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Red Wings mid-day news: Jim Hiller discusses role; Detroit’s ‘Franchise’ player and Tatar’s stats

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings confirmed the "little birdie's" report and hired Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer as assistant coaches today. The Wings' beat writers Tweeted out some Hiller conference call highlights (as and Brewer Tweeted, too)...

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Trevor Linden On Fighting

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from Thomas Drance at The Score,

On Tuesday afternoon, Linden co-hosted the mid-day show on Team 1040 sports talk radio in Vancouver for two hours alongside regular host Matt Sekeres. During the show, Linden was asked about his stance on fighting in hockey and responded thoughtfully and at length. Here's are his comments via Dimitri Filipovic of canucksarmy.com (full disclosure, I am a contributor at canucksarmy.com):

I think that our game is such a great one. It's built around speed, and skill, and hard-hitting, not unlike the NFL.

Can you imagine an NFL game where a linebacker puts a good lick on a running back and the linemen get in there and drop their helmets and start bareknuckle punching each other in the face. It seems rather odd. And you can see why there are some fans in the States that have a tough time with that. They say 'I watch the NFL on Sundays and they hit hard, play hard, and pop up after hits and run back in the huddle'. That's part of the game.

Hockey has a different culture, of course. I think there are a lot of fans that don't care for the needless fighting. The staged "I'm supposed to fight, you're supposed to fight, so let's fight. We're not really mad at each other, but that's our job" type of thing. I tend to agree with (that).

I think the NHL (is) moving forward - whether it be a Steve Yzerman or various others - have come out and had significant stances (against fighting).


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The Montreal Canadiens Have Hired Rob Ramage As Player Development Coach

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MONTRÉAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, announced Wednesday the appointment of Rob Ramage as player development coach with the Club.

“We welcome Rob Ramage as part of our hockey personnel. Rob is a dedicated and competent hockey person who will contribute to our player development group. Our entire organization, and particularly our young defensemen will benefit from his experience and his knowledge”, said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.

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Morning Line

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My own problems with Yzerman started as a result of him mistreating my teammates. He was abusive to linesmen, and it made my protective instincts kick in and tell him off in no uncertain terms. The spark was lit after he belittled and verbally abused longtime linesman Mark Pare on an icing call in Detroit. It went way beyond simply yelling about a blown call. He treated Mark and other officials like they didn't even belong on the same ice as he did.

My next run-in with Yzerman came as a result of a disallowed goal in Minnesota. The dialogue won't be repeated on a family-friendly blog but suffice to say he wasn't a big fan of my style nor I of his. He made it personal and then escalated it when he elected to gripe to the media about me.

Retired NHL referee Paul Stewart.  Read more from Stewart at the Huffington Post.

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Savage: Ken Holland won’t talk contract turkey with Mike Babcock until training camp

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings have filled their assistant coaching and video coordinator's positions in Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer, respectively, but MLive's Brendan Savage (via RedWingsFeed) reports that we'll have to wait until the fall to find out whether Mike Babcock will ink a contract extension (before the start of the regular season):

"I think face-to-face is best," [Ken] Holland said. "Mike's out in Saskatchewan 'til the middle of August. I'm out in B.C. (British Columbia) for a week or 10 days. I don't think anything will happen on Babs' front until August or September, until we're able to get into Detroit and start gearing up for training camp and we're able to sit down and talk."

Holland told Savage that the Wings were going to fill in their assistant coaching and video coordinator's positions shortly, and he also told Savage that the team's coaching brain drain isn't a concern:

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A bit about the Red Wings’ new video coordinator, Andrew Brewer

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings did indeed name Jim Hiller the team's second assistant coach today, and Andrew Brewer's apparently familiar to Babcock as well as the 28-year-old has been Hockey Canada's video coordinator since 2011, when Brewer left an assistant coaching position at the University of New Brunswick to join Hockey Canada.

The New Brunswick Beacon's Nick Murray spoke to Brewer (who's on Twitter) about his Olympic experiences in Sochi...

Brewer has been to two World Hockey Championships and three World Junior Hockey Championships since starting with Hockey Canada in late 2011, but his first Olympics tops them all.

“It’s way more than just a hockey event, it’s a truly international sporting event. It’s just on a completely different stage than I had ever seen,” Brewer said. “You forget how big it is. When you see TV numbers afterward and 15-million Canadians watched the Canada-US semi final game, you’re just like ‘Oh wow, that’s half the country watching the hockey game for the team I’m working with.’ You kind of forget how much we’re united, even if you’re not a hockey fan, you still follow the Olympics.”

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Jim Hiller And Andrew Brewer Named Assistant Coaches For The Detroit Red Wings

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that they have hired Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer as assistant coaches. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.

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Dwight King Settles For A Three-Year Deal With The Los Angeles Kings

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His scheduled arbitration date was this Friday.


added 12:34pm,


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P.K. Subban Asking For $8.5M In Arbitration

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Scott Hartnell A Great Fit In Columbus

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from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

Hartnell is happy to be here only because he believes the Blue Jackets have a chance to be good for several years, and he sees himself playing a key role in that. That starts with beating a Pittsburgh team that knocked the Jackets out of the playoffs.

“The Pens are not my favorite team, probably by far,” he said. “I think they’re only a couple hours drive from Columbus, so I’m excited to stir that pot a little bit and get under Crosby’s and Malkin’s skin and frustrate them like I usually do.”

He grinned.

More than two months before the start of the season, the trade of R.J. Umberger to the Flyers for Hartnell looks like a home run.


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