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Video- Top Defensemen With A Different Team

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via Sportsnet,

Between signings and trades a lot of NHLers changed zip and postal codes this summer. Check out our Top 5 defencemen who’ll be rocking a new jersey this season.

 

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Rangers, Wild release prospect tournament rosters

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The Red Wings have released their prospect tournament roster (try-outs included), and today, the New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild released their tournament rosters:

 

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A Look At Jessica Berman, VP And Deputy Counsel For The NHL

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from Hillel Kuttler of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency,

Several years ago, Jessica Berman and her husband, Brad, bumped into her high school boyfriend.

“If you aren’t working as a lawyer in hockey, I’d be amazed,” Berman recalled him saying.

The ex had her pegged. Berman, 37, has been employed by the National Hockey League for nearly a decade and currently is a vice president and deputy general counsel. She fell for the sport as a teenager.

Some foresee Berman as the first female commissioner of a men’s professional sports league. She helped negotiate key labor agreements with the players’ union, including the deal ending the 2004-05 lockout and the 10-year pact signed two years ago.

But perhaps she’s made an even greater impact since a 2013 stroke left Brad, then 37, in a monthlong coma.

Besides tending to him and caring for their two sons, Berman has spearheaded efforts to benefit the Burke Rehabilitation Center, the suburban New York City institution that’s been instrumental in Brad’s continued recovery. Charity races – Brad is an avid runner who aspires to compete again in marathons – and retail promotions have raised $650,000, most going to build a lower-limb robotics clinic.

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Afternoon Line- Scott Burnside

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What message, if any, needs to be sent by the league to Kane, other players, franchises and, again, the public at large about such serious allegations, even if there are no criminal charges laid?

We ask because as the summer disappears into the fall, we honestly are unsure about the nature of truth and punishment and judgment.

But if there is one thing this summer has reinforced, it's how little we really know about the people we watch play the game of hockey.

-Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can read more on this topic.

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Wallner: Blashill, Griffins’ Todd Nelson talk hockey over Griffins Youth Foundation golf

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 10:07 PM: From the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner:

Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson moved into an area home last week, is preparing for the NHL Prospects Tournament in less than two weeks and proclaimed "it's go-time" for the season ahead.

But first he traded conversation, and maybe a few divots, with a most interesting golf partner. Nelson was paired with Red Wings coach and former Griffins coach Jeff Blashill at Monday's Griffins Youth Foundation Golf Classic at Egypt Valley Country Club.

Nelson could have used the golf tips – he played for the first time this summer on Friday – but he expected more discussion on their co-existences as coaches and meshing of philosophies.

"We've already had dialogue with personnel, and we'll get into some of the practices and how he's going to play in Detroit and we want to mirror that," Nelson said.

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Up first will be the NHL Prospects Tournament that begins Sept. 11 in Traverse City. Nelson, who was in Traverse City for the organization's development camp in early July, said it will be invaluable in evaluation talent as he leads the Red Wings' prospects.

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Update: Wallner posted a video of Todd Nelson speaking at the golf tourney...

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Jeff Blashill appears on WDFN, gives 24-minute interview

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WDFN's Art Regner spoke with Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill this morning, discussing the Red Wings' free agent signings, the team's goaltending and much, much more in a 24-minute interview. This is good stuff:

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Morning news: A busy Monday; on Zetterberg’s ‘numbers’ and Quincey’s value

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Updated 5x at 2:17 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

The Grand Rapids Griffins' Youth Foundation is holding its annual Golf Classic, and more than a few Red Wings alums are taking part in the tournament:

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Not Much News On The Sale Process Of The Pittsburgh Penguins

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from Jenny Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The process of buying an NHL franchise is long and arduous, and the sale of the Penguins will be no different.

Industry experts, including a former Penguins counsel, contend they are not at all surprised little has surfaced regarding the sale as the calendar flips to September. Primary owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle retained Morgan Stanley in June to begin the process of exploring a sale, but virtually no significant information has emerged since.

“I’m not surprised at all, because these are very valuable assets and there are complications, particularly if the buyer is someone who hasn’t been involved in professional sports in the past,” said Bob Caporale, a former Penguins lawyer and founding partner at Game Plan, a sports finance, investment banking and consulting firm. “It may take time to do their due diligence. Frankly at this time of year, as you know vacations and so forth will always slow things up. I’m sure in the fall things will get more active.”

Caporale was the lead attorney for the Penguins from 1991-97, and the club’s Alternate Governor to the NHL during Howard Baldwin’s controversial tenure as owner.

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The Outlook For Brad Richards

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2015-16 outlook: Richards has been in a steady decline since he averaged more than a point a game in three-plus seasons with the Dallas Stars (2008-11) and is coming off the least-productive non-lockout shortened season of his career. But he can still be a key player and fill some needs for the Red Wings because he's a creative playmaker with good hockey sense and brings Cup experience.

Coach Jeff Blashill has indicated Richards will center the top line until Pavel Datsyuk returns following off-season ankle surgery (projected to be anywhere from late October to late November). Henrik Zetterberg can handle the defensive duties and, in all likelihood, Justin Abdelkader can do the heavy lifting for that line.

When Datsyuk returns, Richards will move down to the second line.

Richards also will help a power play that ranked second in the NHL last season. He typically plays the point.

Key question: Can Richards adequately fill the top-line center spot until Datsyuk returns?

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Crain’s Detroit Business’ Shea: Red Wings’ follow-on rink construction on time

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Two "good news" items have popped up from Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea:

First, Shea reports that the State of Michigan's bond sale to fund the Red Wings' follow-on rink has concluded with all bonds sold to banks...

The money to build the $532 million Detroit Red Wings arena and events center was raised, as planned, with the sale of $450 million of state bonds late last year.

The Michigan Strategic Fund divided the sale into a $250 million in Series A offering that is backed by property taxes already captured by Detroit's Downtown Development Authority. The $200 million in Series B bonds are backed by the $11.5 million Olympia Development of Michigan has agreed to pay the DDA for bond retirement.

Shea continues, and he also reports that, despite the City Council kerfuffles, the rink's excavation has finished on time:

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