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Red Wings afternoon tidbits: DeKeyser takes flight, chat chatter and Jimmy Howard in Maine

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x with DeKeyser stuff via MLive's Ansar Khan at 5:18 PM: Amongst a whole bunc of tidbits on a relatively quiet afternoon: The scattered thunderstorms that have been skittering across Southeastern Michigan let up enough for Danny DeKeyser to hop onto an F/A-18D at Selfridge Air National Guard Base and fly along with the Blue Angels:

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Flyers Re-Sign Zac Rinaldo

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LeBrun: Eyes of the hockey world are fixed upon the spat between Ryan Johansen and Blue Jackets

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun's returned from his summer vacation, and LeBrun suggests that the juiciest story of early September involves the contract impasse between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen:

Two sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com on Tuesday there’s been next to no dialogue for a while as both sides remain more than $3 million apart per season on a proposed two-year contract.
That’s a sizable gap to be sure.

The sense is that the Johansen camp is willing to go longer on term but the team at this point is more fixated on a two-year bridge deal.

There are different layers to this squabble. From 10,000 feet above, there’s the baggage that this organization carries and the danger of alienating a core fan base that has been so, so patient through all the down years. An ugly fight with perhaps the young star most popular with the fan base is not the kind of thing you want when you consider the history here with Rick Nash, etc.

LeBrun continues, offering an assessment of the "salary ask"...

The nuts and bolts: It’s believed the Johansen camp, led by veteran agent Kurt Overhardt, wants the 22-year-old paid like some of the higher-end, young centers in the league (I’m guessing north of $6 million a year) and why not after a 33-goal campaign. Not to mention the drop-off at center on this team if Johansen isn’t playing. There’s leverage there for the player to be sure.

And LeBrun concludes by suggesting that the Blue Jackets will try to work out a PK Subban-style "bridge deal," though he's not sure whether that will happen before training camps kick off late next week.

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All Kinds Of Odds Before Training Camps Open

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Thanks to Bovada for this...

Odds to win the 2015 Stanley Cup   

Odds on 7/9/14             Current Odds   

Chicago Blackhawks                             7/1                    13/2

Los Angeles Kings                                9/1                    9/1

Boston Bruins                                       10/1                  10/1

Anaheim Ducks                                     12/1                  12/1

Pittsburgh Penguins                              12/1                  12/1

St. Louis Blues                                      12/1                  12/1

San Jose Sharks                                   14/1                  14/1

Minnesota Wild                                     18/1                  16/1

New York Rangers                                 16/1                  16/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                             18/1                  16/1

Colorado Avalanche                              18/1                  18/1

Montreal Canadiens                               20/1                  18/1

Dallas Stars                                         18/1                  20/1

Detroit Red Wings                                 22/1                  22/1

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Former Red Wing Chris Osgood tells ESPN’s Katie Strang that the Wings in ‘transition

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

ESPN's been positing sets of off-season assessments of NHL teams as viewed through the eyes of notable alumni, and today, Katie Strang spoke with former Wings goaltender and Fox Sports Detroit commentator Chris Osgood about the Wings' status.

Osgood tells Strang that he fully believes the Wings are "reloading"...

“They’re not rebuilding like people say,” Osgood told ESPN.com in a recent telephone conversation, instead insisting, “I think it’s a nice transition.”

The luxury of having that core group of veterans (which could also include Daniel Alfredsson, should his health allow him to play this season) and such a strong crop of prospects is what has made the Red Wings such a model franchise.

And he discusses the Wings' depth in terms of prospects, as well as what Anthony Mantha needs to do to make the team...

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Plymouth Whalers to hold exhibition game benefiting Plymouth-Canton Educational Park

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated with a note about the Plymouth Whalers' "Try Hockey For Free" clinic on Wednesday, September 3rd.

From the Plymouth Whalers:

PLYMOUTH WHALERS, SAGINAW PLAY FOR PCEP ON SEPTEMBER 6

All proceeds of preseason game go to Plymouth-Canton Education Park

PLYMOUTH – Over the years, the Plymouth Whalers have forged a unique partnership with the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park.

The younger Whalers attend high school at the 305 acre campus site in western Wayne County which houses three high schools - Plymouth, Salem and Canton - at the same campus.  Plymouth Whalers Educational Consultant John Seidleman is a retired PCEP professional who has done an outstanding job as a liaison between the Whalers and the PCEP.

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Red Wings morning news: on Zetterberg’s ‘outlook,’ Swedish collaborations, Mantha and Kevin Porter

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Several Red Wings-related stories hit the wires early this morning, so I'm up a little early to note them, as well as this (it looks like the weather's holding up for Danny DeKeyser's flight with the Blue Angels):

In terms of news stories, MLive's Ansar Khan examines Henrik Zetterberg's "outlook" for the 2014-15 season, and I certainly hope it's a healthy one. Zetterberg will turn 34 in October, and he's signed for 7 more seasons at a Capgeek-listed $6.08 million cap hit.

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All Matt Fraser

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from Mac Faulkner of Shnarped,

Recently Shnarped had the chance to speak at length with Matt as he reflected back on his journey from a 9th round pick in the bantam draft to an overtime hero in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In part one of a three-part series, we explore his thoughts on playing in Boston and what it was like scoring the overtime winning goal in his NHL playoff debut.

Is there anyone on the Bruins that you want to model your game after or just respect the way they prepare and carry themselves?

It’s hard not to go into that dressing room and respect the guys that put on that jersey because they’re there for a reason and they all believe in a common goal of winning the Stanley Cup. You have to respect the guys like (Shawn) Thornton, (Milan) Lucic and (Zdeno) Chara. You look at a guy like (Jarome) Iginla and he’s done so much for his career, in the NHL and on an international level, that it’s a no brainer.

You need to watch those guys because you want to see how they prepare and how they carry themselves in the dressing room, during the game and after the game with the media. You see why they’re so successful because they know how to be a professional. All those guys are so professional and they’re there because they want to win. Ultimately if you didn’t want to win and didn’t want to prepare yourself then you wouldn’t be there.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In my early years as a blogger I could be quite nasty toward journalists I disagree with.  I received e-mails from a few of them taking me to task, not for questioning their work, but for personally attacking them. Rather than simply disagreeing with them or offering a counterpoint, I often mocked their work, personalities and even their appearance.

In short, I was acting like an *#$%@&.

Most bloggers I’ve followed over the years don’t behave like this toward the hockey punditry, but there’s several who do. It’s little wonder some in the MSM get testy when they’re criticized by these folks.

I’ve also encountered several bloggers dismissive of the mainstream media, considering themselves part of the “new media” poised to change hockey coverage forever. These same folks, however, rely heavily on the MSM for source material. They didn’t want to admit it, but they need the mainstream media. Without them, many bloggers would have little, if anything, to write about.

It’s easy to consider bloggers, especially influential ones, as “keeping the media honest”. That implies, however, the hockey media as a whole are misleading their readers with lazy reportage. That’s simply not true. Having worked alongside hockey beat writers at various NHL events over the years, I have considerable respect for what they do.

Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey where you can read more on this topic.

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Not Last Year’s New York Rangers

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from Andrew Gross of The Record,

To repeat as conference champs, bigger-than-expected contributions have to come from unexpected places.

Look, given a choice between a roster with Brian Boyle (Lightning), Stralman, Pouliot and Brad Richards (Blackhawks) or Matthew Lombardi, Lee Stempniak, Tanner Glass and Dan Boyle, I’ll take the first grouping.

But Dan Boyle, at 38, should be equal to, if not better than Stralman, at least for the short term. And the Rangers have other options up front besides Lombardi, Stempniak and Glass.

Kreider’s former Boston College teammate, Kevin Hayes, has the potential to develop into a very strong off-season signing, even if it’s more likely he’ll need some seasoning at Hartford (AHL), as Kreider did.

J.T. Miller, at 21, could be facing a pivotal season in his development within the organization as he enters the last season of his entry-level deal. But it’s way too early to forget that he was the 15th overall pick in the 2011 draft and is talented, if still maturing.

Jesper Fast, Oscar Lindberg and Danny Kristo are among the other forward prospects who will be given a chance to crack the top 12.

So, in many respects, the 2014-15 Rangers enter training camp – which starts on Sept. 18 – in the same shape as last season’s model.

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