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Afternoon Line Part 2- Dale Tallon

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“No one expected us to be doing what we’re doing, especially after the first half and especially with all the young defencemen, new players and new coaches, so, we’re enjoying it. The meaningful games are more important for what we plan to do down the road. It’s a great experience for our young guys and I’m excited to see how they react to it.

“Six of our seven defencemen have played less than 200 games, so we knew that there would be growing pains and there would make mistakes. But they’re getting better and making fewer and fewer mistakes and playing with composure.”

-Dale Tallon, GM of the Florida Panthers.  Michael Traikos of the National Post has more on Florida plus the talk at the GM Meetings.

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Talking Prospects

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

A significant chunk of the Detroit Red Wings' future will be on display during the WHL playoffs in center Michael Rasmussen and defenseman Dennis Cholowski, the organization's top picks in each of the past two drafts.

Rasmussen leads the Tri-City Americans in points per game heading into their series against Kelowna, which starts Thursday. Cholowski is one of the leaders on the blue line for the Portland Winter Hawks, who face Spokane starting on Saturday.

The Red Wings hope both, sooner than later, will join other recent top picks (Evgeny Svechnikov, Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Martin Frk) in Detroit.

Shawn Horcoff, the Red Wings' director of player development, called both prospects "a development guy's dream," and will travel West to watch a few of their games.


Another Detroit prospect, Evgeny Igorevich Svechnikov talked after practice today. Watch below. (Who knew his middle name was Igorevich?)

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The Wings Practiced Today

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Dana Wakiji tweets,

Among #RedWings not practicing are Zetterberg, Daley, Green and Glendening. All but Glendening most likely maintenance days.

Blashill said Glendening, Zetterberg, Daley and Green all expected to be available tomorrow.

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Steven Stamkos Fined For A Dangerous Trip

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NEW YORK (March 21, 2018) – Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for a dangerous trip against Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly during NHL Game No. 1127 in Tampa on Tuesday, March 20, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 10:25 of the second period. Stamkos was assessed a minor penalty for elbowing.

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Afternoon Line- Darren Dreger

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What do you think, will it help?


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Questioning The Dallas Stars

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Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News answers questions from the fans,

Question: Depending on how they handle the remaining games, do you feel Jim Nill failed the Stars by not trading for secondary scoring in February or did the Stars fail Nill by not winning when he believed in them.

Mike Heika: Probably both. The price of getting players like Patrick Maroon and Michael Grabner at the trade deadline were pretty reasonable, and it seems like either or both could have helped the Stars down the stretch. Then, the fact the Stars did not read Martin Hanzal's injury well looks really bad in retrospect. They could have shut down Hanzal before the trade deadline, taken his remaining cap space, and put it to use. All of that said, Nill put his faith in the players, and they did not step up. If the Stars miss the playoffs, there will be a lot of hard questions at every level of the organization.

more Q & A...

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NHL General Managers Recommend Rule Change To Goalie Interference

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NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 21, 2018) – The National Hockey League’s General Managers have recommended a change to Rule 78.7 (ii) Coach’s Challenge – Goaltender Interference, the League announced today.

The rule change will require approval by the NHL’s Board of Governors and the NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee. It is hoped that the change could be enacted by the conclusion of the 2017-18 regular season.

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Video- Goals Of The Week

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Sportsnet style, 8 1/2 minutes to watch.


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Jimmy Devellano Talks

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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The Detroit Red Wings need to rebuild. They know it and have started the process, even though general manager Ken Holland avoids the "r" word and won't tear down the team completely.

The Red Wings are sixth from the bottom of the NHL standings and are on the verge of missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second straight season.

"Certainly I'm not in denial, and I would say to you Ken probably isn't in denial either," said senior vice president Jimmy Devellano, 75, part of the Red Wings' front office since 1982. "We know where we're at. We understand the state of our team.

"We are not surprised. We knew that it would eventually happen."...

"For the Red Wings to rebuild, we need a lot of kicks at the can," Devellano said. "They certainly all don't come through, but if you have 10 or 11 picks, if three come through real good for you, that's what counts."

Devellano declined to comment on the futures of Holland and coach Jeff Blashill in a wide-ranging interview with NHL.com, but Holland and Blashill are expected to return.

much more

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Sidney Crosby Not Included On A ‘Dominant’ List From ESPN The Magazine

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from Rob Rossi at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

A hockey player isn't among the 20 athletes designated as dominant during ESPN The Magazine's 20-year run . This should surprise nobody....

To be fair, were there more fans of the NHL in America, ESPN probably wouldn't mostly treat the NHL as simply a league to which it is obligated to pay a smattering of attention. Of course, if ESPN did pay more attention to the NHL, the league probably would draw in a bigger American audience.

Who cares, right?

Well, you should care. If you're a fan of the Penguins or Sidney Crosby or a Penguins fan because of Crosby, you should care at least a little.

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