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Stream- Steve Yzerman Press Conference

Let's try again.



YouTube version below.

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Anthony Mantha Appears To Have Been Traded To Washington

Nio idea why, but Kevin Weekes has blocked me for ages, trying to get more info.

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Video- Steve Yzerman Press Conference

Steve Yzerman will have a press conference at 4pm ET.

Watch below.

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An Open Post For The 19

Just for you, an open post for you to discuss all things Wings or any hockey topic you wish to discuss.

Is there an unexpected trade the Wings are planning to make today?  We know there has been interest in Luke Glendening and Jonathan Bernier, will they get moved?

This is your post, use it as needed.

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Stock Time

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Stock up

Joe Veleno
Veleno was loaned in October when it became clear the pandemic would delay professional hockey in North America at least until January. Veleno tallied 11 goals and nine assists in 46 games for Malmo. He’s a terrific skater with a nose for offense, and the Wings are pleased with the progress he showed in Sweden’s top league.

“My understanding is he has done a good job over there,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said Sunday. “It was a productive year for him. If there is opportunity for more development, that is what is critical for him."

Adam Erne
He keeps improving his case to stick around. Erne scored in regulation and in the shootout Saturday — the latter doesn’t count for personal stats but the former gives him 10 goals in 35 games. A pending unrestricted free agent, he is good at going to the net and finding a way to get his stick on the puck. Erne was  added in the summer of 2019 by Yzerman, and re-signed last offseason for one year at $997,500.

more (paid), St. James then creates a Stock Available and lsts Glendening, Bernier and Helm...

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Video- Jeff Blashill Today

Blashill video is below and first question from HSJ is about Veleno.

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Jon Merrill Traded To Montreal

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Sunday that the team has acquired defenseman Jon Merrill from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2021 (previously acquired from Ottawa) and forward Hayden Verbeek.

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On Waivers Today

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Video- The Shoulder Nudge

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Jon Merrill Drawing Interest From The Boston Bruins

from Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now,

There were whispers on Saturday night that the Bruins are one of the teams in the running for veteran Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jon Merrill as the deadline approaches on Monday.

The “Friedman” is, of course, Elliotte Friedman during Saturday night’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcast. The 29-year-old Merrill has five assists in 36 games along with a plus-2 rating for the Wings this season but has been a solid veteran left shot defenseman for the New Jersey Devils and Golden Knights over the previous seven seasons. He’d be a cheap acquisition ($925,000) and would bring some needed veteran defensive presence to the left side where youngsters Jeremy Lauzon and Jakub Zboril have struggled this season, and where Matt Grzelcyk has missed 12 games over three plus months as a top-4 defenseman this season.

The cost wouldn’t be much more than a non-first round draft pick or a B-level prospect for Merrill, and that may be part of the draw to him at this point.

more options at defense for the Bruins...

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com


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