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Tyler Bertuzzi Ready For The NHL, Michael Rasmussen Doing What He Can

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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

There are no more questions whether Tyler Bertuzzi will begin the season in the minor leagues or with the Red Wings.

Any more question of that was squashed around the middle of last season. That’s when Bertuzzi was promoted by the Wings and said farewell to Grand Rapids with an impressive, prolonged NHL debut.

Bertuzzi showed the type of versatility and know-how that could make him a valuable NHL player for a long time.

“I left last season confident in my game and myself,” said Bertuzzi, 23, who scored seven goals with 17 assists (24 points) with the Wings in 48 games. “I felt good toward the end of the season, scoring on my chances. I’m just going to be hopeful to take that into this year and start playing confidently, and we’ll see how it goes.”


Ansar Khan of Mlive on Michael Rasmussen,

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Jagermeister Is Now The “Official Shot Of The NHL”

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NEW YORK (September 18, 2018) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) and Jägermeister have entered into an agreement in which Jägermeister will become an official partner of the NHL in the U.S with the designation of “official shot of the NHL.” As part of the partnership, Jägermeister will create compelling and engaging 360-degree, integrated programs that will be supported across various retail, in-venue and on premise channels as well as consumer activations at the NHL Winter Classic®, the NHL® All-Star Weekend and other NHL marquee events. This collaboration allows consumers and hockey fans alike the opportunity to partake in shared, ice cold moments with premier brand integration and exposure.

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Vegas Golden Knights Announce A Partnership With A Sports Book

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VEGAS (September 18, 2018) – William Hill US, the world’s leading sports book operator, and the Vegas Golden Knights today announced a landmark, multi-year partnership, the first-ever between an NHL team in North America and a sports book.

“We could not be more excited to partner with the Golden Knights.  We are headquartered in Las Vegas and have seen first-hand what this team has done for our community,” said Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US. “William Hill is the leader in the U.S sports betting market and we are proud of the fact that this is the first sponsorship agreement between a sports book and an NHL team in the country.  We appreciate the leadership of Bill Foley and his Golden Knights management team in bringing a winning franchise to Las Vegas and always working to make the in-game experience the best anywhere.”

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Advice If You Watch Preseason Games

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from Ken Cambell of The Hockey News,

It’s OK to get a little excited about how rookies play in these games. So when Jesperi Kotkaniemi sends a teammate in alone with a no-look backhand pass, then follows that up by scoring on one knee on a one-timer, as he did in his pre-season debut against a New Jersey Devils’ split squad Monday night, that’s a good thing. Kotkaniemi played to mixed reviews in the Canadiens rookie tournament and it was important for him to show the people in Montreal what he is capable of doing on a bigger stage. Remember, Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin took a risk in selecting Kotkaniemi third overall and in a market like Montreal, it’s always good to allay those concerns early.

It would not be wise too get too worked up about the performance of minor league players. When I was at the Toronto Star in the late 1990s and early 2000s covering the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Leafs has a prospect by the name of Donald MacLean. Great kid, worked hard, had a wonderful attitude. For three years straight, he came in and lit it up during the pre-season. His performances would inspire headlines such as, “Starry, Starry night for MacLean” and make fans think that maybe this would be the year he would break through and make the team. Alas, MacLean played a total of 41 games for the Los Angeles Kings, the Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes before finishing his career in Europe. By the time his career ended, he had played for a total of 19 professional teams.


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Brad Marchand Is Your Tour Guide In China

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from Brad Marchand at NHL.com,

BEIJING -- Yesterday was fun.

After our practice was pushed back from Monday morning to Monday afternoon, we went to the Silk Market. It was cool to be out in the market, really cool to be out there, kind of out in Chinese everyday life and have an opportunity to do a little bit of shopping. It was a lot of fun. The whole team was there; coaches, trainers and everyone.

We all have a little bit of down time, where some guys want to rest. There have been some long days too. Some guys wanted to go there and shop, but there's other opportunities where we do want to all get together, and that's where we build relationships and bond on the road.

But most of us did go to the Silk Market, and it was a fun experience. I haven't been anywhere like it. Any time you go to foreign countries there's always things that are kind of like that, to some extent, but it's normally a lot smaller. It was actually a little overwhelming, the different things that were in there.


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Hot NHL Tickets

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from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

The Golden Knights are the most in-demand team for the second year in a row, according to Stubhub data. Vegas is outselling the Toronto Maple Leafs, the second top-selling team, by 27 percent. This marks the first time a team has topped StubHub's NHL list two seasons in a row since the Chicago Blackhawks reigned from 2014-2016. Meanwhile, Vivid Seats reports that it has seen double the volume of sales for the Golden Knights as their No. 2 selling team, the New York Rangers.

The Golden Knights are in four of Stubhub's top 10 most in-demand games for the 2018-19 season. Last season, the Golden Knights filled T-Mobile Arena at a 103.9 percent capacity. Home games became as much of a sporting event as an entertainment spectacle, with an elaborate pregame ceremony in the playoffs that evoked a Medieval Times reenactment.

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added 1:58pm, Full press release regarding the NHL from StubHub.

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Video- After Practice Today

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I will post additional videos in this post as they beome available.



added 1:14pm, Michael Rasmussen is below.

added 2:00pm, Jeff Blashill below.

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Video- The NHL Plan For International Growth

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via CNN,

The NHL has ambitious plans to expand & grow in international markets, beginning with China. Don Riddell speaks to Gary Bettman and others to find out more.

Watch below.

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Ranking Detroit’s U23 Core

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from Corey Pronman of The Athletic,

...extra value is given to players who have established themselves in the league and especially if they have proven themselves to be good players.

The pool of players considered are solely the top 10 players who are 23 and under as of Sept. 15, 2018. It’s an arbitrary cutoff, but I’m trying to get to the team’s core young talent and farm system. I don’t think most team’s depth players would change a lot, though, outside of systems which get a lot of value from having a ton of bubble prospects.

12. Detroit Red Wings

U23 Core: Dylan Larkin, Filip Zadina, Anthony Mantha, Joe Veleno, Michael Rasmussen, Filip Hronek, Jonatan Berggren, Tyler Bertuzzi, Dennis Cholowski, Evgeni Svechnikov

The Red Wings’ first rebuild in a long time is underway. They’re going in the right direction and have added a lot this past summer to go with a top young center in Larkin, but they still have a ways to go before they rank among the top teams in the league. Many of their top young talents are still prospects but, for guys like Zadina and Rasmussen, we might see soon how they perform in the NHL.

30 more (paid) NHL teams...

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Logistic Issues For The Boston Bruins In China

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from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

BEIJING — The preseason is about settling into a rhythm in preparation for a fast-approaching opening night, but that has been a losing proposition for the split-squad Bruins. And we’re not just talking about the jet lag.

Monday the Bruins were scheduled to be at AZ Ice Sports Club at 11 a.m. Their practice gear was neatly laid out in their locker room. However, there were no jerseys or sticks, no skate sharpener, and no medical equipment — items necessary to begin their workday.

Because of bureaucratic and logistical issues, trucks carrying heavy equipment did not arrive until 3:15, a delay of more than five hours. Coach Bruce Cassidy didn’t blow the whistle until after 4 p.m., when the bulky stuff had made a road trip of more than 1,300 miles — from Shenzhen to Beijing, through border checks at four provinces — that took from Saturday night, all of Sunday, and most of Monday to complete.

The Bruins couldn’t just borrow someone else’s stuff. The NHL expected a few bumps on this journey, but this has been constant turbulence.


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