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Jonatan Berggren Likes The Small Ice

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Red Wings forward Jonatan Berggren, the 2018 second-round pick, seems to like the North American game.

"It's difficult, you have much less space and time," Berggren said Friday. "But I like it, too. You need to be 100 percent ready all the time when you have the puck. I like to make hard plays and give my teammates good spots to score.

"I like it when it's pretty tight and it's harder out there on the ice. I like when it's smaller ice."

More: Russian Kirill Tyutyayev scores twice in Red Wings' 5-4 win against Stars in Prospects tourney

Berggren, in his first taste of pro-caliber North American hockey, certainly looked offensively capable, assisting on two goals in the Wings' 5-4 victory over Dallas on Thursday night in Traverse City in the Prospects Tournament.

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A Day Of Practice

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Good piece from George Malik of The Malik Report,

The Detroit Red Wings’ prospects took part in an “hour-plus” practice on Friday, and while they won’t be playing tonight (due in no small part to the big football “Patriot Game” between Traverse City West and Traverse City Central this evening), the Wings’ prospects needed to regroup somewhat after losing control of the game during last night’s 5-4 win over Dallas.

As such, Grand Rapids Griffins coaches Ben Simon, Matt MacDonald, Todd Krygier and Mike Knuble were joined by two goaltending coaches (Brian Mahoney-Wilson and the as-yet-unnamed “new guy”) and both Daniel Cleary and Shawn Horcoff on the ice…And as the team skated in David’s Rink at Centre ICE Arena, a certain Steve Yzerman watched practice intently (with Pat Verbeek by his side).

I would describe Friday’s practice as something of a “corrective lens” placed upon a slightly near-sighted Red Wings team.


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All Bill Daly

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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Is the NHL done with expansion for the foreseeable future?

"I would think so. We're comfortable with 32 [teams]. There are other markets who are interested in having NHL franchises, but the expansion equation has changed over time in every league, but particularly our league. The equation is, 'Is the addition of the franchise good for the league? Does it help grow the league?' As opposed to the short-term financial benefits associated with expansion. That's not what's in our owners' heads at this point in time. I think both in Vegas' case and Seattle's case, they favorably received those franchises as being beneficial to the overall business of the League."

The NHL played preseason games in Shanghai and Beijing in 2017 and Shenzhen and Beijing in 2018 in the NHL China Games. One reason was the Chinese government's interest in promoting hockey ahead of the Beijing Olympics. After the Beijing Olympics, will it be less urgent for the NHL to play in China? What is the NHL's future there?

"I don't think it's less urgent. I think we continue to view growth of the game in China to be a priority for our international expansion. How you do that, how you break into that market, how you make people who aren't used to the game fans of the game, those all continue to be challenges. But it's a large market with a large number of people, and we still think there's a benefit to exposing our sport at its highest level in China. Beijing will be a big part of that, but we've also made a commitment to grassroots hockey in China and investing in that, and I expect that to continue."

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Do They Have A Shot?

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Yzerman wants these players to force his hand to make a move or two.  If they have a great camp, do they make the Wings roster?

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Get Those RFAs Signed

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from Justin Bourne of Sportsnet,

Don’t tell my bosses this, but I am a terrible negotiator.

Now that I’ve laid those cards on the table, I admit to not understanding why teams and RFAs cannot sort their business out before the start of training camp. It seems avoidable and bad for relationships. I get the concept of needing “pressure points,” but they’ve got a whole summer to negotiate these deals, and the situation does not seem that complicated. Players don’t have much leverage, teams need them in the lineup...great, let’s figure this out. If we’re gonna end up somewhere -- and you almost always are: Kailer Yamamoto isn’t sitting out the 2021-22 hockey season -- can’t we find a way there sooner?

That complaining aside, just how important is it that players are in the lineup on day one anyway? If a season is 82 games long and a guy misses like four games, is it a crisis?

Of course, the answer is no, it isn’t a huge crisis for anyone involved if Robert Thomas misses four games for the St. Louis Blues. It’s not a huge issue if some superstar’s eight-year deal starts Oct. 20 rather than the 12th, or whatever the specifics may be.

It’s not a huge deal, not a crisis … mathematically, anyway. That’s only 5 per cent of the season, give or take.

Unfortunately, one of the few places I am 100 per cent certain that intangibles matter is at the start of the season. When a team has good things happen early on, it helps the coach sell what he’s trying to get them to do.


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Montreal Will Host The 2022 NHL Draft

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NEW YORK (Sept. 17, 2021) – The National Hockey League announced today that the Montreal Canadiens will host the 2022 NHL Draft™ at Bell Centre. The 2022 event will mark the 27th time the City of Montreal will host the NHL Draft, and the first time since 2009. The city was scheduled to host the 2020 NHL Draft, which was moved to a virtual event for health and safety precautions due to COVID-19.

The 2022 NHL Draft will be held over two days: Thursday, July 7 (Round 1, televised on Sportsnet, TVA Sports, ESPN or ESPN2) and Friday, July 8 (Rounds 2-7, television information to be announced when available). NHL club executives, scouts and coaches will be present on the NHL Draft floor while thousands of fans and hundreds of print, television and radio media are expected to attend.

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Marc-Andre Fleury Feeling Comfortable In Chicago

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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Marc-Andre Fleury received his new goalie mask Thursday. It has the Chicago Blackhawks logo, the four stars from the Flag of Chicago, black and white stripes, and a few feathers.

He put it on with his new pads and new Blackhawks uniform, and because the NHL/NHLPA Player Media Tour happened to be in Chicago, he did it at his new home practice rink: Fifth Third Arena.

"It's just different, right" Fleury said.

Or is it?

Fleury felt much like he did after he went from the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. Disappointed at first after the Golden Knights traded him to the Blackhawks on July 27, he's adjusting, making the best of it.

The Blackhawks can only hope things go as well in Chicago as they did in Vegas.

"I think every time …" Fleury said, his voice trailing off. "It was the same in Vegas when I went there. It's just weird, awkward, at first. But it's good. A new beginning, right? And it's such a nice uniform. A nice place to be too."


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Videos- After The Prospects Game

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Hear from Lucas Raymond and below find Jared McIsaac, coach Ben Simon and a very short video of the Detroit's five goals.


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Recap Of The Detroit/Dallas Prospects Game

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Sort Of A Live Blog- Detroit Prospects Take On The Dallas Stars Prospects

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The stream is scheduled to start at 6:40pm ET, with the game scheduled to start at 7pm.

Watch below.

via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are the Red Wings’ line combinations and defense pairings:

Jonatan Berggren-Joe Veleno-Lucas Raymond

Kirill Tyutyayev-Chase Pearson-Cross Hanas

Pasquale Zito-Hayden Verbeek-Cameron Butler

Luke Toporowski-Cooper Walker-T-Bone Codd

Donovan Sebrango-Wyatt Newpower

Jared McIsaac-Alex Cotton

Adam Brubacher-Oscar Plandowski

Victor Brattstrom (starting)

Sebastian Cossa

Scratches: F Patrick Curry, D Mason Ward, G Jared Bednar

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