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The Wings Could Have Had

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Vegas advanced with a Game 7 victory over the Vancouver Canucks, a series that prompted reader Alex M.’s question to be the subject of this Detroit Red Wings mailbag: “What’s the bigger miss — Wings drafting Svechnikov instead of Boeser or Zadina instead of Hughes?”

The Wings selected forward Evgeny Svechnikov at 19th in the 2015 draft, four spots before the Canucks chose forward Brock Boeser at 23rd. Two years ago, the Wings drafted forward Fiiip Zadina at sixth, and the Canucks pounced on defenseman Quinn Hughes at seventh. The Wings’ picks were made by former general manager Ken Holland and Tyler Wright, who was the chief of amateur scouting. General manager Steve Yzerman holds the fourth pick in the 2020 draft, which is scheduled for Oct. 9-10.

Boeser and Hughes have established themselves as significant players for the Canucks.

Boeser, 23, has 75 goals among 161 points in 197 career games. He scored 29 goals as a rookie in 2017-28, 26 the following season, and was on pace to top 20 again when the season was paused March 12. Svechnikov, on the other hand, has appeared in just 20 NHL games (two goals, two assists) and has yet to show where he fits into the rebuild, if at all.

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What To Expect From The Detroit Red Wings

Scott Burnside of The Athletic on what to expect from all 31 teams in the short offseason.

On the Wings..

So many holes in this lineup that somehow managed to compile a minus-122 goal differential in just 71 games. But you’ve got to start somewhere, right? Let’s start with the premise that this team is three or four years away from legitimately returning to playoff contention. So, this isn’t about signing a flashy free agent to plug a particularly gaping hole along the blue line or in goal, although both positions are woefully thin. Instead it would seem that with an abundance of salary cap space GM Steve Yzerman has to be amenable to making that cap asset work for the Red Wings in the hopes of at least incrementally speeding up the rebuild process. A year ago Carolina nabbed a first-round pick from Toronto in order to take on Patrick Marleau’s contract. Yzerman has to ferret out the kinds of deals that cap-strapped teams will be looking to make to free up space to stay in the playoff and/or Stanley Cup hunt. For instance, would Detroit take on Nino Niederreiter or Jake Gardiner if the Canes sweetened the deal with picks and/or prospects? What about Kyle Turris’ onerous deal in Nashville? Or Brent Seabrook in Chicago? There is hay to be made here for a Detroit team that is still deep in the rebuilding tunnel.

30 more ($$$) teams...

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If You Are Following Torey Krug’s Contract Situation

from Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com,

Torey Krug said Thursday he is looking for a longer-term contract and would not take fewer years or less money to remain with the Boston Bruins before becoming a free agent.

"I'm very opposed to that," the defenseman said of signing a one-year contract. "I've bet on myself. I've taken shorter-term deals, less amount of money my whole career now. This is my time in terms of my value at its peak. I have the ability, I'm in a position now where I need to make the most of it."

The 29-year-old, who reiterated he would like to stay with the Bruins, can become an unrestricted free agent with his four-year contract with an average annual value of $5.25 million about to expire. Prior to that, he signed two consecutive one-year contracts, worth $1.4 million for 2014-15 and $3.4 million in 2015-16.

With a flat NHL salary cap next season ($81.5 million), and Krug likely in line for a considerable raise, it's not certain Boston will be able to find space for him. He said contact between his agent and the Bruins has been "very few and far between."

"I'm not really sure what the future holds," Krug said. "I'm willing to sit back and see what happens here."

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Checking In And Up On The 19

The 19, AKA Wings fans here at A2Y, haven't had much to talk or cheer about since the last Detroit game was in mid-March.

Just wanted to make sure all of you are doing okay or at least keeping your head above water like I am.

Hopefully our game will be back as we know it but I have a feeling we still have another 4-5 months of what will tomorrow bring.

Check in to say hi, gives us an update or just say Go Wings.  You are missed.

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All Jeff Blashill

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Q: How difficult is the uncertainty right now – not knowing when camp will begin, when you’ll start playing games?

A: “Uncertainty is tough in life, it’s just reality. Uncertainty causes angst among people and causes stress and there’s no doubt uncertainty in these times, probably at an unprecedented high for everybody. With that said, pertaining to our situation, I’ve heard the dates floated about, but certainly there’s nothing written in stone and one of the things the NHL has done in their original Return to Play is not committing to anything before knowing it was really possible. So, right now, from a planning perspective, we have to make sure we’re prepared for the earliest possible start and if that gets delayed, at least we’re prepared, and that’s how we’ll go about it.”

Jeff Blashill: "We’re at a disadvantage, without a doubt, in the sense that we haven’t skated since March 12."

Q: We asked you after the season was announced over, how important would it be for you guys to have a sort of a mini-camp, since you have been off the ice since March 12. I’d imagine that is still important for your team?

A: “We’re at a disadvantage, without a doubt, in the sense that we haven’t skated since March 12 and the other teams, even the teams that were out of the picture quick in the return to play, spent a number of weeks prior to that as a hockey team. So certainly we’d love to be able to do some stuff ahead of camp. Potentially, camp will be shortened this year compared to other years, so it’s even more important for the individual players to be as ready as possible.

“You can skate on your own and skate in skill development that a lot of guys do during the summer, but it’s not the same as having multiple other people on the ice with you. We’ll see how that shakes out, but we’re hoping to get some time.”

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The Detroit Red Wings Farm System Is Ranked 18th

Corey Pronman’s annual deep dive into the farm system of every NHL organization will be slightly different this year. First, it is occurring before the draft because of the change in schedule this season. But this allows you to see where teams stand going into the draft, and Pronman will update the rankings after the draft. Second, it will include all skaters in the organization who are 22 or younger as of Sept. 15, 2020, regardless of how many NHL games they’ve played. This allowed us to incorporate a lot of great young players who were on the fringe of graduating based on our old definition. Check out the full explanation of Pronman’s eligibility and the full ranking of all 31 systems here.

The Wings had a tough year and look to be at the start of a long rebuild. There are some promising draft picks such as Filip Hronek, who has been a top young defenseman in the league. Moritz Seider looks like a true top prospect, but a lot of their high draft picks in the last few years have either not aged well or look to be about par value. They’re going to need some home runs if they are going to take a 17-49-5 team to relevance again. While they have some good young pieces, this looks like a rebuild that is going to take a while.

Key graduates: Taro Hirose

2019 ranking: No. 13

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A Veteran Defenseman May Be Needed By The Wings

from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

Scott Cruickshank has written that Travis Hamonic and Erik Gustafsson are likely out in Calgary. Justin Schultz certainly seems to be in Pittsburgh, and the unsuccessful Tyson Barrie experiment in Toronto likely means he’ll be a free agent as well. Sami Vatanen is scheduled to hit the market out of Carolina, too.

All of those players offer less upside than Krug, with arguably similar risk on a medium-term deal since they’re not starting from the same elite ground as him. A marginally shorter term length and lower cap hit, though, would be advantages.

Scott Cruickshank has written that Travis Hamonic and Erik Gustafsson are likely out in Calgary. Justin Schultz certainly seems to be in Pittsburgh, and the unsuccessful Tyson Barrie experiment in Toronto likely means he’ll be a free agent as well. Sami Vatanen is scheduled to hit the market out of Carolina, too.

All of those players offer less upside than Krug, with arguably similar risk on a medium-term deal since they’re not starting from the same elite ground as him. A marginally shorter term length and lower cap hit, though, would be advantages....

Chris Tanev, if Vancouver doesn’t extend him, could be an interesting candidate after helping the Canucks turn the corner in their rebuild....

Fellow right-hander Trevor van Riemsdyk profiles as a true defensive defenseman, and could provide the short-term veteran stability the Red Wings need. Other short-term veteran options could include Mark Borowiecki in Ottawa, or Michael Del Zotto in Anaheim.

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Your Input Is Requested - The Young Wings Loaned To European Teams

Yesterday I received an email with this suggestion...

Your website has been an absolute blessing during the COVID-19 pandemic and on overall unusual year for hockey fans in general, especially a diehard Wings fan. Thank you!

Thought it might be cool if you could start a thread that helps diehard Wings fans, like myself, following along with the several teams our beloved Red Wings have been loaned out to. I’m thinking schedules of upcoming games (so we can track down streams), game results, highlights, etc.

A good idea so let's have a go at it, I am sure a few of you can add to this post rather quickly.

So far we have Filip Hronek (Mountfield HK, Czech Republic) (Moritz Seider (Mannheim, Germany), Filip Zadina (HC Ocelari Trinec, Czech Republic), Gustav Lindstrom (Almtuna, Sweden) and Mathias Brome (Orebro HK, Sweden).

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Filip Hronek On Loan To Mountfield HK

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