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2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: Detroit Red Wings

Written by Alex Paul and can be followed on twitter at @AKaserman1991

Sabres-deadlineWith the trade deadline quickly approaching, the Detroit Red Wings should be relatively quiet once again.

Before the Olympic freeze the Wings started to find a groove, going 3-1-1, and the regulation loss coming against Tampa. It seemed though at the time that every team chasing that 8th and final playoff spot, Columbus, Ottawa, Philadelphia, and Washington just could not lose. Detroit managed to follow suit and find themselves in the final spot, 6 points behind Toronto and Montreal, and 7 points behind Tampa.

The big problem thus far for Detroit is all of their injuries. Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Weiss, Franzen, and Howard have all missed significant time. As soon as one is about to return it seems like another one is going down. When the season started the LTIR was used just to get cap compliant because they were right at the threshold, and have been there all year. With all these big names out, it has given a chance for the young guys to come up a little prematurely for Detroit’s standards, but it looks like they will be just fine in the show.

So as the injuries continue to stack up, would it make sense for the Wings to make a big splash?

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Morning Hits: Outdoor Games, Fleischmann, Gudbranson, VandeVelde, Jeffrey, Corrado and Howard

  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Seems likely that the Avalanche will get an outdoor game next year. MillerCoors wants to have a game in Denver.
  • Dallas Morning News: The Dallas Stars would like to hold an outdoor game.

    “We are in the very early stages of talks and planning, and we expect to make some headway during the Olympic break, but it’s still a few years away,” Stars president and CEO Jim Lites said. “Just guessing, I would say 2015-16 at the earliest, and more realistically 2016-17.”

  • Sun-Sentinel: The Panthers made Tomas Fleischmann a healthy scratch last night. Erik Gudbranson has been scratched for three straight games.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Chris VandeVelde clears waivers and was sent to the AHL.

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Injury Notes: Vokoun, Greene, Ovechkin, Ebbett, Tallinder, Howard and Barkov

  • Inside Pittsburgh Sports: Penguins Tomas Vokoun is off the blood thinners and is planning to skate today. Will DePaoli: Vokoun may be a month away from the Penguins knowing if he can play at all this season.
  • Jon Rosen: Kings Matt Greene is “feeling better” but not skating yet.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Capitals coach Adam Oates said that Alex Ovechkin was injured in the third period while battling with Rangers Dan Girardi.
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins Andrew Ebbett has been skating separately and practiced with the team for the first time since breaking his ankle.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Henrik Tallinder returned to the lineup, replacing Mark Pysyk.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Jimmy Howard has fluid in his left knee, but it is not as serious as the when he first injured it in December. He’ll be out for at least a week.
  • Yahoo Sports NHL: Panthers Aleksander Barkov suffered a lower-body injury against the Sabres.

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Injury Notes: Kane, Moen, Parise, Pitkanen, McQuaid, Sbisa, Voracek, Hanzel, Parenteau and Howard

  • Paul Friesen: Jets coach Paul Maurice said that Evander Kane will return to the lineup today, and will be on a line with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler. Has another line mind for Kane too.
  • Michael Russo: There is a chance that Wild’s Zach Parise returns to the lineup on Thursday.
  • Chris Nichols: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said that Joni Pitkanen can ”a little bit of weight” on his injured foot. Rutherford thinks that Pitkanen hopes that he has a chance to play next year.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid missed yesterday’s game with a leg injury. They don’t play again until Saturday. Defenseman Dougie Hamilton (concussion) could return on Saturday.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Luca Sbisa (hand) practiced yesterday and was paired with Francois Beauchemin.
  • Frank Seravalli: Flyers Jakub Voracek has an upper-body injury and will be evaluated when they return to Philadelphia.
  • Chris Johnston: Coyotes Martin Hanzal is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Avs P.A. Parenteau will return to the lineup tonight on a line with Marc-Andre Cliche and Patrick Bordeleau. Alex Tanguay is getting close to returning.
  • Bub Duff: Red Wings Jimmy Howard left last night’s game with a lower-body injury. Ansar Khan: Coach Mike Babcock said that Howard injured the same knee in December and is not sure of the extent of the injury. GM Ken Holland said that Howard’s injury is minor and he’ll be day-to-day. Babcock said that he isn’t sure if Jonas Gustavsson will be ready to play on Wednesday.
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames winger Paul Byron left last night’s game after only one shift in the second period after he blocked a shot.

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Morning Hits: Olympic Break, Langenbrunner, Strome, Howard and Blues Goalie Rotation

  • Arthur Staple: “Something to consider: NHL teams received a memo prior to season saying that a player who plays more than 15 of 20 games prior to Olympic break cannot be assigned to AHL during break. Strome move clearly made w/ eye to having him play during break.
  • Brian Compton: The Islanders send Ryan Strome back to the AHL to make room for Radek Martinek.
  • Ansar Khan: Jimmy Howard will start in net for the Red Wings.
  • Andy Strickland: Jaroslav Halak will start in net for the Blues. Brian Elliott will start on Saturday.

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Injury Notes: Zetterberg, Howard, Weiss, Bozak, Eriksson,Tanguay, Zibanejad, Bernier and Hertl

  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Henrik Zetterberg will be ready for their game on December 29th. They are hoping that Jimmy Howard is ready to return either on December 30th or January 1st.
  • George Sipple: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Stephen Weiss (groin) will see a specialist in Philadelphia on Friday. He won’t be skating anytime soon.
  • Sean Fitz-Gerald: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak hopes to be able to return on December 29th.
  • Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli on Loui Eriksson (concussion).

    “We’re careful with that,” the GM said. “I talked to Loui a little bit (Monday). He’s coming along, but he’s still experiencing symptoms. With that type of injury, you see slow improvements, and that’s what Loui is going through right now. So I don’t know what the time period would be.”

    Defenseman Adam McQuaid (suspected groin injury) may be held out until after Christmas to give him the extra time to heal.

    “They just want to make sure when I come back, after I’ve taken off all this time, (that I don’t) come back a little bit too soon (and) re-aggravate it again,” McQuaid said. “It’s about making sure I’m ready, and it (will not) affect me again.

    “I’m pretty close. Each day I do a little more. It’s just about how I react to it. I hope it will continue to be positive and I’ll be back soon. It’s been tough to be patient with this.”

  • Lou Korac: Blues Ryan Reaves is still hoping initial six week assessment is right, would have him returning towards the end of the first week in January.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Avs coach Patrick Roy is “leaning” to having Ryan Wilson back in the lineup on Saturday. Alex Tanguay may start skating early next week.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators Mika Zibanejad left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • TSN Radio: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that Jonathan Bernier is nursing an ailment.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks Tomas Hertl is likely going to be out a bit after taking a knee-on-knee hit from Dustin Brown.

    “Nothing. I haven’t gone in there to see the trainers or talk to the doctors,” McLellan said. “Obviously, he didn’t return, and that’s not a good thing. But, other than that, I can’t give you anything more.”

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Afternoon Hits: Schenn, Lecavalier, Tootoo, Hedman, Staal, Fiddler, Clowe, Backes and more

  • Mark Stepneski: Stars Max Fortunus cleared waivers and will remain with the team for now.
  • Tim Panaccio: Flyers Brayden Schenn will play tonight. Vincent Lecavalier said he had his best day on the ice and hopes to be back quicker than two weeks. Adam Kimelman: Schenn said his neck and upper back are a little sore, but there are no other restrictions.
  • Helene St. James: Red Wings Jordin Tootoo will replace Mikael Samuelsson in the lineup tonight.
  • Missy Zielinski: Victor Hedman will return to the lineup. Tom Pyatt should be ready to return on Saturday.
  • Carolina Hurricanes: Hurricanes Eric Staal missed practice today with the flu, but should be able to go tomorrow.
  • Mike Heika: Stars Vernon Fiddler (upper-body) skated hard this morning. He hopes to take part in a full practice on Friday and be available for Saturday.
  • Rich Chere: Devils Ryane Clowe is practicing on a line with Travis Zajac and Jaromir Jagr.
  • Andy Strickland: Blues David Backes skated this morning, he’s still day-to-day.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Justin Abdelkader skated this morning. Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist are not skating. Jimmy Howard was on the ice, but is not ready to practice yet.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Danny DeKeyser will see a doctor today and hopes to get clearance to play on Saturday. He is still on their LTIR.
  • Paul Hendrick: Maple Leafs Colton Orr is skating with the team for the first time in two weeks.
  • Paul Hendrick: Jonathan Bernier will start in net for the Leafs.

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Injury Notes: Penguins, Bruins, Avalanche, Devils, Blue Jackets, Kings, Red Wings, Blues and the Stars

  • Joe Haggerty: Source saying Jarome Iginla has been cleared to play tonight against the Flames.
  • Colorado Avalanche: Patrick Roy said that Alex Tanguay (knee/hip) could start skating next week. Ryan Wilson won’t go on their road trip.
  • Adrian Dater: Patrick Roy said that defenseman Ryan Wilson needs more time to deal.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Steven Gionta could return to the lineup on Wednesday. Ryane Clowe hopes to be able to return before Christmas. Randy Miller: Devils coach Peter DeBoer said that Clowe looked good in his first full contact practice.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Richards on Sergei Bobrovsky: ”He’s progressing right now. We’re hoping we can get him out on the ice sometime next week.”
  • Shelly Anderson: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said that Rob Scuderi is seven to nine days away. Tanner Glass is three to five days away.
  • Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider: Kings Willie Mitchell didn’t finish Saturday’s game and did not play on Sunday. The LA Times said he was sick and remained at the hotel on Sunday.

    “He got hit. It was nothing. It was like an upper-body, and it was not serious, and then when we went to have our meeting he was sick, so we just told him to stay at the hotel,” he said.

    Rosen points out that nausea and vomiting are among the symptoms of concussions.

  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Dalton Prout left last night’s game with an upper body injury.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Derek McKenzie didn’t re-aggravate his back. His latest lower-body injury is not believed to be serious.
  • Rob Rossi: Penguins Jayson Megna is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and likely out their next game.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that David Backes is day-to-day. (ME: upper-body injury, looked like possible concussion)
  • Mark Stepneski: Stars defenseman Aaron Rome is out with a lower-body injury.

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Afternoon Hits: Emelin, Schenn, Howard, Thomas, Penguins, Poulin and Devils

  • David Strehle: The NHL reviewed Canadiens Alexei Emelin’s elbowing major on Flyers Steve Downie and ”no disciplinary hearing scheduled at this time”.
  • Anthony SanFilippo: Flyers Brayden Schenn was fined $2,230.77 for his cross-check on Blackhawks Kris Versteeg.
  • Ted Kulfan: Red Wings Jimmy Howard has a Grade 1 MCL sprain and is out for two to four weeks.
  • George Richards: Panthers coach Peter Horachek said that Tim Thomas won’t be out long and will travel with the team on their upcoming road trip. Scott Clemmensen will start in net for the Panthers. Thomas didn’t practice today.
  • Dave Molinari: Brooks Orpik, Rob Scuderi and Tanner Glass skated today, but didn’t take part in the Penguins game-day skate.
  • Hope Smoke: Dave Poulin: ”Burke and I have relationship for over 30 years and I know this is a game of connections but I haven’t been contacted”
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Zubrus-Zajac-Jagr; Bernier-Elias-Brunner; Boucher-Henrique-Ryder; Sestito-Josefson-Janssen. Extra: Loktionov.

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Afternoon Hits: Flames, Sabres, Senators, Rangers, Kings, Lightning, Blue Jackets and Ducks

  • Calgary Flames: The Flames have relieved GM Jay Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod of their duties.
  • Josh Rimer: Hearing the Sabres are speeding up their GM search process now.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Alain Vigneault confirms that Dylan McIlarth is in, along with Aaron Asham, Benoit Pouliot and Tom Pyatt. Justin Falk and Derrick Brassard are out.
  • Helene Elliott: Dean Lombardi told USA Olympic GM David Poile that goalie Jonathan Quick will be back by the end of the year.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Jimmy Howard said that he’s hoping to only be out for a one to two weeks, but will not know for sure until after his MRI tomorrow.
  • John Vogl: Sabres Cody Hodgson will miss tonight’s game with a lower-body injury. Ville Leino is back in the lineup.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Victor Hedman’s lower-body injury is not progressing and will be out at least another week.
  • Ian Mendes: Senators lines: MacArthur-Spezza-Zibanejad, Conacher-Turris-Ryan, Greening-Pageau-Neil, Michalek-Smith-Condra.
  • Blue Jackets: Lines, pairing and goalie: Foligno – Johansen – Umberger, Calvert – Dubinsky – Atkinson, Jenner – Anisimov – Comeau, Letestu – MacKenzie – Tropp … Tyutin – Johnson, Murray – Savard, Nikitin – Prout …. McElhinney
  • Igor Eronko: KHL’s Avtomobilist terminated the contract of Anthony Stewart.
  • Lisa Dillman: The Ducks have sent David Steckel, Alex Grant and Nolan Yonkman to the AHL.

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Morning Hits: Rising Salary Cap, McIlrath, Mrazek and Drouin

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Impact of the rising cap.

    “It’s going to loosen up talks for the higher-end players,” one agent said. “It’s going to expand opportunities for players to start signing contracts now. Most GMs I’ve spoken with have been reluctant to move forward on contract talks until they have some kind of idea.”

    Canucks GM Mike Gillis indicated they can spend beyond the long-term deals they already have.

    “The projected number in that range just adds flexibility for us and adds the opportunity to spend that money wisely. If we can do it wisely, we look at it as opportunity,” Gillis said.

    “When the twins signed, it was obviously a huge transaction for our organization and for them,” Gillis said. “We were doing that on the basis of what we projected the number to be … None of us know what the actual number will be at the end of the day.”

    For the 2015-16 season.

    “I’ve got to believe it’s going to be 75 [million],” said the most conservative responder. Another guess came in around $78 million, with the highest prediction at $80 million.

    Blues GM Doug Armstrong.

    “I think you have to look at it from a holistic point of view,” Armstrong said when I asked him what the cap number meant for the small market teams. “If the cap increases, that means revenue is increasing and the pie is getting bigger. I think we all have to be excited about that.”

  • Patrick Kearns: The Rangers have recalled defenseman Dylan McIlarth from the AHL.
  • Ansar Khan: The Red Wings have recalled Petr Mrazek from the AHL. Jimmy Howard was ‘bumped” into during practice.
  • John Moore: Jonathan Drouin is “getting better and better” and will leave for Team Canada’s WJC camp today. He’s confident he’ll be able to play.

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Injury Notes: Callahan, Staal, Howard, Bryzgalov, Silfverberg, Beauchemin, Hejda, Monahan and Paille

  • Katie Strang of ESPN: Rangers Ryan Callahan will be out four to six weeks with a Grade 2 MCL sprain. Callahan had offseason shoulder surgery, broke his thumb in October and now this. Defenseman Marc Staal is out indefinitely with a concussion.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Red Wings Jimmy Howard tweaked his knee in practice and will have an MRI today. Henrik Zetterberg was put on the LTIR.
  • Bob Stauffer: Oilers Ilya Bryzgalov was out on the ice early yesterday taking shots. Jeff Petry was wearing a regular jersey during practice.
  • Eric Stephens: The Ducks hope to have Jakob Silfverberg (broken hand) back for their next road trip.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Francois Beauchemin is hoping to play on Sunday, but coach Bruce Boudreau thinks he might be ready for Tuesday.
  • Aaron Vickers: Flames Sean Monahan is back skating: “It’s pain-free right now. It’s why I’m out there. I’m trying to get back in game shape and work my way back in.”
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins Daniel Paille (upper-body) has returned to Boston for further evaluation.

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