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The Daily: Report says Crosby Close to Deal; Kane Top Detroit Recruiter

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Sidney Crosby, Penguins

Five days ago, Pittsburgh Hockey Now’s Dan Kingerski wondered aloud why the Pittsburgh Penguins hadn’t yet announced a new contract for Sidney Crosby.

It’s assumed he will be given a contract that will keep Crosby in a Penguins’ jersey for his entire career.

It appears the Penguins are moving to closer to getting that accomplished. Rob Rossi of the Athletic is reporting that the team and Crosby are confident a deal will be formalized soon.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

Patrick Kane has turned out to be one of the Detroit Red Wings’ top recruiters. He certainly help sell Vladimir Tarasenko on being a Red Wings player.

Bob Duff lays out what kind of offensive production the Red Wings can expect from Christian Fischer in 2024-25.

Former Red Wings player Daniel Sprong might be the most desirable UFA still in the marketplace. He has scored 39 goals over the past two seasons with limited playing time.

Red Wings Offseason

The recent signing of Christian Fischer provides a more complete picture of what the Red Wings’ third and fourth lines. Andrew Copp will be the No. 3 center, with Michael Rasmussen on wing and perhaps Jonatan Berggren on the other. That would leave Tyler Motte, Joe Veleno and Christian Fischer on a rambunctious high energy fourth line. All three of those players should be in the 100- to 125-hit range. But don’t rule out Fischer playing with Copp and Rasmussen. That trio looked sharp when they played together briefly last season. That situation also will be heavily dependent on how well Berggren is playing, particularly away from the puck.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: Defenseman Nikita Zadorov is looking for consistency and a championship in his move to the Boston Bruins.

New Jersey: Why prospect defenseman Anton Silayev won’t sign his ELC right away with the New Jersey Devils.

Philadelphia:  Jonathan Bailey explains why former Flyers goalie Carter Hart may sign with a Kontinental Hockey League team.  Philadelphia Flyers.

 

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Mike Babcock

Why break the successful shutdown line of Ras/Copp/Fischer?

I hated when Losey broke that line up.

Bergy can play with Joe and Motte.

Or Mazur if he makes the team.