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First thing up is getting some business out of the way.

The KK GoFundMe Donation Drive is about $1750 away from reaching the lofty goal.

Any and all donations are much appreciated.

Now about the new KK.

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Wings ‘looking for some breaks’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The AP's Larry Lage posited a Red Wings season preview, and Lage is a Michigan-based journalist, and he wrote a pretty damn thorough preview:

THE NEW GUY: The 41-year-old Blashill led the Griffins for three seasons and helped them win their first AHL title in 2013 after being a Babcock assistant for one season. He also led the Indiana Ice to a United States Hockey League championship in 2009. Blashill was born in Detroit and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., but he isn't in awe of leading a storied franchise in a banner-filled arena. "Not now," he said. "Maybe a little bit in the summer. Maybe the press conference. Now, it's just working. It's my job."

Blashill has gotten rave reviews from the Red Wings. "He's a calm guy who knows what he wants," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "It has been fairly easy to adjust to him because he sees the game similar to Babs." And when Blashill speaks, it is like listening to Babcock. "Yeah, they sound similar," forward Justin Abdelkader said. "But they have a different approach in terms of communication. I think he's going to be great with the younger guys because he coached a lot of them in Grand Rapids."

CLOSING TIME: The Red Wings have failed to advance past the second round since coming one win short of repeating as Stanley Cup champions in 2009. Detroit is coming off a first-round exit against Tampa Bay after losing a 3-2 series lead to the team that went on to win the Eastern Conference. In the second round of the 2013 playoffs, the Red Wings blew a 3-1 series lead to Chicago. "That tells us we're close," Abdelkader said. "If we can get some breaks by staying healthy, I like our chances."

Lage continues...

Edit: And this is apparently supposed to be part of the preview:

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Early overnight report: On the Wings’ roster machinations, familiar storylines and videos

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

Via RedWingsFeed, Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples spoke with Dylan Larkin regarding making the Wings' roster, and to suggest that he's "over the moon" is an understatement:

"Blash called me in, and Ken Holland told me,” Larkin told MiHockey today. “It was just us three in the room, and I couldn’t help but crack a smile.”

The USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program and University of Michigan alum certainly impressed during the 2015 preseason; Larkin recorded three goals and an assist in five appearances.

“Incredible,” Larkin said, when asked how he was feeling just hours after the announcement. “It keeps…after scoring a goal against Pittsburgh at The Joe, I got a lot of texts, and today, a lot of texts and tweets and everything, it’s been pretty crazy. It’s been a dream come true. Just to be able to call my mom and tell her, it was one of the best feelings of my life.”

Caples continues, and the Detroit Free Press's Mike Bruendell spoke with several of the Red Wings' veterans regarding the state of the team going into a new season with a new voice behind the bench:

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Red Wings’ moves yield ‘roster trimming’ for Grand Rapids Griffins; Rechlicz suspended

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Grand Rapids Griffins:

10/05/2015 2:45 PM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings on Monday assigned forwards Mitch Callahan and Andy Miele and defenseman Brian Lashoff to the Grand Rapids Griffins. In addition, the Griffins assigned forwards Alden Hirschfeld and Dominic Zombo and defensemen Derek Docken and Steve Spinell to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, while releasing forwards Kurt Etchegary, Jean-Paul LaFontaine, Evan Rankin, Josh Shalla, Tyler Sikura and Austin Wuthrich and defensemen Ralfs Freibergs, Jared Nightingale and Andrew Prochno from their tryouts.

The Griffins will drop the puck on their regular season this Friday against the Bakersfield Condors at Rabobank Arena at 10 p.m. EDT, before squaring off against the San Diego Gulls the following night at Valley View Casino Center at 10:05 p.m. EDT. Next weekend, Grand Rapids will kick off the home portion of its schedule with back-to-back games against the San Antonio Rampage on Oct. 16-17 at 7 p.m. at Van Andel Arena.

As the Grand Rapids Press's Peter Wallner notes, the Griffins lost a player due to a suspension as well:

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Zack Kassian Has Been Placed In Stage Two Of The Substance Abuse & Behavioral Program

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TORONTO/NEW YORK (October 5, 2015) -- The National Hockey League Players’ Association and National Hockey League announced today that forward Zack Kassian of the Montreal Canadiens has been placed in Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH) of the NHL and NHLPA.

Under the terms of the joint program, Kassian will be suspended without pay until cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators.

Kassian's care will be administered pursuant to the NHL/NHLPA SABH Program.

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Video- Raffi Torres Suspended 41 Games

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Patrick Burke with the explanation.



added 4:38pm, NHL release is below...

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A Cocaine Issue In The NHL?

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from Rick Westhead of TSN,

The National Hockey League, responding to what it says is a possible increased use of cocaine among its players, has kick-started talks with the NHL Players Association to add the drug and others like it to the list of banned substances for which the league regularly monitors.

"The number of [cocaine] positives are more than they were in previous years and they're going up," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told TSN in an interview. "I wouldn't say it's a crisis in any sense. What I'd say is drugs like cocaine are cyclical and you've hit a cycle where it's an 'in' drug again.

"I'd be shocked if we're talking about a couple dozen guys. I don't want to be naïve here … but if we're talking more than 20 guys I'd be shocked. Because we don't test in a comprehensive way, I can't say."


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Red Wings officially confirm 23-man roster

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings:

… Kindl Placed on IR; Active Roster Reduced to 23…

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned forwards Mitch Callahan and Andy Miele and defenseman Brian Lashoff to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally the Red Wings placed defenseman Jakub Kindl on seven-day injured reserve retroactive to Sept. 29.

The Red Wings’ active roster currently stands at 23 players: 15 forwards, six defenseman and two goaltenders, with additional five players on injured reserve.

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On the Wings’ forward depth, a ‘nice thought’ and notes about goaltending and defense

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

ESPN's Craig Custance ranks all 30 NHL teams by the quality of their forward lineup, and I'm pleasantly surprised to say that the Red Wings finished in the top third of Custance's list:

8. Detroit Red Wings

Forward cap charge: $38.3 million, 53.3 percent of the cap payroll

Pavel Datsyuk's injury could mean playing time in the top six for talented rookie Dylan Larkin to start the season, and this forward group has the potential to get better as the season progresses. Larkin has had a big training camp and is forcing the Red Wings' hand a bit, but the best path may still be time in the AHL, followed by a productive IIHF World Junior Championship tournament, and then permanent playing time in the NHL in the second half. This group has veteran stars Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, along with young talent in Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Riley Sheahan. Sheahan, in particular, is better than people realize. Luke Glendening is the perfect fourth-line center.

Custance continues...

Sportsnet's John Shannon issued "one nice thought" for each and every one of the NHL's 30 teams...

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The “Sniffing Around” Has Started

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

It’s hard to predict what’s going to happen once the puck is dropped for real, but already GMs and pro scouts in the 30 NHL cities are making their lists and checking them twice to see what players may be available to help them for the stretch drive in the final two months of the season.

“There’s teams sniffing around already,” said one league executive at a recent pre-season game. “Teams always talk just to see where everybody is at and teams can usually tell a week into training camp where they think they might need help or depth before the end of the year.”

Naturally, a lot of the decisions at the deadline will be determined by the standings. People will talk a lot about the futures of unrestricted free-agent forwards Steve Stamkos (Tampa) and Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles), but both are going to stay put.


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