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The Order For Tonight’s NHL Awards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

LAS VEGAS (June 21, 2017) – The National Hockey League announced today the order of presentation for tonight’s 2017 NHL Awards™ presented by T-Mobile. Hosted by actor Joe Manganiello and featuring a performance by alt-rock band Arkells, NBCSN and Sportsnet will broadcast the event live from T-Mobile Arena at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

The scheduled order of award presentations is as follows (subject to change):

Ted Lindsay Award (Most Outstanding Player as Voted by NHLPA)
Presenters: Ted Lindsay, Mario Lemieux and Mark Messier

Frank J. Selke Trophy (Forward Who Best Excels in the Defensive Aspects of the Game)
Presenters: Bob Gainey and Jay Baruchel

James Norris Memorial Trophy (Top Defenseman)
Presenters: Denis Potvin and Jay Baruchel

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NBCSN Has Coverage Of The NHL Awards And The Expansion Draft Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via a press release from NBC,

Wednesday night’s coverage on NBCSN will feature a combination of the annual NHL Awards ceremony and the NHL Expansion Draft. The 2017 NHL Expansion Draft will fill the roster of the Vegas Golden Knights, the league’s first expansion team since 2000, when the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild joined. Vegas will select one player from each of the 30 current NHL teams. Each team has a protected list which from Vegas cannot select a player.

The 2017 NHL Awards will celebrate the best regular-season players in a wide range of categories, including most valuable player (Hart Trophy), outstanding goaltender (Vezina Trophy), outstanding defenseman (Norris Trophy) and outstanding rookie (Calder Trophy). The Ted Lindsay Award, which is presented annually to the “most outstanding player” in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) also will be awarded.

NHL on NBC hosts Kathryn Tappen and Paul Burmeister, and Emmy Award-winning ’Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will provide commentary from T-Mobile Arena, alongside Sportsnet’s Daren Millard, and actor Joe Manganiello, who will host the event.

My understanding via tweets from hockey people is there will be award announcements, an expansion draft pick here and there, more awards, more picks, etc.


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Vladimir Tarasenko’s Journey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Vladimir Tarasenko at The Players' Tribune,

I want to tell you story. But I will get something off my chest first.

I get upset when I can’t score. I want to score … I am supposed to score. This, for me, is my job. In playoffs, I didn’t score enough. I am sorry to St. Louis. I feel like I didn’t do as much as I should. I know we had World Cup in September, new coach, players injured — but are there excuses?

No. Excuses … it’s for loser. And I am not loser. I am winner.

I want us to win more than ever. I will get back to this. But now, story.

It’s about my first game of hockey. Not with St. Louis Blues — my first game of hockey ever.

In the story, it’s 1999. I am seven. We have this tournament, back home in Russia, during school breaks — fall, winter and spring. First one I play in is fall. I am ready.


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Full List Of Home Opening Games For The 2017-18 NHL Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (June 21, 2017) – The National Hockey League today announced the home openers for all 31 clubs for the 2017-18 regular season. The League’s complete 1,271-game schedule will be revealed tomorrow, Thursday, June 22, at 3 p.m. ET on NHL Network during the live, hour-long NHL Tonight: 2017-18 Schedule Release, where host Steve Mears and analysts E.J. Hradek and Stanley Cup champion John MacLean will announce the regular-season schedule and provide analysis.

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Red Wings to open 2017-18 season against Minnesota on October 5th

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The NHL revealed its 30 teams' "Home Openers" ahead of tomorrow's 3 PM EDT 2017-18 schedule release, and the Red Wings' home opener is as follows:

Detroit will host the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, October 5th at Little Caesars Arena.

Here's the Red Wings' press release:

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Morning news: Wooing Foo, draft talk and fundraising

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

On Monday, the Athletic's Craig Custance informed Red Wings fans that the team is in the running for NCAA free agent forward Spencer Foo, and today, the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson confirms that the Wings, Edmonton Oilers and Vegas Golden Knights are the likely finalists in terms of "wooing Foo":

While there’s the obvious pull of playing at home, Detroit may be No. 1 on college free-agent right winger Spencer Foo’s list to sign after he visited their new rink, talked to GM Ken Holland and met ex-Oiler Shawn Horcoff, the Red Wings’ head of player development, and current winger Justin Abdelkader. Detroit apparently told him he’d get a very long look in camp and might even be in their home opener, although their AHL farm team just won the Calder Cup and they have lots of good, young forwards who play right-wing like farmhands Evgeny Svechnikov and Martin Frk, along with Anthony Mantha, who had 17 goals in 60 games in Detroit.

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Here Is Your First Leak- Report, Erik Haula Signing With Golden Knights

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants at the StarTribune.

Erik Haula is Vegas-bound, as well as a prized Wild prospect.

Haula, a speedy former University of Minnesota center, will not only become the one Wild player lost to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights during tonight’s NHL Awards Show and expansion announcement, he’ll become the first – or one of the first – free-agent signings in Golden Knights history, multiple NHL sources say.


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Statements From Marian Hossa, Stan Bowman And Chicago Team Physician

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via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Statement from Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa:

Over the course of the last few years, under the supervision of the Blackhawks medical staff, I have been privately undergoing treatment for a progressive skin disorder and the side effects of the medications involved to treat the disorder. Due to the severe side effects associated with those medications, playing hockey is not possible for me during the upcoming 2017-18 season. While I am disappointed that I will not be able to play, I have to consider the severity of my condition and how the treatments have impacted my life both on and off the ice.

The Chicago Blackhawks organization, including Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough and Stan Bowman, and my agent, Ritch Winter, have been very supportive throughout this entire process. I would also like to thank my teammates and the amazing Blackhawks fans for their understanding. With respect to the privacy of my family, I will not be commenting any further on my health.

Statement from Chicago Blackhawks Senior Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman:

The Chicago Blackhawks are in full support of Marian Hossa as he addresses his medical issues. This is extremely difficult for us because we all know the incredible person and player that Marian Hossa is - competitive, loyal and humble. He has played a major role in the success our franchise has experienced in recent years, which makes his departure from our lineup a significant loss. His teammates and coaches know he battled through some very tough physical difficulties but never complained or missed games despite the challenges he faced. The organization will continue to provide him every resource he needs to maintain his health.

Statement from Chicago Blackhawks Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry:

Marian has been dealing with the effects of a progressive skin disorder that is becoming more and more difficult to treat and control with conventional medications while he plays hockey. Because of the dramatic nature of the medications required and their decreasing effectiveness, we strongly support his decision not to play during the 2017-18 season. We feel in the most certain terms this is the appropriate approach for Marian in order to keep him functional and healthy in the short term and throughout his life.

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Morning Line- Bob McKenzie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Like Jeopardy, Bob McKenzie supplies the answer...



Now, make sure to read his last 30 tweets or so which were posted in the dead of night....

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Talking expansion draft ‘odds’ in more ways than one

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Two items of Red Wings-related note hit the interweb on Tuesday night.

First, the Windsor Star's Bob Duff offered "Vegas odds" as to which player he expects the Vegas Golden Knights to pluck off the Red Wings' unprotected roster, and Duff does not believe that Petr Mrazek is the odds-on favorite to be heading to Nevada...

Riley Sheahan (3-1): True, he only scored two goals last season, and they both came in the last game of the season. But in the previous season, Sheahan was a 14-goal scorer, and he potted 13 goals in 2014-15, both of which are solid totals in today’s NHL. He’s also a capable checker and a physical presence.

If they decide that last season was an aberration, then Sheahan could be bidding adieu. And there’s also that fact that Sheahan was a sought-after commodity at the NHL trade deadline a year ago, albeit by teams who were trying to take advantage of Sheahan’s off-year to get him at a bargain-basement price.


Petr Mrazek (10-1): He’s been an NHL No. 1 goalie, albeit for just part of one season, but there’s a lot of guys out there available with stronger NHL resumes than Mrazek, less baggage, and contracts that don’t pay $4 million per season.

It would be a surprise if Mrazek was the Wing the Golden Knights opt to make their own.

Duff continues, and it should be noted that Mrazek is listed behind Ryan Sproul and Tomas Nosek on Duff's list...

And if we are to believe Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the discontent between Mrazek and the Red Wings' organization may have stemmed from his contract negotiations, and snowballed from there:

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