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Afternoon Line- Raffi Torres

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“It’s kind of up in the air right now. I’ve just been training, pretty much for 4-5 months, getting my body to where I need to be. I’m feeling good.”

“To be honest, I’ve never been one for Plan B’s. I’ve been telling everybody (who asks about my future), it’s probably going to be The Show or no.”

-UFA Raffi Torres.  John Matisz of the Vancouver Province has more.

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Cody Ceci And The Ottawa Senators Agree To a Two-Year Contract

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OTTAWA – Ottawa Senators (@Senators) general manager Pierre Dorion announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenceman Cody Ceci to a two-year contract which will run through the end of the 2017-18 National Hockey League season. The average annual value of the contract is $2.8 million ($2.25M, $3.35M).

Ceci, 22, established new NHL career highs in goals (10), points (26) and penalty minutes (18) while matching his career high for assists (16) over 75 games with the Senators during the 2015-16 season. Upon the conclusion of the season, he also skated with Team Canada at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Moscow/St. Petersburg, Russia. In 10 games with Team Canada, he scored one goal and earned five assists while helping the team to a gold medal.

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Numerous Factors In Play When Deciding If The NHL Will Participate In The Winter Olympics

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from Jonas Siegel of the CP at the Globe and Mail,

A new wrinkle in advance of the next Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, centres around out-of-pocket payments the International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation have covered, a practice the IOC has suggested stopping under president Thomas Bach.

Adding additional costs is viewed as a potential bridge too far for both the league and the union.

“It’s not good to shut down, the question is whether or not it’s worth it to go to the Olympics,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told The Canadian Press in a recent interview. “You need to satisfy yourself that it’s worth it.”

Bettman said a variety of factors had to be taken into account, from the players’ desire to attend to the location of the Olympics to the “opportunities that come from it.”

NHLPA president Donald Fehr reiterated in a separate interview that the players want to continue attending the Olympics, depending on the circumstances.


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Mid-day Tweets of note

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Of Twitter-related Red Wings note:

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Examining Holland’s Q and A from a ‘feels’ standpoint

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Okay, so: Ken Holland engaged in a Q and A with NHL.com's Dan Rosen this morning, and he didn't exactly kick off the session with a huge vote of confidence in his team:

"I don't know that there are more than five or six legitimate Stanley Cup contenders; we're probably not in that group," Holland said. "After that five or six, there are 20 teams without much difference between them. We're in that group of 20. Certainly there are lots of questions about our team."

The biggest one can't be answered until April: Will the Red Wings make the Stanley Cup Playoffs again, or is this the year the streak comes to an end?

Detroit has made the playoffs for 25 straight seasons but squeezed in last season because it had 39 regulation/overtime wins compared to the Boston Bruins' 38. Holland doesn't know if the margin will change much this season, especially without forward Pavel Datsyuk, who has returned to his native Russia.

"We're going to be in a race," Holland said. "We think we're going to be in that photo finish with a whole bunch of other teams."

Part of me really wants Holland to say as little as possible if he's going to short-sell his team; part of me feels that at least he's being honest regarding his expectations, and in a sort of ass-backwards way, his comments strike me as refreshing...

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The NHL Hires A Firm To Keep An Eye On Game Integrity

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from Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg,

As it prepares to inaugurate a team in Las Vegas, the National Hockey League has hired a monitor to watch for suspicious gambling activity, which can be an early warning of cheating in the sport.

Financial terms of the contract with sports data company Sportradar AG weren’t disclosed.

It’s the latest U.S. sports deal for Sportradar, which is part owned by the National Football League. The Swiss company is also close to a six-year, $250 million contract with the National Basketball Association that would provide the league’s data to global betting houses. When that deal is complete, Sportradar will be in business with three of the four major U.S. sports leagues.


Below, read the NHL press release...

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Questions Facing The Los Angeles Kings

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from Curtis Zupke at NHL.com,

Are they covered on defense?

The Kings signed unrestricted free agent defensemen Tom Gilbert and Zach Trotman to help fill out the defense, but the Kings would be in a difficult spot if an injury were to occur.

The Kings still have Doughty, Muzzin and Alec Martinez, but beyond that, the skill level drops off. Matt Greene, Brayden McNabb and Rob Scuderi are on the roster, and prospects Derek Forbort and Kevin Gravel could push for NHL spots. Scuderi is 37, and Greene last played Oct. 13 and cleared buyout waivers in June. Luke Schenn, who had been acquired along with Lecavalier in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers last season, signed with the Arizona Coyotes as an unrestricted free agent.

Can Dustin Brown rebound?

During the past 10 months, Brown was dropped to the third and at times fourth line, and lost his captaincy, a role he had since 2008....


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The Coaching Candidates For The Colorado Avalanche

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from Terry Frei and Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

NHL assistant coaches Bob Boughner of the San Jose Sharks and Kevin Dineen of the Chicago Blackhawks have emerged as major candidates in the Avalanche’s search for a head coach to succeed Patrick Roy.

Boughner is a former Colorado defenseman. Dineen is a former University of Denver standout and a former head coach of the Florida Panthers. The Avalanche wouldn’t comment on either Boughner or Dineen, or any other candidates, saying only that the team’s preliminary phase of the interview process continued....

The other candidates in the evolving field to succeed Roy are Jared Bednar, head coach of the Cleveland (formerly Lake Erie) Monsters, who recently won the AHL’s Calder Cup; fellow AHL head coach Travis Green of the Utica Comets; Washington Capitals assistant Lane Lambert; and New York Rangers associate head coach Scott Arniel.


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The Season Outlook For Andreas Athanasiou

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2016-17 outlook: Athanasiou's blazing speed is a tremendous asset. It puts defensemen on their heels, especially in one-on-one situations, leading to scoring opportunities.

His ice time was limited, particularly in the third period, for reasons coach Jeff Blashill declined to specify. But Athanasiou maximized his ice time by making an impact. He led the team in shooting percentage and needs to get more pucks on net (which will come with more minutes). He is a secondary option on the penalty kill.

Athanasiou proved he deserves to be in the lineup, but the Red Wings, with a crowded roster, still have the option of sending him to Grand Rapids without waivers.

Key question: Will Athanasiou get more ice time this season?


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Ken Holland believes Wings have room to grow in Q and A with NHL.com

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

NHL.com's Dan Rosen engaged in a Q and A with Red Wings GM Ken Holland, and Holland is both very honest about his team's expectations and very hopeful about the growth of his roster players:

"We're going to be in a race," Holland said. "We think we're going to be in that photo finish with a whole bunch of other teams."

Don't let Holland's honesty fool you into thinking his belief is wavering. His expectations are still high and his belief remains strong.

Holland said he thinks the Red Wings have a group of players between 20 and 27 years old, all with room to grow.

"Can one or two of them do it?" Holland said.

Chief among them are Dylan Larkin (20), Anthony Mantha (21), Andreas Athanasiou (22), Riley Sheahan (24), Alexey Marchenko (24), Petr Mrazek (24), Tomas Tatar (25), Gustav Nyquist (26) and Danny DeKeyser (26).

"As we sit today, we don't have a superstar in his prime," Holland said. "We have lots of good players. I think we have lots of really good players. How far can they grow? I don't know. Pavel Datsyuk came over and scored 11 goals and 12 goals in his first two seasons in the NHL. I don't think we have any Pavel Datsyuks, but it's an example that people can grow."

Rosen continues at length...

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