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Michael Rasmussen Gets Another Look Tonight

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

The Red Wings are taking a nice, long look at Michael Rasmussen, their first-round pick, ninth overall, from the draft this past June.

You can't help but notice the 6-foot-6, 221-pound center when he's on the ice and he'll be on the ice quite a bit against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Wings coach Jeff Blashill has Rasmussen centering Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist and on a power-play unit.

"I think it gives us a chance to see obviously a real high pick play with two talented players," Blashill said. "As I said, I thought he was really good in Chicago, one of our best forwards. He practiced with us yesterday with our main team, he did some things that showed some real high-end skill. It'll be good to see him tonight."

Having experienced NHL veterans on his line will help Rasmussen. They can communicate with him on the bench between shifts.

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Afternoon Line- Tyler Seguin

"There's a certain point when you're sitting in the off-season, we had a long one, you kind of reflect and you think of certain games and that was definitely one that stuck out to me individually where I look back on it and say, '(Blank), what were you doing?'

"It was a miserable last 10 or 12 games knowing we were out, you don't want to lose that feeling. And individually, there were lots of points you look back and say next year, 'I'm going to be better here' and 'I'm going to be even more consistent here' and 'I need to think more defensively there.'

"It all adds up."

-Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars.  Scott Burnside of DallasStars.com has more.

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Stephen Walkom On Enforcing The Rules

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Stephen Walkom insists his officials will continue establishing a standard of enforcement that won’t waiver during the regular season or Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Yes, the playoffs.

“So far the reaction has been pretty good with coaches and players – it’s in the skilled players’ best interest,” said the NHL’s director of officiating, who adds that none of the league’s 31 general managers have lodged complaints either.

“By playoff time the players will have changed the way they set up for a faceoff. With the slashing we’re going to treat it just like hooking out of the 2005-06 season and we don’t want to change our standard in the playoffs.”

Players and fans have every right to be skeptical games next spring will be called as tightly as this year’s pre-season penalty-fests.

However, what shouldn’t be questioned is whether the players will learn to conform sooner rather than later. Just as they did after the lockout when hooking and holding needed to be eliminated.

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Vincent Lecavalier’s #4 Will Be Retired By The Tampa Bay Lightning

via the Tampa Bay Lightning,

The Tampa Bay Lightning will retire the No. 4 worn by the franchise's all-time leading goal-scorer, Vincent Lecavalier. The former Bolt captain becomes the second player in the history of the Lightning organization to have his jersey retired, joining Martin St. Louis. He played in 1,037 games over 14 seasons with the team, tallying 383 goals and 491 assists for 874 points. He will be honored on Saturday, February 10, 2018, when the Lightning host the Los Angeles Kings at AMALIE Arena.

Lecavalier, drafted first overall by Tampa Bay in the 1998 NHL Draft, is the Lightning's all-time leader for games played. Lecavalier also ranks second in franchise history for both assists and points, trailing only Martin St. Louis in both categories. Lecavalier's 14 seasons with the Lightning, the most of any player in Tampa Bay history. On March 1, 2000, he was named captain of the Bolts, becoming the youngest captain in NHL history at the time at only 19 years and 314 days old.

"It is a great honor to have my number retired and I'd like to thank the Lightning organization and Jeff Vinik for recognizing me with this achievement," Lecavalier said. "The Tampa Bay community and our fans have treated me and my family so amazingly that this honor is extra special to share it with everyone. My family and I are very excited for February 10 when we can share so many memories."

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Do You Consider the Washington Capitals A Cup Contender?

from Tal Pinchevsky at ESPN,

"The expectations aren't as big from outside our locker room, but they're still the exact same inside," said Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby. "We have some young guys coming up who can bring some new energy and life and change the dynamic a bit. It will be nice to kind of just bear down and get to work right from the start with a good camp, a competitive camp. Zone everything out and just play."

That could prove challenging for a team that has established something of a regular-season reputation over the past 10 seasons, over which the Caps have seven first-place finishes and three Presidents' Trophies -- awarded to the team with the NHL's best regular-season record -- but not a single conference final appearance to show for it. During that span, Washington has a 3-7 record in Game 7s and has been eliminated three times by Pittsburgh, with the Penguins going on to hoist the Stanley Cup each time.

"We get a lot of grief because we haven't gotten by Pittsburgh, but I do know for a 100 percent fact that no one has gotten by Pittsburgh in the last two years in the playoffs. We're not the only ones," said Capitals coach Barry Trotz. "We have to put last year behind us. I look back at us and Pittsburgh in that seven-game series. That might have been the two best teams [in the league]."

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Under Pressure Before The Season Starts

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Here is a list of NHL people facing added pressure heading into the start of the 2017-18 season. (Opening night is Oct. 4.)

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland

Holland is one of the league’s most respected general managers.

But many in his fan base have turned on him because of the perception that the Red Wings lack promise and they have too many "bad" contracts undermining the team’s effort to rebuild.

Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice

The Jets have an impressive collection of young players, and they seem poised to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2014-15.

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Tomas Jurco Has Made Adjustments With The Chicago Blackhawks

from Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune,

"There's more speed to his game, more pace, more puck possession, more puck time," Quenneville said. "He has some skills that didn't quite show last year. Getting him some exhibition games, we'll get a better read and he'll get some confidence as well. There's some skill there, and we're looking for him to add an element to our team."

Jurco said there has been a world of difference coming into his second season with the Hawks. He admitted last season was difficult coming over at the deadline and trying to fit in with an established group.

"It's way easier right now," Jurco said. "I get time to get used to things and when I came in March, I had to adjust so quick, I had some difficulties with that. But I'm excited for the season and I feel good. It's much more calm right now."

Even though Jurco said it was difficult for him to adjust to the Hawks' style of play, he thinks it suits his. In Detroit, Jurco couldn't carve out playing time because he was asked to play a more physical style.

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What About The 2022 Winter Olympics?

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

If you missed it, Daly offered an interesting answer when he was asked about the NHL’s involvement in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

“I think it’s early to make that call,” he answered. “Certainly, Beijing raises a lot of the same challenges as South Korea. But I also think, on the upside, in terms of the opportunities that might be available for hockey and for us, it might result in a different equation.”

Translation: After rejecting South Korea, the NHL will be in Beijing because the Olympics are king in China. To spurn the Beijing Games would be an insult to the country, specifically its government, and the NHL needs the government’s support if it wants to succeed here.

The more interesting question concerns the league’s fractured relationship with the IIHF. The international governing body has said the NHL’s participation in Beijing is contingent on its participation in the 2018 South Korea games. It’s also unlikely the IIHF will pick up travel and insurance costs for the NHL, which was a major stumbling block for PyeongChang.

That means another painful four years of bickering between Gary Bettman and Rene Fasel and the drip, drip, drip of more negotiations. 

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Add An Assist For Rocket Richard

from the CP at CBC,

It's not as if any great injustice was done, but Montreal Canadiens legend Maurice Rocket Richard getting an assist added to his prodigious NHL scoring totals.

Six years of poring over scoresheets and summaries of games between 1917 and 1987 by an NHL statistics team has found and fixed more than 6,000 bits of information that were overlooked or misregistered in the league's early eras.

Among the finds was an assist on a Toe Blake goal at 10:15 of the second period of a 6-5 Boston Bruins victory over Montreal on Nov. 4, 1945, during a time when the Punch Line of Richard, Blake and Elmer Lach was terrorizing the league....

Finding little gems of information like the Richard assist was one product of a massive undertaking to update and modernize the league database, which is to be re-launched this week.

NHL head statistician Benny Ercolani said fact-checking alone, such as adding one more game played to Ron Stackhouse's total, took two and half years.

"Six thousand little corrections isn't that high when you consider how many games were entered,'' he said. "It sounds like a big number, but it's from 1917-18 to 1986-87.''

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Statement From The Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins respect the institution of the Office of the President, and the long tradition of championship teams visiting the White House. We attended White House ceremonies after previous championships – touring the historic building and visiting briefly with Presidents George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama – and have accepted an invitation to attend again this year.

Any agreement or disagreement with a president’s politics, policies or agenda can be expressed in other ways. However, we very much respect the rights of other individuals and groups to express themselves as they see fit.

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