Author: Jason Brough

No excuses: Hextall tees off on Flyers


The fallout from Tuesday’s “unacceptable” performance versus Colorado continued today in Philadelphia, the day after Flyers coach Dave Hakstol put his squad through a punishing practice.

This morning, it was GM Ron Hextall’s turn to weigh in.

“Accountability is demanded of each other and yourself,” Hextall said, per CSN Philly. “There’s nights when it’s hard to go out there and play. You don’t feel good, you travel, you’re tired or whatever it is. You know what? Too bad. You’ve got to go out there and play your ass off.”

The Flyers host the Capitals tonight.

Related: Reminder to Flyers fans — stay patient

Bruins sign three to ELCs, including two first-rounders

Zachary Senyshyn, Jake Debrusk

The Boston Bruins announced today that they’ve signed forwards Jake DeBrusk and Zach Senyshyn, as well as defenseman Jeremy Lauzon, to entry-level contracts.

DeBrusk and Senyshyn were drafted 14th and 15th overall, respectively, in the 2015 draft. Boston’s other first-round pick, d-man Jakub Zboril, was signed in July.

Lauzon was taken in the second round, 52nd overall.

Datsyuk expected to play Friday

Pavel Datsyuk,

Pavel Datsyuk is expected to make his Red Wings season debut Friday versus San Jose.

“I believe 13 is playing tomorrow,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said today.

Datsyuk has missed the Wings’ first 15 games while recovering from offseason ankle surgery. The 37-year-old will likely start by playing the wing on the top line, centered by Henrik Zetterberg.

The Wings went an acceptable 8-6-1 in Datsyuk’s absence, but they required excellent goaltending to do it. Detroit has been outshot by an average of 32.4 to 25.3, the worst differential in the league.

We’ll see tomorrow if one of the greatest two-way forwards in NHL history can do anything about that.

Holland on Abdelkader extension: ‘It’s hard to find big people that can score 20 goals’

Justin Abdelkader

The Red Wings made it official today, announcing they’ve signed forward Justin Abdelkader to a seven-year contract extension.

It was reported yesterday that the two sides were closing in on a deal.

Abdelkader will make $29.75 million over those seven years, garnering a cap hit of $4.25 million.

It’s a lengthy commitment by the Wings to the 28-year-old, who’s only had one NHL season with more than 10 goals. He tallied 23 last year.

Wings GM Ken Holland thinks the contract is justified.

“He’s 28 years of age and if he hit the open market, and a team wanted to pry him out of Detroit — it’s hard to find big people that can score 20 goals,” Holland told the Detroit Free Press.

Abdelkader has four goals in 15 games this season, putting him on pace to score around 20.

Trade: Flames acquire goalie Poulin from Lightning

Kevin Poulin

The Calgary Flames have acquired goalie Kevin Poulin from the Tampa Bay Lightning, in exchange for future considerations.

Poulin will report to AHL Stockton, which lost goalie Jon Gillies to a lower-body injury last week. Hence, today’s trade.

Poulin was plucked off waivers by the Lightning in September. The 25-year-old has a career .899 save percentage in 50 NHL games, all with the Islanders.