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Chris Kreider’s Arbitration Numbers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Kerider's hearing is this Wednesday.

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Cody Franson, Leafs Settle On Contract Before Arbitration

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

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Morning Line

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I've never been one to focus on pressure. Pressure, for me, comes when I don't feel like I'm doing a good job — just like a player. Trust me, I will put more pressure on myself than anyone else ever will. No offense, but I don't really read the papers much. I trust my staff and the people I'm close with. You have to be true to yourself, true to your instincts. Just be who you are. That's what I'll do. I'm very excited about this.

-Mike Johnston, head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins on dealing with pressure.  Read more from Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review who did a Q & A with Johnston.

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Red Wings overnight report, part 2: The ‘low ebb,’ taking prospects slowly & Tootoo’s new linemate

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 8:06 AM: The Red Wings unveiled their plans for a new rink and a surrounding development that has a solid chance of dramatically changing the City of Detroit on Sunday, but Art Regner spent his time on the 7 Sports Cave talking about Mike Babcock's would-be "inevitable" departure from Detroit, and the Detroit News's Terry Foster and ESPN 96.1 FM's Sean Baligian sounded similar tones regarding Babcock's last-Thursday radio interview on Fox 2's Sportsworks (nobody seems to understand that Babcock wants GM Ken Holland to be re-signed before he re-ups):

The summer of Wings fan (and media) discontent continues, and prior to heading out on his summer vacation, the Hockey News's Ken Campbell offered this take on the state of the Wings and Babcock's, "If you don't want to be coached, don't come here" message:

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Red Wings overnight report, part 1: On the ‘District Detroit’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Sunday's unveiling of the Red Wings' rink plans yielded what was very literally an all-night "vigil" for me. The Free Press usually publishes its next-day stories between 12 and 2 AM, and on "old-school" nights, between 3 and 4 AM. The rink stories weren't posted until after 5 AM; Crain's Detroit Business's stories hit around 7:30, and the Wings didn't post their official release until 8 AM.

After waking up from what I guess we'll call a nap, I woke up and thought, 'That's going to cost way more than $650 million."

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Seth Jones Working On Getting Physically Stronger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,

“He knows he has to get stronger and fill out,” general manager David Poile said. “He’s a pretty determined and dedicated kid.”

It’s somewhat rare for Predators players to stay in town during the offseason. Most scatter for the offseason. Captain Shea Weber heads to his summer home in British Columbia. Goaltender Pekka Rinne goes to his native Finland. Forward Eric Nystrom resides in the Los Angeles area.

Predators strength and conditioning coach David Good has been able to monitor how the fourth overall pick of the 2013 draft is developing physically. Jones said he has gained about five pounds of muscle so far and weighs 210. The Predators like that trend.

“Physically he needs to mature more,” assistant coach Phil Housley said. “He has to get stronger on his feet. He has to get more leverage, starting with the basic foundation of his legs up. That’s just going to come with maturity and having seasons of working out as he grows. Mentally, I think he’s mature.”

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The Latest On Ryan Johansen Contract Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

The Blue Jackets and restricted free agent center Ryan Johansen may still be a long way from a new contract. But after weeks of silence there has been significant progress.

Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, recently extended a second contract offer to the Blue Jackets, sources have told The Dispatch. It's a two-year contract, or a "bridge" deal -- the type Johansen called a "slap in the face" late last month.

The term of the contract -- the player demanded a long-term contract, the Blue Jackets insisted on a shorter deal -- was the major stumbling block in these negotiations dating back to April.

"Ryan wants to be a Blue Jacket and he wants to be in Columbus," said Overhardt, who declined to discuss the negotiations. "That has never been an issue in any of this. He loves it there.

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The Sports Cave Talked Wings This Morning

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

The Sports Cave on Channel 7 talked some Wings and Mike Babcock this monring.

The video starts at the point of the Wings' talk...

 

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Thoughts From The Maven

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,

* Who gets signed first; Michael Del Zotto, Tim Thomas or Martin Brodeur? Gotta be Del Zotto. Young with potential.

* What are the odds that a summer of celebration and adulation will make Jonathan Quick a more agreeable interview? 12-1 against.

* What are the odds that David Clarkson enjoys a comeback season after his 2013-14 disaster? 8-1 against!

more including plan B for Martin Brodeur...

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We’ve got two good lines that we feel like he’ll complement either one — whichever one (Head Coach Patrick Roy) wants to put him with. And really with that power play and in front of the net he’s still got a great shot. And that leadership — you can’t have enough leadership in the dressing room and he’s definitely going to bring that.”

“Our core guys are young and we try to surround them with great veteran leadership that can help them get to the next level.” 

-Joe Sakic, President of Hockey Operations for the Colorado Avalanche on Jarmome Iginla, via CBSDenver.

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