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Players Divided When It Comes To Escrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

While the decision on whether or not to trigger the annual 5 percent growth factor on the salary cap has often been treated like a foregone conclusion, it should not be this season.

The issue on the growth factor, commonly referred to as the "inflator" or "escalator," has become a hot topic of conversation amongst players with growing concerns about increasing escrow rates and the potential implications on revenue with the falling Canadian dollar.

Several sources told ESPN.com that there is a divide between two camps of players: those who are already under contract for next season and those who are pending unrestricted free agents. Those already set on their current deals may be against the idea of increasing the salary cap, deterred by the thought of another season of high escrow (the players were hit with 18 percent this season). Those players up for new deals, however, would ideally like more money in the pot. The current salary cap is at $69 million. At last week's General Managers meetings, the rough projection provided by commissioner Gary Bettman was $71.5 million -- assuming the inflator was triggered.

For players, there is a growing sense of skepticism about areas of potential revenue growth, such as television deals, outdoor games, etc., compounded with concerns about the devaluation of the Canadian dollar.

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Two ‘over-ripened’ Red Wings weigh in on the team’s developmental philosophy

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The "one difference" that pundits insist separates the Red Wings from the San Jose Sharks involves the fact that the Sharks will more readily promote players to the NHL level, while the Wings tend to keep players in Grand Rapids until they're "over-ripe," much to the ire of some fans--and a good example is Sharks prospect Mirco Mueller, who's interning on the Sharks' 3rd pair, and Anthony Mantha, who's playing for the Griffins, because the Wings "traded down" from the 18th pick that the Sharks used to snag Mueller to take Mantha 20th overall and Tyler Bertuzzi 58th overall.

Mantha may not make his permanent Wings debut for another year or two, and the same is true of Bertuzzi; the Sharks, in another example, already have Barclay Goodrow, who eschewed an AHL deal from the Wings a year ago, playing in the NHL.

As such, the Mercury News's David Pollak asked two Red Wings players about the difference in organizational philosophy from a player's perspective:

"For the young guys, for sure it's tough to understand," [Tomas] Tatar said. "Your mind is not really strong maybe enough to keep you down there in Grand Rapids because you think you're doing good but the club won't call you because there are so many players here. It's kind of hard, but as soon as you go through it then you establish yourself here and you can appreciate your time there."

Did all that time in the minors make it an easier transition?

"You come here, you know the system, you're familiar more," Tatar said, "and it's up to you to take your chance here."

Nyquist had a similar response.

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The Declining Power Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

Sharks coach Todd McLellan has the numbers on his board in his office in San Jose.

When he broke into the NHL as an assistant coach with the Red Wings, he ran the power play. In three years, the Wings had 461 power-play opportunities, then 398, then 391. That was right after the 2004-05 lockout, when the NHL tightened enforcement of infractions like hooking, holding and interference.

In 2005-06, teams ranged from 541 power-play opportunities to 411. The average team had 480. This season, no one is one pace for more than 297 power-play opportunities. One team is on pace for as few as 211.

Another way to look at it: The average NHL game had 11.7 power plays in 2005-06. The average NHL game has had about 6.2 this season.

But that doesn’t mean hooking, holding and interference have crept back into the game to a large degree and the referees have been swallowing their whistles. It means hooking, holding and interference have left the game to a large degree. The referees have less to call.

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AHL Standings

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Earlier in March I reported that the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals affiliate) were in first place in the AHL.  Things have changed since then.  The Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings affiliate) have retaken the lead.  Manchester now has a three point lead with a game in hand over Hershey.  That is likely enough that they will win the regular season title.  Manchester has league top scorer Brian O'Neill and the third place scorer in Jordan Weal.  They have offensive star power.  More than likely this is the regular season champions.  Let's see if regular season success carries over into the playoffs.

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What Could The Edmonton Oilers Do With The Second Pick In The NHL Drat?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Teams know the Oilers have already drafted centres Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl from 2011 on, so why does he need another one?

Maybe they feel (and rightly so) the Oilers need a defenceman at the draft more. Maybe they’re even wondering if MacTavish also really likes McDavid’s centre teammate Dylan Strome, the OHL scoring champ who had four goals and six points in his final league game Sunday, and if he can get him later for a flip of picks, he’d take that.

There are lots of scenarios in play for the No. 2 pick, such as:

- What if the Nashville Predators called and offered defenceman Seth Jones and Finnish goalie Juuse Saros? The Preds don’t have their late first-rounder because they traded it to the Leafs for Cody Franson, which gums things up somewhat. But Jones can be a top-two defenceman. Saros played in the world junior and is in the top Finnish league right now, and Jari Kurri, the former Finnish national team GM, was raving about the 19-year-old at the 1984 Oilers Stanley Cup reunion last fall. We all know the Preds will be riding Pekka Rinne in net for years to come. All those years, the Predators had a terrific defence but couldn’t go deep in the playoffs because they had no first-line centre.

- What if the Toronto Maple Leafs call, with the cupboard bare at centre, and offers to flip their No. 5 selection for the No. 2 for defenceman Morgan Rielly, another player who most scouts feel will be a top-pairing defenceman in short order?

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Vincent Lecavalier May Be Tradable

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Miller of NJ.com,

Despite a feeling around hockey that Lecavalier is untradeable because of the length of his contract and declining offensive statistics, there does seem to be a way to work a divorce that will make both sides happy.

The Flyers, in fact, came very close to trading twice Lecavalier last summer, NJ Advance Media has learned. Lecavalier almost was moved to the Florida Panthers in June, and he twice almost was dealt to the Nashville Predators in July.

The reason neither trade was completed, according to sources, is that Panthers and Predators ownership called off the otherwise done deals.

"I think there are enough people in hockey circles that know that the deal was awfully close with Nashville," Kent Hughes, Lecavalier's agent, told NJ Advance Media in a phone interview. "I can't comment on specifics. Unfortunately, it didn't materialize for reasons other than personnel."

There's reason to believe that Lecavalier could be tradable this summer as well, despite very disappointing 2014-15 stats: seven goals, 17 points and a minus-10 rating in 51 games, almost all of them coming with the natural center playing right wing on the Flyers' fourth line.

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A Look At Eddie Lack

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tal Pinchevsky at ESPN,

Midway through a physical 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, Vancouver Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack was beckoned to center ice by opposing goaltender Jonathan Quick, who had just ignited a skirmish by throwing two right hands at Canucks captain Henrik Sedin. Lack made it only as far as his own red line, offering a sensible explanation after the game.

"I may have a reach [advantage on Quick]," the 6-foot-4 Lack joked. "I think he's a little meaner than me."

It was a classic moment of levity after a big win for the affable Swede. In a season that has seen Lack, 27, emerge as a force in the Vancouver crease, his teammates have used all kinds of words to describe the quirky goaltender. But "mean" definitely isn't one of them.

"He's goofy," Canucks winger Nick Bonino said in describing Lack.

"Easy going, fun loving, always happy," teammate Chris Higgins said. "Almost to a fault sometimes."

"I would say he's one of those interesting goalies," forward Radim Vrbata added.

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Details regarding construction of ‘Detroit Entertainment Center’ revealed at City Council meeting

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 6:59 PM: After announcing that 25 of the first 30 contracts awarded for the construction of the "Detroit Entertainment Center" were awarded to Detroit businesses, and then stating that the Eddystone Hotel will be renovated with 1 of 5 units designated for "affordable housing," Olympia Development of Michigan appeared before Detroit's City Council on WXYZ reports that the Ilitches revealed a new aspect of their project...

Olympia told council it plans to have a park  similar to Campus Martius next to the arena for outdoor events. It will be open to the public.

There are also plans to renovate the historic Eddystone hotel, and turn it into about 100 homes.

“Restoring the Eddystone Hotel helps preserve an important piece of Detroit’s rich architectural history while creating much needed job opportunities and affordable housing for Detroiters,” said Rod Blake, Director of Development for Olympia Development of Michigan.

Once approved by city leaders and the Historic District Commission, work on the Eddystone Hotel could begin as early as fall of 2015.​

But given that it is entirely possible that baseball, football and hockey games might be taking place at the same time at Comerica Park, Ford Field and the "Detroit Entertainment Center," as well as concerts at the Fox Theatre and Filmore Detroit, there are concerns about parking...

And the Free Press's Joe Guillen reports that the City Council isn't thrilled about the fact that Olympia Development's plans involve razing the Hotel Park Avenue, or the fact that 4 of 5 housing units will be...let's say expensive...

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Red Wings-Sharks game-day articles: On ‘the starter,’ Datsyuk and Kronwall’s leadership

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 6x at 4:00 PM:

At the morning skate, the Wings' beat writers revealed that Pavel Datsyuk won't be playing tonight as his "lower-body injury" hasn't met Datsyuk's healed-enough-for-a-game threshold, that Erik Cole won't be playing tonight as his "upper-body injury" is still aggravating him, that Jakub Kindl won't be playing because Niklas Kronwall is ready to return, and Jimmy Howard will be playing as the Wings' "starter" because the Red Wings' coach is getting a little gruff regarding Howard's ahead of tonight's game against San Jose (7:30 PM EDT on FSD/CSN Bay Area/97.1 FM).

I hate to play "read the tea leaves," but Howard might be "the starter until he's not the starter" for more than one reason this evening:

Howard's 12 years older than the "Brawl in Hockeytown" which turned 19 today (so he's 31).

The San Jose Sharks' morning skate didn't get the same Twitter treatment, so the Mercury News's Davd Pollak revealed the player who would oppose Howard...

First off ice for #SJSharks: Niemi.

Speaking of history, the Red Wings' Game Day Blog posited several historical notes...

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Video- Jared Boll Suspended Three Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL explanation of the suspension...

 

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