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Let’s face it—a fair amount of our readers spend most of the season decked-out in Wings gear. Nothing wrong with that! But there’s actually another way that you can Go Wings every day—even when your jersey is getting laundered.
A hometown bank, Flagstar, now has a whole line of Red Wings-branded checking accounts. And best of all, you get to choose from one of three exclusive Red Wings debit card designs. (My favorite features the iconic Winged Wheel, very sharp!) This way, you can show you’re a Wings fan everywhere you go—even when vacationing in enemy territory.
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
Last spring, the NHL had an operational camera embedded in all four goal posts in every arena for 89 Stanley Cup playoff games.
This year, with the addition of the coach’s challenge, the goal post cameras would have required additional wiring and parts to make the feed available for replay with the new Hawkeye system in arenas.
But since the cameras located in the posts provided such little insight to the game, they are not yet functional in all 30 arenas with the Hawkeye system.
Why? Too often, the goaltender was blocking a view of the play or puck, even with the cameras positioned facing the goal line....
Rather than proceeding with cameras in the goal posts, the next course of action for the NHL may be to install cameras in the crossbar, pointing down toward the goal line.
The NHL experimented with crossbar cameras on an off-day during the Stanley Cup final and found them to be more useful for determining goals, but more challenging to install.
more with some talk about the no goal for the Wings last night...
"A world-class talent, a great two-way player. Graceful, great hockey sense, great skill. He could bring you out of your seat when he was coming up the ice in full flight."
"His skating, his puck handling, his shot; he could do anything at an elite level. But certainly his skating ability was his best attribute, not just in straight out speed but in turning and stopping and starting and moving from side to side; to me he's one of the best skaters I've ever come across."
"Sergei said that to me several times, 'I knew I could trust you, that you would do the best things for my career. That's what I tried to do. I brought him into the office often. I talked to him often. He didn't understand everything at the beginning, but as time went on he got pretty good at it. He got to be a real good team guy. He didn't rock the boat. He performed."
"He was strong everywhere. You go back to the old Russian days, when those guys trained year-round with their team … he always won all the awards for conditioning at training camp. He'd go do pullups, rip off 20 at one time, and go, 'OK, what's next?' He was such a great skater and he had that low-center-of-gravity skating stride. He had elite puck skills. He's one of the best players of all-time."
"He could skate like a defenseman, backwards, and he was so fast. He could move, get back and get pucks. He was still thinking as a forward when he was playing defense, but he could play that position well and he did."
"He was the best player I've ever played with."
Dan Rosen of NHL.com has much more on Fedorov.
He was the best player on the ice all the time, every game. Not just for one moment. Look at a photo of his teammates making memorable plays and there's usually No. 5 in the celebration, and chances are he did something to set up that moment for the ages.
-Craig Custance on Nicklas Lidstrom. Much more at ESPN.
Just the facts, this season...
Bill Peters- Carolina Hurricanes 5-6-0
Jeff Blashill- Detroit Red Wings 4-5-1
Todd McLellan- Edmonton Oilers 4-7-0
The Toronto Maple Leafs under Babcock are 1-6-2.
Wonder how these stats will look in another month?
"I've wanted to be the best player in the world since I was a little kid. Over the past 10 days he has gotten a taste of what is is like to play against such luminaries as Sidney Crosby, Patrice Bergeron, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, along the way contributing three goals among four points in five games.
"I think I can be right there. I know it is just preseason, but it was how competitive those guys were, and how they were playing, I think in my career, that is the kind of player I want to be."
-Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings. More on Larkin from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.
No words needed.
via Dana Wakiji tweets,
Larkin: I want to be an NHL player, I want to be NHL ready.
Larkin: Honestly, not just a player but a key player, a guy my team looks to, a dominant player.
from Scott Lewis of Sportsnet,
Here are four players who could enjoy productive seasons in their new environments.
Mike Green, Detroit Red Wings
Mike Green goes from quarterbacking one of the NHL’s deadliest power plays to…well, quarterbacking another one of the league’s deadliest power plays.
Green isn’t about to deliver another 30-goal season like he did with the potent 2008-09 Washington Capitals, but he’s likely to see his overall minutes climb back up over 20 per night under rookie head coach Jeff Blashill with the Detroit Red Wings.
Consider Marek Zidlicky’s performance while playing a leading role on the Red Wings’ man-advantage late last season. Now consider Zidlicky is practically a fossil compared to the younger Green, and whoa boy, we have a fit for the latter.
There’s a lot to like about Green with the Red Wings, including the very reasonable three-year, $18-million contract he signed this off-season.
Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins
For all the things Phil Kessel has done so well in his career that are quantifiable, it’s the potential impact the soft sciences could have as he moves from Toronto to Pittsburgh that have many thinking he could turn in a career year.
read on for more on Kessel plus Lucic and Semin...
from the HHOF,
Red Kelly was a unique player - versatile and talented enough to be one of the National Hockey League's best-ever defensemen early in his career and a high-scoring center at the end. The red-haired gentleman was cool and calculating on the ice and never swore, but there was no doubt about his ability to take care of himself. He had been a championship boxer at Toronto's St. Michael's College, skills the four-time winner of the Lady Byng Trophy wouldn't often display during his 20-year NHL career.
Born in Simcoe, Ontario, in 1927, Kelly was 20 years old when the Detroit Red Wings brought him up to the big league directly from St. Michael's. A solid but mobile and skilled defenseman, he quickly found a home on the team playing with such superstars as Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Sid Abel. Kelly was an effective checker, at home on the blue line or on the left wing, where he was sometimes used due either to injuries or to add a little muscle on the offense.
Kelly earned enough All-Star votes in 1950 to win a spot on the NHL's Second Team and the chance to play in the All-Star Game. The Red Wings, well on their way to being the league's dominant team, won the Stanley Cup that year, as they would in three of the next five seasons. And Kelly was an integral part of Detroit's winning formula. His puck-carrying ability allowed the Wings to move from their own zone quickly and provided them with a quick transition game.
Watch the Legends of Hockey feature on Red Kelly below...
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