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How Are You Feeling Jonathan Ericsson?

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from Dana Wakiji and Art Regner of DetroitRedWings.com,

It's probably the most anticipated exhibition game for Jonathan Ericsson since he was a rookie.

The veteran Red Wings defenseman will be playing in his first game since Feb. 9, when he suffered a broken wrist on a hit by Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom.

"It's been a long process," Ericsson said. "But I feel like it's feeling pretty good. I got cleared a week and a half ago, two weeks ago maybe."

Ericsson said he was very limited in what he could do, especially with that arm. Doctors didn't even want him on the ice.

"I didn't skate until August," Ericsson said. "I couldn't do anything with a stick anyways, so I stayed off and let the hip rest."

Ericsson also has a chronic hip ailment that he has been dealing with for the last few years.

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Detroit Adjusting To The Slashing And Faceoff Crackdown

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“Last night’s (violations) were a little bit different; they called it a little bit different (from Tuesday’s game), we’re all getting adjusted to it,” Blashill said.

Blashill said he heard a good point from center Darren Helm regarding the rule enforcement.

“In effect, he said it’s black and white now — they have to call it 100 percent,” Blashill said. “Last night it wasn’t called 100 percent. It’s a heck of a responsibility they put on the linesmen. I get it, it’s hard as it can be. But if it’s going to be called once, it has to be called 100 times if it happens 100 times.”

As for the slashing, Blashill felt officials gave a good description of what will be penalized.

“The top half of the stick is the red zone. It’s going to get called every time, one- or two-handed, it doesn’t matter,” Blashill said.

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Josh Anderson Remains Unsigned

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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

I’m a big believer in the Lou Lamoriello, “If you have time, use it,” philosophy, so, when it comes to unsigned players, the next pressure point is the start of the season. That said, I’m surprised that Josh Anderson remains without a deal. Columbus went the extra mile to keep the edgy, rapidly improving forward from Vegas, and others.

It is believed, for example, that Colorado asked for him in Matt Duchene talks, only to be rejected. Word is the Jackets want a three-year term to protect against Anderson’s upcoming salary arbitration eligibility, but the two sides are nowhere close on value. Another source indicated Anderson used Tom Wilson as a comparable. The Washington forward signed for two years and $4 million, but that did not bridge the gap, either. Anderson’s agent, Darren Ferris, declined comment. This is a huge year for the Blue Jackets, too.

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Waiting On Athanasiou

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

The longer this takes, the more you think a Detroit-Pittsburgh trade is contingent on his signing with the Red Wings. At his season-opening media conference, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford indicated there were three options for the Penguins to consider. Riley Sheahan is one, and I think the parameters are all but agreed to. (I’m wondering if Derrick Pouliot is a possibility, he seems like a sensible gamble for Detroit.) But, I don’t know how the Red Wings feel about potentially losing both Athanasiou and Sheahan, which could be holding up the deal. Of course, Pittsburgh could decide to move on, too.

added 2:33pm, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The absence of restricted free agent Andreas Athanasiou is creating an opportunity for the likes of Frk and veteran P-A Parenteau, who is at camp on a professional tryout. Parenteau was scheduled to play at Chicago, but left the morning skate early and told the Free Press it was because of hurting his back. Parenteau would have been on one of the power plays, as that is where the right-handed shot is most likely to make an impact. Until Athanasiou shows up (he is mulling a KHL offer that is now a month old), there is an opening. “Not to say that somebody like P-A couldn’t win a spot regardless if AA was here,” Blashill said, “but certainly if AA is not out there, there is a spot that was spoken for through our summer plans that’s not spoken for anymore. So if that is the case, somebody has a chance to win that spot.”

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NHL Players On Fancy Stats

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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

TSN polled 18 players over two days earlier this month in New York at the NHL/NHLPA Player Media Tour.

The question was simple: “Do you know what your Corsi percentage was last season?”

The answer: Not a single one of those players had even a vague idea.

“No,” Patrick Kane said. “I couldn’t even tell you what a good Corsi is. It’s not something our team really pays attention to.”

“No clue,” Tyler Seguin said. “I don’t really look at the Corsi stuff.”

“No idea,” T.J. Oshie said. “I don’t even know what Corsi is. I know it’s something about shots on net.”

“Nope,” Jordan Eberle said.

“I don’t know my Corsi,” Jack Eichel said. “I don’t pay attention at all. I’ve heard of it.”

The follow-up question: “Do you know what your plus/minus was last season?”


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Video- Detroit Highlights From Last Night’s Game Against Pittsburgh

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Mike Lange Decides To Cut Back On Travel As Voice Of The Penguins

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via Penguins release...

Pittsburgh Penguins Hall of Fame radio announcer Mike Lange has decided to cut back on his travel schedule for the 2017-18 season.

The 69-year-old Lange will handle radio play-by-play for all 41 regular season home games and approximately 15 of the 41 road games.

Josh Getzoff of the Penguins Radio Network will do play-by-play for the other road games.

Lange will call all Penguins playoff games on radio.

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Larry Robinson Is Now A Senior Consultant To Hockey Operations For The St. Louis Blues

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(Sept. 21, 2017) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has named hall of famer and nine-time Stanley Cup champion Larry Robinson Senior Consultant to Hockey Operations.  Armstrong will be available to the media following Blues practice today at Scottrade Center, while Robinson will be available during the first intermission when the Blues host the Dallas Stars on Saturday, at 7 p.m., at Scottrade Center.

Robinson is a highly experienced and accomplished former NHL defenseman, coach, and executive.  During his illustrious career in hockey, he has won nine Stanley Cups and participated in 13 Stanley Cup Finals.
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Video- LA And Vancouver Mascots Explain Penalties To The People Of China

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They forgot slashing and faceoff violation!


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Not A Rosy Picture For The Wings

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from Brandon Schlager of Sports Illustrated,

Detroit has a salary cap mess of epic proportions on its hands thanks to more than a few ugly contracts given to aging or underperforming assets, all of which won't come off the book for at least two years. In 2017-18, the Red Wings have more than $45 million committed to players over 30. Only Mike Green's $6 million cap hit will disappear before next season. And in a head-scratching move, they handed 33-year-old Trevor Daley a three-year, $9.5 million deal this summer.

For a team coming off a 79-point season, this is a poorly managed situation bound to blow up in Ken Holland's face, if it hasn't already.

Henrik Zetterberg, the last bastion of the Red Wings' championship era, is 36 and already faces rumors about retirement. There's gobs of potential in players like Anthony Mantha, who's been itching to break out as one of the NHL's best young goal-scorers, and Dylan Larkin, who is almost certainly better than last season indicated, but they're shackled by the veterans in a league that increasingly favors youth and speed. 


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