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A2Y- The Morning Skate Before Facing The Flyers Tonight

01/21/2023 at 10:42am EST

Ansar Khan tweets,

lines at the skate:
Hagg-Lindstrom (extras)

morning skate before hosting Flyers at 7 on ⁦@BallySportsDET⁩ Tyler Bertuzzi is not skating after sitting third period Thursday with lower-body injury. Ville Husso in starter’s net.

Zadina also skating. Probably close to being ready, but they’d need to clear a roster spot,


Bertuzzi is not skating  

This season just keeps getting worse.  
Yzerman rolled the dice with Bert and Larkin, and it looks like he's crapping out on Bert, some GM might get himself a great deal, high risk low cost with high potential.  Hopefully he doesn't lose Larkin for nothing either. 


That's assuming he wants to trade Bert. If they want to keep him, Yzerman rolled the dice and definitely won.

My guess is they'll sign him to a one year show-me contract which will be easy to offload next season if they want to part ways. But at this point, neither bert nor the wings are benefiting from this season, unless the wings want to keep him. And I'm sure they'd keep him if the price is right


Last summer was the time to deal Bert. I was screaming for it. His value was at its peak and he was going to seek a huge raise making a re-signing unlikely (especially given his injury potential). Realistically, IF he can come back healthy for a month or so and actually produce, what's a return look like? A mid-tier prospect and a couple 2nd rounders? Maybe Y can squeeze a 1st from someone. I dunno, but his situation is probably the biggest let down for me this season.

Frankly, I would be shocked if Larkin isn't resigned. Some people like to complain because he isn't a true top-line center, but he's still a helluva player and of tremendous value to this team. That said, if he's going to command $9-10mil you have to seriously consider a trade. Ugh.


Can’t imagine not signing Larkin but you never know.  Players really do have a small window in their life to cash in on their skills.  Playing ten years or more is the exception rather than the rule.  I can’t blame any player for trying something different or getting more money when they have an opportunity.  My unfounded opinion is that Larkin would want to stay in Detroit.  I don’t have an inkling how much influence his agent is going to have in the decision.


Tre you might be right with Bert.  How much does he gamble on another season vs. how much will the market offer him. Hard to know what he's phyiscally dealt with and what he knows, but he might be as  concerned about his longevity as some GMs. 

As far as Larkin, this season and their coach has showed us this team is not close. It's going to be maybe 4-5 more years to be cup competition ready, and do you want a contract albatross?


I think we all agree, this deal would be done if it was Holland, certainly if Mr. I was around, but this is Yzerman, and he didn't put St. Louis on Team Canada, and was willing to hold his line and walk from Steven Stamkos, I can't imagine him buckling too much to Larkin, as much as I like "our" guy, those two are not in the same category by any measure. Stamkos stayed, because it was a championship roster, and in a state with a significant income tax benefit and other perks. Its a lot to ask of Larkin,


Lalonde tells the media Bertuzzi is out tonight, day to day with a lower body injury.


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