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The TSN Insiders Tonight With Detroit Talk

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What does the future hold for Matt Duchene in Ottawa? Will Mark Stone and Cody Ceci stay with the Sens? Should we expect trades out of Carolina and Detroit? TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger discuss this and more.

The Detroit talk starts at the 2:40 mark.

Watch at TSN.

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Video- Brian Burke Believes William Nylander Will Be Traded By The Start Of Next Season

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via Sportsnet,

Brian Burke doesn't love the William Nylander contract, thinks he's not a difference maker and believes William Nylanders last game as a Maple Leaf will come in this season's playoffs.

per CapFriendly, Nylander's AAV is just under $7M starting next season.

 

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Praise For Nick Jensen

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from Arthur J. Regner of DetroitRedWings.com,

"Nick is an excellent defender by the way that we want to defend, gapping through the neutral zone, closing on people in the D-zone," Blashill said. "If you don't create stalls, you spend the whole game in your end. He can create a stall because he's strong and he's tenacious. If you don't gap and end plays early, you got to sort out odd-numbered situations, which is probably the No. 1 way teams score in the league. He can do that.

"He's a real competitor. So, there's lots of positives to Nick's game. Like I said, at the beginning of the year for whatever reason he didn't have a great camp, but he's really done a good job since then."

Jensen was a healthy scratch on opening night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but hasn't missed a game since, emerging as a more than capable blueliner for the Wings.

In 47 games, Jensen has two goals among his 11 points, is minus-4 with an ice time average of 20:43, which is fourth highest on the team.

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Videos- The Talk After Today’s Practice

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Jimmy Howard up first.

Below, Larkin and Blashill.

 

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Hurricanes Acquire Nino Niederreiter From The Wild For Victor Rask

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RALEIGH, NC – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the Hurricanes have acquired forward Nino Niederreiter from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Victor Rask.

“We’re excited to welcome a proven goal-scorer and veteran presence in Nino Niederreiter,” said Waddell.“We wish Victor the best moving forward and thank him for his efforts on the ice and in the community during his time in Raleigh.”

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Finishing Them Off

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings have won two games in a row for the first time in six weeks, on the strength of closing out opponents in the third period. That was a facet they lacked as recently as this month. Being able to do what the Wings did in their last two third periods - rallying from a one-goal deficit against Anaheim by scoring three goals and padding a one-goal lead at Minnesota with two goals – is especially encouraging for a young team.

“I think a lot of times with young players, it’s a process to learn how to play with the lead,” coach Jeff Blashill said Thursday. “It’s a process to learn how to win tight games. It’s a process to understand how to manage your game, how to manage risk-reward, because that’s what it comes down to lots of times. So it’s 100 percent a process.

“The other part of it that’s a learned thing is working through the months of January and February, when the schedule gets long and you don’t see tons of light at the end of the tunnel. It’s easy to play on opening night. It’s harder to be at your best through these parts of the year, and yet the guys that are at their best every night are the ones that are the elite players, and the teams that are at their best every night are the ones that are the elite teams.”

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Hockey ‘Talk’ This Season

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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The hockey world is coming out of its shell. What a time to be alive.

Here’s a look at the 20 best quotes, quips and slams from around the game in just the 2018-19 season alone:

* “You’ll do anything to win, won’t ya?”

– Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock when asked about Nashville Predators counterpart Peter Laviolette wearing a bull mask during his press conference to satisfy a bet with his players following a sweep of Alberta on Oct. 20.

* “That’s fine, you know. It’s nice to get some people to think about me, same as like in April last year.” 

– Stanley Cup champion Evgeny Kuznetsov on Jan. 12 when asked about the Blue Jackets mocking his part pterodactyl, part albatross flapping-winged goal celebration. The Capitals knocked off Columbus in the first round in April on their way to the Cup.

* “You can do it again, too. But you’ll have to go through the f---ing Island.” 

 

– New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz addressing his former team in their dressing room after the Washington Capitals presented him with his Stanley Cup ring on Nov. 26.

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Right Now The Tampa Bay Lightning Are Good, But…

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from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

The phrase “all-in” gets tossed around a lot in pro sports. But in Tampa Bay’s case, it’s accurate. This is the year that the Lightning have to make their big push and win a Stanley Cup. After all, based on who’s due to receive raises and who still needs to be re-signed, the team could look a lot different a year from now.

The only question is will the Lightning, who are going down the same road that the Chicago Blackhawks traveled down, be able to win a Stanley Cup before the roster gets split up?

It’s the same question that the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews to sign in the summer, could also be asking. But if you think GM Kyle Dubas has his hands full, take a look at the contractual challenges facing Lightning GM Julien BriseBois.

Let’s start with Nikita Kucherov, who entered Thursday night leading the Art Ross Trophy race with 75 points in 47 games. This season, he’s one of the best bargains in the NHL, with a cap hit of $4.766-million. Next season, his salary increases to $9.5-million. Also due to receive raises are defenceman Ryan McDonagh, who goes from $4.7-million to $6.75-million, and Yanni Gourde, who gets a $4.166-million bump from the $1-million he is currently earning.

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Direct Talk With Niklas Kronwall

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from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

In media scrums, he is every bit as direct — although, obviously, less violent — as when he "Kronwalls" opponents on the ice.

His views, frankly stated, acknowledge truth.

In tough times, when losing, when mistakes have been made, when the Red Wings stumble and are humbled, Kronwall attests to the facts.

He has identified reality for the Wings, for many seasons. It is a source of his leadership.

And, the role is integral to rebuilding.

So, what about the club this season?

“I think it’s a mix,” he said....

If approached by Ken Holland in the coming weeks about a deal with value to the franchise, Kronwall said he would feel duty bound to at least listen.

A modified no-trade clause allows him some control.

He expressed surprise and said he had not heard about a couple of reports that the Maple Leafs are interested in him, hoping to augment their lagging defensive corps with a veteran playoff performer

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The Asking Price For Jake Muzzin

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from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

There’s no guarantee the Kings will move Jake Muzzin but they’re certainly in listening mode. And the asking price I’m told right now for the talented top-four blueliner is a first-round pick plus a prospect.

It’s a high price but it should be. The 29-year-old is a top-notch defenseman and he’s signed for another season next year at a reasonable $4-million cap hit.

I think contending teams are hoping that the price lowers closer to Feb. 25. But keep in mind, the Kings don’t have the move the guy. They like him, too.

more (paid subscription) player movement talk plus the latest on the CBA negotiations...

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