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Red Wings mid-day mishsmash: from prospect tournament and charitable news to videos and ‘outlooks’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 3:43 PM: This afternoon's crop of Red Wings-related stories and catch-up stuff (just getting over the damn sinus infection) fall into bullet-point category more than anything else, so:

  • The Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau revealed the New York Rangers' prospect tournament roster, and we should find out the remaining seven teams' rosters over the the next seven to ten days (given that the prospect tournament begins on Friday, September 12th);

 

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Patrick Kane Or Phil Kessel?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,

Kessel will turn 27 in October, while Kane hits 26 in November. Which player would you consider a bigger gift to your team?

The case for Kane: In addition to his sublime skills, Kane loves the spotlight. The guy is a star, pure and simple, a fact exemplified by his Cup-winning goal in 2010 and his Conn Smythe performance in 2013. On the ice, his playmaking and vision are what really set Kane apart. Just seven NHLers have registered more total assists than Kane since he entered the league in 2007–08 and only three of those players—Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Marty St. Louis—also have more goals. The Buffalo native may possess the softest hands on earth and when you combine that with the audacity to attempt ridiculous plays, you get things like his shootout winner against poor Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild. A born showman with talent to match; sometimes Kane makes it seem like things just aren’t fair.

The case for Kessel: It really starts during the 2011–12 campaign, when Kessel became the point-per-game player he’s been for the past three seasons. He also hasn’t missed a game since the beginning of the 2009–10 season, his first year with Toronto. That ability to avoid injury contributes to Kessel’s standing as one of the surest things in the league. With the Leafs the past few years, you’ve really never known what might happen from one moment to the next. But the one thing you could count on was Kessel showing up to the rink, skating really fast down the right side of the ice and firing deadly wrist shots to all parts of the net. In the past three seasons, the list of guys who’ve scored more total goals than “Phil the Thrill” is limited to Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos and Corey Perry....

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Owen Nolan On The San Jose Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

With a talented group of centers that includes Thornton, Couture and Pavelski, the Sharks remain stacked down the middle, a tremendous asset for any NHL team. Nolan likes the fact that, despite the shock of last April’s hasty exit, the Sharks did not tear down the entire roster in a knee-jerk reaction.

“I’m sure everyone is disappointed in the way they were put out of the playoffs, but I like the way they didn't panic,” Nolan said. “This team, as a whole, is a good hockey team. They didn't panic. They didn't blow the whole thing up.”

“I believe this is a solid hockey team that can win,” Nolan said. “We'll see how they approach [last season's playoff loss]. Hopefully, they don't dwell on it, but feed off of not wanting that to happen.”

Nolan thinks that will be an earnest point of emphasis once camp opens next month -– learning from mistakes of years past, avoiding the reputation of a team that can't deliver when it counts.

“You certainly don't want to be recognized as going out early,” Nolan said. “You'll have that [sick] feeling in your stomach of not wanting to go out that way again.” 

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TSN’s Westhead: Bertuzzi-Moore settlement reached but not completely concluded

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Pardon me for saying this, but this entry should be filed under, "Well, duh," per TSN's Rick Westhead and via RedWingsFeed:

Lawyers for Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore are negotiating terms of a confidentiality agreement, a week after Bertuzzi's legal representative said the two sides reached a settlement.

Since lawyer Geoff Adair confirmed a week ago to TSN that a settlement was reached, avoiding a trial that would have been a public relations disaster for the NHL, Moore's lawyer Tim Danson  has declined to comment on  the case, raising questions about whether Adair spoke too soon.

Those concerns appeared to be justified after Mark Moore, Steve's brother, told TSN that there was no final settlement. Neither side has commented since then.

Adair told TSN that terms of a settlement have been reached and that Danson is negotiating over terms of a confidentiality pact. But even if there are any objections, those would be settled by an arbitrator, Adair said.

Westhead continues, and it was rather evident that the case had reached an NHL-NHLPA "memorandum of understanding" agreement of settlement as opposed to a, "The check's in the mail" conclusion.

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Plymouth Whalers, Windsor Spitfires to ‘Play It Forward’ on Saturday, August 30th

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Plymouth Whalers:

PLYMOUTH WHALERS, WINDSOR ‘PLAY IT FORWARD’ FOR BIENIEWICZ on AUG. 30

All proceeds of pre-season game will be donated to the John Bieniewicz Foundation

In soccer, the term “friendly” refers to a game between two teams that is an exhibition game.  A “friendly” is a match that generally has no impact in the standings.

“Friendly” is not usually used in the same sentence with the Plymouth Whalers and Windsor Spitfires. The two bitter Ontario Hockey League rivals have battled through 206 regular season games since 1990 and several memorable playoff series.

Need proof? Check the video the last time Plymouth and Windsor met on March 15, 2014 at Compuware Arena.

That’s going to change on Saturday, August 30 at 2 pm at Compuware Arena.  The Whalers and Spitfires hook up in a “friendly” in a benefit for John Bieniewicz, the Livonia soccer referee who passed away while working a game.

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Red Wings announce local TV and radio broadcast schedule

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings...

RED WINGS, FOX SPORTS DETROIT AND CBS RADIO ANNOUNCE 2014-15 BROADCAST SCHEDULE
… 74 Wings Games On FOX Sports Detroit – 85 On 97.1 The Ticket or 1270 AM …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings, FOX Sports Detroit and CBS Radio today announced the 2014-15 Red Wings local television and radio schedules.

For the 15th year, all Wings regular-season and playoff games will be carried live by CBS Sports Radio with Ken Kal and former Red Wings captain Paul Woods providing the call.  CBS Radio will broadcast the games on a combination of 97.1 The Ticket and 1270 AM with 68 games simulcast on both stations.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If Trotz and Kuznetsov (not to mention new D-men Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen) can elevate the Caps, Washington will definitely get back to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus. And if Kuznetsov is as good as he has trended in his young career, who knows how good the Caps can be in the future.

-Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News where you can read more on Evgeny Kuznetsov.

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The Latest On The CHL Union Battle

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from Rick Westhead of TSN,

The Canadian Hockey League's top official is fighting back against Canada's largest private sector union, which says it wants to improve working conditions for the 1,300 mostly teenaged hockey players who compete in the country's three major junior leagues.

Unifor, which represents workers in industries such as the auto and media sectors, is trying to convince the Ontario government to organize a task force to examine the junior-hockey industry.

David Branch, president of the Ontario Hockey League, has sent a series of emails to OHL players and their parents over the past few weeks to thwart Unifor's efforts.

In three emails obtained by TSN, Branch advises players that they do not have to sign union cards, are not required to attend any non-team off-site meetings, and can refuse requests from third parties for their personal information.

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All Ben Bishop

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Do you feel the fact that you were a Vezina Trophy finalist last season means you're a proven goalie in the NHL, or are you still of the mindset that you have to prove yourself the way you've had to your entire career?

"I think I proved to myself and other players that I can play at that level, but I think every year you're trying to go out and prove yourself. You're never going to be satisfied with the past year, you're always trying to build on it. I'm going to approach the year the same way, the way I have the last three years at least. I'm going to go in, win the job out of training camp. You always have people competing for jobs. When I was in St. Louis I was trying to take people's jobs and make the team. You always have that competition. So I have to go into camp the same way I have been doing the last couple of years. I'm not going to change anything. I'm not going to try to do anything different."

But can you treat this training camp the same way when it's obviously different for you to know that you're heading into the season as the unquestioned No. 1 goalie on a team expected to win? This is a first for you.

"Yeah, I mean, if you word it like that it's a first, but personally the way I prepare and the way I play, there hasn't been a change from when I was a backup, or when I was able to start in Ottawa for a month, or last year when I was a starter for the season. You still approach every game the same way. Whatever is going on around you as far as expectations, where you are in the standings, if you're first or last, who you're playing against, I still approach the game the same way. There is nothing different. It's the same routine and preparation no matter where I am, if I am a backup in Ottawa or a starter last year. So I don't see there really being any difference going into this season. I think the experience last year will help me even more this year."

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Season Outlook For Brendan Smith

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

A puck-rushing offensive defenseman in college and the AHL, Smith's transition to a more stay-at-home style in the NHL has been bumpy. He's experienced puck management issues and made his share of mistakes, not unlike many young defensemen. But he's still inexperienced and should improve over time.

He's a tremendous skater and has offensive potential. He might be able to help the power play, but he probably won't get that opportunity because the team wants him to focus on improving defensively. He is not particularly physical but sometimes plays with an edge. After a rough start last season, he settled down a bit in the second half.

Being paired with Niklas Kronwall during Jonathan Ericsson's absence due to injuries helped Smith. Ericsson likely will be reunited with Kronwall, putting Smith back on the third pairing with Jakub Kindl.

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