Several people have asked me if Mike Modano is going to sign with the Red Wings.
At the beginning of this dance, I felt that he would not, and I still feel that way.
I get the sense, reading between the lines of Modano’s comments, that returning home — he’s originally from Westland — isn’t a big deal to him, especially at this point in his career. It might have been at some point, but not anymore.
Apparently Ted Kulfan wanted to be a contrarian with Wings head coach Mike Babcock who said the other day that he believes Modano will sign in Detroit. Hoo boy. Yeah, it’s just one man’s opinion and hell, this is perhaps the next most interesting side story to this summer now that Kovalchuk is on his way back to New Jersey.
As for the whole dance going on between Detroit, Minnesota, and San Jose it’s pretty clear that the negotiation stage has moved on into full public eye mode for this dance. The Red Wings went out of their way to show how interested they are/were in Modano by taking him to a Tigers game in Detroit. Meanwhile, we’ve yet to hear stories about how the Sharks took Modano Silicon Valley or the Wild bringing Modano to check out the Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota. If you can’t sell a guy on Spam, I don’t know what works.
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.
That said, it the very specific present, they’ll be watching Tuesday’s game from the press box.
After an unsatisfactory practice amid flailing playoff hopes, Flames head coach Bob Hartley made a big statement tonight, taking Monahan, Gaudreau and Lance Bouma out of the lineup as healthy scratches against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
#TORvsCGY Roster Update: Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, and Lance Bouma will be healthy scratches for tonight’s game vs. the #Leafs.