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Red Wings overnight report: On Tatar, Nestrasil, Abdelkader and a horse named Datsyuk

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Among this morning's Red Wings-related stories, and after one busy day (Abdelkader suspended, Samuelsson to Sweden, mid-day chatter, Holland on the radio, Mattias Backman profiled...Can the Wings maybe slow down a little so that I don't have to freak out about going on vacation starting Saturday, or at least get inking DeKeyser and lining up some assistant coaches done?) and ahead of another one:

The Slovak news media's been a little preoccupied with Tomas Tatar's personal life lately (to quote Kermit the Snitch, "That ain't none of my business"--and it isn't), so Tatar gave an interview to his official website regarding his new 3-year contract extension.

The interview, conducted by Valerian Lukacko, is straightforward-enough to roughly translate, and it reflects the Slovak media confusion regarding "restricted free agency" that's been present from the start:

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Chad LaRose returns, signs an AHL deal with Carolina Hurricanes’ affiliate

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

This isn't blockbuster news, but Chad LaRose basically disappeared off the hockey map for a year (kind of like what Ian White's done now), and this evening, it appears that LaRose is going to attempt to make an NHL comeback the old-fashioned way, via an AHL deal with the Hurricanes' developmental affiliate. Per the Charlotte Checkers:

The Charlotte Checkers have signed former Hurricanes right wing Chad LaRose to an AHL deal. LaRose, 32, spent parts of three seasons in the ECHL and AHL before breaking into the NHL and becoming part of the Stanley Cup-winning team in 2006. The 5-foot-10, 181-pound LaRose has played 508 games in his NHL career over eight seasons, all with the Hurricanes, accumulating 180 points (85g, 95a) and 286 penalty minutes.

The undrafted Michigan native has also appeared in 125 career AHL games with the Lowell Lock Monsters, most recently in the 2005-06 season, totaling 83 points (41g, 42a) and 71 penalty minutes. LaRose has not played at any level since posting four points in 35 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.

“For us, he’ll be a top player," Checkers coach Jeff Daniels told CarolinaHurricanes.com. "He’s a guy that has scored at the NHL level. I think we’re getting a hungry player. We’ve got a guy who’s going to play with a purpose and show not only Carolina, but all of the NHL, that he’s still a young guy and still has a lot of hockey left in him. He’s going to need to prove that he still has it, and I’m sure it will take some time to get the timing in game situations back, but he’s a guy that competes. He’s hungry, and he wants to get back to the next level.”

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Tuesday One Liners

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,

* The Reimer signing has had collateral damage for Martin Brodeur because Mister Goalie has but one NHL team remaining that might sign him: Minnesota.

* David Clarkson ranks among the Ten Most Likeable NHL Guys. That's why it's so tough putting the rap on him for his -- so far -- failure in Toronto.

* You want other Most Likeables; Nabby Nabokov; John Tavares, Zdeno Chara, Drew Doughty, Henrik Lundqvist, Adam Henrique, Willie Mitchell, Scott Hartnell and Brian Gionta.

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A New Deal For Jake Gardiner In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Profiling Red Wings prospect Mattias Backman in English and Swedish

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Mattias Backman gave a superb interview to Corren.se's Andreas Pettersson yesterday (six-and-a-half-minute-long Swedish video interview included), and in a lovely little coincidence, the Red Wings posted a video profiling the stringbean defenseman this afternoon:

If you missed the interview, here's a rough translation of Corren's Pettersson's chat with Backman:

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Report- Bryan Trottier Will Be Named Assistant Coach In Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of Sabres Edge,

The Buffalo Sabres have reached an agreement to hire Hall of Fame forward Bryan Trottier as an assistant coach under Ted Nolan. Sources with close ties to the organization said the move could be announced sometime within the next week.

Nolan has been looking for help since firing assistant coaches he inherited when he took over for Ron Rolston last season. Teppo Numminen and Jim Corsi were not hired back while Joe Sacco and Jerry Forton were reassigned. It left Nolan with filling their jobs with his own people.

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Zone Starts and Mike Ribeiro’s Buyout

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Phoenix Coyotes bought out Mike Ribeiro's contract this summer.  He had signed a four year contract with a $5.5 million cap hit the year before.  Since this contract was signed after the most recent CBA was signed it is not a compliance buyout and will count against the Arizona Coyotes salary cap into the future.  The reason given for the buyout is that Ribeiro had off-ice issues that prevented him from being a productive member of the team.  The Nashville predators gave him another chance.  They signed him to a one year contract worth $1.05 million.  This will either be a last chance or a chance to reinvent himself as an NHL player.

Ribeiro has had rumors of substance abuse that have followed him throughout his NHL career.  Perhaps this is part of the reason Ribeiro is moving onto his fifth NHL team.  In the NHL the ability to forgive players for off-ice behavior depends upon their productivity on the ice.  It is far easier to forgive a superstar than it is a role player.  When Ribeiro was scoring 70 or 80 points a year in Dallas, if he had the same issues, it was easier to forgive him than when he scored 47 points last year.  This isn't to say that 47 points is bad.  It makes him a solid second liner on most NHL teams.  The problem is he played an extremely easy offensive role as is shown by his zone starts.   

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Video- P.K. Subban Talks About Meeting Magic Johnson

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

 

 

Magic Johnson's tweet is below...

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Nail Yakupov Knows This Season Is “Huge” For Him

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Derek Van Diest at NHL.com,

After spending the majority of the offseason in Russia, the Edmonton Oilers' right wing has returned to prepare for the upcoming NHL season, having put a disappointing second season behind him.

"It might be a huge year for me and that's why I'm here, to work on some things and to be here and train," Yakupov said Tuesday during a visit to the Oilers' summer hockey school. "I just want to be ready for the season. I'm going to be doing some different things this year. I feel more comfortable here than training at home. That's why I'm here and I will train with the Oilers prospects and the other NHL players that will come."...

"My season was over after [teammate] Justin Schultz's shot hit me in the foot," Yakupov said of a March 16 game. "I haven't even thought about last year. I have recovered from my foot injury. I worked over the summer on my foot and tried to skate a little bit. I feel pretty good and I'm ready to go. I'm 100 percent and I can do everything with my foot."

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Stephane Robidas Ready For The Mentor Role In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

They have a forward who ranked in the top five in league scoring and a goaltender who was amongst the league’s best. But ask Stephane Robidas what attracted him to the Toronto Maple Leafs and he immediately says the team’s defence.

“Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner,” Robidas said from his off-season home in Sherbrooke, Que. “When we talked about my role and what the Leafs are looking for, they’d like me to help the younger defencemen. To me that’s a great opportunity. I’ve watched them play. I know exactly how good they are and everything. Having a chance to play with one of the two and try to help those guys is going to be good for me.”...

In his first year in the NHL, Rielly scored two goals and 27 points in 73 games. But the fifth overall pick in 2012, who had a minus-13 rating, could have used someone to pick him up after a bad game. Gardiner, who was arguably Toronto’s best defenceman in the second half of the season but often clashed with head coach Randy Carlyle because of his sometimes risky decisions with the puck, might have also benefited from a veteran to lean on....

“I think it’s the poise they play with,” he said. “If I’m speaking for myself, I was never a high draft pick or the type of player that they are. It’s not easy to play defence in the NHL. To do it at a young age, it always amazes me how younger guys can come in and play and play well with that kind of confidence. To me, it’s not easy. Some people overlook it. It takes time to become comfortable.

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