Atlanta coach sounds off on Crosby and Cooke

Tonight’s season finale for the Atlanta Thrashers became a bit chippy, as the Penguins seemed to take exception to Atlanta’s physical play (although the Penguins outhit the Thrashers 19-5). Things also seemed to get all the more testy when the Thrashers laid a couple of hits on superstar Sidney Crosby.

This seemed to lead to some retaliation — of sorts — from the Penguins and Matt Cooke started targeting Evander Kane. That didn’t go so well.

After the game, Atlanta coach John Anderson had some choice words for Crosby and Cooke, including this:

 “Crosby is so great for this game, he’s a wonderful player, but you know…you’re gonna get hit out there a little bit. As much as you don’t want to see him hurt or anything like that he’s gonna get hit because he has the puck so much. How else do you take it off him? That’s just part of the game. But everytime he gets body checked does that mean somebody’s got to get attacked?”

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‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

Dylan Strome, Nikita Nikitin
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The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.


Detroit places Datsyuk and three others on I.R.

Pavel Datsyuk,
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The Red Wings have placed Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko on injured reserve.

Placing these players on I.R. opens up four more roster spots for Detroit.

The Red Wings have suffered an incredibe amount of injuries heading into the season.

Datsyuk (ankle) is expected to be out until November.

DeKeyser (foot) is going to miss three-to-four weeks, while Helm (concussion) and Marchenko (lower-body) are considered day-to-day.

The team also announced that they have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players on Sunday.

Top prospect Dylan Larkin remains in camp for now.

Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters that the 19-year-old has looked good, but a final decision hasn’t been made on where he will play this year.

As for Larkin, he’s just fed up of living in a hotel.

“There’s been so much speculation and so many questions, and no one really knows,” said Larkin. “Maybe the coaches know, but just to find out where I’ll be living or what’s happening — I’m kind of sick of the hotel. It would be nice to know what’s going on.”