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Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x at 4:48 PM:

Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings-related news stories, mostly in the charitable vein:

Via RedWingsFeed, Chris Chelios and Al Sobotka used the Wings' Zamboni #2 to partake in the Ice Bucket Challenge...

And the Wings issued a press release regarding a golf event not involving next Monday's Ilitch Charities Celebrity Golf Classic (which is probably "full"):

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The AHL hasn’t released its schedule yet, and there are good reasons for that…

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Via SI's Allan Muir, the Grand Rapids Griffins have been dropping strong Twitter and email hints that their 2014-2015 schedule will be released "soon," and there's a reason for that. The AHL's website posited a story explaining why the AHL a) has to wait for the NHL, NFL and NBA to release their schedules before getting down to schedule-making business, as well as b) why the AHL still believes that a human-authored schedule is better than a computer-generated version:

The AHL’s constitution calls for each member club to submit to the league, in February of the previous season, a list of "primary" and "secondary" dates on which they would be available to play at home, along with "blackout" dates when they cannot play at home because of other events in their arena.

In the spring, the AHL confirms for each team a list of guaranteed dates for the upcoming season -- dates on which the team is assured of playing a home game, albeit without a specific opponent just yet. This allows clubs to begin making preparations and drumming up interest in the coming year. Many teams have already announced their guaranteed dates, some including their home openers, for 2014-15.

Once a schedule format (who plays whom, and how often) is designed by and approved by the Board of Governors, the schedule can truly begin to take shape.

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What Happens If Mike Babcock Says No?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Most of us are aware Ken Holland will be talking to Mike Babcock about a contract extension once the Wings arrive in Traverse City for training camp.

Babcock has one year left on his contract and will be considered a "lame-duck" coach if he enters the season without an extension.

Babcock has stated he will not discuss an extension once the regular season starts which means Holland will have about a two week window to sign him.

If an agreement cannot be reached, I feel it leaves the Wings with some unanswered questions.

How will the players feel about playing for a coach on his final year of a contract?

How will ownership feel about having a coach who may be on his last leg in Detroit?

Will the Wings even think about discussing a new contract with him after the season?

Does the organization say, well, you don't want to coach here, leave now?

It could get nasty, it could be status quo or it could be a "we will deal with it when the time comes" thing.

Your feelings ahd I hope your summer is going well.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"He's a good player, but he remains a dangerous defender. It can get five goals, but allow five so the score would be equal. I always compare it to Brian Leetch because he also wants to play a more attacking style. It does not always take the right decisions and plays just like he did on the streets as a child."

-Alex Kovalev on P.K. Subban.  More at RDS (translated).

thanks to The Score for the pointer

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The Edmonton Oilers Will Celebrate Their 1984 Stanley Cup Championship

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

(Edmonton, AB) August 19, 2014 - The stars have aligned to reunite the entire roster of the 1984 Stanley Cup Champion Edmonton Oilers, one of the greatest teams in the history of the game, on October 10 in Edmonton. During a live video conference today, Oilers legend Wayne Gretzky joined Oilers Entertainment Group Vice-Chairman Kevin Lowe to announce that the team will host a special celebration to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the historic 1984 Stanley Cup victory.

Oilers fans will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the entire 1984 Championship team and staff, including Oilers legends Gretzky, Mark Messier, Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Glenn Anderson and Glen Sather, as they reunite in Edmonton on October 10 to participate in the 1984 Stanley Cup Reunion event, an evening of storytelling and memory sharing at Rexall Place, in support of the Stollery Children's Hospital. 

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Toronto Maple Leafs Name Brandon Pridham Assistant To The GM

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Maple Leafs,

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced the appointment of Brandon Pridham today as the assistant to the general manager, David Nonis. In his new role, Pridham will assist with salary cap analysis, contract negotiations and collective bargaining agreement interpretation for the team.

Pridham joins the club from the National Hockey League where he most recently served as Senior Director, Central Registry and Senior Advisor, Central Scouting.

“For fifteen years, Brandon has played an integral role in the central scouting and central registry departments for the NHL,” said David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Toronto Maple Leafs. “His intimate knowledge of the complexities of the salary cap system and strong relationships around the league will serve our team well.”


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New York Islanders Announce Group Has Purchased A Minority Interest In The Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

UNIONDALE, NY (August 19, 2014) – The New York Islanders announced today that a group led by former Washington Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and London based investor Scott Malkin has reached a definitive agreement, subject to NHL approval, to purchase a substantial minority interest in the team. Under the terms of the agreement, Charles Wang will continue as majority shareholder and Governor of the Islanders, with the Ledecky/Malkin group transitioning to majority owner in two years.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to become partners in the New York Islanders with Charles, and to pursue our shared dream of winning a fifth Stanley Cup for the greatest fans in the NHL,” Mr. Ledecky said.

“I’m thrilled that Jon and Scott have agreed to join me as we start the Islanders’ final year at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum,” Mr. Wang said. “I look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

There will be no further comment until the NHL completes its franchise ownership transfer process.


added 1:49pm, from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Charles Wang has agreed to sell a minority stake in the Islanders to Jonathan Ledecky, a former co-owner of the Capitals, and investor Scott Malkin, according to a high-ranking NHL source. Ledecky and Malkin will assume majority control of the team in two years.


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Hold your horses regarding the Bertuzzi-Moore settlement reports

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Big update: Via Paul and the CBC's Michael Drapack:

Less than three weeks from the start of what could have been a lengthy civil trial and after eight years of litigation, former Colorado Avalanche centre Steve Moore has reached a settlement with Todd Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks.

Geoff Adair, a lawyer for Bertuzzi, confirmed the case has been "settled in its totality" but said the terms are confidential.

"We are pleased that the resolution of this matter allows the parties to turn the page and look to the future," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.​"

Moore had been seeking $68 million in damages, and the civil lawsuit was scheduled to begin on Sept. 8, which originally was filed in 2006.

"We are pleased that the resolution of this matter allows the parties to turn the page and look to the future," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email.​

Every time I've posted an entry about it, TMR readers have said that it's "not news" they're interested in, but Paul noted that there's a report that Todd Bertuzzi's lawyers and Steve Moore's lawyers have reached an out-of-court settlement, CBS Sports, Pro Hockey Talk, the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, MLive, Michigan Hockey, WDIV, the Denver Post, the Toronto Sun and Toronto Star are all running with it, but TSN's Rick Westhead's Tweeting news that suggests one should not count chickens before they hatch (as is Sportsnet):

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Report- Charles Wang Reaches Agreement To Sell The New York Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Report- MLSE President/CEO Tim Leiweke Moving On Soon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Elliotte Friedman tweets,

Hearing MLSE president/CEO Tim Leiweke will be leaving the company soon.

Not sure of where he's going, but hearing the reason is he is looking for a new challenge.

added 1:01pm,


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