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Tweets and articles from Danny DeKeyser’s post-contract-signing conference call

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 8x at 1:45 PM: The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa and DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose "live Tweeted" Danny DeKeyser's press conference subsequent to DeKeyser's signing of a 6-year, $30 million contract:

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Toledo Walleye to hold youth hockey camp from August 8-12

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From the Toledo Walleye:

Up your game at our Youth Hockey Summer Camp

Skate on the Huntington Center ice, learn from the pros and have fun while improving your skills. The Walleye will host a Youth Hockey Summer Camp in August for aspiring T-Town Hockey players! This camp is presented by both ProMedica and Wendy's.

The 2016 Youth Hockey Summer Camp runs from Monday, August 8 until Friday, August 12. This is a fantastic opportunity for hockey players ages 7 to 13 to learn from the Walleye coaching staff while skating on the same ice as the Walleye players! Both a Main Camp and a Goalie Camp are offered.

For additional info regarding the 2016 Youth Hockey Summer Camp, click here.

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Savage discusses the arbitration process

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MLive's Brendan Savage broke down the arbitration process ahead of a possible hearing between Petr Mrazek and the Wings:

Teams can take a player to arbitration just once in his career but there are no restrictions on the number of a times a player can file or the size of his award.

The player can't receive less than 85 percent of his salary from the previous year and factors the arbitrator considers before making a decision include statistics from all previous seasons, a player's value to his team, leadership qualities and the performance/salary of players considered comparable.

Factors that can't be considered include comparisons to players who signed contracts as unrestricted free agents, testimonials, media reports, the salary cap and a team's financial situation.

When a case reaches arbitration, each side has 90 minutes to present its case. There's also a limit to the length of the brief submitted so neither side can bury the arbitrator in paperwork, according to Holland.

"Otherwise, we could send 1,000 pages and muddy the waters," Holland said. "There's limits to how many pages. There's limits to how long you can talk."


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Block A Shot Or Not

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from Travis Yost of TSN,

One of the discussion points I’ve found interesting over the years is whether it’s better for short-handed teams to set up in the defensive zone for the purpose of blocking shots versus setting up false shooting lanes that allow goaltenders clean looks at shots from a distance.

Going through some video during this past regular season, it was interesting to see the strategic disparities from team to team. The Boston Bruins, for example, were maniacal about blocking shots. They used goalie Tuukka Rask in something of a secondary role, essentially deciding that if they couldn’t block the shot, he’d have to bail them out.

The Vancouver Canucks were the polar opposite. Vancouver, to my eye, seemed to let an awful lot of shot volume arrive at the doorstep of goaltending duo Ryan Miller and Jakob Markstrom.

The shot data we have on both of these teams suggests something of a systemic difference. Going through the last six years of team performance on the penalty kill, no team blocked a higher percentage of shot attempts than the Bruins last season (36 per cent). Only four teams blocked a smaller percentage of shot attempts than the Canucks did last season (22 per cent). To my surprise, one of those four teams was the 2011-12 edition of the Canucks – a team that earned the Presidents’ Trophy. 


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A Six-Year Deal For Danny DeKeyser

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Would Evander Kane Be A Fit In Vancouver?

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from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Make a play for Kane, and many believe he can’t and won’t change his off-ice demeanour. At one point Monday, a TSN 1040 poll showed 56 per cent of 700 respondents didn’t want the Canucks to make a trade pitch. Then again, make a play and others will point to an exciting 30-goal winger with a palatable contract of two more years at a $5.2-million-US annual cap hit ($6 million in actual salary). The Canucks have also had past interest in Kane.

Canucks general manager Jim Benning wants to add a proven scorer with grit to take the pressure off Sven Baertschi. With $3.4 million in cap space, there are safer and cheaper routes to travel in free agency, but the Canucks need to take a hard look at travelling the bold road. Trying to win and getting younger at the same time is a conundrum. For everything Kane has done wrong off the ice, he could be the right answer on it. He could help fill those empty Rogers Arena seats, and help propel the Canucks back to the playoffs.

Kane is better than the 20 goals he had in 65 games last season, in 21 minutes of average ice time, because he was shut down with an upper-body injury in March. He has imposing speed and his 6-2, 204-pound frame allows him to drive wide around defenders and unleash a good shot. If he develops a better net presence, and a better two-way game because he was a minus-14, another 30-goal season like the one he had in 2011-12 with Winnipeg should be attainable.


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All John Chayka

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

NHL.com's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka:

Just the other day you signed Luke Schenn. You already signed Alex Goligoski this offseason. Obviously you have Oliver Ekman-Larsson. What is the philosophy behind the defense that you're building in Arizona and where do you think it is now in relation to what it was last season?

"The philosophy is fairly simple. It's when we don't have the puck, recover the puck as quickly as possible. There are all kinds of different forms where you can gain possession of the puck, some of them are physical and some of them are non-physical, so I think you need a blend to have both. Once you get the puck back it's to transition the puck. Defense isn't about defending, it's about getting the puck in the forwards' hands and getting the puck moving into the offensive zone. It's about transitioning. That's the philosophy and that's been the theme behind the moves that we're making, let's get players who can get pucks back and get pucks up to forwards in an efficient and effective manner. We think we've taken strides here. We hope there is an improvement. We believe there will be an improvement. Now it's about continuing to look to tweak it. We also have Anthony DeAngelo on the back end. We traded for him and we think he's a real treat for forwards to play with because he gets them the puck in positions where they can be successful and he can join the rush himself. We're hoping for an impact from him at some point in this season. We're hopeful that the whole group can continue to grow together.


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Griffins’ goaltending signings will also affect the Walleye’s roster

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I certainly scratched my head when the Grand Rapids Griffins announced the signing of goaltender Calvin Heeter to a crease that already includes Jared Coreau, Eddie Pasquale and Jake Paterson, but the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe reminds us that the Red Wings and Griffins are also filling the crease of the ECHL's Toledo Walleye, who recently lost the services of Jeff Lerg:

The Detroit Red Wings, the Walleye’s NHL parent club, have six goalies in its system, and two will filter down to Toledo.

Jake Paterson, who started his pro career last season in Toledo, will compete for a spot in Grand Rapids along with Heeter and another veteran goalie, Edward Pasquale. The trio will be vying for a spot to back up the Griffins’ No. 1 goalie, Jared Coreau.

Paterson, 22, went 18-9-2 with a .923 save percentage and 2.21 goals-against average for Toledo in his first full pro season last year. The 6-foot-1, 183-pound goalie also played in two games for the Walleye at the end of the 2014-15 season. Paterson was selected in the third round of the 2012 NHL draft.

Heeter, 27, played last season for two European clubs. In 24 games with the Hamburg Freezers, he posted an 11-8-0 record and a 3.00 GAA. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound St. Louis native last played in North America in 2014-15. Undrafted out of Ohio State (2008-12), he played in one NHL game with Philadelphia on April 13, 2014. He has played in 142 pro games in the AHL, ECHL, and European leagues.

Pasquale, 25, who signed with Grand Rapids on July 1, split the 2015-16 season between St. John’s in the AHL and Brampton, in the ECHL. In 30 AHL games, the Toronto native compiled a 13-10-3 record and a 2.62 GAA.

Monroe continues...

More than a few of the Griffins' signings will end up playing in Toledo this upcoming season, especially with the Wings' forward crunch affecting the Griffins' opening-night roster.

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Evening news: On charitable outings, Summer Street Hockey and the U.S. World Junior Evaluation Camp

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Grand Rapids Griffins are holding a golf tournament to raise funds for their youth foundation next month...

2. The Joe Kocur Foundation announced that Dylan Larkin will be taking part in its annual charity softball game in late August...

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Holland On Trades And Buyouts

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from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

Holland said he is open to a trade, but many teams are in pursuit of highly ranked, offensive defensemen and not many are available.

He also said that while a buyout remains a possibility, he would prefer not to do one.

“When you start buying out people, you have a bunch of money tied up and you can’t put the player on the ice,” Holland said.

“How much better is the player you bring in? If he is only marginally better than the one you buy out, with the cost of the buyout, you’re not ahead of the game.”...

If in September or the first few months of the season the young ones prove their NHL worth, the Red Wings may be in a position to work a trade.

“We’ve tried to collect a lot of players so we have lots of depth,” Holland said. “If this player or that one does not work out, we have fallback positions.

“And if you have that and all of a sudden if something comes available, we are all in.

“If all those things look good on September 29, now we’re in a position to do something.”

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