Getting to Know: Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard

Mark Malinowski
Howard

Status: Detroit Red Wings goaltender.

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 218 pounds
DOB: March 26, 1984 In: Syracuse, NY

First Hockey Memory: “Probably being down in my dad’s – my dad coached in high school – so I was always down there with him.”

Hockey Inspirations: “Obviously my dad was very inspirational. Getting me into it when I was at a young age. And probably Mike Richter.”

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Report: Maple Leafs to celebrate centennial with outdoor game on New Year’s Day

Jared Clinton
James van Riemsdyk (Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

There are already a number of expected outdoor games for next season, but add one more to the list as the Toronto Maple Leafs appear to be getting heading outside for their centennial celebration after all.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Maple Leafs are expected to host an outdoor contest on Jan. 1, 2017, and the expected opponent is the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings and Maple Leafs have previously done battle in an outdoor game when Ann Arbor, Mich., played host to the Winter Classic. That game, the 2014 Winter Classic, set the all-time outdoor attendance record for the NHL with nearly 105,500 watching from the stands.

Previously there were reports that, should an outdoor game be played in Toronto, the game would be held at BMO Field, the home stadium of MLS’ Toronto FC. BMO Field seats between 30,000 and 34,000 fans. However, the venue could be expanded to include an additional 10,000 fans. Read more

Red Wings’ Danny DeKeyser day-to-day after blocked shot

Jared Clinton
Danny DeKeyser (Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Detroit’s 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators may have moved the Red Wings into sole possession second place in the Atlantic Division, but Tampa Bay and Boston are nipping at their heels. And fending off the Lightning and Bruins isn’t going to be easy without the services of defenseman Danny DeKeyser.

DeKeyser, 25, went down hard after blocking a blast from Ottawa Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf Wednesday night. The shot block, which appeared to catch DeKeyser on the outside of the right knee, resulted in him needing help off the ice from the training staff and teammate Justin Abdelkader, but it appeared for a brief moment that DeKeyser would be all right after he returned to the ice midway through the frame.

However, after a short, 10-second shift, DeKeyser left the ice once again and did not return. There was some fear it could have been a break DeKeyser was attempting to fight through, but, post-game, coach Jeff Blashill delivered the news that DeKeyser will be out day-to-day with a bruise. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Expensive backup Jimmy Howard likely to hit trade market

Lyle Richardson
Jimmy Howard (Mike Stobe/National Hockey League)

With Petr Mrazek having displaced Jimmy Howard as the Detroit Red Wings’ starting goaltender, questions are being raised over the latter’s future in the Motor City. Howard is under contract through 2018-19 at an annual cap hit of $5.29 million.

Now an expensive backup, the 31-year-old netminder could become the subject of trade speculation in the near future. He carries a full no-trade clause, but could waive it for an opportunity to become a starting goalie elsewhere.

Responding to a question from a reader regarding Howard’s trade status, MLive.com’s Ansar Khan speculates the Wings will wait until the offseason to move him. Khan believes they must either pick up part of Howard’s cap hit or take back someone else’s unwanted contract, preferably one not as expensive or as lengthy as Howard’s.

Noting there’s not much of a trade market for goaltenders, Khan suggests the Calgary Flames, Winnipeg Jets or Buffalo Sabres as possible destinations for Howard. The Jets face a similar problem as the Wings, as promising Connor Hellebuyck could make it difficult for veteran Ondrej Pavelec to regain the starter’s job. As for the Sabres, they seem wedded to oft-injured Robin Lehner as their top netminder.

The Flames could be a better destination for Howard, as Jonas Hiller and Karri Ramo are eligible in July for unrestricted free agency. However, if Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer becomes available via free agency, the Flames could consider him a more affordable option.

OILERS READY TO BECOME SELLERS

As the Edmonton Oilers’ playoff hopes continue to fade, there’s increasing speculation over which players GM Peter Chiarelli could ship out before the trade deadline. For months, it’s been rumored Chiarelli might deal one of his scoring forwards to bring in a top-four defenseman.

Center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was considered the most likely trade candidate. Following the Nashville Predators’ trading defenseman Seth Jones to the Columbus Blue Jackets for center Ryan Johansen, a report emerged claiming Chiarelli offered Nugent-Hopkins to the Predators for Jones. With the 22-year-old center currently sidelined until March by a hand injury, it’s unlikely he’ll be moved by the Feb. 29 trade deadline.

Michael Traikos of the Toronto Sun includes Oilers right winger Jordan Eberle among his list of top players who could move by the trade deadline. However, he acknowledges it might make more sense to wait until season’s end to move a player like Eberle.

The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch reports there’s plenty of interest in defenseman Justin Schultz if the Oilers want to move him. The 25-year-old is on a one-year deal paying him $3.9 million and slated to become a restricted free agent in July.

Schultz has struggled to establish himself as a top-four defenseman, but could improve on a deeper roster. Chiarelli could wait until the off-season to peddle Schultz, but the blueliner’s also eligible for arbitration rights and only a year away from qualifying for unrestricted free agency. Rather than deal with that headache, Chiarelli could opt to deal him at the trade deadline.

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Rumor Roundup appears regularly only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Eishockey News and The Guardian (P.E.I.).

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Suspend him or not: Abdelkader flattens Barkov with open-ice hit

Jared Clinton
Justin Abdelkader hits Aleksander Barkov (via YouTube/Sportsnet)

The Red Wings’ Justin Abdelkader hasn’t been suspended in nearly three seasons, but the 28-year-old winger could be missing an upcoming game or two after he delivered a check to Aleksander Barkov that knocked the Panthers center out of Monday’s game and will see him sidelined Tuesday in Buffalo.

Abdelkader’s check on Barkov came roughly seven minutes into the second period. Barkov collected a loose puck in the right wing corner of Florida’s zone and was attempting to turn it up ice when Abdelkader delivered a solid jolt that sent Barkov to the ice. Barkov remained down for a brief moment before climbing to his feet and skating towards the Florida bench: Read more

Getting to Know: Red Wings defenseman Mike Green

Mark Malinowski
Mike Green (Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Status: Detroit Red Wings defenseman.

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 207 pounds
DOB: October 12, 1985 In: Calgary, Alta.

First Hockey Memory: “Probably skating on the pond for the first time with my dad (Dave).”

Hockey Inspirations: “I think my parents. I was a big fan of Scott Niedermayer – he was an inspiring player to watch. I idolized him. He’s kind of the reason I became a defenseman, and maybe molded into an offensive defenseman.”

First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: “Would’ve been … I think it was Theoren Fleury to be honest. When he was in Calgary. (After a practice?) I think it was a school event. He came to our school.”

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Red Wings beef up alumni roster for outdoor game, add Yzerman, McCarty

Jared Clinton
Steve Yzerman at the 2013 alumni game (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman may have been applauding his team’s 3-2 victory over Detroit Wednesday night, but come Feb. 26, he’ll be slipping on a Red Wings jersey and skating in his former red and white.

It was announced Wednesday that Yzerman has been added to the alumni game roster for the contest ahead of the Stadium Series game between Detroit and Colorado. Yzerman, who spent his entire career with the Red Wings, wasn’t on the initial roster for the game, but his addition adds even more intrigue to an alumni game that is the rekindling of one of the greatest on-ice rivalries of the past 20 years.

But Yzerman isn’t the only addition, and he might not even be the one most fans are excited about. Read more

Red Wings’ Tatar wows with puck skills in first NHL After Dark video

Jared Clinton
Tomas Tatar (via GoPro/YouTube)

It’s hard to truly get a feel for the skill of some of the NHL’s best players when you’re watching a typical broadcast. Sure, some moves will impress and leave you wondering how anyone is capable of such feats with a stick and puck, but there’s still that distance between viewer and puck carrier that doesn’t quite do the skill of these players justice.

In part, that’s why the NHL’s new video series with partner GoPro was so exciting. The series is set to offer first-person perspective with helmet cameras mounted on some of the NHL’s best players. In the first instalment of the series, Detroit Red Wings Tomas Tatar shows off what he can do with the puck on his stick and he likely earned himself new appreciation to go along with some new fans.

Tatar doesn’t wait to pull out some slick hands in the debut video, flipping the puck into the air and batting it on net to open the series up: Read more