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Friedman, Cox discuss Julien extension, Ekblad sticking with Panthers, etc.

11/01/2014 at 11:34pm EDT

This time the Hockey Night in Canada segment in which Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox dish news and notes has been geo-blocked to Canada only (Paul sent me an email informing me of the "stuff we already know" in that Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha is skating with the Grand Rapids Griffins, hopefully making his pro debut in about two weeks, but Daniel Alfredsson is not and may retire), but Friedman did offer some Twitter quips from his exchange, beginning with Ryan McDonagh's separated shoulder yielding interest in Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera (who is "on the block"):

Ekblad scored his first goal, a game-winning marker in Florida's 2-1 win over Philadelphia on Saturday evening...

And unless you've crawled out from under a rock (get out of my rock!), you know I'm the Red Wings blogger here, so:

  • Mantha told Fox 17's Steve Amorose and the Hockey Writers' Tom Mitsos that he's been skating on his own for about a week and is aiming for a mid-to-late November return, so he's not even going to have his "skates under him" until late December;
  • And Ken Holland remains adamant that Alfredsson avail himself of all the time he needs to determine whether he wants to continue playing before holding any sort of retirement press conference, but it's hard to imagine Alfredsson finding a remedy to his referred back-to-leg nerve pain without a surgical option he seems unwilling to pursue at 42 years of age.

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