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KK- Donation Drive Update

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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: Zetterberg on the coaching change, Datsyuk & Wings’ additions; Nyquist a happy camper

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening, continuing the post-practice scrum theme:

MLive's Ansar Khan took note of Henrik Zetterberg's comments about one Mike Babcock's decision to leave the team, and while the move surprised some Wings, Zetterberg told Khan that he knew change was in the air:

"I want to thank Mike for the time he had here, but I think both him and us probably decided it was time," Zetterberg said.

He wasn't surprised Babcock bolted for an eight-year, $50 million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs or the enormous buzz the entire process created.

"I kind of figured that out, that he was moving on and obviously the media attention all along was big," Zetterberg said. "But for us players who weren't playing – we were kind of on vacation already -- we didn't really get that effect of it, but I heard from the guys who were around here still that it was a big deal."

Zetterberg also spoke with NHL.com's Paul Harris about the changes afoot...

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Sergei Fedorov’s former financial advisor faces jail time

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Sergei Fedorov's former financial manager, Joseph Zada, has been convicted of embezzlement in Michigan, and the Free Press's Katrease Stafford reports that Zada has also been found guilty of fraud in Florida:

A former Grosse Pointe Shores man who swindled ex-Red Wings star Sergei Fedorov out of $43 million -- and millions from dozens of other unsuspecting victims -- was convicted in Florida today of 15 counts of fraud and two counts of making a false statement on a loan.

Joseph Zada, Fedorov's ex-financial manager, was charged in 2013 with scamming 28 investors, including Fedorov. Federal documents show that Zada was also found not guilty on one count of making a false statement on a loan.

Fedorov ,45, won three Stanley Cups and a Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player while a Red Wing from 1990-2003.

Zada swindled the money by pretending to be a rich and successful businessman with ties to Saudi Arabian oil ventures. Zada told potential investors that he could quickly turn investments into large profits.

According to Stafford, Zada was supposed to pay Fedorov $60 million back in 2009, but he's never paid Fedorov or the other victims, so he's going to jail for up to 20 years.

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Jonathan Toews Stresses Team Unity Regarding Patrick Kane Situation

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from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Tmes,

Jonathan Toews indirectly addressed the ongoing Patrick Kane situation on a Winnipeg radio station on Thursday, saying, “You stay together as a team.”

Toews was asked how, as captain, he deals with off-ice concerns such as the police investigation involving Kane and a woman in Hamburg, N.Y., though the radio host on TSN-1290 only referred to Kane as “one of your star teammates.” Toews said the Blackhawks can draw on recent experience.

“I think you’ve just got to have confidence that things like that will resolve themselves over time,” Toews told the Hustler and Lawless show. “And for the time being, you stay together as a team, you support your teammate [or] teammates that are maybe going through a rough patch. We saw it last year with some rumors that spread around social media about several guys in our locker room. It’s not the first time we’ve seen situations like that.”

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Slava Voynov Taken Into Custody By U.S. Immigrations

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Nathan Fenno of the LA Times,

Slava Voynov was taken into custody Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, throwing the NHL future of the young Kings defenseman into question.

Voynov had been jailed at the Seal Beach Police Detention Center since July 7 following his no contest plea to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge in Los Angeles Superior Court.

After Voynov's release in Seal Beach, ICE took him into custody and is holding the Russian citizen at an unspecified detention facility pending a hearing by an immigration judge, an agency spokeswoman said Thursday.

Because of the violent nature of Voynov's legal entanglement — which brought him to the attention of ICE in the first place — the agency didn't set a bond.

The Kings declined comment while Voynov's agent didn't immediately return a request for comment.

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No Plans For PTO Players At This Point For The Minnesota Wild

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from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Fletcher said as of now he's not inclined to bring in any unsigned veterans to camp on pro tryouts, although he said that could change once he meets with the coaches next week. I have gotten the impression the Wild has at least talked about bringing in some center insurance like Stephen Weiss, but like I said, Fletcher told me right now it's not in his thinking. If the Wild suffers injury or poor performance in camp, Fletcher feels those options may still be there (for instance, maybe you sign Weiss or James Sheppard or Scott Gomez, who will go to St. Louis on a tryout) or there will be guys available via trade or waivers.

more on the Wild...

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New Energy In Philadelphia

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from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Last season, the Flyers' offense was led by Jake Voracek (81 points), Claude Giroux (73 points), and Wayne Simmonds (28 goals).

"Our core players really care, and the one thing I expect from our core players is to take another step in the leadership department," Hextall said. "Part of being a good leader is obviously working hard, showing up to camp in shape, and never taking a shift off, a practice off. I think the other part of it is that you have to kind of grow into helping your teammates. That's the part where some of our guys need to get better. We've obviously had discussions with them."

Hextall says he wants more secondary scoring. He could use improved play from Matt Read, Brayden Schenn, and Sean Couturier.

Perhaps Hakstol will get more out of the trio.

"Obviously, the coach brings new energy," Hextall said. "Everybody, for the most part, is going to have a clean slate with Hak, and I think that brings a new energy."

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Red Wings, Perani’s team up for ‘learn-to-play’ hockey program

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings:

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR RED WINGS ‘LITTLE WINGS’ YOUTH HOCKEY PROGRAM
... Youth Hockey Initiative Returns Following Sold-Out First Year to Provide an Affordable Way for Children Between Five & Eight Years Old to Learn How to Play Hockey Throughout Metro Detroit …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that registration is now open for the ‘Little Wings’ youth hockey initiative designed to create an affordable way for children between the ages of five and eight to learn how to play hockey and develop a life-long passion for the game. After selling out in its first season, ‘Little Wings’ returns for a second year effectively doubling its size from four to eight rinks in Metro Detroit to match the increased demand for the program.

Every participant will receive four, one-hour sessions of introductory practices at one of eight rinks across the Metro Detroit area in October and a full set of ‘Little Wings’ branded hockey equipment, courtesy of the Red Wings and Perani’s Hockey World.

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Afternoon news: On Zetterbergs (dad and baby), video and prospect stuff

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Among the news stories from today's informal Red Wings practice, and elsewhere:

WXYZ's Brad Galli penned an article about a certain new dad's son's name and fame...

Zetterberg skated with his teammates at Joe Louis Arena for an informal practice on Thursday. He explained naming his baby Love.

"I understand the confusion if you see the spelling in an American way," Zetterberg said with a smile.

He said the pronunciation in American is (Lou-vee). In Swedish, it's (Lou-vay).

"We knew if it was going to be a boy, that Love was going to be the name. It's an old Swedish name. It's kinda getting popular again."

While DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji discussed Zetterberg's take on the Wings' coaching changes:

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‘Over the Boards’ answers three Red Wings-related questions

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Among NHL.com's Dan Rosen's "Over the Boards" mailbag questions:

Which young goalie do you see having the best numbers if given a starting role this season? Martin Jones (San Jose Sharks)? Petr Mrazek (Detroit Red Wings)? Cam Talbot (Edmonton Oilers)? -- @purdstheword22

Mrazek, provided he starts over Jimmy Howard.

Mrazek, at least in my opinion, has the biggest upside of the three you mentioned. He is also going to be playing on the best team of the three you mentioned, although I do believe the San Jose Sharks will at least be in contention for most of the season.

Mrazek proved a lot last season, particularly in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He had a strong regular season too, though I'd like to see his save percentage jump above .920. It was .918 last season (29 games) and .920 for his career (40 games).

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