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A Look At The Detroit Red Wings

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Nicholas J. Cotsonkia takes a look at the Wings too.

What they still need

Difference-makers. The biggest reason the Red Wings have fallen off after a quarter-century of success is the erosion of their top-end talent. Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom retired in 2012. Center Pavel Datsyuk returned to Russia in 2016. Center Henrik Zetterberg is 37 and battling back problems, and although he is expected to return this season, it is not certain. The Red Wings need to draft and develop not just NHL players, but impact players. Can Zadina be one?

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Questions On Detroit’s Goaltending

Ansar Khan of Mlive answers questions from the fans...

Q: What is going on with the Red Wings’ goaltending situation, now and in the future? Is this the last year for (Jimmy) Howard? Why was (Jonathan) Bernier signed for three years? Why not one or two years? Are any kids in the system close to making the jump (to the NHL)?

A: Howard is entering the final year of his contract. I think the Red Wings will sign him to a one- or two-year extension. None of their junior/college/European prospects is close to being NHL-ready. I believe the organization would prefer Howard, even at age 35 in March, over Grand Rapids goalies Harri Sateri and Patrik Rybar in 2019-20. And it appears to be a thin free-agent market for goalies in 2019, assuming Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus) and Pekka Rinne (Nashville) sign with their teams.

I think they will have a Howard-Bernier tandem for the next two or three years.

Bernier wasn’t going to sign for one year and they might not have gotten him for two years. They felt comfortable with three years because it’s safe to assume none of their prospects will be NHL-ready during that time.

read on for more Q & A including more goalie talk and do the Wings need to tough guy...

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Talking With Ted Lindsay

Craig Custance of The Athletic recently spent some time with Ted Lindsay,

Aside from being one of the best left wingers to ever play the game, Lindsay put all his personal success and comfort on the line by organizing the first NHL players’ association in 1957, along with Bill Gadsby, Doug Harvey, Fern Flaman, Gus Mortson and Jim Thomson. He did it because he saw young players shipped out on a moment’s notice. He saw injured players discarded. He observed a former Maple Leafs star selling broken sticks for a quarter, in an attempt to squeeze out extra money. So he organized.  And those efforts had massive repercussions.

From a pure hockey standpoint, it likely cost the Red Wings a few more Stanley Cups, because Lindsay was banished to the Blackhawks in a trade with fellow Hall of Famer Glenn Hall — an attempt by team management to cut off any union talk by removing Lindsay from the equation in Detroit.

From a personal standpoint, it cost Lindsay a relationship with Red Wings general manager Jack Adams and, on some level, Gordie Howe, whose support for the association efforts wasn’t on Lindsay’s level.

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Video- Jeff Blashill On A Few Topics

via NHL.com,

Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill talks about Dan Bylsma joining the coaching staff, and strides the team has made during the offseason

 

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What The Next Contract For Dylan Larkin May Look Like

from Craig Custand of The Athletic,

Based on Larkin’s performance so far, not to mention the Red Wings’ cap situation, a full-term eight-year contract seems like it would be very hard to pull off.

That puts us in the six-year range.

The floor would likely be a player like Vancouver’s Bo Horvat. He signed a six-year deal worth $5.5 million annually. He signed his contract last September coming off a 20-goal season with 52 points. Larkin had 11 more points last season and probably has more upside than Horvat. So that’s the minimum.

On the higher side of the six-year comparable is Boston’s David Pastrnak. He signed a six-year deal worth $6.67 million per season, also last September. He signed his deal coming off a 34-goal, 70-point season.

The Jets got Nikolaj Ehlers done at $6 million per season on a seven-year deal after his 64-point season last year, one more than Larkin finished with this season.

If you’re Larkin’s camp, you’re pointing out that neither of those players are a center, which comes at a premium.

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Time For #91 To Be Put Up In The Rafters

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The bitterness between the organization and Fedorov — and fans and Fedorov —  appeared to subside in 2015 when he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. And as more time passes, it becomes more likely that his No. 91 will become the eighth number retired by the Red Wings.

“Sergei had a fabulous career in a Red Wings uniform,” general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press. “He had a tremendous impact on this franchise. I would assume as we continue to go forward there will be ongoing conversations about his impact on this franchise.”

Attempts to reach Red Wings owner Christopher Ilitch were unsuccessful.

Scotty Bowman, who coached Fedorov from 1993 to 2002, did not hesitate with his answer when asked if Fedorov’s number should be retired by the Wings.from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

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Video- Anthony Mantha Highlight Reel From The Past Season

Two minutes to watch.

 

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A Two-Year Deal For Anthony Mantha

 

added 3:58pm, Press release is below.

added 4:04pm, CapFriendly tweet on the  cap on the Wings is below too.

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Detroit’s Roster For Next Season

Craig Custance of The Athletic takes a look at Detroit's roster for next season.

He discusses a log jam of forwards, the goaltenders and the defense...

Vying for spots: Dennis Cholowski, Joe Hicketts, Libor Sulak

Unrestricted free agents: None

Notes: There’s no way to sugarcoat it. This isn’t a good defense. Up front, you can see the progress of the rebuild. There is high-end, young talent, ready to contribute. The D is just hanging on and the real help probably isn’t arriving for another year, at the earliest, unless a trade speeds the process.

Right now, as constructed, the Red Wings have three third pairs. If the losses pile up, that’s going to be the culprit. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; one more down year is probably in the best long-term interests of the franchise, and the defense is going to look significantly different when the Red Wings emerge from the rebuild. Only Danny DeKeyser is signed beyond next season among those projected in the top six.

In the short term, the Red Wings have to find time for Filip Hronek, who had a breakout season in the AHL and has earned the opportunity to develop in the NHL. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to have him sitting in the press box for games. It was just development camp, so you don’t want to overreact, but Cholowski looked good there.

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Someone Is Getting Antsy

He needs a good hockey team to blog for.

 

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com

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