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Evening Line- Ted Lindsay

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"As long as I can keep in good health, I'll do whatever I can and stay involved however I can. Hockey is the greatest game in the world, bar none. You don't hide when you get on the ice. You can't hide. You either show that you've got something, or you don't have anything."

- NHL great Ted Lindsay.  Dave Stubbs of NHL.com has much more on Lindsay from Las Vegas.

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Open Post- NHL Awards And Expansion Draft

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It should be an interesting night.  Watch on NBCSN and Sportsnet beginning at 8:00pm ET.

Feel free to comment and and mention the award winners, expansion draft picks, etc.  I will be recapping in another post when the night is complete.

Below, I have embedded a Twitter list of around 100 hockey folks I follow, and you can too.

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Afternoon news: On Spencer Foo and a bunch of draft talk

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Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. TSN's Frank Seravalli offers a Spencer Foo update:

Wouldn't be surprised to see VGK take B. Davidson from #Habs. Same agent as Spencer Foo & Reid Duke. Belief is Foo is down to VGK or Detroit.


#Oilers another team still in the mix on Foo. He's waiting until after expansion draft to make a decision.

2. The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan examined the hardest set of draft-eligible players to pin down in the goaltending crop:

Why is the goaltending position such an afterthought on draft day? Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting, recently had a reasonable explanation on NHL.com.

“It’s arguably the hardest position (to develop),” Marr said. “The development process takes a little bit longer. Goaltenders have to play, and a lot of times at this age they’re not the No. 1 goaltender on their team so they don’t necessarily get the quality ice time. They’re still 18 years old.

“If you do a quick study of the top goaltenders in the league, and look at it based on salary, a lot of them weren’t high picks in the draft. It’s a very difficult position for some to grasp.”

Kulfan continues, and yes, I expect the Wings to take a goalie in this draft, but it sure as heck won't be on the first day.

3. Kulfan also spoke with Ken Holland regarding the Wings' 11 picks in this year's draft:

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Thoughts about Nosek heading to Vegas

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Some quick thoughts regarding the news that Craig Custance, Helene St. James and Ted Kulfan are reporting regarding Tomas Nosek being the player the Wings lose to the Vegas Golden Knights:

1. On Nosek, because this is about Nosek, ultimately: It's disappointing that the Grand Rapids Griffins' leading playoff scorer, their #1 center, PP center, PK center, their, "Mr. Everything," is heading to Vegas. At 6'2" and a solid 210 pounds, the Wings are losing a speedy, versatile 23-going-on-24-year-old who was going to be very useful sliding into the fourth line and then improving from there. I'm really bummed that "Nosy" is going away.

2. Regarding the rest of the mess, first, the Red Wings do not get any salary cap relief, which means that we're less likely to see the Wings angle for a Shattenkirk or anyone else. That's a concern given the state of the defense.

3. Okay, so no Sheahan gone. The Knights didn't want somebody that scored two goals all year long. Maybe there was more of a perception that he was damaged goods than we know of.

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The Leaks Keep On Coming

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Tomas Nosek May Be Vegas Bound

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Could very well be...

added 3:33pm,

Update: George here now, and Ted Kulfan confirms (mostly):

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The Order For Tonight’s NHL Awards

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LAS VEGAS (June 21, 2017) – The National Hockey League announced today the order of presentation for tonight’s 2017 NHL Awards™ presented by T-Mobile. Hosted by actor Joe Manganiello and featuring a performance by alt-rock band Arkells, NBCSN and Sportsnet will broadcast the event live from T-Mobile Arena at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

The scheduled order of award presentations is as follows (subject to change):

Ted Lindsay Award (Most Outstanding Player as Voted by NHLPA)
Presenters: Ted Lindsay, Mario Lemieux and Mark Messier

Frank J. Selke Trophy (Forward Who Best Excels in the Defensive Aspects of the Game)
Presenters: Bob Gainey and Jay Baruchel

James Norris Memorial Trophy (Top Defenseman)
Presenters: Denis Potvin and Jay Baruchel

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NBCSN Has Coverage Of The NHL Awards And The Expansion Draft Tonight

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via a press release from NBC,

Wednesday night’s coverage on NBCSN will feature a combination of the annual NHL Awards ceremony and the NHL Expansion Draft. The 2017 NHL Expansion Draft will fill the roster of the Vegas Golden Knights, the league’s first expansion team since 2000, when the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild joined. Vegas will select one player from each of the 30 current NHL teams. Each team has a protected list which from Vegas cannot select a player.

The 2017 NHL Awards will celebrate the best regular-season players in a wide range of categories, including most valuable player (Hart Trophy), outstanding goaltender (Vezina Trophy), outstanding defenseman (Norris Trophy) and outstanding rookie (Calder Trophy). The Ted Lindsay Award, which is presented annually to the “most outstanding player” in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) also will be awarded.

NHL on NBC hosts Kathryn Tappen and Paul Burmeister, and Emmy Award-winning ’Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will provide commentary from T-Mobile Arena, alongside Sportsnet’s Daren Millard, and actor Joe Manganiello, who will host the event.

My understanding via tweets from hockey people is there will be award announcements, an expansion draft pick here and there, more awards, more picks, etc.


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Vladimir Tarasenko’s Journey

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from Vladimir Tarasenko at The Players' Tribune,

I want to tell you story. But I will get something off my chest first.

I get upset when I can’t score. I want to score … I am supposed to score. This, for me, is my job. In playoffs, I didn’t score enough. I am sorry to St. Louis. I feel like I didn’t do as much as I should. I know we had World Cup in September, new coach, players injured — but are there excuses?

No. Excuses … it’s for loser. And I am not loser. I am winner.

I want us to win more than ever. I will get back to this. But now, story.

It’s about my first game of hockey. Not with St. Louis Blues — my first game of hockey ever.

In the story, it’s 1999. I am seven. We have this tournament, back home in Russia, during school breaks — fall, winter and spring. First one I play in is fall. I am ready.


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Full List Of Home Opening Games For The 2017-18 NHL Season

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NEW YORK (June 21, 2017) – The National Hockey League today announced the home openers for all 31 clubs for the 2017-18 regular season. The League’s complete 1,271-game schedule will be revealed tomorrow, Thursday, June 22, at 3 p.m. ET on NHL Network during the live, hour-long NHL Tonight: 2017-18 Schedule Release, where host Steve Mears and analysts E.J. Hradek and Stanley Cup champion John MacLean will announce the regular-season schedule and provide analysis.

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