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The San Jose Sharks Acquire Eric Fehr From The Toronto Maple Leafs

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SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired Forward Eric Fehr (FAIR) (@EricFehr) from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a 2020 seventh-round draft selection.

Fehr, 32, has recorded 28 points (17 goals, 11 assists), a plus-6 rating and 33 penalty minutes in 34 games this season with San Diego of the American Hockey League (AHL), leading the team in goals and ranking tied for fourth in points. He has added two penalty minutes in four NHL games with Toronto in 2017-18.

In 566 career NHL games with Washington, Winnipeg, Pittsburgh and Toronto, Fehr has compiled 202 points (103 goals, 99 assists), a plus-50 rating and 187 penalty minutes. He has posted 129 career points (67 goals, 62 assists) and 170 penalty minutes in 155 AHL games between San Diego and Hershey. 

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Afternoon Line- Taylor Hall

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Nashville Still Has Interest In Tomas Tatar

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

What kind of return would you expect?

CapFriendly salary information on Tatar.


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Video- Your Game Day Preview

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

via the Wings' YouTube Channel,

eaturing Ken Kal, Carley Johnston, Ken Holland, Danny DeKeyser, Jimmy Howard, Jared Coreau, and Jeff Blashill 



added 3:32pm, Detroit's projected lineup is below...

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Closing Out The Talk On The Petr Mrazek Trade

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings could have waited to see how Mrazek played until the end of the season before deciding whether to make him a $4 million qualifying offer. But Holland said a decision needed to be made Monday, when the Philadelphia Flyers, whose top two goaltenders (Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth) are out for an extended time with injuries, came calling.

"I'm not sure what's going to happen in the next 25 games," Holland said. "I don't have a crystal ball. I can't read the future as to how everyone is going to play, but certainly at this stage, right now, Petr is playing very well. Certainly, that will be part of the reason why Philadelphia had interest and we made the decision to acquire a draft pick.

"Could I have waited three, four, five more days? I guess, but (Flyers GM) Ron Hextall) told me that he wanted to acquire a goaltender yesterday. I can't wait until Saturday or Sunday."...

Asked about why Mrazek's play had declined the past two years, despite the recent surge, Holland said: "Certainly, I've got ideas. Sometimes I've got ideas I think about certain situations I can't tell you people. I don't think it's fair to all the people involved. I like Petr. I think this summer he really dug in. He understood that he was in competition with Jimmy Howard coming into this season. Certainly, when we signed him two years ago, the thought, the plan, the hope was that he was going to take this team over and play 60 games a year and we were going to go on that direction."


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Dealing With The Mental Side Of The Game

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from Amy Moritz of the Buffalo News,

An 82-game schedule in the National Hockey League can wreck havoc on your body. Even the lucky ones who don't miss time with an injury are battling some physical ailments -- bumps, bruises, exhausted muscles that need time to recover.

But the season also takes a toll mentally. It's a grind, even if you're on a winning team. And just like learning how to take care of themselves physically to recover from games and practices, players have to learn their own best practices to take care of themselves mentally.

"Some years are more trying than others and trying in a different sense, too," said Sabres forward Kyle Okposo. "It's different when you're winning. When you're winning a lot you have to stay sharp all the time and that's a different kind of grind. When things aren't going well, you're trying to get sharp. You're trying to find a different type of motivation every game and that's a different kind of grind. The long and the short of it is any time you play an 82-game season it's a grind mentally. We have to find a way to try and be at our best every night."


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NHL’s 32nd Team: Seattle’s Road Ahead

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By Chris,

Earlier in February 2018, it was officially announced that the Oak View Group had applied to forge an NHL expansion team. Following the incredible success of the Vegas Golden Knights this season, both on and off the ice, the hope is that a new team in Seattle will be a huge hit.

But there’s a long road ahead for the group attempting to bring NHL hockey to Seattle, with the aim that they make their league debut in the 2020/21 season.

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A Three-Year Extension For Erik Gudbranson In Vancouver

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Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed defenceman Erik Gudbranson to a three-year contract extension that will carry an average annual value of $4,000,000.

"Erik is an important part of our team and provides a physical element to our blueline," said Benning. "His leadership qualities help us as we continue to integrate younger players in our lineup. He is a quality person, a great teammate, outstanding in the community and we are excited to have him as part of our team moving forward."

Gudbranson, 26, has recorded two goals and two assists in 41 games with the Canucks this season. His 99 hits rank third on the team while his 64 blocked shots rank fourth. In 2016.17, the 6-2, 220-pound defenceman recorded six points (1-5-6) and 18 penalty minutes in 30 games in his first season in Vancouver. 

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The Morning Skate By The Detroit Red Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Mike Green back on the ice for the morning skate for #RedWings.

lines at the skate:

Jimmy Howard in starter’s net, obviously, for #RedWings, who face @PredsNHL at 7:30 tonight at @LCArena_Detroit.

power play units:
Nyquist-Zetterberg-Mantha (net front), Frk-Kronwall
Athanasiou-Larkin-Abdelkader (net front), Tatar-Green
Looks like Green and Frk are in tonight, based on this.

added 11:17am, Khan...

Green said he’s out tonight.

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Ken Holland On The Trade

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Holland just met with the media...

via Nick Cotsonika tweets,

Holland said he could have waited a few more days, but the Flyers needed a goalie now. Not a lot of other teams looking for goalies.

Holland: "In order to be where we want to be, I have to acquire draft picks, and we have to hit on those draft picks."

Holland: "I don't believe in massive rebuilds." Got to slowly move in young players but keep veterans to teach and create internal competition.

added 10:17am, Cotsonika...

Holland said his mindset isn't so much about this season or next, but down the road.

added 10:26am, Cotsonika again...

Holland on returning to Cup contention: "There's going to be some pain along the way."

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