Quick Hits: NHLPA Files Grievance for Mike Richards, Riley Sheahan Likes Jeff Blashill

For Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Detroit Red Wings News

Video: Wings centre Riley Sheahan likes what Jeff Blashill brings | Windsor Star
Judging by the sheer number of people who wrote about this story, Sheahan and the rest of the Red Wings must be REALLY excited to have Jeff Blashill behind the bench.

Detroit Red Wings prospect Vili Saarijarvi arrives in Flint as Firebirds await decision | MLive.com
Wait, what? I thought this was a done deal already and Saarijarvi was going to play for Flint this coming season.

Red Wings' Riley Sheahan ready to step up in Pavel Datsyuk's absence or move to wing if needed | MLive.com
Slightly different take on the Sheahan interview, taking stock of the possibility of moving him to wing or increasing his responsibilities as a center.

Around the NHL

NHLPA Files Grievance on Behalf of Mike Richards - Jewels From The Crown
Finally some movement on the Mike Richards situation, as the NHLPA will contest the Kings' termination of the contract.

Report: NHL Coaches Association wants Jack Adams Award renamed for Scotty Bowman | theScore
I normally am against this sort of thing — including when the Lester B. Pearson was renamed the Ted Lindsay — but if they do end up giving Jack Adams the GM of the Year award instead, I can be persuaded.

Why I’m Coming Back | The Players' Tribune
Pascal Dupuis first wrote for The Players' Tribune in February when he was declared out for the season due to blood clots. Now he's medically cleared to play and is really excited to be back on the ice.

The Flames and the relationship between penalties and possession - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Do the Calgary Flames' low power-play against numbers mean that they tanked in possession?

New York Rangers News: Rangers Sign Jarret Stoll To One-Year Deal - Blueshirt Banter
The New York Rangers have signed Jarret Stoll to a one-year contract, after the center pled guilty to misdemeanors involving his arrest for drug possession.

Former Stanley Cup champion Ric Jackman is learning plenty playing around the globe | ESPN
This is pretty damn interesting stuff. "Since Ric Jackman won a Stanley Cup in 2007 with the Ducks, his perspective has been turned upside down by a wide-ranging hockey experience that has taken him from South Korea to Sweden."

What We Learned: Who can do what Auston Matthews did? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Some insights on the very unique factors that went into Auston Matthews having the chance to make the decision to go play his draft year in Switzerland.

Why the Coyotes can survive and eventually thrive in Arizona - CBSSports.com
I'm not sure about the Coyotes surviving and thriving, at least until they get out of Glendale, but Arizona hockey does seem to be on the upswing. And hey, even if the Coyotes leave, it'll probably be at the point when Arizona State is a legitimate Division I program and can carry the hockey branding for the state.

Wild’s Jonathon Blum leaves NHL for KHL opportunity in 2015-16 | The Hockey News
I remember a few years ago when Predators fans really hyped this guy. I suppose you could give them the benefit of the doubt, considering they created Shea Weber, Ryan Suter, Cody Franson, and Roman Josi, but this is still a pretty big bust of a pick.