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Video- Hockey Bloopers From The 2015-16 NHL Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Almost seven minutes of bloopers...

Sportsnet style.


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Discussing ‘the case’ for Stamkos to sign with the Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

ESPN's Craig Custance penned an Insider-only entry in which he examined Steven Stamkos' "fit" with the Lightning, Canadiens, Leafs, Sabres and Red Wings, and here's his case "for" Detroit (I can't share the "against" as well):

The case for: This is a franchise with a long history of winning, and Stamkos would be continuing a long line of superstars -- including his current GM in Yzerman. With Pavel Datsyuk's return to Russia and the trade with the Coyotes, Detroit now has the necessary salary cap space to take a serious run at Stamkos.

They have a need at center with Datsyuk gone, and Stamkos would plug right in to a talented forward group that would include youngster Dylan Larkin and veteran Henrik Zetterberg.

Like the Sabres, the Red Wings offer the ability to play close to home without all the pressure that comes with it. The Red Wings have an owner in Mike Illitch who has been aggressive and successful -- both with his hockey and baseball teams -- of landing the big star in free agency, although more of his recent successes have come on the baseball side.

The Red Wings' playoff streak should give Stamkos confidence that if he joins the Red Wings, he’s joining a franchise that will always be in the hunt for a Stanley Cup.

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Wooing Begins In Edmonton

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

This is courting period and the Edmonton Oilers, thanks to Connor McDavid's franchise-altering impact, have a better shot these days at doing just that.

Like many teams this week, the Oilers have invited players to visit their city and sell them on the market and team, and on Tuesday pending unrestricted free agents Milan Lucic and Jason Demers were scheduled to be in town to do just that, sources told ESPN.com.

That's a normal part of this UFA speaking window and it doesn't mean the Oilers have a leg up. But they're certainly doing their best to sell themselves to potential UFA targets.

We told you last month about Edmonton's strong interest in Lucic, GM Peter Chiarelli knowing the hulking winger well from his Boston Bruins days together, and Lucic is intrigued, given the possibility of riding shotgun with No. 97 on the up-and-coming Oilers.

But Lucic will certainly consider several offers that will be on the table come Friday because the winger is seen by most as the No. 2 UFA, behind Steven Stamkos.

As for Demers, he's in demand as well, agent Bob Sauve saying Tuesday that several teams have already called about the Dallas Stars blue-liner whose contract expires Thursday at midnight.

more plus Habs interested in Dale Weise and Vladimir Sobotka possibly returning to the Blues...

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Bonus Drew

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Smart snag by "No Name" on Twitter and Cap Friendly:

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Filip Hronek selected by Saginaw in the CHL Import Draft

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings prospect and recent draftee Filip Hronek has been selected in the CHL's Import Draft, and it sounds like Hronek will play for the OHL's Saginaw Spirit next season:

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The Sign And Trade Scenario For Steven Stamkos

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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

The Stamkos camp, led by agent Don Meehan of Newport Sports, essentially controls the situation. They’ve had an open interview period to speak with rival teams since Saturday and also enjoy the protection of a no-movement clause in the player’s expiring deal.

As a result, they would have to be central in orchestrating the first sign-and-trade agreement in NHL history.

For teams looking to add Stamkos there may even be a benefit to completing that sort of maneuver with the Lightning. They would have to part with an asset, sure, but it also offers the chance to lower the player’s eventual cap hit by spreading it over eight years rather than the maximum seven they could offer on the open market.

(If Stamkos’s price is $80-million over the length of the deal, for example, that amounts to an $11.43-million annual cap hit on a seven-year contract and $10-million on an eight).


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Morning news: Free agency chatter in the present and past tenses

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. NHL.com's Amalie Benjamin listed the top 10 free agents from the Atlantic Division, and two of them are Red Wings players:

6. Darren Helm, C, Detroit Red Wings: Speed, speed, speed. That's how the Penguins won the Stanley Cup, and that's what Helm offers to teams bidding for his services. Helm, 29, scored 13 goals this season and 15 in 2014-15. That's generally what a team can expect from the center, along with the aforementioned speed, penalty-killing ability and an above-average faceoff winning percentage. The Red Wings are on record as saying they would like to retain Helm.

Potential suitors: Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes


9. Kyle Quincey, D, Detroit Red Wings: Quincey is on record saying that he would like to return to Detroit, but it seems unlikely the Red Wings will have the salary cap space to sign him; they also have a crush of young defensemen ready to potentially jump to the NHL. The 30-year-old missed time this season due to a concussion and ankle surgery; he had four goals and seven assists in 47 games but was a steady defender.

Potential suitors: Detroit Red Wings, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers

2. I believe we call this, "Your rent is due," or something close to it. The St. John's Telegram reminds us that the Red Wings are very likely to re-sign Daniel Cleary to some sort of contract...

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Toledo Walleye to name Dan Watson as head coach

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe reports that Dan Watson will be named the Toledo Walleye's next head coach:

Longtime Toledo Walleye assistant coach Dan Watson will be named the next head coach of the team today, according to a source.

Watson, a 37-year-old native of Glencoe, Ontario, has been on the organization's coaching staff since its inception in 2009-10.

Watson was an assistant the last two seasons under former Walleye head coach Derek Lalonde, who accepted the job with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League earlier this month.

Watson was elevated to the position of “associate coach” after helping Lalonde lead the Walleye to a regular season championship in the duo's first season behind the bench together in 2014-15. Toledo went 50-15-7 to win the Brabham Cup and reached the Eastern Conference finals in the Kelly Cup playoffs that season.

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Saskatoon to rename a bridge in honor of Gordie Howe

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix's Phil Tank:

Saskatoon city council unanimously endorsed renaming the city’s newest bridge after hockey icon and favourite son Gordie Howe.

Howe, who died June 10 at the age of 88, was known as Mr. Hockey for his long and successful professional hockey career, and retired as the NHL career leader in goals, assists and points. The Saskatoon native still holds the NHL record for most games played.

Coun. Darren Hill brought forward the motion to rename the Circle Drive South Bridge; he needed unanimous approval to discuss the matter at Monday’s city council meeting.

Part of the motion endorsed Monday includes getting approval for the move from the Howe family.

“He was truly a great spokesperson for the city of Saskatoon, even when he didn’t live here,” Hill said.


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Wallner: Jeff Hoggan won’t return to the Griffins

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports that the Grand Rapids Griffins will not retain the services of captain Jeff Hoggan:

Jeff Hoggan, captain of the Grand Rapids Griffins the past four seasons and the leader of the team's 2013 Calder Cup championship playoff run, will not return. Hoggan, in a text exchange with MLive, said late Monday he is "coming to terms with the confirmed reality of not coming back" to the Griffins.

The 38-year-old said he received a call from the Red Wings organization informing him of the decision. Hoggan hopes to play next season, saying "it's still in me" and that he has received notice there should be interest from other AHL teams.

If that happens, it will be difficult for fans in Grand Rapids who have come to associate the veteran with success as a member of the Griffins.

The team is in a crunch up front with a number of veteran along with younger players who need playing time to develop. The veterans include Mitch Callahan and Louis-Marc Aubry, who have received qualifying offers, Martin said, along with promising young forwards such as Tyler Bertuzzi and last year's top pick, Evgeny Svechnikov.

"I reached out to Jeff last week after our pro scouting meetings had ended to let him know that, unfortunately, we would not be in a position to offer him a contract this year because of those two things," said Ryan Martin, the Red Wings assistant general manager. "But, without question, his leadership has been tremendous down there."

Wallner continues at length...

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