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Notes On Hockey

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Kyle Dubas would like Mike Babcock to change and be more open-minded. And then training camp opens. And same old Babcock. Clearly, Babcock wasn’t thrilled with Dubas’ signing of Jason Spezza and he couldn’t hide it or help himself and took a couple of unnecessary shots at the veteran forward.

- The Boston Bruins should teach an NHL course: How to work the salary cap? They got Charlie McAvoy for $3 million a year less than Ottawa paid Thomas Chabot. Brandon Carlo at less than $3 million a year is rather magical signing as well.

- My advice to Patrick Laine: Watch game films of last season. Try and find yourself on some of them.


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A Healthy Jacob de la Rose

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from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

"Obviously, it's scary when it's your heart," de la Rose said after Saturday's practice at Little Caesars Arena. "You don't really know what's going on. You know right away it's something serious when it comes to the heart. I knew I was in good hands with the doctors and everything. It was the second time it had happened, too. It happened in Montreal in training camp last year, so I kind of knew what it was this time.

"We decided to have a procedure done and everything went well. I feel normal. I had a good summer and was able to work out as usual, so I feel fine and I feel excited to get this season going."

The 24-year-old Swede experienced no trouble in playing back-to-back games against the Chicago Blackhawks to start the preseason.

In the first game, at Little Caesars Arena, de la Rose had 23 shifts for 20:19, had one shot, three hits, one giveaway and was an impressive 10-for-13 in face-offs.

In the second game, at Chicago's United Center, de la Rose had 21 shifts for 18:10, had one shot, three hits, one giveaway, two takeaways and was 5-for-14 in face-offs.

read on plus more notes after today's practice...

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Zdeno Chara On The Changes To The Game

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Much has changed in the new NHL. The game is faster, the goals fewer, and the hits don’t necessarily keep on coming, certainly not as many of those big, explosive, seek-and-destroy hits that 5-10 years ago were the stock footage of video montages played on arena big screens across the league.

What happened to all that thump? The overall emphasis on the game’s speed, hand in hand with coaches preaching puck possession, have altered the dynamic of the hitting game, particularly for the six blue liners who suit up each night to protect the back ends of their respective teams.

“I think there is still room to make hits, and being physical is still a big part of the game,” noted Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who delivered more that 200 smacks a season, 2006-08, his first two years in residence in Boston. “But the last few years, the puck is the key — play the puck first. It is always nice to finish checks, and make big splash hits. But I think to be able to prevent the pass going through you, or stopping the play with your stick, is more effective or valuable [today] than going out there and making the big hit, and the puck goes through and someone makes a play. The puck is the key.”

continued plus additional hockey topics...

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Preseason Hockey Coming To Calumet Michigan

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from David Satriano of NHL.com,

The town of Calumet, Michigan, is so synonymous with hockey, it boasts the oldest indoor ice arena in North American and is considered the birthplace of professional hockey.

Built in 1913, Calumet Colosseum has withstood a lot in its more than 100 years of existence but received much-needed upgrades as the winner of Kraft Hockeyville USA 2019.

Hundreds of communities entered, but Calumet was selected and awarded $150,000 in rink upgrades and will receive $10,000 worth of new equipment from the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund in addition to hosting a preseason NHL game between the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings on Thursday (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

"It's phenomenal. Everybody's talking about Hockeyville and this rink," rink manager Mark Peters said. "Everyone in this community has a smile on their face. We're really excited for this. Everybody's going to be able to see the changes in the rink. The sheet of ice is incredible right now."


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A Practice Day For The Detroit Red Wings

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Next game is Sunday at 5pm with the Wings hosting the Penguins.  The game is on the NHL Network and Fox Sports Detroit.

The only report is Justin Abdelkader was in the ice with the team this morning.

That's about it, enjoy your Saturday and I will update as needed.

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Alex DeBrincat Is A Star In The Making

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from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times,

DeBrincat is just the 10th player in the last three decades to score more than 68 goals in his first two seasons. His company includes Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos, but not Kane or Toews.

At this rate, he’s due for a new contract next summer with a cap hit pushing $10 million, which would cement his position as a cornerstone for the Hawks’ post-dynasty era.

And yet, he doesn’t carry himself as a cornerstone at all.

“I feel like I’m more quiet in the locker room. I try to stay out of the chirping and stuff,” DeBrincat said. “Those core guys have been there for a long time and are obviously very respected around the league. So especially my first year, I kind of stayed away and kept my mouth shut so I didn’t get in any trouble. I know them pretty well now, and it’s easy to joke around with them, but I had to keep my mouth shut until someone talked to me.”

Despite the lighthearted intentions of the media tour, DeBrincat didn’t stray far from that mouth-shut identity. He seemed amused but rarely delivered the comedy that segment hosts were looking for.


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Video- Talk After Last Night’s Game

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“One of the things we got to get Zadina to understand is it’s super hard in this league to self-create,” Blashill said. “In order to self-create, you’ve got to be super-fast or super big and strong and he’s not either one of those, so what he’s got to do is make sure he does a really good job in his give-go game.

“I think sometimes Filip wants to score so bad that he’s trying to do it all himself. We’ll just keep working on trying to get better opportunities to have a give-and-go, give it, dart to areas and get it back.”

Zadina, who is competing for a spot on the NHL roster, said he’s been through stretches like this before.

“I just want to be patient,” Zadina said. “It’s not about the goals. I just want to play hockey, have fun and win the games.

“I’m not a selfish guy, so I just want to pass it back. For sure I want to keep the puck but at some point, (but) I got to pass it back quicker and I can keep the puck on my blade longer.”

more and othe topics too

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

A disappointing finish for the Red Wings, exhibition season or not.

Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier forced overtime with a late goal, then won it 32 seconds into overtime, giving the Islanders a 4-3 victory.


Below watch Moritz Seider, Anthony Mantha, Filip Zadina and Jeff Blashill after the game.

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Watching And Waiting

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The best part of the preseason is watching the kids that really want to make an impact and make the Team. The boring part of the preseason is waiting for the vets to show up and play half as tough as the youngsters.

It's another preseason Live Blog!

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Too Much Too Soon?

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

When the Ottawa Senators announced the signing of 22-year-old defenseman Thomas Chabot to an eight-year deal worth $64 million, it was almost universally hailed as a very good move by the team. After all, Chabot has displayed an enormous amount of potential as an NHLer and will almost certainly be the Senators’ next captain. Forget that the deal will probably considered a bargain before too long, it was also a show of faith to Senators fans that after years of dysfunction, perhaps better times lie ahead.

One of the outliers in all of this was former NHL star and current television broadcaster Jeremy Roenick, who acknowledged in a tweet that Chabot, “is a great kid with some serious skill.” He then publicly expressed his amazement at what 80 career points in the NHL gets you these days...


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