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The TSN Insiders After Day One Of The Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Other teams can now talk to Steven Stamkos but the TSN Hockey Panel explains why that doesn't mean he's done with the Lightning. They also look at a move the Red Wings made that will help them pursue Stamkos.

Watch James Duthie, Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie here, available for all geo locations.  They also discussed the Edmonton Oilers, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ben Bishop, Marc-Andre Fleury and contract situations in San Jose.

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Enticing Steven Stamkos

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings have several selling points to Stamkos:

-- He could be their franchise player, filling their No. 1 center spot for the foreseeable future.

-- Stamkos can form a strong 1-2 punch in the middle with soon-to-be 20-year-old Dylan Larkin, who they have talked about moving to center.

-- He would be playing in a new building in 2017-18 when Little Caesars Arena opens.

-- He would be close to his Toronto home without the intense media spotlight of Canada's largest city.

-- The franchise has qualified for the playoffs 25 consecutive seasons.

-- The club is committed to spending to the cap every year.

-- They have young talent in the pipeline.

-- He could be their next captain after Henrik Zetterberg retires.

If Stamkos leaves the Lightning he'll have other suitors. The Maple Leafs are expected to make a big pitch. Some reports say the Buffalo Sabres could offer as much as $12 million a season. The Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks also have been mentioned as possible suitors.


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All About The First Round Of The 2016 NHL Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 24, 2016) – Following are notes from the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft, held tonight at First Niagara Center:


The Toronto Maple Leafs selected forward Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz.) with the top pick, making him the seventh U.S.-born player to go No. 1 overall in the NHL Draft and the first since 2007:

Year 1st Overall Pick Team Position Birthplace
1983 Brian Lawton MNS C New Brunswick, N.J.
1988 Mike Modano MNS C Livonia, Mich.
1995 Bryan Berard OTT D Woonsocket, R.I.
2000 Rick DiPietro NYI G Winthrop, Mass.
2006 Erik Johnson STL D Bloomington, Minn.
2007 Patrick Kane CHI RW Buffalo, N.Y.
2016 Auston Matthews TOR C San Ramon, Calif.


Twelve U.S.-born players were selected in the first round of the draft, an NHL record. Five of those players grew up in the St. Louis area: Matthew Tkachuk (No. 6 overall, CGY), Clayton Keller (No. 7 overall, ARI), Logan Brown (No. 11 overall, OTT), Luke Kunin (No. 15 overall, MIN) and Trent Frederic (No. 29 overall, BOS).

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Was the Datsyuk trade worth it? It depends on what Holland does, and what Jacob Chychrun becomes

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 6x at 2:07 AM: Ken Holland's ability to trade Pavel Datsyuk's cap hit and ultimately Jacob Chychrun to the Phoenix Coyotes for a likely LTIR-bound Joe Vitale and the 20th and 53rd overall draft picks opens up at least $7.5 million in cap space, assuming that the Wings don't end up LTIR-ing Johan Franzen's $3.95 million and Vitale's $1.16 million (Vitale, as the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau noted, is still battling back from a concussion suffered in a fight with Boston's Kevan Miller)...

But it's about what Holland does with that cap space, be it pursuing Steven Stamkos, Milan Lucic, Alexander Radulov or another free agent forward who can help fill the gulf in the Wings' lineup that Datsyuk's departure for Russia leaves in the Wings' lineup.

The Hockey News's Ken Campbell believes that the Wings may very well land Stamkos for the cost of whatever Chychrun turns out to become:

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Yzerman Will Consider Sign & Trade For Stamkos

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added 10:52pm,


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Roose: Wings’ coaches build chemistry

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:

While the Red Wings’ amateur scouting staff prepared for this weekend’s NHL draft at First Niagara Center, coach Jeff Blashill took the opportunity to assemble his staff, including new assistants Doug Houda and John Torchetti.

“(We) all went to dinner on Wednesday night and that’s just a good start to getting a feel for each other personally,” said Blashill, who was also joined by staffers Dave Noel-Bernier and Pat Ferschweiler. “I think sometimes that’s more important than getting into the details of hockey. We’ll do that later on. Right now it’s been more socially and trying to get comfortable with each other.”

Houda and Torchetti bring a wealth of NHL coaching experience behind the Red Wings’ bench, but more importantly they will help out Blashill, who is entering his second season as an NHL head coach. So just getting together as a staff during the off season is a big step in creating chemistry.

“I think the best staffs have chemistry,” he said. “It doesn’t mean you always get along, it doesn’t mean you always agree but you build off each other and you work as a cohesive unit. So I think that’s a real good first step, all being here together.”


Update: From the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

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Detroit selects Dennis Cholowski 20th overall

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 15x at 1:07 AM: The Detroit Red Wings take Dennis Cholowski from Chilliwack of the BCHL.

Here's a set of highlights for the St. Cloud State University-bound defenseman:


Here's "Future Considerations" on Cholowski:

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Red Wings trade Pavel Datsyuk’s cap hit to Arizona

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 5x at 12:03 AM:

Vitale, 30, has 1 year remaining at $1.16 million per General Fanager.

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Brian Elliott Traded To Calgary

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


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Video- With The First Pick In The 2016 NHL Draft….

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

...the Toronto Maple Leafs select Auston Matthews,


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