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Return Or Not Next Season

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Amid the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, here’s a look at who’ll be back next season and who’ll be gone from the roster as it stood March 12, when the league put the season hold. 

F Justin Abdelkader
The evidence: He’s signed at a $4.25 million cap hit through 2022-23, making a buyout prohibitive (six years at annual cap hits ranging from $1.55 million to $2.35 million). Given his decline (22 points in 122 games the past two seasons, no points since Oct. 23), the most likely scenario is Abdelkader is waived and demoted.

The 33-year-old would still draw his NHL salary, but the Wings would gain a little north of $1 million in cap relief — plus a roster spot, maybe one Evgeny Svechnikov could claim.

The verdict: Gone (from the roster, not the payroll).

F Robby Fabbri
The evidence: Yzerman’s best trade joined the team in early November and scored two goals in his debut; ranks fourth on the team with 31 points in 52 games. Earned a spot in the top six and power-play time.

The verdict: Will be back with a mid- to long-term extension.

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An extension for Erne?

Posted by Unhealthy Scratch on 04/05/20 at 12:52 PM ET

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Coach Jeff Blashill
The evidence: Yzerman has been emphatic he does not hold Blashill responsible for the team’s 17-49-5 record, pointing to injuries and limited talent on the roster. Still, the Wings have missed the playoffs four straight years under Blashill, and Yzerman is likely to make a change.

His former linemate, Gerard Gallant, has been available since January after the Vegas Golden Knights dismissed him. Yzerman’s former roommate, Lane Lambert, is an assistant with the New York Islanders. Those are believed to be the two leading candidates Yzerman is considering to be the next Wings coach.

The verdict: Most likely gone as coach, but might be offered a different job in organization.

Please, please, please make this happen

Posted by yzer19man on 04/05/20 at 12:56 PM ET


An extension for Erne?

Yes. To give him a chance to play for an NHL coach.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 04/05/20 at 02:30 PM ET


An extension for Erne?

Yes. To give him a chance to play for an NHL coach

At even or less $, and noting that is not likely an either/or, I’d keep Perlini, provided that his lack of production wasn’t an issue of motivation. I know he’s been a bigger disappointment thus far, and there is no claim here that he didn’t already have ample chance, but the higher ceiling / higher acquisition cost should factor in here.

Posted by Unhealthy Scratch on 04/05/20 at 06:37 PM ET


Patrik Nemeth is a good fit, currently he’s the best defensive defenseman we have by far. A good all round player. He plays a pretty heads up game.

Posted by stateofmifan on 04/06/20 at 12:40 AM ET

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