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Crosby plays goalie in Penguins' dek hockey game

Wednesday, 08.19.2015 / 3:06 PM / NHL Insider

David Satriano - NHL.com Staff Writer

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby played goalie for the Penguins' front office dek hockey team Tuesday and helped Team Iceland to a 4-3 shootout victory at Cranberry Dek Hockey in Cranberry, Pa.

About 50 friends and family attended the game. Crosby shared coaching tips and got the win, although it's not known how many saves he made.

Detroit Red Wings fantasy hockey outlook

Wednesday, 08.19.2015 / 3:00 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

As part of NHL.com's offseason 30 in 30 package, fantasy hockey insiders Matt Cubeta and Pete Jensen will break down each team's fantasy landscape. They will look at the players at the top of the ranks, an undervalued player, an overvalued player, a deep sleeper (players likely ranked outside the top 200 overall players) and the goalie outlook for each NHL team.

Leading the way: Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg

Datsyuk missed 19 games last season because of injuries, but he finished as one of eight NHL players to average a point per game or better. Neither came as a surprise to fantasy owners, who drafted Datsyuk knowing what they were getting into based on recent seasons. He's the most valuable fantasy asset on the Detroit Red Wings and a top-20 fantasy player when healthy for 75-80 games, but he turned 37 on July 20 and already has another injury concern after offseason ankle surgery. The best strategy with Datsyuk is to see if he slips to the fourth, fifth or even sixth round depending on your league. If your league has injured reserve, buy low and hope Datsyuk can be efficient scoring-wise upon his return. Slotting him on IR for the first few weeks allows you to take a stab at a potential sleeper off the waiver wire and eventually incorporate an elite-level reinforcement.

Datsyuk, Green pose tough questions for Red Wings

Wednesday, 08.19.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Paul Harris - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- After 10 playoff appearances in as many seasons as Detroit Red Wings coach, Mike Babcock left for the Toronto Maple Leafs. In his place, the Red Wings hired Jeff Blashill, who coached their American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, for the past three seasons.

How Blashill fares in his first NHL season is one of three questions facing the Red Wings as they try to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a 25th consecutive season:

Nyquist, Tatar, Mrazek add to Red Wings optimism

Wednesday, 08.19.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Paul Harris - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- No matter what challenges the Detroit Red Wings have faced in the past quarter century, there has been one constant: making the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Detroit reached the playoffs for the 24th consecutive season in 2014-15, but was eliminated in seven games in the Eastern Conference First Round by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Mike Babcock was Red Wings coach for the past 10 seasons but left for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Jeff Blashill, who coached the Red Wings' American Hockey League affiliate in Grand Rapids the past three seasons, was hired to replace him.

Detroit's roster remains largely intact, although they signed defenseman Mike Green and center Brad Richards as free agents.

They are among four reasons the Red Wings should be optimistic:

Larkin, Pulkkinen among Red Wings' top 5 prospects

Wednesday, 08.19.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Paul Harris - NHL.com Correspondent

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings' success during the past two decades has given them the luxury of allowing their prospects to develop in the American Hockey League.

For the most part, that remains true going into this season.

The only exception is their top prospect, center Dylan Larkin, who has played six games in the AHL (all in the Calder Cup Western Conference Finals last season) after spending one season in college but showed he may be ready to make the jump to the NHL.

Detroit is deep in versatile forwards and mobile defensemen, but a little light in goal and in forwards with size.

Here is a look at the Red Wings' top five prospects, according to NHL.com:

Red Wings ready to start new era under Blashill

Wednesday, 08.19.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Paul Harris - NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout August.

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings have a new coach and two new players, but center Pavel Datsyuk's status for early 2015-16 is uncertain.

After the Red Wings were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, losing their Eastern Conference First Round series to the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games, Mike Babcock, who was Detroit's coach for 10 seasons and has more wins than any coach in Red Wings history, left for the Toronto Maple Leafs and was replaced by Jeff Blashill.

Blashill was the favorite off the bat in Detroit, having coached its American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, for the past three seasons.

The 41-year-old is the second youngest coach in the NHL (John Hynes of the New Jersey Devils is 40). Blashill coached Grand Rapids to the Calder Cup in 2013, was AHL coach of the year in 2014, and guided the Griffins to the Western Conference Final last season.

Briere was grateful for chance to play with Canadiens

Tuesday, 08.18.2015 / 3:22 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Among his list of accomplishments gained through the course of 17 years in the NHL, one that Daniel Briere cherishes greatly is the one that hits closest to home for the native of Gatineau, Quebec.

"I leave the game now and for the rest of my life now I can say I was a Montreal Canadien," Briere said Tuesday during his retirement press conference at Virtua Flyers Skate Zone, the practice facility of the Philadelphia Flyers. "When I go back home, I can say that I've played for the Montreal Canadiens, which is pretty cool, for me personally."

Briere played for the Canadiens for one season (2013-14), and it wasn't even a good season by his standards; he scored 13 goals and had 25 points in 68 games after signing a two-year, $8 million contract with Montreal after getting bought out by the Flyers in the summer of 2013. The Canadiens traded him to the Colorado Avalanche last summer.

Briere feels time is right to retire, commit to family

Tuesday, 08.18.2015 / 2:01 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Daniel Briere made his decision to retire from the NHL for two reasons: realism and selflessness.

After 17 seasons in the NHL, Briere couldn't convince himself to train this summer and get his mind and body ready for another season, just so he might be able to sign with a team willing to give him a minor role such as the one he had last season as a minimally used forward with the Colorado Avalanche.

"That's about all I was going to get, and I'm realistic with that," Briere said Tuesday during his retirement press conference at the Virtua Flyers Skate Zone, the practice facility for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Kruger expects contract from Blackhawks: report

Tuesday, 08.18.2015 / 10:25 AM / NHL Free Agency 2015

NHL.com

Restricted free agent forward Marcus Kruger is not concerned he hasn't signed a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks for this season, according to ESPN.com.

"I want to have it done. I think that's for everyone," said Kruger, who spent Tuesday with the Stanley Cup with former Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya in Sweden. "But I don't feel too stressed out about it, yet at least. We have another month until training camp."

Senators expect to build on late-season surge

Tuesday, 08.18.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout August.

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators made history with their late-season run to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.

They're hoping the growth of the young players who helped them to a 23-4-4 record down the stretch will ensure a similar rally won't be needed to make the 2016 postseason.

"We know [what happened last season is] not an annual thing," Senators general manager Bryan Murray said. "We can't put ourselves in a position early where we have to have that as another event next year. I expect the team to be better.

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