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Ryan Malone Pleads No Contest To DUI Charges

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Former Tampa Bay Lightning wing Ryan Malone pled no contest to a DUI charge in court Tuesday morning.

He will enter a pretrial intervention program related to a drug charge.

With the pretrial intervention program, Malone's charge of cocaine possession will be dismissed if he completes the requirements.

Malone, 34, was pulled over April 11 after he struck a curb on W Platt Street in Tampa. Police found a plastic bag with 1.3 grams of cocaine in his pocket, but Malone told them he didn't know where it came from, according to court documents.

Malone's contract was bought out by the Lightning in June, making him an unrestricted free agent.

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Brian Gionta Excited About Playing In Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Time Warner Cable News Buffalo,

Brian Gionta was back on home turf Monday night, signing autographs at Frontier Field one month after signing a three-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

After more than 17 years away from home, the Greece native is glad to be back playing hockey in his neck of the woods.

"We’re excited about it,” Gionta said. “It’s something we’ve been trying to do for quite some time. We love the area. We spend time here during the summers. My wife and I are both from here so to be back closer to home, closer to family and friends, it’s special to us.”

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Red Wings overnight report: On Alfredsson, charitable softball/hockey news and MSU pro camp stuff

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated substantially at 6:50 AM: The news that Red Wings GM Ken Holland is more than ready to give Daniel Alfredsson a try-out contract should his back hold up over the next month sparked a significant amount of discussion among Wings fans...

But said discussion involved debate as to whether Anthony Mantha's going to get a fair chance to make the team given Alfredsson's possible presence--should he "earn his spot" despite posting 19 goals and 48 points--and Daniel Cleary's status as a signed player who very few fans or bloggers believe will be anything less than a part of the roster, perhaps at Mantha, Mitch Callahan, Landon Ferraro or even Tomas Jurco's expense, come October.

The Free Press's Helene St. James duly notes that the Wings' cap situation (Capgeek estimates that the Wings have $5.27 million in cap space with Danny DeKeyser remaining unsigned as a restricted free agent) will necessitate that a healthy Alfredsson would command a low base salary, but we know that he's coming back to live in Detroit regardless of whether he plays hockey for this upcoming season, and his "fit" was pretty damn good:

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NHL’s ‘30 in 30’ series: Kyle Turris expected to establish himself as scorer, leader for Senators

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

NHL.com's "30 in 30" series examines the Ottawa Senators today, and instead of using potential captain and defenseman Erik Karlsson as its focal point, NHL.com's examination of the Senators' roster, top prospects and the "5 Questions" the team faces slowly but surely navigate toward another key player in center Kyle Turris.

The 25-year-old and former 3rd overall draft pick (by Phoenix, in 2007) tells NHL.com's Sean Farrell that he's ready to step up after the team traded Jason Spezza to the Dallas Stars...

"It was something I kind of got to experience two years ago when Spezza was hurt," Turris told NHL.com. "I definitely learned a lot from it. It was a lot more difficult playing against the top [defense] pairings and getting the checking lines every time you go out, but that year I feel was kind of up and down, where I'd have a good couple of games and then a bad couple of games.

"I feel like I'm much more prepared for that kind of role now having gone through that experience and I'll definitely know a bit more of what to expect. I tried to apply that into my game last year even though it was obviously a bit different of a role. But I feel like I'm more prepared, I'm more experienced and I'm more ready and able for that challenge."

And Senators coach Paul MacLean suggests that Turris is poised to assume a leadership role:

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A quartet of Twitter-worthy stories

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

If you don't follow Paul on Twitter, you should for many reasons, including the fact that he posts a significant amount of content that doesn't quite make blog standards, generally because it's more "talk" than "news" (and we want you to get the news here on KK, not the fluffernutter). Three of those kinds stories follow:

1. Tomas Kaberle is 36, he posted a less-than-enthralling 4 goals, 20 assists and a -8 in 48 games with HC Kladno of the Czech Extraliga this past season (and 3 assists and a -5 in 5 games for the Czech Olympic team; I'm not sure if the pass-first-past-second-and-pass-third defenseman ever shoots the puck), but he showed up at Biosteel Sports' pro camp in Toronto on Monday, and in addition to reminiscing upon his time spent in Toronto, Kaberle told the National Post's Michael Traikos that he's got a try-out deal in the works...

“It’s not in Ontario,” Kaberle said Monday at the BioSteel Pro Hockey Camp at St. Michael’s College. “I’m planning to stay around here if possible, so we’ll see what’s going to happen in the next few weeks.”

Kaberle discussed his decision to spend a year with his hometown team...

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Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen remain…at odds…regarding CBJ leading scorer’s worth

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Via Pro Hockey Talk's James O'Brien, the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline reports that the Columbus Blue Jackets and their leading scorer, Ryan Johansen, remain a ways apart in terms of contract negotiations:

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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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