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Dennis Cholowski’s Season

from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

There were, though, a handful of players who either surpassed or fell short of expectations. And so with our bodies now biologically wired to expect some season reflection at this time of year, that felt like a good place to start, even with the season still technically hanging in the balance.

Undershot expectations

Dennis Cholowski: For most of the players in this category, there’s an air (or at least risk) of finality to these underwhelming seasons. That’s not the case with Cholowski, whose tough season at age 21 came with plenty of time to develop.

Still, it wasn’t the showing expected of Cholowski when he made the Red Wings out of camp for the second straight year. This time, the idea was he’d stick around for the full season. But familiar issues in the defensive zone arose, and Cholowski wound up back in Grand Rapids for much of the second half of the season.

I do know the Red Wings felt they were starting to see defensive progress from Cholowski. And oftentimes, focusing on that end of the ice can limit a player’s offensive impact, which will ultimately be how Cholowski makes his name. That’s important to remember as well.

Every prospect develops on a different schedule. But Cholowski could have helped the Red Wings by taking the next step this season, especially considering their power-play needs, and it didn’t happen. He has more time, but he’s going to have to show he can be counted on in his own end without sacrificing his offensive calling card.

more ($$$) names

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Looking At The Seattle Expansion Draft From The Wings Point Of View

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The same rules used for the 2017 Vegas expansion draft will apply.

Teams will be allowed to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender (or eight skaters regardless of position and one goalie). Players with a no-movement clause must be protected. Players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on July 1, 2021 are exempt. Players who will have two or fewer years of pro experience (NHL and AHL only) will be exempt....

At forward, the Red Wings are certain to protect Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Tyler Bertuzzi, Filip Zadina and Robby Fabbri. The other two slots could be used for Evgeny Svechnikov and Givani Smith. If they re-sign Luke Glendening, he could be protected or exposed. Or they might acquire someone in a trade or through free agency they would opt to protect.

The only other forwards under contract for 2021-22 are Justin Abdelkader and Frans Nielsen, who surely won’t be protected and are also buyout candidates in 2021. If Christoffer Ehn, Adam Erne and/or Dmytro Timashov are signed through 2021-22, they are likely to be exposed.

Center prospect Joe Veleno is exempt.

On defense, they would protect Filip Hronek, Dennis Cholowski and either Danny DeKeyser or someone acquired through trade or free agency. Moritz Seider and Gustav Lindstrom are exempt.


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Video- Igor Larionov’s 20 Playoff Goals

11 1/2 minutes to watch.


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Video- Chatting With Nick Lidstrom

Daniella Bruce talks with Mr. Lidstrom about the 1997 Stanley Cup Final.

Speaking of Lidstrom, the Detroit Free Press has a poll today for the Michigan Sports Mount Rushmore. #5 not an option.


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Would Torey Krug Be A Fit For The Detroit Red Wings?

Krug will be age 29 in a few days, born in Royal Oak, MI and went to MSU.

Also he was undrafted and has turned into a very good NHL defenseman.

Throughout the season his name has been brought up as a possible UFA target for the Wings.

Here is the latest on Torey Krug.

from Joe Haggerty of NBCSports Boston,

Bruins defenseman Torey Krug mentioned several times he has “no clarity” on his future after sitting down for a Boston Bruins-organized Zoom conference call with B’s media members on Tuesday afternoon.

After all, pretty much nobody has any kind of clarity about what’s going to happen over the next few months as regions of the United States are attempting to slow down a global coronavirus outbreak with hot spots in places like Boston....

“For me personally, I really hope I did not play my last game as a Boston Bruin. It’s been a special place for me and my family to grow. My love for the game and playing in front of these fans has been very special to me. But [this situation] hasn’t given me any clarity,” said Krug, who also mentioned there have been no contract discussions with the Bruins since the season went on pause in early March. “It makes you wonder about this process a little more because I was just in the moment thinking only about helping my team win games and hopefully push our team toward winning a championship....

Krug had nine goals and 49 points in 61 games this season for the Bruins and was moving toward a big payday this summer — whether it was in Boston or somewhere else.

Based on comparable deals for other elite NHL defensemen across the NHL, a long-term teal in the range of $6-8 million per season was pretty much an automatic no matter where he was going to sign. It remains to be seen how much a lowered salary cap ceiling would impact player contracts for guys like Krug, but he’s clearly going into the situation with his eyes wide open.


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Game 2 Of 1997 SCF Is On Tonight

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With The #2 Pick In The First Round, The Detroit Red Wings Select…

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

If the Red Wings wind up with the second pick, however, they probably will have a decision to make. Do they take big center Quinton Byfield of Sudbury (OHL) or flashy winger Tim Stuetzle of Mannheim (Germany)?

Either one would complete for a roster spot in training camp at age 18 for a talent-thin team desperate for offense.

The 6-4, 215-pound Byfield tallied 32 goals and 82 points in 45 OHL games this past season.

“A player with his size and strength, and I think there’s more size and strength to come, but to able to have soft hands and vision and make plays and when players try to eliminate him, he can beat you with power or he can beat you with hands and hockey sense,” David Gregory of NHL Central Scouting said. “It makes him very tough to contain and a very attractive prospect.”

Byfield described himself as a two-way forward who plays a 200-foot game.

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Video- Did You Know Dan Cleary Scored 23 Playoff Goals For The Wings?

Here they all are.


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Alexis Lafreniere’s Compete Level Is Noticeable

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Alexis Lafreniere began this hockey season as the likely best player in the NHL Draft – and he also wound up in that position.

Lafreniere, a forward, was the No. 1 North American skater Wednesday as the NHL released its final Central Scouting rankings....

Forward Quinton Byfield (Sudbury) was ranked No. 2 and defenseman Jamie Drysdale (Erie) No. 3. Defenseman Jake Sanderson, of the Plymouth-based U.S. National Development Team Program, was No. 4, and forward Cole Perfetti of Saginaw ranked fifth.

German forward Tim Stuetzle was ranked the No. 1 international skater.

But it’ll be Lafreniere who will be targeted first by the Red Wings and other teams in the draft lottery.

“He’s quite the player,” JF Damphousse, Quebec and Maritimes regional scout for Central Scouting, said Wednesday. “When you look at every aspect of his game, you could consider every aspect as elite. Every time I saw him play, he makes plays that you don’t think are possible, and he still makes them.

“(But) what separates him from the pack is his compete level. He’s willing to play physical and he battles every game.”

read on and if you missed the rankings earlier today...

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Video- The History Of The Winged Wheel

via the YouTube page of Fox SportsDetroit,

We go back to an old Wingspan feature for a history lesson on the Red Wings' jerseys.


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