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In Red Wings Land

Detroit Red Wings adjust power-play units | MLive.com

Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill altered his power-play units in practice Friday in an effort o spark a man-advantage that has struggled the past few weeks.

This is not a very long article, and I can’t excerpt more without just putting the whole article here (or a portion that doesn’t work without the rest.)

I don’t understand why Daley or Jensen haven’t been given a look on the Power Play instead of Kronwall. I just don’t get why you bring in an offensive defenseman like Daley and keep him on the bench with the man advantage.

Around the NHL

Down Goes Brown: 10 times an elite defenceman was traded - Sportsnet.ca

Just like every writer I read, I don’t always agree with Sean McIndoe, aka Down Goes Brown. I do, however, enjoy reading his articles far more often than not.

With Erik Karlsson rumored to actually be available (whether that’s true or not), McIndoe takes a look at 10 times a defenseman of Karlsson’s caliber (or in the same ballpark) was traded.

That’s not all that unusual – in today’s NHL, it always feels like just about everyone needs help on defence. But for a change, we’re not just talking about depth pieces or short-term rentals. Instead, it’s some of the biggest names in the sport who are rumoured to potentially be available. In Ottawa, there’s been talk that Erik Karlsson could move at some point before he hits free agency in 2019. Arizona is facing a similar dilemma with Oliver Ekman-Larsson. And the slumping Penguins are now reported to at least be considering a move involving Kris Letang.

That’s not to say that any of those trades will happen, of course. But it’s rare to even see names of this magnitude show up in discussions at all. After all, as we’re so often told, nobody trades elite defencemen in their prime in this league.

Or do they? It turns out, trades involving top defencemen have been more common than you might think.

Bonus Link

Dustin Brown, Evgeni Malkin both fined by department of player safety - Sportsnet.ca
The NHL’s department of player safety has fined both Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Brown and Pittsburgh Penguins centre Evgeni Malkin for their actions on Thursday night.

The Department of Player Safety continues their completely arbitrary supplemental discipline decisions. Since we’re not recording Fer Sure this weekend, and since I’ve gotten tired of venting about the DoPS there, I’ll just use this space to say that Brown not missing any games is a joke.