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Post-practice Tweets: Kindl may return Friday, Helm out for the weekend, Wings waive Cleary

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 4x with video @ 1:09 PM: Howard starts on Friday, Mrazek Saturday.

The Red Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena with Daniel Cleary, Tomas Jurco and Darren Helm in "scratch" jerseys today, and after picture day and a brisk practice, the players and coach spoke with the media:

From MLive's Ansar Khan...

Kindl (eye infection) said he'll be ready to play Friday.


Wings have waived Daniel Cleary.


Helm said he won't play this weekend. Shooting for next week.

The Free Press's Helene St. James...

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Red Wings waive Daniel Cleary

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Per Sportsnet's John Shannon:

Remember: Cleary on waivers =/= Cleary going to GR. He can stay with the team and/or be sent down for 10 games or 30 days.

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Practice Tweets: Wings prepare for the regular season; Jurco, Andersson likely scratched Friday

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 11:44 AM: The Red Wings took to the ice at Joe Louis Arena just before 11 AM, beginning to prepare in earnest for the 2015-16 regular season:

MLive's Ansar Khan reports that three more Wings are either injured or are simply not taking part in the line rushes as gray jerseys can mean two things--scratching or no-contact:

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Where They’ll Finish, Per The Sabres Observer

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

It's time for my annual NHL predictions.

Here's a summary of where I think teams will finish in the 2015-16 season:

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Scott Gomez Lands In St. Louis

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

(Oct. 7, 2015) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed forward Scott Gomez to a one-year contract.

Gomez, 35, logged 34 points (seven goals, 27 assists) and 23 penalty minutes in 58 regular season games with New Jersey in 2014-15.

The 5’11, 198-pound forward is a 15-year National Hockey League (NHL) veteran, including stints with New Jersey, New York (Rangers), Montreal, San Jose and Florida.  He is a two-time NHL All-Star (2000, 2008) and won the 2000 Calder Trophy Award as the League's top rookie.

In 1,045 career regular season games, Gomez has accumulated 747 points, including 180 goals and 567 assists - which ranks 11th among active skaters.  In addition, the Anchorage, Alaska, native ranks sixth among active skaters with 149 career postseason games, while his 101 career playoff points (29 goals, 72 assists) are 14th among active players.  Gomez is a two-time Stanley Cup Champion, winning with New Jersey in 2000 and 2003.

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Ranking The Coaches

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,

Just like we do with players and teams in some way shape or form, we’ve decided to rank the NHL’s coaches. Instead of ranking them from No. 1 to No. 30 — who am I to say [insert coach’s name] is the worst coach in the NHL? — we’ve put them into tiers.

With that in mind, here’s how we have the 30 head coaches ranked heading into the 2015-16 campaign.


Mike Babcock – Considered by many to be the best coach in hockey, Babcock is accustomed having a deep pool of talent to work with. He won’t have that luxury in his first season with the Leafs.

Joel Quenneville – The roster turnover he deals with is crazy, yet he keeps leading his teams to Stanley Cup championships. His winning percentage in Chicago is a remarkable .624 and his moustache should have its own display at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Barry Trotz - Trotz was able to turn one of the worst defensive teams in the league into a solid two-way squad that finished with the fifth-best goal differential in the NHL. Fans were worried that his defensive style would impact Alex Ovechkin…Ovi led the league with 53 goals.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Canadiens and Maple Leafs drop the puck on the 2015-16 season when they meet at Air Canada Centre. This marks the seventh consecutive campaign in which these Original Six rivals will face off in their season openers; Toronto is 4-1-1 in those contests (MTL: 2-4-0), but Montreal won 4-3 last year on a Tomas Plekanec goal in the final minute of regulation. Overall, the Canadiens and Maple Leafs will meet four times this season – all before the end of February. Montreal, the defending Atlantic Division champions, has won six straight against Toronto dating to March 1, 2014 (TOR: 0-3-3).
All-Time Records in Season Openers
Montreal Canadiens: 50-30-17 (16-15-7 when on the road)
Toronto Maple Leafs: 38-42-17 (24-23-12 when at home)

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Morning news: ‘Seven questions,’ Wings player analyses and ‘picture day’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

MLive's Brendan Savage asks 7 questions about the Red Wings, including the following:

Can Jeff Blashill bring winning ways to NHL?

After 10 seasons under Mike Babcock, the Red Wings have a new coach this season. Blashill was promoted after spending the last three years in Grand Rapids, where he led the Griffins to at least 40 victories each season while winning the Calder Cup in 2013. Many of the current Red Wings played for Blashill, either in Grand Rapids  or when he was a Red Wings assistant in 2011-12, and he's won everywhere he's been. But can he continue that trend in the NHL?

Will Pavel Datsyuk return to top form?

Datsyuk remains arguably the Red Wings most talented player when healthy. He finished second in team scoring last season with 26 goals and 39 assists despite missing 19 games with shoulder, groin and ankle injuries. The latter caused him to miss seven of nine games late in the season and required offseason surgery that will keep him sidelined until next month at the earliest. At 37, can Datsyuk return to top form when he's cleared the play?

Savage continues, and both MLive and the Detroit News have posted photo galleries of the Red Wings' roster, with the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan weighing in regarding the Red Wings' players:

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NHL Center Ice Preview Starts Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Most providers if not all will be offering a free preview of NHL Center Ice starting tonight through October 27th.

I do not use Game Center Live so if you have any information or want to talk about it, feel free to do so in the comments.

NHL.com with more information on NHL Center Ice and because I subscribe via Directv, they have information too.

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Video- Early Storylines

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

NHL insider Chris Johnston discusses the most intriguing stories heading into the season, namely how the Steven Stamkos situation plays out in Tampa Bay, and what the new era in Edmonton brings.

Plus other topics...


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