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Brett Hull Heading Back To St. Louis

Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch with the news, Hull, the franchise's leading goal scorer, will be back in Blue after 15 years away from the organization. He departed as a free agent in 1998, signing with Dallas, and has spent the most recent part of his post-hockey career as an executive with the Stars. According to multiple sources, Hull, 49, will be...
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September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings overnight report: on the Wings’ first tournament game and a wacky Thursday

The Detroit Red Wings opened their slate of round-robin games at the prospect tournament with a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. The game included a pair of scraps--Tyler Bertuzzi more or less played "tug and pull" with Carter Sandlak, and Richard Nedomlel got some serious pops in on Kurtis Gabriel--and then there was this moment with Wild prospect Oliver Archimbault.....
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September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Top 20 Players By Defensive Zone Starts

I am taking a look at sabermetrics and hockey this summer.  I have been looking at Corsi ratings and how to turn them into a meaningful individual ranking.  I have produced a top 20 and worst 20 list of team adjusted Corsi ratings.  This is a gage of which players have the best puck possession in 5 on 5 situations relative to that of their teammates.  The main problem with these...
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September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings’ prospects win first game 3-1: interviews with Athanasiou, Paterson, Sheahan, Blashill

The Detroit Red Wings' prospects defeated the Minnesota Wild's prospects by a 3-1 tally tonight in Traverse City, with Andreas Athanasiou scoring 2 goals, Riley Sheahan scoring the third and Jake Paterson stopping 20 of 21 shots--and the Wings face a stacked Dallas Stars team (Dallas defeated St. Louis 5-2) tomorrow night at 7:30 (the team practices at 11:30, and all practices...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Evening Line

"There's always been something special the past four or five years with our leadership group, that whenever others come in and be part of that group we just become a really tough team to get rid of. We're tough to beat. A lot of things have to go wrong for us to lose in a playoff series. If we can keep leading that same way, find that same belief and will to win, then...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Penguins Trying To Turn The Page After Playoff Sweep By Bruins

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, It hurt so much that Sidney Crosby couldn’t bear to watch the Stanley Cup finals until the very last game. The four-game sweep at the hands of the Boston Bruins ranks right up there among the lowest points in Crosby’s career. "It stung,” the Pittsburgh Penguins captain told ESPN.com Thursday in an interview during the NHL’s Player...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

The Coyotes Are A ‘Hungry’ Team

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Phoenix Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc announced today that the Coyotes will be launching their new marketing campaign for the 2013-14 NHL season on Sunday, September 8. The new campaign is called “Hungrier Than Ever”. The campaign, which was developed by Cramer-Krasselt in Phoenix, builds off the Coyotes previous “Here To Stay” campaign...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

What this is, I don’t even…

Oh geez...Here are Brendan Smith and Justin Abdelkader, thumb-warring for the WWE championship belt...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Khan: the door is open for Daniel Cleary, but whether he accepts the Wings’ try-out is up to him

Via RedWingsFeed, MLive's Ansar Khan's confirming the Free Press's Helene St. James' report about Daniel Cleary: Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Cleary has an open invitation to join the team for training camp next week in Traverse City on a pro tryout, but with no guarantee of a contract. Holland hasn't heard back from Cleary, who hasn't indicated...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Impressions from the morning skate on Day 1 of the Red Wings’ prospect tournament

It's an understatement to suggest that the Red Wings' prospect tournament is a whole other ball of wax as compared to the summer development camp, and that was very, very evident as the Red Wings' prospects and try-outs engaged in something of a morning skate ahead of tonight's 7:30 PM game against the Minnesota Wild (Jared Coreau told me, among other things, that...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings encouraging fans to vote for Michigan Sports Hall of Fame candidates

This is pretty spiffy: The ballot box is open! Vote former #RedWings Chelios, Fedorov and Lidstrom into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame: http://t.co/N4TE6mAH22 — The Wheel Deal (@Bill_Roose) September 5, 2013 So the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame is now asking fans to vote on its 2014 induction class...Give 'er a go as the aforementioned Wings are on the ballot.
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Does Brian Burke Have The Right Blueprint For Calgary?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, As an executive, Burke is not known for his patience, which makes for an interesting marriage. The Flames essentially lost their two best players at the trade deadline – Iginla and defenceman Jay Bouwmeester – leaving them with perhaps the thinnest lineup in the league, although there is a chance goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff may...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Evander Kane In The News Again

In a way I feel bad for Evander Kane who met with the Winnipeg media today to talk about the traffic ticket issues he had. On the other hand, just pay the tickets and stories like this would be avoided. from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press, Evander Kane said he is back in Winnipeg to make news for his hockey exploits, not unpaid traffic tickets. And so the Jets winger...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Versteeg Plans To Be Ready For Season Opener

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond, Kris Versteeg was on the ice with the rest of the veteran throng in Coral Springs on Thursday as he works his way back from having major surgery on his right knee last year. Versteeg told us last spring that he didn't expect to be ready until November; since he's been skating for the past month, it appears the timeline has...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Official Release On The Flames Hiring Of Brian Burke

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that Brian Burke has been named President of Hockey Operations. Additionally, John Bean was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Calgary Sports & Entertainment Group. Burke brings an impressive resume and reputation to the Flames organization in this newly created role, overseeing all hockey operations for the growing sports...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Lundqvist Needs A Stanley Cup

from Sean Hartnett of CBS New York, Despite the talent being evenly spread across the Rangers’ roster, it all comes down to the man wearing No. 30 on his back. This could the year that Lundqvist breaks free of comparisons to great players in each of the four major sports that never won that elusive title such as Dan Marino, Patrick Ewing, Ted Williams and Marcel Dionne...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings mid-day mishmash: Thursday’s skate, Cleary, Datsyuk & the follow-on rink’s public hearing

Paul already posted the Free Press's Helene St. James' report about Pavel Datsyuk returning to the ice at the Joe, but the Wings' beat writers Tweeted some updates--including a contradictory note regarding the Daniel Cleary story: Pavel Datsyuk joins Wings on ice for informal workouts at the Joe. Kyle Quincey also arrived. pic.twitter.com/MXeHStBqip — Ansar...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Projected Regular Season Point Totals And Playoff Chances

via Bovada, 2013-2014 NHL Point Totals Anaheim Ducks                         90.5 Boston Bruins                           102.5 Buffalo Sabres                          83.5 Calgary Flames                         74.5 Carolina Hurricanes                   ...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

The NHL Has Done A Good Job Dealing With Head Trauma

from Craig Custance of ESPN, Shanahan points out that the league's focus on concussion prevention predates his joining the league offices. "I can remember back as a player as early as 1997 doing baseline testing, and nobody was doing that then," he said. "They were starting to make players aware of concussion protocol and safety; they obviously saw ahead...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Datsyuk’s Back

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, "I go back to home, stay with friends, see family lots, but now come back to live here," Datsyuk said. "Always, summer too short. But now, forget about summer. Lots of work beginning." It's the first time Datsyuk has been in Detroit since signing a three-year extension in late June; with a year left...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Audio from practice at the first day of the Red Wings’ prospect tournament

The Red Wings' prospects spent about 45 minutes practicing ahead of tonight's game against Minnesota at the prospect tournament, mostly engaging in drills involving retrieving dump-ins, defensive positioning, breakouts, and at the end of the practice, both goalie-challenging lateral movement drills, faceoff drops for centers and some d-to-d passing and shooting with a screened...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Live Stream- Calgary Flames Press Conference

The Flames are expected to announce the hiring of Brian Burke to a management position with the team. You can watch the Sportsnet stream below and it is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm ET. Continue reading "Live Stream- Calgary Flames Press Conference"
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

St. James: Daniel Cleary may yet return to the Red Wings…Somehow…

The Detroit Free Press's Helene St. James delivers some absolutely baffling news given the Red Wings' roster crunch and salary cap issues, stating that Daniel Cleary's going to start skating with the Wings today, and that the Wings are still interested in somehow bringing Cleary back into the fold: Cleary ultimately decided he wants to stay in Detroit, and the Wings...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Video- The John Tavares Workout

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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard among NHL’ers to take part in photo shoot promoting outdoor games

This is...different...per the NHL: TOP OF THE ROCK® TO HOST NHL PLAYERS ON FRIDAY, SEPT. 6 Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center® will host 10 NHL players on Friday, Sept. 6 at 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for a special photo, video and interview opportunity to celebrate the six regular-season games set to be played in outdoor locations during the 2013-14...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss
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