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The Daily: Gibson Destined For Buffalo?; Marco Kasper Needs Win



Red Wings prospect Marco Kasper

Veteran hockey writer Dan Rosen of recently wrote about what goalie John Gibson’s future might look like.  On one hand, Rosen believes Anaheim Ducks may decide to keep Gibson, 29, to give their young team stability as they go through the rebuild.

But Rosen also thinks the Ducks might consider trading him. He undoubtedly would yield a strong return. If the Ducks do deal him, Rosen believes the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh will be the favorites. He has four seasons remaining on contract paying him an average of $6.4 million per season.

His take is rooted in logic.

The Buffalo Sabres desperately need a proven goalie. Some members are making the argument today that the Sabres could have competed for a playoff spot this season had they had stronger play in net. Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams will be under some pressure this offseason to aggressively pursue a goalie acquisition. They have plenty of quality assets that would entice the Ducks.

But the Penguins can’t be ruled out. Gibson grew up in Pittsburgh, and the Penguins will need a goalie. Tristan Jarry hasn’t delivered this season. Plus, he’s going to be an unrestricted free agent. Gibson has a modified no-trade clause, meaning he can submit a 10-team no trade list.

Kasper, Wallinder Trying to Stay Alive in SHL Playoffs

Detroit Red Wings prospects Marco Kasper and William Wallinder are playing for a Rogle team that has work to do if it wants to move on in the Swedish Hockey League playoffs.

Rogle trails 2-1 to Skelleftea in the best-of-seven series going into tonight’s Game 4 (2 p.m. ET). Kasper, who doesn’t turn 19 untll next month, hasn’t generated a point in six playoff games this season. Wallinder, 20, has a goal and an assist, and is logging 20+ minutes on defense.

Both players have done enough this season to come to North America next season.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

Backup goalie Magnus Hellberg delivered a road victory against the Blues with perfection in the shootout.

Lucas Raymond’s shootout goal gave the Red Wings a 3-2 win against the St. Louis Blues.

The Red Wings have to recall Matt Luff from the Grand Rapids Griffins against because of injuries.

Red Wings’ Next Game

The Red Wings (31-30-9) play Thursday against the St. Louis Blues. Should the Red Wings come back with goalie Magnus Hellberg who beat the Blues 3-2 in a shootout Tuesday? Matt Luff replaced injured Adam Erne on Tuesday. Injured Gustav Lindstrom (undisclosed) played Tuesday and Simon Edvinsson (lower body) did not. Lindstrom may not be 100% yet. Coach Derek Lalonde probably will have more to say about the injury situation after practice.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: Goalie Linus Ullmark, the favorite to win the Vezina Trophy, could resist the temptation to take a run at his former team, the Buffalo Sabres. Boston Bruins.

Colorado: Evan Rodrigues entered the concussion protocol and isn’t available to face his former team tonight. Colorado Avalanche.

Florida: The Panthers have been playing impressively well. How did they end up losing to the Philadelphia Flyers? George Richards said they blew a tire. Florida Panthers.

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Montreal: Injured forwards Kirby Dach, Brendan Gallagher and Jake Evans all returned to practice Monday. Montreal Canadiens.

Philadelphia: Defenseman Travis Sanheim had a statement game in win against the Florida Panthers. Philadelphia Flyers.

Pittsburgh: NHL players still show respect for Sidney Crosby in their last NHL Players Association poll. Pittsburgh Penguins

Washington: This was a bad beat for the Capitals. The Columbus Blue Jackets downed Washington Capitals 7-6 in overtime.