Former Detroit Red Wings player Frans Nielsen is the toast of Denmark after scoring a penalty shot goal that helped his country defeat the Czech Republic 2-1 for their first men’s win in Olympic hockey history.
Denmark hockey team, making its Olympic hockey debut, plays the Russian team Friday in Beijing.
Frans Nielsen, 37, was the first Danish player to compete in the NHL and is the country’s most famous hockey player. He carried Denmark’s flag in the opening ceremony.
“He’s been a pillar for Danish ice hockey, breaking barriers, and it’s an honor to play with him at this tournament,” Danish goaltender Sebastian Dahm told the media afterward.
The Red Wings bought out Nielsen before the 2021-22 season to create roster space for younger players. He is playing for a German team this season. He has six goals and 14 points in 20 games for the Berlin Polar Bears.
Today’s Trade Rumor
Washington: Caps general manager Brian MacLellan really made a strong effort to acquire goalie Marc Andre-Fleury, but it is not going to happen for the Washington Capitals.
Also, the Athletic reports we might start hearing Columbus Blue Jackets names in the trade rumors. Goalie Joonas Korpisalo is just one of the possible names to be moved.
Around the NHL
Detroit: Defenseman Filip Hronek is now on the COVID list, but Troy Stecher and Nick Leddy are close to returning.
Boston: Columnist Joe Haggerty says retiring Tuukka Rask has a complicated Bruins legacy.
Florida: Is there a better team in the East than Florida? George Richards’s mailbag was full of questions about the complicated goalie situation and what general manager Bill Zito might do for the Florida Panthers before the NHL trade deadline.
Vancouver: General manager Jim Rutherford is breaking more barriers. The Vancouver Canucks will name former U.S. women’s hockey star Cammi Granato as assistant GM.