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Preview Week At The Little Caesars Arena And The District Detroit

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

(DETROIT – August 16, 2017) Olympia Entertainment today announced details surrounding Little Caesars Arena Preview Week. Events and activities will take place from Sept. 5-10 to provide fans, partners and community members chances to see the state-of-the-art home of the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and world-class entertainment acts – culminating with the official Grand Opening of Little Caesars Arena on Sept. 12, as Detroit’s-own Kid Rock plays his first of six shows to open the more than 20,000-seat arena.

“It’s thrilling to open our doors and welcome our fans and neighbors to experience this world-class venue for the first time,” said Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. “We can’t wait to share the many engaging, memorable spaces and innovative technologies that will allow Little Caesars Arena to provide one of the greatest fan experiences in all of sports and entertainment.”

As part of Little Caesars Arena’s Preview Week, there are several opportunities to preview the state-of-the-art and innovative centerpiece of The District Detroit:

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One More Year For Matt Cullen

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from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

Matt Cullen could have retired a back-to-back champ or re-signed in Pittsburgh for a chance to three-peat.

Instead, the born and bred Minnesotan and former St. Cloud State standout has made a family decision and decided to return for a second stint and 20th NHL season with his home-state Wild, multiple sources say.

Cullen's deal is expected to be a one-year contract with performance bonuses.

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John Tavares In No Hurry To Sign A Contract

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from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

John Tavares is not worried about his contract situation. Even as training camp looms in less than a month, the Islanders captain and star player said the fact that he’s prepared to enter this season, the last under his current deal, without an extension is not causing him to lose any sleep.

“For me, there’s really no rush,” Tavares told Newsday in a phone interview Wednesday morning. “I’m trying to determine things, let the process run its course, keep the lines of communication open, keep it all internal and it’s been good so far … In terms of signing a new contract, there’s a lot that goes into it. To really dive into all the details, get into all the conversations I’ve had with Garth [Snow], the team and Doug [Weight], I don’t think it’s productive to the situation and the negotiating. I prefer to keep it all internal, that’s the best way to keep it all open, honest and healthy.”

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No Talking Allowed About The Vegas Golden Knights On Some Radio Stations In Las Vegas

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from Ken Fang of Awful Announcing,

Las Vegas will be stepping into the major league sports realm in a short few months when the Las Vegas Golden Knights step onto the ice. But if you listen to the CBS Radio stations in the city, you wouldn’t even know they exist. It appears that the group which includes six stations has been ordered not to mention the team, not to discuss the team or even write about the team on the group’s websites and social media platforms.

The Golden Knights are preparing for their inaugural season in the NHL and have already awarded their TV and radio rights to AT&T SportsNet and Lotus Broadcasting respectively. But for CBS Radio, it’s as if the Golden Knights aren’t even playing. The cluster’s general manager Tony Perlongo spoke with KLAS-TV sports anchor Ron Futrell about this policy:

“We have a lot of other things to cover, the Knights don’t work into our coverage.”

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An Eight-Year Extension For Leon Draisaitl In Edmonton

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via an email from the Edmonton Oilers,

The Edmonton Oilers have signed centre Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year contract extension, through the 2024-25 season, with an average annual value (AAV) of $8.5 million. 

The 21-year old native of Cologne, Germany completed his third National Hockey League (NHL) season in 2016-17, setting career highs with 77 points (29G, 48A), also finishing with a +7 plus-minus rating and 20 penalty minutes in 82 games.  He finished second in team scoring behind only Connor McDavid and ranked eighth among all NHL scorers.  He also set a new record for points by a German player in an NHL season, surpassing the record of 59 points, set by Marco Sturm in 2006. 

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Player Agent Allain Roy On Today’s Prospects Including Nico Hischier

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from Andrew Gross of NewJersey.com,

Allain Roy, an agent since 2001 and, before that, a goalie drafted by the original Winnipeg Jets who won an NCAA title at Harvard and a silver medal for Team Canada in the 1994 Winter Olympics, has had a close-up view of the evolution of NHL prospects.

The young players, such as client Nico Hischier, selected first overall by the Devils in this year’s NHL Draft, have become intensely knowledgeable about aspects beyond just on-ice training. Video, mental and nutritional coaching are all part of the elite teen-agers’ regimens now....

“It’s a double-edged sword,” said Roy, CEO of the St. Louis-based Roy Sports Group. “There’s a lot of over-training. A lot of kids burn out early. If you have to force kids to go to practice, something’s wrong. They should want to go to practice. There’s also a fear of missing out that players have: ‘If I’m not on the ice, someone else is on.’”...

“Every year, we’re adding new staff to the menu because you have to,” Roy said. “Our jobs as agents has changed over the last eight years. In the past, it was get as much money as possible when you signed. Now, it’s developing players to have as long a career as possible. The turnover is so much quicker. Thirty-two is the new 37.”

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The Season Outlook For Niklas Kronwall

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Freee Press,

Looking at money: Signed through 2018-19 with an annual average value of $4.75 million. Actual salary in 2017-18 is $3.5 million, then $1.75 million in the last year of the contract.

Looking ahead: This is a dicey situation. How much more can Kronwall give? His body is paying for all the hard miles he put on his prime, when he played big minutes against top opponents and gained fame for being a punishing open-ice hitter. Now it’s fair to wonder if one big hit – either initiated or absorbed – could end his career. If so, there is salary cap relief via long-term injury reserve.

Kronwall is a proud guy with tons of character, and he will do everything within his means to be able to play. He seemed to figure out as the season went along what was the right balance between practicing and not doing so. He was a good partner for Mike Green down the stretch, because Kronwall is a good safety net for a risk taker like Green. With newcomer Trevor Daley on board – and he is tentatively slated to be paired with Danny DeKeyser, and with Jonathan Ericsson back from the injury that sidelined him the last two months of the season, it should be feasible to reduce Kronwall’s even-strength minutes.

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Legal Talk Regarding The Wings’ Logo

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from Frank R. Jakes of The Legal Examiner,

Imagine being a corporate executive awakening on Sunday morning to a Tsunami of media images of White Supremacists, KKK and Neo-Nazis embroiled in violent protests and, right there on the internet, newspapers, magazines and TV is your company’s trademark logo being worn as a symbol by these thugs. The sinking feeling is easily imaginable. But fear not because trademark law can save the day!

If you were following current events, this actually happened in Charlottesville during the so-called “Unite the Right” protests. One group of enterprising Neo-Nazis from Michigan has co-opted the Detroit Red Wings logo (above left) for their insignia (worn, for example on a collar). The group known as the Detroit Right Wings (above right) has copied the logo, but replaced the “spokes” on the wheel with repeating “SS” symbols.

On a conventional trademark infringement level, the Detroit NHL franchise may have problems winning a case.  One must prove a “likelihood of confusion.” Commonly, this is referred to as “passing off:” the act of passing the junior party’s goods/services as emanating from the senior user. Since it would be hard to prove that any consumers were confused into joining the Neo-Nazi group believing it to be sanctioned by the NHL club, success would probably be unattainable....

Practically, the NHL club may have some hurdles to overcome. Neo-Nazis are not necessarily known for having a stable presence. The group does not appear to have a formal, corporate structure. It will be difficult to serve the group with process; instead, it may be necessary to serve each of the members. No doubt, this is a daunting prospect since one would expect the group’s members to react to a summons the same way that roaches react to the light: by scattering and hiding.

Of course, the likelihood that the NHL club could actually recover damages is probably wishful thinking. Nevertheless, the public statement of a lawsuit coupled with a list of John Doe defendants could lead to an injunction that might prove useful as the NHL club seeks to rein in the theft of its identity. Sometimes, for a trademark owner, the most important thing is to make a statement that it will not permit its goodwill to be associated with those espousing such hate and vitriol. Stay tuned.

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What Is It With The Boston Bruins And Their Young Stars?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald,

The Bruins are starting to look like the University of Kentucky basketball program: Talented young players come and go in the blink of an eye, honing their skills and then moving on to bigger and better things.

For the Kentucky basketball players, “bigger and better things” means the National Basketball Association.

For the Bruins, it’s every other team in the National Hockey League.

The latest young, talented Bruin who may or may not be playing elsewhere next season — depending on whose tweets you’re reading — is right winger David Pastrnak. The 21-year-old had a sterling 2016-17 season, scoring 34 goals, but it’s the offseason that should worry B’s fans.

As always, it comes down to money. Pastrnak wants more of it. The Bruins, alas, are like the short-armed alligator in the Geico commercial....

As the Bruins determine whether Pastrnak’s playing skills make him worthy of a long-term deal for, say, $6 million per, they should also be determining what the kid’s name is worth.

We can agree Patrice Bergeron will be a Bruin for life. But he won’t be playing for life.

The Bruins should consider growing some veterans.

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Morning Line- Calvin Pickard

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“If anyone had told me last August I’d be in Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) representing an NHL team in Vegas I’d have thought they were crazy.

-Calvin Pickard, goaltender for the Vegas Golden Knights.  Dave Nichols of the The Spokesman-Review has more.

Also, Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com is on the road trip with the VGK.

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