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Neither team is skating, there is an afternoon basketball game at MSG.
The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Red Wings GM Ken Holland about the team's trade deadline plans, and he confirmed that:
For starters, they have very little in the way of salary-cap space. General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press last week that “if we do anything, from a cap standpoint, to bring in the type of player that would have a real impact, we would have to move somebody out.”
Basically, the Wings are in a dollar-in, dollar-out situation. That’s because they have had several players on long-term injured reserve, which affects a team’s salary cap. Pavel Datsyuk was on LTIR the first five weeks of the season, and Johan Franzen has been on since two games into the season. Franzen and Drew Miller are on the list through the end of the season.
That makes it impossible for the Wings to simply add an impact player before the deadline. Not that many are available because all but a handful of teams are in contention to make the playoffs. The Wings had interest in Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien, a multidimensional behemoth, but the Jets locked him up. The Jets are trying to do the same with forward Andrew Ladd, but if they do end up moving him, expect the price to be a high pick and a prospect — and in the Wings’ case, they’d also have to get rid of a player if the range of Ladd’s $4.4-million salary.
Holland made two things clear: If he makes a trade, it will be for someone significant, and he is not moving goaltender Jimmy Howard, whose struggles have seen him drop to the backup job.
“I’m keeping Howard,” Holland said.
St. James continues, and if the Wings can't add money without subtracting money, if they won't move Howard, and if they don't want to do anything unless they can significantly upgrade their team, it's highly unlikely that the Wings will do anything other than exceed the 23-man roster, which lifts at the trade deadline.
I'm going to allow you to guess who's speaking with the New York Post's Larry Brooks. There are times when intent is no excuse:
“I’ve always said the same thing: What happened on the ice, it happened on the ice,” he said. “If you attack my family verbally or physically, that’s personal. What happened during those games was not personal.
“Gord Kluzak broke my face in Boston. I never took it personally,” said Lemieux, an essential piece of two of the Devils’ Cup teams and with whom he won the 1995 Conn Smythe. “That’s how I am.
“Kris and I have talked a couple of times since then. We’ve run into each other (Author’s note: not literally) and have had nice chats. I’ve done a few autograph sessions with McCarty,” he said. “So really, it’s not an issue.
“You take the emotion out of it from back then, and at the end of the day, we were all just trying to do what we did best. Kris was a really good player. At the end, everybody is just a good guy.”
Brooks continues, and perhaps Claude is a better man than I, because I believe that certain things are not forgivable, and a LOT of what happened on the ice during those games was very, very personal.
Kris Draper, to Fox Sports Detroit: "It's funny, you're not supposed to use the word 'hate,' but I think any time you talk about Colorado-Detroit, the first thing you talk about is how much we hated that hockey team. Didn't like them at all. You kind of, you walk in, walk into their building and you kind of feel the hatred right away, and I'm sure that when they walked through Joe Louis Arena they felt it right away, and that goes to the fans, the gray coats, to the concessions, you name it, everyone was ready for the games no matter when Colorado and Detroit played in the late 90's and early 2000's."
The Red Wings were mired in a 4-game road losing streak heading into Saturday night's game against the Ottawa Senators, a team that they could either say goodbye to in terms of the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division standings or end up leading by only 5 points, depending on the outcome of the game.
Minus Dylan Larkin (illness), the Red Wings' lineup looked a little different...
Pulkkinen was, as per usual, a non-factor.
The Red Wings got a fine effort from Petr Mrazek, who stopped 25 of 27 shots, and Detroit capitalized on Ottawa's mistakes via 2 unassisted goals...
But Detroit made mistakes of their own, and weren't helped by the official (1; Tom Kowal got whatever was ailing Larkin after 1 period) as the Senators slashed, grabbed, hacked and hooked their way to a game-tying goal in which Tomas Tatar was blatantly tripped as he passed the puck inadvertently to Dion Phaneuf, who tied the game with 3:51 remaining...
But the Wings had their chances, the Wings got away with crap due to the wrestle-happy standard of officiating as well, and Detroit was unable to score on the power play, in overtime or during the shootout, giving Craig Anderson a relatively easy time over the game's final 25 + 3 shooters, losing 3-2 in a shootout.
Detroit is now 6 points ahead of Ottawa, tied with Tampa Bay and Boston for the 3rd Atlantic Division playoff spot, and Detroit faces the New York Rangers--minus a morning skate for either teams as MSG's ice surface will be booked for a basketball game at 1 PM--tomorrow at 7 on NBCSN.
From DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose and the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:
Brendan Shanahan is the latest former Detroit Red Wing who has committed to play in the NHL Stadium Series Alumni Game against the Colorado Avalanche at Coors Field on Friday, Kris Draper confirmed to M-Live.
from Bill Roose of the Wings' website,
Pulkkinen has been a healthy scratch for the past eight games. He has six goals and six assists in 29 games this season.
“I like him lots as a player,” Blashill said. “We’ve got different players in different roles. There’s certain guys you got to have as penalty killers, got to have guys that bring energy to your team, got to have physicality. I think Teemu is a real good player and I think ultimately he’ll score goals in the NHL. He scored to some degree so far. The more he scores the more he’ll play in that sense. But he’s got to do it in a complete game.
“I got lots of belief in Teemu. I got no problem putting him in here tonight and expecting him to be great tonight.”
Sitting and watching games from the press box has been frustrating, Pulkkinen said, but he’s remained positive.
“Everybody wants to play, so when you’re not playing, you’re not kind of happy,” he said. “This is pro hockey and there’s only a number of guys who can dress and some guys have to sit.
“Just work out hard. Be ready for every day. There’s not much you can do. You can just stay positive and work hard.”
more plus other Detroit notes...
The Red Wings face the Ottawa Senators this evening (7 PM EST on FSD/TVA Sports/City/97.1 FM) hoping to snap a 4-game road winless streak; in terms of the standings, the Wings need to push the Senators back as Detroit could either end tonight's game up 9 points or 5 points ahead of Ottawa.
The Senators took to the ice at the Canadian Tire Centre at 10:15 AM, per the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch...
Tonight is the 1,800th game in franchise history. The club is 811-751-115-122 in 1,799 games. #Sens
Borowiecki on the ice this AM. #Sens
Daniel Alfredsson out here to work with the players this AM. #Sens
Hoffman-Turris-Stone; Dzingel-Zibanejad-Ryan; Smith-Pageau-Neil and Paul-Lazar-Chiasson. #Sens
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Henrik Zetterberg left Canadian Tire Centre making plans for lunch. So did several Detroit Red Wings teammates.
Some, including Pavel Datsyuk, spent the early afternoon partaking in an optional practice, others opted for off-ice workouts, then a good meal. But one thing was different: A meeting that lasted double the usual seven-to-eight minutes. The coaching staff spent much of it on video.
"It's just showing stuff we need to improve on," Justin Abdelkader said. "Giving up five goals is not the style and the type of play that is going to move us forward. We've got to be better, have better attention to detail. We've got 24 games left, so it's a sprint to the finish here."
Petr Mrazek will be back in net for Saturday's game against the Ottawa Senators. Mrazek has allowed 10 goals his last two starts, but no one lacks confidence in the young goaltender.
via Helene St. James tweets,
Red Wings held longer meeting than usual before today's practice, players and coaches.
Was an optional practice for Red Wings. Pavel Datsyuk still hit the ice
via Bill Roose tweet,
The #RedWings are skating in Ottawa. No sign of Zetterberg, Richards, Quincey and Helm. Likely a maintenance day. Kronwall is skating.
Helene St. James tweets, saying Blashill announces Mrazek in net tomorrow and also says hasn't decided on lineup, but all players who played yesterday are available.
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