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Niklas Kronwall On His Health

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"I feel pretty good," Kronwall said. "It's definitely getting there, just got to get the legs and lungs going."...

"The knee's feeling pretty good, a lot better than it was this time of year last year," Kronwall said. "Changed a few things over the summer.

"Last year I wasn't able to skate throughout August at all. This year from Aug. 6 or 7 or so, we've been skating at least four times a week. So been on the ice up until obviously last week."...

"Once the season starts, everything is up and running, I will approach it like any other season," Kronwall said. "Obviously, last season, not a lot of things went the way I wanted to for myself nor the team. So, I think there's a lot of guys in here that feel like they just want to get back out there and go after it and redeem themselves."

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added 2:32pm, Below, video of Blashill talking with the media after practice.

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Video- The Vancouver Canucks Travel In Style

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After Practice Talk

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Hot Secondary Ticket Market In Vegas

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from A.J. Perez of USA TODAY,

The NHL expansion Vegas Golden Knights have about double the ticket sales of the New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks, respectively, and the Golden Knights dominate the top 10 list of most in-demand games, according to statistics provided to USA TODAY Sports by StubHub.

“It’s somewhat of a surprise,” StubHub spokesperson Cameron Papp told USA TODAY Sports. “We expected them to be popular, but not No. 1 heading into the season. There was a bit of skepticism about the Golden Knights because of the market they are in, but so far so good. Clearly, by the numbers, there’s a lot of demand.”     

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Conference And Division Odds For The NHL Teams

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via Bovada,

Conference Odds
2017-18 Eastern Conference Winner
Pittsburgh Penguins                              7/2
Tampa Bay Lightning                             5/1
Toronto Maple Leafs                             6/1
Washington Capitals                              13/2
New York Rangers                                 9/1
Columbus Blue Jackets                         12/1
Montreal Canadiens                               12/1
Boston Bruins                                       14/1

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Shane Doan Could Join The NHL’s Hockey Operations Department

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from TSN,

Shane Doan could be headed for a role in the NHL's front office.

TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reported Thursday Doan has been in contact with the league regarding a position in the hockey operations department.

Doan retired after 21 NHL seasons  in July when he failed to land a contract in free agency. He spent his entire career with the Arizona Coyotes franchise.

LeBrun reports Doan's role, if negotiations go well, would fall under Colin Campbell, the NHL's director of hockey operations.

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No Game Tonight So The Wings Practice Today

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And...

 

added 11:06am, via Khan,

Justin Abdelkader (groin) still not skating. PA Parenteau (back) back on ice. 

added 11:17am, Khan...

Howard is starting tomorrow for #RedWings in their Little Caesars Arena preseason debut vs. Boston (7 p.m.).

lines at pract. (possibly for game)
Tatar-Zetterberg-Nyquist
Mantha-Larkin-Frk
Helm-Nielsen-Sheahan
Parenteau-Glendening-Witkowski

defense pairs at practice:
DeKeyser-Daley
Kronwall-Green
Ericsson-Jensen
Sproul also skating.

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A Yawner In China

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from Nathan VanderKlippe of the Globe and Mail,

When the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings showed up at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai for a practice earlier this week, they found an ice sheet shrouded in fog, as cold air inside the arena mixed with the city's humid air to create a scene a few wry fans likened to a horror movie.

By Thursday night, the mist had been vanquished by 25 specially installed dehumidifiers. But as players lined up for the Chinese national anthem, the NHL's Shanghai problems weren't quite over. This time, they came from the stands, where several yawning sections of empty seats looked down on a 5-2 Kings win.

"Personally, I think the NHL blew it," said Phil Esposito, the hockey legend who has become a kind of unofficial ambassador for the game in China.

"You have got to promote. This game tonight – I looked in the papers," he said in an interview before play began. "There wasn't a goddamn word about it. Not one word."

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Waivers Kick-In Today At Noon

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from CapFriendly,

When a player is reassigned from the NHL to the AHL, they must pass through waivers (unless exempt). Waivers allow any of the other teams to claim the rights of the player.
This tool determines when a player will no-longer be waiver exempt.

Age is defined by the following:
If a player turns 18 between January 1 and September 15 on the year of the entry draft, they are considered 18
If a player turns 19 before December 31 of the year on the calendar year of the entry draft, they are considered 19
If a player turns 20 before December 31 of the year on the calendar year of the entry draft, they are considered 20, and so on.

continue to search a list of exempt and non-exempt players...

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Skating With Riley Sheahan

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from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

Watching, there was no way of knowing Zack shouldn’t have been on the ice in the first place, at least not holding a hockey stick. A few days earlier, he’d made an ill-fated leap on the monkey bars according to his mom, one rung too far before he came crashing to the ground. His wrist snapped. He was in a cast.

But he wasn’t going to miss this. Skating with Sheahan, who in this session taught him how to make plays with one good hand, was now a yearly ritual he looked forward to more than anything else.

It's a tradition Sheahan and Zack enjoyed even before tragedy struck Zack’s young life, changing it in a way he has no way of comprehending, even as the months have passed from the moment that changed everything.

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