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Things Change

When I first started and through today, my goal has always been to inform hockey fans with the latest news.

Regarding the Wings, that will not change.  

I can tell you information will continue to flow but the main topic will be the current NHL club and maybe touching on occasion on a few other items.

This information will be posted at A2Y and of course the live blog on game days will continue.

I am trying to get Twitter feeds organized and as always, you can follow the Kukla's Korner Twitter feed where all posts hit.

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One chapter ends, and another begins

Today, the Malik Report is changing course. After working for Paul for eight years, I've decided to step away from Kukla's Korner and to start my own blog--a crowd-funded one--at http://themalikreport.com


It's been an incredibly difficult decision-making process in choosing to begin this new adventure, but I believe that it's simply time to try running my own blog without any outside assistance or sponsorship, and I'm ready to give 'er a go.

I'm incredibly and profoundly grateful to Paul for his support and guidance over the past eight years. He's been a tremendous role model and friend, and I will miss working with him...And I'm incredibly grateful to you, dear readers, for having supported my work and having created a TMR community that's thrived over the past 8 years. Thank you so much for your readership.

I'm ready to get started on a new chapter of my blogging career, and today, the journey begins anew.

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It’s Possible Mike Green Could Head Back To Washington

from Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post,

While Green hung out with Holtby throughout the weekend, he said he sporadically talked with Ovechkin as well. When asked a question about catching up with Green that made no mention of a possible trade to Washington, Ovechkin ended his answer with, “All the best to him, we’ll see what’s going to happen in the future.”

It was not exactly a bid for the Capitals to bring Green back, but Ovechkin later said he would like it if that happened. In the Atlantic Division locker room Sunday night, filled with players discussing their trick shots from the All-Star Game, the upcoming second half and their team’s playoff push, Green was the only one considering which city he will be skating in as the season ends.

There is some chance it will be Washington, even if Green will only discuss a future with the Red Wings. So, when he was told that Ovechkin said he wants him back, Green again deflected the possibility.

“Oh he did?” he said, laughing and fixing his eyes on the locker room carpet. “Oh yeah … it was … like I said, it was nice to catch up with him, too. Yeah … I’ve heard a lot of comments, so it is what it is.”


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Prospect News

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Good news on the Detroit Red Wings prospect front: Michael Rasmussen returned to play in fine form.

The ninth overall pick from the 2017 NHL draft, Rasmussen produced three points in his first appearance in six weeks since undergoing wrist surgery in mid-December.

Rasmussen, 18, had a goal and two assists as he played back-to-back games over the weekend for the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League. The Ams won both games, improving to 25-16-7 and taking over the first wildcard spot in the WHL playoff race.

Rasmussen has 17 goals and 17 assists in 24 games. His 1.42 points-per-game average leads the team, and his nine power-play goals rank second on the team. ...

Fellow top prospect Dennis Cholowski is also having a standout season: he just had an eight-game point streak snapped over the weekend, leaving him with 13 goals and 36 assists in 47 games (he has 10 assists in 10 games since being traded to the Portland Winterhawks from the Prince George Cougars). Cholowski, drafted 20th overall in 2016, ranks fifth overall in scoring among WHL defensemen. 

a bit more

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Detroit Style Morning Line- Gregg Krupa

Presiding is a young coach who, though not yet improving the standing of his team in his third season, has remained unflappable in the face of frequent frustrating failure.

Coach Jeff Blashill is proving incapable of marshalling the necessary upgrades to put the Wings in the playoffs, and their identity is fleeting.

Under Blashill, some players are developing. His focus might have darkened, but it still seems clear.

-Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News where you can read more on the Wings...

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Prospect news: Griffins beat IceHogs; Walleye win in OT; Rasmussen 1+2, Pope 2+1, Pearson 2G

Of prospect-related note:

In the AHL, Matt Puempel, Brian Lashoff, Evgeni Svechnikov and Matthew Ford scored goals, Ben Street and Eric Tangradi had 2 assists and Jared Coreau stopped 16 of 17 shots as the Grand Rapids Griffins won 4-1 over the Rockford IceHogs.

The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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Wakiji speaks with Mike Green regarding the Skills Competition, All-Star Game

DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji spoke with Red Wings defenseman and All-Star participant Mike Green after Saturday night's Skills Competition, in which Green was stopped twice by Marc-Andre Fleury during the "Save Streak" relay. After discussing Fleury's chirpy demeanor, Green was asked to weigh in on the skills competition as a whole, and look forward to Sunday's All-Star Game:

"It was good, it was great," Green said. "It was obviously a lot different with some of the events, which was good for the guys. You couldn't really prepare. It made it interesting."

Although he didn't necessarily want to try it, there was one event that intrigued Green the most.

"I liked one of the first ones where you had to sauce them into the nets and go through the center ice," Green said of the passing challenge. "I liked that one."

Now Green will get ready for Sunday's game, which is in the 3-on-3 format and pits the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division against the Metropolitan Division and the Western Conference's Central Division against the Pacific Division in the first two games.

The final game will be the Eastern Conference champion versus the Western Conference champion.

"Obviously a lot of skill so it'll be tough to play sound defense but it'll be exciting for sure," Green said.

Wakiji continues...

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Play Well And Lose

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The best scenario for the Detroit Red Wings the rest of the season will be to lose gracefully.

As teams break for the weekend NHL All-Star event, the Wings sit at 19-21-8, with 46 points. They are 10 points back of the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race and 15 points back of third place in the Atlantic Division.

Wings players and coach Jeff Blashill keep talking about going on a run — as they should — but it's unlikely to occur. Other than one four-game winning streak, the Wings have not won more than two in a row through 48 games.

It would take a marathon of victories to make the playoffs. Three Metropolitan Division teams are within four points of a wild card spot. Tampa Bay, Boston and Toronto essentially have strangleholds on the top three spots in the Atlantic.

The fact is, the Wings don’t have the talent this season to be contenders.


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Detroit Related Notes From The ASG In Tampa

Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website is in Tampa for the All-Star Weekend and has a few Detroit related topics...

Gallant was a sixth-round pick, 107th overall, in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft.

Gallant said he has lots of fond memories of being a Wing. "Being there 11 years. I loved it there, scoring my first goal, that was in my first game, was a memory I'll never forget," Gallant said. "A lot of good people, great organization, the Ilitch family was unbelievable to us. Kenny Holland, Jimmy Devellano, they all treated us real well. Obviously playing five-six years with my good friend Steve Yzerman on the same line. We had a lot of good memories there."...

"I think we have a lot to thank Nick (Lidstrom) and I've been watching him growing up and I think he's every part of why we have so many good defensemen in the league right now," Ekman-Larsson said.

Ekman-Larsson said Lidstrom and Forsberg were his favorite players growing up.

Ekman-Larsson talked about what impressed him most about Lidstrom.

"Just that he kept the game so simple and how he handled himself on and off the ice," Ekman-Larsson said. "That was pretty impressive."

more items including Mike Green...

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Mike Green On Staying With The Wings

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

The NHL’s trade deadline is less than a month away, and impending unrestricted free agent Mike Green says he has not had any contract extension talks with the Detroit Red Wings.

"I don’t worry too much about the exact extension or what’s going on in that sense. I just focus on day to day," said Green, the lone Red Wings representative at All-Star Weekend.

"I’m happy in Detroit. I enjoy it. It’s an incredible organization. Things are good."...

"I think I’ve learned, I just take care of the process and things will guide you to where you need to be. That’s how I’m focused," Green said.

"I would love to be [back in Detroit]. Whether that happens, there’s so much uncertainty in this league, you just don’t know."


Update: Green also discussed his role as a mentor with the Hockey News's Ryan Kennedy...

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The Malik Report is a destination for all things Red Wings-related. I offer biased, perhaps unprofessional-at-times and verbose coverage of my favorite team, their prospects and developmental affiliates. I've joined the Kukla's Korner family with five years of blogging under my belt, and I hope you'll find almost everything you need to follow your Red Wings at a place where all opinions are created equal and we're all friends, talking about hockey and the team we love to follow.


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