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Riley Sheahan On Remaining With The Red Wings

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

This has been about as difficult a season as a player can experience for Riley Sheahan.

But, the young forward is glad he will finish it as a Detroit Red Wing.

The Red Wings were listening to trade offers for Sheahan prior to Wednesday's deadline, but apparently didn't like what was being proposed, so they held onto him.

"You see your name out there, but you try not to pay attention to it," Sheahan said. "Obviously, you don't have that inside information, you don't really know what's going on. Obviously, this is the place I want to be. I made a lot of good friends here. It would be hard to leave this place So, it was nice that it (deadline) ended."

Sheahan, 25, has no goals and nine assists in 59 games. His minus-19 rating is tied with Dylan Larkin for the worst on the team.

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Jeff Blashill On Henrik Zetterberg

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Coach Jeff Blashill was asked about Henrik Zetterberg this morning, in advance of tonight's game against the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome (9, FSD). At 36, Zetterberg is playing some of his finest hockey and leading the Wings with 48 points in 61 games. Game by game, he makes his presence felt, makes his linemates better and is keeping the Wings within reach of the playoffs, even though it would take a monumental run to make it happen (the Wings are 10 points out of a wild-card spot).

“He is probably one of the best competitors I’ve ever been around in my life,” Blashill said. “His competitive desire is unreal. It’s not an outwardly competitiveness where he is real emotional -- it’s just his ability to grind.

“I believe we will make the playoffs because of Henrik Zetterberg.”

In case anyone is tempted to misread what Blashill said, he isn’t pinning it on Zetterberg for the Wings to make the playoffs. Blashill is saying never to count out Zetterberg because of his inner drive, because of his wil power.

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Below, Abdelkader, Zetterberg and Blashill talked with Flames TV...

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Describe The Wings Rebuild

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

How do you define rebuild?

There is a strong argument the Red Wings started to rebuild when Nicklas Lidstrom skated in solitude back to the bench door on April 20, 2012, and looked up at the scoreboard after the clock expired in the fifth and final game against the Predators, knowing his career was likely done.

In the wake of Steve Yzerman, Scotty Bowman, Brendan Shanahan and Sergei Fedorov, the Wings were due a little refurbishing.

When they did not sign the next big free agents, Ryan Suter, a sensible replacement for Lidstrom, or Zach Parise, both of who chose the comforts of kin over the courtship of the Red Wings brass, the need grew.

The Wings never announced it, of course. But general manager Ken Holland eventually adopted the description “rebuild on the fly.”


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Jeff Blashill Still Believes

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The Morning Skate In Calgary

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Nyquist (suspended)

Mrazek in starter's net, Coreau backing up. Howard rotating in.

added 1:42pm,

 power-play units:
Athanasiou-Nielsen-Abdelkader (net front), Kronwall-Zetterberg
Mantha-Helm (net front)-Larkin, Tatar-Green

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Brendan Smith On His Debut With The New York Rangers

via Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

At least Brendan Smith was able to get well acquainted with what life is like in the defensive zone in the first 20 minutes of his Rangers career — considering that that’s where essentially the entire first period of Thursday’s game was played.

“It was like a whirlwind,” Smith, acquired from Detroit on Tuesday, said after the 2-1 victory over the Bruins, in which he played 20:51, primarily paired with Ryan McDonagh. “It’s really tough to learn a system in a couple of days, there’s different lingo I tried to pick up on, so I just tried to keep it as simple as I could.

“Obviously there were some errors out there that I’ll want to correct, but I thought it got better as it went along. I’ll try and build on this and get better.”

Playing with McDonagh, his one-time teammate at Wisconsin, even if almost a decade ago, provided some aid and comfort. Then again, it does for anyone playing on the captain’s right side.

“I love the way he competes on the ice,” McDonagh said. “I was trying to help him, all our guys were, but his speed, the way he challenges players and the physical presence he brings, He’s going to be a big help for our team.”

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Flames set-up—Callahan’s chance in Calgary

The Detroit Red Wings open their post-trade deadline schedule with back-to-back games in Alberta, battling the Calgary Flames this evening (9 PM EST on FSD/Sportsnet West/97.1 FM) and Edmonton on Saturday (10 PM on FSD/CBC/97.1 FM).

Tonight's opponent has played surprisingly well--Calgary has a 36-24-and-4 record, they've won 5 straight games, and most recently took a 2-1 OT decision over Los Angeles on Tuesday--and the Wild Card Spot-holding Flames spoke with the Calgary Herald's Kristen Odland regarding their push for a playoff spot:

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‘Two Things’: On the Sheahan conundrum and a Chris Ilitch speech

I'd normally place these "two things" into larger hockey entries, but they'r'e intriguing on their own, but not quite strong enough for stand-alone entries:


1. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman penned a post-trade deadline version of "30 Thoughts," and he offered this "thought" about Riley Sheahan:

6. Detroit had a lot of activity on Riley Sheahan, maybe about 10 teams. The Red Wings pulled him back, deciding to try to figure out themselves what has happened this year. It’s a fair question: if so many others see value, what are we missing? It’s been a nightmare for Sheahan, 0 goals in 59 games. He’s had a lot of different wingers, been moved out of the middle himself. But, big centres aren’t easy to replace. Sometimes the best thing to do is fix your own problems, hope to reap the benefits later. That’s the plan with Sheahan.

2. And Chris Ilitch spoke for 20 minutes at the Detroit Economic Club on Thursday, as noted by the Detroit News's Christine Ferretti...

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Prospect news: SHL round-up and a Cholowski profile

Of prospect-related note:

In the SHL, Christoffer Ehn sat as the 13th forward in the Frolunda Indians' 3-2 OT win over Brynas;

Axel Holmstrom had an assist and won 60% of his faceoffs in Skelleftea AIK's 3-1 win over Linkopings HC;

In the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo played 12:18 in TPS Turku's 3-2 loss to Ilves;

In the QMJHL, Adam Marsh had an assist and finished at +1, taking 5 shots in the Charlottetown Islanders' 3-0 win over Rimouski;

And the Saint Cloud Times' Mick Hatten penned a profile of Dennis Cholowski, a defenseman who's still something of a project defenseman after growing half-a-foot two years ago:

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Wings’ Practice In Calgary

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Mitch Callahan,  wearing No. 57 on helmet, at practice prior to second NHL game tomorrow

Jimmy Howard at practice. Not sure yet if he'll be ready for conditioning stint

RedWings practice in Calgary. Mrazek in starter's net as expected.

RedWings have no extra players for tomorrow at @NHLFlames 12 F, 6 D as Nyquist serves final game of suspension.

power-play units:
Athanasiou-Nielsen-Abdelkader (net front), Kronwall-Zetterberg
Tatar-Helm (net front)-Larkin, Martha-Geeen

added 4:42pm, Khan again...

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