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Bad Coach’s Challenge? Get A Penalty

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What I said a few weeks ago.

 

added 6:37am 6/23/17, via the CP at TSN,

The NHL is considering issuing a minor penalty for a failed coach's challenge for offside.

The penalty would be instead of losing a timeout for a failed challenge under the current rules. The league's general managers discussed the possible change at a meeting Thursday ahead of this weekend's NHL draft in Chicago.

Replay reviews for possible offside have attracted attention in the playoffs the past two years. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan got a Nashville goal wiped out in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in May. St. Louis star Vladimir Tarasenko had a playoff goal wiped out by a razor-thin offside ruling during a series against Chicago in 2016.

NHL executive Colin Campbell says the next stop for the possible rule change is the league's competition committee.

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A trio of items of Griffins-related note

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins posted three items of note this evening:

1. First, the Griffins posted a video in which coach Todd Nelson shares his reflections upon the Griffins' Calder Cup championship from the coach's perspective...

2. The Griffins have also created a webpage that captures tons of Tweets, videos and Instagram posts sharing "Championship moments"...

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Highlights of the Wings’ 2017-18 schedule

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings released their 2017-18 season schedule on Thursday afternoon, and I'm just getting back to work after an afternoon of errands, so: here are the observations of Wings beat writers who've had longer than a couple of minutes to look at the schedule:

1. From Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples and Stefan Kubus...

Little Caesars Arena will host 17 weekend home games (five Fridays, seven Saturdays and five Sundays) all the way until the regular-season finale at home on Saturday, April 7 against the New York Islanders.

Detroit will head on the road right after their debut at LCA for a four-game trip including a stop at Las Vegas to play the Golden Knights on Friday, Oct. 13.

It’s a road-heavy start, with only five home games in October for the Wings. Starting on Nov. 11 against Columbus, the Wings will have a stretch of five home games, one away game in New York, and then three more home games to round out the second month of the season.

Detroit has another five-game stretch in Dec. for their two longest home stands – they will be home from Dec. 5 through Dec. 15.

2. From the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

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Some Mrazek scuttlebutt from Kulfan

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan got an unusual response to a request that Ken Holland address the team's decision to expose Petr Mrazek, Xavier Ouellet, Riley Sheahan et. al. in the expansion draft...

Holland said he’ll discuss his decision not to protect certain players — particularly, surprisingly, Mrazek — this weekend at the entry draft.

And Kulfan's assessment of the Wings' salary cap situation (hint: the Wings will be tight to the cap again) precedes, well, this:

The Red Wings will look aggressively to trade a goaltender, likely Mrazek, 25, who has one year remaining on his contract at $4 million.

Mrazek had a poor statistical season, and his attitude and work ethic came into question in stories after his name was not on the protected list.

But several teams could be interested in upgrading their goaltending, and Mrazek remains a viable option.

Update: The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa also weighed in on the Mrazek situation:

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St. James: Wings to emphsize defense at the draft

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Red Wings director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright ahead of tomorrow and Saturday's NHL draft in Chicago, and Wright told St. James that the Wings will look to bolster their defense as they prepare to pick 11 times:

“Defense is an area that we are targeting,” Wings director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright said in an interview with the Free Press this week. “It is deep at that position in this draft, throughout the draft.”

The draft begins Friday at United Center with Round 1, and the Wings hold the ninth overall pick, their highest since drafting Martin Lapointe at 10th overall in 1991. That’s what 25 straight seasons of making the playoffs — and four Stanley Cups — will do. The Wings missed the playoffs this season for the first time since 1990.

The Wings will select 38th, 71st, 79th, 83rd, 88th, 100th, 131st, 162nd, 164th, and 193rd on Day 2 of the draft.

As for the team's strategy with the 9th overall pick, it's the old standby, "Take the best player available"...

“We are basically talking over every scenario possible, what could happen, try to figure out the unexpected,” Wright said of the staff’s last-minute preparations. “It is pretty much set in stone as far as final rankings for us. With the luxury of having 11 picks, we have options now — plus we have  two seconds next year, as well, so whether that means we move up and spend some of those picks — there is a risk factor in doing that. Or we could move back and accumulate more picks and go from there.When you are talking top-10 pick, you should get good player, but you want to make sure you pick the right one.”

And St. James continues, with Ken Holland confirming that defense is the emphasis for this year's draft, and St. James posted some short draft profiles as well.

Update: The Windsor Star's Bob Duff also spoke with Wright:

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TSN Hockey Insiders Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun discuss the Oilers parting ways with Jordan Eberle, have more on the Islanders shopping Travis Hamonic and which teams have interest in Alex Galchenyuk.

Watch at TSN...

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Would You Pay Alexander Radulov $42M Over 6 Years?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Not me, he will be 31 on July 5th.

 

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Wings Need A Defenseman

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

The challenge is finding a defenseman who fits into their long-term plans, one who is in the same age range as their young cornerstone players like Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha and one who is available.

It’s a hard equation to crack.

They have a player who might be able to help them crack it. Forward Andreas Athanasiou, who electrified Detroit fans this season with his breakaway speed, is a possible candidate to get moved for a defenseman and there’s belief outside the Red Wings organization they’d be willing to trade him for the right price.

Detroit GM Ken Holland declined to comment on the 22-year-old Athanasiou specifically as a possible trade candidate but spoke in more general terms about his approach to moving any young forwards in the organization to upgrade the defense.

“I’m not looking to trade any of our 21, 22 or 23 year olds for players who are five, six or seven years older,” Holland told The Athletic. “If I’m going to trade, and I might not, the trade has to be there. It has to make sense. It has to make sense for the other team. It has to be a similar age.”

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Your 2017-18 Detroit Red Wings Regular Season Schedule

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today released their 2017-18 schedule for the team’s Inaugural Season at Little Caesars Arena and 92nd overall in the National Hockey League. The team’s state-of-the-art facility will open its doors for its first NHL regular-season game on Thursday, Oct. 5 versus the Minnesota Wild. Little Caesars Arena will host 17 weekend home games (five Fridays, seven Saturdays and five Sundays), spanning all the way until the regular-season finale at home on Saturday, April 7 against the New York Islanders.

This season’s 82-game slate includes four games against each Atlantic Division rival (28 games), three games against the eight teams in the Eastern Conference’s Metropolitan Division (24 games) and two games against all 15 Western Conference foes (30 games).

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All About The 2017-18 NHL Regular Season Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (June 22, 2017) – The NHL’s 2017-18 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 4, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Pittsburgh Penguins raising their fifth Stanley Cup championship banner before facing the St. Louis Blues at PPG Paints Arena. The 1,271-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Saturday, April 7, 2018.

The other three games on the first night of the 2017-18 season include the Toronto Maple Leafs visiting the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place; the Edmonton Oilers hosting the Calgary Flames in a Battle of Alberta at Rogers Place; and the San Jose Sharks playing host to the Philadelphia Flyers at SAP Center.

After closing Joe Louis Arena last season, the Detroit Red Wings will open their new home, Little Caesar’s Arena, on Thursday, Oct. 5 against the Minnesota Wild.

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