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Detroit Sports 105.1 FM never got the chance to get off the ground floor

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

As a hockey fan, I had high hopes for Detroit Sports 105.1 FM, and they were mostly fulfilled--at least when Drew Lane was on the airwaves interviewing Mickey Redmond on a weekly basis, and when Sean Baligian landed a show and made hockey a priority--so it was disappointing to hear that the station dropped its sports-talk format last night...

Most disappointing because the good folks at the station never really got their chance to establish themselves as a true alternative to the Flagship Station. The Detroit Free Press's Carlos Monarrez spoke with Baligian and Tom Mazwey about the station's struggles:

[Tom] Mazawey said he heard rumblings Tuesday about an imminent change. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, the station’s full-time staff gathered for the formal announcement from WMGC vice president and market manager Steve Chessare.

“He felt bad. He honestly felt bad,” Mazawey said. “And they just told us that (Greater Media) pulled the plug on us maybe five days ago and he was trying to fight for us, but couldn’t talk them into it to save us. Said we lost some $2 million, I think he said, the first couple years. This year, I don’t know.

“We were showing some growth. We really were and you could tell. I’ve been in the radio business 20 years. You can tell between the texts and the tweets and the phone calls, people listened, people were talking about the shows. There’s always the combustible few haters that are out there, but you can’t pay any attention to them. I can’t tell you how many hundreds — hundreds — of e-mails and texts and stuff I’ve gotten. I can’t even keep up with people wishing us well.”

They did a helluva job in my opinion, but between canning Drew Lane and shifting their hosts around, they were mismanaged.

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Evening UFA talk from Burnside, Khan

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

ESPN's Scott Burnside has a theory about the Red Wings' free agency strategy...

The Detroit Red Wings have cap room and had been expected to make a play for Stamkos. They could now turn their attention to some of the other forwards on the market (more on that below), but Red Wings GM Ken Holland also needs to find out what his current core of young players is capable of following the departure of Pavel Datsyuk and the wake of waning productivity from captain Henrik Zetterberg. Detroit will move into a new building in October of 2017, and that's when the team needs to be arcing upward -- so Holland may be more conservative this time around because he's keeping his powder dry for next summer.

And he continues...

Meanwhile, MLive's Ansar Khan has other theories regarding the Wings' free agent spending, at least in terms of the "bottom of the roster":

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A Few Words From Dustin Brown

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Curtis Zupke at NHL.com,

Dustin Brown is always thoughtful and open with the media and he held form Thursday with some strong opinions on losing his captaincy with the Los Angeles Kings.

Brown was adamant that he doesn't agree with the decision and is upset with how it was handled by management.

"I'm not going to say [our relationship is] rosy," Brown said before he talked about needing to perform better. "I obviously don't see eye-to-eye with this decision, but I respect it and it's their [decision]. Like I said, I'm a player and they're management and coaches. Ultimately they get the say in this. My job is to be a better hockey player for my teammates and as a result, help this team win. It's a tough pill to swallow, but it's a business and I understand that."

Brown said several times that it was a "tough pill to swallow" two weeks after the Kings announced Anze Kopitar would replace him as captain, a position Brown had served since 2008.

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James Wisniewkski Bought-Out By The Carolina Hurricanes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has bought out the remainder of defenseman James Wisniewski’s contract.

Wisniewski, 32, appeared in one game with the Hurricanes in 2015-16, suffering a torn ACL in his left knee during the first period of the team’s opener against the Nashville Predators. He has appeared in 552 career NHL games with Chicago, Anaheim, the New York Islanders, Montreal, Columbus and Carolina, totaling 274 points (53g, 221a).

 

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Detroit Is Still Talking With Darren Helm

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

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Two-Year Extension For Tom Wilson And The Washington Capitals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

added 4:19pm, Release is below...

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Jumping In The UFA Pool Tomorrow?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The Rangers are certainly one franchise that needs an overhaul of some sort after being bounced in the first round by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Boston Bruins have missed the playoffs two straight years and, to put it charitably, are in a state of transition. To put it less charitably, they seem adrift. They need help along the blue line and up front.

Even though the Edmonton Oilers made a stir Wednesday when they acquired Adam Larsson from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for former No. 1 overall draft pick Taylor Hall, the Oilers need more help along the blue line. Edmonton is expected to make a serious run at forward Milan Lucic, who played for current Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli in Boston and won a Cup there.

The Detroit Red Wings have cap room and had been expected to make a play for Stamkos. They could now turn their attention to some of the other forwards on the market (more on that below), but Red Wings GM Ken Holland also needs to find out what his current core of young players is capable of following the departure of Pavel Datsyuk and the wake of waning productivity from captain Henrik Zetterberg. Detroit will move into a new building in October of 2017, and that's when the team needs to be arcing upward -- so Holland may be more conservative this time around because he's keeping his powder dry for next summer.

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Torey Krug Extended In Boston

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 2:51pm,

 

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2016 All UFA Team

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Every year I make an all star team of the best unrestricted free agents to be.  This shows how good a team one could make if they went out and bought all the best players available.  Usually this team isn't very good and costs well over the salary cap.  We can look back at this team next year to see how good it is. 

I will take a look at last year's team in a few days after the majority of the free agency moves are over.  We already have some significant trades that may have upstaged the July 1st frenzy.

This year's team took a significant hit yesterday when Steve Stamkos re-signed with Tampa Bay.  The major prize among the UFAs is no longer available.

Here is the 2016 All UFA Team:

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Audio/Video- First Time Caller Patrick Kane

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet YouTube channel,

Long-time HC at Noon fanatic, oh and Art Ross, Hart and Ted Lindsey Trophy winner, Patrick Kane finally calls into the show to discuss the craziest day ever in hockey, and why Doug MacLean is the crustiest member of the panel.

 

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