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Afternoon Line- Ken Dryden On Concussions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

For Gary Bettman, this can still be a huge win. It’s easy for any of us to see what’s wrong, even to see what’s right. What’s hard is to do right. Gary Bettman is the one who can do right, and only he can. The achievement would be his. A game that’s just as exciting to play and to watch, where the number of life-transforming head injuries to its players is drastically reduced. If he does help move the league to take these steps: no hits to the head — no excuses — some will say, sure, but it took him so long. Yet a few months after that others will say, and say rightly, yes, but at least he did act. That’s what matters.

-Ken Dryden at The Athletic where you can read more ($$$) on this topic.

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The Detroit Red Wings Announce Their Preseason Schedule

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today announced their 2018-19 preseason schedule.

The Red Wings will hit the ice for the first time in 2018-19 by hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Little Caesars Arena. That matchup starts a stretch of three home games in four days, with contests against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. and the Boston Bruins on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7:00 p.m. Detroit will then travel for four road games in a six-day span, visiting Pittsburgh on Sunday, Sept. 23 (3:00 p.m.), Chicago on Tuesday, Sept. 25 (8:30 p.m.), Boston on Wednesday, Sept. 26 (7:00 p.m.) and Toronto on Friday, Sept. 28 (7:30 p.m.), prior to the eighth and final preseason game against the division-rival Maple Leafs on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:00 p.m. at Little Caesars Arena.

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John Tavares Just May Re-Sign With The New York Islanders

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from Sportsnet,

Want some good news, Islanders fans? Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reports that it’s starting to appear more likely there’s a deal to work out that keeps him around.

“The chances are getting better and better, I would say, that John Tavares is going to remain a member of the New York Islanders,” Johnston reported ahead of Thursday’s Game 7 of the Calder Cup Final. “He’s had a real active dialogue with Lou Lamoriello in the few weeks since Lou Lamoriello has taken over the Islanders and there is a belief that there is a deal there for John Tavares and the Islanders to be made.

“That being said, we are only a week and a half out from the period where he’s able to speak to other teams and if he does not reach an extension here in that window he will be able to speak to some of those other teams and this might change. But as it is now it does appear the wind is blowing him back towards the Islanders.”

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The Mess In Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Dorion has to trade Mike Hoffman, but he can’t. No team is going to touch Hoffman. Not unless the police quickly conclude their investigation and that find his fiancée, Monika Caryk, is innocent of serious harassment charges made by Melinda Karlsson.

If such turns out to be the case, Melinda Karlsson will be liable for defamation. She knew this going in.

Dorion has to trade Erik Karlsson before the draft, to get picks that theoretically will develop a year sooner than the ones he would get for Karlsson next year, but he can’t. Not while there’s still a shadow of a doubt as to which of Melinda or Monika is telling the truth.

The one that isn’t could spread more poison that would destroy her man’s next team.

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Detroit’s Development Camp Will Be Held At The Belfor Training Center

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced the schedule for their 2018 Development Camp, which will be held at the BELFOR Training Center inside Little Caesars Arena from June 26-30. The camp begins on Tuesday, June 26 and features on-ice skill development and off-ice workouts each day, including a scrimmage on Saturday, June 30.

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Morning Line- Ted Lindsay

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"Alex has earned the right to his fun, he's just won the Stanley Cup and I think he realizes the meaning of that championship. He's as good as anyone in the NHL today. Alex is an honest hockey player who gives you the same effort every night. There are different ways to judge talent: Do you produce every night, or only when you think you should?"

-Ted Lindsay, HHOF member on Alex Ovechkin.  Dave Stubbs on NHL.com has more from Lindsay.

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Quinn Hughes Is The Name Of The Day Today

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

In my first mock draft in advance of the June 22-23 event in Dallas, I have the Detroit Red Wings selecting Hughes, 18, with their first pick, at sixth overall. Rasmus Dahlin will go first overall to Buffalo and Andrei Svechnikov and Filip Zadina are projected to be the next two to go, and it’s also expected that Brady Tkachuk will be gone by sixth. Hughes might be gone, too, but if he’s available, he’d be my choice ahead of other terrific possibilities such as defenseman Evan Bouchard and Noah Dobson, and forwards Oliver Wahlstrom and Jesperi Kotkaniemi. 

I selected Hughes because he’s a dynamic skater, a great puck transporter, a gifted player who held his own as the youngest player in NCAA Division I hockey in 2017-18. He was third in scoring at Michigan with 29 points (five goals, 24 assists) in 37 games, along with a plus-14 rating. 

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from Ryan Zuke of Mlive,

Hughes, whose 28 points led all Big Ten freshman defenseman last season, is a projected top 10 pick in this year's entry draft in Dallas, and many NHL pundits have the Red Wings selecting Hughes at sixth overall.

Rotoworld, The Athletic, and NHL.com's Adam Kimelman all project Hughes going to the Wings in their mock drafts, while TSN's Craig Button and The Sporting News have the smooth-skating defenseman with a high hockey IQ being taken by the Arizona Coyotes at No. 5.

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KK- Improving

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My eyes are bothering me again but improving.

Staring at a monitor 12-14 hours a day certainly doesn't help so I plan to take it very easy the next few days but will post on occasion.

My instincts tell me it could be a slow weekend and that would certainly help with my recovery.

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Back Later Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have a few appointments today and hopefully will be back online around 1pm ET today.

Sorry for the lack of posts this morning but this takes priority.

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On The Kovalchuk Talk

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

The odds Ilya Kovalchuk wants to play on the Detroit Red Wings power play in 2018-19 are slim.

But not quite as poor as the chances the Wings will win the Stanley Cup, anytime soon.

The twin improbabilities limit any interest Kovalchuk has in signing with them, despite the run the Red Wings are taking at him.

Kovalchuk seeks a second NHL comeback in his prodigal career to experience what Alex Ovechkin experienced over the past week. He seeks the height of team performance, a Stanley Cup, to add to an Olympic gold medal, two golds in World Championships, one in a World Junior Championship and two Gagarin Cups, the championship trophy of the Kontinental Hockey League.

The Red Wings interest in Kovalchuk is about the opportunity for players Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Evgeny Svechnikov to play with the once supremely-talented 35-year-old, and removing some of the dead weight of the franchise from Henrik Zetterberg’s surgically-repaired back for the first season since Pavel Dastyuk decamped to the KHL.

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