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Video- Will You Watching The Hockey Games At The Olympics?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Tim and Sid discuss whether people will still watch the Olympics despite the NHL electing to skip the tournament.


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Wings’ ‘Final Farewell’ to the Joe focuses on fans, last game at JLA

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings posted their third video paying a "Final Farewell" to Joe Louis Arena this morning, with the Wings spotlighting "The Fans" as they paid farwell to the Joe during its last game:

Here are parts one and two of the video series, too:

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Morning news: Kotkansalo wears the ‘C’; profiling David Pope, etc.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. According to Leijonat.com, the Finnish national team's website, Kasper Kotkansalo was awarded the captain's "C" for a World Junior selection camp game against the Czech Republic;

2. MLive's Brendan Savage penned a profile of Red Wings prospect David Pope:

"I kind of broke out offensively last year so I'd like to continue that trend upward next year," said Pope, a native of Edmonton. "I've got to have the puck on my stick as much as possible and have more impact on the game.

"I think my skating has gotten a lot better and I think that's come with just getting stronger in the gym. I'm more explosive. I still need some improvement in tighter areas with my skating but since my first year I think skating and my strength have been the two biggest improvements."

Pope was 6-foot-2, 187 pounds when the Red Wings drafted him four years ago. At this year's development camp, he was listed at 6-3, 198.

That's not exactly accurate...Pope was about 165 when he was drafted, and he's put on a lot of weight since then...

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Andrei Markov Will Not Return To Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

MONTREAL - Andrei Markov will not be back with the Canadiens for the 2017-18 season. The veteran defenseman will be available to speak with reporters via conference call on Thursday afternoon (the release note says at his request).

Markov has spent his entire 16-year NHL career to date as a member of the Canadiens. Narrowly missing the 1,000-game milestone with 990 career games under his belt, the Russian rearguard sits sixth on the franchise's all-time leaderboard for games played. He has also suited up for 89 postseason tilts during his time with the Habs.

Since making his NHL debut in 2000, Markov has racked up 572 regular-season points, including 119 goals. He finished his final Canadiens campaign tied with Hall-of-Famer Guy Lapointe for second place in team history for points by a defenseman, and is ranked third for goals from the back end.

The 38-year-old blue-liner was drafted in the sixth round, 162nd overall by Montreal in 1998 and became a Canadian citizen in July 2010.

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(Early) Morning news: On Dylan Larkin, the World Junior Summer Showcase and Jake Paterson’s new team

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note early on a Thursday morning:

1. DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji filed an article from the Larkin Hockey School in Waterford, MI:

Although Dylan Larkin is turning 21 this weekend, it wasn't that long ago that he was a little boy skating at Lakeland Ice Arena in Waterford.

So it was a natural fit when Brad Martin, who runs the Lakeland Hockey Association and Lakeland Ice Arena, asked Larkin and his brother, Colin, and his cousins, Adam and Ryan, if they were interested in doing a hockey camp.

All four Larkin boys eagerly agreed to do it and the Larkin Hockey School was born.

"A lot of us that are doing this camp grew up right in this rink and it is cool to come back and give back to these kids that are hopefully going to follow in our footsteps," Larkin said following an afternoon session. "We all have moved on through the hockey ranks and all of us are playing (or have played) college hockey. I hope we're setting a good example and we're having fun with the kids. It's been a good response in both years doing it so it's a lot of fun for us."

Wakiji continues, and DetroitRedWings.com's Arthur J. Regner recorded a 12-minute podcast with Larkin as well:

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NHL Stars Should Be More Involved With The CBA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The best players in the NHL have historically sat on the sidelines during collective bargaining, but it's time for the likes of Crosby and McDavid to get involved.

So Connor McDavid is “really upset” about NHL players not participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics. In that case, McDavid might want to take a number and get in line because there are a lot of star players who feel the same way. Sidney Crosby doesn’t like it, either. But the NHL is not in the business of catering to their star players, particularly when they feel it doesn’t serve their business interests very well.

Some star players, particularly those of the Russian variety, have talked about going rogue and playing in the Pyeongchang tournament anyway. So make no mistake, the star players who have the most to lose by not playing in the Olympics are not a happy bunch.

And that’s all well and good, but now is the time for those same players to use their clout to shame the NHL into doing the right thing in 2022 and their own Players’ Association into enshrining it into the next collective bargaining agreement. 


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Krupa’s top 12 Wings prospects

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa compiled a listing of the Red Wings' top twelve prospects:

So far, the Red Wings have used none of their 20 draft picks from 2017 and 2018 to buff up a trade package, and the state of their depth chart is a reason why.

Their intent is stocking young talent.

For prospects, they are thin in defensemen and goalies.

The Wings have gotten bigger throughout their system, but large forwards are still desired, too.

And they could use some rough-and-tough guys who can eventually play quality minutes in the NHL.

Considering their top five defensive prospects, acquiring free agent Trevor Daley is unlikely to block the path of anyone young and effective, anytime soon. The pool of immediately available apprentices is insufficient.

At forward, the Red Wings are deeper, and Evgeny Svechnikov may emerge as a star.

At goalie, two tall men are the top prospects.

Krupa continues, and there's a photo gallery accompanying the story...

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A lengthy remembrance of Gordie Howe

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Deadspin's "The Stacks" re-posted a very lengthy article in which Inside Sports' Mordecai Richler profiled a then-still-among-us Gordie Howe:

Gordie Howe’s amazing career is festooned with records, illuminated by anecdote. Looked at properly, within the third-grade repeater there was a hockey pedagogue longing to leap out.

Item: In 1963, when the traditionally stylish but corner-shy Montreal Canadiens brought up a young behemoth from the minors to police the traffic, he had the audacity to go into a corner with Mr. Elbows. He yanked off his gloves, foolishly threatening to mix it up with Howe.

“In this league, son,” Howe cautioned him, “we don’t really fight. All we do is tug at each other’s sweaters.”

“Certainly, Mr. Howe,” the rookie agreed.

But no sooner did he drop his fists than the old educator creamed him.

Toe Blake, another Canadien who played against Howe, once said, “He was primarily a defensive player when he started, and he’d take your ankles off if you stood in front of the net.”

Richler continues...

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The Boston Bruins Make The Ryan Spooner Signing Official

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, July 26, that the team has signed forward Ryan Spooner to a one-year contract worth $2,825,000.

"We are pleased with the process and are happy to have Ryan's contract resolved. His agent, Murray Kuntz, and Ryan were both very professional, and our group was well prepared as they had worked very diligently prior to arriving at a settlement point," said Sweeney. "We know Ryan has the offensive skills to be an impactful player, especially while on the power play. We expect Ryan to continue to take the necessary steps with his development to be an even more complete, two-way player."

Spooner, 25, skated in 78 games with the Bruins in 2016-17, recording 11 goals and 28 assists for 39 points. His 18 power play points were good for fourth on the team. Spooner also skated in four playoff games for Boston against the Senators, logging two assists. He established career highs in all offensive categories during the 2015-16 season, tallying 13 goals and 36 assists for 49 points in 80 games. In his five-year NHL career, the 5-foot-10, 184-pound forward has played in 214 games, compiling 32 goals and 85 assists for 117 points.

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Afternoon Line- Connor McDavid On Not Being Able To Participate In The Olympics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I’m really upset about it.

“You want to be able to represent your country on the highest stage, and the Olympics is obviously the highest stage possible. To know that you might not be able to represent your country at the Olympics for another four years for sure. … Even if you’re able to in four years, it’s disappointing.”

-Connor McDavid via Luke Fox of Sportsnet.

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