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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
With the trading of the NHL’s best stache, Mike Brown, to San Jose — let us hope Brown packed more than one suit because the Sharks are on a five-game road trip, with four left, and the Oilers are just winding up a 12-day six-gamer — the Edmonton Oilers opened up a spot on their 50-man max reserve list....
There’s been some discussion that the Oilers should now take a run at Tootoo as a fourth-liner because he has some ability with the puck (he has 133 points and 49 career goals). The Wings really have no room for Tootoo on their salary cap and he’s been in and out of their lineup this season, since they signed him to a three-year free-agent deal in the summer of 2012 to give them some fourth-line energy and a willingness to drop the mitts. They’ve certainly been making phone calls on Tootoo, a healthy scratch for almost all of the playoffs last spring and with only five games this season to see if anybody’s interested.
Tootoo’s cap hit of $1.9 million for this year and next would seem a problem however, if he is going to play on the fourth line and get fewer than seven or eight minutes a night. You can get somebody in the $1 million range for that job. Then again, he is an emotional guy–31 in February– who likes to hit like Cal Clutterbuck likes to hit. He can stir a dead building or team to life.
Tootoo, to me, seems a longshot pickup, though.
Updated 4x at 2:07 PM: Shitty news regarding Red Wings defensman Jonathan Ericsson per MLive's Ansar Khan, who reports that Ericsson's out for 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury:
The Free Press's Helene St. James confirms...
Updated 18x at 3:52 PM: Jonathan Ericsson's out for 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury, Kronwall's been cleared to play and Helm won't be available on Saturday.
It's going to be one of those days...Well, actually two for Red Wings fans who aren't thrilled with the whole "Daniel Alfredsson left Ottawa for the Detroit Red Wings ZOMG HOW, COULD HE?" narrative (which, technically speaking, was a situation we all knew would play out kind of messily when the Senators come to town tomorrow for a 7:30 PM game aired on both Fox Sports Detroit and TSN):
The Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno's already in place in Detroit, and I'm guessing that TSN, Sportsnet, NHL.com, the Globe and Mail, USA Today, Yahoo Sports and ESPN, Aftonbladet and Expressen, among others, will join the Red Wings and Senators' press corps for one of only two games scheduled for tomorrow night.
The Detroit Red Wings recovered from heavy road legs to give the unbeaten-in-regulation-or-OT San Jose Sharks quite a run on Monday night, even without Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson in the lineup. Regrettably, the Wings couldn't or wouldn't recover from acute cases of "passitis" and "too-cute-ness" when they finally lit up Antti Niemi in the 3rd period.
Jimmy Howard gave up a blocker-side shootout goal to Logan Couture, marring an otherwise perfect performance...
The Hockey News's Ryan Kennedy posited an article that slid under the radar on Monday afternoon, noting that the Detroit Red Wings welcome teams who imitate their puck possession style of play. The Wings are happy that they're moving East...
“It’s nice,” said captain Henrik Zetterberg. “It’s fun to go to different places; you see different cities and teams. We haven’t really taken advantage of the travel yet but we’re looking forward to that, come playoffs.”
But they hope to see more of the same to some extent:
And the playoffs is where you always find the Wings in springtime, due to a variety of factors. Talent throughout the lineup and a smart staff led by coach Mike Babcock is the obvious answer, but it’s how that talent has helped the sport evolve that will truly be Detroit’s legacy in the NHL. The Wings were one of the first modern teams to effectively play puck-possession hockey and have spawned numerous acolytes, such as Stanley Cup winners Chicago and Pittsburgh in recent years. And while many teams like to claim they play the puck-possession style, few can do it like Detroit. But the Wings don’t mind the followers.
“Everyone is trying to play like that more and it’s good for hockey,” Zetterberg said. “It’s more enjoyable for the fans to watch teams play hockey instead of just defend. When you have the puck you can do more fun stuff and it’s a good thing for the league.”
Teammate and fellow Swede Mikael Samuelsson is on board with that sentiment. He’s on his second tour of duty with the Winged Wheel and loves the style.
“That’s the fun way to play and that’s how I want to play,” Samuelsson said. “Other teams have figured it out – if you have the puck, you can score.”
The Detroit Red Wings' 1-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks includes a shutout for Jimmy Howard, a shutout for Antti "Freeze The Puck For A Faceoff Every Time" Niemi, who stoned Todd Bertuzzi in the shootout, and an unbeaten status for San Jose thanks to Logan Couture's shootout goal...
And little to no aesthetic value. Minus Brent Burns and Dan Boyle, the Sharks played an ugly road game, and minus Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson, a Wings team struggling to find offense beyond the first game played...an ugly road game.
Updated 3x at 2:16 AM on Tuesday:The Ottawa Senators lost 3-1 to Edmonton on Saturday, but the 3-3-and-2 Senators don't play another hockey game until they come to Joe Louis Arena with TSN and a cadre of Canadian media types (the CP's Stephen Whyno's already in town, and you can expect Sportsnet, the Globe and mail, the CBC and probably NHL.com to join the Senators' press corps) for Wednesday's Daniel Alfredsson reunion game (7:30 PM, FSD/TSN/97.1 FM).
As such, the Senators are already looking forward to the affair, from their coach on down, as OttawaSenators.com's Chris Lund reported after Monday's practice in Ottawa:
Red Wings-Sharks pregame skate: Tootoo in play, WC tix, Wings-Sharks videos, Ouellet, Weiss & scraps
TSN's Darren Dreger mentioned the Red Wings' need to move Jordin Tootoo and/or some salary to a) accommodate Darren Helm's return and b) eventually recall Gustav Nyquist from Grand Rapids:
Trade discussions between NHL clubs are starting to pick up. The Detroit Red Wings are among the teams believed to be eager to make a move.
The Wings need to create some cap space and sources say Jordin Tootoo is in play.
The NHL has suspended Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod five games for hitting Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall from behind in last Wednesday's Wings-Avs game:
Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod has been suspended for five games, without pay, for boarding Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall during NHL Game No. 107 in Denver on Thursday, Oct. 17, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 2:13 of the first period. McLeod was assessed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for boarding.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, McLeod will forfeit $29,487.20. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
via TSN Power Rankings,
This Week 17 - Last Week 13 - Detroit Red Wings 6-3-0
Had a four-game winning streak snapped Saturday at Phoenix, but the bigger concern (when it comes to the rankings) for the Red Wings is the health of D Niklas Kronwall, clearly their best on the blueline.
Key Injuries: D Niklas Kronwall (concussion).
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