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Sad news as Mrs. Lindsay passes away

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Very sad news:

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Svechnikov impressing in Grand Rapids

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The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with Evgeny Svechnikov regarding his superb rookie season with the Grand Rapids Griffins:

Svechnikov, the Red Wings' No. 1 pick (19th overall), enters Friday's home game against Milwaukee on a 12-game point streak, the fourth longest in franchise history. He picked up an assist in last Friday's game to give him 14 points (5-9-14) since the streak began Jan. 20.

He already holds the longest consecutive points streak by a Griffins rookie.

Svechnikov is ninth among rookie goal scorers in the AHL with 15, to go with 16 assists. His 31 points are sixth on the team.

"It has been good as far as giving me confidence," Svechnikov said of the points streak. "I want the puck, I want to shoot and it gives me confidence that I can score."

Veteran Drew Miller, who skated with Svechnikov in training camp with the Red Wings, likes what he has seen from the prospect.

"So far in the time I've been here he's shown a lot of skill and I think he's going to be a real good player," Miller said. "He's definitely got NHL skills."

Wallner continues...

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Your Official NHL Paint

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 23, 2017 – PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced it has reached a multiyear corporate marketing agreement with the National Hockey League (NHL) to make PPG paint brands the Official Paint of the NHL® in the U.S. and Canada. Financial details and terms were not disclosed.

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Expect More Rental Defensemen To Be Moved

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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Capitals GM Brian McLellan told reporters he believes blueline rentals like Hainsey and Michael Stone - who checked in at No. 5 on TSN’s Trade Bait board when he was moved on Monday - will all move before the deadline because teams don’t want to commit longer term with an expansion draft looming.

“With the ability to protect three defenceman in the expansion draft,” McLellan said, “it might restrict people from adding a guy at this point that you might have to protect and you might lose him come expansion draft time.”

Eight rental defencemen remain on TSN’s Trade Bait board of players potentially on the move, including Nos. 31-35:

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Morning news: On Smith’s availability, Doug Brown’s coaching philosophy, prospects & Tweets of note

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Of Red Wings-related note on a relatively quiet Thursday morning:

1. ESPN/TSN's Pierre LeBrun penned a list of "Defensemen in demand," and Brendan Smith made his list:

Brendan Smith, Detroit Red Wings

Smith could really beef up a team's third pairing and even move up to a No. 4 role in a pinch. If the Blues do move Shattenkirk but are clearly still in the playoff race, will GM Doug Armstrong try to add a defenceman to help fill the roster hole? I think the Blues should look at Smith, a midround pick, who has a $2.75 million cap hit, if indeed Shattenkirk is moved.

[Edit/update: LeBrun added this to an ESPN article:

The Detroit Red Wings are not shopping defenseman Mike Green and have no plans to deal him. But given where they are in the grand scheme of things, they also can't afford not to listen if a team calls with a serious offer. The 31-year-old, right-handed puck mover has another year on his deal next season, at $6 million, and he's been good for Detroit this season. I would think that the price to get him would have to supersede whatever St. Louis gets for pending UFA Kevin Shattenkirk -- if only because Green (who has a full no-trade clause) is signed past this season. The Red Wings plan on having Green back next season, but the point here is this: they owe it to themselves to at least listen over the next week.

/end edit]

2. Former Red Wing Doug Brown spoke with ESPN's Craig Custance about his experiences as an amateur hockey coach, and his comments are really intriguing:

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Red Wings’ ‘Joe Moments’ challenge underway; team hits 1 million Twitter followers

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From the Red Wings:

RED WINGS ANNOUNCE “JOE MOMENT BRACKET CHALLENGE,” PRESENTED BY FOX SPORTS DETROIT
... Team Surpasses 1 Million Twitter Followers and Launches “The Vault” …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced details surrounding the “Joe Moment Bracket Challenge,” presented by FOX Sports Detroit. Red Wings fans will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite moment at Joe Louis Arena in a bracket-style format featuring 32 of the top moments in Red Wings history at The Joe.

For the rest of the regular season, memorable moments will go head-to-head in the bracket challenge, giving fans an opportunity to relive the top moments in Joe Louis Arena history. Fans can then cast a vote for their favorite memory, with the moment receiving the most votes advancing to the next round. Additionally, a custom hashtag has been created for each moment to allow fans to share their vote via social media.

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Video- NHL Action From Last Night

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Two minutes long.

 

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Knee Surgery For Trevor Daley

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via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley underwent successful knee surgery, it was announced today by Penguins executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Daley underwent an arthroscopic surgery to his left knee, with the surgery performed by Penguins head physician Dr. Dharmesh Vyas. He will be sidelined six weeks.

Daley was injured during the first period of Pittsburgh's 3-1 win in Carolina on Tuesday night.

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Carolina Trades Ron Hainsey To Pittsburgh

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added 10:22am,

 

 

added 10:27am, Carolina press release is below...

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It’s Working For Bruce Boudreau In Minnesota

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from Pat Borzi of the New York Times,

Four seasons of middling regular-season finishes and early playoff exits led Minnesota to hire Boudreau, 62, an offensive savant and one of the N.H.L.’s ultimate fixers, last May. His impact was immediate. Though historically light on natural goal-scorers, the Western Conference-leading Wild entered Wednesday tied for second in the N.H.L. with 198 goals and remain on track for their most successful season since entering the N.H.L. in the 2000-1 expansion. They began their five-day bye with more wins (39) than they had all last season (38).

Yet Boudreau, who won more than 400 games and eight division titles in nine seasons as the coach of Washington and Anaheim, stammered when asked if Hitchcock was right about experience. That’s unusual for the garrulous Boudreau, whose nickname, Gabby, is part of the title of his autobiography.

“I don’t know if I’m smart enough to know all those things,” Boudreau said recently while standing in a hallway at the Xcel Energy Center, dressed in faded jeans and a green Wild golf shirt.

He added: “I know what works for me. There’s not a formula. It’s just the way you think, and what you think would fix it. That’s just feel for the game, but experience is what makes you think that.”

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