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A brief note about Tomas Tatar’s re-signing

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of brief note from the Free Press's Brandon Folsom:

Forward Tomas Tatar avoided arbitration by signing a four-year, $21.2-million contract with the Detroit Red Wings last week.

At least one of his teammates was excited to see the 26-year-old [Slovak] get paid.

"It's good to have him back," said defenseman Danny DeKeyser following a youth hockey clinic Tuesday at Echo Grove Camp near Oxford. "I was happy to see that he re-signed. He's a good guy, a good teammate. He's just a good person and a lot of fun to be around, and he helps our team a lot."

Tatar had a slow start to the 2016-7 season (nine goals in 41 games), but he bounced back to score 11 goals in the final 22 games. He finished with 25 goals, his third straight season with at least 20 goals.

“Players are streaky,” Tatar said [last] Friday. “I know it looked really bad on paper, but every player is scoring at different times. We were playing poorly around December. We all have to be better, we have to help each other more in certain parts of a season. It would be nice to be consistent and every player would like to be, but it is not easy. It is hard.”

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Grand Rapids Griffins Sign Goaltender Pat Nagle

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins have signed goaltender Pat Nagle to a one-year contract.

A native of Bloomfield, Mich., Nagle appeared in 25 games with the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets in 2016-17 and tallied a 15-3-4 record, a 2.23 goals against average and a 0.916 save percentage. If he had played enough minutes to qualify, Nagle would have placed third in the league in GAA and eighth in save percentage. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound netminder logged a six-game unbeaten streak from Feb. 17-March 5 (4-0-2) then added a 5-2 mark in nine Kelly Cup Playoff games, helping the Komets reach the second round.

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Video- Will You Watching The Hockey Games At The Olympics?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Tim and Sid discuss whether people will still watch the Olympics despite the NHL electing to skip the tournament.

 

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Wings’ ‘Final Farewell’ to the Joe focuses on fans, last game at JLA

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings posted their third video paying a "Final Farewell" to Joe Louis Arena this morning, with the Wings spotlighting "The Fans" as they paid farwell to the Joe during its last game:

Here are parts one and two of the video series, too:

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Morning news: Kotkansalo wears the ‘C’; profiling David Pope, etc.

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. According to Leijonat.com, the Finnish national team's website, Kasper Kotkansalo was awarded the captain's "C" for a World Junior selection camp game against the Czech Republic;

2. MLive's Brendan Savage penned a profile of Red Wings prospect David Pope:

"I kind of broke out offensively last year so I'd like to continue that trend upward next year," said Pope, a native of Edmonton. "I've got to have the puck on my stick as much as possible and have more impact on the game.

"I think my skating has gotten a lot better and I think that's come with just getting stronger in the gym. I'm more explosive. I still need some improvement in tighter areas with my skating but since my first year I think skating and my strength have been the two biggest improvements."

Pope was 6-foot-2, 187 pounds when the Red Wings drafted him four years ago. At this year's development camp, he was listed at 6-3, 198.

That's not exactly accurate...Pope was about 165 when he was drafted, and he's put on a lot of weight since then...

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Andrei Markov Will Not Return To Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

MONTREAL - Andrei Markov will not be back with the Canadiens for the 2017-18 season. The veteran defenseman will be available to speak with reporters via conference call on Thursday afternoon (the release note says at his request).

Markov has spent his entire 16-year NHL career to date as a member of the Canadiens. Narrowly missing the 1,000-game milestone with 990 career games under his belt, the Russian rearguard sits sixth on the franchise's all-time leaderboard for games played. He has also suited up for 89 postseason tilts during his time with the Habs.

Since making his NHL debut in 2000, Markov has racked up 572 regular-season points, including 119 goals. He finished his final Canadiens campaign tied with Hall-of-Famer Guy Lapointe for second place in team history for points by a defenseman, and is ranked third for goals from the back end.

The 38-year-old blue-liner was drafted in the sixth round, 162nd overall by Montreal in 1998 and became a Canadian citizen in July 2010.

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(Early) Morning news: On Dylan Larkin, the World Junior Summer Showcase and Jake Paterson’s new team

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note early on a Thursday morning:

1. DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji filed an article from the Larkin Hockey School in Waterford, MI:

Although Dylan Larkin is turning 21 this weekend, it wasn't that long ago that he was a little boy skating at Lakeland Ice Arena in Waterford.

So it was a natural fit when Brad Martin, who runs the Lakeland Hockey Association and Lakeland Ice Arena, asked Larkin and his brother, Colin, and his cousins, Adam and Ryan, if they were interested in doing a hockey camp.

All four Larkin boys eagerly agreed to do it and the Larkin Hockey School was born.

"A lot of us that are doing this camp grew up right in this rink and it is cool to come back and give back to these kids that are hopefully going to follow in our footsteps," Larkin said following an afternoon session. "We all have moved on through the hockey ranks and all of us are playing (or have played) college hockey. I hope we're setting a good example and we're having fun with the kids. It's been a good response in both years doing it so it's a lot of fun for us."

Wakiji continues, and DetroitRedWings.com's Arthur J. Regner recorded a 12-minute podcast with Larkin as well:

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NHL Stars Should Be More Involved With The CBA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The best players in the NHL have historically sat on the sidelines during collective bargaining, but it's time for the likes of Crosby and McDavid to get involved.

So Connor McDavid is “really upset” about NHL players not participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics. In that case, McDavid might want to take a number and get in line because there are a lot of star players who feel the same way. Sidney Crosby doesn’t like it, either. But the NHL is not in the business of catering to their star players, particularly when they feel it doesn’t serve their business interests very well.

Some star players, particularly those of the Russian variety, have talked about going rogue and playing in the Pyeongchang tournament anyway. So make no mistake, the star players who have the most to lose by not playing in the Olympics are not a happy bunch.

And that’s all well and good, but now is the time for those same players to use their clout to shame the NHL into doing the right thing in 2022 and their own Players’ Association into enshrining it into the next collective bargaining agreement. 

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Krupa’s top 12 Wings prospects

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa compiled a listing of the Red Wings' top twelve prospects:

So far, the Red Wings have used none of their 20 draft picks from 2017 and 2018 to buff up a trade package, and the state of their depth chart is a reason why.

Their intent is stocking young talent.

For prospects, they are thin in defensemen and goalies.

The Wings have gotten bigger throughout their system, but large forwards are still desired, too.

And they could use some rough-and-tough guys who can eventually play quality minutes in the NHL.

Considering their top five defensive prospects, acquiring free agent Trevor Daley is unlikely to block the path of anyone young and effective, anytime soon. The pool of immediately available apprentices is insufficient.

At forward, the Red Wings are deeper, and Evgeny Svechnikov may emerge as a star.

At goalie, two tall men are the top prospects.

Krupa continues, and there's a photo gallery accompanying the story...

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A lengthy remembrance of Gordie Howe

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Deadspin's "The Stacks" re-posted a very lengthy article in which Inside Sports' Mordecai Richler profiled a then-still-among-us Gordie Howe:

Gordie Howe’s amazing career is festooned with records, illuminated by anecdote. Looked at properly, within the third-grade repeater there was a hockey pedagogue longing to leap out.

Item: In 1963, when the traditionally stylish but corner-shy Montreal Canadiens brought up a young behemoth from the minors to police the traffic, he had the audacity to go into a corner with Mr. Elbows. He yanked off his gloves, foolishly threatening to mix it up with Howe.

“In this league, son,” Howe cautioned him, “we don’t really fight. All we do is tug at each other’s sweaters.”

“Certainly, Mr. Howe,” the rookie agreed.

But no sooner did he drop his fists than the old educator creamed him.

Toe Blake, another Canadien who played against Howe, once said, “He was primarily a defensive player when he started, and he’d take your ankles off if you stood in front of the net.”

Richler continues...

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