Detroit coach wants a “heavy forward”


With no shortage of cap space and a good shot to win the Stanley Cup, Detroit should be an active participant in the trade market as the Feb. 27 deadline approaches.

So, what kind of player could the Red Wings use? Coach Mike Babcock has a few suggestions for GM Ken Holland.

“To me, if we could get another heavy winger, or heavy forward, or D — those would all be good things to help you,” Babcock said, as reported by the Detroit News. “I put together a wish list every year, this time of year, and then management does what they can do.”

One name that’s been linked to the Red Wings is Montreal winger Travis Moen. The 29-year-old pending UFA who won a Cup with the 2007 Ducks is presumably the type of player Babcock wants.

And here’s another thing to consider about Moen – he’s one of the key forwards on the Canadiens’ league-best penalty kill, one of the few areas where the Wings have struggled.

Related: Darren Dreger is fairly certain Travis Moen will be traded

Kassian sent to hospital after being involved in car accident

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Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in a vehicle that ran into a tree.

The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.

A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.

“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”

This story will be updated when more information is made available.

Habs and Fleischmann agree on one-year deal

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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.

According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.

The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.

Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.

The veteran winger started  last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.

Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.