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It is always a negotiation for the commissioner and never a collaboration. There is always a demand. As it now stands, the PA escrow debt to the league supposedly stands at around $100M. The commissioner, thus, is holding NHL general managers hostage for about $3M a team no owner would miss — and would be recouped the following season as per the MOU documenting terms of the extension.
-Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more on this and other hockey topics..
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“I thought he did good,” coach Derek Lalonde said. “He was on for the rush goal against (the fifth goal, by Mikko Rantanen). I’ll have to see how he handled it. But for the most part you didn’t see the egregious turnover. He was physical, he had some chances following the rush.
“For a first game, against a team like that, I thought he did really well. It gets me excited, optimistic, going forward.”
Edvinsson (6-6, 215) logged 15:14. He had one shot on goal, one hit and a minus-1 rating paired mostly with Robert Hagg.
“It was good. I felt comfortable,” Edvinsson said. “Of course, there’s small things I need to do in the system to really feel everything is smooth. I think it felt better, especially in the third. Of course, I’ve got to build on that, keep developing.”...
“We lost a top-four huge-minute guy in Chiarot, so we were going to play (Edvinsson) to win,” Lalonde said. “We were going to trust him in certain situations. We did want to keep him away from their top line, but we were comfortable playing him throughout.”
Edvinsson, the No. 6 overall selection in the 2021 draft, said there were no surprises.
“I kind of know what to expect and what people expect from me,” he said. “I just need to keep developing from here. I felt a lot better this game than I did in the preseason. We need to develop as a team, and I need to develop as a player here. I just want to go from here and keep getting better.”
Dylan Larkin liked what he saw from Edvinsson.
“You obviously see his size, his skating ability,” Larkin said. “If we’re going to take a step as a team, (he) and a lot of the younger players are getting a big opportunity in the last 14-15 games.”
Below watch Larkin, Edvinsson and Lalonde after a 5-1 loss to the Avs.
via the YouTube page of the NHL,
Selanne the equipment manager, Lucic blows a tire, Kuznetsov slows down the shootout, friends turned foes and of course goalie giveaways galore!
SJS statement below.
Well the Wings were in the game after the first period, tied 1-1.
It was Colorado up 3-1 after forty minutes and then in the third, the Avs built their lead to 5-1 before the final horn sounded.
Below are a few BSD videos and the Detroit goal.
Good day and welcome to all, after a much needed few days off. It’s getting tough to watch the Wings knowing the inevitable, but, just waiting for the mathematical end of a “run” toward the playoffs. I honestly don’t think that anyone here is holding out hope for that to happen. One good thing about today’s game is the debut of Simon Edvinsson, and the prospect of maybe seeing some other young players in the coming weeks, until out fate has been all but sealed.
Today we face the Avs who have the distinction, thanks to/with the Wings, of once having the absolute best rivalry in Hockey,(and all of sports)bar none. That may as well be ancient history now…
It’s the Avs vs the Wings. The puck will drop around 1:00 PM and will be broadcast on Bally Sports Detroit and WXYT-97.1(The Ticket). Also available on NHLN, SN1, and ALT.
It’s a Live Blog!
from Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic,
One moment, John Carlson was preparing to box out an opposing forward in the slot. The next, the Washington Capitals’ defenseman was face down on the ice with blood gushing down the right side of his face.
The 14-year veteran can’t recall how many close calls he’d had previously; it’s a risk every NHL defenseman takes. But this time was different. The pain was unbearable. And the blood. All the blood.
“I just got struck by lightning,” Carlson said. “That’s the only way to describe it.”...
Less than a minute into third period of the Caps’ 4-1 win over the visiting Winnipeg Jets on Dec. 23, Carlson was struck by a 90-mph slap shot off the stick of Jets defenseman Brenden Dillon, Carlson’s former teammate in Washington.
There was no time for Carlson to duck or dodge the puck.
The impact left him with a small skull fracture above his right ear and a severed temporal artery.
“It was bleeding so much,” he said. “The only way I could describe it is, just survival.”
Carlson said he did not lose consciousness and was never diagnosed with a concussion.
“Funny story,” Carlson said, cracking a smile. “He says this didn’t happen, but I know for sure that it did. As I’m skating off the ice, (Erik Gustafsson) comes skating towards me. He sees me and he goes, ‘Holy f—, that’s really bad.’
“It was a funny moment in a bunch of chaos.”
from Luke Fox of Sportnet,
A quick mix of the things we gleaned from the week of hockey, serious and less so, and rolling four lines deep. Can’t wait to read fans debate the slow-motion video review ruling of a puck that may or may not have been deflected over the glass!
1. There is the mathematical assessment, and then there is the verbal assessment.
Let’s present both.
Here are the save percentages Matt Murray has recorded in his past five starts: .862, .846, .833, .500, .882.
Here is Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe’s assessment of Murray since his return from an ankle injury that kept him out of action for a month and a half: “I think he’s been great. The numbers look terrible. But again, here (Wednesday) night, I thought he was really good. I mean, there’s four tap-ins.”
We get it.
GM Kyle Dubas doubled down on his tandem at the deadline: “I am very confident in our goaltenders.”
It’s imperative the Toronto Maple Leafs — who don’t dress an Andrei Vasilevskiy- or Connor Hellebuyck-type workhorse — need a healthy and confident tandem heading into the post-season, and it serves the organization no good to publicly criticize any key player who needs to find his groove.
But a goalie cannot allow four goals in five straight starts – as Murray has for the first time in his eight-year career – and expect to be The Man when it matters. (Murray is free to mute all criticism with the two Stanley Cup rings plugging his ears.)
continue for more current NHL topics....
from Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
For five decades the Flyers have been stuck in a toxic trap of nostalgia. They’ve been held hostage to Three Wise Men, legends as players who now sit in secluded offices, operating without accountability, peddling favors and favoritism to connections who see the game through the same mottled, last-century lenses as they still see it.
Last week, after 45 years of institutional nepotism, the Flyers had a chance to turn the page.
The sports wing of parent company Comcast Spectacor had a chance to ignore the Three Wise Men — Bob Clarke, Paul Holmgren, and Bill Barber — all former players and front office executives now ensconced as “senior advisers” along with latecomer and outsider Dean Lombardi. CEO Dave Scott had a chance to fire general manager Chuck Fletcher and promote someone from outside the Flyers’ inbred bloodlines — ideally, someone who would deviate from the incestuous progressions that ruined a once-proud hockey club.
As it turns out, Scott did just that.
Scott fired Fletcher on his own, according to two league sources. Then he named Danny Brière interim general manager — again, on his own. Brière is expected to have the “interim” removed at the end of the season, according to a league source.
But wait. Brière wore the Orange and Black, right? So, same old, same old, right?
Wrong. Brière might be a former Flyer, and he’s close to Holmgren, but he is no Golden Child in the eyes of the Three Wise Men.
* The Flyers had “the luck of the Irish” on St. Patrick’s Day as Owen Tippett recorded his first NHL hat trick and Carter Hart became the fourth-youngest active goaltender at the time of their 80th career win (min. 1 GP in 2022-23) behind Andrei Vasilevskiy, Marc-Andre Fleury and John Gibson.
* The Maple Leafs tied their franchise mark for second-fewest games to 90 points in a season (also 68 GP in 1950-51) while skating in St. Pats uniforms.
* Down to the final four Saturdays in the 2022-23 regular season – it’s a 13-game slate which will feature 18 teams in a playoff position or within four points of one, while only 15 spots in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs remain.
Simon Edvinsson first, coach Lalonde below.
via Ansar Khan tweets,
practice before hosting Colorado tomorrow at 1 on @BallySportsDET Edvinsson joins team. Zadina is skating after being shaken up yesterday from a collision.
power play units:
1. Chiasson (net front), Larkin (bumper, Perron-Raymond (flanks), Seider (point).
2. Copp (net front), Zadina (bumper), Berggren-Kubalik (flanks), Walman (point).
lines in practice:
Lindstrom was skating early but left, apparently dealing with an injury.
from George Richards of Florida Hockey Now,
When Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky gave up three goals on the first three shots he faced, he knew after that “you cannot come up with a good game.’’
Things turned out pretty well for the Panthers — and Bobrovsky — in a game coach Paul Maurice compared to the ‘Twilight Zone.’
“I have never seen anything like that. In 25 years, never seen that many goals,’’ Maurice said following Florida’s wild ride in a 9-5 win against the Canadiens.
“There were more goals than chances to score and that is a rarity. All I can say is it affected the game for both teams and I do not think anything on video is useful to the game of hockey.
“It was almost Twilight Zone: Every puck went in. I don’t know what the shots were — maybe 15 — and there were nine goals. There were more goals than scoring chances. The positive is we scored nine. Those games are the most difficult ones to win, the ones you’re supposed to win. They played the same game (Tuesday) and beat Pittsburgh.”
Highlights are below.
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled center Austin Czarnik and defenseman Simon Edvinsson from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins under emergency conditions.
* A high-scoring affair between the Canadiens and Panthers began with seven goals through the first 10 minutes of the contest and saw the first period conclude with Florida becoming the fourth different team in NHL history with a seven-goal opening frame.
* Storylines were aplenty in the Pacific Division on Thursday, including Connor McDavid’s 131st point of 2022-23 and the Kraken boosting their season-to-season improvement to 23 points.
* Sidney Crosby recorded his 82nd and 83rd point of 2022-23 to clinch his 18th career point-per-game season – one shy of the Great One for the most in NHL history.
NEW YORK (March 16, 2023) – St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington has been suspended for two games, without pay, for roughing and unsportsmanlike conduct against Minnesota Wild forward Ryan Hartman during NHL Game No. 1078 in St. Louis on Wednesday, March 15, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 12:25 of the second period. Binnington was assessed a match penalty.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Binnington will forfeit $64,864.86. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
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from Adriana.Sinishtaj of OutSports,
My earliest life memory is the 1997 Stanley Cup parade.
I’m a “legacy” hockey fan. My parents came to Detroit as kids. My dad went all-in on sports, and my mom was all-in on Red Wings player Steve Yzerman. It was fate that they met and passed their passion for hockey down to their six kids.
I loved watching my brothers play street hockey, seeing Joe Kocur at my uncle’s restaurant on off days, attending Detroit Vipers IHL games, and admiring our family’s growing collection of memorabilia.
As a young girl unaware of her queerness, the draw was the action and passion, but traditional hockey culture made it hard to foster my love of the game.
Overemphasis on metrics, blunt dismissal of newer or uninformed fans, female fans almost being required to “prove” their fandom, and outright disdain for anyone deemed “other” – It all sapped my enjoyment of the great game.
Despite Detroit being firmly in dynasty territory at the time, my love and interest evaporated around age 10. It was clear that I didn’t belong and my perspective wasn’t valuable. If I didn’t know everything there was to know, I might as well kick rocks.
So I did.
Twenty of them.
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
Taking a couple days with family, but editor Rory Boylen won’t allow any rest or relaxation without some thoughts on the GM meetings. So here goes:
WE’RE GOING TO GET A QUICK LOOK AT NEW NHL/NHLPA DYNAMICS
Marty Walsh officially begins next week as NHLPA Executive Director, and we’ve already got something to ask him. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman indicated that while the players’ COVID escrow debt is being paid off faster than expected, it probably won’t be eradicated by the time the 2023-24 cap number needs to be set.
So, we’re looking at a $1M raise, instead of, maybe, $4.5M.
“It could be a discussion,” Bettman said Wednesday. “We’re hearing around the bend from players and others that there may be interest in having that, but one thing to keep in mind if we’re going to raise the cap and the escrow hasn’t been paid off, is then we’re going to have to look at raising the escrow rates…The two are inextricably tied together.”
“Others” is undoubtedly GMs and teams. We saw how constipated the league was until right before the trade deadline. Too many clubs squeezed tight to the cap. They crave flexibility like a thirsty person craves water. Anyway, this is true insight into what the Commissioner is thinking.
via Sportsnet's YouTube page,
Jordan Binnington goes after Ryan Hartman after a goal, and Marc-Andre Fleury skates down the ice and drops the gloves, but the fight was not allowed by the linesmen.
* Alex Ovechkin made his way up another NHL all-time list by scoring his 402nd goal on home ice as the Capitals completed a multi-goal, third-period comeback.
* A wild night by Minnesota featured the club overcome a multi-goal deficit, match the franchise record for most goals in a game and establish a new franchise record as the Wild extended the NHL’s longest active point streak to 14 contests.
* Wednesday saw a combined 34 goals (including shootout-deciding goals) – only one other four-game night in the past 25 years has featured more: 36 on Dec. 20, 2019.
* The Predators will look to extend the NHL’s longest active point streak versus a single opponent to 17 games when they host the Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena on HULU and ESPN+.
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
The answer, of course, is that there is no way to guarantee officials are perfect, and there’s not going to be a way, either now or down the road, to make them perfect. There will always be a degree of subjectivity in the interpretation of the rules, and that is not going to change.
This isn’t to say we can’t do better on the officiating front. This writer has advocated numerous times for the addition of a third referee in the NHL, one who would occupy an “eye-in-the-sky” position off the ice and could buzz in with a stoppage of play when they see some infraction the on-ice officials have missed.
Using a third referee would be a notable change, but people said there would be terrible difficulties when the NHL went from a single referee for games to two referees for games, beginning in the 1998-99 season. For the six decades years prior to that, only one referee was the norm and was what everyone was accustomed to. But fans, players, coaches and officials all adjusted, and we’d argue the game is better officiated now because of that change.
The same could and would happen with three referees. But even then, mistakes would be made, calls would be missed, and people in all cities would begrudge officials for “bias” against them. To the contrary – fans have to recognize the increased speed of the game makes it impossible for hockey referees to get everything right. And if there was a legitimate case to be made for referees having a bias against a player or team, the league would move very quickly to address the problem. But most officials are admirably professional in all their tasks.
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
The Wings need victories. They can't afford many more losses, at all.
"Any loss is frustrating, especially one at this time of year," defenseman Ben Chiarot said. "We know if we can string a couple games together here, we're right there (in the standings). That's our focus for the next few weeks."
What was frustrating Tuesday was the fact the Wings did plenty good enough things to likely earn a victory. They were arguably the better team at even strength. They scored a power-play goal (including the third in three straight games by recent recall Alex Chiasson). The penalty kill stopped Nashville five times....
With the playoff dream slipping away, there might be a tendency for teams to lose their hunger. But, watching the Wings largely outplay league-leading Boston in two games last weekend, and their effort against Nashville, the Wings clearly aren't the team easing up.
"They've shown that with their compete (level) and their play," Lalonde said. "Now, if that tails off, then we have a different story and maybe a different approach. But, there has been very little tail-off from our group. It's been good, really good.
"I'm just happy we are playing the right way. That stretch around the (trade) deadline where we didn't play well, we probably felt sorry for ourselves a little bit. But, we've got our group now, and we've got guys slotted correctly; we have some rhythm with our group.
"I just want (us) to play — and the right way — and for the most part, over these last four games, we have. It's a little frustrating (Tuesday) we I felt we deserved a better outcome, at least a point out of this game."
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