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by Paul on 12/11/11 at 08:51 AM ET
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
• The Red Wings, with $5.6 million in cap room, would probably like to add another offensive top-six or top-nine player at the deadline. It’s no secret Detroit GM Ken Holland has long been an Ales Hemsky fan. He stuck a dagger in their hearts in the first round of the 2006 playoffs in Game 6 in Edmonton. The Oilers winger, who is an an unrestricted free-agent July 1, would cost the
(Wings) about $1 million in cap hit if they wanted him at the deadline. The Red Wings would also like an extra, veteran defenceman in the late Ruslan Salei mould.
• This is now five surgeries and a concussion in the last 16 months for Philadelphia captain Chris Pronger. He says his body isn’t breaking down, but if not the gods are dumping on him big-time. Meanwhile, Brayden Schenn has had a broken foot, a bad shoulder and now a concussion after a Raffi Torres hit as he tries to start his NHL career with the Flyers after the Mike Richards trade in June.
• If Ryan Nugent-Hopkins looks 14, Jeff Skinner looks about 12, but there’s no denying Skinner’s talent as a scorer. He buried a shot in the slot against the Oilers, even though he seemed to shoot it right at goalie Devan Dubnyk. “I remember Chico Resch asked Mike Bossy once about scoring goals. Bossy said ‘the net hasn’t moved in 100 years. I know where it is. I never look at it when I’m shooting,’ ” recalled New Jersey scout Jan Ludvig, who played for the Devils and long ago for the Oilers in the World Hockey Association. “Maybe that’s why I always missed the net by a few inches. It kept moving on me.”
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