Future Free Agents: Karl Alzner

Cam Lewis
January 11 2017 12:00PM

Future Free Agents is a semi-regular feature on NHLNumbers profiling players from 2017's potential free agency class. 

With Brent Burns signed in San Jose, the 2017 unrestricted free agent defenceman market gets very thin very fast. You have Kevin Shattenkirk as your clear cut top option, especially for those teams who need a boost in production from the blue line. Then, after him, you have Karl Alzner, the best option for a team looking for a steady, consistent, shut down guy. 

But as we've seen over the past few summers, teams are becoming skeptical of handing big contracts to stay at home defencemen like Alzner who contribute little offensively. Is he still going to be able to command the salary of a top pairing defenceman on the open market? With the league's gradual shift to analytics, is he still a valued commodity? 

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POSTGAME: Wings fall 4-3 to Blackhawks in OT

Adam Laskaris
January 10 2017 10:09PM

There was a time when the Wings and Blackhawks commanded the interest of the entire league. 

Though those Western Conference playoff matchups are now gone, tonight's performance provided a little bit of a throwback to the days of old.

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Frans Nielsen named to All-Star game

Adam Laskaris
January 10 2017 11:25AM

Today in slightly unexpected news, Frans Nielsen was named to his first career all-star game/3-on-3 tournament.

With 22 points this season, Nielsen sits third on the Wings in scoring.

While Nielsen has had a solid start to the year, it's still a bit of a curious option.

Jimmy Howard obviously can't make the roster due to his injury, but perhaps Henrik Zetterberg or Thomas Vanek (both ahead of Nielsen in team scoring). Maybe he gets by on "new kid on the block syndrome"? Whatever the case, it's certainly not been a bad year for the free-agent signing Dane. 

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WGD: GAME 41: RED WINGS @ BLACKHAWKS

Brock Seguin
January 10 2017 08:25AM

So who’s available in the draft? Saturday was terrible. Not sure how many of you are Detroit Lions fans as well as Red Wings fans, but after the Lions were beat up by the Seahawks, I turned to the Red Wings to save the evening and boy, that was a mistake. It looked OK for the Red Wings for a little bit, but then it went downhill fast. 

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NHLN Notebook: Backup goalie woes, Justin Schultz hype 2.0, and the death of alternate jerseys

Christian Pagnani
January 10 2017 07:00AM

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The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn't quite deserve its own article. 

Jonas Gustavsson gets fired into outer space, Justin Schultz's stock is at an all-time high, Tampa Bay is in trouble, Adidas is getting rid of third jerseys, and Colton Sissons makes history.

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