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This isn't great news, per the Free Press's Helene St. James...
Niklas Kronwall going on LTIR
Niklas Kronwall on long-term IR
Kronwall expected back for 10-game minimum (Bruins game two Sundays from now), aims to practice next week.
Blashill said the #RedWings have placed Kronwall on LTIR.
The #RedWings do not plan to recall anyone from Grand Rapids for two-game Florida trip. Griffins are currently on their AHL all-star break.
Ditto for MLive's Ansar Khan:
LTIR requires Kronwall to miss at least 10 games (six more) and 24 days. Earliest he could return is Feb. 13 vs. Boston.
Niklas Kronwall, who had knee scoped two weeks ago, still not skating for #RedWings
Updates will come as needed.
added 3:13pm, again via Khan...
Riley Sheahan only player (other than Kronwall) not skating. He's been sick for a few days.
Additions to the post are below...
Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman Xavier Ouellet and forward Jeff Hoggan will take part in the AHL's All-Star Game this evening (7 PM EST on FSD Plus), and MLive's Peter J. Wallner spoke with Ouellet and Hoggan regarding their experiences thus far and anticipation for tonight's game:
While Ouellet certainly would rather be with the Red Wings, he welcomed the opportunity to do a little brain-picking of his peers in his first opportunity to skate with the league's best.
"I'm going to try and see what I can learn and have a good time," said the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Ouellet, who has two goals, 15 points and a plus-6 in 35 games. "You usually see some guys you know from international events or other places, so there's some guys I haven't seen. So you make it a fun show for the fans and enjoy the time with it."
Ouellet won't be the only Griffin in the game. Jeff Hoggan was named earlier as one of two honorary playing captains, along with Syracuse's Mike Angelidis.
"I'm representing the Griffins and I think that speaks to what we've done here the past few years," said Hoggan, a 14-year pro and team captain the past four seasons. "My first thoughts were of appreciation, and to get the opportunity to represent the Griffins and go enjoy it."
Wallner continues, explaining the AHL All-Star Game's format...
Via RedWingsFeed, Expressen's Gunnar Nordstrom had a chat with Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg recently, discussing the World Cup, Johan Franzen's injury, Zetterberg's status as a father and Zetterberg's take on the Red Wings' roster. What follows is a rough translation of Nordstrom's article:
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. Among MLive's Ansar Khan's "5 Things to Watch" this week:
All-Star post-game coverage mostly focused on a certain people's champion as the kind folks who gave up the All-Star Break had to return to their respective locales post haste. However:
MLive's Brendan Savage posted both a post-game video in which Dylan Larkin addressed his All-Star Weekend experience...
And Savage asked a certain Jaromir Jagr about Larkin's potential as compared to, say, Steve Yzerman:
As Xavier Ouellet takes part in the AHL's All-Star Skills competition (Ouellet registered a 93.8 MPH shot in the Hardest Shot competition; the AHL All-Star Game will air on FSD Plus on Monday at 7 PM EST), of prospect-related note:
In the ECHL, Jake Paterson stopped 29 of 31 shots and A.J. Jenks scored in overtime as the Toledo Walleye defeated the Quad City Mallards 3-2 in OT. The Walleye's website posted a recap:
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
1. First, the Windsor Star's Bob Duff penned an article for the Hockey News discussing Henrik Zetterberg's resurgent 2015-16 campaign with the Wings, noting that Zetterberg "hit a wall" last year at this time...
Zetterberg missed much of the second half of 2013-14 after undergoing back surgery following the Sochi Olympics, and the lingering treatment ultimately ground him to a halt. “When I came into last season, it was real exciting because I had been out for a while,” Zetterberg said. “I felt healthy, so going into the season there was a lot of excitement.”
Once the adrenaline wore off, the reality that Zetterberg spent a summer rehabbing his injured back and not partaking in his regular off-season regimen of preparation for the season would eventually exact a toll upon his body. “I hit the wall in January and never came back,” Zetterberg said. “This off-season was better workout-wise, and hopefully it’ll transition more into a steadier season.”
The early returns are positive. Instead of worrying about an old Zetterberg, the Detroit Red Wings captain, who turned 35 in October, looks a lot like the Zetterberg of old.
Already this season, Zetterberg has notched his 300th NHL goal, 500th assist and 800th point. He joined Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Alex Delvecchio and Sergei Fedorov as players with 300 goals and 800 points with Detroit. At the all-star break, Zetterberg has 33 points in 49 games.
“He’s really strong on the puck,” said teammate Tomas Tatar. “I don’t think there’s anybody in the NHL as strong as him.”
Duff continues, and 2. If you're interested in getting a Luke Glendening autograph tomorrow:
Dylan Larkin had 3 assists and finished at +1 during the Atlantic Division's 4-3 win over the Metropolitan Division in the All-Star Game semifinal, and Larkin looked pretty damn slick throughout, including this little give-and-go with PK Subban:
He even seems to get along with Pierre McGuire!
Update: From MLive's Brendan Savage:
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
"I said I was going to give it all I had so I thought ... why not just go for it," said Larkin, 19. "I didn't even know I won until I looked and saw the scoreboard. I didn't know what the record was. I was trying to skate as fast as I can. I've never done a lap like that. I just gave it my best and then see what happened."
Larkin was among the favorites entering the event, which also included Nashville's Roman Josi, Columbus' Brandon Saad, Colorado's Matt Duchesne, Edmonton's Taylor Hall, Ottawa's Erik Karlsson, Pittsburgh's Kris Letang and Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien.
Larkin broke Gartner's record despite stumbling during the final turn. But he didn't think he lost much momentum and wasn't worried it would hurt his time.
"I was still going pretty fast," Larkin said. "I was lucky I caught my footing. I don't know if it was less than perfect. I gave it all I had. I've always been a good skater. I started working out and my speed has kind of taken off. I've always had a pretty good first three steps."
2. The Edmonton Journal's Jonathan Willis spoke with Grand Rapids Griffins coach Todd Nelson regarding his tenure with the Grand Rapids Griffins thus far, as well as Nelson's take on some of the organizatoin's top prospects:
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