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In Red Wings Land

Jakub Vrana placed in NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program - WIIM

We will not speculate here because we respect Vrana’s privacy. I can only hope that he’s in a good place and receiving the treatment he needs.

Just want to reiterate.

Labatt USA Signs Five-Year Agreement with Detroit Red Wings - (Press Release)

“Red Wings hockey means so much to Detroit and Labatt beer drinkers,” said Corey Berger, associate brand manager, Labatt. “We’re really excited about the synergy with this continued partnership and future opportunities for even more alignments between the Red Wings and Labatt.”

“We very much appreciate our partnership with Labatt USA, and are pleased to continue to work with them for years to come,” said Molly Wurdack-Folt, Vice President of Corporate Partnership Activation.

“Really excited about the synergy”

“Vice President of Corporate Partnership Activation.”

[waaaaaaaank]

Around the League

She’s now speaking out publicly and questioning Hockey Canada’s priorities in light of recent reports that the organization has paid out millions of dollars in settlements for sexual abuse allegations.

“It was a slap in the face back then, when I was told they only have $4,000 to give me,” Weatherston told CBC News.

“And now it’s absolutely shocking what’s come out and that they had no money for me, but they have money for this.… It’s not fair. I don’t want to see it happen to other young female athletes.”

Landeskog out 12 weeks for Avalanche after knee surgery - NHL

“Started bugging him in training camp and getting back on the ice,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “So they looked at it, images taken. Decided on surgery. Had it in Minneapolis.”

Landeskog missed the final 23 games of the 2021-22 season after having knee surgery March 14. He returned for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and had 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 20 games to help Colorado win the Stanley Cup.

They’ll be fine.

NHL Board of Governors notebook: League optimistic cap could rise higher next season - Sportsnet

Last summer, teams were told to expect the cap to go up by $1M in 2023-24, then hopefully to $87.5-$88M in 2024-25 and $92M in 2025-26.

However, the commissioner indicated there’s a “good probability” the escrow balance will be paid off by the end of this season. (The escrow balance is money owed from the players to the owners because revenues dropped during the pandemic, almost entirely due to games without fans. It started at $1.1B.)

All the more reason the Larkin extension people will gripe about will be fine.