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KK- Donation Drive Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Thanks to some very recent donations, the KK GoFundMe Dontation Drive is now over $8000.

Your donations will help make KK a much better place moving forward and I cannot thank you enough.

Do remember, anyone who has donated in the past and does so again, any amount over $20 will get the majority of ads removed on KK to make your browsing experience that much better.

If this is your first time donating, anything over $25 will also to the trick.

Again, thanks to all who have donated.

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Evening news: On Helm, Tatar, a Griffins 3rd jersey and Larionov on wine (really)

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa not only spoke with Mike Green today, but he and the media attending today's informal skate also spoke with Darren Helm and Tomas Tatar about their summertime training.

Helm was very happy with the amount of training he was able to take part in this summer...

“Last two years, I’ve been doing a little bit of rehab and a little light lifting,” he said. “And this year I was able to do the heavy lifting and the training the way the other guys do, and at the same time being smart with what I need to do.

“I think I’m in better shape than I have been in previous years. The last couple were just getting to where I need to be to play, and this year I feel I’m in much better shape than that.”

And Tatar suggested that he's getting into his prime both physically and mentally:

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On hockey and wine

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

This is by far the most unusual--and interesting--article you'll read this weekend. The Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek spoke with Los Angeles Kings broadcaster Jim Fox, former Red Wing Igor Larionov and former NHL'er Pavel Bure about the former-athletes-in-winemaking business, and you're going to enjoy reading this the whole way through:

Last August, Jim Fox was attending the University of California, at Davis, taking an extension course in winemaking, when he felt the first tremors. Fox was born in Coniston, Ont., but has lived in Los Angeles since 1981, when he first turned pro with the Los Angeles Kings. Not quite a native Californian, Fox has lived there long enough now to know what a major earthquake feels and sounds like – and this was big, 6.0 on the moment magnitude scale (MMS).

“My first thought was, ‘if this was San Francisco, they are in big trouble’ – because it was rocking,” Fox said. Soon after, he learned that the epicentre of the quake was near the West Napa Fault, where the entire vintage of his 2012 Patiné Cellars pinot noir was being stored. Patiné is a boutique wine project that Fox and his wife Suzie run in conjunction with noted winemaker Mike Smith. From vineyard to retail outlet, the process of making a fine wine takes years and involves endless hours of sweat and toil. To potentially have the whole inventory lost in a quake gave Fox one long uneasy night – until he found out his wines had come through nearly unscathed.

“The warehouse where they stored our wine I estimate would house at least 100,000 cases, if not more, and they only lost 20 cases total,” Fox said. “To lose only 20 cases at the epicentre of an earthquake is, I assume, good planning, good storage – but also good fortune. You cannot get earthquake insurance, so if we had lost it, we would have lost it.”


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So Daniel Cleary’s back…again…

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

For the third time in three years, I had put my head down on the pillow when I got a text from Paul, in Samsung's whistling ringtone, and I knew immediately that something was up.

For the third time in three years, Paul told me that the Red Wings had re-signed Daniel Cleary, for the third time, honoring a promise made back in training camp in 2013, and I could only shake my head and pull the covers over it.

I'm not furious like I was last summer, because this isn't a $2.5 million albatross on the cap like the last deal (with that lingering $1 million-for-10-games-played bonus still likely to force the Wings to trade someone off the burgeoning roster by the first week of October).

I'm not angry because we've been told that, this time, if Daniel Cleary is battling for a roster spot against an Andrej Nestrasil-style role player, Cleary won't win by default.

And I'm not angry because I'd resigned myself to the inevitability of Ken Holland keeping his word, consequences in terms of roster complications, cap complications and a near-revolt from fans be damned.

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A One-Year Deal For Dan Cleary

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the team has re-signed forward Daniel Cleary to a one-year contract.

A native of Carbonear, Newfoundland, Cleary skated in 17 games with the Red Wings during the 2014-15 campaign, notching two points (1-1-2) and six penalty minutes. The 36-year-old forward has totaled 265 points (124-141-265) and 299 penalty minutes in 609 games with the club since 2005-06. He has also appeared in 111 playoff games for the Red Wings, registering 49 points (23-26-49) and 66 penalty minutes and helped the team capture the 11th Stanley Cup championship in franchise history in 2008.

Originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round (13th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Cleary has played 938 career NHL games with the Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers, Phoenix Coyotes and Red Wings, recording 387 points (165-222-387) and 492 penalty minutes. Prior to his NHL career, he notched 101 points (31-70-101) in 97 AHL games with the Portland Pirates and Hamilton Bulldogs from 1998-00. Prior to turning pro in 1998-99, Cleary tallied 323 points (127-196-323) in 220 games during his four-season OHL career with the Belleville Bulls. He was a two-time OHL First-Team All-Star (1996 and 1997) as well as a CHL Second-Team All-Star in 1996 and a member of the CHL All-Rookie Team in 1995.

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The New Type Of On-Ice Officials

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

It’s a new National Hockey League season and there’s a fresh crop of zebras, as the transformation of the NHL’s officiating department continues.

There was a time not long ago when an NHL official had a job for life, once he got inside the ropes. But as the speed of the game has increased, the life expectancy of an NHL referee has gone in the other direction. Now, with officiating combines and an international search underway for the best from all the hockey playing countries, donning the stripes in an NHL game isn’t nearly as easy as it once may have been.

“It’s forced us to find officials with a skating skill-set that is necessary to keep up to today’s game,” the NHL’s director of officiating Stephen Walkom said from Buffalo, N.Y., where the annual NHL officials training camp is taking place. “You have to be a great skater on both edges. Transition forwards to backwards. Move in, out and all around with the speed of the game.

“We’re looking for athletes,” he said. “The days of not being athletic as a referee are long gone.”

And if that athlete comes from a little town outside Moscow called Tver — the same place that gave us Ilya Kovalchuk — all the better.


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Post-informal practice Tweets and articles: Green, Tatar and Helm address the media

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 3:01 PM: Tomas Tatar and Mike Green showed up at the Red Wings' informal practice today, and after said practice, the pair spoke with the media.

Green seemed a little bit uncomfortable at times, but that's to be expected on someone's "first day" meeting with a new media corps (and being the flavor of the week, so to speak), and he addressed the expectations placed upon him and his probable playing partner in Danny DeKeyser;

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Rich Peverley Is Retiring, Will Work With The Dallas Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Rich Peverley has decided to retire and take a job in the player development department with the Stars, he said Friday.

The former Stars center, 33, collapsed on the ice at American Airlines Center March 10, 2014 during a cardiac incident and hasn’t played since. He said he has used the past 18 months to push his rehab and see if he could get to a place where he could return to the NHL, but he knows that’s not possible.

“It was working out, monitoring how I was doing, continuing to see doctors to exhaust every avenue and find out exactly if I could play,” Peverley said of his rehab. “It’s a case that’s very complicated, and what I have learned is there is no 100 percent to medicine and, unfortunately, I can’t play anymore.”


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Stanley in Saugatuck

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

If you live on the West Side of the State of Michigan, WHTC 1450's Gary Stevens reports that the Stanley Cup will be making a rare-for-the-summer stop in Western MI this weekend:

For the second time in seven years, hockey's Holy Grail comes to the Lakeshore, and in both instances, it wasn't because the Detroit Red Wings were champions.

Paul Goodman is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the three-time Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks. As a way to say thanks to his adopted off-season "refuge" and part-time hometown, he's spending his allocated three days with the Cup in Saugatuck this weekend, capped with a cameo public appearance as part of the Labor Day afternoon boat parade from Kalamazoo Lake through the mouth of the Kalamazoo River to Lake Michigan. Goodman is also supporting a fund-raising effort for purchasing a large "Holiday Tree" that would be permanently planted in the community.

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Red Wings announce preliminary lineup for Hockeyfest on September 13th

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings:

… Kronwall, Howard, Nyquist Highlight List of Current Players Set to Appear at Fun-Filled Event at The Joe on Sunday, Sept. 13 …

DETROIT – The 2015 edition of Red Wings HockeyFest, presented by Coke Zero and Meijer, is set to take place at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday, Sept. 13 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), featuring an unforgettable day of hockey-related activities, including a chance to meet current players and Red Wings Alumni. A preliminary list of past and present members of the Red Wings set to attend this much-anticipated event can be found below. Additional players will be added to this list at a later time.

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