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Every World Cup Of Hockey Roster In One Place

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (May 27, 2016) – All eight teams announced today their final, 23-man rosters for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, the best-on-best international hockey championship that will be held Sept. 17 – Oct. 1 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Each of the eight teams – Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Europe, Team Finland, Team North America, Team Russia, Team Sweden and Team USA – added seven players today, joining the 16 selected to the respective teams on March 2. A total of 173 of the 184 selections are NHL players, plus two others -- Team North America forward Auston Matthews and Team Finland forward Patrik Laine -- who are projected to be early first-round selections in the 2016 NHL Draft.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks lead all NHL teams with 12 selections apiece. The Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals follow with eight each.

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Kulfan: Wings’ management will be busy at draft combine

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The NHL's draft combine takes place next week in Buffalo; Red Wings assistant GM Ryan Martin spoke with the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan regarding the importance of the event, which takes over 100 prospects and places them in the same location for sets of interviews and standardized fitness testing:

“Throughout the year, our area chief scouts will have met players at the rink or during an off-day in a much more casual environment,” Martin said. “This is more of a job interview. There’s seven or eight of us, including (general manager) Ken Holland, myself, (special assistant to GM) Kris Draper, scouts, and it can be an uncomfortable situation for some people. So it’s important to see how they react.”

The Red Wings usually interview 50-60 prospects, said Martin, of the 114 invited to the combine. They wound up interviewing half of their eight draft picks last year.

“It’s helpful in that you can address deficiencies in their games, strengths and weaknesses, and what they have to work on,” Martin said. “If there were some character issues, it’s an opportunity to put them on the spot and address those, and it’s interesting to see how the players react.”

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Rosters For Team North America, Team USA And Team Canada Announced For World Cup Of Hockey

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Team North America, Team USA and Team Canada rosters are below...

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Afternoon news: On Nosek, Sadowy and Datsyuk’s options

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. The Wings re-signed Tomas Nosek to a 2-year deal, and the Free Press's Helene St. James reports that it's a two-way deal...

Nosek, who made a brief appearance in Detroit this past season, will make $575,000 next season if he is with the Wings, or $175,000 with Grand Rapids (he has one year left of waiver exemption). His salary for 2017-18 is $650,000.

Nosek, 23 - who hails from the same hometown (Pardubice, Czech Republic) as former Wings goaltending great Dominik Hasek - played six games with the Wings post-Christmas, going without a point in a mostly defensive role. In 70 games last season with the Griffins, Nosek had 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points, below the 34 points he managed in just 55 games his first year in the American Hockey League.

2. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan confirms Nosek's surprising waiver-exempt status as well; both St. James and MLive's Ansar Khan discussed Nosek and confirmed that the Wings have signed Dylan Sadowy, too, as does the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:

3. Back to Nosek for a moment, from MLive's Khan:

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Looks As If The Los Angeles Kings Will Have A New Captain

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And I believe Brown's agent...


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A Two-Year Contract Extension For Tomas Nosek

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

DETROIT – The Red Wings announced on Friday that they have signed center Tomas Nosek to a two-year contract extension.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Make Stanley Cup Finals

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Last night the Pittsburgh Penguins qualified for the Stanley Cup finals by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1.  This gave them a 4-3 victory in their semi-final series.  They will meet the San Jose Sharks in the finals.

When a Pittsburgh team led by Sidney Crosby made the finals in 2008 and lost to Detroit and then returned to the finals in 2009 and won the Stanley Cup, I think many people pictured the Penguins being a regular participant in the finals.  It turns out that they would not come back for seven years.  Not until 2016 - this year.  I think that is a sign that the team never was an elite team and suffered from some issues - most notably in their goaltending - that kept them from returning to the Stanley Cup finals for several years.

This Pittsburgh team isn't an elite team either.  I use my often discussed definition of an elite team where an elite team must have elite players.  They must have at least three players who are in or near their prime who are going to make the Hall of Fame.  They also must have goaltending.  Their goaltender must be in the elite group of goalies in the league who are Vezina Trophy candidates.  This group of players does not guarantee that a team is an elite team but if they do not have elite players they cannot be an elite team.

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Gustav Nyquist omitted from Sweden’s World Cup roster

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Gustav Nyquist was left off Team Sweden's World Cup roster this morning. Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall will represent Sweden on the Tre Kronor (Three Crowns) team.

Seven Players Added, Fulfilling Roster Requirement of 20 Skaters, 3 Goaltenders

TORONTO (May 27, 2016) -- The Swedish Ice Hockey Association announced today its final, 23-man roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, the best-on-best international hockey championship from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016, in Toronto.

Seven players were added today, highlighted below. They join the 16 selected to the team on March 2.

Representing Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 are:

G Robin Lehner, Buffalo Sabres *
G Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
G Jacob Markstrom, Vancouver Canucks

D Mattias Ekholm, Nashville Predators *
D Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes
D Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
D Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago Blackhawks
D Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
D Niklas Kronwall, Detroit Red Wings
D Anton Stralman, Tampa Bay Lightning

F Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals
F Loui Eriksson, Boston Bruins
F Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators
F Carl Hagelin, Pittsburgh Penguins *
F Patric Hornqvist, Pittsburgh Penguins *
F Marcus Kruger, Chicago Blackhawks *

F Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche
F Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
F Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
F Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim Ducks *
F Carl Soderberg, Colorado Avalanche *

F Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues
F Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings

Pavel Datsyuk and Alexey Marchenko (Russia), Justin Abdelkader (USA), Petr Mrazek (Czech Republic), Tomas Tatar (Team Europe) and Dylan Larkin (Team North America) will all participate in the World Cup of Hockey this fall in Toronto.

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Nichols: Sportsnet’s Friedman updates the Radulov sweepstakes

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This story comes to us via RedWingsFeed:

I've been gritting my teeth and preparing for the Red Wings to sign Alex Radulov based on nothing more than gut feeling for a month now, and according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman--via Today's Slapshot's Chris Nichols--the Red Wings may in fact sign the 29-year-old problem child who also happens to be big, mean and goes to the front of the net and stays there to score goals:

[Friedman] On his thoughts on the word that Pavel Datsyuk may be departing for the KHL: “Well, I think we’re all expecting it, right? That he’s going to end up in Russia. Even Ken Holland this week, I saw one of his quotes was, ‘Would I like it if he came into my office and said, I’ve changed my mind and I’m going to stay. But do I expect him to say that, no.’ And Saint Petersburg was always the team.

“I do think Detroit will try to trade the contract. I think depending on what they’re willing to do as part of that, they will be able to find a partner. But I would them to try to trade the contract.

“I also think that right now, if I had to pick where Radulov was going in the NHL, I’d say Detroit is the most likely team. I’m not saying for sure 100 percent it’s going to happen, but it sounds like that there’s an attempt being made for him to go there, and to sign him.”

As soon as Calgary's The Fan 960 posts the Friedman interview, I'll post it here...

And regarding Radulov, at 29 going on 30, he's at least grown up a bit, and again, he's a stocky 6'1" and 205 pounds, he's posted 20-plus goals and 60-plus points in 50-ish games per season for four of the past five KHL seasons, and he's become a surly, nasty net-front goal scorer. I'm not a huge fan of his off-ice shenanigans, but if he keeps his head on straight, he's an asset.

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Sportsnet Coverage Of The Stanley Cup Final

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (May 26, 2016) Eighty-two regular season games played. Twelve postseason battles won. Now, only four wins separate the San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins from capturing the Holy Grail of hockey, and Sportsnet is game-ready to deliver every moment of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.

The battle for the Stanley Cup begins on Monday, May 30 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT as the Penguins host the Sharks in Game 1. Fans can catch every game of the Stanley Cup Final on CBC and OMNI Television, Sportsnet 960 The FAN and stream online via Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE. (See below for full broadcast details)

 Sportsnet’s 2016 Stanley Cup Final full coverage details are as follows:

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