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Roster Announced For Team USA Under 18 Men’s National Team

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today the 25-player roster for the U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team that will compete at the upcoming 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men's World Championship from April 26-May 6 in Frisco and Plano, Texas. 

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Stream- The Morning Skate Before Facing The Chicago Blackhawks

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Watch the stream below and I will update this post with any news from the skate.

added 11:37am, Watch Jeff Blashill after the morning skate below.

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Will Joe Thornton Be On The Outside Looking In?

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from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

After acquiring Nick Foligno and Riley Nash at the trade deadline, the Toronto Maple Leafs have 14 NHL forwards. The number increases to 15 if you include Nick Robertson, who has played in the past two games and not looked out of place.

So where does that leave Joe Thornton, who has no points in the past 14 games and has gone almost two months without a goal?

For most of the year, the 41-year-old has filled an honorary role alongside Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner on Toronto’s top line, where no one has minded all that much if he produces or not. But with the playoffs approaching, Thornton has been working his way down in the lineup while Alex Galchenyuk and others move up in the pecking order.

With William Nylander on the COVID protocol list, Thornton found himself skating on a line with John Tavares and Zach Hyman for Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Calgary. But it was a strictly temporary move.

When Nylander returns, there won’t be a place for Thornton on the top two lines. And there won’t be a spot for Thornton on a third line with Alex Kerfoot and Ilya Mikheyev once Foligno finishes his quarantine.

That leaves the fourth line. And even there, keeping Thornton around just for the sake of it may not be a luxury the Leafs can afford.

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NHL Short Notes

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Marc-Andre Fleury earned his 485th career win and now trails only Martin Brodeur (691), Patrick Roy (551) and Roberto Luongo (489) for the most in NHL history.

Mark Giordano led the Flames past the Canadiens in a crucial Scotia North Division clash, with the two clubs set to go head-to-head four more times before the end of the month.

* The NHL entered the Final Quarter of the 2020-21 season at the completion of Wednesday’s third game. Click here for a collection of NHL Stats as the League prepares for the race to the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Mantha Brings Stanley Cup Bloodlines To Capitals

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The newest member of the Washington Capitals might not have a Stanley Cup pedigree, but right-winger Anthony Mantha did bring with him some pretty famous Stanley Cup bloodlines.

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Video- All Jim Rutherford

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via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Jim Rutherford joined The Big Picture to talk about his departure from the Pittsburgh Penguins organization and why bringing Phil Kessel was the right move at the time.



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Yzerman’s Work Begins

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from Joh Niyo of the Detroit News,

...then it’ll be up to Yzerman and his front-office staff to make the decisions that'll shift this rebuild into its next phase.

That starts with Blashill's expiring contract, of course, a topic Yzerman politely tabled until after the season when asked about it Monday.

But like Bertuzzi, Vrana is scheduled for restricted free agency this summer as well, giving Detroit the option of re-signing him to a short-term contract before deciding whether to extend him on a deal similar to the one Mantha signed last November.

Detroit also took on Panik’s remaining contract in the trade, giving Washington salary-cap relief in exchange for more draft compensation. But that also helps the Wings in this summer’s NHL expansion draft for the new Seattle franchise. Now Yzerman can leave Panik exposed along with Frans Nielsen, if he chooses, and protect a player like Vladislav Namestnikov instead.

As for all those draft picks? With a dozen in his pocket, including two first-rounders and seven over the first three rounds, Yzerman has more to work with than any of his peers heading into this summer’s entry draft, whether he gets lucky in the lottery or not. That could add more leverage in a year where the class of prospects is more of a mystery than usual, thanks to a pandemic that wreaked havoc with junior hockey in North America and Europe this season.

“It probably is more unpredictable this year,” said Yzerman, who also owns 10 picks in the 2022 draft at the moment. “You can look at it two ways: You may get really lucky, or you may get really unlucky.”

But with all that draft capital, the Wings will be in a position to move up to grab a prospect they really like who's sliding, whether that’s in the middle of the first round or early on Day 2.

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Afternoon Line- J.T. Miller

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added 6:36pm, Below, watch Miller in a two part vide lasting around 16 minutes.

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Videos- Talk After Today’s Practice

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10 1/2 minutes with Jeff Blashill and I will add to this post if more videos become available.  added 1:12pm, Richard Panik below.  added 1:!4pm, Jakub Vrana below.


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Ben Bishop And Alexander Radulov Won’t Play This Season

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FRISCO, Texas – Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill offered the following updates on the health status of goaltender Ben Bishop and forward Alexander Radulov:

It has been determined that Bishop will not return to play this season, allowing him time to continue his rehabilitation and return to full health for the 2021-22 season.

Radulov will require surgery to repair a core muscle injury. The surgery will force him to miss the remainder of the season. He is expected to be fully recovered for the 2021-22 season.

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