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The Wings Are Practicing

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I will put up another open post for tonight's game.

George is heading home from Traverse City today so he should be back in a day or two.


more Khan tweets,

likely lines tonight:

 likely defense pairs tonight:

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Your New Analysts And Host At NHL Network

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

September 20, 2017 – NHL Network today announced that 2009 Stanley Cup-winning head coach Dan Bylsma, three-time Stanley Cup champion Ken Daneyko, 14-year NHL veteran Stu Grimson, and former Sportsnet anchor Jackie Redmond have joined its roster of on-air talent appearing across its studio programming. Bylsma, Daneyko and Grimson will contribute as studio analysts, and Redmond will serve as a studio host and reporter.  

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Why No Offer Sheet For Andreas Athanasiou?

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Dan Rosen of NHL.com answered some questions from the fans...

Why hasn't anyone given Andreas Athanasiou an offer sheet and where does he go? A second-round pick for compensation is cheap as far as I'm concerned.

It's not that simple.

The Detroit Red Wings have offered Athanasiou a two-year contract worth $1.9 million per season, according to the Detroit Free Press. As you noted, the Red Wings would receive compensation in the form of a second-round draft pick if they don't match an offer sheet between $1,877,615 and $3,755,233. Giving up a second-round pick for a 23-year-old player who scored 18 goals in 64 games in his second NHL season. But if the Red Wings don't want to pay Athanasiou more than $1.9 million, what would make anyone assume the other 30 teams are interested in doing so and giving up a second-round pick in the process?

That's what people tend to forget when they discuss offer sheets and wonder why GMs don't use them. The offer sheet is an enticing option, but there is a risk/reward that includes guaranteed compensation to the other team. For example, if a general manager wants to give Athanasiou an offer sheet with, for argument's sake, a $2.7 million average annual value, he would have to believe Athanasiou is going to provide greater value than $2.7 million to make it worth giving up a second-round pick in the process. In addition, if the Red Wings don't match it the other team would be giving Athanasiou a contract that essentially would set a precedent for future players like Athanasiou. That could have an impact on a team's salary structure.

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Morning Line- Andrew Cogliano On Calling Slashing Penalties

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“Hopefully they don’t call penalties when you’re getting guys’ sticks. I think that’s the only thing I don’t want to see happen because a lot of times, that’s what turns over pucks. That’s what makes a forechecker effective. He’s on guys and he’s disrupting their stick.

“So hopefully there’s a big difference between slashing a guy’s stick than slashing a guy on his hands or his wrists. I agree with that. Because a lot of times you can be trouble if you take one of those slashes.”

-Andrew Cogliano of the Anaheim Ducks.  Eric Stephens of the OC Register has more on this topic.

added 8:38am, Jon Cooper...

"The game is no fun, it's not fun to watch. There's 30 minutes of special teams. I don't think that's what the league intended for our game to be a game of special teams. I don't think that's what the league intended for our game to be a game of special teams. I guess what's tough is nobody knows what the standard is and all of a sudden, you come into the first exhibition game and now they've got to completely change anything that's gone on in faceoffs, which I didn't know that was a big issue in the game, but apparently it was.

-Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times has more from Jon Cooper.

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The Boston Bruins Are Last In The Local Sports Scene

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,

Four is a number always associated with the Boston Bruins.

Bobby Orr — the greatest hockey player of all time — wore No. 4. Black-and-Gold No. 4 jerseys pepper the stands wherever the Bruins play. The best Boston sports bar is The Fours on Canal Street.

Now, as the Bruins get ready for a new season, they once again are all about number four . . . but this time not in a good way.

There is little dispute as to where the Bruins rank on the local sports totem pole at this hour. In terms of overall interest and championship hopes, they are a distant fourth. When it comes to fireworks and buzz, the local hockey team ranks far behind the Patriots, Red Sox, and Celtics.

Being Fourth In The Market: It’s Called Bruins.

The Bruins simply aren’t in the conversation. They can’t even see the medal platform.


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Teams Still Showing Interest In Matt Duchene

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from TSN,

Matt Duchene's next destination remains a mystery as he spends training camp with the Colorado Avalanche awaiting a trade.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, as many as eight teams have contacted Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic about Duchene, but no deal appears to be close.

Dreger adds that none of the teams who have reached out feel confident they will acquire the centre, who has been on the trade market since February.

The Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets are all believed to have reached out over the past few days, according to Dreger.

Duchene was asked on Monday if he would stay with the Avalanche if the team did not trade him before the start of the season and he was non-committal in his answer.

“I’m not looking that far (ahead),” Duchene told the Denver Post. “I’m taking one day at a time.”


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Ten Interesting UFAs In 2018

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The following is a list of the 10 most interesting players, all younger than 35 (listed alphabetically), who could highlight the UFA Class of 2018 (all salary figures are from CapFriendly.com):

Cam Atkinson, RW
Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Cap charge: $3.5 million
Age: 28
2016-17 stats: 35-27-62 in 82 games

Atkinson, entering the last year of a three-year contract, is one of the best bargains in the NHL. He was tied for eighth in the League in goals with Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty and tied for 33rd in points with Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk. Pacioretty has a $4.5 million cap charge. Van Riemsdyk has a $4.25 million cap charge. Atkinson is 13th in the NHL with 62 goals the past two seasons....

John Carlson, D
Team: Washington Capitals
Cap charge: $3.96 million
Age: 27
2016-17 stats: 9-28-37 in 72 games

Carlson is entering the last year of a six-year contract. Since the 2013-14 season, Carlson is 20th among defensemen in points (168), 19th in assists (129), tied for 16th in power play points (68), tied for 11th in game-winning goals (10) and 22nd in ice time per game (23:30)....

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Video- Recap Of Detroit’s Loss To Boston In The First Preseason Game Of The Year

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Kirkland Crawford of the Detroit Free Press,

Anthony Mantha had a goal and an assist and Dylan Larkin scored but the Detroit Red Wings fell in their exhibition opener, 4-2, to the Boston Bruins Tuesday night at TD Garden.

Petr Mrazek got the start in goal and stopped 19 of the 21 shots he faced. Around the midpoint of the second period, Jared Coreau replaced Mrazek. He made 11 saves on 13 shots, including all five he saw on the power play.

With the Wings trailing, 3-0, Mantha scored with just 4 seconds left in the second period on a pass from Brian Lashoff.


Watch the game highlights below...

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Video- Pat Foley With A Health Update On Eddie Olczyk

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via CSNChicago,


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The TSN Insiders Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun have the latest on the teams interested in Matt Duchene, NHL options for Jaromir Jagr, the league's crackdown on faceoffs, a possible extension for Jack Eichel, what the Golden Knights plan to do with their extra defencemen and more.

watch here, no geo-blocking...

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