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Detroit’s Skate In St. Louis

Dana Wakiji tweets,

Green skating this morning but won’t play tonight, hoping for weekend.

RedWings in morning skate:

Witkowski-Green (extras)

added 12:44pm, Wakiji...

Howard in starter’s net.

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Tomas Tatar On How He Found Out About The Trade

from Gary Lawless of the Knights' website,

"I was sitting in front of the TV. When the deadline was close to done, nothing was really happening for me," said Tatar, prior to Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Kings in his first availability with the Vegas media. "I just left the TV on and left the room for a second. I came back and then I kept on getting messages from friends and family. Then Kenny (Holland) called me and later George (McPhee) called me. It kind of went down fast. This is my first trade but I didn't really know what to expect so I was a little stressed out. It worked out well for me and the Vegas staff was really helpful with me moving and I was fortunate for that."

more from Tatar

Last night he played 12:38 with 2:55 of that coming on the power play.  He had 4 shots on goal.

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Jeff Blashill On Prospects Evgeny Svechnikov and Michael Rasmussen

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Svechnikov, following a strong first pro season with the Grand Rapids Griffins, has struggled most of this season. He has seven goals and 14 assists in 49 games....

"I know Svech has played very well the last little bit," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I'm sure as the season goes along over the last 20 (games) I would foresee him getting an opportunity to show what he's about.

"He wasn't ready earlier in the year, he went through struggles, but that's OK, that's part of what life's about."

The 6-foot-6 Rasmussen is a center, but if he makes the Red Wings' roster in 2018-19 he will play at wing, like Dylan Larkin did his rookie year.

"I can only speak of Rass from what I saw in training camp and I thought he looks like a guy that can help our team," Blashill said. "He's a big body who can really add different versatilities, and he's an element."

read on for more on Rasmussen

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An Opportunity For Tyler Bertuzzi

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

It will be difficult for the Detroit Red Wings to replace Tomas Tatar's offense for the remainder of the season, but his departure creates an opportunity for Tyler Bertuzzi.

Coach Jeff Blashill said Bertuzzi will replace Tatar on the line with Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou, at least for Wednesday's game at St. Louis (8 p.m., NBC Sports Network exclusive), and they hope beyond.

"Tyler Bertuzzi will increase his minutes by a lot," Blashill said. "When Tyler first came up and there were injuries I thought he played very well. I thought he slipped a little bit, opened the door for some guys to take his spot, and then didn't get much of an opportunity. I think all Tyler needs is opportunity and he's going to get tons of opportunity."


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Wings Stockpiling Draft Picks

from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

One final tidbit: as the Detroit Red Wings continue to retool, draft picks have become more important to them. This is the second year in a row the Wings could pick six times in the first three rounds, but it’s almost unprecedented for Detroit to hold multiple first-round picks. Remember, in the 16 NHL drafts from 1997 to 2012, Detroit didn’t pick in the first round at all 10 times.

This year, they acquired Vegas’s first-rounder in the Tomas Tatar deal. If Detroit keeps it (which you have to believe they will), the Wings will pick twice in the opening round of the draft for the first time since the 1978 amateur draft. At that point in the league’s history, the draft age was 20 instead of 18, it was called the amateur draft as opposed to the entry draft, and ’78 marked the last selection process before the NHL-WHA merger.

more on NHL teams and their draft picks after the trade deadline....

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Videos- Mike Green And Jeff Blashill After Today’s Optional Practice

Mike Green first, Jeff Blashill below...


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Ken Holland Is Looking To The Future And So Am I

The last few days Ken Holland has given every indication he will be returning as the GM of the Detroit Red Wings.

Although nothing is official, does anyone doubt he will return?

With that, a few of the MSM articles I have read recently stated if Holland returns, so does Jeff Blashill.

Should he, will he, is this the future of the Detroit Red Wings?

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It’s An Optional Practice For The Detroit Red Wings

If any news comes out of the practice, I will post, otherwise enjoy your morning (a nice one in metro Detroit).


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Bad Contracts Slow Down The Rebuild

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

This year, by trading Petr Mrazek and Tomas Tatar, they also have finally begun moving out some salary.

That is a good, but overdue, development.

Meanwhile, Mrazek and Tatar were producers, and far from the top choices for the rummage sale the Wings are best advised to endure. But some fans are learning what management already knew: Beggars cannot be choosey.

Given the state of the Red Wings’ roster, the measure of talent and performance compared to their contracts, there might well have been some pleading in recent days. Previous decisions management made to lock up several players at generous salary and term, even as the need for a reconstruction loomed, have made the remodeling project more difficult.

It contributes to guys like Mrazek and Tatar going first, because they attract the best offers.


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Ken Holland Is Thinking Of The Future

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Detroit Red Wings pulled off a last-minute coup in unloading a big contract in exchange for what could be significant rebuilding help.

The Wings traded forward Tomas Tatar to the Vegas Golden Knights just before Monday’s deadline, in exchange for a first-round pick in 2018, a second-round pick in 2019, and a third-round pick in 2021.

“This was about the future,” general manager Ken Holland said. “This was about creating opportunity for younger people in the organization that we think are ready.”

Holland named Tyler Bertuzzi as one such candidate, along with prospects Evgeny Svechnikov and, maybe next season, Michael Rasmussen, the ninth overall pick from last summer. 


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