31 Thoughts: Karlsson and Senators face big-picture questions | Sportsnet
In Red Wings Land
1. Laurent Brossoit is improving in the Edmonton goal, but the Oilers have looked at some external contributions to their crease. Nick mentioned Winnipeg’s Michael Hutchinson, playing extremely well for AHL Manitoba, but another goalie they looked at was Detroit’s Petr Mrazek.
Remember, he blanked the Oilers 5-0 last month. But, he’s really struggled lately and Edmonton was watching so it’s probably on the backburner now. I thought something might be imminent when, after making it look like they were scratching Ryan Strome Saturday in Montreal, he played and Anton Slepyshev sat. Slepyshev does not need waivers, and could be sent to Bakersfield if the team needed a roster spot.
Sign me up for a Petr Mrazek trade. They tried to give him away to Vegas in the expansion draft, but the Golden Knights said no thank you. Anything in return at this point I’ll take. He’s an RFA at the end of the year and I’m not sure how you can bring him back at a $4 million cap hit, especially knowing you have to re-sign Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou. If a trade does happen and the Oilers continue to stink with Mrazek between the pipes that means whatever draft pick Detroit might get back could potentially be near the top of a round.
Around the League
12. Riley Sheahan on what he learned about the Penguins: “How hard they compete in practice. They fight for every puck.”
He added how many of them stay after to work on individual skills.