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Senators’ Karlsson answers questions about captaincy, media spotlight

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Mid-to-late August is the time of year that most NHL players--at least those who have established longer-term homes in particular locales--begin showing up near their places of employment.

Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson's return to Canada's capital yielded some, let's say slightly uncomfortable questions regarding possibly succeeding Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza as the Senators' captain, as noted by the Canadian Press's Lisa Wallace (the Senators' website posted an 11:37 clip of Karlsson's media availability, too)...

“Obviously it’s something I wouldn’t say no to (but) it’s not something I’m going to ask for,” the star defenceman said Monday. “I think whoever takes that decision is going to make the right one and whether it’s me or someone else I think it’s going to be good for the team and good for the organization.”

The Senators are once again in search of a new captain as Jason Spezza — who replaced longtime captain Daniel Alfredsson — was traded to the Dallas Stars this past summer. Spezza wore the “C” for just one season before requesting a trade from Senators management.

“As a friend point of view it’s sad to see him go and I wish him all the best,” Karlsson said. “It’s part of the business unfortunately. He’s been here for a long time and felt that he needed to move on. It’s just one of those things you learn to deal with as a professional athlete.”

And Karlsson certainly seems to have blunted the edge of his spar-worthy tiff with the Senators' particularly team-critical media corps:

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McKenzie: Bertuzzi’s legal camp, Steve Moore’s attorney discussing out-of-court settlement

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This isn't Red Wings-related news any more, but I'm putting it in this blog hoping for the best. From TSN's Bob McKenzie:

Legal representatives for Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore are deep into discussions aimed at arriving at a negotiated (out of court) settlement.

Note: ‎While some settlement sources suggest a Bertuzzi-Moore settlement may be close, no legal agreement is currently in place. Their civil trial is scheduled for Sept. 8.

Tim Danson, Moore's lawyer, is now asking for $68 million in compensation, suing Bertuzzi, the Canucks' former owners, Marc Crawford, the NHL, etc.

But multiple sources say a negotiated settlement to avert a trial is a possibility.

Talks are ongoing.

[edit: Let's try this: it's probably Red Wings-related because you could find no stronger sign that Bertuzzi's not getting any contract offers and is probably going to hang 'em up than this /end edit]

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Red Wings evening news: on tanking, top prospects, MSU’s pro camp, charitable reminders & Tweets

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Just after I headed out the door (quite literally), the Red Wings issued their press release regarding single-game regular season tix going on sale Friday, and while I was gone ferrying the mom to her doctor's appointment, Paul snagged the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan's report from MSU's pro camp (the article now includes an embedded photo gallery illustrating Jakub Kindl's presence and Justin Abdelkader's attempts to ditch the Bauer gear for Warrior stuff) and Nick Lidstrom's plaque being unveiled outside the Wings' locker room.

So what's left on a "quiet" day? First, again via Paul, Grantland's Sean McIndoe wondered aloud whether the Red Wings might be better off joining the NHL's "race to the bottom" for one season...

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Josh Ho-Sang Upset With No Invite From Hockey Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave McCarthy of TSN,

After a solid debut season in the Ontario Hockey League as a 16-year-old with the Windsor Spitfires, finishing fourth on the team with 44 points, Ho-Sang followed it up this past year by leading his team in points (85) and assists (53) while tying for the lead in goals (32). But despite a quick and productive start to his OHL career, Ho-Sang was overlooked for Team Canada's Under 18 team in the spring, was not included on the 2013 U18 team to play at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament and was not invited to Team Canada's World Junior summer development camp roster this year.

He asks, why?

"The fact that I haven't been invited to a camp, it's insulting," Ho-Sang said frankly. "I've done nothing to them (Hockey Canada). It's not like they invited me to U17 and U18 and I messed up at all that stuff. I haven't been invited back since my first year in the OHL in December. It's been a year and a half; I haven't been a part of any Hockey Canada stuff."

But he has a philosophy as to why invites have not been coming his way.

"They can't invite me to that stuff because they're afraid," he said. "If I go there and do well, then they have no reason not to put me on the World Junior team." Asked directly why Hockey Canada wouldn't want him on that team, Ho-Sang, looking puzzled, responded, "I don't know."

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Another Wings’ Great Gets His Dressing Room Plaque

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

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Toronto Maple Leafs Sign William Nylander To A Three-Year Entry Level Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Maple Leafs,

David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Monday the hockey club has signed 2014 first-round draft pick forward William Nylander to a three-year entry level contract. Nylander was selected by Toronto eighth overall at the NHL Entry Draft in June.

“Not only does William Nylander bring a high level of speed and skill to his game but he has a very strong character on and off the ice,” said Nonis. “We believe he has a very bright future and are happy to have him signed to his first NHL contract.”

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The Leafs, Sportsnet And Rogers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sportsnet,

Fifty-one days and counting until the Toronto Maple Leafs hit the ice for the 2014-15 season, and Sportsnet and Rogers are giving fans more games and access to their beloved team with 56 games on television and 41 games on radio on Sportsnet 590 The FAN. The action gets underway onSportsnet and Sportsnet 590 The FAN at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 8 – opening night of the NHL regular season – with the Maple Leafs hosting the Montreal Canadiens. (See full broadcast schedule below).

 On TV – Regional

Sportsnet’s regional television broadcast schedule kicks off on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet Ontario as the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Detroit Red Wings.

All 16 regional Maple Leafs television broadcasts will air on Sportsnet Ontario. Veteran broadcaster Paul Romanuk  makes his Sportsnet debut, calling play-by-play for all of the Toronto regional broadcasts alongside analyst Greg Millen.

continued including some of the pre and post game shows...

added 3:53pm, from Bell Media,

TSN is set to deliver more Toronto Maple Leafs games than ever before, as the network broadcasts 26 Leafs games in 2014-15, up from 17 Leafs games last season. TSN’s package of 26 Leafs games will air on TSN4 – part of TSN’s new expanded lineup of five national feeds branded TSN1, TSN2, TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5 that debut on Monday, August 25.

To access Leafs games on TSN4, fans must live in the Leafs’ designated broadcast region. TSN subscribers with participating television service providers in the Leafs’ broadcast region will receive TSN4.

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Michigan State Pro Camp Opened Today

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

As probably could be expected Monday, there was a lot of huffing and puffing, straining for the water bottle, and getting a lot of kinks out as many players began to ratchet their conditioning, with NHL training camps beginning in about a month.

“This is kind of the first organized skate for a lot of guys,” said forward Justin Abdelkader, who was on the ice Monday along with Red Wings teammates Drew Miller and Jakub Kindl. “Do drills for an hour, scrimmage, it’s a real good skate and you get a lot out of it.

“At the same time, it’s fun being back here.”

Abdelkader and Miller are both former Spartans, and will be joined during the course of the week by former MSU players David Booth (Toronto Maple Leafs), Torey Krug (Boston Bruins), Jeff Petry (Edmonton Oilers) and Jim Slater (Winnipeg Jets), among others.

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Wings’ Tickets Go On Sale This Friday

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that single-game tickets will go on sale Friday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m., offering fans the chance to see the team chase its 24th consecutive playoff appearance and 12th Stanley Cup championship.

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Nice Profit On A Mark Messier Game Worn Rangers Sweater

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Seideman at Forbes,

Over the weekend at the White Plains County Center, Kenny Palma, a dealer and collector, set up in his usual space in the corner of the East Coast National sports collectors show, as he has pretty much since he entered the sports memorabilia business just four years ago. Baseball bats, cleats, and catcher’s equipment were piled high on a dozen tables. A huge assortment of sports jerseys hung on a clothing rack like the those they wheel around in Manhattan’s garment district 25 miles south.

One jersey was missing from the rack because Palma had recently sold it in a big auction. It was an autographed Mark Messier hockey uniform shirt from the New York Rangers’ only Stanley Cup championship, in 1995, over the past 73 years.

Palma paid about $300 for it as part of a bigger collection he bought from a collector. “I didn’t like the way it was framed, so I took it out and brought it to the shows and hung it with the rest of my jerseys,” he says. Over the course of half dozen shows during a six-month span dozens of dealers and thousands of collectors, including me, walked past it.  “I was asking $1000, but people offered me from $300 to $400,” Palma says.

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