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Rest In Peace Bill Dineen

from NHL.com,

Bill Dineen, a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Detroit Red Wings who later coached the Philadelphia Flyers and had three sons play in the NHL, died Saturday in Lake George, N.Y. He was 84.

Dineen also coached two Calder Cup-winning teams in the American Hockey League and is a member of the AHL Hall of Fame.

"During his time as a player and coach, and in the values he instilled in his family, Bill Dineen created a legacy of greatness in the American Hockey League that still resonates today," said David Andrews, AHL president and chief executive officer. "Our deepest condolences go out to the entire Dineen family at this time."

Dineen, born Sept. 18, 1932, in Arvida, Quebec, joined the Red Wings as a 21-year-old rookie in 1953-54 and had his best NHL season with 17 goals and 25 points, then played 12 games during Detroit's run to the Cup. He was part of Detroit's 1955 Cup-winning team, finishing the regular season with 10 goals and 19 points.

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Below, watch AHL Hall of Fame Induction video for Bill Dineen in 2014.

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Ken Holland On The State Of The Game

from Gary Lawless of TSN,

On Monday, he was attending meetings on the Red Wings new dressing room and how to tie in the team’s heritage through photographs and interior design. Holland isn’t just a quirky ex-goalie with four Stanley Cups on his resume as an executive. He’s a hockey renaissance man: thoughtful, expressive and passionate about the sport from an overall perspective, not just based on what works for the Red Wings.

“I think the game’s in great shape in terms of parity and competitiveness. So many of our games come down to the last few minutes and the tension and nervousness is critical and exciting for our fans,” said Holland, over the phone from Detroit, on Monday.

“I’d like to see a little more offence, but not at the expense of close games. So, if the average goals per game is five, and I don’t know what it is, I’d like to see us get to six or seven. But we don’t want the 3-2 game to turn into a 5-2 game. I don’t want to get to seven goals at the expense of competitive balance. If we can find a way to make the 3-2 game a 4-3 game — there’s more offence and it’s still tight and the third period is still competitive and we still get to overtime a lot — I’d like to see that.”

The NHL is averaging 5.3 goals per night this season, at the low end of where it has been for the better part of two decades. In 377 games this season, 97 have been decided by one goal in regulation, 95 by one goal in overtime, 32 by two goals including an empty-net goal and 40 by two goals or more. Holland is right — the games are close.

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Morning Line- Brendan Shanahan On Steve Yzerman

“He would just sometimes look up and make one comment that cut through all the bullshit and had the whole room in stiches.

“His humour, which comes across in a really witty sarcasm, was pretty legendary and earned him the nickname ‘Cutthroat.’”

-Brendan Shanahan on Steve Yzerman.  Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet has more on Yzerman in The Big Read.

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A Slow Start For Loui Eriksson In Vancouver And Jimmy Howard Could Be A Good Option For Las Vegas

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Slow adjustment for Eriksson

Three years ago, following his arrival from Dallas in the Tyler Seguin trade, Loui Eriksson had a tough time adjusting in Boston. It’s looking like Eriksson is experiencing a similar break-in period in Vancouver. The cerebral wing had scored just once in his first 15 games. Eriksson had two goals in his first eight games in Boston before John Scott knocked him out with a concussion. That year, Eriksson posted an 8.7 percent shooting percentage, second lowest of his career following his rookie season (7.7 percent). This season, Eriksson is burying pucks at just a 4.2 percent clip, well off his career rate of 13.7 percent. Eriksson’s other numbers, however, are doing just fine. He has been his regular puck-possession self, recording a team-high 56.0 Corsi For percentage. He is leading Vancouver forwards by averaging 19:03 of ice time, indicating the trust he’s earned from his coaches. Bad luck doesn’t last forever. Eriksson’s production is due for a spike.

Howard may be a good gamble

Jimmy Howard has come to accept that long term, Petr Mrazek is Detroit’s ace. But Howard also has accepted that if he continues his current pace of play, Las Vegas will be sure to spend one of its expansion picks on the ex-University of Maine netminder. Through seven appearances, Howard was 4-2-0 with a 1.22 goals-against average and .961 save percentage. Howard’s deeper numbers are also excellent: a .969 even-strength save percentage (just shy of Carey Price’s .971 standard) and a .938 mark during opposing power plays (Price was .880). Howard’s done all this behind a team that has chased the puck more than it’s controlled it. Howard was formerly an aggressive goalie. He’s playing a quieter game this season, settling back in his crease and waiting for plays to approach. Howard is signed through 2019 at $5,291,667 annually.

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How To Handle The Rookies

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

After the last pre-season game last fall, the Detroit Red Wings were faced with a vexing decision. Dylan Larkin had not only proved himself to the best rookie through training camp and the exhibition games, he was their best player. Rookie coach Jeff Blashill went to GM Ken Holland and told him that if he was going to have a chance to succeed as the Wings new coach, he needed Larkin in the lineup.

Holland complied, but told Blashill in no uncertain terms that if Larkin was either seeing spot duty on the fourth line or sitting up in the press box as a healthy scratch, the young man would be immediately sent to the minors. And when Larkin approached the Red Wings about leaving college and signing with them in the summer of 2015, essentially going all in and betting on himself, Holland told him that if he were looking out of the window of a bus going from Grand Rapids to Rockford in the middle of December, to remember that it was his decision to turn pro.

That, ladies and gentleman, is how you handle a young NHL player. It has obviously all worked out rather well for Larkin, but if it hadn’t he’d have joined fellow prospect Anthony Mantha grooming himself in the American League. The Red Wings have long been identified as a team that allows its prospect to become overripe and it seems to have worked out pretty well for them.

Let’s contrast that with the Vancouver Canucks. Faced with the decision on two 19-year-old players – Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann – the Canucks opted to keep both players. (Keeping in mind, of course, that the Canucks did not have the option to send either player to the AHL. Both had to either stay with the Canucks or go back to junior hockey.) Just over a year later, McCann has already been traded and is seeing fourth-line duty in Florida and Virtanen, after playing 10 games in the NHL and registering just one assist, was recently sent to the minors for a two-game attempt to try to have him find his game.

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Howe On Orr

Tom Fitzgerald of the Boston Globe,

(This story first appeared in the Globe on Oct. 20, 1966)

The National Hockey League’s oldest star paid tribute to the game’s newest star Wednesday evening after the Bruins’ 6-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

“He’ll do, for sure,” was the at first reluctant appraisal Detroit’s 38-year-old Gordie Howe made of Boston’s rookie defenseman Bobby Orr.

Starting a record 21st campaign in the league, Howe is hampered by an injured knee which was in a cast during the training season.

Gordie stripped the remains of adhesive from the knee area as he contemplated the Orr performance, and what was more important to him, his own team’s loss.

“The kid’s all right,” the old boy said. “He anticipates well, he makes good passes, and I guess he does just about what you’d expect of a good defenseman.”

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One Last Opening Night At The Joe Louis Arena

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

To feel the essence of Joe Louis Arena, step into the hallway outside the Detroit Red Wings dressing room. Study the plain wooden plaques representing each team since owner Mike Ilitch bought the franchise in 1982, almost every team since the Joe opened in 1979.

Each is screwed into the cinderblock and features the Winged Wheel logo, the words "Detroit Red Wings," the years of the season, and the names of the executives, coaches, players and trainers. The bottom line is the record.

All the plaques since 1990-91 honor a team that made the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Four plaques honor teams that won the Cup, including two that clinched it at the Joe and paraded it on Detroit ice. The 2011-12 plaque honors the team that won an NHL-record 23 straight home games.

It isn't about aesthetics or amenities. It's about people and players and winning.

"From a player's perspective, it's a great arena to play in," Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman, whose No. 19 hangs in the rafters, once said. "It's a simple arena. It's got a good atmosphere."

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The Detroit Red Wings Keep Losing Players Via Waivers

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The Red Wings wanted to slide Teemu Pulkkinen through waivers and back to Grand Rapids, their AHL affiliate, where the right-shot forward torched opposing goalies for 34 goals in 46 games in 2014-15. Pulkkinen did not make it to Grand Rapids, as Minnesota claimed the 24-year-old on Wednesday. Pulkkinen was just the latest in waivers casualties who were once Detroit property.

Just three days earlier, Carolina claimed Martin Frk. Last year, the Bruins nabbed Landon Ferraro before he cleared and could report to Grand Rapids. In 2014, Carolina claimed Andrej Nestrasil from the Wings on waivers.

Detroit GM Ken Holland’s philosophy is to bake his prospects, so to speak, in the AHL until they are ready for consumption in the NHL. One of the drawbacks is that it sometimes takes more than three years of AHL apprenticeship before Holland and his colleagues feel their prospects are ready. By then, they have to clear waivers to return to the AHL. Sometimes they don’t make it through.

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Video- Ben Bishop With The Bad Goal Of The Night

Did Danny DeKeyser call bank shot?

 

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Why Vanek was the ‘power play’ free-agency selection for Detroit

The fact the Detroit Red Wings were desperate for offensive options this summer was one of the most open secrets in NHL, but it's probably fair to say not many expected the franchise to sign Thomas Vanek. While the 32-year-old is coming off the back of a modest couple of seasons with the Minnesota Wild, Detroit feel as though a one-year contract worth $2.6 million was a very worthwhile risk to take after the Austrian was bought out of the final year of his deal. The Red Wings had been very interested in Alexander Radulov, who ended up signing for Montreal, but a late swoop for Vanek may end up looking like a very smart piece of business come the end of next season.

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