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via the Wings' YouTube Channel,

eaturing Ken Kal, Carley Johnston, Ken Holland, Danny DeKeyser, Jimmy Howard, Jared Coreau, and Jeff Blashill 


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Closing Out The Talk On The Petr Mrazek Trade

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings could have waited to see how Mrazek played until the end of the season before deciding whether to make him a $4 million qualifying offer. But Holland said a decision needed to be made Monday, when the Philadelphia Flyers, whose top two goaltenders (Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth) are out for an extended time with injuries, came calling.

"I'm not sure what's going to happen in the next 25 games," Holland said. "I don't have a crystal ball. I can't read the future as to how everyone is going to play, but certainly at this stage, right now, Petr is playing very well. Certainly, that will be part of the reason why Philadelphia had interest and we made the decision to acquire a draft pick.

"Could I have waited three, four, five more days? I guess, but (Flyers GM) Ron Hextall) told me that he wanted to acquire a goaltender yesterday. I can't wait until Saturday or Sunday."...

Asked about why Mrazek's play had declined the past two years, despite the recent surge, Holland said: "Certainly, I've got ideas. Sometimes I've got ideas I think about certain situations I can't tell you people. I don't think it's fair to all the people involved. I like Petr. I think this summer he really dug in. He understood that he was in competition with Jimmy Howard coming into this season. Certainly, when we signed him two years ago, the thought, the plan, the hope was that he was going to take this team over and play 60 games a year and we were going to go on that direction."


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Dealing With The Mental Side Of The Game

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from Amy Moritz of the Buffalo News,

An 82-game schedule in the National Hockey League can wreck havoc on your body. Even the lucky ones who don't miss time with an injury are battling some physical ailments -- bumps, bruises, exhausted muscles that need time to recover.

But the season also takes a toll mentally. It's a grind, even if you're on a winning team. And just like learning how to take care of themselves physically to recover from games and practices, players have to learn their own best practices to take care of themselves mentally.

"Some years are more trying than others and trying in a different sense, too," said Sabres forward Kyle Okposo. "It's different when you're winning. When you're winning a lot you have to stay sharp all the time and that's a different kind of grind. When things aren't going well, you're trying to get sharp. You're trying to find a different type of motivation every game and that's a different kind of grind. The long and the short of it is any time you play an 82-game season it's a grind mentally. We have to find a way to try and be at our best every night."


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A Three-Year Extension For Erik Gudbranson In Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed defenceman Erik Gudbranson to a three-year contract extension that will carry an average annual value of $4,000,000.

"Erik is an important part of our team and provides a physical element to our blueline," said Benning. "His leadership qualities help us as we continue to integrate younger players in our lineup. He is a quality person, a great teammate, outstanding in the community and we are excited to have him as part of our team moving forward."

Gudbranson, 26, has recorded two goals and two assists in 41 games with the Canucks this season. His 99 hits rank third on the team while his 64 blocked shots rank fourth. In 2016.17, the 6-2, 220-pound defenceman recorded six points (1-5-6) and 18 penalty minutes in 30 games in his first season in Vancouver. 

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The Morning Skate By The Detroit Red Wings

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via Ansar Khan tweets,

Mike Green back on the ice for the morning skate for #RedWings.

lines at the skate:

Jimmy Howard in starter’s net, obviously, for #RedWings, who face @PredsNHL at 7:30 tonight at @LCArena_Detroit.

power play units:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Mantha (net front), Frk-Kronwall
Athanasiou-Larkin-Abdelkader (net front), Tatar-Green
Looks like Green and Frk are in tonight, based on this.

added 11:17am, Khan...

Green said he’s out tonight.

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Ken Holland On The Trade

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Holland just met with the media...

via Nick Cotsonika tweets,

Holland said he could have waited a few more days, but the Flyers needed a goalie now. Not a lot of other teams looking for goalies.

Holland: "In order to be where we want to be, I have to acquire draft picks, and we have to hit on those draft picks."

Holland: "I don't believe in massive rebuilds." Got to slowly move in young players but keep veterans to teach and create internal competition.

added 10:17am, Cotsonika...

Holland said his mindset isn't so much about this season or next, but down the road.

added 10:26am, Cotsonika again...

Holland on returning to Cup contention: "There's going to be some pain along the way."

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The Quarter-Finals Are Set For Olympic Hockey

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The Playoff Hopes For The Philadelphia Flyers Now Belong To Petr Mrazek

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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

If Mrazek lights it up in the NHL’s goalie graveyard, the Flyers will have the opportunity to qualify and keep him. Or, they could work out a deal for less, much in the same way they did with  in 2013.

Most importantly, Mrazek has playoff experience. Elliott has a lot of work to do to recover from core muscle surgery. The oft-injured Neuvirth will be out “weeks,” according to Hextall. And Mrazek’s playoff numbers (.931 save percentage in 10 starts) are significantly better than Elliott's postseason numbers.

The Flyers made a small bet. It’s up to Mrazek to deliver the payoff – for his future, the Flyers, and even the Red Wings.

“He was the available guy that really intrigued us,” Hextall said. “We know how capable he is … He’s played extremely well over the last month. I think he’s had some really good times in his career where he’s been a very good goalie and he can be a difference maker.”


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The Latest Trade Talk Regarding Luke Glendening

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from TSN,

TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli wrote Monday the 'belief is  the Toronto Maple Leafs offered a fifth-round pick for Luke Glendening, while the Detroit Red Wings countered by asking for a second-round pick." Seravalli added that the two teams tabled talks at that point since the Leafs were not willing to meet the Red Wings' price.

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger said Tuesday morning Glendening is drawing interest on the trade market, but it's unclear if the Leafs still have interest.

"The Toronto Maple Leafs' interest in Glendening, it's pretty obvious, is the connection from [head coach Mike] Babcock to Glendening," Dreger told TSN Radio 1050 Toronto. "He'd be a depth centre, probably on the fourth line. The problem with him is - aside from anyone that wants to judge his hockey talent, if you're critical of his hockey talent - he has three years remaining after this year at $1.8 million per year. So Detroit would have to eat money and the sense that I was getting up until yesterday was that, yeah, Toronto had some interest but they weren't really in a position yet to make a legit offer, so it seemed dead. 

"Now, over the course of the night, it sounds like Ken Holland and the Red Wings are now tracking a bit more interest in Glendening, but I don't know yet whether or not Toronto is back in that mix."

continue for more names mentioned in trade talk...

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Why This Year’s Olympics is Missing the NHL’s Biggest Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

By Charles,

The Olympic Games are widely regarded as the pinnacle of sporting achievement. It attracts world-renowned athletes from a wide range of sports and is watched by an audience of up to four billion people.

In April of last year, however, it was revealed that many of ice hockey’s biggest stars weren’t going to be making the trip to South Korea. We’re finding out what’s caused the situation to arise and whether it’s likely to be resolved in the future, below:

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