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Dustin Byfuglien On The Upcoming Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Bell of the Winnipeg Free Press,

"It was another fast summer that flew by… now, just looking forward to getting this going again," said the 6-5 blue-liner, who’s still listed at 260 pounds in the Jets camp notes. Observers here, however, are unanimous in their belief the 32-year-old who hails from Roseau, Minn., looks his leanest since arriving in Winnipeg in 2011 with the rest of his transplanted Atlanta Thrashers teammates....

Byfuglien was asked what it will take for the Jets to make the huge leap from a non-playoff squad to perennial league contender.

"We gotta believe in each other. We can’t worry about anybody but what’s in this locker room and who’s putting that jersey on," he said. "Believe in one another and go out on the ice and stick to the game plan that we have. Just go out there and do your job the way you’re supposed to do it and you should be all right.

"Everyone is that much older, wiser, a little bit more experienced. That’s all we can go on from right here. It’s just a couple days into training camp and we haven’t done nothing yet. There’s a lot of steps we’ve got to go forward to. We’ve just got to keep working."


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Ken Daniels discusses his new book

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Traverse City Record-Eagle's Brett A. Somers spoke with Ken Daniels regarding his new book, "If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Red Wings' Ice, Locker Room and Press Box":

"It's my life story," Daniels said. "A chapter on Mickey (Redmond). A chapter on Scotty (Bowman). Funny moments that happened on the road."

Daniels said part of why he wanted to write the book was to describe what it's been like to work his dream job of calling hockey games.

"I'm doing something I wanted to do since the age of 10," Daniels said. "To be able to do that, I don't feel like I've worked day in my life."

Daniels said the premise of the book is two-fold. One, follow your dreams. Two, be prepared when the opportunity to accomplish your dreams arises.

"I literally dreamed it because I went to bed listening to hockey play by play in my head with Foster Hewitt in Toronto," Daniels said. "People say you're so lucky. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. For anyone, if you're prepared at what you do and you visualize what you're gonna do, when the opportunity comes — are you lucky you met someone? Maybe. Or you're lucky you run into someone or someone gives someone your name, but if you're not prepared to take advantage when that opportunity arises, it goes for naught."

Somers' notebook continues at length...

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How ‘Injured’ Is Joffrey Lupul?

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Joffrey Lupul on Sunday accused the Toronto Maple Leafs on social media of cheating with the NHL's long-term injury list but quickly deleted his post.

It was the first time the Maple Leafs' use of the long-term injury reserve (LTIR) was subject to any accusations, although there have been suspicions around the league for the last two seasons about some of their moves. Those moves – putting veteran players who were said to have failed their physical exams on the list, thereby taking their salaries off the NHL salary cap – came to be known as being sent to Robidas Island, named for defenceman Stephane Robidas, exiled to the list after training camp in 2015....

But Lupul, 33, claimed on his verified @jlupul account in an Instagram post on Sunday night he is healthy and ready to play: "I'm ready.. Just awaiting the call.." When last week's failed physical was mentioned by his followers, Lupul posted, "Haha failed physical. They cheat, everyone lets them." Lupul deleted the latter post after a stream of comments from followers.

Lupul can file a grievance with the NHL over the long-term injury decision through the NHL Players' Association, generally within 60 days of the perceived dispute. No one from the NHLPA could be immediately reached for comment.

A Maple Leafs spokesman said Monday morning the team will not comment on the matter.


added 12:00pm, Glenn Healy (audio) on the situation is below...

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MSM takes from the third day of the Red Wings’ training camp

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note from the mainstream media covering training camp, on a source-by-source basis:

A. Detroit Red Wings:

1. DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji penned an article about Anthony Mantha's desire to become more than an "everyday'er" with the Red Wings:

"There's a little stress that's gone from last year, for sure," Mantha said. "I need to get (coach Jeff Blashill) to have in confidence in me in the D zone when I have the puck, when I don't have the puck. I think I did a pretty good job last year, I need to keep going that way. It's still a learning curve."

Mantha said he is looking to be a more consistent player like Zetterberg has established himself to be over the years.

"I don't want to have a slump this year," Mantha said. "I want to have the best year I could. This year's my contract year. I also need to focus for that. I just want to be a good player in general and try to help the team out."

Wakiji continues, also discussing Michael Rasmussen's camp and the dreaded skating test...

2. DetroitRedWings.com's Arthur J. Regner penned an article about Tomas Tatar...

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Impressions from the third day of the Red Wings’ training camp ‘17

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings engaged in one final day of instruction prior to Monday's Red vs. White game, punctuating a complicated set of drills with the dreaded "skating test," in which players must skate up and down the rink three times through four circuits, with 3, 2 and 1 minute of rest in between intervals. Between the skating tests and the fact that the players are wearing heart monitors, the Red Wings are montioring the players' fitness and recovery levels with tremendous precision, but as coach Blashill said today, there's nothing like seeing guys gassed to send a message to an already extremely fit team.

The Wings' players emerged from a long day (there were video sessions as early as 8:20 AM ahead of a 9:30 practice, so it was a busy day for most everyone) a little tired and occasionally banged-up (see: Niklas Kronwall [back spasms], Eric Tangradi [knee], Givani Smith [lower-body] as the headliners).

With the Red vs. White game scheduled for Monday (preceded by a non-game-day player practice at 10 AM) and the preseason starting with 3 games to be played over the course of 3 nights starting Tuesday, the Wings need as many bodies on deck as possible, so several players did not take part in the skate test (Zetterberg and Abdelkader, for example) from each "team."

Minus any scrimmages, and having spent much of my time waiting for interviews, there was only so much time for player evaluation, but between Friday's lines, Saturday's observations and today's viewing, I believe I've got a solid handle on the vast majority of the Wings' campers.

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Poor Ice Conditions Force The Arizona Coyotes To Cancel A Preseason Game Against The LA Kings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes announced today that their preseason game scheduled for Monday, September 18 versus the Los Angeles Kings has been cancelled due to poor ice conditions following a concert at Gila River Arena on Saturday night. The game will not be rescheduled.

"We know that our fans and corporate partners were excited to see the Coyotes play tomorrow and we were very disappointed to learn that the ice was not in a suitable playing condition for the game," said Coyotes President and CEO Steve Patterson. "The arena manager, AEG Facilities, has assured us that all measures are being taken to repair the ice as soon as possible."

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Arizona Trades Jamie McGinn To Florida For Jason Demers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have acquired defenseman Jason Demers from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Jamie McGinn.

"We are very pleased to add Jason to our blueline corps," said Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka. "Jason is a skilled right-handed shot defenseman who moves the puck well and has good offensive ability. He will be a great addition to our team." 

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Audio from the third day of the Red Wings’ training camp ‘17

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit Red Wings wrapped up the instructional portion of their training camp with a combination of drills dedicated to offensive and defensive positioning, and the three "teams" taking part in camp were given a visceral and visual indication of their fitness levels by taking part in a "skating test," in which skaters had to do three laps of the rink with 3, 2 and then 1 minute of rest between intervals.

Even some of the Wings' best players were gassed after the skating test, and it was surprising to see who stood out when the wind grew harder to suck out of the air.

After practice, Gustav Nyquist spoke with the media regarding his off-season, his desire to form a more consistently productive trio with Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Tatar, his take on Andreas Athanasiou's contract negotiations and more...

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Luke Witkowski Will Bring A Gritty Game With Him

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

He moves up and down the ice well. That skating ability, combined with his tenacity and toughness, are traits he hopes earns him a regular spot in the Detroit Red Wings lineup.

"I feel like I can skate with just about anybody," Witkowski said Saturday during Red Wings training camp. "And my work ethic; got to work hard every day and pay attention to detail."

Witkowski (6-3, 214) has appeared in only 54 NHL games over parts of three seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning. But the Red Wings believe he can provide toughness. That's why they signed him to a two-year, $1.5 million contract the first day of free agency July 1.

"I wear my heart on my sleeve and I can play that gritty game," Witkowski, 27, said. "So, I'll bring the chippiness."

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Also from today's practice in Traverse City, Kronwall is still out with back spasms.

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Dave Strader honored by Glens Falls’ rink

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Dave Strader Press Box was unveiled at what is now "Cool Insuring Arena" on Saturday, and News Channel 13 WNYT reported from the ceremony:

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