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In Red Wing Land

Wings’ Blashill: ‘It’s a wide open roster more than ever before’ | NHL.com

“We have a wide open opportunity to make our hockey team without question,” Blashill said on the Red and White Authority. “I think there’s less sure bets in terms of guys being cemented in certain spots in the lineup. Why? Because we haven’t been good enough for two years. It’s hard to be cemented in spots in the lineup when we haven’t been good enough. Maybe you’ve played first or second line, it doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to be first or second line next year. Maybe you’ve been a power play guy, it doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to be a power play guy next year.

I love reading this quote from Jeff Blashill (plus, the others in the article just like it). He’s saying the right things that we want to hear. Of course, is this more bark than bite? While I enjoy the fact Blashill is talking about giving the kids a real chance, I’m still in “I’ll believe it when I see it” mode.

Around the League

Conn Smythe Triple Threat Match: Ovechkin vs. Kuznetsov vs. Holtby | ESPN.com

The Capitals could win the Stanley Cup tonight. If they pull it off in Vegas, who’s the odds on favorite to win the Conn Smythe as playoff MVP?

Capitals’ Smith-Pelly speaks out against Trump | TSN.ca

Devante Smith-Pelly is now one of my favorite athletes.

The Most Controversial Player in the Draft is Ready for his Moment | The Hockey News

If you’re more interested in draft talk than the Stanley Cup Final, here’s an article about a kid that could possibly be on the board for the Red Wings at the end of the 1st round.