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Positive Signs With The Marc Staal Contract Negotiations

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Look, there’s dialogue between Rangers management and Marc Staal’s representation that is constructive. And talks will continue.

That’s all good.

But even as No. 18’s agent, Paul Krepelka, told The Post on Wednesday afternoon that “we’ve made some progress,” an agreement on a contract extension for the alternate captain is by no means imminent. There remains a substantial gulf between the parties....

“I’m not giving daily updates, not getting into ‘close or not close,’ ’’ Krepelka said. “The tenor of the talks has been good, so we’ll keep going and keep working on it. There’s certainly no deadline on our part for getting this done.

“If this becomes a distraction at any time for Marc, then we’d have to take another look at it. But it’s all been positive to this point.”


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Marc Methot Wants To Stay In Ottawa But Do The Senators Want Him?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators and Marc Methot are just $300,000 per year apart in negotiations on a contract extension.

It seems to be either a very workable gap or an excuse for Ottawa to solve its blueline logjam by trading the veteran defenceman.

Methot is beginning to think the latter.

"It's at the stage where I'm really not comfortable that the team wants to do anything (on a new deal)," a disappointed Methot told the Sun Tuesday.

Entering the final season on a contract that has a $3 million cap hit and pays him a $3.75 million salary, Methot, an Ottawa native, is willing to sign up long term for what he feels is a "hometown discount."


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All Todd McLellan

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from David Pollak of Working The Corners,

Q: I won’t pretend to know exactly what goes on in the room, but there are outward signs the Sharks weren’t one big happy family last spring, what with talk of being co-workers, not teammates. Is there a rift?

(McLellan) “I think when people speak, you have to listen and Doug has listened. . . . When I hear comments such as we were co-workers, not teammates, if I’m a player and I sat within 10 feet of these individuals throughout the year, I’m mad.

“I think it takes a lot more courage to speak to your teammates when you’re in the locker room and try and fix things than to stand after in a closed room without any teammates around and go that route.

“My issue isn’t necessarily with Patrick and Jumbo as ‘C’ and ‘A.’ We’re forcing some individuals that have these opinions to step up and show us. We’re kind of telling them, go ahead, repair things.

Unfortunately, the focal point is on Joe and Patty. They suffer from being that focal point. But for me, a lot is on a lot of other players.


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John Davidson On The Ryan Johansen Contract Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

 When Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen took agent Kurt Overhardt to task for his handling of the Ryan Johansen negotiations on Monday, it turned out that was just the warm-up act. When it came to president of hockey operations John Davidson to take his turn, he turned both barrels directly on Overhardt.

This is getting ugly, folks. And personal. The organization has chosen to make the agent the villain in this tale and Overhardt, for his part, wants no part of the public mudslinging. And that’s probably the best plan of attack for him. If someone has to be vilified here, it’s better that it’s the agent rather than the player.

“It makes no sense, Davidson said. “When you see numbers that are thrown at us, we shouldn’t even respond. That’s how bad it is. It’s embarrassing. And if the kid sits out, he sits out. I wonder if the agent’s going to pay him his money back that he’s going to lose by sitting out.

“With the numbers they come back with…are so one-sided it’s nonsensical. It’s extortion is what it is. I don’t make this stuff up. I’ve been in this league doing this for a long time now and this one here, it’s baffling is what it is. This one’s baffling. Baffling.”


Maybe today we will hear from Urban Meyer?

Just imagine if Johansen does hold out for a few days after camp opens and has a slow start to the season.  The CBJ fanbase will be all over him because both Kekalained and Davidson went public with the negotiations.

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Red Wings overnight report, part 2: reflecting on the Red Wings prospects’ 3rd place game win

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I've watched the Red Wings' prospects play three games over the course of four nights and practice four times over the course of five days.

I've watched Jeff Blashill--who will now assume a supporting role on Mike Babcock's staff when training camp begins on Friday--and a large cast of associate/assistant coaches take 24 players (8 of them free agent try-outs) into a team that participated in what the Red Wings' director of player development says is the best tournament for young players in the world.

The Wings prospects screwed up exactly once, and it cost them the tournament title (to the team that beat them on Saturday night), but I had no idea that they'd earn the "Bronze Medal," as Jared Coreau called the 3rd place game, in the manner that they did. At an incredibly brief morning skate, Blashill admonished the players for needing a wake-up call, and minus one Anthony Mantha (we had a chat, he's fine) the Wings...

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Red Wings overnight report part 1: on DeKeyser, Alfredsson, rink news, the ‘Community Tour’ & Jurco

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Three items of Red Wings-related note hit the wires on Wednesday afternoon (not involving Anthony Mantha's knee, which will be fine).

First, the Red Wings announced that they'd re-signed Danny DeKeyser to a 2-year "bridge" deal, and while "terms were not disclosed," TSN's Aaron Ward reported that DeKeyser gets a $500,000 signing bonus, $2.125 million in base salary this year and $2.25 million next year, yielding a Capgeek-estimated cap hit of $2.1875 million and DeKeyser as a restricted free agent two summers from now.

Capgeek estimates that the Wings now have--with Tomas Jurco on the roster--$3.082 million in cap space remaining.

The Windsor Star's Bob Duff did a fine job of explaining why DeKeyser's deal took until the eve of, "Get on the bus, it's time to go up to Traverse City" to get done:

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Technically speaking, Columbus won the Red Wings’ prospect tournament

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I would be remiss to not note that the Columbus Blue Jackets, playing without Sonny Milano, captured the Red Wings' Prospect Tournament title today, defeating the Dallas Stars 3-2 in overtime.

[edit: In all seriousness, Columbus overcame the loss of Sonny Milano and were absolutely fantastic...kudos go to the best team having won. Oscar Dansk was a wall and the Blue Jackets had great balance /end edit].

I'm much fonder of the 3rd-place team, but that's just me.

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Red Wings’ prospects take 3rd place game; interviews w/ Athanasiou, Bertuzzi, Mantha, Blashill etc.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings' prospects didn't win the prospect tournament--the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated Dallas 3-2 in OT to capture the title--but the Detroit Red Wings' prospects "bowed out" with pride, rallying from a 2-goal 3rd-period deficit to win the 3rd place game 5-4 in OT.

Tyler Bertuzzi tipped the gamer home, but Andreas Athanasiou was WONDERFUL in scoring 2 goals while battling the flu, Tomas Nosek and Martin Frk (also boogery) scored 2 goals in the final 3:43 of regulation and the Wings overcame some up-and-down goaltending, some mediocre penalty-killing and the loss of Anthony Mantha, who told myself and MLive's Brendan Savage that he was just out for precautionary reasons (he'll be good to go on Friday)...

And now the prospects get two days "off," one tomorrow and a skate on Thursday, and then the main camp begins. It appears that everyone who took part in the tournament will participate in camp, including Hayden Hodgson, so...

The Wings did anything but win in textbook fashion, and there's always the worry that some of 'em will "fall off a cliff" at the main camp, but there was no better way to end the tournament than to rally from 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2 deficits and win sans Mantha or Jared Coreau.

In terms of interviews...

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It’s Been A ‘Stats’ Kind Of Summer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With an Edge,

Get ready for an onslaught of numerical algorithms and trends.

Computer geeks and calculus wiz’s have been the pop-hires this summer. All of a sudden every team has to have one, and there seems to be great fanfare from social media whenever another obscure number-cruncher is added to a hockey staff.

It’s ‘Revenge of the Nerds’, 200 by 85.

Over the past couple of seasons we’ve all been introduced to Corsi and Fenwick, at least the names Corsi and Fenwick if not what they actually mean. I’ll admit to only having a cursory knowledge of the statistical info they provide, and I’m fine with that.

Don’t get me wrong; stats have a place.

At their best they are illuminating and validating, but they have to be deployed in that manner - they have to enhance, not lead.


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Evening Line - Taylor Hall

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“It’s gotten to the point now, not just for myself but for every player on our team, if we’re going to get the recognition … our team has to be a better team than it’s been in the pas. When we see players vault to levels that they weren’t at before, it’s usually because of their playoff performance. Or the way they were able to get their team into the playoffs.

“The same applies to me: In order for me to get the recognition I want from Edmonton fans and outside sources … it’s going to have to be because our team is good.”

-Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers.  More on Hall from Mark Spector of Sportsnet.

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