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Afternoon news: Summer World Junior TV stuff; on the NTDP’s new home and ‘the best Z’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of brief Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. USA Hockey is broadcasting its World Junior evaluation camp games on FastHockey.com, and TSN is going to air all of Team Canada's summer evaluation camp games (Joe Hicketts will represent Canada, and Evgeny Svechnikov will represent Russia) on TSN TV next week:

2. Closer to home, Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples penned a superb article about the renamed USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth as the U.S. National Team Development Program prepares to embark upon its first season there:

3. I don't need to tell you this, but the Hockey News's Jared Clinton reviewed the best players whose last names begin with Z, and he suggests that Henrik Zetterberg's the best "Z" ever:

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USA Hockey announces 2015-16 schedule for NTDP, Under-17 teams

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From USA Hockey:

2015-16 National Team Development Program Schedule Announced
Ticket Packages Now Available for Games at USA Hockey Arena

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, which enters its 19th season on ice in 2015-16, today announced the schedule for its U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams. Tickets for all home games, to be played at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, are available now through the box office.

The Under-17 Team kicks off the 2015-16 campaign with preseason contests on Sept. 12-13 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, against the United States Hockey League's Bloomington Thunder and Madison Capitols. It will begin USHL regular-season play on the road against the Chicago Steel on Sept. 26, and will make its USA Hockey Arena debut on Oct. 16 against Madison.

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Red Wings pay tribute to Leo Reise, Jr.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings:

RED WINGS MOURN THE PASSING OF LEO REISE, JR.

The Detroit Red Wings are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Leo Reise, Jr. Reise passed away on Sunday at the age of 93 in Hamilton, Ontario. Reise played 340 games for the Red Wings as a defenseman from 1946-52 and recorded 82 points (21-61-82) and 251 penalty minutes. The Stoney Creek, Ontario, native was a four-time NHL All-Star with the Red Wings and was a key component of the team’s Stanley Cup championships in 1950 and 1952. Reise totaled 494 NHL games over a nine-season NHL career with the Red Wings, Chicago Black Hawks and New York Rangers before retiring in 1953-54. The organization would like to offer its deepest sympathies to the Reise family during this difficult time.

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All About Lou Lamoriello

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Daneyko at The Players' Tribune,

I’ve never told anyone this story until now, but during the second game of Lou’s tenure, we were playing in Toronto, and they were really giving it to us. One of Lou’s biggest frustrations with the team he inherited wasn’t just that we weren’t all that good, but that we’d get beat up and pushed around too much. In general, we didn’t carry ourselves in a way that demanded respect. At some point during the game against the Leafs, Claude Loiselle received an elbow to the head by Wendel Clark, a talented young player who was tough as nails. It looked bad, and Claude was woozy coming to bench.

After seeing that, I hopped over the boards for my shift and challenged Wendel to a fight at center ice. I don’t remember who won it, but I’m going to safely assume I took a few good shots.

We ended up losing the game, but afterwards Lou came up to me and stuck his hand out to shake mine, and I noticed he was gripping a couple of $100 bills. My eyes kind of widened and I looked at him seriously and said, “What’s this for?”

He goes, “I like what you did tonight. You stuck up for a teammate. Now take this and get yourself something nice.” I said, “That’s not necessary. This is my job.” Then Lou got a little hot, looked me in my eye and said (minus the expletives), “I want this team to understand that we’re in this together, thick and thin, on and off the ice. Read between the lines!”

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Trade Shea Weber

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Josh Cooper of Yahoo,

We give five reasons why Nashville should trade Weber, at least at some point within the next year.

1. The offers will be ridiculously in Nashville’s favor

His $7.857 million salary cap hit, while less awful in today’s post 2012-13 lockout world, is a lot. Also, some teams have the money, and the lunacy, to part with multiple good, young NHL-ready forwards Nashville needs. Weber is a physical speciman and cornerstone defenseman, but his perceived value, especially amongst old boys GMs, may be greater than his actual worth. Many probably still drool over this 2010 Olympics shot where the puck went through the net on a goal.

The Oilers under former general manager Craig MacTavish always seemed to be hot after Weber. And he’s the type of player the current Edmonton group could use with Connor McDavid coming in. Wait, how would Weber ever allow a trade to EdmonHoth? Oh yeah, the Predators didn’t give him any no-trade clause. So they can deal him to whatever team they want.

And new Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli has seemed OK with dealing good, young forwards at points of his career. If you’re going to trade the face of your franchise, you need to make sure you get the right pieces back. There are teams that have the type of NHL-ready young talent who can step in and score right away – like again, Edmonton. 

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Savage: Slava Fetisov makes an election promise to keep KHL’ers from leaving for the NHL

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The KHL's offseason is like election season in the U.S.--many promises are made and bluster issued by both candidates for seats on the Russian Hockey Federation's board of directors, and everything from starting a KHL team in China to playing by NHL rules and sealing off KHLers' routes to the NHL have been bantered about over the past two weeks, with Slava Fetisov--who was recently reelected to the KHL board after several years off--leading the charge on the latter two issues.

At this time of year, it's really bluster as opposed to fact, and Fetisov was all but obligated to talk about cutting off the Russian window to the NHL after Phil Esposito suggested to the Russian press that such a course of action would be a "return to communism," so this Tweet from Sport-Express's Slava Malamud, provided by MLive's Brendan Savage (via RedWingsFeed), is really par for the course:

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Mid-day news: It’s a Twitterpalooza

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Twitter-related Red Wings note today:

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All Jakub Voracek

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

Q: A lot of the Flyers roster is in tact from last year, but can you talk about the additions of your countrymen Michal Neuvirth and Radko Gudas

“I know Michal very well. I played with him on the national teams growing up. He’s a great goalie and I think that was a great pick up by the organization. The last two years I’ve been the only Czech here by myself so it’s good to have two guys. I’m very excited to be able to talk every once in a while in Czech to someone. Sometimes it was hard when I called home and I tried to talk Czech with my mom. She would ask me if I was sleeping because I talked like I couldn’t speak Czech anymore.”

Q: On Gudas…

“I said this before… I think he’s going to be one of the favorite players on the team to the fans next year because he leaves everything on the ice and plays with a lot of grit. It’s very good to see that we have a player like him in our organization.”

Q: Finally, your thoughts on your new head coach, Dave Hakstol. Is it true he flew to Czech Republic to meet with you in person?

“Yes, it says a lot that he flew all the way to Czech Republic to meet with me, and he had some Czech food so that’s a good sign! I’m very excited for him coming in here and a new system. We spent a lot of time talking about everything from everyday life to what he’s expecting from us, as well as myself and I think it went very well.”

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Habs GM Bergevin holds high hopes for Alex Semin

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Via Pro Hockey Talk's Mike Halford, Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin issued a list of high hopes for Alexander Semin to the Montreal Gazette's Stu Cowan:

When asked what led him to sign the enigmatic Semin, who was bought out by the Carolina Hurricanes this summer after scoring only six goals in 57 games last season, Bergevin said: “He’s high skilled … he brings something that not a lot of players do have. Obviously, things didn’t go his way in Carolina. He’s going to have a chance to prove that he is a player that he once was and he’s still young at 31 years of age. So we hope he’ll bring his skill and his compete level to Montreal.”

The Hurricanes gave Semin a five-year, $35-million contract extension in March 2013 after he had averaged a point a game in his first 30 games with Carolina (eight goals and 22 assists) after signing a one-year, $7-million free-agent contract. The buyout will cost the Hurricanes $14 million spread over the next six years.

Bergevin told reporters in Foxboro that the 31-year-old Semin, who was selected by the Washington Capitals in the first round (13th overall) at the 2002 NHL Draft, needs to show more consistency in his game.

“That was the downside that he had in Carolina and that’s what we’re looking for,” the GM said. “If you don’t score — (and) it’s hard to score in today’s game — you have to bring something else to the table. So it’s either backchecking or stripping pucks or playing solid hockey … that’s what I expect from you if you don’t score.”

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Blue Jackets, Ehrhoff engage in ‘slow dance’ courtship

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Via the Hockey News's Jared Clinton, this is a little bit strange:

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