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Brad Richards will have his ‘Day With the Cup’ tomorrow

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the CBC Prince Edward Island:

The small eastern P.E.I. village of Murray Harbour is preparing for a slew of visitors on Tuesday as NHL hockey player Brad Richards will parade the Stanley Cup downtown.

Richards won the cup this year with the Chicago Blackhawks. The win is the second of his career, having won with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004.

Carol White helped organize the first celebration 11 years ago, as well as Tuesday's event.

"It's really comparable, because last time it was the first time, but I mean, we were so excited, and it was such a big, big day for us," said White.

"But,you know, as it gets nearer and nearer, it's building and the excitement in this little village is really, it's just awesome. It's phenomenal that we're having this Stanley Cup in this little tiny village twice."

White says they expect close to 7,000 people to attend.

Continued, and I'm not going to cover Richards' day with the Cup as he won it as a Blackhawk, but this entry's letting you know that tomorrow is the big day.

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The Glendale ‘Extortion’ Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darrell Preston and James Nash of Bloomberg,

Hockey was probably always going to be a longshot in the desert. But nobody expected what’s playing out in sunny Glendale, where the city’s done the unthinkable to the Arizona Coyotes.

Tired of doling out $15 million a year in subsidies, the Phoenix suburb last week abruptly cut its payments to the National Hockey League franchise by more than half. The move, pretty much unheard of in professional sports, was the latest blow for the Coyotes, the league’s third-lowest in attendance last season, holder of the worst win-loss record in the western conference and the butt of jokes.

What Glendale did “is almost the exact opposite of what happens in these extortion situations,” said sports economist Victor Matheson of College of the Holy Cross. “Typically the team extorts more payments out of the taxpayers.”

The city canceled its stadium lease contract with the Coyotes in June, done with funneling so much to them as part of the deal even as it was cutting municipal services and raising the sales tax.

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Mitch Callahan’s Goal Is To Make The Red Wings Team

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

This year, he wants to avoid a return to the AHL. If he doesn't make the Red Wings, he will have to clear waivers before he would return to the Griffins.

"There's always been talk that some teams would be interested if I was on waivers, but it all depends on the timing on everything," he said. "I just want to go in and try and make Detroit.

"As much as I love Grand Rapids, I don't want to play in the AHL next year. So I'm trying to do everything possible to play with them (Red Wings) or have a good enough camp for someone else to take me."

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Praise for the Wings’ offseason moves (and Brad Richards’ day with the Cup)

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I apologize for the "wall of entries" of late, but the Wings news cycle's come in fits and spurts over the past three hours, yielding a whole bunch of single entries as opposed to news digests. This includes CBS Sports' Adam Gretz's "NHL report card" offseason grades for Atlantic Division teams:

Detroit Red Wings: B The biggest change in Detroit this offseason is the one behind the bench where Jeff Blashill takes over the spot that Mike Babcock occupied for a decade. The Red Wings' style of play probably won't change much, but it's going to be interesting to see if the younger player on the rosters are able to get a longer leash than they did under Babcock. Blashill has coached -- and won -- with many of them in the AHL. Gustav Nyquist's contract should prove to be a steal for the Red Wings over the next couple of years, while Mike Green gives the team the puck-moving, right handed shot it has badly needed on its defense. Brad Richards should also add some nice depth down the middle, provided they don't count on him to do too much.

Gretz does believe that the Red Wings' signing of Mike Green was the best individual move made by an Atlantic Division team this summer...

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Afternoon Line- Jim Matheson

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If you missed the release from NBC, read it here.

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‘Roughly Translated’: Tomas Jurco discusses his new contract, role with the Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Tomas Jurco discussed his new contract with Pravda.sk's Michal Maslan, and here's a rough translation of their conversation:

Jurco: The new coach knows when I'm most useful to the team:

Tomas Jurco turned down Detroit's first qualifying offer, but he will continue playing for the team. Slovak hockey player Tomas Jurco agreed to a 2-year, 1-way contract worth $1.7 million with the management of the overseas team.

"I'm satisfied. Although it took a bit longer than we thought, and there was an unnecessarily large amount of coverage, I'm satisfied. I look forward to another two years in Detroit," says the 22-year-old winger. He's played in 99 regular-season games and has registered 11 goals and 22 assists.

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Henrik Zetterberg to visit Orangeville, Ontario on August 4th

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

If you find yourself in Orangeville, Ontario on August 4th, the Orangeville Banner's Chris Halliday reports that Henrik Zetterberg will be making an appearance to promote his Swedish Snowballs:

Orangeville’s efforts to sell more desserts than any other community in Canada have snowballed into a visit from National Hockey League (NHL) sniper Henrik Zetterberg.

Beginning in April, Pita Pit franchises added The Royal Swedish Snowball to their menus, a chocolate, vanilla-centred dessert endorsed and owned by Zetterberg.

The Pita Pit locations in Canada selling the most desserts in April and May were promised to win a visit from the Detroit Red Wings captain.

Local Pita Pit franchise owners Brad and Melanie Horton are proud to report that Orangeville’s locations sold the most snowballs in Canada. Miramichi, New Brunswick was singled out for its efforts as well.

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As a result, Zetterberg is scheduled to visit the town’s Pita Pit location on Broadway on Tuesday (Aug. 4) from noon to 2 p.m.

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Finding A Division For The Quebec Expansion Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

And if the new Nords have to play in the West to earn admission, well, you can bet they’ll happily bite the bullet. But surely that inelegant solution isn’t the only one on the table.

Probably the best option is to create an eight-team all-Canadian division. It’s one that would guarantee the extension of some of the best rivalries in the game—Edmonton vs. Calgary, Toronto vs. Montreal, Toronto vs. Ottawa, Montreal vs. Quebec City—and would see the popular Eastern Canadian teams make more visits out west. The league would have to make some accommodations in terms of scheduling and, possibly, offer compensation for higher travel expenses, but it’s a sensible approach for those teams. It would also allow for simple geographic division of the remaining 24 American-based teams and would ensure that a Canadian market would be involved in the final four—a boon for broadcast partner Rogers.
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It’s also conceivable that Quebec could be placed in the East with another team, possibly the Blue Jackets, moving back to the West. 

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Flint Firebirds enlist Mickey Redmond to help sell season tickets

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From MLive's Aaron McMann:

Support for the Flint Firebirds seems to be coming in every which way these days, and now Detroit Red Wings broadcaster Mickey Redmond is lending his endorsement.

The color commentator for Red Wings games on Fox Sports Detroit recently filmed a 30-second radio spot for the Firebirds that has began airing on more half a dozen stations in Flint and the mid-Michigan region.

"Hey folks, Mickey Redmond here," the 67-year-old starts. "Congratulations on your new Ontario Hockey League franchise, the Flint Firebirds."

Redmond, who played six seasons for the Red Wings and 10 in the National Hockey League, uses the opportunity to promote season tickets for the team, declaring it "the foundation for Flint's OHL success."

McMann continues...

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Red Wings to appear on NBC or NBCSN 16 times during the 2015-16 season

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

NBC Sports has released its TV lineup for the 2015-16 season...

And the Red Wings will be featured in the following games:

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