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DetroitHockey.net: Griffins changing their primary logo?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

DetroitHockey.net's Clark Rasmussen spotted an intriguing Tweet this afternoon...

And as such, Clark believes that this is a sign that the Griffins will be celebrating their 20th anniversary by changing their primary logo:

Twitter user @FlamezGaming Tweeted what appears to be a screen capture of the game's team select menu, which was later retweeted by SportsLogos.Net. The menu, in which teams are identified by their primary logo, featured the Griffins' "Griffzilla" logo rather than their traditional emblem.

The Griffins organization did not respond to a request for comment about the possible change.

The Griffzilla logo, so named because it features a stylized Griffin climbing over the Grand Rapids skyline reminiscent of Godzilla, has been used on the team's red alternate jerseys since the 2012-13 season. The jersey on which is appears is a clone of the Washington Capitals' home jersey.

Clark continues, discussing the reasons why the Griffins might change their primary logo...

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A Two-Year Deal For Alex Galchenyuk In Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

MONTRÉAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Thursday that the team has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with forward Alex Galchenyuk (2015-16 to 2016-17).

Galchenyuk, 21, played 80 games with the Canadiens in 2014-15. He set personal highs in goals (20), assists (26) and points (46). Three of his goals were tallied on the powerplay and scored one winning goal. The 6’01’’, 198-lbs forward maintained a +8 differential and was assessed 39 penalty minutes, while maintaining an average of 16:25 of ice time per game. Galchenyuk added four points (1 goal, 3 assists) and a +1 differential in 12 playoffs contests.

 

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Quebecor Looking For Investors

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at TSN,

Quebecor Inc. says it's recruiting partners for its bid to bring the Nordiques back to Quebec City.

The media and telecom company said Thursday it has opened talks with some sponsors and signed contracts but has yet to secure another investor willing to help foot the US$500 bill it costs to launch an NHL expansion franchise.

"Submitting this application is one more step towards our ultimate objective of making sports an additional growth segment," president and CEO Pierre Dion told analysts on a conference call after the company posted its latest financial results.

"We will soon be approaching potential partners, which we believe will attract high interest levels."

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A long-Term Extension For Jakub Voracek In Philadelphia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

 

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Afternoon news: Summer World Junior TV stuff; on the NTDP’s new home and ‘the best Z’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of brief Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. USA Hockey is broadcasting its World Junior evaluation camp games on FastHockey.com, and TSN is going to air all of Team Canada's summer evaluation camp games (Joe Hicketts will represent Canada, and Evgeny Svechnikov will represent Russia) on TSN TV next week:

2. Closer to home, Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples penned a superb article about the renamed USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth as the U.S. National Team Development Program prepares to embark upon its first season there:

3. I don't need to tell you this, but the Hockey News's Jared Clinton reviewed the best players whose last names begin with Z, and he suggests that Henrik Zetterberg's the best "Z" ever:

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USA Hockey announces 2015-16 schedule for NTDP, Under-17 teams

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From USA Hockey:

2015-16 National Team Development Program Schedule Announced
Ticket Packages Now Available for Games at USA Hockey Arena

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, which enters its 19th season on ice in 2015-16, today announced the schedule for its U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams. Tickets for all home games, to be played at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, are available now through the box office.

The Under-17 Team kicks off the 2015-16 campaign with preseason contests on Sept. 12-13 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, against the United States Hockey League's Bloomington Thunder and Madison Capitols. It will begin USHL regular-season play on the road against the Chicago Steel on Sept. 26, and will make its USA Hockey Arena debut on Oct. 16 against Madison.

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Red Wings pay tribute to Leo Reise, Jr.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings:

RED WINGS MOURN THE PASSING OF LEO REISE, JR.

The Detroit Red Wings are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Leo Reise, Jr. Reise passed away on Sunday at the age of 93 in Hamilton, Ontario. Reise played 340 games for the Red Wings as a defenseman from 1946-52 and recorded 82 points (21-61-82) and 251 penalty minutes. The Stoney Creek, Ontario, native was a four-time NHL All-Star with the Red Wings and was a key component of the team’s Stanley Cup championships in 1950 and 1952. Reise totaled 494 NHL games over a nine-season NHL career with the Red Wings, Chicago Black Hawks and New York Rangers before retiring in 1953-54. The organization would like to offer its deepest sympathies to the Reise family during this difficult time.

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All About Lou Lamoriello

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Daneyko at The Players' Tribune,

I’ve never told anyone this story until now, but during the second game of Lou’s tenure, we were playing in Toronto, and they were really giving it to us. One of Lou’s biggest frustrations with the team he inherited wasn’t just that we weren’t all that good, but that we’d get beat up and pushed around too much. In general, we didn’t carry ourselves in a way that demanded respect. At some point during the game against the Leafs, Claude Loiselle received an elbow to the head by Wendel Clark, a talented young player who was tough as nails. It looked bad, and Claude was woozy coming to bench.

After seeing that, I hopped over the boards for my shift and challenged Wendel to a fight at center ice. I don’t remember who won it, but I’m going to safely assume I took a few good shots.

We ended up losing the game, but afterwards Lou came up to me and stuck his hand out to shake mine, and I noticed he was gripping a couple of $100 bills. My eyes kind of widened and I looked at him seriously and said, “What’s this for?”

He goes, “I like what you did tonight. You stuck up for a teammate. Now take this and get yourself something nice.” I said, “That’s not necessary. This is my job.” Then Lou got a little hot, looked me in my eye and said (minus the expletives), “I want this team to understand that we’re in this together, thick and thin, on and off the ice. Read between the lines!”

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Trade Shea Weber

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Josh Cooper of Yahoo,

We give five reasons why Nashville should trade Weber, at least at some point within the next year.

1. The offers will be ridiculously in Nashville’s favor

His $7.857 million salary cap hit, while less awful in today’s post 2012-13 lockout world, is a lot. Also, some teams have the money, and the lunacy, to part with multiple good, young NHL-ready forwards Nashville needs. Weber is a physical speciman and cornerstone defenseman, but his perceived value, especially amongst old boys GMs, may be greater than his actual worth. Many probably still drool over this 2010 Olympics shot where the puck went through the net on a goal.

The Oilers under former general manager Craig MacTavish always seemed to be hot after Weber. And he’s the type of player the current Edmonton group could use with Connor McDavid coming in. Wait, how would Weber ever allow a trade to EdmonHoth? Oh yeah, the Predators didn’t give him any no-trade clause. So they can deal him to whatever team they want.

And new Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli has seemed OK with dealing good, young forwards at points of his career. If you’re going to trade the face of your franchise, you need to make sure you get the right pieces back. There are teams that have the type of NHL-ready young talent who can step in and score right away – like again, Edmonton. 

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Savage: Slava Fetisov makes an election promise to keep KHL’ers from leaving for the NHL

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The KHL's offseason is like election season in the U.S.--many promises are made and bluster issued by both candidates for seats on the Russian Hockey Federation's board of directors, and everything from starting a KHL team in China to playing by NHL rules and sealing off KHLers' routes to the NHL have been bantered about over the past two weeks, with Slava Fetisov--who was recently reelected to the KHL board after several years off--leading the charge on the latter two issues.

At this time of year, it's really bluster as opposed to fact, and Fetisov was all but obligated to talk about cutting off the Russian window to the NHL after Phil Esposito suggested to the Russian press that such a course of action would be a "return to communism," so this Tweet from Sport-Express's Slava Malamud, provided by MLive's Brendan Savage (via RedWingsFeed), is really par for the course:

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