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Derrick Brassard/New York Rangers A Little Over $1M Apart

Brassard requests $4.95M. NYR counter is $3.825M — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 26, 2014 The arbitration meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 28th.
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Red Wings overnight type thing…Nosek in Czech and goaltending stuff you already know

This morning's crop of Red Wings stories is quite thin, but that happens at this time of year. First, if you speak Czech, you might get quite a few chuckles out of Tomas Nosek's 9-minute interview with HC CSOB Pojistovna Pardubice's YouTube channel (or website, if you prefer), but I'm linguistically-limited to English, some German and some written Swedish, so.....
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James Reimer Settles On A Contract With Toronto Before Arbitration

James Reimer and TOR have settled on a two-year deal — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 25, 2014   The AAV is $2.3M — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 25, 2014
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A Successful Smashfest

TORONTO (July 25, 2014) – Dominic Moore, New York Rangers forward, is pleased to announce that last night’s Smashfest charity ping-pong event raised $140,000, which will benefit two important causes: concussions and traumatic brain injuries; and rare cancer research and advocacy. In three years of the annual Smashfest event being held, a total of $270,000 has been raised for...
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George’s summer reading recommendation: The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

This isn't Red Wings-related, but it's important to me: nearly every "hockey person" will tell you that Ken Dryden's The Game is by far the best hockey-related book ever, but as far as I'm concerned, Julien Rubenstein's The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and...
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Kate Gillis On Her Father Mike Gillis

from Joshua Clipperton of the CP at the Surrey Leader, Kate Gillis says it was difficult to block out the noise. The energetic 24-year-old is the captain and inspirational leader of Canada's women's field hockey team at the Commonwealth Games. She's also the daughter of former Vancouver Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis, who was fired in April...
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Paying P.K. Subban

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated, Subban's talent makes him the heart of the Canadiens, but it's his swagger that makes him the team's soul. He's not just a player. He's an entertainer, a throwback to the days of Yvan Cournoyer, Guy Lafleur and Steve Shutt. Subban may be Ontario-born, but he's a Flying Frenchman through and through. His defensive...
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Red Wings mid-day news: on Ferraro, Ilitch’s Holland endorsement and bloggers on bloggers

Amongst today's Red Wings-related stories; As Paul reported, the Wings signed Landon Ferraro to a 1-year contract extension, and despite "club policy" forbidding the disclosure of salary demands, the beat writers and at-large press announced that Ferraro's deal is a 2-way contract paying $550,000 at the NHL level and $85,000 at the AHL level. Will Ferraro be...
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Landon Ferraro Under Contract

UPDATE: The #RedWings have signed forward @LandonFerraro to a one-year deal. — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 25, 2014 CapGeek says $550K, two-way deal. added 10:33am, Press release is below... Continue reading "Landon Ferraro Under Contract"
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Making Ice In Arizona

from Jeff Eisenberg at PuckDaddy, When the Phoenix Coyotes hired Canada native J.J. Straker as their ice maker last summer, the new job inspired more than just the usual congratulatory hugs and handshakes from his friends and family. "There was a lot of excitement because people knew hockey's my passion, but they would ask, 'How are you going to do that there...
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What About Hockey With The Tension In Russia And Ukraine?

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star, There will be no Ukrainian team in the KHL next season as the hockey world begins to wonder about the effects of a long-term conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Donbass Donetsk — Ukraine’s only entry in the KHL — is on sabbatical for one season, a decision reached in June after the team’s arena was sacked, looted and set afire...
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Red Wings overnight report: on the state of the defense, and the proper level of tinkering

Two days ago, the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan offered an analysis of the Wings' forward corps via an article and attached photo gallery, and this morning, he looks at the Wings' defensemen in article and photo gallery form. The article allows Wings GM Ken Holland to weigh in regarding the team's inability to land what's become a frickin' unicorn in an elite...
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Video- It’s Slow, So….

Let's take a look at one of the legends of our game, goaltender Glenn Hall who played 502 consecutive games in goal. I can't imagine this record will ever be broken.  
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Top Offensive Zone Starters

As I continue my summer sabermetrics and hockey series, today I am looking at the top offensive zone starters.  These are the players who most frequently are on the ice for faceoffs in the offensive zone as opposed to the defensive zone.  These players are ranked by offensive zone starts minus defensive ones.  This group of players are given a significant number of offensive chances...
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A Four-Year Deal For Lars Eller In Montreal

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the team has agreed to terms on a four-year contract with forward Lars Eller (2014-15 to 2017-18). “We are very pleased to have agreed upon a long term agreement with Lars Eller. He is an important part of our group of young veterans. He has a tremendous work ethic and a great attitude. He is the...
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Red Wings afternoon news: ‘All-time’ Wings, McKenzie on advanced stats and out-of-comfort-zone fun

This afternoon's Red Wings-related stories are "ecclectic"--not exactly Mike Babcock's "analytics"-based chat with NHL.com's Dan Rosen--but there's enough here to keep you occupied. Detroit is celebrating its 313rd birthday today, and as the Detroit Free Press led off its 53-image gallery of "Detroit's 10 Greatest Sports Figures"...
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More From Mike Babcock On Analytics

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com, A basic element of the analytics movement happening in the NHL is possession-based stats featuring shot attempts-for versus shot attempts-against in 5-on-5 situations. Understanding the positive effects of possession and shooting the puck is not new to the hockey community, but stats found through possession metrics such as Corsi and Fenwick are relatively...
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Morning Line

@reporterchris Next up, John Tavares-to-Leafs trade talk! — Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) July 24, 2014
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No Blame Aimed At The Sedins

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province, The Canucks are the Sedins’ team. They have the richest contracts, the most influence, the biggest names and the letters “C” and “A” emblazoned on their chests. Yet, during their most miserably disappointing season in a decade, there weren’t a lot of scathing attacks directed toward the twins as they plummeted from...
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Boston Bruins Name Joe Sacco As Assistant Coach

Boston, MA - The Boston Bruins announced today, July 24, that the club has hired Joe Sacco as Assistant Coach. A native of Medford, MA, Sacco spent the 2013-14 season as an Assistant Coach for the Buffalo Sabres. Prior to that position, the former NHL forward served as the Head Coach of the Colorado Avalanche (2009-13) where he compiled a 130-134-40 record and was a Jack Adams...
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All Rich Clune

from John Matisz of Canoe, In today’s NHL, where each player is media trained almost exclusively in cliches, it’s rare to come across an unplugged interview. Nashville Predator Rich Clune’s recent Q&A with nofilterblog.com, however, is certainly an exception. Among the highlights in this doozy is Clune’s insight into the “hottest wife in the NHL” (hint...
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An Important Trip To Moscow For Mike Johnston

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Evgeni Malkin finally is ready to listen, so new Penguins coach Mike Johnston better say all the right words. The season could be at stake. Johnston leaves this weekend for Moscow, where he will spend four days with his most important player. Win over Malkin, and Johnston would take the biggest step toward turning the...
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On Jim Paek’s decision to chase an Olympic dream

I didn't really comment on it on Wednesday morning, but Jim Paek leaving the Grand Rapids Griffins to coach the South Korean national hockey team--as the team attempts to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea--dashed my hope that the long-standing Griffins assistant coach would finally be chosen to flank one of Mike Babcock's shoulders. Paek has...
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Dion Phaneuf’s Puck Possession

Dion Phaneuf was a star as soon as he entered the NHL.  He was a Calder Trophy nominee in the strong class of 2005/06 where he beat out Henrik Lundqvist to earn a nomination alongside Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin.  The next season he made the First All Star Team and was nominated for the Norris Trophy as best defenceman in the NHL.  His career was then on a Hall of Fame...
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Calm before the storm in Habsland

It's been a quiet few weeks for Habs fans, but that is about to end, with the arbitration sessions for Lars Eller and PK Subban fast approaching. Rumours today had the Habs offering Eller $1.65 million per year, and Eller's camp countering around the $3.5 million mark. Logic would dictate that they will settle around $2.5 million before the hearing, and that seems reasonable...
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