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Detroit Signs Martin Frk To A One-Year Contract

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today re-signed right wing Martin Frk to a one-year contract.

Frk, 23, spent most of the 2016-17 campaign with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins, scoring 27 goals for a second-straight season and posting a professional career-high 50 points (27-23-50) in 65 games. Frk began the season with the Carolina Hurricanes after the club claimed him on waivers from Detroit on Oct. 9. He played his first two NHL games with Carolina, registering one shot on goal in 8:20 average time on ice, before the Red Wings reclaimed him on Nov. 1. The 6-foot, 200-pound forward led the Griffins in goals, power-play goals (12) and shots on goal (232) and finished fourth overall in team scoring. Frk also produced 15 points (5-10-15) in 16 games during the Griffins’ 2017 Calder Cup championship run and picked up six points (2-4-6) during the Calder Cup Finals, including the game-winning goal in Grand Rapids’ series-clinching Game 6 victory over the Syracuse Crunch.

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Nico Hischier Wants To Be The Magic Man Part 2

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Caldwell at ESPN,

Hischier's favorite hockey player, and the player he thinks he most resembles on the ice, is Pavel Datsyuk, the 38-year-old legendary left-handed center who played for the Detroit Red Wings for 14 years before joining St. Petersburg SKA in the Kontinental Hockey League last season.

Hischier wears No. 13 because Datsyuk wore No. 13. The Devils will decide later whether Hischier will become only the second player in the team's 35-year history to wear No. 13, but even if he is assigned another number, Hischier said he plans to keep playing like Datsyuk.

"I just really like his game," Hischier said at the Devils' development camp last week. "It's just his two-way game -- he's one of the best defensive centers, and offensively, he's pretty good, too. I try to be a center like Datsyuk."

more on Hischier...

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Morning news: On the ‘Hockeytown 5K,’ Keith Petruzzelli and Tweets of note

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Red Wings announced the details of the "Hockeytown 5K" this morning...

The Detroit Red Wings today announced the details for the second annual Hockeytown 5K Run/Walk, presented by Meijer and Powerade. Building on last year's sold-out event, this season's race will take place on Sunday, Sept. 10 from 7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., and will finish outside Little Caesars Arena.

Registration for the Hockeytown 5K is now open. Registration starts at $50 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Detroit Red Wings Foundation. Participants can also donate additional funds to the Detroit Red Wings Foundation when registering to receive Red Wings branded items.

The press release continues...

2. MLive's Brendan Savage posted a profile of Wings prospect Keith Petruzzelli:

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$1.2M Separates Detroit’s Offer And Tatar’s Ask

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What do you think?

Update: Here's the Free Press's Helene St. James on the situation:

The Detroit Red Wings and Tomas Tatar are more than a million apart in their respective arbitration briefs.

The sides today received copies of one another’s briefs, two days before a scheduled arbitration hearing in Toronto. The Wings are offering $4.1 million. Tatar’s side is asking for $5.3 million. It’s not uncommon for there to be a chasm, as each side is attempting to sway a favorable judgement.

An arbitrator is likely to land somewhere in the middle. Tatar is coming off a 25-goal season, and three straight 20-goal seasons. Only 30 NHL players have scored more goals in the past three seasons than Tatar’s 75 goals.

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Sides can continue to negotiate while awaiting a hearing. If it does end up being settled via arbitration, the Wings can reopen talks with Tatar, or trade him for picks/prospects.

Update #2: Here's the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan on Friedman's report...

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Evening news: On Tatar, Athanasiou’s ‘numbers,’ a ‘deep dive’ and a little Google garble

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. It's July 17th, and if Tomas Tatar and the Red Wings don't agree to a contract extension by 10 AM on Thursday, July 20th, they'll head to salary arbitration in Toronto. Hockeybuzz's Bob Duff examines the situation:

On the surface, the Wings can make a strong case that their offer to Tatar is in the ballpark of what he should expect. Recently, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson, whose production numbers are similar to what Tatar has posted, agreed to terms on a seven-year deal with $5 million per season. While Tatar has outscored Johnson 75-69 over the past three season, Johnson has out-produced Tatar 20-3 in the playoff goal column over the same span.

The flaw in this approach from the Red Wings point of view are the number of bad long-term contracts general manager Ken Holland has already agreed to with players on the team who aren’t nearly as productive offensively as Tatar. In recent seasons, he signed Justin Abdelkader to a seven-year, $30 million deal, and Darren Helm to a five-year pact worth $3.85 million a season. Helm has never scored 20 goals in a campaign, while Abdelkader did it once, netting 23 tallies in 2014-15.

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2. DetroitRedWings.com's Arthur J. Regner penned a "By the Numbers" analysis of Andreas Athanasiou's 2016-17 season:

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Jarome Iginla And Shane Doan Want To Continue Playing

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from NHL.com,

Free agent forwards Jarome Iginla and Shane Doan want to play in the NHL this season but are having difficulty finding someone to sign with.

The veterans each told Kamloops This Week that they have been in contact with multiple teams.

"At 40, you want to be on a contending team," Iginla said last week. "With the parity in the NHL, there are probably 15 teams that have a chance. … You factor all that in, along with family. At this point, we're still uncertain."

Iginla had 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) and was minus-30 in 80 games for the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings last season.

"I know last year I had a tough year, probably the toughest of my career," he said. "I look at it as fuel. I think I can bounce back and score goals and help a team in different areas."

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A Three-Year Deal For Jean-Gabriel Pageau With The Ottawa Senators

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OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau on a three-year contract that will run through the end of the 2019-20 National Hockey League season. The average annual value of the contract is $3.1 million ($2.6M, $3.3M and $3.4M).

Pageau, 24, spent his second full season with the Senators in 2016-17 registering 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists) in addition to 24 penalty minutes and was one of three Ottawa players to appear in each of the team's 82 regular season games. He led the Senators with eight goals (and also earned two assists) while skating in each of the club's 19 post-season contests.

Drafted by the Senators in the fourth round (96th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Pageau has recorded 101 points (45 goals, 56 assists) and 71 penalty minutes over 251 NHL games. The Gatineau native will enter the 2017-18 campaign as the Senators' current Ironman leader and nine games shy of becoming only the ninth player in franchise history to appear in 200 consecutive games for the club.

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Morning news: On Adam Larkin, Lane Zablocki and Tweets of note

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. MLive's Brendan Savage posted a profile of Adam Larkin, who attended the Red Wings' summer development camp as a free agent invite. Larkin happens to be the cousin of Wings forward Dylan Larkin, and Adam possesses a similarly high hockey IQ:

"I'm hoping, of course," said Larkin, 22. "The great thing about these camps is it's an education opportunity so whether it is with Grand Rapids or with Detroit or elsewhere in the league, you're learning here and that's what's awesome about being here, you have such great resources to teach you whatever it takes to get to the next level.

"I would say I'm a headsy player. I'm one that plays well within the system and is able to see the ice well and understand the flow of the game. I think I communicate well and I think areas of improvement, I've always wanted to be a little bit more offensive than I have been, at least in recent years.

"I need to improve my skating, but everybody probably will tell you they need to work on their skating."

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2. The Free Press's Helene St. James penned a profile of Lane Zablocki, who happens to be the player the Wings picked with the "Mike Babcock" compensatory draft pick:

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The New Scoreboard At Little Caesars Arena

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

  •       5,100 square foot centerhung scoreboard will be largest system in the NHL by viewable area
  •       Full display system in and around new arena includes 13,500+ square feet and 16.5+ million LEDs
  •       Display system is just one of countless fan-focused innovations at Little Caesars Arena


DETROIT and BROOKINGS, S.D. – July 17, 2017 – Fans attending concerts, shows or sporting events at the new Little Caesars Arena will enjoy state-of-the art video displays designed, manufactured and installed by Daktronics, the world leader in audiovisual systems and implementation. The centerhung system at Little Caesars Arena, the future home of the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and countless entertainment and community events, will be more than 5,100 square feet.

As the largest seamless centerhung system in the world, the new scoreboard will allow video programming to completely wrap around the system and create a 360-degree experience. A total of 45 LED displays featuring more than 13,500 square feet and more than 16.5 million LEDs will be installed in and around the new arena before it opens for events in September.

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Brian Campbell Announced His Retirement This Morning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

 

added 9:06am, Chicago press release is below...

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