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Videos- Post Practice Talk Today

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Before we get to the videos, Jeff Blashill said in his media conference (video not available yet), Vrana hurt his shoulder in the first 10 minutes of practice today.  They will know more tomorrow.

First up is Filip Zadina dnd below is Sam Gagner.  added 3:10pm, Robby Fabbri is below.  added 3:13pm, Jeff Blashill is below.


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Big Part Of The Future

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High Percentage Of NHL Players Have Been Vaccinated

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from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

Patrice Bergeron did not have to convince his teammates to get vaccinated.

“No meetings about it,” the Bruins captain said. “Everyone was kind of on board and did it organically, if you will, for their own beliefs and themselves and their families.”

Refreshing, no?

Meanwhile, Sabres forward Kyle Okposo noted there was a bottom-line reason for players to take their shots.

“It’s funny what happens when you start to affect people’s wallets,” he said.

NHL players reported for the Back to Normalcy Tour this past week, nearly all showing up for the first days of training camp fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is no small thing.

In the summertime, Oilers general manager Ken Holland said, talk around the league was that 80 to 90 players among the 700-plus workforce had yet to get vaccinated. Now, according to deputy commissioner Bill Daly, the NHL expects single-digit holdouts. Twenty-seven of 32 teams reported being 100 percent vaccinated or expected to be there in the coming days. Only four teams, Detroit, Edmonton, New Jersey, and San Jose, project to start the season with unvaccinated players on their rosters.

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Stream- Day 3 Of The Wings’ Training Camp

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The crew will be talking Wings live from Traverse City.

Stream starts at 11am ET and can be watched below.

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The New York Rangers Turn To A Retired Linesman To Help With Facoffs

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The idea, we’re told, was born in 2005-06, when Chris Drury was co-captain in Buffalo, and the Sabres brought a retired referee to training camp to work with the team on the rules changes that arose out of the Shanahan Summit during Owners’ Lockout II.

Sixteen years later and now the general manager of the Rangers, Drury reached into his past and then out to retired NHL linesman Pierre Racicot to work with his team on faceoffs during the opening days of training camp.

Racicot, a 54-year-old veteran of 1,880 regular season games and 254 playoff contests, who dropped the puck tens of thousands of times, worked with the club’s faceoff men following each of Friday’s training camp sessions, imparting his wisdom regarding rules at the dots and advice on positioning and stance.

This represents an innovative approach to confront a historically serious deficiency that has undermined the Rangers for years. Last season, the Rangers won just 44.5 percent of their faceoffs, which was not only last in the league, but also ranked 273rd of the 274 NHL individual team-seasons since 2012-13. The previous season’s 45.9 percent ranked 30th in the NHL and 260th since 2012-13. The 2018-19 club’s 46.9 percent also ranked 30th in the league while placing 252nd over the last nine years.


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The Improved Winnipeg Jets

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from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

On paper, the Jets have everything you’d want to make a deep playoff run: A mix of skill and grit up front that has developed a hunger for more, a goalie who eats pucks at a high level and now a defence that’ll be far less fun to play against.

It’ll all cost a pretty penny, right up near the NHL salary cap, and you know where that leaves the expectations going into Year 11.

“It sets us up to be in a good spot and make some waves this year,” is how veteran Mark Scheifele put it. “I look at myself as being in the prime of my career and you want your team to be in that stage as well. This year, we have a team that can definitely do something and it starts now, it starts in training camp, and it has to continue to grow each and every day.

“Every single guy in that locker room is thinking that and it gets me excited every day.”

The fan who has lived through the previous 10 seasons might wonder what took so long.

But the right players coming available at the right time, with spending room to acquire them while drafting and re-signing your own, is a tricky game. When players want out, it adds another wrinkle.


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Luc Tardif Is The New IIHF President

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from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,

Luc Tardif has been elected as new IIHF President succeeding René Fasel, who held the position for 27 years and didn’t stand for re-election. He won the presidential election in the fourth and last round against Franz Reindl.

Tardif becomes the 14th IIHF President and the second from France after founding President Louis Magnus.

Petr Briza was elected as Senior Vice-President, and the Regional Vice-Presidents elected are Bob Nicholson (Americas), Aivaz Omorkanov (Asia & Oceania) and Henrik Bach Nielsen (Europe & Africa).


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Expect Just About The Same From The Wing And Alex Nedeljkovic’s Game

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from Dom Luszczyszyn of The Athletic,

That’s been this franchise’s mantra since Steve Yzerman took over in 2019 understanding that rebuilding a once-proud franchise would be no small task. By then the Red Wings had already been around the bottom five for three straight seasons, but there wasn’t much of a vision for how to turn things around. Yzerman changed that and although little progress has been made in the standings, it’s obvious Detroit is in a much better position now than it was two years ago.

At some point, it has to start leading to results though because patience in any sports town is not infinite. That patience needs to be rewarded with something tangible. But that reward is very likely not coming this year....

He looked like the real deal, but 23 games is not a lot of data to go off and there’s plenty of reason that a smart team like Carolina would walk away from Nedeljkovic. The model doesn’t include any data outside of the NHL, so all it knows is what Nedeljkovic showed last season. Even after a heavy dose of regression he comes in as a top 10 starter for next season, which is obviously a bit ludicrous. It could be onto something — the best indicator of goalie ability that I have seen is heavily slanted toward recency — but there’s still plenty of risk involved betting on a goalie after just 23 games of action. There’s every possibility the clock strikes midnight and Nedeljkovic turns into a pumpkin.

But even if he is as good as expected here, it’s probably not enough to make Detroit competitive next season. There are still too many holes in this lineup and too many things that need to go right in order for that to happen. The biggest thing this team still needs is more franchise-level players and that probably means staying at or near the bottom for a little while longer. With the roster that’s currently assembled, it’s not like the Red Wings have much of a choice.

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

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Video- The Standard For Cross-Checking

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via NHL.com,

NHL Hockey Operations explains the revised standard of enforcement for Rule 59 Cross-checking.



from Scouting the Refs,

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Video- The Talk After Practice

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Adam Erne up first and I will add to this post when other videos become available.  added 3:14pm, Below find Moritz Seider and Alex Nedeljkovic.  added 3:17pm, Jeff Blashill is below now too.


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