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A Captain Or Not?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

Management has not announced a decision on the succession plan and is unlikely to do so until near the end of this consequential preseason.

Designating three alternate captains would also indicate the leadership-by-group the Red Wings think they are likely to experience, in their captain’s absence, during a season of diminished expectations.

“I think, for us, he’s always been our leader,” Jimmy Howard said of Zetterberg. “But, it’s one of those things where we’ve still got great leadership in the room.

“As far as the C goes in the room, I don’t think it’s really a big concern.”

If they do decide to stitch a “C” to a jersey, the Wings’ possibilities are several.


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Live Preseason Blog- The Penguins Are In Detroit

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Puck drops just after 7:30pm ET and is on FoxSports Detroit and the NHL Network.

Keep an eye out on the youngsters.

The comment section is yours.

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Video- The San Jose Sharks Introduce Erik Karlsson

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16 1/2 minutes long.


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The TSN Insiders Tonight

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The Insiders have the latest on the continuing negotiations between William Nylander and the Maple Leafs and the other remaining RFA's and how close they might be to a new deal. They also discuss whether Erik Karlsson will sign long-term in San Jose and the future of Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky in Columbus.

Watch at TSN.

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Afternoon Line- Pete DeBoer

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“He’s a world class player. When you add players with skill and speed like that to our group, it energizes the group, too. Good players want to play with good players.

“I thought the energy level of the whole group today was up because of his presence, and he came as advertised.”

-Pete DeBoer, head coach of the San Jose Sharks after Erik Karlsson's first practice.  Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News has more.

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Jake Dotchin Had One Job Over The Summer - Stay In Shape

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Tampa Bay Lightning made a rare move last week when they placed defenceman Jake Dotchin on waivers to terminate his contract after a material breach.

TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie shed some light on the situation Wednesday, revealing that Dotchin showed up weighing significantly heavier than his 2017-18 playing weight.

"I know that there have been reports out there that suggested his body fat was as high as 25 per cent. I don't know if those numbers are accurate," McKenzie told First Up on TSN 1050 Toronto. "What I can tell you, and what I do believe is accurate, is that he was a good 30 to 35 pounds above his playing weight. So I don't know what percentage body fat he was, but I can tell you that the relative expectations of what the Lightning expect him to play at versus what he showed up as, it was a good 30 pounds."


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Video- Jeff Blashill After Practice/Morning Skate

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

As the norm, I will use this post for all after practice videos from today.

First up, Jeff Blashill, watch below.

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Lineup For Tonight’s Preseason Game Against The Pittsburgh Penguins

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Jeff Blashill On Joe Veleno

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

It’s too bad that Veleno isn’t AHL eligible, because he’s really impressed throughout camp, aside from his brief absence due to injury. It sounds like he’ll play with Rasmussen and Abdelkader Wednesday night, and Tuesday Blashill said Veleno had an “unreal camp.”

Perhaps the more interesting Blashill quote on Veleno came after the Red & White game: “My question has been, what’s the elite skill that’s going to be transferable? And then today for me, watching him on his edges, he’s got elite edges. He controls the puck because he controls space with his edges. Excellent. He can make lots of plays in tight. So, I think Veleno’s showed very well. I’m hoping to get him a couple exhibition games.”

That Veleno has good edges won’t be news to those who have seen him skate much, but he’s clearly made an impression on the head man. He’s already one of the more well-regarded prospects in the organization, but that arrow could point even further upward if he continues his recent play over the next two weeks.

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David Quinn Is The Voice The New York Rangers Needed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Four days into training camp, David Quinn is losing his voice. This is not a particularly good thing because this coach uses it quite a lot. On the ice, behind the bench, in meetings.

“Very vocal,” says Kevin Hayes. “Always teaching.”

“Constant communication,” says Brady Skjei. “He talks to us all the time, but he listens, too, if you know what I mean.”

“Communication,” says Chris Kreider. “A lot of teaching moments. Nothing is assumed.”

These are not Alain Vigneault’s Rangers anymore, and before tap-dancing in celebration, you may want to consider that Lester Patrick is the only coach in franchise history to preside over more playoff-round victories than the one who was dismissed in the immediate aftermath of last season’s crash. Patrick’s teams won 14 rounds (and two Cups) from 1928 through 1937, while Vigneault’s squads won six in his first three years behind the bench.


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