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Would You Pay $600 CAD For A Preseason Game?

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The First Preseason Game For The Wings Is Tonight

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Fox Sports Detroit Plus will have coverage, puck drop is just after 7:30pm.

If you want to discuss the game, there will be an open post for it on A2Y close to game time.

It's preseason and you can tell just by looking at the Blackhawks (below) roster tonight.

I am sure the spotlight will be on the youngsters tonight and the Wings play in Chicago tomorrow night.

 

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Surveying The Players

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from Sean Leahy of NBC Sports,

When NHL players descended on Chicago earlier this month for the annual Player Media Tour NBC Sports bestowed upon them the power of league commissioner for a day. Putting themselves in Gary Bettman’s shoes, we asked the players what changes they would make to the game on or off the ice. Escrow was an obvious choice, but we wanted the players to get a little more creative than that.

Changing overtime and the offside review were popular answers, but there were also some interesting ideas to come out of the exercise, like what Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews had to say.

Here’s what the players told us when we asked them, “You’re NHL Commissioner for the day. What change, on or off the ice, would you make and why?”

John Klingberg, Dallas Stars: “Get rid of the escrow. That’s an easy one. And get rid of the offside [review].”

P.K. Subban, New Jersey Devils: “I’d like to see less penalties. I’m a little bit biased, I like the older school game. When I sit back and watch the old NHL and watching guys like Pavel Bure and [Sergei] Fedorov still put up the numbers that they did with guys draped all over them, sometimes in the league we forget what those guys had to go through to earn the numbers and the seasons that they put together....

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Small Crowd Sizes For Western Teams During Preseason Games

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from Terry Jones of the Edmonto Sun,

Despite having one of the most interesting training camps of their 41-year history going on here this year, the Edmonton Oilers drew maybe 8,500 actual fans in the stands, people in the pews and bums in the buckets to watch essentially the Manitoba Moose play the Bakersfield Condors at Rogers Place Monday.

Similar gatherings attended the split squad games between the Canucks and Flames in Calgary and Vancouver.

Which makes you wonder.

Is it time for Edmonton, Calgary, Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Jose, who moved their AHL farm teams to California, to move their training camps and pre-season games there, too? Stay away until for opening day like the major league baseball teams heading north from spring training. It’s been talked about for a while.

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Brandon Carlo Signs A Two-Year Deal With The Boston Bruins

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BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, September 17, that the team has signed defenseman Brandon Carlo to a two-year contract with an annual NHL cap hit of $2.85 million.

Carlo, 22, skated in 72 games with the Bruins in 2018-19, tallying two goals and eight assists for 10 points with a plus-22 rating (T-2nd on team) while averaging 20:55 time on ice per game (4th on team). The 6-foot-5, 212-pound defenseman also appeared in all 24 playoff games, posting two goals and two assists for four points with a plus-10 rating (2nd on team) while averaging 21:31 time on ice per game (3rd on team).

Since his rookie season in 2016-17, Carlo ranks fourth on the team in both plus/minus (plus-41) and time on ice per game (20:20).

The Colorado Springs, Colorado native was originally selected by the Bruins in the second round (37th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

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Video- Jack Hughes With Two Goals In His First Preseason Game

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from Chris Ryan of NJ.com,

Let’s start with the obvious caveat: Monday was just a preseason game, played against a Boston Bruins roster that lacked any serious NHL talent.

But, man, Jack Hughes delivered a performance to back up the months of hype leading up to his debut.

Playing in his first actual game inside an NHL arena against pro competition, Hughes didn’t disappoint. The No. 1 overall pick of the 2019 NHL Draft scored two goals, including the overtime winner to propel the Devils to a 4-3 victory over the Bruins at Prudential Center.

His second-period power-play goal from the right circle was the Devils’ first of the night, and after more than 30 minutes of feeling out the game and the pace, Hughes converted a shot that helped him feel right at home on the ice.

“I think on that first goal, that’s where I kind of got more comfortable,” Hughes said. “Wanted the puck on my stick more, so that was kind of the turning point.”

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Watch the two goals from Hughes below.

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Battle For A Position Begins

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Several former first-round picks will be vying for roster spots -- forwards Evgeny Svechnikov, who missed all of 2018-19 due to a knee injury, Michael Rasmussen, Filip Zadina and Joe Veleno and defensemen Dennis Cholowski and Moritz Seider.

Undrafted free agents in the mix include wingers Taro Hirose and Ryan Kuffner and defenseman Oliwer Kaski.

“It just gives us a real good chance to watch a whole bunch of guys in action,” Blashill said. “The challenge in the exhibition season is the varying rosters. Sometimes you are seeing guys that are real NHL players and sometimes you’re seeing guys that’ll probably play in the American League. You try to balance that.

“You’d think that when we go to (Pittsburgh) we’ll probably see a really good roster (on Sept. 25), so you try to put a similar roster together. When you go to the New York Islanders (Sept. 23) I’d like to get a hold of (coach) Barry Trotz and have a conversation, just so we know if we can try to match up rosters the best we can. We got a whole bunch of competition for jobs. I think that’s shown in how competitive each practice was. This gives us a chance to see those guys play.”

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Brock Boeser Signs A Three-Year Deal With Vancouver

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Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has re-signed forward Brock Boeser to a three-year contract extension worth an average annual value of $5.875 million.

"We're very pleased to have Brock re-sign," said Benning. "He's a talented player, a key contributor to our offence and an important part of our team's future. We look forward to having Brock join the team in preparation for the upcoming season."

Boeser, 22, finished third in team scoring last season with 56 points (26-30-56) in 69 games. His 26 goals also ranked third on the team, while his three game winning goals ranked second. In 140 career NHL games with Vancouver, Boeser has recorded 116 points (59-57-116) and 38 penalty minutes.

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Season Of Change For Henrik Lundqvist

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It is going to be different this year and Henrik Lundqvist knows it. Gone are the seasons in which the Swede starts nine of the first 10 games, 23 of the first 26 and 35 of the first 41 as he did two years ago for Alain Vigneault, or even seven of the first eight, 13 of the first 16 and 25 of the first 32 as he did last year under David Quinn.

“I always like to get going with a lot of games early, but we’ve already talked about it, and how the league is trending in an opposite direction from one goalie having such a heavy workload,” Lundqvist told The Post following Monday’s training camp practice. “The way the game is going, how intense it is and how many scoring chances there are, I know how much it takes — and takes out of you — to play a game.

“So it is going to be up to me to adapt to whatever schedule or rotation the organization thinks is best. I have to adjust to make it work. I’m going to work on that. If I’m not playing as much as I’m used to, the key will be to work hard in practice. But this isn’t something I’m worried or concerned about. I’m just very excited to be back here and get the season going.”

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Afternoon Line- Alex Pietrangelo

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"Goosebumps. It's pretty cool. I mean, it was cool to have around, but when you have an opportunity to see your name on it, it's pretty damn cool."

--Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues after seeing a picture with his name on the Cup.  More player reaction at the Blues' website.

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