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Francesco Aquillini Trying To Live Large In Beverly Hills

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Hutchinson of the National Post,

Debbie Weiss lives with her partner and four children in Beverly Hills, on a narrow, tranquil street with spectacular views. An art dealer who likes hockey, she claims a soft spot for Canadians. “I think Canadians are nice,” she says. Even Justin Bieber, who rented a house on her street last winter.

There were “no issues at all” with the notorious Biebs, says Weiss.

She can’t say the same of another Canadian, Francesco Aquilini, a wealthy Vancouver-based businessman and developer.

With his two younger brothers, Aquilini manages his family’s vast real estate holdings and a “global conglomerate portfolio” that includes the Vancouver Canucks hockey team. Aquilini is the club’s chairman and a National Hockey League governor....

He also has property in Beverly Hills, a two-acre lot on Loma Linda Drive, right next to Weiss’s home, in fact. After buying the spread for a reported US$7.2-million, he had the 60-year-old, 3,700 square-foot residence pulled down.

Last year, he announced plans to build a 26,000 sq.-ft. house on the property, partially cantilevered over a steep hillside and featuring an indoor basketball court, bowling alley, two bars, two swimming pools and underground parking for 10 cars. And, according to the Beverly Hills Courier newspaper, “moat-like water features protruding over” downslope homes and a pre-school.

Weiss and other residents were appalled. Aquilini’s proposed “megamansion” was too big for the neighbourhood, they agreed. 

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The Dropping Currency And Its Effect On Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,

What do currencies have to do with hockey business? Quite a lot actually, the best hockey players are paid with money in many countries on three continents, and no salary is immune to the changing values of these currencies.

The weakening of the Canadian Dollar is an issue for Canadian NHL teams, one that is often reported whenever such discrepancies arise to the U.S. Dollar. However, the biggest impact of the global currency fluctuations of the last two years is felt elsewhere in hockey.

Among the large-scale currencies that weakened the most is the Russian Ruble which, same as some other currencies, dropped due to falling commodity prices but also due to sanctions and counter-sanctions that followed due to territorial conflicts with Ukraine.

Each Ruble a hockey player earns in Russia is worth less than half the U.S. Dollar value it was worth two years ago. Also in countries economically connected to Russia, such as Belarus and Kazakhstan, this crisis was to a less drastic extent felt in the form of a currency drop. Both countries are also part of the Kontinental Hockey League that also includes one team each from Croatia, Finland, Latvia and Slovakia. 

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The Outlook For Landon Ferraro This Season

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The club's top pick in 2009 (second round, 32nd overall) was slow to develop during his first three AHL seasons and didn't appear to have a future in the organization after being waived. But he had a strong season with the Griffins and seized the opportunity when called up in the final week.

Now Ferraro appears to have a future in the NHL, though not as the top-six scoring forward he was in the minors, in all likelihood. He has the speed, forechecking ability and versatility (can play center or wing) to be a fourth-line grinder.

Ferraro should be able to make the roster out of training camp, especially since Pavel Datsyuk isn't expected to be ready for the start of the season and Johan Franzen's status remains questionable. He might be competing with Joakim Andersson for a spot in the lineup. Being one of only two right-handed shooting forwards on the roster (Pulkkinen is the other) doesn't hurt Ferraro's cause.

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The Anaheim Ducks Are Built For A Stanley Cup Run

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Curtis Zupke at NHL.com,

The progression of the Anaheim Ducks the past three seasons has been impressive. They've advanced deeper into the Stanley Cup Playoffs every year since 2013, a run most teams would love to have.

However, each of those seasons has ended with a Game 7 loss at home, the latest to the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Western Conference Final.

"When you go through those things, the only way to gain [experience] is to go through it," Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "Hopefully our guys learned some lessons again this year. I learned some things. We can get ready for the next season and approach next year with the same attitude we had at the start of this one, on a mission to get back to have that opportunity again."

Anaheim is well-equipped for another long ride, and its offseason moves confirmed that their time is now with Getzlaf, Corey Perry 30 years old and Ryan Kesler 31 on Aug. 31.

"That group is not satisfied until we win a Stanley Cup," Kesler said after signing a six-year contract extension July 15. "When we do win that Stanley Cup, I don't think we'll be satisfied then either. We're going to want another one. We have the group to do it. We have all the pieces. We just need to put them together."

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Evening news: On Glendening’s Blue Angels flight and arena construction news

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 3x, very substantially, at 10:54 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Michigan Hockey's YouTube page posted a post-flight interview with Luke Glendening, who played "backseater" on a Blue Angels flight today:

[Edit: Via RedWingsFeed, here's MLive's Ansar Khan's article about Glendening's flight:

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NHL.com’s Rosen: Nyquist, Tatar need to shoot more to approach 40-goal marks

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From NHL.com's Dan Rosen's "Over the Boards" blog's mailbag:

Do you think that Tomas Tatar or Gustav Nyquist have the ability/opportunity to hit the 40-goal, 70-80-point plateau? -- @purdstheword22

It's realistic to think that one of them could do it this season, but they're going to have to shoot the puck more than they did last season. I'd want to see them both to reach 250 shots on goal, if not more. Is that realistic for them both to shoot that much? Why not? Dallas Stars forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin each had more than 250 shots on goal last season. The same with San Jose Sharks forwards Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski, each of whom had more than 260 shots. Montreal Canadiens forwards Max Pacioretty had 302 shots and Brendan Gallagher had 254 while Tomas Plekanec had 248. Zach Parise and Jason Pominville each had more than 250 shots last season for the Minnesota Wild.

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Do The Los Angeles Kings Have Enough Offense And Defense?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Dan Rosen of NHL.com answered some emails...

Do the Kings have enough offense to contend for the Stanley Cup? Is the defense strong enough to get through the regular season?

At this point I'd have to say "maybe" to both because of a host of question marks and concerns. I'm just not sure what to think of the Kings at this point. I want to think they'll be good enough to get into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which is why I picked them in our 30-in-30 series, but I'm not sold on them being a legitimate Stanley Cup contender at this point. That's not to say they can't be or won't be because we know their history, but the defense looks thin on paper, even with the addition of Christian Ehrhoff and the brilliance of Drew Doughty, and they're not as deep at center as they have been in the past. They have Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter, but no Jarret Stoll or Mike Richards. Andy Andreoff and Nick Shore have a lot to prove. Trevor Lewis is serviceable, but he's not going to surprise anyone.

Another big concern that I have for the Kings is how they respond to Darryl Sutter's coaching. Sutter has been great for the Kings, helping them to win the Stanley Cup twice, but his hard-driving style is one that wears on a team after a while. We saw signs of that happening last season. Are the Sutter-led Kings going in the wrong direction?

One other concern is that the Kings have a way of dominating possession but not getting enough out of it. Last season, they led the League in shot-attempts percentage (55.37), but they were 10th in shots on goal per game (30.9) and 18th in goals (2.66). When you dominate possession the way the Kings did, you would want them to generate more production out of it.

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Afternoon news: Luke’s off!; fantasy forecasting Green, Kronwall and the Atlantic Division standings

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. Luke Glendening is off to have an adventure with the Blue Angels:

2. Back here on the ground, Yahoo Sports' Darryl Dobbs has penned a list of the best fantasy hockey defensemen for the 15-16 season, and he's deemed Mike Green to be a "boom or bust" defenseman, and Niklas Kronwall one to not be overrated:

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‘Three Things’: A Babcockian farewell in comic form, a video from MSU Pro Camp and a Kindl outlook

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. This was inevitable, and at least it's funny:

2. The Wings posted a video of Justin Abdelkader and Jakub Kindl at the MSU Pro Camp...

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The Detroit Red Wings Release Training Camp Schedule

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

DETROIT – The Red Wings today released the 2015-16 training camp schedule, which will commence on Thursday, Sept. 17 with the 16th Annual Training Camp Golf Classic at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa prior to four days of on-ice practices from Friday, Sept. 18 to Monday, Sept. 21, held at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich.

The Red Wings will first participate in the Training Camp Golf Classic, presented by Eitel Dahm Motor Group, on Thursday, Sept. 17, which takes place at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa at 1:00 p.m. Proceeds from the tournament benefit Involved Citizens Enterprises (I.C.E.), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing affordable skating programs in Northern Michigan.

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