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Pro Hockey Talk’s ‘Red Wings day’ articles include big questions for Holland to answer

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

NBC's Pro Hockey Talk blog is posting a set of articles throughout "Red Wings day," and thus far, they've posted a general backgrounder, pondered whether moving Dylan Larkin to center is a good idea, they've suggested that Anthony Mantha is the player most likely to "make the leap" to the NHL, and PHT's Mike Halford has suggested that the person under the most pressure to perform in Detroit isn't a player or coach (edit: though PHT did address Jeff Blashill's situation /end edit):

There’s no denying Ken Holland’s been feeling the heat in Detroit for a while now.

But this season, the temperature could become unbearable.

There are three pressing concerns as the Red Wings look to make the playoffs for a 26th consecutive campaign, all of which fall directly into Holland’s lap:

1) Can the Wings survive without Pavel Datsyuk?

2) What will they do in goal?

3) How will they fix their defense?

Halford continues, summing up the Wings' issues in a logical conclusion:

Add it all up, and you’ve got a team with more questions than answers.

Update: While we're at it, Sportsnet's Rory Boylen offers "reasons for optimism" for all 30 teams:

DETROIT
The Red Wings have not missed the playoffs since 1990, so its supporters have been brought up on optimism. But we basically start each season now wondering if this is the one when the Wings’ streak ends, and where the next group of core players is coming from. We’re asking that again now that Pavel Datsyuk is retired. But in 54 games last season, Petr Mrazek looked magnificent in goal. Dylan Larkin lurked in the background of the Calder Trophy race. Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist are in a bounce back spot after both had drop-off seasons in 2015-16. And keep an eye on Anthony Mantha. Lots to like here still.

Update #2: Pro Hockey Talk's Cam Tucker also discussed the Howard-Mrazek goaltending tandem.

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Wings single-game tix go on sale Monday, August 29th

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings:

Single-game tickets for the “Farewell Season at The Joe” go on sale Monday, Aug. 29 at 10 A.M.
Limited ticket quantities remain for fans to celebrate final season at Joe Louis Arena

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that single-game tickets for all 2016-17 regular season home games go on sale Monday, Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. Limited ticket quantities remain for fans to celebrate the “Farewell Season at The Joe” and watch the team chase its 26th consecutive playoff appearance and 12th Stanley Cup® championship.

The Red Wings home schedule for the 2016-17 season features numerous marquee matchups, including the Home Opener on Monday, Oct. 17 against the Ottawa Senators; a clash against the defending Stanley Cup® champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, Jan. 14; the lone home matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, March 10; and the final regular-season game at The Joe on Sunday, April 9 against the New Jersey Devils.

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What little news there is regarding Niklas Kronwall is murky

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Updated significantly at 5:09 PM: The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan, MLive's Ansar Khan and the Free Press's Helene St. James are confirming the news that Niklas Kronwall will miss the World Cup of Hockey, but they haven't received an answer yet as to why Kronwall's out.

St. James adds this to the mix...

Incidentally, the Ducks have yet to come to terms with Lindholm, who is a restricted free agent. That's why trade talks regarding defenseman Cam Fowler have cooled off -- the Ducks need Fowler if Lindholm ends up being a holdout. The Wings are very interested in Fowler, a Farmington Hills native, because he is an elite skater who'd upgrade their defense.

The teams discussed a trade prior to the draft in June, but the Ducks' asking price was in the range of Gustav Nyquist/Tomas Tatar and a second-round pick.

But in terms of Kronwall news, all I could find was this from Expressen's Mattias Ek:

First, Alexander Steen was forced to cancel his World Cup plans due to an injury. Now it's clear that Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall has to say no.

Anaheim defenseman Hampus Lindholm will play for the Tre Kronor in the super tournament.

"Niklas has worked hard to have time to come back after his injury. Now it's not happening, and therefore he declined the games," said coach Rikard Gronborg in a statement.

The Tre Kronor has suffered two setbacks in the short time before the World Cup, which begins in Toronto on September 17th.

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan just added this:

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Roberto Luongo On Recovering From Hip Surgery

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from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

After a month on crutches, Luongo began his rehabilitation and returned to the ice Aug. 5 -- and hasn't come off since.

Although Luongo said if the season started Thursday, he probably wouldn't be able to start, he says he is feeling good and plans to be in net when the Panthers actually do open their season Oct. 13 at BB&T Center against the Devils.

"I'm excited, hopeful to be where I want to be when everything gets going," Luongo said after an informal workout Wednesday morning at the IceDen in Coral Springs.

"I started skating Aug. 5 and there has been slow progression but we've ramped it up here the past week or so and it has been good.

"I'm not 100 percent; it's a five month rehab. But I'm feeling better than I thought I would. I thought it would be a slower progression, especially on the ice. It has gone fairly quickly and I'm happy about that. If the season were to start tomorrow, I probably wouldn't be able to go. But I feel good where I'm at and I'm excited about it."

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All Donald Fehr

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from the CP at Sportsnet,

In advance of the World Cup, the 68-year-old sat down with The Canadian Press to discuss next month’s tournament and other issues in the game, including fighting, future lockouts and European expansion....

CP: How does the cycle of lockouts get broken?

Fehr: The general sense I've had is that for a very long time now in all the salary-cap sports, every single one of them, there is a lockout in every single negotiation. The NFL even locked out its referees for God's sake. I mean, give me a break. Why do they do that? Because the way the agreements are structured (the owners) basically think they've got a free shot at the players. How do you break that? You hope you end up in a circumstance in which everybody is persuaded that an agreement, mutually acceptable, acceptable to both sides, can be reached without having to go through that. Baseball is not a cap sport. It's the only one which does not have, over the last 20 years, a history of stoppages by lockout or by strike. It took the battle royale, 94/95 (MLB players strike during which Fehr was head of the union), to persuade the owners that they didn't fight over those issues anymore ... My advice to the players is given the history, when you go into negotiation, what you do is you hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

CP: So is the answer to stopping the cycle no cap? And is that something you would ever push to get back?

Fehr: The answer is the players make those decisions as you get there. And we're a long way from there. And people talk about what the decision is -- Is it cap or no cap? Is it this or is it that or something else? -- that's not the decision you make.

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Niklas Kronwall Won’t Play In The World Cup

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

TORONTO/NEW YORK (Aug. 24, 2016) – The Swedish Ice Hockey Association announced today that Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm has been added to its 23-man roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, the best-on-best international hockey championship from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016. He replaces injured Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall. Lindholm, 22, has registered 23 goals and 92 points in 236 career NHL games.

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Jiri Hudler Headed To Dallas

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Suing Over A Sweater

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from Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press,

The London Knights are being sued for fraud over a Mitch Marner jersey.

Scott Galbraith, a Londoner and die-hard fan of the reigning Memorial Cup champs, alleges the black No. 93 sweater he paid nearly $4,000 for after winning a Canadian Hockey League-run online auction in May is a fake and not the one the Maple Leafs first-round draft pick donned during the 2015-16 season, as promised, in a statement of claim filed Tuesday.

The Knights, the CHL and the Hockey Hall of Fame — which received Marner’s Memorial Cup game-worn jersey as an artifact after the final game — are named as defendants in the $100,00 claim, $80,000 of which is for aggravated and punitive damages.

Galbraith is a longtime collector who has owned more than 250 game-worn hockey jerseys ranging in value from $250 to $10,000. There is plenty of fraud in his hobby, so he has learned over the years what to look for in identifying genuine articles.

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WDFN’s Sheppard weighs in regarding the Holland interview

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Ken Holland's Q and A with NHL.com's Dan Rosen drew the ire of more than a few bloggers and writers yesterday, myself included, and this morning, WDFN's Matt Sheppard weighs in regarding the interview, expressing some shock and dismay at the fact that Holland suggests that his team--the team Holland built this summer via signing and re-signing so many forwards--isn't going to contend for the Stanley Cup this upcoming season:

If he can’t win this year why sign Steve Ott to a one year contract and not make room for a Tyler Bertuzzi?

If there’s no threat of a Red Wings parade, why ink Thomas Vanek to one year deal and block a chance for Anthony Mantha or Evgeny Svechnikov or Martin Frk or Mitch Callahan?

If there is no hope in 2016-17, why not build with youth and through the draft-trade away some names stuck on long-term deals-and refuse the temptation to add more long term contracts.

Holland is the one who put this team in contract purgatory with long-term commitments to Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Jimmy Howard, Justin Abdelkader and recently with Darren Helm and Luke Glendening.

I haven’t even gotten to the fans yet. I mean, how do you admit your team isn’t built to win and then hope fans keep filing through the turn stiles at Joe Louis Arena? I hate to break it to you Ken Holland, but the Joe isn’t so glorious that people are going to games just visit there one last time. It’s not Tiger Stadium man.

Sheppard continues, and

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Morning news: On the NHLPA rookie showcase, Filip Hronek, Alexander Kadeikin and Franzen golfing

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of brief Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Evgeny Svechnikov will represent the Red Wings at the NHLPA Rookie Showcase in Toronto next Monday and Tuesday, engaging in photo shoots and other activities with the NHL's trading card partner, Upper Deck;

2. According to the Saginaw News's Hugh Berenreuter, Saginaw Spirit manager Craig Goslin expects defenseman Filip Hronek to play for the Spirit this season;

3. In the playing-games department, in the KHL, Alexander Kadeikin didn't play in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's season-opening 1-0 victory over Amur;

4. And Johan Franzen engaged in a little golf tournament with his buddies recently:

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