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Finding A Division For The Quebec Expansion Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

And if the new Nords have to play in the West to earn admission, well, you can bet they’ll happily bite the bullet. But surely that inelegant solution isn’t the only one on the table.

Probably the best option is to create an eight-team all-Canadian division. It’s one that would guarantee the extension of some of the best rivalries in the game—Edmonton vs. Calgary, Toronto vs. Montreal, Toronto vs. Ottawa, Montreal vs. Quebec City—and would see the popular Eastern Canadian teams make more visits out west. The league would have to make some accommodations in terms of scheduling and, possibly, offer compensation for higher travel expenses, but it’s a sensible approach for those teams. It would also allow for simple geographic division of the remaining 24 American-based teams and would ensure that a Canadian market would be involved in the final four—a boon for broadcast partner Rogers.
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It’s also conceivable that Quebec could be placed in the East with another team, possibly the Blue Jackets, moving back to the West. 

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Flint Firebirds enlist Mickey Redmond to help sell season tickets

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From MLive's Aaron McMann:

Support for the Flint Firebirds seems to be coming in every which way these days, and now Detroit Red Wings broadcaster Mickey Redmond is lending his endorsement.

The color commentator for Red Wings games on Fox Sports Detroit recently filmed a 30-second radio spot for the Firebirds that has began airing on more half a dozen stations in Flint and the mid-Michigan region.

"Hey folks, Mickey Redmond here," the 67-year-old starts. "Congratulations on your new Ontario Hockey League franchise, the Flint Firebirds."

Redmond, who played six seasons for the Red Wings and 10 in the National Hockey League, uses the opportunity to promote season tickets for the team, declaring it "the foundation for Flint's OHL success."

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Red Wings to appear on NBC or NBCSN 16 times during the 2015-16 season

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

NBC Sports has released its TV lineup for the 2015-16 season...

And the Red Wings will be featured in the following games:

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NBC Sports Group Plans For The Upcoming Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

STAMFORD, Conn. -- July 27, 2015 – Coming off the second-most watched Stanley Cup Final on record, and the third-most watched NHL postseason in the last 18 years, NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 105 NHL regular-season games during the 2015-16 season, featuring 12 games on NBC and 93 games on NBCSN. The 105 regular-season games are the most ever scheduled across NBC Sports Group heading into a season. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra.

Schedule highlights include:

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  Tags: nbc+sports+group

A reminder about the Red Wings’ summer World Junior campers

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I reported this last week as something of a napkin note, but MLive's Brendan Savage offers news regarding the Red Wings' summer World Junior campers in headline form:

Seven Detroit Red Wings prospects have been invited to evaluation camps for the 2016 World Junior Championship, which will be held at Helsinki, Finland next winter.

Forward Dylan Larkin and Dominic Turgeon will be in Colorado Springs for the Team USA camp, which opens Saturday. Defenseman Joe Hicketts will be at Canada's camp, forwards Christoffer Ehn and Axel Holmstrom will suit up for Sweden, forward Evegeny Svechnikov has been invited to tryout for Russia's team and forward Julius Vahatalo will be in Finland's camp.

The U.S. team will eventually take part in exhibition games against Finland and Sweden in Lake Placid, NY, and as Savage notes, the Americans' camp will include another member of the Wings organization:

The Americans open camp Saturday. Their roster will be broken into teams – Larkin and Turgeon will be on opposite sides – and will play Sweden and Finland in games Aug. 2-3 before the roster is trimmed to one team that will again face Sweden and Finland.

Larkin will play for the USA Blue Team, which will be coached by Chris Chelios, a Red Wings advisor to hockey operations.

Savage continues...

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A New President For The Buffalo Sabres

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 27, 2015) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced Russ Brandon will become President and Alternate Governor of the Buffalo Sabres effective immediately while continuing as Managing Partner/President of the Buffalo Bills. Brandon will oversee all aspects of the business operations for both the Sabres and Bills organizations and report directly to Terry and Kim Pegula. Former team President Ted Black has mutually agreed to part ways from the organization.

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Red Wings to host Hockeyfest at the Joe on September 13th

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

FYI, from the Red Wings:

RED WINGS 2015 HOCKEYFEST TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY
… Autographs, Interactive Games & Locker Room Tours Highlight Fun-Filled Event Scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 13 at Joe Louis Arena …

DETROIT – The Red Wings today announced that tickets for the 2015 HockeyFest at Joe Louis Arena set for Sunday, Sept. 13 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) will go on sale Thursday, July 30 at 10:00 a.m. This year’s HockeyFest, presented by Coke Zero and Meijer, features an unforgettable day of hockey-related activities, including a chance to meet current players and Red Wings Alumni. General admission adult tickets for this family-friendly event are priced at $20 apiece, while kids tickets (12 & under) are available for $10 each.

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Colin Wilson Signs A Four-Year Contract With The Nashville Predators

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Nashville, Tenn. (July 27, 2015) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has signed restricted free agent Colin Wilson to a four-year, $15.75 million contract. Wilson will be paid $3.75 million in 2015-16, then $4 million in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 for an average annual value of $3.9375 million.

Wilson, 25 (10/20/89), set career highs in goals (20) and points (42), while tying a personal best in assists (22) in 2014-15. The Greenwich, Conn., native also led the team and set a career high in plus/minus rating (+19), and tied a career high and ranked third on the Predators in game-winning goals (5). During the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the 6-1, 216-pounder set franchise records for goals (5) and power-play goals (4) in a playoff series during the Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Chicago. In 368 career NHL contests since 2009-10, Wilson has 178 points (77g-101a).

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Agreement Reached Between Derek Stepan And The New York Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

added 10:00am,

 

 

New York Rangers release is below...

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Derek Stepan Goes To Arbitration Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

So it’s going to come down to the wire with Derek Stepan and the Rangers, as the first-line center had not yet reached a contract agreement as of Sunday evening and his arbitration hearing is set for Monday in Toronto.

The Post has learned the 25-year-old restricted free agent is going into the hearing asking for $7.25 million and the club is offering $5.2 million, both on a one-year deal. With the independent arbiter able to pick any value of his choosing — a different process than the “pick-one” used in other sports — that would leave the middle ground of $6.225 million, a seemingly reasonable evaluation. The one-year deal and manageable salary would also make Stepan easy to trade if the Rangers find themselves as sellers come the deadline.

The team is pressed up near the $71.4 million ceiling of the salary cap, with 21 players signed and about $7.35 million remaining without Stepan.

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