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Wallner: Blashill, Griffins’ Todd Nelson talk hockey over Griffins Youth Foundation golf

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 10:07 PM: From the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner:

Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson moved into an area home last week, is preparing for the NHL Prospects Tournament in less than two weeks and proclaimed "it's go-time" for the season ahead.

But first he traded conversation, and maybe a few divots, with a most interesting golf partner. Nelson was paired with Red Wings coach and former Griffins coach Jeff Blashill at Monday's Griffins Youth Foundation Golf Classic at Egypt Valley Country Club.

Nelson could have used the golf tips – he played for the first time this summer on Friday – but he expected more discussion on their co-existences as coaches and meshing of philosophies.

"We've already had dialogue with personnel, and we'll get into some of the practices and how he's going to play in Detroit and we want to mirror that," Nelson said.

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Up first will be the NHL Prospects Tournament that begins Sept. 11 in Traverse City. Nelson, who was in Traverse City for the organization's development camp in early July, said it will be invaluable in evaluation talent as he leads the Red Wings' prospects.

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Update: Wallner posted a video of Todd Nelson speaking at the golf tourney...

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Jeff Blashill appears on WDFN, gives 24-minute interview

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

WDFN's Art Regner spoke with Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill this morning, discussing the Red Wings' free agent signings, the team's goaltending and much, much more in a 24-minute interview. This is good stuff:

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Morning news: A busy Monday; on Zetterberg’s ‘numbers’ and Quincey’s value

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 5x at 2:17 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

The Grand Rapids Griffins' Youth Foundation is holding its annual Golf Classic, and more than a few Red Wings alums are taking part in the tournament:

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Not Much News On The Sale Process Of The Pittsburgh Penguins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jenny Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The process of buying an NHL franchise is long and arduous, and the sale of the Penguins will be no different.

Industry experts, including a former Penguins counsel, contend they are not at all surprised little has surfaced regarding the sale as the calendar flips to September. Primary owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle retained Morgan Stanley in June to begin the process of exploring a sale, but virtually no significant information has emerged since.

“I’m not surprised at all, because these are very valuable assets and there are complications, particularly if the buyer is someone who hasn’t been involved in professional sports in the past,” said Bob Caporale, a former Penguins lawyer and founding partner at Game Plan, a sports finance, investment banking and consulting firm. “It may take time to do their due diligence. Frankly at this time of year, as you know vacations and so forth will always slow things up. I’m sure in the fall things will get more active.”

Caporale was the lead attorney for the Penguins from 1991-97, and the club’s Alternate Governor to the NHL during Howard Baldwin’s controversial tenure as owner.

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The Outlook For Brad Richards

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2015-16 outlook: Richards has been in a steady decline since he averaged more than a point a game in three-plus seasons with the Dallas Stars (2008-11) and is coming off the least-productive non-lockout shortened season of his career. But he can still be a key player and fill some needs for the Red Wings because he's a creative playmaker with good hockey sense and brings Cup experience.

Coach Jeff Blashill has indicated Richards will center the top line until Pavel Datsyuk returns following off-season ankle surgery (projected to be anywhere from late October to late November). Henrik Zetterberg can handle the defensive duties and, in all likelihood, Justin Abdelkader can do the heavy lifting for that line.

When Datsyuk returns, Richards will move down to the second line.

Richards also will help a power play that ranked second in the NHL last season. He typically plays the point.

Key question: Can Richards adequately fill the top-line center spot until Datsyuk returns?

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Crain’s Detroit Business’ Shea: Red Wings’ follow-on rink construction on time

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Two "good news" items have popped up from Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea:

First, Shea reports that the State of Michigan's bond sale to fund the Red Wings' follow-on rink has concluded with all bonds sold to banks...

The money to build the $532 million Detroit Red Wings arena and events center was raised, as planned, with the sale of $450 million of state bonds late last year.

The Michigan Strategic Fund divided the sale into a $250 million in Series A offering that is backed by property taxes already captured by Detroit's Downtown Development Authority. The $200 million in Series B bonds are backed by the $11.5 million Olympia Development of Michigan has agreed to pay the DDA for bond retirement.

Shea continues, and he also reports that, despite the City Council kerfuffles, the rink's excavation has finished on time:

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From Babcock To Blashill

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

As Red Wings training camp approaches, there's some extra excitement with a new man in charge.

New head coach Jeff Blashill might sound like Mike Babcock but he's not going to be a Mike Babcock clone.

Blashill spent a season as Babcock's assistant in 2011-12 before going to Grand Rapids to be the Griffins' head coach.

General manager Ken Holland spent some time in his office this past week talking about the transition from Babcock to Blashill.

"One of the things Mike Babcock said to me before he signed with Toronto and before he went through the process is, did I think his time had expired in Detroit and I said no, because we were having lots of young players, there was a turnover of players so some of these players had played for Mike for two years," Holland said. "(Tomas) Tatar, (Gustav) Nyquist and (Riley) Sheahan, they just got here. But there was a group of players that had played for Mike Babcock for 5, 6, 7 years. When you're a boss or you're in pro sports and you have structure, you make them accountable every day, sometimes change is good."

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Afternoon Line- Doug Armstrong

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At an Ice Breaker event today...

 

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The Mike Richards Grievance Case

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Macramalla of TSN,

Richards was arrested when Canadian border guards found "some pills in a single bottle" during a random search of his car. According to Westhead's breaking report, it was small quantity intended for the hockey player's personal use.

That means Richards is looking at a simple possession charge rather than a charge for possession for the purpose of trafficking, which is a lot more serious. A trafficking charge means that a person was in possession of drugs for the purpose of selling or distributing. Richards is facing up to six months in prison and/or a $1,000 fine. Given the small amount, Richards is not going to jail assuming he's guilty of the offence (he may not be). Worst case scenario for Richards may include a fine and community service. 

The issue being raised now is whether being charged will hurt Richards' likelihood of success in connection with his grievance against the Kings for unlawfully terminating his contract. 

The short answer is no. Before criminal charges were filed against Richards, he stood a good chance of having an arbitrator overturn the termination of his contract. While Richards has now been criminally charged, nothing has changed as far as his chances of success.

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Video- On A Slow Sunday Late In August

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via RFHockey Fan YouTube page,

Promo/ Pump up Video about the NHL 2015-2016 Season which will start on October 7th 2015. Video with some of the best goals, saves, hits and moments.

After watching the video below, the 2015-16 NHL season will be six minutes closer...

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