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Prospect news: Walleye beat Brampton in OT; Sulak posts 2 assists; Malmstrom posts 3 helpers

Of prospect-related note over the past 5 days (sorry, the flu is a merciless prospect news-stifling machine):

In the ECHL, on Wednesday, the Toledo Walleye rallied from a 3-0 deficit on goals from Davis Vandane, Austen Brassard (who also had 2 assists) and Mike Borkowski, but the Walleye ultimatley lost 4-3 to the Reading Royals in a shootout. Simon Denis also had 2 assists and Pat Nagle stopped 29 of 32 shots and 2 of 3 shootout shooters. The Walleye's website posted a recap;

On Friday, Kevin Tansey and Ryan Obuchowski scored, Dylan Sadowy had 2 assists and Matej Machovsky stopped 31 of 32 shots as the Walleye defeated the Brampton Beast 2-1 in overtime. The Walleye's website posted a recap, and the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe wrote about the Walleye's road-and-home game odyssey that ends with Saturday and Sunday's home games against Brampton and Cincinnati, respectively.

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Mike Green focusing on the present as All-Star Weekend looms

Red Wings defenseman Mike Green will represent the team at the All-Star Game in Tampa Bay, Florida this weekend. Green plans on soaking up the experience with his wife and young son, as he told the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...

“I’m just going down there and enjoy myself with my family,” Green said. “Just take it all in. The whole experience will be fun. (It’s fun) getting to see some familiar faces and getting know guys personally. Obviously, we see each other pretty frequently during the season, it’ll be good to put some personalities to the faces.”

For Green, 32, this will be his second All-Star game. He made it in 2011 as a member of the Washington Capitals. This will be the first All-Star game, though, Green brings along his 2-year-old son, Axel.

“He’s starting to get it,” said Green, of Axel’s realization dad is a pro hockey player. “He enjoys being around the rink now. We’ll bring him down and have some fun.”

Green is likely to be moved at or before the trade deadline--despite Green's no-trade clause--but Kulfan points out that Green has nothing but good things to say about an organization that he may return to this summer, when he becomes an unrestricted free agent:

“I do love it here,” Green said. “This organization is great, and they’ve been very good to me. Like I said, I haven’t read too much into it (trade speculation) and I haven’t thought too much about it until it presents itself.”

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Wallner on McCollum’s milestone-to-be, Great Skate $ totals

Among the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner's Griffins notes:

[Tom] McCollum, in his eighth season with the Griffins and ninth overall as a pro, is one win away from becoming the Griffins' all-time leader in wins, surpassing Joey MacDonald's mark of 109. McCollum played two seasons with McDonald early on.

McCollum already is the Griffins' all-time leader in goalie games played, minutes and saves.

This season, he has played in 17 games with a 3.23 GAA and .897 save percentage, though he allowed two goals each of his past three games and is 3-1 his past four.


The Griffins 2018 Great Skate at Rosa Parks looks to have been one of the most successful. Griffins officials expect the final donation total to be in the range of $37,000 to $40,000. That would make it second or third all-time.

The ninth-annual 34-hour skate-a-thon, featuring appearances from the players benefits the Griffins Youth Foundation.

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Red Wings reassign Turgeon to GR

From the Red Wings:

… Booth Has Tallied Five Points in 19 Games with Red Wings …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled left wing David Booth from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins and assigned center Dominic Turgeon to the Griffins.

Booth, 33, has five points (4-1-5), six penalty minutes and 27 shots on goal in 19 games with the Red Wings. The 11th-year pro returned to the NHL this season after attending Detroit’s training camp on a professional tryout and earning a contract with the club. Booth has logged 521 NHL games with Florida, Vancouver, Toronto and Detroit since 2006-07 and has registered 236 points (124-112-236) and 212 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 212-pound forward spent the last two seasons in Russia playing for Admiral Vladivostok and Avangard Omsk in the Kontinental Hockey League. He picked up 25 points (10-15-25) and 46 penalty minutes in 42 KHL games from 2015-17.

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Joe Hicketts On His Time With The Wings

from Peter J. Wallner of Mlive,

His welcome-to-the-NHL moment?

"Probably after the national anthem and they turned on the lights," Hicketts said. "It was the brightest rink I've ever seen. I was like, 'Wow, this is really happening.'"

A good game, parents on hand and some encouraging words? Hicketts had to soak it up, then reel it back in given the job at hand in Grand Rapids.

"It was great, and coming back, you bring a little confidence with you and, for me, a little more fire," Hicketts said after practice Friday. "Once you get a taste, it definitely makes you want to get back there."


Also, the Wings recalled David Booth and sent Dominic Turgeon to Grand Rapids.

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THN’s Clinton weighs in on the Howard-vs-Mrazek trade debate

The Hockey News's Jared Clinton weighs in on the, "Trade Jimmy Howard versus trade Petr Mrazek" debate, and Clinton notes that, should a Howard trade backfire, the Red Wings don't really have a "Plan B":

So, the obvious answer then is to ship out Howard, right? Well, it’s not that simple. Teams will be calling on Howard — doesn’t he seem a perfect fit for the New York Islanders, who need someone, anyone, to help keep pucks out of the net? — but moving him along doesn’t exactly come with any guarantee that Mrazek is going to continue to play as well as he has in recent weeks. If he fails to find his form and his overall play across his past 66 games, which is to say his .902 SP and 3.04 GAA, is any indication of where things are headed, Mrazek leaves the Red Wings without a hope in goal. That could leave the organization scrambling for several years, including some seasons they could have used the average goaltending Howard was providing, while they search for the next-in-line for the No. 1 job. Ask the Carolina Hurricanes how easy it is to find capable goaltending even when your team looks prepared to take the next step. At the very least, Howard has shown he can provide some stability.

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here a look at every player's potential trade value and an analysis of whether the club might consider dealing him this year or in the near future.

Many of these players have some form of no-trade clause, which may or may not impact their ability to be dealt.

Justin Abdelkader
Contract: Five years remaining at a $4.25 million cap hit.

Too much money and way too much term for any team to be interested even if the club wanted to move him and he agreed to waive his no-trade clause (full through 2019-20), which is unlikely. His gritty, physical style results in a lot of hard minutes and is conducive to injuries, which could make him difficult to move even later in his career (a modified NTC takes effect in 2020-21).

Danny DeKeyser
Contract: Four years remaining at $5 million cap hit.

His performance has declined the past two seasons, reducing his trade value. Defensemen often are in demand, but that’s probably too much money and term for anyone to bite. Plus, he has a full no-trade clause until 2021.

Darren Helm
Three years remaining at $3.85 million cap hit.

Expect the Red Wings to actively shop him, in hopes that his speed and checking ability will attract suitors. Problem is, even if the club retained some salary, teams would be hesitant to assume his contract, especially with questions about his health and durability. It might be moot, anyway, since he has a full no-trade clause through the 2018-19 season.

the rest of the team....

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Not Good Enough

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Coaches love every-day players, guys who compete and battle and bring a consistent game-to-game effort.

It was apparent before Thursday that the Detroit Red Wings don't have enough of those players. Coach Jeff Blashill couldn't stress that enough following a 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at Little Caesars Arena.

"We had too many guys that weren't good enough," Blashill said. "Some guys have to learn what every night means."...

Blashill explained his decision to start Howard instead of Mrazek, who had played well his past three starts, including shutouts in Chicago on Jan. 14 and at New Jersey on Monday.

"I thought Petr deserved the start (Tuesday vs. Philadelphia). I thought he played fine the other night," Blashill said. "If I thought he played great, he would have had the start, but I thought he played fine. If you take the season in total, Jimmy's outplayed him.

"I hope ultimately they both play great. As I said before, we need great goaltending. We don't need good.


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Wings-Hawks post-game snippet: we’re back to ‘starting on time’ and ‘everyday’ers’

Of brief note from the post-game availabilities after the Red Wings' 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks:

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Red Wings-Blackhawks quick take: Wings suffer big loss and a DeBrinc-hat-trick against

The Detroit Red Wings hoped to pounce upon a winless-in-four (0-3-and-1) Chicago Blackhawks team on Thursday night, with the Red Wings hoping to end their pre-All-Star Break schedule with a big win.

Instead, the Red Wings gave Farmington Hills' Alex DeBrincat a canvas with which to paint a masterful game. DeBrincat scored 3 goals as the Blackhawks won 5-1 over the Red Wings.

Detroit was an awful -26, with Tyler Bertuzzi, Mike Green and Niklas Kronwall finishing at -4 and Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou finishing at -3. Detroit was out-scored 4-0, 3-0 in the 1st period and 4-0 by the halfway mark of the game. For whatever reason, the Wings were flat from the start, and they never seemed to get their footing.

So we go into the All-Star Break wondering whose names will be called before the trade deadline, and how this team is going to try to build for the following season.

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