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TSN Insiders Tonight

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TSN Hockey Insiders Chris Johnson, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger joing host Kate Beirness to discuss some major topics of interest as the NHL Entry Draft and start of the free agency period are just around the corner.

Watch at TSN and read the segment's transcript.

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Derek Lalonde It Is

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DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman today announced that the team has named Derek Lalonde the 28th head coach in franchise history.

“I’m very pleased to announce Derek as our new head coach,” Yzerman said. “He has proven himself as an excellent coach at every level and has spent the last four seasons in the National Hockey League as part of a very successful program in Tampa Bay. We feel he is ready to take the next step in his career as the head coach of the Detroit Red Wings.”

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Pavel Datsyuk Plans To Announce His Retirement

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from Cam Lewis of The Daily Faceoff,

Set to turn 44 years old in a few weeks, it appears Pavel Datsyuk is ready to hang up his skates.

The Detroit Red Wings legend is in Krasnoyarsk, Russia for a charity farewell game being hosted by former NHLer Alexander Semin. Datsyuk told the media at the event that he plans to announce his retirement from professional hockey in the near future.

“Everything is logical, I just haven’t officially announced it yet,” Datsyuk said. “Everything is logical, everyone understands. I will definitely announce, with great pleasure and respect for the fans, for everyone who helped me.”


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Rebuilds Do Take Time

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from Travis Yost of TSN, 

But one interesting takeaway is that five years out, the likelihood of a team being inside of the top five is about the same as it is being inside of the bottom five. That is to say: as unique as Colorado’s wildly accelerated rebuild appears to be, it’s similarly unique to be such a poorly performing franchise for so many years.

To that end, it makes some sense why rebuilding organizations like the Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators have a multi-year plan. It takes time. But it doesn’t, and shouldn’t, take forever. At some point, organizational strengths (weaknesses) will manifest themselves. For those who adjudicate the performance of front offices and player development, it gives us a reasonable timeline to work with when it comes to expectations.

Rebuilds take time, but they shouldn’t be endless. And the longer they go on, the more critical we should be of roster-building efforts.


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Parade Talk From Denver

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The Avalanche coach was fighting back tears as he spoke.

"This is a surreal moment for me," Bednar said. "I'm going to try not to get emotional but I already am. We love you guys, love you."

Bednar thanked "the level of commitment and trust and patience" that Sakic and the ownership group had in him.

"They gave me my first chance," he said.

He thanked the families of all the players and coaches for their support. He also thanked his coaching staff and the Avalanche support staff.

"They do all the heavy lifting, honestly," Bednar said. "You don't even know how much work these guys do to be successful."

And then about the players, Bednar again was fightning back the tears as he spoke.

"I couldn't be more proud of these guys," he said. "I can't even explain it. I couldn't put it into words. I mean, everyone has a story and I could go through every guy and the sacrifices they made for our team. I'm amazed by every single one of them. I'm so happy for them. I'm so proud of them. I love these guys."

Bednar closed by thanking the fans for their support.

"I love you," he said. "I appreciate it. Thank you for letting me be a part of it."

much more from the parade...

added 3:49pm, watch Bednar from the parade below...

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Detroit Red Wings Release Preseason Schedule

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced their 2022-23 preseason schedule. <>  

The 2022-23 Red Wings will take to the ice for the first time on Tuesday, Sept. 27 with a road game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:00 p.m. at PPG Paints Arena, before making their Little Caesars Arena season debut on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Red Wings will close out September with a home contest against the Washington Capitals on Friday, Sept. 30 at Little Caesars Arena at 7:30 p.m.

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Talking Dynasty In Colorado

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from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

The first, glorious taste of sweet champagne from the Stanley Cup in 21 years only wet everybody’s whistle.

Avalanche Country thirsts for a big gulp of glory.

With a strong core built to last around defenseman Cale Makar and center Nathan MacKinnon, dare we dream of a hockey dynasty?...

As the Cup was waltzed around the ice during giddy moments immediately after a 2-1 victory against Tampa Bay clinched the championship on a steamy Monday night in Florida, the newly crowned champs approached franchise owner Stan Kroenke, who has built a sprawling sports empire that spans the globe from Los Angeles to London.

“The minute I came down here,” said Kroenke, surrounded by reporters in Amalie Arena, “the players were coming up to me, saying: ‘This is amazing. Let’s do it again.’”

But before taking a breath, Stan the Man quickly added: “That’s hard to do.”

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A Coaching Announcement Over The Holiday Weekend?

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

He appears to still be contemplating who the next head coach of the Detroit Red Wings should be, nearly nine weeks after the position opened. Connect the dots and they draw a picture of either Derek Lalonde or Jeff Halpern, assistant coaches with the Tampa Bay Lightning who became available for interviews Monday, the day after the Lightning lost in the Stanley Cup Final to the Colorado Avalanche. Lalonde and Halpern both have been assistants since 2018-19, Yzerman's last year as GM of the Lightning....

Conventional practice is to make the announcement and then hold a news conference. A new coach certainly could be introduced virtually; the pandemic has facilitated that, but given what a big deal it is, it's likely the Wings will want to have the event in person at Little Caesars Arena. The upcoming holiday weekend isn't likely to deter Yzerman's decision....

There's no rush to make a decision, but after this weekend, the business of running an NHL team cranks up: There's the draft, followed by development camp, and then free agency begins July 13.

Yzerman has been searching for a new coach since April 30, when he informed Jeff Blashill his contract would not be renewed. There has been a cornucopia of candidates, but several have been snapped up by other teams:  The Vegas Golden Knights hired Bruce Cassidy, the Dallas Stars hired Peter DeBoer, the Florida Panthers hired Paul Maurice, and the Chicago Blackhawks hired Luke Richardson. That leaves the Wings, Boston Bruins and Winnipeg Jets with vacancies.


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Report- Derek Lalonde Interviewed With The Wings On Tuesday

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from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Tampa Bay Lightning assistant coach Derek Lalonde was in Detroit Tuesday to interview for the vacant head coaching job, according NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes....

Joe Smith of the Athletic profiled Lalonde after he temporarily became Lightning head coach. Cooper was in COVID-19 protocol.

Lalonde a Colorful Character
The gifted writer said Lalonde possesses an outgoing personality and self-deprecating humor that helps him connect to player. He often starts speeches with a joke. His fashion faux pas are legendary. Mismatched socks. Tie-shirt coordination that doesn’t work. Old man shoes. He often faces ribbing about his wardrobe.

“Lalonde can take it,” Smith writes, “as the short-and-stocky, bald coach notes his resemblance to Uncle Fester from “The Addams Family.” He’ll tell players that he was a Division III goalie back in the day, but he’s still got issues skating crossing over to his left.”


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Report- Minnesota Wild Trade The Rights Of Kevin Fiala To The LAK

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added 4:31pm,


added 4:35pm, LAK release is below.

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