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Video- The Playoff Streak For The Detroit Red Wings Started In 1991

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from awood40,

19 of the 20 Goals scored by Detroit Red Wings from the 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

1991 was the first year of the Red Wings current Playoff Streak. This '91 squad is easily the worst team during the streak, as they finished with only 76 Points and 8 road wins.

They faced off against the St.Louis Blues in Round 1. The Blues finished 2nd in the league with 105 Points and were the heavy favorite going into the series. The Wings surprisingly took a 3-1 series lead, but eventually lost in 7 games. 

more includes a list of the goals scored by the Wings...


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Saginaw Spirit announce signing of Wings prospect Filip Hronek

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Great news for the Red Wings; Filip Hronek will play for the OHL's Saginaw Spirit this upcoming season after spending his 2015-16 campaign shuffling from the Czech Extraliga to the Under-20 league and back:

Here's the Spirit's press release:

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‘Roughly Translated’: Tomas Tatar discusses the World Cup and his offseason outlook

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Pravda.sk's Michal Gavron spoke with Tomas Tatar regarding a set of topics after Tatar was named the best Slovak forward via a poll of Slovak players. Here's a rough translation of Tatar's interview:

Tatar: Datsyuk will be missed. We understand that.

The award for the best forward in a poll of Slovak hockey players for 2016 is considered a great honor. Although Tomas Tatar (25) had a second season in the swing, he moved backwards.

"It's not fun when you're playing in a game in the lineup and then you're suddenly on the fourth line. It was a strange year, it's not for me," says the native of Dubinca. After September's World Cup, where he will play for Team Europe, he will begin his sixth season in the NHL.

What does it mean to you to e named the bet Slovak attacker of the 2015-16 season?

"It's a great honor. I'm glad I joined the other famous players who've won it before me. It's also a motivation for further work. It's a slightly different pace than the one I've won a few years ago as the best 20-year-old player. I want to thank everyone from my teammates to coaches and loved ones. I'm happy that I can hold this in my hands. With them I won't fail."

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‘Roughly Translated’: Tomas Jurco says his back surgery addressed a long-term problem

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Tomas Jurco spoke with Hokej.sk's "Jazva" on Friday, addressing his back surgery, and here's a rough translation of the interview:

I underwent surgery, but it wasn't a training injury. It makes things right for Jurco overseas.

The past season in Detroit wasn't entirely to the liking of Tomas Jurco, who finished it but failed, though the World Championship lifted his mood considerably. As part of the championship in St. Petersburg, Jurco registered five points in seven games, and he embarked upon his summer training with maximum motivation. Under the supervision of fitness coach Daniel Kicura, he implemented the plans prepared by the Red Wings and everything seemed to indicate that he was taking the ideal route to travel overseas in healthy condition. But suddenly things went wrong.

"A week ago, I had back surgery, and my doctor then suggested four weeks of total rest. At this pint it's only rest, and while I'll be able to rehab and exercise, that will take a few more weeks," said the 23-year-old Kosice native in an interview with hokej.sk.

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Mid-day news: Kocur softball game reminders; Givani Smith’s hat trick; questioning Helm’s deal

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. The Joe Kocur Foundation's annual charity softball game takes place at Duck Lake Pines Park tomorrow. The Red Wings' Alumni Association has more info regarding the event...

And the Koccur Foundation revealed its celebrity lineup today:

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The Buffalo Sabres Cap Season Ticket Sales

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BUFFALO, N.Y. (August 26, 2016) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has capped season ticket sales for the 2016-17 season at more than 16,000 tickets. The cap is designed to ensure the availability of Mini-Packs and individual game tickets for all fans.

The Sabres had 97 percent of season ticket holders renew their tickets for the 2016-17 season, marking the 11th consecutive season featuring a renewal rate higher than 90 percent. More than 2,000 fans remain on the Blue & Gold Club season ticket waiting list.

“A 97 percent season ticket renewal rate is a remarkable achievement for any professional team,” Sabres president Russ Brandon said. “We’re lucky to have a fan base that consistently provides so much support and we look forward to rewarding our fans’ passion by building on last season’s improvement.”

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A Lot Of ‘Dead’ Money In Arizona

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from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

Just in case you haven’t been paying close attention to the paper trail, the Coyotes’ highest paid forwards are now Bolland and former Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk.

Bolland, who scored one goal in 25 games for Florida last season, has three years and $16.5 million remaining on his contract. Before the swap with Arizona, the Panthers were seemingly stuck with that financial headache, unable to buy him out of that deal because of injury.

Datsyuk, who has left for St. Petersburg in the KHL, has one year and $5.5 million left ($7.5 million salary cap hit) on the contract he signed with Detroit. The Coyotes secured Detroit’s first-round pick at June’s NHL draft as part of the deal for taking on Datsyuk’s salary, using that selection to choose defenceman Jakob Chychrun.

On defence, the Coyotes also boast the salary of the long ago retired Chris Pronger. Pronger, who owns a $4.935 million salary cap hit and $575,000 salary next season, was acquired, along with Nicklas Grossmann, in last summer’s trade for Sam Gagner.

Add it up and the Coyotes will be paying an eyebrow-raising $11.575 million next season for a trio of players who may never play a game for them.

None of the above is meant as a shot at John Chayka, the 27-year-old general manger of the Coyotes. He was hired largely because of his analytical abilities, looking for creative solutions to financial puzzles while aiming to build the most competitive team possible. He is doing that.


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Time For Chicago’s Prospects To Produce

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from Brian Hedger at NHL.com,

After trading Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad last summer, the Blackhawks have traded Andrew Shaw, Teuvo Teravainen and Bryan Bickell this offseason. The lone forward addition was fourth-line right wing Jordin Tootoo, and the most significant acquisitions were free agent defensemen Brian Campbell and Michal Kempny, a 25-year-old rookie from the Kontinental Hockey League.

The message is clear: Chicago's system needs to produce some NHL-caliber forwards this season.

"A lot of these guys have been with our system for several years, and in the past, it's been tough [for them]," general manager Stan Bowman said at the Blackhawks' annual fan convention in July. "We've had fewer [NHL] openings. So, I think right now our mindset is to go with the group that we have under contract right now. I think I want to give these guys a chance to show us they belong."

It's a group that includes rookies Vincent Hinostroza, Tanner Kero, Kyle Baun and Mark McNeill, who each made his NHL debut last season. Also included are highly touted rookies Tyler Motte and Nick Schmaltz, who each excelled in college last season. The most pressing question is whether the Blackhawks have enough talent among that group to replace what they have lost. 


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The Season Outlook For Danny DeKeyser

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2016-17 outlook: Niklas Kronwall's role and ice time likely is diminishing due to age and knee issues, Kyle Quincey is gone and no deal was made for a defenseman. That makes DeKeyser as important as ever on a blue line with many question marks.

DeKeyser will be the new workhorse, logging more minutes than anyone and matching up against top lines.

Entering the prime of his career, DeKeyser continues to be a strong puck-mover with good mobility and hockey senses. He makes good decisions.

He's not likely to see regular power-play duty and isn't relied on for offense but can contribute in that area (eight goals last season, 31 points the year before).

Coach Jeff Blashill planned on pairing Mike Green with DeKeyser at the start of last season before DeKeyser's injury scrapped that idea. Perhaps that idea will be revisited, as the defensively inclined DeKeyser would complement the more offensive-minded Green.


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‘Roughly Translated’: Niklas Kronwall addresses knee issues in interview with NHL’s Swedish website

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

NHL.com's report regarding Niklas Kronwall's knee issue comes from a longer article posted on NHL.com/sv, and here is a rough translation of Janne Bengtsson's conversation with Kronwall:

Complications Disturbing Kronwall's Way Back

Niklas Kronwall had, as you know, say no to the World Cup of Hockey. His injured knee isn't holding up for the game against the world's best players.

"It is what it is. It was sad to have to make the decision not to play, but injuries are part of the sport. Right now I don't know how it will be for the start of the season with Detroit, but I hope and believe that I'll be ready then," says Kronwall to NHL.com/sv.

"I head over to Detroit as early as next week. Right now we're just waiting for my partner's visa to get ready. Then we'll travel and stay in Detroit until next summer. I'll have everything examined there, and we'll see what we come up with."

It was in January that Niklas Kronwall had an arthroscopy, a so-called "keyhole" surgery in his knee. He missed five weeks of the season. But the knee needed to be further-strengthened, and Kronwall's worked with it over this summer.

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