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Can You Name Five Good Things From The Wings’ Season

Mine....

1. The improved Dylan Larkin

2. Andreas Athanasiou is a more complete player

3. The rookie defensemen have not looked out of place (most of the time)

4. Consistent Luke Glendening

5. Anthony Mantha not in front of the net on the power play

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Some other suggestions:


Zadina looking dangerous in the NHL as a 19 year old.

Rasmussen having a full year in the NHL, will hopefully work hard over the summer to bulk up and improve his skating.

DDK having a decent year, almost playing up to his contract.

Madison Bowey showing glimmers of being an NHL defenseman.

Todd Bertuzzi becoming a really effective NHL player.

Posted by Thomas Larson on 03/13/19 at 01:57 PM ET

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1) Abby playing 15 minutes rather than 16 he played last year. Let’s aim for 10 next year.
2) Howard struggling the last month. Hopefully Holland thinks twice about re-signing him.
3) Trading Nyquist rather than re-signing him until he’s 37.
4) Not listening to Holland talk about “get in and anything can happen”.
5) That one time when Ericsson was a healthy scratch. And the earth didn’t end.

Posted by rogerrab on 03/13/19 at 02:12 PM ET

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Todd Bertuzzi becoming a really effective NHL player.
Posted by Thomas Larson on 03/13/19 at 01:57 PM ET

Maybe Bert can teach this to G. Smith.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 03/13/19 at 02:13 PM ET

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Posted by rogerrab on 03/13/19 at 02:12 PM ET

sigh. it’s now in full swing. here we go again…...

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 03/13/19 at 02:14 PM ET

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Todd Bertuzzi becoming a really effective NHL player.

Didn’t know the Serial Killer came out of retirement.

Kidding, of course.  Yes, Tyler’s having a pretty good year.

Posted by SYF from a deja vu of the 85-86 season on 03/13/19 at 02:15 PM ET

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Mantha for me is a disappointment even if he isn’t a net front guy. Just look at his PP stats if you believe moving him to the wing was an improvement. In fact, he regressed everywhere (not mentioning advanced states) except in ice time.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 03/13/19 at 02:19 PM ET

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Posted by SYF from fishing with Vicky Stark on 03/13/19 at 02:15 PM ET

great catch!

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 03/13/19 at 02:19 PM ET

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Cholowski showed great potential before being sent down. Now he gets a chance to play meaningful games with Griffins.

Hronek showed he can hold his own at this level defensively.

Player usage is much better than last year.

They lost a lot of close, competitive games.

Uh…the prospect tournament was fun? That’s part of their season, right?

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 03/13/19 at 02:20 PM ET

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1) Competing for last place
2) Trading Nyquist and Jensen
3) Bertuzzi’s showing exactly why they picked him when they did
4) Larkin is showing he’ll be this team’s leader for the next 15 years.
5) AA has evolved to where he can do more than just score on breakaways.

Overall, it really has not been a bad year.  It’s the year they needed.

Posted by TreKronor on 03/13/19 at 02:20 PM ET

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Overall, it really has not been a bad year.  It’s the year they needed.

Posted by TreKronor on 03/13/19 at 02:20 PM ET

I totally agree. while it’s been hard to watch at times, this season is one for Larkin to say, like StevieY did, no more losing.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 03/13/19 at 02:24 PM ET

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1. Stevie Y has been spotted driving in circles around LCA, staring longingly.

2. Curly fries are now more easily attained.

3. Larry Murphy returns!  Now someone just needs to buy him a new pair of glasses.

4. Bertuzzi’s smile.

5. The Wings are well positioned to make a good run at the 2019 draft.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 03/13/19 at 02:26 PM ET

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1. Defnitely the play of Dylan Larkin and the way he’s stepped up as a future captain after Z was placed on the disabled list.

2. The play of Hronek and Cholowski. Two for the price of one in the Chychrun draft-pick deal.

3. The current standings. With a few more losses they stand a very good chance of ending up with either Hughes or Kakko. And their uninspired play of late may yet keep Blashill from being given an extension. That’s a huge positive as far as I’m concerned.

4. The joy of watching Lil’ Bert fly around the ice with his hair flapping in the breeze as he creates havoc for opponents and scoring chances for his linemates.

5. The arrval of Stevie Y back in the Detroit area and the (near) certainty that he’ll be the GM in no more than two years. But don’t tell the Master Chief that. He thinks Stevie is already the GM. grin

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/13/19 at 02:35 PM ET

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In his 31 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman brought up Holland when talking the situation in Edmonton.

Here is David Staples of the Edmonton Journal on the topic…

As for the name of Ken Holland, well, he would work as a new president of hockey operations, as the oelder statesmen who has been through all the wars and knows all the old tricks. But Holland’s time seems to have come and gone as a GM. His Detroit team has gone steadily downhill in recent years and shows few signs of a revival. Just because he had great success for many years in Detroit does not mean he can replicate that in Edmonton, at least not as the GM, the guy on the front lines making all the major decisions. The Oilers need to go with a younger and more energetic individual in that role, someone more in touch with what’s going to come next in the NHL, not what worked in the past. The Oilers went with an experienced GM in Peter Chiarelli and his proven “heavy hockey” approach, but that turned out to be using yesterday’s solutions for today’s problems. Does Nicholson want to make that same error again?

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/13/19 at 02:40 PM ET

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But don’t tell the Master Chief that. He thinks Stevie is already the GM.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/13/19 at 02:35 PM ET

Aye.

Posted by SYF from a deja vu of the 85-86 season on 03/13/19 at 02:42 PM ET

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DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today signed defenseman Brian Lashoff to a two-year contract extension.

Lashoff, 28, originally joined the Red Wings organization as an undrafted free agent on Sept. 30, 2008, appearing in 444 American Hockey League games with the Grand Rapids Griffins and 123 NHL games with the Red Wings in that span. During his time with Detroit, Lashoff has notched 13 points (2-11-13) and 57 penalty minutes, also logging eight NHL Stanley Cup Playoff games. With the Griffins, the Albany, N.Y., native has registered 95 points (21-74-95) and 219 penalty minutes, also tallying 19 points (5-14-19) and 34 penalty minutes in 73 AHL Calder Cup Playoff games. In 44 games for Grand Rapids this season, Lashoff has chipped in 11 points (0-11-11), a plus-eight rating and 25 penalty minutes.

The 6-foot-3, 219-pound defenseman is one of three two-time Calder Cup champions in Griffins franchise history, winning AHL championships in 2013 and 2017. Prior to his professional career, Lashoff logged four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League and recorded 91 points (20-71-91) and 186 penalty minutes in 215 games with the Barrie Colts and Kingston Frontenacs from 2006-10. Lashoff also won a gold medal for the United States at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Saskatchewan, picking up two assists in seven games.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/13/19 at 02:46 PM ET

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A more consistent Glenny? You mean his shooting percentage didn’t stay at the abysmal 3.9% and instead corrected itself to a still poorer than average but not abysmal 8.8% career?

Huh.

Posted by ilovehomers on 03/13/19 at 02:51 PM ET

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Thanks, Boss.  I was hoping Jesus Lashoff would have became the Wings own Carlo Colalvlvalaoaoaoacioaoa.  I will never forget how Carlo absolutely pummeled Dorky Fairy in front of Jimmy several years ago.  The Fairy was forever terrified of even stepping foot in front of Jimmy with Carlo on the ice.  Still baffles me to this day why Babs didn’t do that more often.

Posted by SYF from a deja vu of the 85-86 season on 03/13/19 at 02:56 PM ET

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I would like to edit my list and include the signing of Brian Lashoff. Solid pro.

Posted by rogerrab on 03/13/19 at 02:58 PM ET

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The Oilers need to go with a younger and more energetic individual in that role, someone more in touch with what’s going to come next in the NHL, not what worked in the past.

If Seattle feels the same way, will Holland’s ego allow him to accept being anything but a GM. If it won’t, I can see him lobbying Illitch for a two-year extension as the Wings’ GM, and bringing Blashill along with him.

If that happens, the current “rebuild” won’t really begin until both of them are gone for good. And there’s no way Stevie Y would wait around for three years before being handed the reins.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/13/19 at 03:28 PM ET

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OTCs list above, +19.

Posted by Ventr on 03/13/19 at 04:33 PM ET

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1. Steve Yzerman’s decision to step down as GM from Tampa Bay so he can be “closer to family” in Detroit. 
2. Ken Holland entering the last year of his contract.
3. The experience gained, or improved play, of our younger players (Hronek, Cholowski, Zadina, Rasmussen, AA, Bert, Larkin)
4. Trading Jensen and Nyquist for picks.
5. The awful 2018-19 season positioning us for a shot at a high draft pick this summer.

Posted by utahgentile from the land of white and delightsome people on 03/13/19 at 04:48 PM ET

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Larkin
AA
Better Lottery Odds
Trading Nyq/Jensen
Young kids getting a look

HM: Curly Fries, Howie Pre Trade Deadline

As much as people want to continue to stomp around about too many vets, there is a move towards younger players. Kenny never promised a blow it up style rebuild, so to continue judging him on that is inane.

Posted by ilovehomers on 03/13/19 at 06:01 PM ET

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1) Larkin looks like both a good soon to be captain and at worst a legit top-two center, even on a Cup contender. His passion and commitment are unmistakable. He’s that focal point fans as well as fellow players need.

2) Stevie Y circling back home for a possible return.

3) The development of Bert and AA especially given where they were drafted has helped make possible moving on from two solid top-six forwards, Nyquist and Tatar, who weren’t going to be in their prime when the Wings return to the playoffs. This in turn helps deliver a prospect like Veleno (and perhaps others) who might be young contributors on such a team. Bert and AA are also both entertaining players who offer different dimensios, too, and that’s not nothing when the team is losing most games.

4) It doesn’t look like the Wings will (fingers crossed for the lottery) end up in that frustrating limbo between not really coming close to the playoffs but still drafting out of the top few spots.

5) The roster is gradually turning over and at least two of the young defensemen gained NHL experience and look like legit players, even if neither Cholo or Hronek becomes a top-pairing D on a playoff team.

6) I’ve enjoyed every last mention of curly fries - something we can all agree on.

Posted by lefty.30 on 03/13/19 at 07:39 PM ET

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The experience gained, or improved play, of our younger players (Hronek, Cholowski, Zadina, Rasmussen, AA, Bert, Larkin)

That’s what I was hoping for during the past 2 seasons. It seems the older players dragged the team down this season.  confused

Posted by bigfrog on 03/13/19 at 07:44 PM ET

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1) Competing for last place
2) Trading Nyquist and Jensen
3) Bertuzzi’s showing exactly why they picked him when they did
4) Larkin is showing he’ll be this team’s leader for the next 15 years.
5) AA has evolved to where he can do more than just score on breakaways.

Overall, it really has not been a bad year.  It’s the year they needed.

Posted by TreKronor on 03/13/19 at 02:20 PM ET

I 100% agree, though I would move 4) to 2) and I would combine 1&2 together because I think they go hand in hand, and want to compliment Hronek who looks at least like a top 4 dman, and Cholo who will be at least a offensive PP guy, his ceiling predicated on defensive play is still TBD, but Mike Green carved out a nice career., so…

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 03/14/19 at 09:59 AM ET

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Overall, it really has not been a bad year.  It’s the year they needed.

Posted by TreKronor on 03/13/19 at 02:20 PM ET

This.

There’s plenty to feel OK about still.  And that’s not just spouting a line about “hope”.  As much as people want Hughes out of this draft, I’d almost rather DET got the top d-man or goalie out of it, because those are actual holes.

But DET has building blocks still, real ones.  Ones that other teams sometimes find themselves in this state and then still don’t have.

Also, if you want to feel lucky as a fan, look over at Ottawa.  Or look over at Vancouver.  Or at Edmonton.

Posted by Primis on 03/14/19 at 10:00 AM ET

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by Paul on 03/13/19 at 01:49 PM ET
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Mine….

1. The improved Dylan Larkin

2. Andreas Athanasiou is a more complete player

3. The rookie defensemen have not looked out of place (most of the time)

4. Consistent Luke Glendening

5. Anthony Mantha not in front of the net on the power play


Those are a pretty damn good Five!  I would add:

The Blashill line blender has slowed considerably in comparison to his first 3 seasons.

Tyler Bertuzzi has found HIS game

Larkin has taken this team on his shoulders (hence the neck pain)

Cholo’s first half of the season was refreshing

A veteran player finally got benched.

 

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 03/14/19 at 11:53 AM ET

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Oh yeah,
And Hronek has played well for the most part.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 03/14/19 at 11:54 AM ET

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