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Ranking The Starting Goalies In The NHL

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from Sam McCaig of The Hockey News,

Here’s my ranking of the NHL’s 31 starting goalies entering the 2018-19 season:

1. Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets: Consistently one of the very best goalies in the league, he’s in his prime on a hardworking, defensively solid team that’s trending up.

2. Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning: He had the Vezina Trophy in his sights last season before running out of steam down the stretch. Still, he’s a great young goalie on a great young team.

3. Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets: The Jets-Bolts showdown in the 2019 Stanley Cup final is gonna be something to see.

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The State Of The Wings Franchise

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from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

It’s hard to overstate how important the 2018 draft was for this franchise. It’s still far too early to make proclamations about how any of the prospects will pan out, but there’s a pretty clear infusion of talent that gives reason to think better days may be ahead. If Zadina makes his debut early in the season, that energy could start to bubble soon.

But the weighty contracts for Abdelkader, Ericsson and DeKeyser are still very much an issue right now. Again, there’s no massive repercussion for a team that’s not likely to contend anyway, but cap space is its own form of asset, and it’s one Detroit simply doesn’t have. Things should begin to balance out as young players continue to trickle up the chain, and that’s where getting them ice time becomes essential. The season will be defined by the strides those players make.

Going forward, the Red Wings still need to add high-end blueliners and another top center — though Larkin’s continued development could certainly ease the urgency there. The franchise is still not in an ideal situation. But it’s definitely farther along than it was a year ago.

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Video- Improved Farm Systems And Impact From Prospects

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In regards to question #1, Pronman mentions the Sabres, Islanders and Canadiens.

 

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Niklas Kronwall Knows This May Be His Last Year In The NHL

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from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

 Niklas Kronwall said this season could be his last in the NHL.

The Detroit Red Wings defenseman, 37, is entering the final season of a seven-year contract extension he signed Oct. 31, 2011, with an NHL salary cap charge of $4.75 million. He said there have been no talks with the Red Wings regarding an extension.

"If this happens to be the end of the road, I would be more than happy with the journey that I've had and more than thankful to the Ilitch family and (general manager) Kenny Holland for giving me the opportunity that I have for being able to be with the same team for my entire career," Kronwall, a veteran of 14 NHL seasons, said this week during the NHL European Player Media Tour. "We'll see what happens.

"I've been fortunate enough to play in Detroit all these years and I have a tough time seeing myself in a different jersey."

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Video- Red Berenson Joined The NHL Network Today

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Hockey Notes In Mid-August

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- The contract Ryan Ellis signed with Nashville – eight years, $6 million a year –  is the kind of money Jake Gardiner can expect in his next contract, either from the Leafs or from another NHL team. Gardiner is no Ellis – but he’s just a step and some sense behind.

- Brendan Shanahan doesn’t understand any talk about Auston Matthews being bothered by the signing of John Tavares or the logic attached to it. When Shanahan played for Detroit, the Red Wings signed Brett Hull. He welcomed the signing. It made his life easier.

- Amazing how challenging it is to make a list projecting the Top 50 players in the NHL for the coming season. I’m at 50 and am having difficulty finding places for excellent players such as Marc-Andre Fleury, Mark Stone, Nylander, Torey Krug, Logan Couture, Braden Holtby, Vincent Trocheck and Filip Forsberg. I’m still playing with the list, but this is a tough assignment … Picking one and two is easy – it’s either Sidney Crosby or Connor McDavid. After that, everything’s an argument. And a hard one: Where you do put Erik Karlsson this season? Which Erik Karlsson? And for what team? 

a few more hockey blurbs...

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Video- Training With Aaron Ekblad

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It's slow, very slow so how about doing some off-season training with Aaron Ekblad.

 

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Brock Boeser Ready To Play His Game Again

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from Jessi Pierce at NHL.com,

Brock Boeser is raring to go with the Vancouver Canucks after proclaiming himself healthy and showing no effects of a lower-back injury that ended his rookie season March 5.

"It was a long four months, so it feels really good to get back out there," the 21-year-old forward said Wednesday between games at Da Beauty League, a 4-on-4 summer league featuring players with connections to Minnesota. "I feel like I'm playing my game again. It's been a good summer since they cleared me."...

It was a breakout season, but one that could add pressure for a repeat, especially with the Canucks beginning a new era following the retirement of forwards Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin after 17 seasons in the NHL.

"There's always pressure, at least you think there's pressure, but I try not to let pressure situations get the most of me," Boeser said. "I definitely exceeded my expectations [last season], so I think I can take that into [this season].

"I really can't get away from the style play that I play. I think I just need to go in there and hopefully be a better player than I was last year, make sure I come to the rink every day working hard and help make the team better."

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Detroit’s Goaltending Coach Jeff Salajko On Jimmy Howard And Jonathan Bernier

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from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

With the parity in the league right now, Salajko knows that the Wings will need both goalies to perform at a high level.

"Jonathan Bernier has shown that he has the potential to get hot," Salajko said. "Last year he won nine in a row for Colorado and I think he was the reason they got into the playoffs. I hope Jimmy can come out of the gates (hot).

"I hope we have the best 1-2 punch in the league. They're going to give us a chance to maybe fight for that playoff spot."

more goalie talk...

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Video- 28 Minutes Of Steve Yzerman Highlights

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From the 1997-98 season, including the playoffs.

Thanks to awood40 for the highlights.

 

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