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Video- Weird Stuff Continues To Happen

01/24/2023 at 11:44am EST

via the YouTube page of the NHL,

All the weird, unique and hilarious moments from the past few weeks including pinball plays, brotherly misbehavior and Aho vs. Aho!

NHL Short Notes

01/24/2023 at 4:19am EST

* William Nylander put up a four-point second period to lead the Maple Leafs to a comeback win, getting help from Ilya Samsonov who became the fourth goaltender in the past 40 years to post a 14-game home point streak from the start of a season.

* Owen Power became the fifth Sabres rookie defenseman to net an overtime winner and the first in nearly a decade.

* An 11-game Tuesday will see New Jersey’s Jack Hughes aim to hit the 60-point mark in 2022-23 when his club hosts Vegas during an exclusive broadcast on ESPN+ and HULU.

A2Y- A New Season For Filip Zadina

01/23/2023 at 7:29pm EST

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Detroit Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde expects to have Filip Zadina back in the lineup before the team has its eight-day break.

“We’d be hopeful he would get in one of these next three games,” Lalonde said....

The Red Wings will have to make room for Zadina on the roster, and defenseman Robert Hagg seems like the most likely cut. The Red Wings would have to waive him.

Defenseman Ben Chiarot didn’t practice Monday, but Lalonde said it was a personal day. He will play against the Sharks.

Meanwhile, Tyler Bertuzzi (lower body) didn’t practice Monday, which means he isn’t likely to play Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks. He didn’t play the third period against Vegas, and missed Saturday’s game against Philadelphia.

“Came here this morning expecting him to practice,” Lalonde said. “He needed another day, so I would not
expect him tomorrow.”


from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Afternoon Line -Rasmus Dahlin

01/23/2023 at 2:16pm EST

"I guess the fans want to see forwards. It is what it is," Dahlin told The Buffalo News after Monday's morning skate in American Airlines Center. "I'm going on vacation and I'm going to have a good time but obviously, I want to be there. That's just how it goes."...

"The rest is well needed for sure," Dahlin said. "A few of us are going to have a good time. Mental break and also a physical break. So I'm excited for that too. Some days you've got to take your day off if you have to, but I think the body gets used to it.

"And I'm better now with taking care of my body off the ice and I'm eating better. I'm sleeping better. Every minute feels like you have to take care of when you're not playing. So it's fun. I can't complain. I like to play."

-Rasmus Dahlin of the Buffalo Sabres on not being selected to the All-Star weekend. Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News has more.

Stars Of The Week

01/23/2023 at 1:03pm EST

NEW YORK (Jan. 23, 2023) – Edmonton Oilers left wing Zach Hyman, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos and Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 22.

Video- The St, Louis Blues Welcome Charlie To A Practice

01/23/2023 at 12:05pm EST

Cancer survivor.

A2Y- Practice Begins

01/23/2023 at 11:08am EST

Ansar Khan tweet,

practice before hosting San Jose tomorrow. Bertuzzi (groin) not skating. If he’s out tomorrow, and it looks that way, they could put him on IR to free roster spot for Zadina, if he’s ready.

added 11:44am, Khan,

lines at practice:
Chiarot is not skating.

A2Y- The Scenario For Dylan Larkin Plus This And That

01/23/2023 at 9:36am EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings have three games in four nights this week before an eight-day hiatus – their bye week which leads into the All-Star break. Larkin will make his third appearance at All-Star weekend (Feb. 3-4) as the team’s lone representative.

When the Red Wings return to action on Feb. 7, the trade deadline will be 24 days away.

That is often viewed as the deadline for getting key players re-signed. Teams not in the playoff hunt typically don’t want to risk losing them for nothing in free agency, so they get whatever assets they can.

Yzerman under ordinary circumstances wouldn’t hesitate to move or cut ties with a prominent player if contract talks were at an impasse or if there were some other issue. He showed it in Tampa Bay with the likes of Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Jonathan Drouin.

Larkin is different. He’s a metro-Detroit native whose love for being a Red Wing has been clear since the day they drafted him 15th overall in 2014. He has played eight seasons for the team and seems destined to be a lifetime Red Wing.

Never mind that trading him also would set back a rebuild that’s seven years deep, since they would be more apt to get futures (young player, prospect, picks) than a player of equal ability who could make an immediate impact.

A trade, even with the aggressive Yzerman in charge, is highly unlikely.


from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

NHL Short Notes

01/23/2023 at 8:52am EST

* Jack Hughes became the first Florida-born player in NHL history to score 30 goals in a season while skating opposite of fellow 2023 NHL All-Star Sidney Crosby, who also found the back of the net Sunday.

* Linus Ullmark earned his 25th win and joined a pair of fellow Bruins goaltenders atop an NHL list while teammate Charlie McAvoy netted a highlight-reel goal against the Sharks.

* Blue Jackets forward Johnny Gaudreau is set to make his return to Calgary in a contest that will air exclusively on ESPN+ and HULU in the U.S. and finish a TVAS doubleheader in Canada. Sportsnet One will also carry the contest to close out a schedule that includes a national Sportsnet telecast from Toronto.

A2Y- Jakub Vrana Progress Report

01/23/2023 at 5:04am EST

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

“I thought his game (Saturday) was the best game he’s played all year” Griffins coach Ben Simon said following Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Springfield Thunder. “He’s skating, he’s moving his feet, and he’s way more competitive with and without the puck.

“He’s taking steps in the right direction.”

“I’m just starting to put pucks in the net,” Vrana told reporters after the game. “I’ve been getting chances. It’s a matter of time now.”...

“I get back from the program and I am basically doing what I am told,” Vrana explained. “For me, I’m just trying to get better as a person, on the ice, it doesn’t matter. I’m just working on myself.”...

“I’m a confident guy,” Vrana, 26, said. “I will never lose that. I’m gonna find a way, I’m gonna find my game. I’m gonna work on myself on the ice until I find it. That’s how I am. That’s how I’ve always been, so I’m not worried about that....

Will that NHL return come in Detroit? On that subject, he seems less confident.

“I can only do what I can do,” Vrana said. “I do my best. The rest I cannot decide.

“I feel like am I doing what I can possibly do with myself and my life, but I don’t decide those decisions.”


Why Was Cole Caufield Playing?

01/22/2023 at 1:53pm EST

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

It’s reaching the point where if you ain’t injured, you ain’t a Hab.

But it was the loss of Caufield that roiled the waters. Caufield’s quest for 40 goals or more was the biggest single reason to watch almost three more months of hockey. He’s so much fun to watch that even a victory over the Leafs feels like it was filmed in black and white without him.

Worse, the handling of his injury has brought the first serious criticism of the current regime since Jeff Gorton and Kent Hughes replaced Marc Bergevin at the helm. If Caufield was injured Jan. 11, why was he allowed to play on through five games and multiple practices? Why didn’t the medical staff shut him down immediately?

Sportsnet’s Eric Engels, who isn’t one to rip the club as a knee-jerk reflex, scorched the medical staff for not shutting him down immediately. “Why their medical staff would allow him to (play with this injury) in a season in which results have been stated as secondary to development,” Engels wrote, “is absolutely mindboggling.”

Even with the constant input from Caufield’s agent, Pat Brisson, and input from doctors outside the organization, the decision makes no sense. “It’s been a progressive injury the past few weeks,” Brisson told Engels, “and every time he steps on the ice, there’s a chance it could get worse, and then it could get more complicated in surgery.”


Bruce Boudreau Fired, Rick Tocchet Hired

01/22/2023 at 1:04pm EST

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Patrik Allvin announced today that the club has made multiple changes to its coaching staff.

Head Coach Bruce Boudreau and Assistant Coach Trent Cull have been relieved of their duties.

Rick Tocchet has been hired as the 21st Head Coach in franchise history. Adam Foote has been named Assistant Coach and Sergei Gonchar has been hired as a Defensive Development Coach.

Darryl Sutter's Post-Game Mistake

01/22/2023 at 11:38am EST

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

The kid just lived out a dream.

He did it in front of his family and a national TV audience tuned in as part of a Hockey Day in Canada marathon aimed at celebrating the game.

Yet, at the tail end of a wildly entertaining and complete effort by his Flames, Darryl Sutter just couldn’t resist pouring a bucket of water over all of it.

Asked about Jakob Pelletier’s NHL debut, Coach Buzzkill decided to put on a show.

“Jakob Pelletier,” he repeated while putting on his glasses and grabbing the game sheet.

“What number is he?”

He then proceeded to read out all of No. 49’s stats, which included just under seven minutes of ice time, 43 seconds of it on the powerplay, one shot on goal and one hit.

No smile, no acknowledgement of how special it must have been and no cursory congratulation.

“It’s the NHL,” he spat.

“21 years old. Long ways to go.”


below, watch Sutter discuss Pelletier's game...

One Last Game For Bruce Boucreau

01/22/2023 at 10:09am EST

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

An older man with a heart bigger than the Stanley Cup got the rare chance Saturday night to say goodbye to his players and his fans. It was the least Bruce Boudreau deserved.

His 48 years in professional hockey, his 68 years on this earth, all those rinks and bus rides and practices and games, all the sacrifice and moments of extreme joy and disappointment, all that he endured this season when his weeks-long dismissal as the Vancouver Canucks’ coach became a public spectacle — all of that led Boudreau to that one moment behind the bench late Saturday, just after his team lost 4-2 to the Edmonton Oilers in what was likely his final game in the National Hockey League.

“You never know if it's the end,” Boudreau, constantly fending off more tears after shedding many in the dressing room, told reporters in a hushed interview room. “So when you've been at it almost 50 years, I mean, the majority of your life and if it's the end. . . I had to stay out there and just look at the crowd and just try to say: 'Okay, remember this moment.'

“I just wanted to savour looking at the stands because who knows if I'm ever going to get this chance again. And just keep that in my mind in the memory. . . let it burn there forever.”


Go Back To Four On Four OT Play

01/22/2023 at 10:05am EST

from Mark Madden of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The NHL should change its overtime format. Three-on-three stinks.

Three-on-three OT started out exciting, but coaching ruined it. It used to be played with reckless abandon. Now it’s about endless doubling back with the puck and staying ahead of your foe’s changes. It’s mostly boring. It’s too tactical.

It would be difficult to legislate rules that restore the exhilaration of three-on-three. The 3ICE three-on-three league doesn’t allow retreating with the puck beyond the red line. The penalty is turning over the puck. That would be too radical for the NHL. But a faceoff wouldn’t be suitable punishment and would slow play down.

Three-on-three isn’t the NHL, anyway. It’s too carny, just like the shootout.

The solution? There’s likely isn’t one. How often does the NHL truly solve anything?

But here’s what I’d do:

Go back to four-on-four overtime, which was used from 1999-2015. It produced less winners than three-on-three overtime. But it was less of a parody of hockey. Four-on-four looks like hockey. Three-on-three doesn’t.


One Man's Opinion

01/22/2023 at 9:59am EST

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- ...Snider passed away in April of 2016, almost seven years ago, after building one of the great American franchises in NHL history, and after building a social-hockey outreach program of consequence. And this week, had he still been alive and in charge and of sound mind, you can bet defenceman Ivan Provorov would not have skipped the warmups in Philadelphia on the night the Flyers were honouring the LGBTQ+ community on Pride Night.

- A question re: Tocchet: How good an NHL coach is he? There is honest debate around those in the game about this. He was a terrific assistant in Pittsburgh under Mike Sullivan. He had lousy rosters in Tampa with the Lightning and in Arizona with the Coyotes. We will find out in Vancouver, the toughest market he will have worked in, what kind of coach he really is.

- The all-star goaltenders for the Pacific Division are Logan Thompson and Stuart Skinner. Keep that program, it may be a collector’s item one day.

- Just about anyone can win the NHL’s Western Conference — it’s that close and not that top-heavy. Basically, that means at least 10 teams will be trying to upgrade rosters as the trade deadline approaches. The competition for available talent is going to be fierce and the price expensive … The same thing is going to happen in a much stronger Eastern Conference. If a player of quality is available, you can bet Boston, Toronto, Tampa Bay, New York, Carolina and New Jersey will all be aggressively pursuing.


Wings Have Interest In Bo Horvat

01/22/2023 at 8:43am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

This figures to be an exceptionally busy time for Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman.

He just wrapped up five days of meetings with his inner circle during a stay in Las Vegas. The March 3 trade deadline is six weeks away, and the past stretch has exposed how much the needle still has to move on the rebuild. It isn’t just a matter of figuring out what players Yzerman can flip for assets, it’s also about who can be added.

One name that holds a great deal of interest for the Wings is Bo Horvat, a pending unrestricted free agent with the Vancouver Canucks who the Wings would love to see as their No. 1 center.

Horvat turns 28 in April. He is a consistent 20-goal scorer who topped 30 goals last season, and already has hit that mark this season. (He scored 19 goals in the pandemic-shortened 56-game season in 2021). The Wings would love to bid for his services on the free agent market, but the Canucks are likelier to deal him rather than lose him for nothing.

In order for a trade to happen, the Wings would need to be allowed to talk to Horvat’s agent regarding an extension, because they’re not in the market for a rental player. Beating out other interested teams likely would require an offer along the lines of Joe Veleno, Michael Rasmussen, and a first-round pick (the first-round pick would need to be protected, in case the Wings end up in the lottery with a shot at selecting first overall in 2023).


A2Y- Wings Played Well, But

01/22/2023 at 12:59am EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Lucas Raymond scored his 15th goal with 41.6 seconds remaining in regulation time, cutting the Flyers lead to 2-1. Raymond was right on the doorstep with two seconds left but goaltender Carter Hart, who was the star of the game, made a pad save in the crease.

"How that puck did not go in, not only did he (Hart) get a pad on it, he flexed his pad to keep it out, that's pretty impressive," Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde said. "His whole night, we got good traffic and the way he was seeing it, we generated some tips, but it was one of those nights.

"We ran into a world-class performance in net and we left a couple of plays out there."...

The Wings (19-18-8) lost their fourth out of five games, while Philadelphia (20-20-7) has won eight of its last 11 games.

The Wings returned from a three-game Western swing Friday but didn't look ragged or sluggish.

"It's tough travel, tough always to come back from the west coast and we came in and skated this morning and guys looked pretty tired," Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin said. "But we had a real strong effort and I was happy with the way we played.

"Doing it right all night, then two little breakdowns and they're in the back of our net. It hurts, it stings. We were right there."


from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

The Right Decision Was Made Regarding Ivan Provorov

01/22/2023 at 12:48am EST

from Larry Brrooks of the New York Post,

The concept of tolerance and inclusion practiced by those folks who mounted social media soapboxes to demand that either the Flyers or NHL suspend or fine Ivan Provorov — for his refusal to participate in a pregame warmup Tuesday in which all of his teammates wore a Pride-themed jersey to mark the organization’s celebration of the LGBTQ+ community — apparently means tolerating only those who share their beliefs and excluding those who do not.

These are people who apparently believe that employers not only have the right, but also have the duty to discipline employees who do not embrace a social justice movement endorsed by the company.

Would they believe the same if a team owner demanded that all players wear warmup jerseys celebrating Right to Life?

What if, in addition to inviting former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin to drop the ceremonial first puck in advance of the Rangers-Flyers 2008-09 season opener, Philadelphia owner, “Mr. Snider,” had outfitted his players in jerseys with McCain-Palin 2008 artwork as the logo?

Oh, but those are different.

No, they are not.

continued plus more hockey notes...

A2Y- Quick Recap - Detroit Red Wings/Philadelphia Flyers

01/21/2023 at 9:46pm EST

Through 40 minutes of play, both teams failed to get on the score sheet.

With 9 minutes played in the third period, the Flyers scored to make it 1-0 then added another goal with 6 1/2 minutes left.

Husso was pulled with just under 4 minutes left and finally Lucas Raymond scored with 42 seconds left to make it a one goal game but Carter Hart made a great save (watch below) on Lucas Raymond late in the game to preserve the win.

Team Stats

Detroit goal is below.

Video- 32 Thoughts Tonight

01/21/2023 at 9:27pm EST

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

In this edition of 32 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek bring the latest intel on the Vancouver Canucks' turmoil, how the trade market is shaping up for Chicago Blackhawks stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, and more.

A2Y- Get With It

01/21/2023 at 6:30pm EST

Hiya and welcome to all. The Wings played good enough against a good Vegas team this week and won to take 3 out of 6 points on the road, so there’s that. We all know that the Wings have to get with it and play hard, smart hockey, no matter where they traveled to. Jet lag is not an acceptable explanation. In other news, Bert is day to day with the lower-body injury.

Tonight’s game features the Flyers coached by Torts which should make for an entertaining/interesting game.

It’s the Flyers vs the Red Wings. The puck is set to drop sometime around 7:00 PM and will be broadcast on Bally Sports Detroit and the Red Wings Radio Network (97.1 The Ticket in Detroit) Also available on NHLPP/ESPN+ and NBCSP.

It’s a Live Blog!

Dylan Larkin's Value

01/21/2023 at 3:00pm EST

from Will Burchfield of 97.1FM,

Dylan Larkin notched a point in his sixth straight game in the Red Wings' 3-2 win over the Golden Knights on Thursday, a couple hours after it was reported that he and the team 'remain far apart' in negotiations on a new contract. It's rare that anything leaks out in Detroit under Steve Yzerman, so perhaps this is just posturing by those on the other side of the table. The Wings' latest offer was apparently 'not received well' by Larkin's camp.

Either way, the report rings true: were Larkin and the Red Wings close to reaching an agreement, you get the sense they would have actually agreed by now.

Detroit wants to keep its captain, and its captain wants to stay in Detroit. That much seems clear. The Michigan native has been the Red Wings' best player from the moment Henrik Zetterberg retired five years ago. Larkin's value to the team is glaringly evident whenever he's not on the ice, like last month in Minnesota when the Wings wilted without him. Less clear is his value relative to the rest of the NHL.

Larkin has 110 points in 114 games over the last two seasons, the two best of his career. That's high-end production. Is it elite? Not quite. It's actually on the lower end by the standards of a No. 1 center: Larkin's 0.96 points per game over this stretch ranks 23rd in the NHL among players at his position. He is a really good player, bordering on great, who's exceedingly important to his team.


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