Quick Hits: Red Wings in Prospect Championship, Concussion Spotters, NHL Ryder Cup

For Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Detroit Red Wings News

Red Wings Defeat Stars To Move On To Prospect Tournament Championship Game - Winging It In Motown
The Dallas Stars are preparing their prospects well for the NHL: a high-scoring affair with the Red Wings that ends with them giving up a third period lead. Detroit prospects face the Columbus Blue Jackets prospects tonight at 7 p.m.

Abdelkader looking to build on last season - Detroit Red Wings - News
Still very skeptical that Justin Abdelkader will produce anything like he did last year. Though I will still be very happy if he does.

Red Wings Release 2015 Training Camp Roster - Winging It In Motown

Red Wings Can Learn from Caps' Misuse of Mike Green | Today's Slapshot
If there's talk about potentially making Danny DeKeyser and Mike Green the top pair, then I'm not sure we'd have to worry too much about the points mentioned in this piece.

Red Wings Release New Bag Policy - Winging It In Motown
Only clear bags that don't exceed a certain size will now be allowed into Joe Louis Arena. And, presumably, into the new arena a couple seasons from now.

Around the NHL

Between a Brock and a Hard Place: Nelson's agent says he hasn't heard from Isles in six weeks - Lighthouse Hockey
One of the New York Islanders' hot starters from last season still needs to sign a contract. I have no idea how much Garth Snow is lowballing him, but Brock Nelson is probably worth less than most of the comparables listed in quoted material within the article.

NHL to use concussion spotters at all games this season - Article - TSN
Still unclear exactly how this will affect teams going forward, since there apparently have already been concussion spotters who worked anonymously. If this is going to work, though, the NHL absolutely needs to ramp up discipline on hits to head.

How should the Oilers protect McDavid? - Sportsnet.ca
"Frankly, the whole protection racket is predicated on an environment that does not exist in hockey anymore. Fighting is almost gone from the game, and forcing an unwilling player to fight simply does not happen in 2015."

NHL Ryder Cup tournament to be held midseason in 2017-18? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
This has to be just about the worst idea I've heard of in a while. If it's going to be set up to compete against the Olympics, this "NHL Ryder Cup" will absolutely fail miserably.

It's official: Nabby is back with the Sharks - Fear The Fin
The Russian netminder is back with the San Jose Sharks, this time as a coach.

Traverse City Tournament: Let The Panic Begin - Blueshirt Banter
The New York Rangers' performance in Traverse City somehow is causing people to panic.

LeBrun's Article about the NHL's Image Was Bad - Jewels From The Crown
"Ask better questions and get better answers." Somehow missed this in my trek across hockey internet over the weekend for Monday's Quick Hits, but well worth including to show how lackluster national media coverage of serious issues is a problem.

Report: Quebec, Las Vegas expansion groups to present at NHL board of governors meeting | theScore
Now we're being told that "a final decision on the prospective franchises likely won't come until December," after already being told that it would be the end of September.

Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL, NHLPA $6 million Build Thunder youth hockey |
An ambitious project in conjunction with the NHL and NHLPA aims to grow the game at the youth level in Florida.

Connor McDavid to sit out second consecutive prospects game as healthy scratch | The Hockey News
So this is how the Edmonton Oilers are going to ruin another No. 1 overall draft pick: by not playing him.

What We Learned: Alex Ovechkin and the search for 50-goal scorers | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Just how much harder is it to score 50 goals these days? Also: Why Alexander Ovechkin is an amazing hockey player.

Friedman: 'Staal and Hurricanes not close on deal' - Sportsnet.ca
Elliotte Friedman says the Carolina Hurricanes and captain Eric Staal are not close in negotiations on a new deal, and he believes the 30-year-old could benefit from a change of scenery.

How bad is this really going to be? - Stanley Cup of Chowder
It's going to be hilarious.