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Detroit’s All-Time Starting Lineup

Dave Stevenson of PuckProse listed the all-time starting lineups for 30 (no Vegas) NHL teams.

Detroit came in 2nd,

Ted Lindsay – Steve Yzerman – Gordie Howe

Nicklas Lidstrom – Red Kelly

Terry Sawchuk


Montreal is 1st,

Guy Lafleur – Jean Beliveau – Maurice Richard

Doug Harvey – Larry Robinson

Patrick Roy


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The Other Side On The Givani Smith Incident

from Josh Brown of the Waterloo Region Record,

The footage showed him flipping the bird to Soo players just after the Rangers extended their playoff lives with an emotional 4-3 overtime victory against the Greyhounds in Game 6 of their Ontario Hockey League western conference final this past Sunday.

The 20-year-old was suspended for two games by the OHL for making "an inappropriate gesture" and had to watch the Rangers' season end in double overtime from the press box Monday in the Soo.

The incident sparked a series of racially charged comments on social media. Some called the Toronto native a "coward" and a "douche bag" while others stooped lower.

One man sent a photo of Smith to his personal Facebook account with "Hockey N-----" in the caption.

He also received a death threat.

"There were threats, physical threats after Game 6," said Rangers general manager Mike McKenzie.


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On Detroit Goaltending Prospect Filip Larsson

As far as our organization, where he stands is he is right at the top of the pecking order of prospects that are not signed right now. He adds minor league depth with NHL potential. You don't want to rush these guys just because they had a big year. We'll see what happens over the next one to two years of evaluation from our standpoint. Filip is a very good blocking goalie; from the face-off dots on to the goal line he covers space effectively into his posts and he's very calm. He plays a pretty conservative game and we'd like to see him get a little more depth in that situation. Like (the New York Rangers') Henrik Lundqvist, he commands his net very well. Ultimately what you'll see is his patience in the net itself, absorbing rebounds, which is a huge thing. He's going to be a very good pro because he studies the game so well. We'll see what the future holds for Filip Larsson, but from what we see he's in good hands and in a good mindset going to Denver and what I see is someone who has that potential to possibly crack an NHL lineup for Detroit someday."

- Brian Mahoney-Wilson, Red Wings goaltending development coach.

Arthur J. Regner of the Wings' website has more on Larsson.

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Detroit/Michigan Ties To The World Champhionship

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Forward Dylan Larkin is back for a second straight year, this time as an alternate captain for the United States. Coach Jeff Blashill will be behind the bench, also for a second straight year. Defenseman Nick Jensen was named to the U.S. squad on the strength of his skating ability.

Gustav Nyquist is on Sweden’s squad. Former Wings great Nicklas Lidstrom is expected to be part of the color commentary for the Swedish games.

Frans Nielsen headlines the Danish team.

Defensive prospects Filip Hronek and Libor Sulak were both named to the Czech roster. 

Former Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk is on the Russian squad.

Former Red Wings prospect Tomas Jurco is part of the Slovakian team. Prospect Andrej Nestrasil, lost on waivers in November of 2014 and out of the NHL since January of 2017, is on the Czech roster.

Michigan defenseman Quinn Hughes, expected to be a top 10 pick in June’s draft, is part of the U.S. team. The squad also includes the Blackhawks' Alex Debrincat (Farmington Hills), the Kings' Alec Martinez (Rochester Hills) and the Blackhawks' Jordan Oesterle (Dearborn Heights). 

more on the World Championship...

USA/Canada in a preliminary game today at 10:00am ET on the NHL Network.  

TV broadcast schedule for Team USA is here.

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Dylan Larkin Taking On A Leadership Role For Team USA

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

As Team USA begins its tournament today against Canada (10:15 a.m./NHL Network), Larkin’s development year-to-year is evident.

Blashill named Larkin an alternate captain, and Larkin is centering the No. 1 line between Chicago’s Patrick Kane and the New York Islanders’ Anders Lee.

Larkin scored the eventual game-winning goal in Tuesday’s 3-2 exhibition victory over host Denmark.

“I want to win,” said Larkin, adding the sudden and unexpected death of Jim Johannsson, a popular USA Hockey executive, has added motivation to everyone around the program. “I want to keep playing, and with the passing of Jim Johannsson and the efforts we’ve seen from USA Hockey, we want to go over there and win.”


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“Steve Yzerman Is Expected To Remain In Tampa Bay”

via Joe Smith of The Athletic,

Vinik is also the reason why GM Steve Yzerman is expected to remain in Tampa Bay far beyond next year’s final year of his contract.

“Working for Jeff has been fantastic,” Yzerman said. “It’s a tremendous position and I’m grateful to have it.”...

Vinik said he and Yzerman have had informal discussions about him being here beyond his current extension, which is up after next season. “I expect him to be here for a long time,” Vinik said.

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Craig Custance Plays GM

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

No. 6 Detroit Red Wings
Evan Bouchard, D, London (OHL)

The Red Wings have a real need in their prospect pool for a high-end defenseman and they’ll have options in this slot. Maybe enough to entertain moving down slightly depending on how the previous picks play out. If I were in charge, I would lean toward Adam Boqvist at No. 6 if he’s available because of his high ceiling but he may also take longer to reach his potential. The Red Wings really like Bouchard and they’d be getting a 6-foot-2 defenseman rated by Central Scouting as the No. 4 overall ranked North American skater. He can play big minutes in a lot of different situations and has the offensive skills to run an NHL power play.

more (paid subscription) plus Custance and others from The Athletic make their first round picks for the 15 lottery teams.

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Season Comes To An End For The Grand Rapids Griffins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– For the first time since 2012, the Grand Rapids Griffins will not participate in the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

After forcing Game 5 with a victory last Thursday, the defending champions fell 5-1 to the Manitoba Moose on Monday at Van Andel Arena in the deciding contest of the Central Division Semifinals.

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Enough - All The Possibilities

My theory on all (and a lot of it, who should/could/would/may draft) the draft talk regarding the Wings:

Relax, the actual draft takes place on June 22nd & 23rd in Dallas.  As those dates approach, the talk will pick up but until the SCF completes, we will not hear much real news.

Speculate all you want, but I do believe A2Y members and readers know the names of the possibilities off the top of their head.

With that and as always, something new pops up, you will have it.

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Detroit Prospect Givani Smith Suspended Two Games

via The OHL,

The Ontario Hockey League today announced the results of a review of an incident which took place in a playoff game played in Kitchener on the 29th of April, 2018, involving the Rangers and the visiting Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Hockey Club.

The incident reviewed was an inappropriate gesture made by player Givani Smith of the Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club at the conclusion of the above-noted game.

Based on a review of the incident, it is the position of the League that player Givani Smith shall be suspended for two (2) games effective immediately.

If you missed the incident, watch it here.

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