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In Red Wings Land

Improvement Aside, Red Wings’ Dylan Larkin Driven To Maximize Ability | Ansar Khan, Mlive.com

Ignore the fact that obvious headline is obvious for a sec (I dont know many professional athletes who aren’t driven to maximize their abilities). The quotes here are worth a browse, as Larkin seems to be placing a lot of blame on his own shoulders for this season. He also doesn’t seem to be stressing himself out about it too much, though, or getting into his own head about it. It’s good to see him be so mature, not deflecting blame from things he knows he did wrong in games, since he’s quite possibly stepping up to the Captaincy once Zetterberg rides off into the sunset. Here’s to hoping Larkin can stay the course and continue using his self-criticism constructively.

Around The League

Erik Karlsson Keeps Puck After Senators’ Final Home Game Of Season | John Arlia, SportingNews.com

As if all the trade deadline rumors a few weeks ago weren’t enough, here’s more fuel to the idea that Erik Karlsson won’t be in a Sens uniform to start the ‘18-’19 season. The headline pretty much gives the evidence away, but it’s a valid point. Even if the Wings will have a slow road to get better, it still helps when other teams in our division get worse.

Bonus Link

Fellow NHLers Offer Praise For Sedins After Retirement Announcement | Sonny Sachdeva, Sportsnet.ca

Even though the retirement story itself was brought up in yesterday’s QH comments, I wasn’t going to let you guys get away with not reading about it. These guys are two of the most respected players in the league, and it shows in the comments of those they’ve played with and against. It’s unfortunate to see them walk away from the game, but time waits for no one and this day comes eventually in everyone’s career - at least they get to go together. Tack så mycket för minnena, Daniel och Henrik!