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The Season Outlook For Danny DeKeyser

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2016-17 outlook: Niklas Kronwall's role and ice time likely is diminishing due to age and knee issues, Kyle Quincey is gone and no deal was made for a defenseman. That makes DeKeyser as important as ever on a blue line with many question marks.

DeKeyser will be the new workhorse, logging more minutes than anyone and matching up against top lines.

Entering the prime of his career, DeKeyser continues to be a strong puck-mover with good mobility and hockey senses. He makes good decisions.

He's not likely to see regular power-play duty and isn't relied on for offense but can contribute in that area (eight goals last season, 31 points the year before).

Coach Jeff Blashill planned on pairing Mike Green with DeKeyser at the start of last season before DeKeyser's injury scrapped that idea. Perhaps that idea will be revisited, as the defensively inclined DeKeyser would complement the more offensive-minded Green.

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‘Roughly Translated’: Niklas Kronwall addresses knee issues in interview with NHL’s Swedish website

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

NHL.com's report regarding Niklas Kronwall's knee issue comes from a longer article posted on NHL.com/sv, and here is a rough translation of Janne Bengtsson's conversation with Kronwall:

Complications Disturbing Kronwall's Way Back

Niklas Kronwall had, as you know, say no to the World Cup of Hockey. His injured knee isn't holding up for the game against the world's best players.

"It is what it is. It was sad to have to make the decision not to play, but injuries are part of the sport. Right now I don't know how it will be for the start of the season with Detroit, but I hope and believe that I'll be ready then," says Kronwall to NHL.com/sv.

"I head over to Detroit as early as next week. Right now we're just waiting for my partner's visa to get ready. Then we'll travel and stay in Detroit until next summer. I'll have everything examined there, and we'll see what we come up with."

It was in January that Niklas Kronwall had an arthroscopy, a so-called "keyhole" surgery in his knee. He missed five weeks of the season. But the knee needed to be further-strengthened, and Kronwall's worked with it over this summer.

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The overnight report: Mrazek’s mask, on Joe Hicketts, a Holland profile and Tweets of note

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Goalie mask artist David Gunnarsson has revealed Petr Mrazek's World Cup of Hockey mask:

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A Stretched Muscle Hampered Niklas Kronwall Over The Summer

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from NHL.com,

"It was sad to have to make the decision not to play [at World Cup], but injuries are part of the sport," the 35-year-old told NHL.com/sv. "Right now I do not know how it will affect the start of the season with Detroit, but I hope and believe that I'll be ready."...

Kronwall said he had a setback during offseason workouts.

"My knee has felt better and better over the summer, but three weeks ago I stretched a muscle in my thigh," he said. "That set me back three weeks of ice practice. Had I been able to practice those weeks, the chance to play would have been much better.

"I was really looking forward to the World Cup. But the first game is in about two weeks, and as of now I'm not in shape to play against the world's best players, regardless of how much I want it."

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From the Dub: Play On!

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

At first glance, Aussie Rules Football looks like really well-organized chaos. Stay past the first quarter and you'll begin to wonder "who invented this sport and how high were they when they did so?" If you're new to the sport, your perception of Australia's beloved national pastime probably goes something like this: Beer. Watch first half. Meat pie and another beer because obviously trying to understand this game while sober is an exercise in futility. Watch second half. Stumble home. But take a closer look and it's really a lot like hockey. And I'm not just talking about the beer.

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Resolution Needed Soon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

With the opening of NHL training camps  only 17 days away, here are five story lines worth following:

Hampus Lindholm negotiations: The Anaheim Ducks still haven’t been able to re-sign the two-way restricted free agent defenseman, and what happens with the situation could affect another team.

While Lindholm is essential to the Ducks, they have eight NHL defensemen on their roster, plus prospects Shea Theodore and Brandon Montour who are close.  When Lindholm is re-signed, the Ducks are expected to trade  a veteran defenseman.

Top-pairing defenseman Cam Fowler’s name has been mentioned in trade rumors all summer. The Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, among others, have been looking for defensive help.

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Your New Captain Of The St. Louis Blues Is Alex Pietrangelo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Pinkert of St.LouisBlues.com,

The Blues officially introduced Pietrangelo as the club’s new captain during a press conference Thursday afternoon at Scottrade Center. The 26-year-old native of King City, Ontario will join an exclusive list of former Blues to wear an embroidered ‘C’ on the front of the jersey. That group that includes such legendary names as Al Arbour, Brian Sutter, Brett Hull, Al MacInnis, Wayne Gretzky, Bernie Federko, Chris Pronger and Barclay Plager.

“When you look at the guys who wore the ‘C,’ those are some big shoes to fill,” Pietrangelo said. “Not just good leaders, but good people that have represented themselves and their teammates in a great way. It’s my job now to carry on that tradition.”

The decision to name a captain came less than two months after the previous captain, David Backes, departed for the Boston Bruins via free agency on July 1. Backes had served as the Blues’ captain for the better part of five seasons from 2011-16.

“Being a top draft pick and watching him grow into an elite player in our game, Alex is the perfect age to take the leadership role for this group,” Armstrong said. “We have turned into a younger nucleus of a team, and he can guide that through the next number of years. We’re excited to have him as a captain.

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added 3:47pm, St. Louis press release is below...

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Datsyuk bags first KHL goal

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I promise to not go overboard with Pavel Datsyuk stuff, but Datsyuk scored a heck of a goal and has also registered an assist as SKA St. Petersburg leads Salavat Yulaev 2-0. Here's Datsyuk's goal from Nino Tannahill on Twitter:

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Avalanche hire Jared Bednar as head coach

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Update: Here's the Avs' press release:

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A possible free agent signing and a possible Avs coaching resolution

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

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