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Wings prospect Adam Marsh thriving after pushing the re-set button

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

MLive's Brendan Savage has posted an "emptying the notebook" article about Wings prospect Adam Marsh, who re-set his hockey career after moving from Chicago to Saint John, New Brunswick to play for the QMJHL's Saint John Sea Dogs:

"I liked his game," said Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson, who conducted the camp. "He did a lot of good things. He had some nice shots on net, scored, his handling the puck. I liked his game. That was the first time I really saw him in a scrimmage and that was a guy who put himself in a good spot."

Playing against top Red Wings prospects like Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou at the development gave Marsh, who will be a senior in high school this year, an idea of what he can expect when he makes the move to pro hockey in a couple of years.

"I like to see the speed of all of them and knowing where I need to be by this time next year and see what I have to work on when I come back to camp," he said. "The speed is definitely up there.

"The pace and practices are pretty high but it's nothing I can't handle."

Marsh will take part in the Red Wings prospects tournament beginning Sept. 11 – he'll be one of the youngest players in Traverse City – before heading back to Saint John for his second QMJHL season.

"I definitely want to put up some good numbers," he said, "but I always want to have a good defensive game and be a team player as well. Just have the best season possible."

Savage continues...

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Post-informal practice Tweets: Franzen still ‘suffering setbacks’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x at 1:15 PM: Of note among the post-informal practice Tweets:

Johan Franzen said he hasn't been guaranteed anything from the Red Wings, but he's encouraged by his physical progress.

...

Franzen said he had to go home from four-hour workouts and sleep the rest of the day. I asked him the last time he had to. "Last week."

From DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji:

#RedWings Franzen says he's going hard on and off ice to test himself.

Update #1:

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Custance: How do the Red Wings and Atlantic Division stack up against the Blackhawks?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

ESPN's Craig Custance is comparing every NHL team to the Chicago Blackhawks based upon five specific categories, and today, he's analyzing the Atlantic Division's teams. Here's what his Insider-only entry has to say about the Red Wings:

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Beakout Season For Five Youngsters

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jonathan Wllis of Sportsnet,

It’s always difficult to identify breakout players; by definition, these are individuals who have never in prior seasons accomplished the things they are about to accomplish. However, analytics offers us some hints as to which individuals might be on the cusp of a revelatory performance. The following are five candidates for big seasons.

Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

MacKinnon is the kind of player who might get the “sophomore slump” label after falling from 63 points as a rookie to 38 a year ago. It’s unfair, because he was a dramatically better player in Year 2 of his NHL career. His line (with Ryan O’Reilly and Gabriel Landeskog) improved according to every five-on-five metric we have available.

Consider shots. In an average hour with MacKinnon on the ice, the Avs went from being out-shot 33-30 to outshooting the opposition 33-31, going from just below team average to well above it (as Colorado tends to get out-shot). His personal five-on-five scoring numbers were almost identical year-over-year, and he shot the puck far more frequently, almost 20 percent more than he did as a rookie.

Why did his scoring fall? Colorado’s power play imploded, with the unit’s goal production down nearly 30 percent from the previous season, and MacKinnon’s personal shooting percentage fell markedly, down from a reasonable 10 percent to a lousy 7.3 percent.

He’s 20 years old, all of his personal performance markers at even-strength are pointing in the right direction, and he’s coming off a year where everything went wrong on both the power play and as a shooter. He shouldn’t just match his rookie scoring totals, he should blow past them.

read on for Nazem Kadri, Justin Schultz, Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Strome...

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Informal practice Tweets: The media’s back ‘in the room’ today

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa:

@DetroitRedWings

informal skates open to media, 1st time today.

nice to be back in building,

fri oct 9 v maple leafs, home opener.

...

a bit of the ol' fog, knees down, parts of ice at venerable joe louis arena.

emphasis on INFORMAL skate. players, wings and not. no coaches

Ahem:

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Bryce Salvador Announces His Retirement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (September 2, 2015) – Bryce Salvador has announced his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL) after 14 seasons.

Salvador played in a total of 786 career NHL games with two teams, the St. Louis Blues and the New Jersey Devils. He scored 24 goals and 86 assists for 110 points in his NHL career. Salvador, a six-foot-three, 215-pound defenceman, played in 74 playoff games and reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2012 with the Devils. He captained the Devils for the final three seasons of his career.

“I would like to thank my wife, April, for her unconditional and ongoing support, and love. I’m blessed and so thankful that my two sons, Pierson and Hudson, were able to see and remember me play as I thought my career was over when I missed the entire 2010-11 season due to injury.  To my parents, and my extended family, as well as Bonnie and Gerald, thank you for all your love and support,” said Bryce Salvador. “I would like to thank the Lethbridge Hurricanes and GM Bob Bartlett, the St. Louis Blues and GM Larry Pleau, and the New Jersey Devils and GM Lou Lamoriello, for giving me the opportunities to play hockey. Thanks also to my teammates, the owners of each of these organizations, and to the fans for bringing excitement and energy to every game. I look forward to a continued involvement in hockey for years to come.”

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‘Three Things’: A ‘Construction Cam’; on Sheahan’s outlook and an interview with Todd Nelson

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

Here's the press release:

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Maybe If We All Pool Our Money…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Realty Today,

Hockey living legend Jeremy Roenick could not sell his house in Scottsdale, Arizona so he is trying a different approach: For $30,000 a month, he will be glad to rent out his home.

After sitting idle in listings for over a year, Roenick has decided to put a "for rent" sign on his 10,000-square-foot residence instead and hopes that renters are willing to pay the $30,000 a month price tag attached to it. The mansion sits on 19 acres of land just outside Pinnacle Peak and has its own private baseball field....

The house has seven bedrooms with eight baths and two of them are master suites. There is a swimming pool and spa outside, as well as a mini golf course. There is also a 2,000-square-foot stand-alone guest house complete with its own kitchen and a garage that could fit four cars.

a bit more

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Cory Sarich Ready To Resume His NHL Career

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,

The veteran blue-liner is seeking employment in the National Hockey League.

As of Tuesday, he was still waiting.

“I spoken with a few teams,” Sarich, 37, said after an informal morning session at WinSport. “That’s been obviously the goal — to try to see if there’s any interest out there. Nothing so far. I’m just going to keep skating … trying to get my legs underneath me.”

As most people know, the former member of the Calgary Flames hasn’t suited up since that horrific cycling crash in Invermere, B.C.

That was July 2014.

Sarich suffered five cracked vertebrae, muffler-burns on his shoulder and wrist from sliding under the offending truck, severe road rash. (“My helmet was busted up in probably seven or more pieces,” he said a month after the wreck. “It was just in pieces hanging by the chinstrap and was actually choking me, so good thing I had that on because it helped in saving my life.”)

Sarich, not surprisingly, was unable to perform at all last season.

But after a full summer of training alongside brother-in-law Nick Schultz, defenceman of the Philadelphia Flyers, Sarich says he’s eager to resume his career.

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The New Jersey Devils On The Lookout For A Few Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

When the Devils bought out the final season of forward Dainius Zubrus' contract on July 29, Shero explained that wanted to create some roster flexibility up front in case he is able to add another forward at some point before the season starts.

Shero is still pursuing that possibility, but said “there's nothing imminent.”

“We're looking at those things whether it's a signing or a trade or potentially a tryout situation with players that are looking for jobs still or a trade with any team,” he said. “That's a constant evaluation that will kind of go on until training camp or after training camp. So, we'll see. There are players that are still out there. We've been in touch with agents and teams and we'll see where that's going to lead us trytout-wise, trade-wise or signing-wise.”

At this point, Shero doesn't know yet if any players will attend camp with the Devils as tryouts.

“Sometimes these things happen the day before,” he said. “I've been in touch with different agents and players, as every other team has been, and we'll just see. But there are no tryout invitations out at this point at all.”

When asked if the team would be more likely to invite a forward or a defenseman, Shero replied, “It could be both.”

read on for updates on Bryce Salvador, Ryane Clowe and Martin Brodeur Day...

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