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Talking Sebastian Cossa’s Chirping

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via TSN,

At the end of Sunday's Red-White Game, Canada's World Junior hopefuls took part in a shootout. Oil Kings sniper Dylan Guenther struck iron on his attempt to beat Edmonton teammate Sebastian Cossa. That led to some chirping from the 6-foot-7 goalie. "It’s good that he is confident, but it definitely gets on some nerves when he's chirping in practice," noted Guenther. "He chirps the other team, the other goalie and really has no mercy."

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Video- The Current State Of The Detroit Red Wings

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Hockey Notes On A Monday Morning

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- The Zach Bogosian story hasn’t been told in full since he left the Leafs. He didn’t necessarily enjoy his only season in Toronto. The COVID-19 protocols made it difficult for his wife and children, who left Toronto halfway through the season. He didn’t want anything to do with another year in Canada. He left for Tampa where he said “they just get it.”

- Hyman keeps talking about how much he loves Edmonton. I guess if you say it often enough, you will start believing it. What he will love, though, is playing with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, the NHL’s top two scorers. The arena is beautiful, the team is on the rise — the city, well, it’s Edmonton.

- Don’t know what was worse: Montreal picking Mailloux in the first round or how they handled the choice or how owner Geoff Molson then called a news conference to explain the situation, but excluded all kinds of media in doing so. How amateurish was that?

- Department of strange: The Carolina Hurricanes want to win the Stanley Cup and wanted Frederik Andersen in goal as their starter, not Petr Mrazek or Alex Nedeljkovic in goal.

- he Leafs haven’t confirmed it, but there is no room for Joe Thornton on the payroll next season. And no place for him on the ice.

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Goaltender Needed For The Pittsburgh Penguins

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from Tim Benz of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

So, no Fleury. Darcy Kuemper went to the Colorado Avalanche. Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta are both going to Carolina. Braden Holtby is on his way to Dallas. So, what does that mean for the Penguins in goal?

After all, they can’t go back to Tristan Jarry as the top option in net with Casey DeSmith as the lone backup. Not after Jarry’s hideous playoff series against the New York Islanders.

Can they?

“(Jarry and DeSmith) did a good job for us last year,” Penguins general manager Ron Hextall said last week. “And we anticipate them both being back.”

Oh. Well, then, maybe they can.

During this week’s “Madden Monday” podcast, Madden suggested that was a poor idea.

“I think they are going nowhere with Jarry and DeSmith as the goalies,” Madden said. “People are panicking about losing Jared McCann and Brandon Tanev. They are small potatoes. They are bottom-six guys. … That’s still a team that won the division last year. But unless they solve the goaltending, they aren’t going to win a playoff series. And let’s not forget they are in a tougher division this year. It won’t be as easy to make the playoffs, let alone win it.”


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Thoughts On Detroit’s Prospects At The World Junior Summer Showcase

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from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

The day after he saw his name called, Buium — a 6-foot-3 blueliner who split this past season between Shattuck St. Mary’s and Sioux City (USHL) — headlined a group of seven Red Wings prospects competing at the World Junior Summer Showcase up the road in Plymouth, Mich. The annual showcase serves as a great checkpoint for competing countries (this year, the U.S. hosted Sweden and Finland) to get a feel for their potential World Junior rosters. And this year, it also served as an immediate opportunity to get meaningful looks at three newly-drafted Detroit prospects, as well as an updated look at four members of the 2020 draft class.

10 thoughts on what I saw over the course of the week:

- Buium will play next season at the University of Denver, so before the showcase started, I reached out to Pioneers coach David Carle to ask what stood out about the big blueliner’s game.

“I think it’s his brain, his vision, his deception with the puck,” Carle said. “He breaks pucks out well, he transitions pucks (through) neutral ice well, and he’s really dynamic on the offensive blue line. He asserts himself in his transition and offensive game very well, and I think for that it makes him really hard to play against.”

- Another prospect who made a strong impression throughout the week: Third-round pick Carter Mazur, who not only killed penalties (as one would expect from a prospect whose favorite player growing up was Darren Helm) but also played on the power play at various points for Team USA (the Americans had two teams, Blue and White, and Mazur spent most of the week with the Blue).

“I liked him a lot,” U.S. coach Nate Leaman said at the end of the week. “Obviously relied a lot on him — we gave him a lot of penalty kill minutes to see how he was going to process that. He made some plays. Played him a little bit in the bumper of the power play. I think he’s definitely a guy in the mix.”...

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Video- The UFA Moves This Week

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Two Detroit Players Have Filed For Arbitration

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Players Who Have Filed For Salary Arbitration

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TORONTO (Aug. 1, 2021)  The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced that 17 players have elected Salary Arbitration:

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Video- Every Point From Dylan Larkin During The 2021 NHL Season

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via the YouTube page of awood40,

Dylan Larkin highlights from the shortened 2020-21 regular season. All points included.

Watch the 24 minute video below.

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There’s Always Next Season

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from Dave Poulin at the Toronto Star,

Falling almost a month later than the usual July 1 because of COVID-19 interruptions, it still had the same hollow feeling that it always has for me. People pack up anxiously, shouting “goodbye” and “have a good summer.” Some rush to catch flights, others just look to escape.

Somehow I’m always the last to do so; it just takes me longer.

Maybe that’s by choice. Maybe it’s just to enjoy what I’ve always loved doing a little bit more. I was often the last out of the locker room as a player, always as a coach. I’m not sure I even left the building on many nights as a manager. Now, in the world of media, I fully understand that I’ve been fortunate to have seasons to look forward to and reflect upon.

This was different in so many ways, since it feels like the last two seasons have run together. The craziness of the pandemic ensured that. Perhaps it was fitting that the same team won the last two Stanley Cups. We can just blend the Tampa Bay Lightning’s successes together.

Walking out of the studio Wednesday, thoughts of all the moves made filled my head. How it all might play out in the season ahead consumed me on the ride home.

Also, things will be close to back on track for the next regular season. That in itself is comforting. We had joked during the day about relearning the divisions, and how teams would fare after the necessary geographic challenges of the past season had restructured everything. And as always, my own thoughts went to the teams I work most closely with, and how they would be affected.


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