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I'm trying to keep the Daniel Alfredsson retirement stuff to a minimum because, for lack of a better term, it's Senators fans' moment, not Wings fans' moment.
I'm also trying to keep myself out of the political stuff that's going to get played up, like the Eugene Melnyk-Daniel Alfredsson-warm-fuzzy-feelings news, but that's because I cannot deny that I believe Melnyk to be a pompus ass and a bit of a di...I mean an eccentric gentleman of great self-importance.
Alfredsson is going to make his retirement official on Thursday, prior to the Senators' game against the New York Islanders, and again, I'm going to steer clear of it as much as possible, but I can't deny that this report from the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch is pretty dang cool:
Daniel Alfredsson will likely wear the No. 11 one last time before hanging up his skates for good.
While the plans are being finalized and nothing is written in stone, league sources confirmed to the Sun Monday the plan is for the 41-year-old Alfredsson to skate in the warmup Thursday.
That means when the Senators take the ice in their final skate before facing the New York Islanders at the Canadian Tire Centre, the former Senators' captain will be with his old teammates.
Since a player who isn't signed to a contract isn't allowed in the warmup, it's believed the Senators had to get special permission from the NHL office in New York, but it was no problem.
Garrioch continues, and if I may make a special request: Dear Ken Holland: find a position for the man who enjoys living in Birmingham with his four kids playing in the Little Caesars program and HIRE HIM before the Senators can snag him as an unrestricted front office free agent!
Prospect news: On Hicketts’ inclusion on Canada’s WJC roster and the Griffins’ visit to Glen’s Falls
Today, USA Hockey's going to name its preliminary World Junior roster, and there's little doubt that Dylan Larkin's going to be named to said roster (though Dominic Turgeon's chances aren't so great). Larkin's registered 2 goals and 10 assists over the course of his first 13 NCAA games, and he (and Turgeon) took part in Team USA's summer orientation camp, so he's pretty much a lock.
I will readily admit that I was in fact surprised about Team Canada's announcement on Monday. Joe Hicketts' inclusion wasn't a surprise at all--the Victoria Royals defenseman's 5th in WHL scoring (i.e. among all players, not just defensemen) with 7 goals, 29 assists and 36 points over the course of 28 games played, so the whole, "Oh, he's 5'8" and isn't as smooth as Dan Ellis" stuff yielded an immediate eye-roll from yours truly.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The NHL Guide and Record Book is full of players who excelled one season and were hardly heard from again, Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock often points out.
That's his way of telling young players to not let success get to their heads and to bring it every season.
The Red Wings' young players are doing just that, led once again by Gustav Nyquist. After scoring a team-high 28 goals in just 57 games during his breakout 2013-14 season, Nyquist is showing he's not a one-year wonder.
He leads the club with 11 goals, giving him 39 goals in 82 games since the start of last season.
Updated 6x at 5:24 PM with this:
As Paul noted:
1. Somewhat surprisingly, Joe Hicketts was the only Red Wings prospect named to Team Canada's World Junior Selection Camp roster. Neither Tyler Bertuzzi nor Zach Nastasiuk made the cut;
2. And Justin Abdelkader didn't practice for the Wings today, and is out for tomorrow's game against Florida (the Panthers are playing in Columbus tonight, and the Miami Herald's George Richards reports that Al Montoya is starting for Florida this evening).
MLive's Ansar Khan Tweeted out the Wings' lines...
Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland joins Hockey Central @ Noon to discuss his club's recipe for success thus far in a season that many thought would see the perennial contenders struggle.
I listened to the 12 1/2 minute interview and Holland talked the start by the Wings, praised Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Kronwall. Then discussed Joe Hicketts, Stephen Weiss and Babcock contract..
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Victoria's Joe Hicketts is the only defenceman invited to this camp who wasn't invited to the summer camp. At 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds, he's not blessed with extraordinary size or speed, and the 1996-born blueliner wasn't drafted by an NHL team last summer.
But after attending Detroit's summer prospect camp, and then getting invited to the Wings' rookie tournament team in Traverse City, the undrafted free agent sufficiently impressed the Wings to get an NHL contract. He's been an offensive dynamo in the WHL this season.
With seven goals and 36 points in 28 games, he leads all WHL defencemen in scoring, but he's fifth amongst all players in the WHL. It doesn't hurt that Lowry, who will handle the defencemen for Groulx, is Hicketts' head coach in Victoria.
For a defenceman of that stature in the WJC, Hicketts doesn't have the same dynamic qualities to his game as, say, Ryan Ellis in 2009 and 2010, but he has a scrappy get-things-done mentality and puts up points.
more on Canada's roster...
via Chuck Pleiness tweet,
Justin Abdelkader the lone player missing from practice today. He injured his shoulder late in the second period Sunday.
This post will be udated as needed.
added 11:25am, via Ansar Khan tweets,
added 12:12pm, Khan tweet,
Babcock had no update on Abdelkader other than he is out tomorrow and is day to day. Hurt shoulder on hit from Sbisa.
There's not a whole lot of prospect news this morning, but:
Ahead of today's announcement of Canada's World Junior pre-tournament camp roster (Tyler Bertuzzi, Joe Hicketts and Zach Natsasiuk are all strong candidates to be named to said team), tomorrow's announcement of Team USA's World Junior pre-tournament camp roster (Dylan Larkin will be named to the team and Dominic Turgeon is a possible addition), the impending Swedish WJC team-naming (Axel Holmstrom's a strong candidate), and tomorrow's Grand Rapids Griffins game against the Toronto Marlies (whew, that was a mouthful)...
A very surprising development took place with the OHL's Saginaw Spirit. It's assumed that Saginaw is going to trade overage goaltender and Wings prospect Jake Paterson, but the Saginaw News's Cory Butzin reports that the team chose to release goaltender Nikita Serebryakov and continue to utilize Paterson as their starter for the present moment:
The Red Wings' 5-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks was the only game on the NHL schedule on Sunday, and between the power outage at the Joe, the Miller vs. Miller angle, Justin Abdelkader's shoulder injury or the fact that the Red Wings' fourth straight win leaves Detroit now 1 point behind both the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens and Lightning--as well as the Eastern Conference-leading Islanders and Penguins...
You'd think there were more than enough "angles" to cover this game that didn't involve near-conspiracy-theory interpretations of Tom Kowal and Tim Peel's refereeing. Pavel Datsyuk's 2-goal performance, maybe, Tomas Jurco's status as a point-per-game player despite playing on the "shut-down line," sure, or perhaps the Wings having won 8 of their past 11 games, with a favorable home schedule awaiting them this month (with a Florida Panthers team that will have played in Columbus this evening comming to town on Tuesday), those are all good angles.
Especially when "We Wuz Robbed" is something we usually hear from the Red Wings' fans, myself included.
However, "We Wuz Robbed!" is exactly where we begin, and we don't begin it with the Red Wings suggesting that Peel or Kowal were terrible. We begin with the Vancouver Province's Jason Botchford summarizing the biggest of the of Canucks' many beefs with the refs...
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