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Checking in on ‘Nesty’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

After one game playing for the Carolina Hurricanes, a team that's likely to give the Buffalo Sabres a run in the Connor McDavid/Jack Eichel Race to the Bottom, it's not exactly fair to suggest that scoring a goal in his first game with Carolina = the Hurricanes "fleeced" Detroit by snagging 6'3," 200-pound Andrej Nestrasil on waivers.

As much as I absolutely adore Nestrasil as a player and person, the reality of his "skill set" is that he projects to be what Tomas Kopecky played like in his first season with the Chicago Blackhawks, i.e. a big, dependable 3rd-line forward who can score on occasion, and as much as it sucked that the Canes snagged him off waivers, the Wings will survive without him.

All of that being said, it's good to read the News & Observer's Chip Alexander report that Nestrasil's happy in Carolina (thus far):

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The Nashville Predators Continue To Develop Their Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean.

Shots. Goals. Wins. Losses.

Those are just byproducts of what is simply known as 'the process' for Peter Laviolette's Nashville Predators.

"I think when you're in the regular season, you want to continually develop your game and work at it so you're game is good," he said. "Ultimately, I think that leads to wins."

It's hard to argue with the results with the Predators 13-5-2 record heading into Tuesday's game against Los Angeles - good for second in the Western Conference standings. The record through 20 games tied the 2006-07 team for the second-best start in team history.


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Practice post II: real estate talk; on Weiss, Datsyuk, Smith and Mrazek’s new lid

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 5x at 3:31 PM: As Paul very kindly noted, the Red Wings practiced subsequent to their 4-3 win over Ottawa today, and Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea reported that the team was a "winner" in the Forbes list of NHL team valuations.

The Wings were also in the news for real estate-related reasons, as the Free Press's Joe Guillen reported...

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USA Hockey to purchase Compuware Arena; will the Whalers remain there?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This story was an, "If you missed it" of possibly Plymouth Whalers-moving proportions, as noted by Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples:

USA Hockey announced today that they have an agreement in place that could result in the USA Hockey Foundation acquiring Compuware Arena in the first half of 2015.

The Plymouth, Mich., ice facility, currently home of the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers, was built and owned by Peter Karmanos. It has been in operation since 1996.

The opening statement of the press release, a joint statement from the USA Hockey Foundation and Compuware Arena, reads as follows:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo./PLYMOUTH, Mich. - The USA Hockey Foundation and Compuware Arena have an agreement in place, that subject to due diligence, could result in the Foundation acquiring the Plymouth, Michigan, facility by the first half of 2015.

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Video- Jon Cooper On the Return Of Marty St. Louis To Tampa Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Tampa Bay Lightning...

Lightning coach Jon Cooper gives his opinion on the return of Marty St. Louis to Tampa Bay on Wednesday night at Amalie Arena.




added 1:56pm, Pierre LeBrun talked with St. Louis...

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The Value Of The Detroit Red Wings Increased By 21%

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Bill Shea of Crain's Detroit Business,

The Detroit Red Wings, who plan to move into a state-of-the-art arena in 2017, saw a 21 percent increase in value to $570 million, according to annual estimates released today by Forbes.com.

That ranks Detroit ninth in the 30-team National Hockey League, the same spot at last year.

The rate of value growth for the Red Wings actually slowed in the current Forbes estimates. From 2012 to 2013, the growth rate was 36 percent to $470 million.


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Who’s Available Via Trade From the Florida Panthers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Harvey Fialkov tweets.

A team source confirmed the Panthers r trying to trade some unnamed vets to make room for players like Trocheck and Grimaldi.

One doesn't have to be a rocket scientist to figure Fleischmann is at top of list. Perhaps Bergenheim and Kopyecky as well. 

Bergy has been too injury prone.All are in final years of dealsTeam may have to wait til deadline but they want Rocco ASAP.

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Wings’ Practicing Today

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Chuck Pleiness tweets,

Babcock has team running through a short-sided 3 on 3 drill. Interesting line combo is Datsyuk with Weiss and Helm.

Tomas Jurco could be the odd man out Wednesday against Philadelphia if Datsyuk can play.

Khan tweet,

Brendan Smith (hand infection) returned to practice today. He's eligible to come off IR tomorrow but probably needs more practice time.

Updates as needed will be added to this post.

added 12:14pm, Khan tweet,

Miller-Glendening-Andersson (Jurco)

added 12:40pm, Khan tweets,

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Forbes: Sabres Worth $288 Million, Profited $4.4 Million

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

Forbes has released its latest list of NHL franchise values, and Terry Pegula has reason to be pleased.

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Detroit/Edmonton Comparison When It Comes To The Younger Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

Listening to Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock tell the media Monday night about veteran center Stephen Weiss needing to earn his way back into the lineup ("We don't give away anything for free," Babcock said) despite his hefty five-year, $24.5 million contract is a good reminder why the Wings have made the playoffs 23 straight seasons and are often held up as an example of building a team the right way.

Now, let's contrast that with the downtrodden Edmonton Oilers, who have offered little incentive to their young stars in terms of making them earn responsibility and ice time. A smart hockey man pointed out to me on Monday what happened when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored just four goals in the lockout-shortened 2013 season: Nugent-Hopkins was awarded a seven-year, $42 million contract extension that following September.

What happened when Detroit's Tomas Tatar had two straight 24-goal seasons in the AHL from 2010-12? He was told to go do it again, and didn't find a regular roster spot in Detroit until 2013-14. It's a difference in culture.

The Red Wings foster high expectations and preach patience and preparation. The Oilers, meanwhile, are in shambles and appear to have no long-term plan, firing their goalie coach Monday in one of the most cringe-worthy, petty-looking moves this season. You want to shake things up, do it, but we all know a scapegoat when we see one.

read on for more hockey topics from the ESPN hockey writers...

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