Team Defense Will Be Stressed Starting Tonight
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Eight games will be plenty to give both Alex Nedeljkovic and newcomer Ville Husso enough starts to get comfortable. On defense, Moritz Seider has spent camp paired with Ben Chiarot, Filip Hronek with Olli Määttä, with a presumptive third pairing in Simon Edvinsson and Gustav Lindstrom — but Lalonde has repeatedly said there'll be lots of experimentation during preseason to see who gels with whom. "We haven’t really stressed about it," he said. "I couldn’t give you any looks at all. We are going to take the full eight games and let it play out and go from there. We do put a lot of time into a ballpark matrix. We basically a guy a number we want to see and then work back from there. It never works that way. It changes daily. It’s already changed many times. But we ballpark what we want to see out of each guy." What Lalonde wants to see, starting Tuesday, is how well the Wings are implementing the emphasis on playing good team defense. "We have to take a step every day," he said. "Establishing some compete, some attitude, work on all those things. I feel fortunate we have eight games this year to fine-tune somethings before our home opener." more
Alex Stalock Battles Back From Myocarditis
from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times, As a 35-year-old goaltender at Blackhawks training camp, Alex Stalock feels roughly the same way he did as a 22-year-old goaltender at Sharks training camp in 2009. He has no idea how this will pan out. But the fact he’s at camp at all—on an NHL contract, penciled in as the Hawks’ backup to Petr Mrazek, competing every day to earn that role—is a small blessing in itself. The opportunity means a lot. After all, this is his first training camp since 2019. “What I’ve learned in pro hockey is anything can change at any day,” Stalock said Monday. “There can be injuries. There can be sicknesses. Obviously, COVID now changes everything. You can never be complacent and say, ‘This is how it’s going to be,’ because I guarantee you that’s not how it’s going to be at the end of the year.” Stalock has experienced a few of those days where everything changed. But the one in November 2020 during which he was diagnosed with myocarditis stands out above the rest. Stalock was starting to prepare for the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season when he tested positive for COVID-19 during a routine entry into the Wild’s practice facility. Shortly after, an MRI revealed his heart muscle was inflamed. He needed to halt all physical activity or risk cardiac arrest. continued
Day 5 Recap
from George Malik of The Malik Report, The Detroit Red Wings concluded their 2022 training camp activities in Traverse City on Monday with two hour-long practices, from 9:30 to 10:10 AM and then 11 until about 11:45 AM. Regrettably, the Wings chose to omit the dreaded “skating test” from their Monday activities, so the players were spared from grueling sets of full-rink laps with 3, 2, 1 minute and then 30 seconds’ worth of rest between laps. After days one, two, three and four (which consisted of the Red vs. White Game), perhaps the coaching staff felt that it was better to practice and get out of dodge, and perhaps they were sparing the players of some cruelty given the hard work they’d put in over the last five days. continued with many details.. Plus this from George.... As you know, at present, I’m not credentialed for Red Wings games, and while I’m going to speak to the PR staff about that at some point soon.. It's past due DRW, make it happen.
Canada Lifts Vaccination Requirements
from ESPN News Sevices, The Canadian government confirmed, on Monday, that non-citizens entering the country -- including professional athletes -- will no longer be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 beginning in October. The Associated Press reported, last week, the decision was imminent. Removal of the vaccine mandate means unvaccinated Major League Baseball players would be allowed to play in Toronto in the playoffs should the Blue Jays make the postseason. It would also apply to the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League. Unvaccinated players are currently not allowed to cross the border into Canada. continued
Hope In Ottawa
from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, The Ottawa Senators are entering must-watch TV territory. They’re going to be fun in 2022-23. Head coach D.J. Smith might pull his hair out on some nights because his team will be on the wrong end of some of these entertaining affairs. That’s going to be the real challenge for a team loaded up front — how much better they can actually defend. But either way, the Sens should never be boring this season, and their program overall is very much on the rise. Priority No. 1 is managing expectations in their market, which appears downright giddy right now. There’s a ton of enthusiasm in that Sens fan base after a summer that’s included signing Claude Giroux and trading for Alex DeBrincat, not to mention locking up more core pieces. There appears to finally be some hope in Ottawa. continued ($)
Red Wings Trim Roster
DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today assigned forwards Amadeus Lombardi and Pasquale Zito, defenseman Oscar Plandowski and goaltender Jan Bednar to their respective major junior clubs and released forwards Julien Anctil, Marcus Limpar-Lantz, Mitchell Martin and Jacob Mathieu and goaltender Andrew Oke from their amateur tryouts. The Red Wings currently have 60 players on their training camp roster: 34 forwards, 20 defensemen and six goaltenders. Detroit will continue practices in Traverse City, Mich., on Monday, Sept. 26 prior to beginning an eight-game preseason schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Pittsburgh. PLAYERS ASSIGNED/RELEASED ON 9/26/22
Training Camp Observations
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, As the Wings wrap up five days in Traverse City and head home to Little Caesars Arena to begin their exhibition season, here are top observations from their time Up North: Mean duo New head coach Derek Lalonde has emphasized that nothing should be read into who is playing with whom so far, but reigning NHL rookie of the year Moritz Seider and veteran Ben Chiarot sure have looked like they complement one another well. Chiarot showed in Sunday's scrimmage that he's not going to let up just because his opponents were teammates: He hit Michael Rasmussen into the bench, and then turned around and crushed Filip Zadina. "That’s a tone setter," Lalonde said. Seider plays a game that is equal parts skill and physicality, and paired with Chiarot, the two have the potential to be a fearsome duo. Big Kid Dominik Kubalik, like Chiarot a newcomer who has looked really good in camp, smiled when asked about 6-foot-8 prospect Elmer Soderblom. "He’s huge," Kubalik said. "When I saw him the first time, he’s a big kid. And he skates pretty well, he’s got a good shot, good hands. It’s exciting to watch him. I like him so far." more
Sunday Hockey Notes
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, - It’s easy to talk about firing Kyle Dubas at the end of the season or, in the more demure way, not re-signing him as general manager. The better question: Who do you replace him with? And who would do a better job? Montreal fired Marc Bergevin after a long run as GM and replaced him with Jeff Gorton and Kent Hughes. If there’s a Jeff Gorton out there and available, Toronto would be wise to investigate. - I’ve never heard a bad word said about Zdeno Chara. Not by those playing with him. Not by those playing against him. It’s hard to find any player who was as universally respected as Chara was. He will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 2022. Probably alongside Duncan Keith, who won three Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks and also won two Norris Trophies and, maybe the most important award, one called the Conn Smythe. - Not sure P.K. Subban, great as he was, electric as he was, so much the personality, did enough to make the Hall of Fame. He did win the Norris and that works in his favour. The only retired Norris winner not to make the Hall is Randy Carlyle. One day in history we’ll look back and see that Chris Pronger, Scott Niedermayer, Drew Doughty and Victor Hedman only won one Norris, and collectively we’ll shake our heads. And to think, Brad Park never won but he did finish second eight times, usually behind a guy named Bobby Orr. - In 2004, Jaromir Jagr was the highest-paid player in the NHL at $11 million a season. There was no salary cap then. All these years later, Nathan MacKinnon is the highest-paid player at $12.6 million. No athletes in pro sports have been as underpaid, big picture, as NHL stars. The salary cap hasn’t done a thing for hockey stars but limit their value … By comparison, the highest-paid player in the NBA in 2004 was Shaquille O’Neal at $27 million a year. Steph Curry is the highest paid now at $48 million. Second highest-paid player in 2004 was Dikembe Mutombo at $19.4 million. The second-highest paid player in the NHL today is Connor McDavid at $12.5 million. The second highest-paid player in the NBA today is Russell Westbrook at $47 million. a few more hockey topics...
Coach Lalonde On A Few Players
from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now, Detroit Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde said he liked the pace of today’s annual Red and White scrimmage in Traverse City. He thought the players were putting emphasis on executing their defensive responsibilities. That’s important, given that last season the Red Wings ranked last in giving up dangerous scoring chances. Lalonde is aiming to fix that immediately. The Red Team beat the White Team 3-2. Givani Smith, Jakub Vrana and Cross Hanas scored for the Red Team while Dylan Larkin and Matt Luff scored for the White Team. Lalonde liked the game’s energy. Here are five quotes from the Lalonde press conference after the game: On Filip Zadina “Assertive with his game. It probably started Day 2 of camp, Day 1 was fine. I think Day 2 you could see being assertive with the puck and some confidence and then it translated into today’s game. He was flying, puck was on his stick, skill in tight, he was getting shots off, obviously he created a ton of offense today. He looked like he’s playing with some confidence. So hopefully we can keep building that going forward.” On Elmer Soderblom continued
Video- Derek Lalonde And Dominik Kubalik After Today’s Red And White Game
Coach Lalonde says no update on Robert Hagg. He took the puck in the back of the ear/head area — Carley Johnston (@carleykjohnston) September 25, 2022 Joe Veleno was a maintenance day, lower-body but probably could have played. They wanted to be cautious — Max Bultman (@m_bultman) September 25, 2022 Watch coach Lalonde and Dominik Kubalik below.
Stream- Go Red, Go White
The annual Red & White game from Traverse City starts at noon today. Stream begins at 11:50am and can be watched below. Red vs. White! Live at 11:50am » https://t.co/WPhvYJCZDa pic.twitter.com/KD4dXRt9jT — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) September 25, 2022
Video- Dominik Kubalik Today
Dominik Kubalik with John Keating.
Petr Mrazek Employed A Physiotherapist Over The Summer
from Scott Powers of The Athletic, Petr Mrazek knew he had to do something different this offseason. His body hadn’t been holding up. He missed stretches of last season due to a groin injury and was limited to 20 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Plus, there was his age. He turned 30 in February. Being a goalie, he knew those factors were only going to present more challenges in the future. If he was going to get ahead of it all, he had to treat this offseason differently “I knew I need to change something,” Mrazek said after Blackhawks practice on Saturday. “With the age, it comes. I feel like the body gets a little sorer, a little tighter. That’s something I had to change, too. I had to change the things and get more flexible, feeling good about myself, feeling good about the body.” So, he started seeing a physiotherapist back home in Czechia over the summer. “I spent time with a physiotherapist 4-5 times a week for an hour or two hours working with them, stretching even more than I used to be,” Mrazek said. “Those were things I haven’t done before in the summers. That was something we changed. … I feel like I’m getting back to being flexible like I was younger. The parts of my body that were hurting before the summers and seasons are gone.” continued ($$$)
Video- Andrew Copp With A Health Update
via Bally Sports Detroit's YouTube page, John Keating reports on Andrew Copp, who's recovering nicely from abdominal surgery and is expected to contribute on the power play this season.
Videos- The Talk After Today’s Practice
Lucas Raymond first, Ville Husso below.
The Talk During Training Camps
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet, A quick mix of the things we gleaned from the week of hockey, serious and less so, and rolling four lines deep. Apologies in advance: We’re still in preseason form. 1. Connor McDavid ($12.5 million AAV) will have held the title of most handsomely paid NHL player for five seasons, when Nathan MacKinnon’s new deal ($12.6 million AAV) knocks him off the peak next season. MacKinnon’s reign on the top will be short like leprechauns. Auston Matthews is destined to supplant him after just a one-year run. (And, while we’re playing this game, Connor McDavid should leapfrog Matthews after two seasons, by 2026-27.)... 2. Is it unusual for a cash-flush organization — the same one that doled out millions for Mike Babcock to not coach the team — to not at least give Dubas a short-term extension and save the GM from “lame duck” status? Yes, it is. Heck, the Dallas Stars went as brief as one year on Jim Nill’s security cushion. But as consistent as the Maple Leafs’ regular seasons have been, the optics of rewarding four straight one-and-done postseasons under Dubas would’ve landed awkwardly.... more on the above topics and more notes too...
Zdeno Chara Changed The Bruins
from Kevin Paul Dupont Of The Boston Globe, The most vivid memory of Zdeno Chara’s time with the Bruins undoubtedly will be the night of June 15, 2011, in Vancouver. The bearded Bruins captain, then 34, took the handoff from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and shook the glimmering Stanley Cup vigorously over his head, turning the trophy into an oversized salt shaker to sprinkle grains of joy. In that one cathartic moment, the franchise’s 39-year championship drought finally came to an end. The days of the Big Bad Bruins, of Orr and Espo, of leather skates and wooden sticks and a dusty, fetid Garden, officially were relegated to a distant corner of the memory vault. All of it certified in that joyful moment some 3,200 miles west of Causeway Street by the towering Big Z. More powerful and lasting, though, is the Chara legacy here of the last decade-plus, his combination of Herculean work ethic, athleticism, and professionalism that delivered a much-needed culture change that the organization prays can linger for many more years to come. continued plus more topics...
from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now, New coach Derek Lalonde is officially in charge of the Detroit Red Wings, Naturally, comparables are a popular topic in training camp. One of the main themes is going something like this: Throw Jeff Blashill under the bus without saying that your throwing Jeff Blashill under the bus. There’s been plenty of talk paralleling Lalonde’s desired style of play to that of deposed Red Wings coach Blashill. The early returns from players comparing the systems of the two coaches is that the differences are stark.... There’s another trait that the players appear to be quickly embracing about the Lalonde way of doing things. They’re appreciative that the structuring is in simplicity and predictability. “Knowing our options and knowing where the puck’s going,” Red Wings forward Michael Rasmussen was listing as his favorite aspect of Lalonde’s systems. “I think if everyone’s on the same page and everyone knows the reads, it just makes it predictable and easy. “For me I would say that’s the biggest thing that stands out. It’s easier to play when you know where the puck’s going. Everyone’s on the same wavelength as far as the plays and the spots to put the puck.” more
Mullett Arena Reviews
from Michael Traikos of the National Post, The aptly named Mullett Arena, which immediately conjures up images of long locks of hair flowing out the back of a helmet, has yet to host an actual NHL game — much less has even finished construction — but it’s already getting rave reviews from players around the league. “I think it will be pretty fun,” said Toronto’s Auston Matthews. “It’s going to be electric,” said Columbus’ Zach Werenski. “It’s going to be amazing and unbelievable,” said Arizona’s Clayton Keller, “One of the best places to play in the league, for sure.” By the sounds of it, you’d think these players were gushing about the possibilities of playing in a 30,000-seat venue, complete with a gigantic video screen and the kind of bells and whistles that would rival the noise and fan experience of seeing a game at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Instead, what has the NHL buzzing these days is a 5,000-seat rink located on a college campus in Tempe, Arizona, of all places. continued
One More Long Cup Run For The Bolts?
from John Romano of the Tampa Bay Times, If this were a movie, the credits would have rolled months ago. The story of a team’s rise through setbacks and heartbreaks to become back-to-back champions before falling valiantly, maddeningly close to a third consecutive title. Cue the theme music as they skated off the Amalie Arena ice after Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final against Colorado, never to perform together as a band of mismatched brothers again. But tell me, what if that wasn’t really the end? What if the Lightning have a sequel to tell? It’s not likely. The idea of another Stanley Cup run, that is. The gap between the Lightning and the rest of the Eastern Conference has been growing narrower over the years and may finally have flipped. The Panthers. The Maple Leafs. The Hurricanes. Oddsmakers say all three teams are more likely to win the conference than Tampa Bay this season. Realistically, the idea of a team reaching the Stanley Cup final five times in nine years is unheard of in the salary-cap era of the NHL. continued
Jakub Vrana’s Offensive Skill Set
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Derek Lalonde had a couple compliments for Jakub Vrana that hint at the relative newcomer's potential to impact the Detroit Red Wings. Though Vrana has been with the Wings for 18 months, he only squeezed in 11 games after arriving at the 2021 trade deadline, and missed the first 56 games last season recovering from shoulder surgery. Vrana has 21 goals in the 37 games he's played in a Wings uniform, and his ability to score sometimes seemingly out of nowhere registers with new head coach Derek Lalonde, who saw that in spades while an assistant with the Tampa Bay Lightning. "Offense is tough to come by and you need some of those offensive playmakers," Lalonde said Friday. "I came from a team where it did not take much for us to create offense, and it just helps with those guys, those elite finishers — you need them. That’s the reality of it, if you’re going to be successful in this league. We certainly have one in him." Coaches like a guy who can score, but love a guy who plays a complete game. That's what the Wings need to see from Vrana, 26, and his response to their instructions just from the first day of camp to the second were an encouraging sign. "In yesterday’s practice, we addressed some things, pointed out some things where he can be a little bit better away from the puck," Lalonde said. "He’s impressive with the puck, certainly. Sometimes you know guys are skilled guys, but until you’re actually with them on the ice, you don’t get an appreciation of how skilled. Man, he’s got a special shot. He’s got some offensive tools that are very special. But, hopefully a little more accountable away from the puck. To his credit, I thought he was better today on the whole. He stood out with some effort and some compete. He had his nose in everything, the high-compete drills, the physical reps. He looked good." continued Below, watch two minutes with Ville Husso.
On Joe Thornton’s Possible Return To San Jose
via Sheng Peng at NBC Sports Bay Area, Is the door still open for Joe Thornton to play for the San Jose Sharks?I New GM Mike Grier didn’t slam it shut, when asked specifically in what capacity that Thornton would be welcome back to the Sharks. “Things are kind of up to him. I don’t know if he wants to play or not play,” Grier said on the opening day of training camp. “When he figures that out, and his family figures that out, then I’m sure I’ll have a conversation with him at some point.” Thornton was not on the Sharks’ initial training camp roster, released on Tuesday. There was some thought that San Jose could offer the 24-year NHL veteran, the No. 1 pick of the 1997 Draft, a PTO. “I think he’s enjoying being a dad and being around his kids and helping coach his kids, and then kind of coming in here and skating with the guys,” Grier said.
Simon Edvinsson Following Advice
from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now, Detroit Red Wings Swedish prospect Simon Edvinsson is adjusting so quickly to life in North America that he says he has already started dreaming in English. Edvinsson said he couldn’t explain what his dream was about. It would be a dream-come-true for the Red Wings if Edvinsson showed he’s ready to play in the NHL on opening night. That’s 21 days away. Everyone seems to be trying to encourage, maybe even push, 19-year-old Edvinsson to go all in to make the Detroit roster. “(Coaches) put expectations on me,” Edvinsson said. “I feel like they communicate good with me. They want me to be better every day.” Edvinsson is heeding the advice that Yzerman gave him.“He said play your game of hockey,” Edvinsson said. “That’s why you’re here. Listen to the guys who have been in the league and try to learn from them. That’s what I’ve done. I’ve worked hard,” continued
Video- Media Interviews Today
Michael Rasmussen first, Jakub Vrana below. I will add more videos to this post when the next session is done.
Do The Pittsburgh Penguins Have Another Long Playoff Run In Them?
from Wes Crosby at NHL.com, Even with Malkin at 36 years old, and Crosby and Letang each 35, Hextall said he remains confident that core can be the catalyst for another deep run. If he's right, it would mark the first time the Penguins won a playoff series since Hextall was hired as GM on Feb. 9, 2021, and their first series win since 2018. "There's urgency. Every year is a new year," Hextall said. "Like, 'OK, we lost the last two years in the playoffs, since I've been here.' We felt like we certainly could have won both series. But I think that's what gives you the hope that it's still there. These guys are still very good players. "We felt like this group could still go on a run and do a lot of damage. We're happy with our group. I'm really excited about where we are right now, as a team. The feeling around the room, there's a lot of hunger. … I like where we're at. So it's hard to win in this League. It's hard to win a round in the playoffs. It's certainly hard to win the Stanley Cup, but that's our mission." more
The New Look Carolina Hurricanes
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer, Rod Brind’Amour had to pause for a moment to count up the new faces his head. It doesn’t seem, in this season of continuity and expectations, that all that much has changed for the Carolina Hurricanes, even with the turnover on the roster. “I think we’ve got, what, seven new guys? Out of 20, that’s a lot,” the Hurricanes coach said Thursday. “I think we had eight last year. Same kind of thing. It’s just the nature of the game, how it goes. But it’s the pieces that we do always seem to keep, that’s our core group, and we love them, obviously.” There’s always a sense of newness and novelty on the first day of training camp, inexorable and unavoidable. But despite all the new faces it’s more muted this year than it ever has been. The core group remains intact, the goalies are back, the staff remained intact, the captains are intact and the mission hasn’t changed. continued
Imagine The Leafs Missing The Playoffs
from Michael Traikos of the National Post, What does a successful season look like for the Toronto Maple Leafs? How about an unsuccessful one? Two days into training camp, the latter is once again starting to pick up some steam. After all, the Leafs have major question marks in net. Two of their top-six defencemen are already out with injuries, while another is in a contract holdout. And based on the betting odds, both their general manager and head coach appear to be on borrowed time. Forget about failing in the first round. Is there a chance that Toronto, which has qualified for the post-season for six straight years, might miss out on the playoffs entirely? That might sound unrealistic — if not unfathomable — after the year the Leafs had last season, having finished with the fourth-best record in the NHL, with Auston Matthews leading the league in goals and Mitch Marner ranking 10th overall in points. Then again, a lot has changed since then. Not so much with Toronto, but rather with the teams around them. With non-playoff teams, such as Ottawa, Detroit and possibly Buffalo, are all expected to make a major push for a playoff spot, the already tough Atlantic Division just got a whole lot tougher. Toronto, along with Florida, Tampa Bay and Boston, is still considered one of the favourites to grab one of the top-3 seeds. But a lot still has to go right for the Leafs to get into the playoffs. Or rather, a lot can’t go wrong. And this year, there’s a lot that can go wrong. continued
A New Attitude In Vegas
from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, It can be one of the more contrived sources of motivational tactics in sports. It can also work if used in the right way. Us Against the World. It seems that’s how the Golden Knights might prefer to approach the season, to know what outside noise suggests but certainly not buy into it. The team that missed the playoffs for the first time in its short franchise history last season opened training camp Thursday and to a man insisted there is much to prove. “You always try to bring different motivation to the team, a different energy, ideas to bond together and try to generate great chemistry quickly,” forward Reilly Smith said. “We know we fell short last year because of injuries or whatever — it doesn’t matter. We have high standards for this group, and if we don’t make the playoffs, it’s on us. “We’re focusing on what we can do in this room. We just have to make sure we’re keeping each other accountable.” They’re certainly not liked by other teams and their fans. Haven’t been since advancing to the Stanley Cup Final in that magical expansion season of 2017-18. Shouldn’t matter. Rarely has. continued
David Perron Plans To Be A “Difference Maker”
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, David Perron made an immediate, favorable impression on the first day of training camp. The veteran forward exuded energy, helping to feed the freshness that permeates the Detroit Red Wings after a makeover that extended to players at every position and the coaching staff. Perron, 34, is the oldest player on the team, and has played 973 career NHL games, but he is eager to prove how much of an impact he can make as the Wings move forward in the rebuild. "I think for me at the stage of my career that I am at, I want to be a difference maker on the ice, still, bring some of the stuff that I was doing in St. Louis," Perron said Thursday. "Team-wise is really where I want to make a difference also, leadership-wise, team identity, talking about some of the details. Kind of being an extension if you will, kind of preaching the right stuff in the room by talking and by my play. Making sure that the staples defensively and throughout our system are there consistently." Perron's enthusiasm on his first day in a new job earned rave reviews from coach Derek Lalonde. "Even in his want to push practice today, what’s been really exciting about David in talking to him throughout the summer, he’s self-admitted that he’s had to evolve in his career," Lalonde said. "I think it’s an unbelievable example —here he is now, he expects practice to be at a high pace, he wants guys to work throughout the entire practice. I think he’s embracing that role. It’s something we talked about, something he wanted to embrace in the offseason, and Day 1, he stayed true to his word." continued
A Thorough Review Of Day 1
from George Malik of The Malik Report, The Detroit Red Wings began their time under the mentorship of coach Derek Lalonde on Thursday morning at Traverse City’s Centre ICE Arena, on a blustery day that’s significant in terms of marking a new chapter for the rebuilding team and a significant day in the life of this blogger (more on that later). The Red Wings’ 67 roster players were divided into three groups, Team Lindsay, Team Howe, and Team Delvecchio, and they were preceded on the ice by a set of injured players. I was surprised to see Andrew Copp (abdominal surgery), Jake Walman (shoulder) and prospects Jake Uberti and Tnias Mathurin (undisclosed) skating together when I got into the rink around 8:15 AM, with goaltenders Andrew Oke and Jan Bednar working with Grand Rapids Griffins goaltending coach Brian Mahoney-Wilson at the other end of the ice. It’s also worth noting that, after the gents took a leisurely skate, I did see Oskar Sundqvist (undisclosed), Robby Fabbri (ACL) and Mark Pysyk (Achilles) taking part in the video sessions ahead of Team Lindsay’s 8:30 AM-to-9:30 AM practice. continued
KK- Feeling Great
Today was the best I have felt in the last six months. I was getting used to feeling sluggish, tired, blurry eyesight and no appetite. Yesterday and even more so today, I feel like a new man. All the symptoms and ailments I described have left my body. I feel invigorated, ready to face what comes next and best of all, ready to work. Thanks again to all for your prayers and well wishes, I do believe they played a part in my recovery.
Kirill Kaprizov’s Summer
from Sarah McLellan of the StarTribune, Kaprizov's status remained unclear until he arrived back in the Twin Cities on Aug. 2. Kaprizov needed a work visa, and Guerin said the Wild had "some very, very special people" helping secure that. "It was more difficult than we thought it was gonna be," Guerin said. "We just had some issues getting him back in the U.S. We did get help from some friends in Washington D.C., and we're extremely grateful for that. "Kirill was really patient. Did exactly what he had to do. It was just a really tough time for him." With his linemate Mats Zuccarello by his side, Kaprizov was asked after practice Thursday about the situation, but Zuccarello was first to respond, "We're not going to talk about that. We'd only like hockey questions." Kaprizov, however, did mention through an interpreter that he wasn't worried about making it back for the season before eventually saying, "If we could just keep the questions to hockey-related topics at this time, I think that'd be best." While Guerin said he didn't believe Kaprizov was in a position that was "life-threatening or anything like that," he did acknowledge the Wild didn't know about Kaprizov's safety initially. Guerin said he wasn't sure if this would remain an issue for Kaprizov. more
Videos- Post Practice Interviews
Alex Nedeljkovic up first, below find David Perron.
TSN Insiders Tonight
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