09/24/16 at 07:29 PM ET | Comments (5)
It appears Jacob Trouba‘s time with the Winnipeg Jets will soon come to an end.
The 22-year-old defenceman, who was picked ninth overall in the 2012 NHL Draft, has requested a trade from the Jets and will not attend training camp. He is currently a restricted free agent. On Saturday, Trouba’s agent Kurt Overhardt released a statement to the media, a copy of which was obtained by Sportsnet:
“Our client, Jacob Trouba, will not be attending the Winnipeg Jets NHL training camp. Since May, we have been working with the Jets management in an effort to facilitate a trade of Jacob’s rights. Both parties continue to work on this matter.
There has been no negotiation regarding the terms of a contract between our client and the Jets over the course of the last several months. The situation is not about money; it is solely about our client having the opportunity to realize his potential as a right shot NHL defenseman.
To the Jets credit, the club has two outstanding right shot veteran defensemen and our client simply wants the opportunity to have a greater role. As a consequence of the Jets depth on the right side, we believe it is in both parties’ best interest to facilitate a mutually advantageous trade.
Our client has nothing but respect for the people and City of Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Jets, its fans, management and ownership - our desire to get him moved has everything to do with opportunity. We will continue to work with the Jets in good faith to achieve this end."
added 7:45pm, Spoertsnet has added quotes from Trouba, so click the link above to read theem.
09/24/16 at 06:30 PM ET | Comments (0)
Team Russia faces Team Canada in the first semi-final game at the Wolrd Cup of Hockey.
The puck drops just after 7:00pm ET and is on ESPN2, CBC and TVAS.
09/24/16 at 05:10 PM ET | Comments (1)
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
The World Cup of Hockey is down to the nitty-gritty, with the semifinals this weekend and the best-of-three final series opening Tuesday night. Those who called it nothing but a cash grab have been proven wrong as the hockey and the storylines have been sensational.
Even before the final faces off, there's plenty to look back at and learn from. Here's what's been filling my notebook from group play:
One and done?
After Team North America's unfortunate elimination and Team USA's opening loss to Team Europe, you heard a lot of chatter about the tournament format and how one loss shouldn't be a death knell. One thing that could have been done was advance the two group winners and the best second-place team to the semifinals and then have a one-game playoff for that final semifinal slot.
Under that scenario, Canada, Sweden and Russia would have advanced and Team North America would have met Team Europe in the play-in game for the right to claim the fourth semifinal berth. That would have dramatically cut the impact of tiebreakers deciding stay-or-go-home scenarios.
Team USA essentially lost its chance to advance with its opening loss to Team Europe. Team North America will forever rue the four goals it gave up to the Russians in a six-minute span, because they ultimately proved to undo its other 179 minutes of breathtaking hockey.
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09/24/16 at 04:33 PM ET | Comments (0)
Updated 3x at 9:37 PM: The Red Wings' media corps was very busy today in Traverse City today, and the center of attention was forward Dylan Larkin, who's returned to Traverse City early after his World Cup experience with Team North America ended far too early for Larkin's liking.
The Free Press's Helene St. James noted that Larkin hopes to take ownership of a line this season:
Larkin’s relentless drive is part of why he, at just 20 years old, is entering his second NHL season. It’s one that both challenges and thrills, as coach Jeff Blashill wants Larkin to move from wing to center.
“That's kind of owning a line, right?” Larkin said. “You look at a guy like Henrik Zetterberg, he controls that line. If Z is not on that night, it’s going to be tough for other players.
“I’m going to have to work on face-offs and work on little details that are going to make me a better player all around and be better in the defensive zone. If it doesn't work, then he’ll change it. But if you look at the long picture of me being a Red Wing, it’s ultimately at center.”
The switch reflects how good of a skater Larkin is, how smart he is and how sound defensively he is. If he struggles too much on face-offs -- plans are to have teammate Luke Glendening help as a tutor -- maybe Larkin goes back to win. But with Pavel Datsyuk gone and Zetterberg ailing because of a knee injury, there’s a big opening to fill.
“He’s got a skill set that lends itself to center even better than wing because he likes to hunt pucks,” Blashill said. “As a center, you can kind of anticipate where the puck is going and go get it and get out of your zone. I know, when I talked to the USA Hockey world championship staff, John Hynes said he thought his defensive instincts were better at center. I think it just comes down to how quickly he can get real good at face-offs.
St. James continues, and she posted a video of Larkin's comments...
09/24/16 at 04:33 PM ET | Comments (5)
The Red Wings continued their training camp activities on Saturday, with Teams Lindsay, Howe and Yzerman engaging in breakouts, positional exchange drills and 3-on-3, 4-on-4 and 6-on-5 scrimmage play. A special guest, Dylan Larkin, joined the fray and played between Andreas Athanasiou and Anthony Mantha, and as you might expect, Larkin didn't look like he'd missed a minute of camp as he was fit and flashy from the World Cup of Hockey.
09/24/16 at 04:04 PM ET | Comments (0)
from Tal Pinchevsky of the New York Times,
When the two-day Quebec Hockey Summit took place in Montreal in 2011, it touched on issues including head injuries and ways to improve the game.
But the prominent topic of conversation in panels featuring former N.H.L. players like Luc Robitaille, Guy Carbonneau and Bobby Smith was a potential crisis looming large over the province: Where have all the Québécois N.H.L. players gone?
The province known for grooming many of hockey’s most charismatic stars has hit something of a developmental rut over the last two decades. Gone are the days of dominant French Canadian stars like Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau, Gilbert Perreault, Guy Lafleur, Mario Lemieux, Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur.
That may have never been more evident than at the N.H.L. draft in June, when 14 players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League were selected, by far the lowest total since 2004. Of those 14 players, only eight were born in the province.
09/24/16 at 02:34 PM ET | Comments (0)
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
1. Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond made appearances on Fox Sports Detroit's YouTube channel, as did Dylan Larkin:
09/24/16 at 02:19 PM ET | Comments (0)
The second day of Red Wings training camp was an up-tempo affair which included a significant amount of defense-to-forward communication and some particularly complicated drills, to the point that the team's 3-on-3, 4-on-4 and then 6-on-5 scrimmages yielded a pair of goals and a 1-1 tie.
After the scrimmage, Dylan Larkin engaged in an extended interview, discussing his desire to keep practicing at a high level after the World Cup of Hockey, addressing his disappointment about the results of the tournament, speaking about his positional switch to center and talking about his offseason work to get bigger and stronger:
09/24/16 at 01:23 PM ET | Comments (0)
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Hockey has yet to reach football’s level of specialization. It’s coming. It’s not enough anymore to have a head coach, two assistants, and a goalie coach. In short order, there will be full-time assistants dedicated to each position: goalie, defense, center, and wing. Some teams will hire assistants to work specifically on the power play and penalty kill.
Skills coaches are also en route. In August, the Coyotes hired Dawn Braid as skating coach. The organization believes Braid is the NHL’s first full-time female coach. That’s not the important part. The good news is a team is thinking progressively enough to dedicate a position to skating, the most critical component to a player’s success. On the same day, the Coyotes hired Mike Van Ryn as the organization’s development coach and Steve Potvin as its skills coach. Clearly, 27-year-old GM John Chayka is thinking differently than his older counterparts.
This may seem like overkill to the game’s established minds. It’s not. It’s progress. When a team hires a full-time shooting coach, it will wonder what took so long. Improvement takes place when players are challenged, taught, and coached to do things they have not been prompted to do before.
If nothing else, hiring more coaches leads to an increase in the metabolism of thinking. It will not surprise you to hear that John Tortorella considers himself an alpha male. The Columbus coach is not alone in this category. Lead dogs are used to getting their way, not being tested to consider alternatives. Every coach improves when he’s forced to think differently.
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09/24/16 at 11:31 AM ET | Comments (1)
via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray will miss the next three to six weeks with a broken hand, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Murray suffered the injury on September 19 while playing for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey.
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