It's an elimination game, back in Las Vegas. Here's an open thread.
Per multiple sources the wings have traded goal tender Petr Mrazek to the Flyers.
DET guaranteed no less than a 4th round for Mrazek. If PHI makes playoffs and Mrazek wins 5 games for PHI in reg season, 4th becomes a 3rd. If PHI advances to CF, and Mrazek wins six playoff games, the 3rd becomes a 2nd. If PHI re-signs him next season, DET gets PHI 3rd in 19.
So the minimum DET gets for Mrazek is a fourth-round pick, that could become a third- or a second-round pick, dependent on how Mrazek/Flyers perform. The additional pick, a third-rounder, is conditional only on Mrazek re-signing in PHI.
Former Michigan D Jon Merrill (2010-11 through 2012-13) was selected by Las Vegas from New Jersey in tonight's NHL expansion draft. Merrill was New Jersey's second-rounder (#38 overall) in 2010. Vegas could keep him or decide to flip him at some point as they build their roster from scratch.
As anyone who's reading this knows, everybody's favorite Swedish Michigan Hockey alum Carl Hagelin won a second consecutive Stanley Cup with this year's Penguins (and scored the game 6 empty-netter to seal the deal). That was after missing a number of playoff games with a "lower body injury", as well as being considered a "healthy" scratch in games 1 and 2 of the finals. He was then added to the lineup for game 3 in place of the injured Nick Bonino and lasted the rest of the series.
What wasn't common knowledge until now was the nature of that LBI:
Hagelin: "I broke my fibula against Winnipeg on the road and it didn't really heal... I'm not getting surgery." pic.twitter.com/PnGTyxmUpq— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) June 15, 2017
That happened on March 8, a couple months before the playoffs even began, meaning Hagelin played through a pretty tough injury. I realize hockey players are often known for gutting out the playoffs with injuries like this, but since Carl's one of our guys, I think he deserves some recognition for overcoming this break and contributing to a second straight title. Congrats to yet another Wolverine with his name on the Cup!
In case you haven't seen it yet, last night in the Calgary vs Nashville game, Calgary defenseman Dennis Wideman gets up woozy from a crushing hit into the boards and starts making his way towards the bench. Along the way he runs into a linesman skating backwards, and proceeds to drill him right in the back of the head and shoulders.
Wideman claims it was unintentional and states he has apologized to the linesman in question, no word yet on possible suspension by the NHL. It did not draw a penalty in the game.
Video can be found at the following LINK but I'm having trouble embedding for the board, sorry.
Checking the leaderboard at NHL.com after the first handful of games, one finds a (not too meaningful) cool thing: multiple familiar names.
Pacioretty accounts for a lot of the pop, in the top 4 for goals, points, and +/- , but Cammalleri, and Larkin both put in good showings. As does Al Montoya for both his save % and GAA.
The Habs elected Max Pacioretty as captain today. Fantastic respect for a guy who is still only 26. Based on replies on the Twitter it appears most fans were expecting PK Subban, but seem happy with the choice.
Nicklas Lidstrom, who won seven Norris Trophies and four Stanley Cups as a cornerstone of the Red Wings, is a virtual lock in his first year of eligibility.
The Red Wings' blue liner was a Calder Trophy-finalist in his rookie season, and went on to score 264 goals and added 878 assists for 1,142 points in his career.
Only five defensemen recorded more: Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey, Al MacInnis, Phil Housley and Larry Murphy. All but Housley are already in the Hall, and the American blue-line leader should receive strong consideration again.
Other candidates with a good chance include Lidstrom's ex-teammate Sergei Fedorov and nemesis Chris Pronger.
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A couple more Wolverine hockey alumni will be heading to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and both had a hand in tonight's Montreal win over Ottawa. The Canadiens won the series four games to two behind outstanding Carey Price goaltending, but tonight Pateryn assisted on Brendan Gallagher's first-period goal, the game-winner, and Pacioretty sealed the deal with an empty-netter from deep in his own end with 0.03 to go.
Wolverines whose teams remain in the playoffs as of this post include:
-Andrew Cogliano (Ducks)
-Luke Glendening (Red Wings)
-Carl Hagelin (Rangers)
-Matt Hunwick (Rangers)
LET'S GO RED WINGS, plus the Habs and Rangers otherwise, and to a lesser extent, the Ducks.