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Wings’ beat writers weigh in on Dylan Sadowy trade

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings acquired Dylan Sadowy in a trade with the San Jose Sharks today, sending a 3rd round pick in 2017 (not the pick the Wings get for Toronto signing Babcock away) for Sadowy, the Sharks' 3rd round pick in 2014.

Sadowy is a 6'1," 185-pound, left-shooting left winger, and Red Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin gave the Saginaw Spirit and Barrie Colts forward a thumbs-up while speaking with MLive's Ansar Khan...

Sadowy, 20, is a left wing who spent three-plus seasons with the OHL Saginaw Spirit before being dealt to the Barrie Colts midway through this past season. In 64 games combined with Saginaw and Barrie, Sadowy had 45 goals and 70 points. He added two goals and five points in eight playoff games.

"We like his combination of grit and competitiveness and scoring touch," Red Wings assistant general manager Ryan Martin said. "He's got to continue to work on his foot speed and his body strength but we really like his upside."

Martin said the Red Wings were eying Sadowy during his draft year.

"We saw him play quite a bit being in Saginaw, not only because of the proximity but we had (goaltending prospect) Jake Paterson there at the time," Martin said. "We followed him closely over the last few years."

Martin said Sadowy projects as a top-nine forward in the NHL.

"He can kill penalties, block shots, go to the hard areas," Martin said. "He scored 42 and 45 goals in the OHL He gets a lot of his goals in the hard areas in front of the net."

The Windsor Star's Bob Duff...

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Red Wings Make A Minor Trade With San Jose

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul


added 3:38pm,

added 3:50pm, Bob McKenzie tweet,

Sadowy has agreed to terms on his entry-level contract with DET:

added 3:58pm, Press release is below...

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Why Florida Won The Erik Gudbranson Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Travis Yost of TSN,

To recap: the Panthers acquired 2014 first-round pick Jared McCann and two 2016 draft picks (a second and fourth-rounder) in exchange for Erik Gudbranson and a 2016 fifth-round pick....

Let’s not forget that Florida added a 19-year-old centre and upgraded their fifth-round pick to a second-round pick and fourth-round pick. The incremental value in that pick swap in and of itself is big. Add in a productive young player who has already exhibited himself as a competent bottom-six talent and is locked in on a team-friendly $894,000 deal through 2017-18, and you have a great transaction.

Truthfully, it’s difficult to see what Vancouver sees in this deal. If the prize is Gudbranson, well, the prize is something like a third-pairing defender. And the premium they paid – a legitimate prospect and multiple picks – is, in a word, inexplicable.

Call it like it is: Florida took advantage of a team who egregiously misvalued a defenceman to once again win a trade in striking fashion. 


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Video- Is Steven Stamkos Playing Tonight?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Scott Oake reports from Pittsburgh where it has been hard to read the momentum in the series between the Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning and the possibility that maybe Steven Stamkos will play in Game 7.


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You Can’t Do That Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Patrick Redford of Deadspin,

The Tampa Bay Lighting hosted a very well-attended viewing party on Sunday for Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Finals series with Pittsburgh. Thousands went to the public showing (around 8,000 attended an analogous event last year), and the team had planned another official party for tonight’s Game 7, only to cancel it yesterday afternoon and encourage fans to head to a different, unofficial event.

The NHL told Deadspin that the Lightning were only allowed to host one official event per series, and that they’d already used up their slot on the Game 5 party. But the Sharks and Blues have each hosted multiple parties during the Western Conference Finals, and sources tell us that the NHL and NBC pressured the team to cancel tonight’s event because of worries about low TV ratings.


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San Jose Sharks Make The Finals

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Last night the San Jose Sharks qualified for the Stanley Cup finals by defeating the St Louis Blues 5-2 to win their semi-final four games to two.  This is the first time San Jose has ever made the finals.  They have some players who have had long successful careers without playoff success.  A Stanley Cup would be a much deserved reward for Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau.  Thornton is the active player who has had the most successful career without a Stanley Cup victory.  San Jose will play the winner of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning series in the finals.

Unfortunately for fans the San Jose Sharks are no elite team.  That probably comes as no surprise.  There was no reasonable person who ever picked San Jose at the top of a power ranking during this season.  In fact San Jose with a similar roster missed the playoffs last year.

My necessary but not sufficient definition of an elite team has often been discussed on this forum.  Basically an elite team needs many things but perhaps the easiest to determine is player quality.  An elite team needs to have at least three players who will make the Hall of Fame when they retire.  These players need to be near their prime.  Also goaltending is important.  The team must have an elite goalie (one of the top 5 or so in the league).  This goalie may or may not be included on the list of Hall of Fame players.  Having the group of players does not guarantee an elite team but not having them guarantees that it isn't an elite team.

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Chris Phillips Announces His Retirement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

OTTAWA – Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips announced today his retirement from the National Hockey League. A former first overall selection of the Senators in 1996, Phillips spent his entire 19-year NHL career in Ottawa, establishing a new Senators all-time games played mark with 1,179 while making a lasting impression on the Ottawa-Gatineau community.

“Chris’ trademark leadership, determination, hard work, and resilience as a hockey player gave our city and our fans the opportunity to witness an impressive 19 year journey in the National Hockey League,” said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. “Chris’ commitment to our team and our city places him among one of the greatest players to don a Senators uniform. He will forever hold a special place in the history of our hockey club. Chris, his wife Erin and their children Ben, Zoe and Niomi will always be part of our Senators family and I look forward to their ongoing involvement with our team, our community and various foundations.”

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The Blues Had No More To Give

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

By Game No. 20, the Blues were done. That they took this run just about as far as they possibly could have wasn't much consolation because they saw the finish line.

Two more wins and they would have been playing for a Stanley Cup.

The Blues, unlike in postseasons past, didn't choke or disappoint this spring. They simply got beat by a Sharks team that was relentless in its tracking, completely eliminating the Blues' rush game. San Jose had more speed and more energy -- and the Blues could never get their punishing forechecking game going for long enough stretches to catch the Sharks.

"We thought we had a team ..." said Blues forward Troy Brouwer before correcting himself. "We do have a team that's a championship-caliber team."

He's right. They do. The Blues proved it by beating a championship-caliber team in round one. They just happened to run into another championship-caliber team in the Western Conference finals. That's why it's so hard to win a Stanley Cup.

Good teams go home earlier than they want in the Stanley Cup playoffs all the time. It doesn't make it any easier.


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Red Wings to hold annual equipment sale on June 4th

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings, via RedWingsFeed:

Red Wings to hold annual equipment and memorabilia sale on Saturday, June 4
Game-used jerseys, equipment & autographed items available for purchase

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will hold their annual equipment and memorabilia sale at Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (1845 E. Big Beaver Rd.) on Saturday, June 4, starting at 10:00 a.m. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase game-worn regular season jerseys from the team’s recently-completed 2015-16 campaign. Various game-worn jerseys from previous seasons will also be available at a discounted price.

This one-day-only sale includes Red Wings equipment bags, game-used hockey equipment such as sticks, skates, gloves, helmet visors, socks and various goalie equipment including catcher and blocker sets, leg pads and pants. Select game-used equipment from the 2016 NHL Stadium Series between the Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche will also be available for purchase.

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Pavel Datsyuk passes his Russian college exams

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Via Sport-Express and the TASS news service (roughly translated):

Yekaterinburg, May 26. TASS. Detroit Red Wings forward and captain of the Russian national team, Pavel Datsyuk, passed his final exams at the Ural Federal Unversity's BN Yeltsin school in Yekaterinburg with an "excellent" Grade. This was reported to Tass by Leonid Rapoport, Regional Minister for Physical Culture, Sport and Youth Policy.

Datsyuk has been studding "Management in the sphere of physical culture and sport" via correspondence. "Datsyuk passed the state exams at Ural Federal University with 'excellent' grades and now he's preparing to defend his deploma thesis when the date is agreed upon," said Rapoport.

He noted that the theme of the thesis for the ice hockey world champion involves comparison of the management of youth hockey in Canada and Russia. Examines in this thesis work were taking from children's hockey schools in Detroit and Yekaterinburg.

"Pavel is a good analyst, and he compares the experiences of professional and amateur teams. The analysis of his thesis will undoubtedly be used in the preparation of players for the national team," said the regional sports minister.


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