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From ESPN's John Buccigross's "TwitterBagSkate":
Yes, I think that works out perfectly. Current captain Henrik Zetterberg is making $7.5 million this season, but he has five more years on a cap-friendly contract ($1 million per year in the final two years) that takes him to age 40. He'll retire at that point, assuming he's stayed healthy enough to make it that far. Teammates say fellow Red Wing Justin Abdelkader is captain material.
If Zetterberg finishes his contract as the captain, Abdelkader will be 34 by then. Dylan Larkin will be 25. That would be a perfect time to pass the torch, assuming it doesn't happen before then. The Wings view Larkin as their Jonathan Toews-like centerpiece for the next dozen years, as one of their elite pillars. They need to find more, though.
I wouldn't be surprised if Larkin has an "A" on his jersey in two years, if not sooner, but we'll have to see how things play out over time.
Update: Blashill tells the beat writers that Mrazek starts vs. Phoenix and that Marchenko will sit.
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Ever think that you would have a better chance of understanding what your teacher was saying if he or she was putting everything in hockey terms?
A few lucky kids will get that chance.
The Detroit Red Wings, the National Hockey League Players’ Association and the NHL have announced the launch of “The Hockey Scholar,” a new “hockey-themed educational course in conjunction with the NHL & NHLPA Future Goals Program™, designed to enable elementary and middle school students to develop important science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills and understand the real world application of these disciplines.”
The Wings’ Niklas Kronwall and Justin Abdelkader will be on hand at one elementary school next Tuesday to introduce the new program to children. They will spend time with the students in the classroom and then hold an assembly in the gymnasium that will feature a shootout between teachers and students.
“We’re excited to continue to bring the Red Wings into the classroom for students throughout the state of Michigan to help them learn the critical skills of science, technology, engineering and math through the game of hockey,” said Tom Wilson, President and CEO of Olympia Entertainment. “The Future Goals program provides a fun way for students to expand on what they’re learning in the classroom through a cutting-edge digital learning environment.”
MLive's Brendan Savage conducted a wide-ranging Q and A with Riley Sheahan:
MLive: What do you think is the biggest misconception fans about NHL players, life in the NHL?
Sheahan: I guess when you hear people say how easy it would be to be a professional athlete. It's a grind for 82 games mentally and physically. Obviously it's what we want to be doing and it's our dream but we gotta go through some things and sacrifice some things. You've got to be pretty disciplined. I think some people, because they see the glory on TV and things like that, think it's pretty easy but it's something you gotta work hard for.
Savage continues, mostly dicussing Sheahan's time spent at the University of Notre Dame and Sheahan's guitar-playing skills...
I will be doing an "Ask Me Anything" Q and A on Reddit at 5 PM EST on Wednesday, January 13th. I'll be talking about the Wings, prospects and...things...It should be fun.
Of prospect-related note:
In the AHL, Jakub Kindl stepped right into the Grand Rapids Griffins' lineup and made himself useful: Kindl scored the game-winning goal and took 4 shots as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Charlotte Checkers 5-3 on Tuesday night.
Anthony Mantha opened the scoring, Martin Frk scored 2 goals, Andy Miele had 2 assists and Jared Coreau stopped 33 of 36 shots for Grand Rapids. The Griffins' website posted a recap:
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness duly notes that Alexey Marchenko, who scored a goal against Los Angeles on Monday, is at least making the job of deciding which defensemen should dress a difficult one:
Alexey Marchenko appears he’ll be a fixture along the Detroit Red Wings blue line for the time being, or at least for now. Marchenko played in his 36th consecutive game in Monday’s 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
“I think he’s done a good job through the course of the year, he doesn’t give up many chances,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “I look through our chances against for the first 40 games and especially our Grade A chances against, the ones we keep internally, not the ones kept through the league, he’s probably got the least amount of Grade A chances against of any of the defensemen, so he does a good job of that.
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. MLive's Ansar Khan utilized Jeff Blashill's comments about his players needing to contribute more regularly on an individual basis to name names:
"I'd say individually there's some guys that just have to give a little bit more," Blashill said. "We need some guys producing a little bit at a higher level. We need some guys playing at a little bit higher level."
Nobody is struggling more than Gustav Nyquist, who has gone 10 games without a goal and has just 16 shots during this stretch.
Scott Cullen hands out awards for the first half of the 2015-2016 NHL season.
Winner: Braden Holtby, Washington
Runners-Up: Roberto Luongo, Florida; Petr Mrazek, Detroit
All three have an overall save percentage of .930 or better, with Holtby slightly ahead at .932, and Mrazek (.946) is ahead of Holtby (.938) and Luongo (.937) in War-on-Ice’s (5-on-5) adjusted save percentage, which attempts to account for quality of shots faced. Holtby and Luongo have handled a heavier workload, which gives them an edge, but all three are very close.
Winner: Artemi Panarin, LW, Chicago
Runners-Up: Dylan Larkin, LW, Detroit; Jack Eichel, C, Buffalo
The biggest obstalces for Panarin to overcome will be perception that he’s a 24-year-old with plenty of pro (KHL) experience and he’s had his production – 39 points in 44 games -- inflated by playing opposite the league’s leading scorer. For more traditional options, Larkin is a 19-year-old who looks like a future star, stepping into a top-six role for the Wings and not looking remotely out of place.
read the full list at TSN.
added 5:21pm, Jonathan Willis of Sportsnet ranks the top 10 goalies...
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