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Waiting On The Tatar Decision

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

An arbitration hearing between the Detroit Red Wings and agents for Tomas Tatar lasted about four hours.

The arbitrator now has 48 hours to announce decision.

At 26, Tatar is a year from unrestricted free agency, which is why arbitration is locked into a one-year contract. The Wings offered $4.1 million in their arbitration proof. Tatar’s side asked for $5.3 million. An arbitrator is likely to land in the middle, around $4.8 million. That would come close to the $4.75 million average annual value of Gustav Nyquist. Nyquist and Tatar both have averaged .60 points per game over the past three seasons.

The hearing in Toronto lasted from about 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


I could be wrong on this, but I do believe Tatar and the Wings could also agree on a contract before the arbitration ruling comes down.

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Testing, Can You Hear Me, Testing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A great idea!

via the Florida Panthers,

Join us for the 2017 Florida Panthers Broadcast & Game Presentation Camp on August 8!

The camp is for children ages 13-17 who want to learn more about broadcasting and what goes on behind-the-scenes at an NHL game.

Activities Include:

-Radio play-by-play

-On-camera segments

-Public address announcing

-Hands-on work

-Behind-the-scenes in the control room

-Instruction from Panthers broadcasters and more!

The registration fee is $50 per child and space is very limited. Completing the application does not guarantee admission.

Please contact the Client Experience team at 844-4CE-TEAM or clientexperienceteam@floridapanthers.com with any questions. 

My dream as an announcer would be this... I know wrong sport but still...

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Goalie Numbers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Player evaluation in hockey can be a complicated process, and perhaps never more than when it comes to evaluating goaltenders, an aspect of the game that has tended to confound both the eye test and data analysts. Scott Cullen takes a look at goaltenders using expected goals against.

For years, goals against average was a popular method to evaluate goaltenders, as if the number of shots allowed was something under the goaltenders control. So, to move beyond that, save percentage seemed to be a better indicator of goaltending proficiency. That’s an improvement, but there is still plenty of room for more details to be part of the evaluation process.

The focus now seems to be on finding a way to include shot quality as part of the evaluation. As Mike Smith could show you, or Tuukka Rask could show you, teams don’t necessarily allow the same quantity or quality of shots against.

One way to try to incorporate shot quality into goaltender measurement would be to include expected goals against and compare it to the actual goals against. Expected goal models are not perfect, and are still being refined, but they do attempt to address differences related to shot quality from one goaltender to another.


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A Five-Year Deal For Colton Parayko And The St. Louis Blues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Aribtration day was today.




added 11:11am, St. Louis release is below...

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Red Wings, Tomas Tatar head to arbitration

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings and Tomas Tatar's agent, Rich Winter, were unable to come to a contract agreement before today's scheduled arbitration hearing in Toronto, so the sides are heading into the 9 AM-scheduled hearing this morning.

In the hearing, a neutral arbitrator jointly appointed by the NHL and NHLPA will hear the cases made by the Red Wings and Winter (citing "comparable players" as examples as to what salary Tatar should be awarded), with a 1-year contract to be awarded within 48 hours of the arbitration hearing.

The salary awarded will be between the Red Wings' offer of $4.1 million and the Tatar "ask" of $5.3 million (per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman), and it's going to be a one-year deal as that takes Tatar up to unrestricted free agency.

A pre-arbitration deal could still be announced by the hockey media over the next half hour or so, but that's unlikely.

Update: FYI:

Update #2:

Update #3:

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‘Two Things’: On Jared Coreau’s Day With the Calder Cup and Mitch Eliot, development camp try-out

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 11:49 AM: Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Jared Coreau had his Day With the Calder Cup in Perth, Ontario recently, and he spoke with Lake 88's Maureen Pegg about the experience:

Youngsters and oldsters lined up at Canadian Tire for autographs and photos with the Detroit Red Wings goalie prospect. Donations collected at the event go the store’s JumpStart program.

Coreau and his team, the Grand Rapids Griffins, won the American Hockey League Championship when they defeated the Syracuse Crunch in game six of the best of seven series in early June.

Coreau told Lake 88 bringing the Calder Cup to his hometown was special, "Having all the kids come to Canadian Tire and support that everyone showed here – I think it was really special because when I was a kid I met Mike Fisher here in Perth at a ball hockey camp and it’s something I will always remember, so I hope I was able to have the same impression."

2. And MLive's Brendan Savage posted a profile of Wings development camp try-out Mitch Eliot:

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Kyle Okposo Returned To The Ice Yesterday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jessi Pierce at NHL.com,

Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo skated in a game at Da Beauty League on Wednesday, his first since missing the end of the regular season because of an undisclosed illness.

Okposo took to the ice at Braemar Ice Arena, 19 miles from his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota. He missed the final six games of last season for the Sabres after feeling ill before the start of a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 28. The 29-year-old reportedly was hospitalized for less than a week after being admitted to Buffalo General Medical Center on April 2.

"Obviously seeing a teammate go through something like that and struggle to get healthy is tough," Sabres forward Hudson Fasching said. "He's such a good guy and going through a lot with that whole deal, trying to figure out what was wrong.

"I'm just happy he's healthy and happy for him to get back."

Okposo, who did not speak to media, gave a wave when the announcer drew the attention of fans during his first shift in the 4-on-4 game. 


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Evening news: On Petruzzelli, Givani Smith and Rasmussen; Chelios’ ‘return’ and Tweets of note

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. WOOD TV8's Larry Figurski posted a profile of Red Wings prospect Keith Petruzzelli, noting that Petruzzelli played for the USHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks this past season:

2. The Free Press's Helene St. James penned a profile of Givani Smith:

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The World Junior ‘Summer Showcase’ is coming to Plymouth next week

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

As the Plymouth Observer's Tim Smith notes, the World Junior Summer Showcase is coming to Plymouth at the end of next week, and Team USA, Hockey Canada, the Finnish and Swedish national teams are all sending their best World Junior prospects to the event:

From July 29 through Aug. 5, a number of first- and second-round National Hockey League draft picks from recent years will comprise rosters fans will get to watch at the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase.

“It’s not ‘summer hockey,’” said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey headquarters in Colorado Springs, Col. “It’s real competitive, real good hockey played at this time of year.”

Action will begin Saturday, July 29 and continue through Saturday, Aug. 5 — culminating with the much-anticipated matchup between Team USA and Canada at 7 p.m.

Also participating in the showcase, used to gauge what rosters might look like in December for the Under 20 World Junior Championship in Buffalo (N.Y.) will be Finland and Sweden.

“It is a bunch of guys trying to make their national teams,” said Scott Monaghan, senior director of operations for the Plymouth-based National Team Development Program. “You’ll have a lot of guys playing at full throttle. It’s competition within the teams, for guys trying to win jobs. And it’s competition among the teams, because you always want to win when you’re wearing your national team jersey.”

Smith continues, and Keith Petruzzelli (Team USA), Givani Smith, Dennis Cholowski (Team Canada) and Filip Larsson (Sweden) [edit: also Gustav Lindstrom for Sweden and Kasper Kotkansalo for Finland, thanks @RWHockeyJohn on Twitter /end edit] will all be taking part in the "Summer Showcase."

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Trevor Daley’s day with the Cup

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Well this is...awkward. Red Wings defenseman Trevor Daley had his "Day With the Stanley Cup" after winning it with the Pittsburgh Penguins this past June, and the Toronto Sun's Jack Boland tagged along as Daley toured suburban Toronto...

The Daley show — with a special guest appearance — was in town Wednesday before a packed house. That’s Trevor Daley, two-time back-to-back Stanley Cup-winning defenceman of the Pittsburgh Penguins and local hometown boy from Regent Park. He brought the Cup to the Parkview Manor banquet hall in Don Mills for a meet-and-greet with about 1,000 in attendance.

On the busy day, the Cup travelled with him and his family to a ritzy downtown condo, a hockey camp for young kids, and at dinner time to the big party.

One special, and private moment, occurred during the day when Daley brought the Cup to rest by the gravestone of his mother, Trudy.

“It’s been an amazing day especially when you get to celebrate this moment with family and friends,” said Daley. “I got to take it to see my mom’s grave and give a little tribute to her. It’s crazy, that’s who gave me all this was her.

“It was only right to go and see her first,” said Daley, whose mom was his biggest supporter growing up.

While NHL.com's Dave McCarthy tagged along as Daley brought the Cup to Stouffville:

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