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Handling And Addressing The Trade Talk

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from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

On Saturday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston said on Hockey Night in Canada that the Wings had asked Nyquist if he had a list of teams for which he would consider waiving his no-trade clause.

"Maybe the deadlines you've been through, but this is a little different for me with this being the last year of my contract, going into unrestricted free agency," Nyquist said. "So it's a little different for me this year but it's part of the business. It happens to everyone."

Nyquist declined to say if he had offered the Wings any teams he'd be willing to go to.

When Nyquist missed Sunday's game against Philadelphia due to illness, some people believed that a trade was in the works. But Nyquist was, in fact, ill, missing his first game of the season and first since the 2016-17 season.

Wings coach Jeff Blashill is cognizant that this issue could be weighing on players like Nyquist as Monday's 3 p.m. deadline looms.

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

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Video- Jeff Blashill After Practice Today

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5:25 to watch.


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Sell If You Can

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from Pat Caputo of The Oakland Press,

The NHL trade deadline points directly at the Red Wings’ problems.

They are near the bottom of the standings, rebuilding and have plenty of veteran players.

Theoretically, it should be time to sell by Monday.

But aging veterans on indisputably overvalued contracts are impossible to move.

Justin Abdelkader, for example, has four seasons remaining on his contact after this season. The Red Wings will reportedly take a $4.25 million cap hit annually because of it. He will be 35 when the term expires. Abdelkader has five goals, 10 assists and is minus 11 in 60 games. His Corsi puck possession stat at even strength is 46.7 (50 is the breakeven point).

Frans Nielsen has nine goals in 55 games. His cap hit reportedly is $5.25 million the next three years. He is 34.

Oh, then there’s Jonathan Ericsson and Darren Helm. They only have one year left after this one. So a bargain, right? Ah, no.


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Interest In Nick Jensen Growing

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Morning Line- On The Cap Situation For The Winnipeg Jets

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On Nov 29 #NHLJets Patrik Laine scored his 20th & 21st goal of the season, which had him in first place in the league for goals scored.

Since then Laine has scored 4 goals, and currently sits 34th in the league in goals scored.

Why is that important?

Anything outside the top 10 means Laine misses out on a $1.8M 'B' bonus.

It also mean that the $1.8M the #NHLJets had earmarked as a possible bonus in Nov, can maybe be used at the trade deadline instead.

$1.8M at the deadline is equal to an $8.37M cap hit at full value.

- via CapFriendly tweets...

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Detroit’s Practice Today

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added 11:37am, Khan...

Looks like #RedWings defense pairs will stay the same as previous game:
Ericsson/Witkowski (extras)

added 11:04am, Khan again...

ines at practice:
Helm-de la Rose-Abdelkader (Rasmussen rotating in)
Team considering sending Rasmussen to junior club Tri-City, which would make him eligible for AHL playoffs with @griffinshockey

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Thoughts Before The Trade Deadline

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from Elliott Friedman of Sportsnet,

 - Stealth team for Artemi Panarin: Dallas. The Stars have also checked in on Mats Zuccarello.

8. I think the teams with the best chances at signing Panarin long-term are Florida, Los Angeles, the Islanders and the Rangers. The only one that makes sense to take a shot at him for rental purposes is the Islanders. Boston hovers as a rental option, too. If the Islanders don’t get their top choices, GM Lou Lamoriello could consider old acquaintance Ilya Kovalchuk. Remember, the winger has control over his destination.

- Sergei Bobrovsky’s situation is murky. He’s signalled he’s willing to consider certain locations, but there is no indication he’s actually put that down on paper. Writing makes it binding, and there is doubt he wants to lose that leverage. One possibility: an extension in exchange for waiving. It is also believed Columbus made its own recent extension attempt, but things don’t sound optimistic.

- Zuccarello and Wayne Simmonds may have to wait until the Duchene/Stone/Panarin situations settle. A mix of similar teams looking at both: Boston, Calgary, San Jose, maybe Pittsburgh and Vegas. New Jersey GM Ray Shero was aggressive with Brian Boyle, and it sounds like he’s done the same with Marcus Johansson. I’ve heard Columbus, Edmonton, San Jose and Vancouver as teams who have checked in. Possibly Washington, too, since they know him. The Canucks are the odd fit, but they looked at Andre Burakovsky, too. So maybe they are thinking about something for the future or are trying to replace the injured Sven Baertschi.

- Last year, Detroit GM Ken Holland waited everyone out and got three picks for Tomas Tatar. Tatar had term, unlike many of the Red Wings trade options this time around, but Holland’s using a similar playbook. He’s patient, creating the impression he’s happy to keep guys rather than deal them. Chris Johnston did report the Red Wings asked Gustav Nyquist if there was a list of teams he’d consider. Martin Frk, who just cleared waivers, might get a new home, too.


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Video- All Evgeny Svechnikov

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via the YouTube page of the Detroit Red Wings,

Red Wings TV Host, Carley Johnston, catches up with Evgeny Svechnikov.


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Notes On The Columbus Blue Jackets

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Blue Jacket,

‒ The Jackets, for at least four or five more days, have one game-breaker: Artemi Panarin, who ranked 16th in the league in scoring heading into Tuesday night’s game. Tampa Bay, which leads the league with 94 points through 61 games, has three players among the league’s top nine in scoring: Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos.

One definition of “game-breaker”: The Jackets outshot the Lightning 19-6 and had the superior special teams during the first period. Kucherov scored on two breakaways, and the Lightning had a 2-0 lead at the first intermission. Game broken.

‒ In a perfect world, Kekalainen will trade both Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky — so he doesn’t lose them for nothing when they become unrestricted free agents on July 1 — and have enough assets to acquire a top-six forward and a decent goaltender (Detroit’s Jimmy Howard?) at the deadline.

In the real world, getting all of that done might be impossible. My cracked crystal ball says Panarin goes and Bobrovsky stays. There’s a strong market for the one and a soft market for the other. Plus, at the moment, Joonas Korpisalo isn’t exactly inspiring confidence.

a few more Columbus related topics...

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One Of The Issues With The LA Kings This Season

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from Mark Whicher of the LA Daily News,

Speaking of Anze Kopitar, he was on the ice for Alex Iafallo’s third-period goal but remains at 43 points through 58 games. He also has zero power-play goals for the season. There are 333 players in the NHL who came into Monday night with at least one power-play goal. Teammate Matt Luff has a power-play goal. So does the Ducks’ Troy Terry, who has played only 12 games.

Last season Kopitar had 92 points. His previous low for a non-lockout season was 52, two years ago, after which General Manager Rob Blake suggested he pick up speed from somewhere.
The Kings need to pick up playmaking from somewhere. Plus-minus is the most deceptive of numbers, but Drew Doughty is minus-23. Carter has 10 goals. Tyler Toffoli has staged a recent spurt to get to 12.

Rookie Austin Wagner has the type of dynamic game that would perfectly supplement a skillful team. Instead, his appearances, on the fourth line, have been a highlight of the evening. That’s not how it should be.

more, mostly on Alex Ovechkin who faced the Kings last night...

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