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Video- The Rookies Talk From The NHLPA Rookie Showcase

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via Sportsnet,

Shawn McKenzie reports from Toronto where the NHL rookies are getting their photos taken for their Upper Deck rookie cards.

 

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The Outlook For Teemu Pulkkinen

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2015-16 outlook: A prolific goal-scorer the past two seasons in the AHL with his booming shot, Pulkkinen's biggest adjustment to full-time NHL duty this season will be finding space in a tighter-checking league where opponents will play more physical against him. He showed improvement in this area during his 31-game stint in Detroit last season.

He likes to open up for the one-timer, and as the club's only right-shooting offensive threat up front he provides a different dimension, at even strength and on the power play.

But he'll have his work cut out for him to crack the lineup when (if) everyone's healthy. There's no room for him on the top two lines and he's not a fourth-line player, so his best bet is the third line.

Pulkkinen is out of AHL options and the Red Wings wouldn't risk losing him on waivers, so he won't be returning to Grand Rapids.

Key question: Will Pulkkinen secure a regular spot in the lineup on the third line?

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The overnight report: On Sheahan, a no-sale Stadium Series update and a little bit about Alfie

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Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

DetroitRedWings.com's Craig Peterson tells the story of Riley Sheahan's 36-point 2014-15 season, as narrated by...Gustav Nyquist and Mike Babcock:

“He’s just a real good player,” forward Gustav Nyquist said. “He plays the game the right way, plays two ends of the ice. He’s strong on the puck, big body, can shoot the puck, just an overall real good player. He’s been great for us and means a lot for this team.”

Nyquist has had a front row seat to the development of Sheahan’s abilities. The two forwards spent significant time together playing in the American Hockey League for the Grand Rapids Griffins and were called up to the Wings last season.

“Overall, he does everything right and does everything well,” Nyquist said. “Players like that are always important for you and he is exceptional in each area of the game.”

Behind Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, Sheahan averaged the most ice time among Wings centers at 15:38 per game. That workload increased in spurts throughout the season as Datsyuk missed 16 games due to injury.

“I think Sheahan’s been a real good player for us,” former Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We consider him our second line center. When we play Pav and Hank apart that makes him our third-line center. Just do what he’s doing.”

Peterson continues, and otherwise (work with me, the content will pick up pretty damn quick)...

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Here’s Jimmy Howard’s 2015-16 mask

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Michigan-based mask designer Ray Bishop has unveiled Jimmy Howard's 2015-16 mask, and it's a departure, even by Howard's standards, but it looks pretty cool...and pretty angry:

It looks like a "Lion in Winter" to me:

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Evening Line- Bill Peters

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“I think it’s going to be a lot easier going into year two, just the comfort level they have with me and also myself with them. Now, as a coaching staff, we know what they’re capable of and should be able to put them in positions to succeed. … With the players, I think the comfort level will be higher and that’s the most important thing.”

-Bill Peters, head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.  More from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer.

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They Put Their Mark On The Game

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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

In this, the second installment of our three-part series, we take at look at the seven living men who, each in his own way, have left a unique and indelible mark on the game.

Scotty Bowman, retired coach

Here’s the thing you need to know about Scotty Bowman. Few of his players over the years liked him. In fact, many actively despised him. But as Ken Dryden wrote in his seminal book, The Game, that didn’t matter.

“What [made] Bowman work is an understanding, the understanding that must exist between a coach and his team,” Dryden wrote. “He knows the most important thing to a team is to win; we know he does what he does to make us win.”

In fact, few men ever did that one thing better. Bowman holds the NHL record for career wins in both the regular season (1,244) and the playoffs (223). No coach has won more Stanley Cups than Bowman's nine: five with the Canadiens; one with the Penguins and three with the Red Wings. He's also earned five more as a front office executive, including one this past season as a special advisor to his son, Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman.

It all adds up to a legacy unmatched in the history of the game and one that's made him the professor emeritus of the hockey community. If there’s a question asked, there's no one who can answer it with more authority than Bowman.

Don Cherry, broadcaster

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Afternoon news: Tweets, prospect tournament rosters and Instagram posts

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This afternoon's Red Wings-related news is mostly of the Tweet-or-promotional variety, so I'm unabashedly and unashamedly posting what I will politely call a "fluff entry" from a news perspective:

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It All Starts With The Organization

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from Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website,

What makes it work for the Wings is once the players are in the organization, there's a system in place to support them, starting with Jiri Fischer, the Wings' director of player development, and going up through when those players reach the highest level.

"I think that’s where the organization has an impact," Holland said. "The role models, the importance of your minor-league coach and the importance of Fischer and the importance of having good minor-league veterans in Grand Rapids. I know (former assistant general manager) Jimmy Nill and now (assistant general manager) Ryan Martin have worked hard to have a leadership core in Grand Rapids that are good role models, then having the same type of leadership and role models in Detroit in Zetterberg and Datsyuk to try to maximize the potential."

While the Wings expect Zetterberg and Datsyuk to maintain their high level of play, now they need the youngsters to elevate theirs in order to reach the team's goals.

"So our goal is to try to quality for the playoffs, to go on a Stanley Cup playoff run," Holland said. "Ultimately, we want to win another Stanley Cup. At the same time, we're trying to build and develop these players."

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Anze Kopitar Contract Talks Not Close

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from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

Anze Kopitar has been eligible to sign a contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings since July 1, but don’t expect an announcement on an extension for the star center in the immediate future.

The Kings and Kopitar are are “not even in the ballpark” in their discussions, Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi told LA Kings Insider over email when asked whether the two sides were “close” to reaching an agreement.

Kopitar has one year remaining on the seven-year, $47.6-million contract he signed in September, 2009. The nine-year NHL veteran will be paid $7.7-million in the final season of a contract that carries a $6.8-million cap hit. In 683 career games, Kopitar has 218 goals, 610 points and a plus-45 rating. The two-time Stanley Cup winner was a finalist for the Selke Trophy in each of the last two seasons and was a Lady Byng Memorial Trophy finalist in 2014-15, when he was an NHL All-Star for the third time. In 70 career playoff games, Kopitar has 18 goals, 60 points and a plus-22 rating.

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The Rise Of Joe Hicketts

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from Brendan Savage of Mlive,

Mr. Hicketts wild ride began last summer, when he attended the Red Wings development camp as a free agent, hoping to get some experience and perhaps open a few eyes. He did that and a whole lot more.

Hicketts played so well at the development camp that he earned not only an invitation to play for the Red Wings in their annual prospects tournament but to attend training camp one week later with Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk & Co.

Hicketts showed so much promise during that two-week stretch in September that the Red Wings rewarded him with an entry level contract.

And just in case all that wasn't enough, Hicketts suited up for Team Canada in the World Junior Championship after not getting invited to the evaluation camp the previous summer.

Unbelievable indeed.

"It was all that and more," said Hicketts, who is preparing to play for the Red Wings in next week's prospects tournament in Traverse City.

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