates tomorrow and Tuesday, but training camp is technically over, and we should know the roster cuts to come shortly; I've already seen Marc McNulty, Zach Nastasiuk and Tyler Bertuzzi take "the walk" from the office, with Bertuzzi carrying his gear).

Actually Team Delvecchio defeated Team Howe as coach Babcock squeezed in a full third day's worth of training camp activities, and after all was said and done, the press was given the roster for tomorrow night's game vs. Pittsburgh:

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Funding The New Arena For The Detroit Red Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Bill Shea of Crain's Detroit Business,

The financing plans for the new Detroit Red Wings arena are complex. Crain’s spoke with two key figures of those plans — Glen Long, vice president of administration and CFO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., and Art Papapanos, DEGC vice president of board administration — to get a simplified explanation of the taxes and bonds involved. Also consulted were outside sources, research and our past reporting. Included are exclusive details about the arena itself, provided by Olympia Development of Michigan, the real estate arm of Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch’s business holdings.

How much will the arena cost?

The initial base price is $450 million. Problems, changes and added amenities could increase that final cost. Anything beyond $450 million must be paid by the Ilitches. The ancillary development — bars, restaurants, stores, apartments, townhomes — is at least $200 million, and will be privately financed by the Ilitches and their third-party business partners. The Ilitches are obligated to pay any arena costs beyond the $450 million. Their business empire, which includes the Little Caesars pizza chain, had $3.1 billion in 2013 revenue.

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Even With KHL Offers, Ryan Johansen Focusing On A Deal With The Blue Jackets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Pierre LeBrun tweets,

Ryan Johansen's agent Kurt Overhardt says his client has got "several offers" from KHL clubs over past 2 months. But focus remains... 

 trying to get a deal done with the Blue Jackets

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