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The Daily: Why Rasmussen Decision Angers Fans; Habs Ponder Deals

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If you read Bob Duff’s story about the Michael Rasmussen suspension, then you know Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde wasn’t surprised the Department of Player Safety looked into the incident.

“At first I didn’t think there was much to it,” Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde said of the Rasmussen high stick. “Seeing it live, it was a follow-through. And then you watch it back in slow, slow, slow motion and you can see coming down on that head area, direct contact to the head.

“The league, and rightfully so, they’re trying to take care of plays like that.”

Everyone understands the NHL wants to eliminate blows to the head. Some Detroit fans believe Boston’s Derek Forbort should have called on the carpet for his high hit on Detroit’s Joe Veleno.

You be the judge:

 

Trade talk

Montreal: The Montreal Canadiens have too many forwards. Montreal Hockey Now spells out all of the options the Canadiens have to deal with the problem, including some trade talk. The Canadiens can consider some creative trade options.

In Case You Missed It

Detroit defenseman Olli Maatta said the Red Wings “got away from our identity” in the loss to the Bruins.

What’s up with forward Lucas Raymond? He doesn’t seem as confident as he did last season. Coach Derek Lalonde and Dylan Larkin provide some insight on why Raymond hasn’t scored yet this season.

DHN’s Bob Duff takes a deep dive into the road games that give the Red Wings the most trouble in this subscription-only story.

Red Wings Next Game

Coach Derek Lalonde’s 3-2-2 Red Wings are home tonight to play the Minnesota Wild (3-3-1) at Little Caesars Arena.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: The Bruins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday to continue the best start in franchise history. Boston Bruins. 

Dallas: Forward Matej Blumel earned his way back to the NHL after his demotion. Dallas Stars

Pittsburgh: Things are getting bad for the Pittsburgh Penguins as they were blown out by the lowly Vancouver Canucks Friday night.

Philadelphia: Philadelphia Flyers goalie Carter Hart has become the backbone of his team.

Vegas: The Golden Knights handed the Anaheim Ducks their seventh consecutive loss. Vegas Golden Knights.

Washington: Is young forward Connor McMichael being too hard on himself? Maybe it’s a good thing. Washington Capitals.

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