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Red Wings overnight report: NHL.com’s ‘30 in 30,’ Sheahan’s ‘first’ and charitable news

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I had this date marked on my calendar, so: NHL.com's "30 in 30" series discusses the Detroit Red Wings today, and the NHL dropped a hint as to what was coming via a YouTube video in which EJ Hradek and Dan Rosen posited a 2014-15 season overview:

I disagree with Hradek and Rosen on one point: the Red Wings haven't exactly been a "destination" for free agents for some time now.

"In article form," Rosen penned three of the five articles that constitute the "30 in 30" examination, and we might as well kick things off with his interview with Mike Babcock regarding the State of the Wings.

Babcock suggests that the Wings received key contributions from Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Jurco, Luke Glendening and Tomas Tatar, and that "the kids" are essential to the team's success going forward:

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On the Bertuzzi-Moore settlement and the status of both parties as human beings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore lawsuit saga never involved any sort of incident that occurred while Bertuzzi was a member of the Red Wings...

But I can tell you for a fact that during his pair of stints with Detroit (2007 and 2009-2014), Bertuzzi's mere presence cost the team die-hard fans who refused to root for the team as long as "that scumbag" was on the team, Bertuzzi's presence prompted insistence that the team was "cursed" as long as #44 was in Detroit, and Bertuzzi's presence brought out both apologists and, "Until he pays I will never truly respect the man" fans.

On Tuesday, though we'll likely never know the terms thereof, Bertuzzi, the Canucks, Marc Crawford and the NHL finally settled with Steve Moore and his high-profile lawyer, Tim Danson, in an out-of-court settlement that narrowly averted Danson's desire to "put the game on trial."

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50 days and counting…

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

A quick note as summer wanes and the leaves begin, ever so slowly, to turn: 50 days. 50 days from tonight, Montreal faces off with Toronto to start their 2014-15 season. After signing his new contract, PK Subban will be cemented on the blue line. New Hab PA Parenteau will make his debut up front, looking to build on the success he's had over the past few years in New York and Colorado. Manny Malholtra will bring poise and defensive prowess on the third line. Will the Habs name a captain in the next 7 weeks? Will they sign another forward, or make a trade, to fill the one remaining, glaring hole up front on the wing? Which young guns will step up at training camp and earn a spot on the roster? 

Will Carey Price be healthy? 

Lots of quesitons, and very few answers at this point. We will start to get them soon enough. Until then, keep enjoying your summer and getting ready for what promises to be another exciting season for le tricolore. 

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Canadian Press: Moore-Bertuzzi lawsuit settlement reached (officially), will remain confidential

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Well I guess that's that, per the Canadian Press (and it's good news regarding this afternoon's "Hold Your Horses" news):

A settlement has been reached in Steve Moore’s lawsuit against NHL forward Todd Bertuzzi, more than 10 years after the infamous on-ice attack ended Moore’s career.

Geoff Adair, a lawyer for Bertuzzi, confirmed the case has been "settled in its totality" but said the terms are confidential.

The multimillion-dollar lawsuit had been scheduled to go to trial Sept. 8.

"We are pleased that the resolution of this matter allows the parties to turn the page and look to the future," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email.

Messages seeking comment from Moore’s lawyer, Bertuzzi’s agent and the Canucks were not immediately returned Tuesday.

Continued, and here's hoping that both Steve Moore and Todd Bertuzzi will be able to move on and move forward with their lives. Moore's lived his life in suspended animation for the past ten years, and Bertuzzi spent that time growing into a kind, decent, genuine human being.

Bertuzzi deserves to pay for his horrific and unconscionable act, but he is a human being, not a monster, and he's a good person who did a very bad thing; Moore fully deserves to spend his settlement reestablishing a sense of normalcy in his life and finding personal and professional fulfillment which are long, long overdue.

As for the whole "confidential" spiel, expect details to leak out over the next week or so in the Toronto newspapers. I'd imagine that the NHL and the Canucks probably paid into the settlement.

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A Five-Year Contract Extension For Clarke MacArthur In Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

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Is the Red Wings’ logo the 4th-best NHL emblem?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I've been waiting for this one...The Hockey News has been releasing its list of the top NHL logos in ascending order, and today, THN's Rory Boylen suggests that the Red Wings' logo is the 4th-best NHL emblem:

Coming in at No. 4 in our logo rankings is the Winged Wheel of Detroit, which has been a long-standing symbol in the NHL – and it has roots in Montreal. The Detroit NHL team hasn’t always been called the Red Wings. They were called the Falcons and the Cougars before James Norris purchased the team in 1932.

With the name Red Wings came a logo that has stood the test of time and represents a perfect fit with the Motor City. The crisp, clean, detailed, yet simple red and white look has only been modified a couple times in team history – and not since 1949.

Because longevity was not a factor in our rankings, we had to look at this logo again for the first time – and we still loved it. Never was there any chance of the Red Wings falling out of the top five. The only dissenting opinion we had was that it should have been higher than No. 4.

Think you can design a better logo than this Detroit beauty? Now’s your chance. Get those creative juices flowing and send your artwork to editorial@thehockeynews.com. At the conclusion of our logo rankings, we’ll share some of our favorite reader designs.

Boylen continues and discusses the evolution of the Winged Wheel...

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Grand Rapids Griffins release final installment of ‘Between the Benches’ series

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Via RedWingsFeed, the Grand Rapids Griffins have posted the fifth and final installment of their "Between the Benches" chronicling of the team's attempt to defend its Calder Cup Championship this past spring. The last installment, a 10-minute video, pushes the Griffins up to 45 minutes' worth of footage covering 11 playoff games:

You can watch parts one to four below:

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Red Wings afternoon news: Ice buckets (and passionate defense thereof), fantasy hockey chatter etc.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 4:48 PM:

Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings-related news stories, mostly in the charitable vein:

Via RedWingsFeed, Chris Chelios and Al Sobotka used the Wings' Zamboni #2 to partake in the Ice Bucket Challenge...

And the Wings issued a press release regarding a golf event not involving next Monday's Ilitch Charities Celebrity Golf Classic (which is probably "full"):

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The AHL hasn’t released its schedule yet, and there are good reasons for that…

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Via SI's Allan Muir, the Grand Rapids Griffins have been dropping strong Twitter and email hints that their 2014-2015 schedule will be released "soon," and there's a reason for that. The AHL's website posited a story explaining why the AHL a) has to wait for the NHL, NFL and NBA to release their schedules before getting down to schedule-making business, as well as b) why the AHL still believes that a human-authored schedule is better than a computer-generated version:

The AHL’s constitution calls for each member club to submit to the league, in February of the previous season, a list of "primary" and "secondary" dates on which they would be available to play at home, along with "blackout" dates when they cannot play at home because of other events in their arena.

In the spring, the AHL confirms for each team a list of guaranteed dates for the upcoming season -- dates on which the team is assured of playing a home game, albeit without a specific opponent just yet. This allows clubs to begin making preparations and drumming up interest in the coming year. Many teams have already announced their guaranteed dates, some including their home openers, for 2014-15.

Once a schedule format (who plays whom, and how often) is designed by and approved by the Board of Governors, the schedule can truly begin to take shape.

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What Happens If Mike Babcock Says No?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Most of us are aware Ken Holland will be talking to Mike Babcock about a contract extension once the Wings arrive in Traverse City for training camp.

Babcock has one year left on his contract and will be considered a "lame-duck" coach if he enters the season without an extension.

Babcock has stated he will not discuss an extension once the regular season starts which means Holland will have about a two week window to sign him.

If an agreement cannot be reached, I feel it leaves the Wings with some unanswered questions.

How will the players feel about playing for a coach on his final year of a contract?

How will ownership feel about having a coach who may be on his last leg in Detroit?

Will the Wings even think about discussing a new contract with him after the season?

Does the organization say, well, you don't want to coach here, leave now?

It could get nasty, it could be status quo or it could be a "we will deal with it when the time comes" thing.

Your feelings ahd I hope your summer is going well.

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