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If the Wings are interested in Dion Phaneuf after all, trade must make financial and personnel sense

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I'm going to be as blunt as possible here as I'm catching up late (stupid medication adjustment issues thanks to my Abilify dosage being doubled; stuff works great, but the miligram change = blogging has been limited recently):

Many of you have been very passionately debating the concept of the Red Wings somehow adding Dion Phaneuf to the lineup after TSN's Darren Dreger brought up the concept for the third or fourth time over the past 24 hours.

Dreger's been hammering this particular topic for the past three weeks, and given that I'm not the only person who feels that TSN's lack of TV rights has resulted in a staggering overload of Leaf coverage...

From a pure "gut feeling" perspective (as many of you have pointed out, his "fancy stats" are not very good):

1. You know how I feel about the concept of adding a player who is not a long-term upgrade--that, barring a defenseman going back the other way, whoever comes to Detroit would simply be a roadblock for Alexey Marchenko and Xavier Ouellet's deserved full-time NHL promotions next season.

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St. James: Red Wings’ rally like no other team

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings are departing California to spend the day flying to Nashville, so the team's not practicing today, and tomorrow's 3 PM EST start = it's highly unlikely that the team will hold any sort of morning skate, so we shouldn't expect any news about Henrik Zetterberg for a couple of days...

But the Wings did discuss their 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks with the Free Press's Helene St. James in the light of the team's resiliency when "down but not out":

That improved the Wings to 8-11-2 when trailing after two periods, a league-best winning percentage of .381. Newcomer Teemu Pulkkinen already has picked up on what happens when it's late in a game and the score isn't in Detroit's favor. "Even when we are losing," he said after the Sharks game, "we keep playing like we are going to get a goal."

St. James continues, discussing Brendan Smith's status (probably OK), Kyle Quincey's status (not yet) and Henrik Zetterberg's status (not playing until next week) before concluding with the following:

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Why Hockey Fans Want Salary Cap Numbers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman doesn’t believe hockey fans are interested in salary information regarding teams and players. He couldn’t be more wrong.

Since the NHL imposed its salary-cap system nearly a decade ago, there’s been growing interest among fans regarding the cap payrolls of NHL teams and of the salaries of each player. Given the financial implications for teams when signing free agents or acquiring players via trades or waivers, salary data is worthwhile information for die-hard hockey fans. It provides a better understanding of the limitations in building and maintain rosters. It’s also invaluable for participants in fantasy hockey, especially those which use a salary-cap system.

It’s easy to simply dismiss these fans as merely a nerdy number-crunching sub-set of NHL followers, just as it was to mock those who tracked those supposedly weird-ass puck possession stats with funny names like Corsi, Fenwick and PDO. Except now those “fancy stats” are called analytics, which the league has finally fully embraced by posting puck-possession numbers (albeit with different names) on its site. A growing number of pundits and commentators now cite analytics in their coverage of the game.

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Teemu Pulkkinen Learning To Find The Open Ice

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Teemu Pulkkinen is learning what it takes to create space at this level, to maximize opportunities to unleash his tremendous shot.

Thursday's game, Pulkkinen's best in his brief NHL career, was a step in the right direction. The young sniper recorded a career-high six shots, scored a goal and came close to netting another in the Detroit Red Wings' 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center.

"He's a guy who's a real shooter," coach Mike Babcock said. "It's very clear in the National Hockey League that you've got less opportunity to shoot the puck. You've got to learn to shoot it off a bad pass, or a good pass or no pass. You've just got to find a way to create your own offense. He's a work in progress like all kids."

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Morning Line- Mark Spector

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Watching The Trade Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (February 27, 2015) – NHL Network, NHL.com and NHL Social™ will offer fans the most comprehensive coverage of the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline™. From now through the 3 p.m. ET deadline on Monday, March 2, NHL Network™, NHL.com and NHL Social will provide breaking news, exclusive interviews, insider information and official player transactions.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

HAMMOND AGAIN UNBEATABLE AS SENATORS SNAP KINGS’ STREAK
Andrew Hammond denied all 35 shots he faced to record his second shutout in as many days, backstop the Senators to their fourth consecutive victory and halt the Kings’ winning streak at eight games.
 
* At 26-23-10 (62 points), the Senators moved within five points of the idle Bruins (29-22-9, 67 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference:
 

 
* Hammond also stopped all 25 shots he faced in a 3-0 victory over the Ducks on Wednesday. He is the first goaltender in Senators history to win each of first four NHL starts, compiling a 1.02 goals-against average and .965 save percentage through six career appearances.

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Report- Detroit Has Interest In Dion Phaneuf

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Darren Dreger on TSN Radio...

via Hope_Smoke tweets,

Dreger "I'm not predicting that Phaneuf gets dealt between now and Monday, but it's certainly possible"

Dreger "if there's a team that wants to make a hockey deal for Phaneuf, and I think Detroit might circle back."

Dreger "I know Detroit is a team that has interest in Phaneuf to put him in the right situation:...

Dreger "...2nd pairing guy & some $ comes back so he's not a $7 million dollar D"

Dreger "if he's [Phaneuf] a $5-5.5 cap hit that's palatable for Detroit & maybe other teams as well"

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Would You Call The Clarkson/Horton Trade Cap Circumvention?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

So much for the untradeable player with the unmovable contract. That species of player, thought to be alive and well in the salary cap era, does not exist. In fact, he never has because GMs such as David Nonis and Jarmo Kekalainen can cook up deals like the one they did Thursday afternoon.

In swapping the ill-suited and much maligned David Clarkson for the seriously and likely permanently injured Nathan Horton, Nonis and Kekalainen conspired to help each other out of contractual straitjackets that were paralyzing their rosters. This deal was so much more than just swapping one bad contract for another one.

And it’s the kind of deal the salary cap and all the machinations the owners have tried to put in place since the lockout in 2004-05 have been trying to prevent. The salary cap, which causes more problems than it solves in your correspondent’s humble opinion, was supposed to prevent teams from buying their way out of their mistakes. It was supposed to take away that competitive advantage that the big-revenue teams used to enjoy.

But lo and behold, what we have here is legal circumvention of the salary. Brilliant, innovative and clever legal circumvention of the salary cap, but circumvention nonetheless.

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The Latest On Mark Giordano’s Injury Doesn’t Sound Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

CGY recalls Tyler Wotherspoon from ADK amid unconfirmed speculation Mark Giordano's injury may be serious (season ending?). For the record..

CGY GM Brad Treliving, on CGY radio this morning, said Giordano is still being evaluated by medical staff, still too soon to say.

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