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Wings catch-up post: Mostly talking about free agency decisions to come

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I spent the past two days on my back with a post-draft cold, so here's a catch-up post rounding up the Red Wings-related news that's hit the wires over the past two days.

First, however, I've got something to say about the Spencer Foo-less Wings (Foo will sign with Calgary on Saturdat), and I'm sure you've already said it: DON'T DO IT, KENNY!

You and I already know by now that the Red Wings are going to sign a veteran unrestricted free agent defenseman come Saturday. All the beat writers are reporting that the Red Wings' free agent interest clusters around Dan Girardi, Ron Hainsey, Trevor Daley and a couple other mid-30-something free agent defensemen who could fit into the Wings' cap figure (if Johan Franzen's LTIR $ is taken into account).

Maybe this is just me, but I don't like the prospect of the Wings playing Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Danny DeKeyser, Mike Green and another veteran defenseman ahead of Nick Jensen, Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul.

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Griffins news catch-up post: On Nelson and the Coyotes, Street, Paterson, the home opener and ‘lids’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Grand Rapids Griffins-related note over the past two days:

1. Griffins coach Todd Nelson was blunt when he spoke with the media after winning the Calder Cup, stating that he felt he had nothing left to accomplish in the AHL, save winning more championships. When I shook his hand after his media availabilities were over, I had a feeling that I was saying goodbye.

I was not surprised to hear that the Red Wings have granted Nelson permission to speak with the Arizona Coyotes about their head coaching job, and I would not be surprised if Nelson, who's 48, will jump with both feet if he's given the opportunity to coach the Coyotes.

What I don't know is how the Red Wings will replace Nelson in Grand Rapids. Mike Knuble would probably be the leading candidate to replace him, and the Wings may have to scramble to get someone in place to coach the summer development camp.

2. The Red Wings re-signed Griffins forward Ben Street to a one-year extension on Tuesday, and given the likely turnover of an AHL-championship team's roster, re-signing the 30-year-old Street was a safe move to secure the services of a serviceable veteran who can play a supporting role in the NHL and can serve as a scoring forward in the AHL...

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How Far Will Your Team Travel?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On The Forecheck,

After much anticipation, the 2017-18 Super Schedule has arrived!

If you are new around here, our old headmaster Dirk Hoag (@Forechecker) began tracking the travel miles for NHL teams several years ago. It led to what has become known as the Super Schedule.

Here it is, including the number of back-to-backs, for each team this year and the last two years.

continued (Colorado will the most travel miles, Pittsburgh with the least)...

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More Than Kicking Tires With Trevor Daley And The Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

The discussions have gone beyond tire-kicking with Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley. According to Daley’s agent Rick Curran of Orr Hockey Group, both Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill and GM Ken Holland have spoken with Daley about what his role would be with the Red Wings.

“There’s been considerable interest in Trevor,” Curran said on Tuesday afternoon. “He’s had the opportunity to speak with a number of general managers and coaches who have spent time giving him the big picture and letting him know where they see him fitting in. Detroit is one of those clubs.”

more plus talk around the league...

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The Vancouver Canucks May Need To Find A Replacement For Ryan Miller

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Vancouver needs to start preparing for life without goaltender Ryan Miller.

Wanted but unsigned, Miller has already been discussing his options with other National Hockey League teams and increasingly insiders believe the start of free agency will mark the end of his career as a Canuck.

Maybe the Canucks have a final push in them, but the best guess lately has been Miller-to-Anaheim, a team with Stanley Cup aspirations in a city which meets Miller’s desire to stay close to his wife (Noureen DeWulf) and her acting career in Los Angeles.

A Tuesday report suggested Miller is expected to end up there in a backup role on a one-year, $1-million deal.

Something like that would be considered a big blow for the Canucks’ 2017-18 plan, which has long included Miller, because Vancouver doesn’t appear ready for the untethered Jacob Markstrom era just yet. And on some levels you can see why.

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College Free Agent Spencer Foo Will Sign With Calgary

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Calgary, AB - The Calgary Flames announced today that free agent right wing Spencer Foo of Union College (ECAC) has committed to the Calgary Flames. As per CBA regulations, the standard players’ contract will be finalized and made official on July 1st.

Foo, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, just completed his junior year at Union College where he put up 26 goals and 36 assists for 62 points in 38 games and was a finalist for the 2016-17 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. He topped the 100 career points mark this season and had a program-record 21-game point streak in addition to tying for the ECAC scoring title; while leading the league in assists (25), multi-point games (14) and plus-minus (+20).

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Wanted By Detroit- A Defenseman

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

What do you think?

 

 

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News Of The Day

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

I have been trying to take it easy today, refreshing the batteries is the term I use and George is out.

With that, news of the day...

 

 

 

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Thoughts On Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- He’s staying low profile — and there is serious doubt he actually wants to leave San Jose — but there is a list of teams who want to peer inside Joe Thornton’s head. At the draft, there was a lot of talk it would take a three-year deal to lure him. Potential suitors include Columbus, Los Angeles, Montreal and the Rangers. I could see Toronto having interest, but I’m not certain. There was a time Detroit appealed to him, but it doesn’t seem right now for either side. It looks like San Jose is closing in on extensions for Martin Jones and Marc-Edouard Vlasic (both can be announced on Saturday), so we’re all waiting to see what is left for Thornton and/or Patrick Marleau. I’m really fascinated by the Blue Jackets, who are going all-in over the next two years and will try something big. Toronto is quieter about its intentions, but don’t forget that Mike Babcock has plenty of Team Canada history with both Marleau and Thornton.

- Goalie market: there is a lot of expectation of Ryan Miller to Anaheim for approximately $1 million, although I’m not sure if bonuses will be added to that. It makes a lot of sense. Winnipeg has Eric Comrie in the AHL, but the Jets are looking for a veteran to pair with Connor Hellebuyck — which indicates Brian Elliott or Steve Mason. Los Angeles appears ready to have Jack Campbell as Jonathan Quick’s backup. And I think Mike Condon’s received a few calls, as teams weren’t sure he’d be available.

- Low-key Matt Duchene possibility: Pittsburgh. The Penguins have circled around him before. Both Glen Sather and Phil Jackson (before he decided to ruin the Knicks) talked about adding new players to championship teams. You prevent a staleness, and if the newcomer is popular, the group rallies around them so they can win, too. Everyone’s frustrated: Colorado GM Joe Sakic, Duchene and agent Pat Brisson. Could Olli Maatta plus more pieces get the Penguins into this?

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Dallas Stars Announce Buy Out Of Antti Niemi

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today the club has bought out the final year of goaltender Antti Niemi's contract. Niemi had one year remaining at $4.5-million on his three-year contract with Dallas. As per the terms of a buyout, two-thirds of his salary will be spread out over the next two seasons with an annual salary cap hit of $1.5-million per year.

Niemi, 33, posted a 12-12-4 record with a 3.30 goals against average and an .892 save percentage for the Stars in 2016-17. Over two seasons with Dallas, he recorded a record of 37-25-11 with a 2.92 goals against average, a .900 save percentage and three shutouts.

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