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The Assistant Coach Hunt Is On For The Detroit Red Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings expect to move fairly quickly in hiring an assistant coach, making a decision in the next couple of weeks, if not sooner, general manager Ken Holland said Wednesday.

"(Coach) Jeff Blashill and I have gone over a bunch of names. We've interviewed a couple of people," Holland said. "Jeff Blashill also has talked to a number of other people. Does it lead to an interview process? That's to be determined."

The Red Wings are replacing Tony Granato, who after two seasons with the organization took the head coaching job at Wisconsin, his alma mater.

Holland said they will hire an assistant with extensive NHL experience.

"We lost a guy with a lot of experience in Tony Granato," Holland said. "We want to replace him with someone with a lot of experience."

more inlcuding possible candidates....

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Afternoon Line- Lindy Ruff

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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What About Martin Frk?

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St, James of the Detroit Free Press,

As the Detroit Red Wings' top farm team continues its playoff run, one prospect, in particular, is under scrutiny.

The Wings drafted Martin Frk in the second round in 2012. After a quiet pro debut -- understandable, considering Frk's linemates in juniors -- Frk erupted in 2015-16 with 27 goals and 44 points in 67 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins. He takes three playoff goals into the Griffins' second-round series against the Lake Erie Monsters, which starts Thursday in Cleveland.

Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin called Frk one of the Griffins' most improved players.

"Coming into his pro career, he wasn't used to the pro style, wasn't used to not playing with the puck," Martin told the Free Press today. Frk, a product of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Halifax Mooseheads, spent his final junior season playing with Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin, who were drafted first overall and third overall in 2013. The line dominated nightly....

What does that mean for the Wings? That's the intrigue. While Frk has a year left on his entry-level contract, he no longer is waiver-exempt, so the Wings have to figure out whether Frk is part of their future come next season.

more on Frk who is listed at 6' 00" 193 lbs...

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Ken Holland to take part in Cleary University’s ‘Vehicle to a Better Future’ event

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From a Marketwired press release:

Cleary University today announced that Ken Holland, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Detroit Red Wings, and Adam Genei, owner of Mobsteel and Detroit Steel Wheel Company, will keynote the university's signature event, Vehicle to a Better Future, on May 19, 2016 at Cleary's Livingston campus from 5-9 pm. The event will raise funds for new teaching and learning tools that will foster innovation across campus. Kevin Clark, founder and CEO of Critter Control, who will serve as the university's commencement speaker on May 21, 2016 in celebration of Cleary's commencement weekend, will also be honored at the event. Tickets for Vehicle to a Better Future are available to the public for $75 per ticket or $500 for a table at Cleary.edu/Vehicle or by calling 800.686.1883.

Prior to addresses by Holland and Genei, and dining and mingling with the Cleary Class of 2016, attendees can enjoy a "Signature Stroll" across Cleary's Livingston campus. The car exhibit will feature Mobsteel's vintage Detroit street machine creations, unique showcase and custom vehicles from owners throughout the region and new vehicle displays from local partner dealerships.

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Is He Clutch?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

There probably is some difference between players ability to perform under pressure in clutch situations but it has always been something that is not big enough to be clearly measured.  A case in point is Justin Williams of the Washington Capitals.  While playing with the Los Angeles Kings in 2014 he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.  Since he was not an all star player and had never played at that level in the regular season he was viewed by many players as a clutch player who elevated his game in the playoffs.  It was viewed as an important move that Washington acquired Williams as a free agent.

Washington is now the Presidents Trophy winner and is in the second round of the playoffs.  They are playing the Pittsburgh Penguins.  So far Williams has not been a clutch guy.  He has three points in his nine playoff games and is posting a team worst -6 +/- rating.  Essentially Williams is showing us that his 2014 playoff run was a fluke.

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New Stanley Cup Favorite Odds

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bovada,

Odds to win the Stanley Cup

St. Louis Blues                          13/4

Pittsburgh Penguins                  10/3

San Jose Sharks                       9/2

Washington Capitals                  9/2

Dallas Stars                              13/2

Tampa Bay Lightning                 8/1

New York Islanders                    16/1

Nashville Predators                   18/1

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Video- You Can’t Replace Steven Stamkos With Nikita Kucherov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

Tampa Bay Lightning VP Dave Andreychuk says Nikita Kucherov has the attitude to become a superstar, but Steven Stamkos would be irreplaceable as the face of the franchise.


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More Datsyuk decision discussion from Duff

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

You already know this, but the Windsor Star's Bob Duff hammers it, well, home. Pavel Datsyuk's probably heading back to Russia, and during the Red Wings' locker room clean-out day, Datsyuk's teammates and GM made it sound almost inevitable:

“That's a decision, you're not going to change his decision,” Detroit left-winger Justin Abdelkader said. “He has in his heart what he's going to do. All we can do is, obviously, thank him for what he's done for this organization for each player.”

Defenseman Niklas Kronwall was another Wing who seemed resigned to a future without Datsyuk.

“Yeah it kind of feels like he’s made up his mind but at the same time there’s a part of you that wants to keep the hope alive,” Kronwall said. “I say let’s keep hoping until we hear something.”

Datsyuk continues to insist that isn’t the case at all - that his mind is not 100 per cent made up as to his future plans.

“I don't want to make a fast decision,” Datsyuk said. “I need more time. I go to world championship, play there and of course during world championship, I'll be thinking about it more.”

Detroit general manager Ken Holland acknowledged that Datsyuk’s decision is the linchpin to his planning for the 2016-17 NHL season.

“I have to find out about Pavel Datsyuk,” Holland said. “That’s going to be priority number one.”

Duff continues...

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‘Roughly Translated’: Gustav Nyquist discusses joining Sweden’s World Championship team

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Hockeysverige.se's Ronnie Ronnqvist conducted a long interview with Gustav Nyquist, and here's a rough translation thereof:

Unhappy with his season in Detroit, now Gustav Nyquist wants to take revenge with a World Championship gold: "There was no doubt"

Late last year scoring fell sharply for Gustav Nyquist, who was not happy with the way the season unfolded with the Detroit Red Wings. He's now in place in Russia to take revenge by playing in the Tre Kronor for a World Championship gold.

"To come here and get the chance to win a World Championship gold in Moscow is very special," says the Swedish NHL player to Hockeysverige.se.

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‘Three Things’: On Datsyuk’s ‘farewell,’ Miller’s injuries and gratuitous blood and guts

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The World Championship begins on Friday in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, and whlie the games will a) mostly take place starting at 8:15 or 12:15 PM EDT and b) mostly won't be available to watch legally in the U.S., they do provide intriguing hockey viewing.

For Red Wings fans, there are six reasons to watch the Worlds--Pavel Datsyuk and Alexey Marchenko playing for Russia, Dylan Larkin playing for the U.S., Teemu Pulkkinen playing for Finland, Tomas Jurco playing for Slovakia and Gustav Nyquist playing for Sweden.

Sportsnet's Luke Fox penned a list of 10 reasons to watch the World Championship, and one of them involves a possible "farewell":

9. Fare thee well, Magic Man: Pavel Datsyuk has one more season remaining on his contract with the Detroit Red Wings. He has said he'll wait until after he competes at the worlds before meeting with GM Ken Holland and making a final decision on his future. This will be the last chance to watch him play with the hope that he might give NHL fans a farewell tour in 2016-17.

[Edit/update: For what it's worth, Datsyuk wouldn't tell Sport-Express's Vladimir Domrachev, Sportbox or R-Sport anything about his future career path during the Russian national team's formal introduction in Moscow, stressing that he's focused on the World Championship. /end edit]

2. MLive's Ansar Khan penned a column about a much lower-key player who might not return in Drew Miller, who suffered a broken jaw in November and then suffered a knee injury in January:

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