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Video- Notes On A Non-Game Day

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from Dana Wakiji of the Wings website,

Center Jacob de la Rose, who left Tuesday's 3-2 victory over the Rangers after the second period with an accelerated heart rate, is back in Detroit.

"He'll undergo some more testing tomorrow," Blashill said. "I don't really have any further update except he's doing fine, he's doing good. We've got him lined up to see a specialist and then potentially another specialist to make sure. We want to be extra cautious and make sure we get this handled and know exactly what the issue is."

When de la Rose was with the Montreal Canadiens at the beginning of the season, he experienced a similar thing after their final preseason game in Ottawa.

After the Wings claimed him on waivers in October, de la Rose was medically cleared to play.

That is not likely to be the case before the Wings conclude this road trip.

"It would be hard for me to think he's going to be ready to play Saturday, that he'll have been cleared by that point," Blashill said. "I don't want to speculate past that. But as of today I don't anticipate him on this trip."

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Below, watch Jimmy Howard on his new deal.

added 5:39pm, 4 minutes of Blashill now below.

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Reaction To Jimmy Howard’s New Contract

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The signing shores up the goaltending through next season, as backup Jonathan Bernier has two years remaining on his contract. It was an expected move as the Wings don’t have a prospect ready in the farm system. Howard has been vocal about his desire to stay with the only NHL team he has known, and hopes to help them back to the playoffs.

“We want to be playing in April,” Howard said after Wednesday’s practice at Enterprise Center. “It’s great that that was added on to it, but I’m just happy to be here."...

“He’s given us real consistent good goaltending,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “I’m real, real happy for him. He’s a great example for a lot of other guys in the room of going to work - when things were down, he didn’t say woe is me, he didn’t complain. He looked in the mirror and said I have to be better. He got better and he’s been really, really good for the last number of years.

“When you go out and look at the goalie market, he gives us as good, consistent goaltending as anybody that’s potentially available and I think it’s great he’s re-signed.”


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Infirmary Report

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Detroit’s Practice In St. Louis

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Dana Wakiji tweets,

Sulak practicing with team after being recalled under emergency conditions.

in practice:


added 3:13pm, Wakiji,

PP units:
Athanasiou-Larkin-Mantha-Vanek (net front)-Kronwall:
Hirose-Nielsen/Bertuzzi-Kuffner-Rasmussen (net front)-Hronek

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Wednesday Afternoon Hockey Thoughts

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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- ... The focus should be on repairing the problems and focusing on the playoffs. This is too important a time of year. Babcock’s not walking away, but is anyone else wondering if this marriage is in trouble?

- I think Vancouver is going to look at finding a youngish defenceman, maybe somebody in his early to mid-20s. Troy Stecher’s in that range, and he’s made real good strides. Quinn Hughes is younger, Alexander Edler and Chris Tanev older. Think Brandon Montour, if not him specifically. Those players tend not to be inexpensive as trade pieces.

- Now that Los Angeles is officially eliminated from playoff contention, I think we’re going to start hearing more of Todd McLellan’s name in conjunction with the Kings. In GM Rob Blake’s two seasons with San Jose, the Sharks won 104 games with McLellan as coach.

- One Eastern Conference star on Tampa Bay: “You know what they do better than ever? They check. The difference between this year and last year is enormous. That’s why they’ve been as great as they are.”

- On April 2, the NHLPA will hold its annual agent meeting in Toronto. The most intriguing item on the agenda will probably be some kind of labour update. As best as I can tell, the NHL and the union continue to meet in small groups — not much bigger than Commissioner Gary Bettman, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr and brother Steven, working as Legal Counsel. Word is the league has presented some kind of model that will decrease escrow. In exchange, that likely means more certainty in the salary cap numbers from season-to-season, with smaller increases as part of that. Maybe more clarity on that date.

much more on the first topic plus numerous, additional Thoughts...

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Chris Drury Named GM Of 2019 U.S. Men’s National Team

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Chris Drury, currently in his third year as assistant general manager of the NHL’s New York Rangers and general manager of the Rangers’ AHL affiliate Hartford Wolf Pack, will serve as general manager of the 2019 U.S. Men’s National Team it was announced today by USA Hockey.

Drury will be assisted by the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group, led by John Vanbiesbrouck, assistant executive director of USA Hockey, and including NHL general managers David PoileDon WaddellRay SheroDale TallonStan BowmanJeff Gorton and Paul Fenton.

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Jimmy Howard Signing Is Official

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today signed goaltender Jimmy Howard to a one-year contract extension.

Howard, 34, is one of the most accomplished goaltenders in Red Wings history, ranking among franchise leaders with 509 games played (3rd among goalies), 240 wins (3rd) and 24 shutouts (4th), alongside a career 240-171-68 record, 2.54 goals-against average and 0.914 save percentage. In 2018-19, Howard became the 71st goaltender in NHL history to reach 500 games during Detroit’s 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 14. He was also named to the NHL All-Star Game for the third time in his career in 2019 after previously participating in 2012 and missing the 2015 event due to injury. The Syracuse, New York, native has appeared in 48 games for Detroit in 2018-19, posting a 19-20-5 record, 3.05 goals-against average and 0.908 save percentage. He has also played in 48 career Stanley Cup playoff games, sporting a 21-26 record, 2.58 goals-against average, 0.918 save percentage and three shutouts.

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Fire Mike Babcock

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from James Tanner of Editor in Leaf,

The Toronto Maple Leafs are not playing well, and in my opinion, all of their problems stem from terrible decisions made by Mike Babcock, which I will list shortly.

The precedent for firing coaches late in the season was set by Kyle Dubas mentor and previous Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello fired head coach Claude Julien with three games left in the season, while on a winning streak, and leading their division.

Claude Julien remains one of the most respected coaches in the NHL.  Sometimes it’s just not working.

Kyle Dubas would be smart to take a piece out of the Lou Lamoriello playbook and can Mike Babcock because this is a joke.


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Video- Goals Of The Week

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Just over 5 minutes to watch,


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Libor Sulak Recalled On An Emergency Basis From Grand Rapids

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DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Libor Sulak from the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins under emergency conditions. 

Sulak, 25, made the Red Wings out of training camp and was one of five players to make his NHL debut on Oct. 4 versus Columbus. He would go on to skate in six games for Detroit, logging six penalty minutes and averaging 19:23 time on ice. Since joining the Griffins, Sulak has recorded 12 points (4-8-12), 32 penalty minutes and 80 shots in goal in 54 games. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound blueliner previously debuted for the Griffins at the end of the 2017-18 campaign, notching two assists in two games, following a full season in the Finnish SM-Liiga, in which he led the Lahti Pelicans' defensemen with 32 points (9-23-32) in 42 games and led the league with 307 shots on goal. 

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