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The Daily: Kraken Claim Ex-Red Wings player; Avalanche Eye Monahan?



Magnus Hellberg, Detroit Red WIngs
Former Red Wing goalie now back with the seattle Kraken

Magnus Hellberg received his shot with the Detroit Red Wings late last season, although it wasn’t a fair opportunity to show what he could do.

The Swedish-born former Kontinental Hockey League goalie had some practices and played one game. He won that game 5-3 over the New Jersey Devils. But in the offseason, the Red Wings signed Finnish netminder Jussi Olkinuora, another former KHL goalie.

Hellberg still wanted an NHL deal and he got it with the Seattle Kraken. They liked him and wanted to park him at their American Hockey League affiliate. But the Ottawa Senators, with Cam Talbot on the injured list, claimed him.

He won his only start with the Senators. With Talbot coming back, the Senators tried to send him to the minors. But the Kraken reclaimed Hellberg.

With No. 1 goalie Phillip Grubauer out week-to-week with an injury, the Kraken wanted depth beyond Martin Jones and Joey Daccord.

Hellberg, 31, didn’t play a game for the Kraken before he was waived. But the traveling man goalie is 3-0 in his travelogue-style NHL career. The former Nashville Predators draft pick played one game for them without a decision. But he is 3-0 in the NHL with one win each for the New York Rangers, Red Wings and Senators.

If he plays a game for Seattle, he will have games with five different teams.

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The Red Wings gave up eight goals in a game for the second time in 10 days and fell 8-2 to the Rangers. It was their worst loss of the season.

Cross Hanas may be on the fast track toward the NHL because of his strong start with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Grand Rapids coach Ben Simon says Red Wings prospect defenseman Simon Edvinsson is learning and growing.


The Red Wings’ Next Game

The  Detroit Red Wings (7-4-3) launch a four-game road trip tonight with a game against the Los Angeles Kings.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: The Bruins improved to 8-0-0 at home and Charlie McAvoy scored in his first game back from injury in a 3-1 win against Calgary. Boston Bruins.

Montreal: Are in the Colorado Avalanche interested in Sean Monahan?  Marco D’Amico of Montreal Hockey Now believes it could be a good fit. Montreal Canadiens.

New York: Stefen Rosner points out the Islanders couldn’t hit the net in a 2-0 loss to the Coyotes. New York Islanders.

Pittsburgh:  Dave Molinari writes that it’s time for the Penguins to move on from Kasperi Kapanen. Pittsburgh Penguins.

San Jose: The Sharks have lost five in a row and JD Young of SJHN wonders whether it is time worry about goalie Kaapo Kahkonen? His play has been inconsistent at best. San Jose Sharks.

Vegas: Booing inspires Jack Eichel to net a hat trick against his former NHL team.  Vegas Golden Knights.