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Audio from the first day of the Red Wings’ training camp ‘16: Cleary, Bertuzzi, Glendening, Blashill

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' training camp got underway today with practices and "special teams scrimmages" which both emphasized breakouts and speed through the neutral zone. The Red Wings' roster was relatively healthy save Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall, the latter of whom skated on his own, and after the practices concluded, the Wings held media availabilities for the following players:

The recently-Griffins-signed Daniel Cleary was actually quite insightful during his five-and-a-half minute interview, discussing his status as a mentor for the Griffins' players and Tyler Bertuzzi, Andreas Athanasiou and Anthony Mantha in particular, and he went into some detail as to how he helped Bertuzzi work on one-timers and read a book about mental toughness:

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A Four-Year Contract Extension For Alexander Steen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

(Sept. 23, 2016) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the Blues have signed forward Alexander Steen to a four-year contract extension worth $23 million.

“We are extremely excited to have Alexander signed for the next four seasons,” said Armstrong.  “He has developed into one of the league’s premier 200-foot players and is a key member of our leadership group.  He has shown tremendous loyalty to the Blues organization, its fans and the St. Louis community.

Steen, 32, is entering his ninth season in St. Louis after the Blues acquired him via trade from Toronto on Nov. 24, 2008.  In 2015-16, the 6’0, 205-pound forward dressed in 67 regular season games, ranking second on the Blues with 35 assists and 52 points, and fifth with 17 goals.  During the 2016 postseason, Steen led the Blues to their first trip to the Western Conference Final in 15 years, posting 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 20 appearances.

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Team USA must change after World Cup showing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It’s been a bad few days for ice-hockey in the US. A humiliation at the World Cup of Hockey has left the national team in need of a shake-up and a new start, according to many respected observers. Despite the NHL and some top players in the sport, the US fell to Team Europe and a 4-2 defeat to Team Canada that all but confirmed their exit from the competition.

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Season Preview Of The Detroit Red Wings At Puck Daddy

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,

Coach Hot Seat Rating (1-10, 10 being scorching hot)

Two. Blashill basically just got there and even if the Red Wings see their playoff streak end, he’s got a long run ahead of him. Well, depending on what happens to his general manager, who is clearly in his ‘Peter Chiarelli contract overcompensation’ phase.

Prediction

The playoff streak ends.

It’s going to be very close, as this Red Wings team is talented and should see a resurgence from some offensive players who slumped. But someone in that division (and conference) will be on the outside looking in, and unfortunately, for the first time in 26 seasons, it’ll be the Red Wings.

But it’s not like people weren’t predicting this for last season too, and look what happened …

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Darren Dreger On Team North America

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of The Dreger Report at TSN,

If you weren't thoroughly entertained by Wednesday's exhibition of speed, skill and the fearless attack Team North America used to topple a powerful Team Sweden, we can't be friends.

Everyone from Wayne Gretzky to the most hardened hockey columnists acknowledged that this team of young guns, initially described as a gimmick, turned the World Cup of Hockey into world-class entertainment.

“Great hockey. The best game I've seen in a long time and one of the few games where the purpose was to put the puck in the other guys’ net,” said Hall of Famer Bob Clarke. “You're not supposed to try and check the other team to death...Who wants to watch that?”

continued plus USA Hockey talk...

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Hockey Greats Get Their Stamp In Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO – On the eve of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 semi-finals, and less than three weeks before the start of the 2016-17 NHL® Season, Canada Post today unveiled the fourth issue in its five-year NHL stamp series. 

The 2016 NHL® Great Canadian Forwards stamps highlight some of the greatest goal-scorers ever to play in the NHL: Phil Esposito (Boston Bruins), Guy Lafleur (Montreal Canadiens), Darryl Sittler (Toronto Maple Leafs), Mark Messier (Edmonton Oilers), Steve Yzerman (Detroit Red Wings), and Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins). 

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For Now, Best Move With Kane Is No Move

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

It's not what many Sabres fans will want to hear, given Evander Kane's less than repentant attitude while speaking to the Buffalo media yesterday regarding his countersuit against the woman who accused him of assaulting her at the HarborCenter Marriott in December, but Tim Murray will probably need to grit his teeth and wait for this unwelcome soap opera to play out.

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Daniel Cleary Gets A One-Year Deal With The Grand Rapids Griffins

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday signed veteran forward Daniel Cleary to a one-year contract.

During his first season with the Griffins in 2015-16 and first in the American Hockey League since 1999-00, Cleary played in 35 games for Grand Rapids and contributed 15 points (3-12—15). The 37-year-old skated in all nine of the team’s Calder Cup Playoff games and tallied six penalty minutes.

Over the course of his 19-year professional career, Cleary has played in 938 NHL games and 1,121 pro contests, including stints in the AHL, IHL and Swedish Elite League. 

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A Two-Year Contract For Ryan Sproul

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

 

This post will be updated with the press release when available.

added 9:12am,

 

 

added 11:03am, Detroit press release is below...

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Morning Line- John Chayka

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We’re not striving for mediocrity here. We’re striving to be the best, so I want my guys to focus on the process of getting better every day. I know it’s a cliche but I really feel like if we take care of our own business here, we can improve and have a real strong season where we can kind of earn that right to be proud and confident in our group and our organization and believe that we can be the best.

“I want guys that dictate the outcome and feel like if we play our game, we can win every night.”

-John Chayka, GM of the Arizona Coyotes.  Sarah McLellan of azcentral sports has more on the Coyotes.

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