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Where Are They Now?:  Detroit Red Wings Edition

Detroit Red WIngs GM Ken Holland has traded away a fair amount of prospects/young players in recent years, in addition to losing several more on waivers.  Detroit fans have fretted, gnashed teeth, and more still over most all of these losses in some form.

So... where are these guys now, and what are they actually doing?

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3 on 3 Or: You’re gonna need a bigger boat

These are my six takeaways from the latest Detroit Red Wings game.  I am committed to finding three positives and three “are you kidding me” moments.  In a season that has been difficult to watch there is an overwhelming amount of negativity amongst the Wings fans I know (at least through this site along with twitter) and love.  So instead of getting bummed out I am going to take it on myself to find the positive while also realizing that the “are you kidding me” moments are dominant.  I am extremely biased.  Things I will avoid 1. Management.  Like a coach I am working with the team they have given me.  By the way I probably will not manage to avoid the one thing I just said I would be avoiding.

I guess I pressed my luck a little too much after "complaining" the Wings dominate(ish) a game on only my second post.  I am not sure if a let down game was to be expected or if the three games in California were basically this season in a nutshell.  Two games where the losing team scores 0 goals and then a 9 goal outburst that we were on the wrong side of.  So lets talk about the Sharks from San Jose.

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3 on 3 Or: How to topple a King

These are my six takeaways from the latest Detroit Red Wings game.  I am committed to finding three positives and three “are you kidding me” moments.  In a season that has been difficult to watch there is an overwhelming amount of negativity amongst the Wings fans I know (at least through this site along with twitter) and love.  So instead of getting bummed out I am going to take it on myself to find the positive well also realizing that the “are you kidding me” moments are dominant.  I am extremely biased.  Things I will avoid 1. Management.  Like a coach I am working with the team they have given me.  By the way I probably will not manage to avoid the one thing I just said I would be avoiding.

Last night was a fun hockey night.  The Kings of LA are the main topic but I have a bonus GOOD and BAD moments.  And since I can basically do whatever I want I am going to be a rebel and start with the bonus coverage.  I know what you're thinking, "Axe, man,  I don't care what you do".  So lets talk about the WJC.

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Hunger

Hey gang-  This is a one off piece that is related to my 3 on 3 post tomorrow.  I am sitting here watching the Red Wings and I started thinking about hunger.  Not because I was hungry...OK well not ONLY because I was hungry but I was thinking about hockey players and the hunger they have to win.  Then I started thinking about what would each team eat to satisfy that hunger (it was a long way from point A to point B but lets not analyze me).  So I figured what the heck lets give it a shot.  My plan was to post this tomorrow included with the 3 on 3 but that seemed to be too much so here is a separate post.

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3 on 3 Or: How to create an unoriginal title

These are my six takeaways from the latest Detroit Red Wings game.  I am committed to finding three positives and three “are you kidding me” moments.  In a season that has been difficult to watch there is an overwhelming amount of negativity amongst the Wings fans I know (at least through this site along with twitter) and love.  So instead of getting bummed out I am going to take it on myself to find the positive well also realizing that the “are you kidding me” moments are dominant.  I am extremely biased.  Things I will avoid 1. Management.  Like a coach I am working with the team they have given me.  By the way I probably will not manage to avoid the one thing I just said I would be avoiding.

Since this is my first time posting something like this I imagine it will be a work in progress.  I have committed to write more and what better topic than something I am passionate about.  Mostly I just want to get one of those cool banners like Malik has.  You are probably thinking, great another Red Wings blog.  I totally understand and if you please direct all comments here they will be taken under advisement.  So.. Anaheim eh?  The Mighty Ducks of the west. 

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Talent.  Will.  Want.  Motivation.  Chemistry.

Do teams that win have all of these traits?  Some of them?  A balance?  No, this isn't rhetorical, I am actually asking.  I am very interested to know.  I haven't written a ton on Paul's site but for those who know I am a Red Wings fan a billion times infinity percent.  I have started writing this right as the second period has ended with the Wings in Anaheim.  I do my best to watch all Red Wings game as a hockey fan first and a Wings fan second.  That never happens but I swear I try.  So I watch this team and I see talent.  Up and down the roster we have talent.  Is it AHL talent?  I do not think so but hey, I am very biased.  So, let's save some time and talk about Will and Want.

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Martin St. Louis Deserves Fans’ Forgiveness as Tampa Bay Lightning Set to Retire His Number

Former Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis will be the first player in franchise history to have his number retired, the team announced on Thursday.

St. Louis' number 26 will be raised to the rafters at Amalie Arena during a ceremony before a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets — a team coached by former Lightning bench boss John Tortorella — on Jan. 13, 2017.

As Lightning owner Jeff Vinik made the announcement over a conference call with the six-time All-Star, fan reaction began to pour out across the internet and social media. While many fans were excited to see the two-time Art Ross Trophy winner receive the honor, others were still upset with St. Louis for how his career with the Lightning came to an abrupt close when he was traded to the New York Rangers for Ryan Callahan on Mar. 5, 2014.

The circumstances surrounding the St. Louis trade, at least from some Lightning fans' points of view, was largely selfish. After being passed over by Team Canada general manager Steve Yzerman and his staff for the 2014 Winter Olympics, St. Louis was vocal about what he viewed as a snub from the roster and demanded a trade. The demand came as the Lightning were battling through the extended absence of an injured Steven Stamkos and fighting for a playoff berth.

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5Hole Yahoo Fantasy Hockey League

It's that time of year again!  5Hole Fantasy Hockey is back and ready for you to join its ranks.  We have 5 openings in a 10 GM league, and as always, I would much prefer filling those with KK members than any random Yahoo riff raff.

Some of the league settings:

10 team Head to Head league
Live Draft on October 1, 2016 @ 9:00 PM (Start Time Subject To Change)
5 Max Aquisitions per week
3 Minimum weekly Goalie Appearances
All Trades Reviewed by League
Roster Add/Drop Deadline is Daily, and Changes Take Effect the Next Day
Positions: C, C, C, LW, LW, LW, RW, RW, RW, D, D, D, Util, Util, G, G, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, IR+, IR+, IR+
Scoring: G, A, +/-, PIM, PPP, SHP, GWG, Wins, SV%, SHO

All I ask of GMs is to please remain active throughout the season (Keep lineups active, answer trade requests in a timely manner, take care of IR and NA players).  As stated above, we use a live draft, however you are able to submit a custom list for autodraft purposes if you are unable to be online at draft time.

If you are interested in joining the league, or have any questions regarding the details, please PM me or leave a comment and I will respond ASAP.  Thanks for your consideration, and much appreciation to Paul for continuing to allow me to post this here.

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Live Professional Hockey Available to Stream Today

The Champions Hockey Tournamnet opens today in multiple European cities. (fromerly known as the European Trophy, which was a fairer respesentation since all these teams are not champions)

48 teams, representing some of the oldest hockey clubs in the world, from 12 different leagues. With Liiga and the SHL accounting for 16 entrants.

There are a number of way to stream the events, The CHL gamecentre being the most official.

https://www.championshockeyleague.net/gamecentre

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Marquette’s Lakeview Arena (home to the real Hanson Bros.) a Kraft Hockeyville Finalist

Marquette’s (Mich.) Lakeview Arena is the Eastern U.S. Finalist to be named the 2016 Kraft Hockeyville arena  (story here).  

The winning arena has the chance to win $150,000 in upgrades, as well as an opportunity to host a preseason NHL game this September.  The 48 hours of voting starts midnight tonight (Monday, April 25 at 12:00 through Tuesday, April 26 at 11:59).

Kraft Hockeyville has competing videos of the two finalists: Marquette's Lakeview and Rushmore, South Dakota's ThunderDome

As you can see in the short videos, Marquette's rink is in dire need of repairs, while the relatively new rink in South Dakota (built in 1995) is busting at the seems and needs expansion.  I'll let you decide which to vote for, but I'm all in for a new compressor, boards, glass and roof for Lakeview, the home rink for many years of my alma mater - Northern Michigan University.  I wouldn't mind seeing the Red Wings play a pre-season game there either.

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