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The Detroit Red Wings Are Practicing Today

via Ansar Khan tweets,

lines at practice:
Helm-Larkin-Mantha
Glendening-Athanasiou-Bertuzzi
Kuffner (for Abdelkader?)-Nielsen-Vanek
Rasmussen-de la Rose-Ehn
Abdelkader not skating.
Hirose, Svechnikov (IR) not taking part in line rushes.

Looks like #RedWings Larkin is ready to return tomorrow vs. @NYIslanders at @LCArena_Detroit  (1 p.m.) He's missed five games with a sore neck.

Newly signed winger Taro Hirose joins #RedWings for practice today. He and Ryan Kuffner not expected to play until next week on road trip.

added 12:19pm, Khan...

defense pairs in practice:
DeKeyser-Hronek
Daley-Bowey
Kronwall-Witkowski

added 12:20pm, Khan again...

Maybe Kuffner will make his #RedWings debut tomorrow. He's practicing on the power play. Units:
1. Vanek (net front), Larkin (slot), Athanasiou, Mantha (half walls), Hronek (point).
2. Rasmussen (net front), Bertuzzi (slot), Nielsen, Kuffner (half walls), Kronwall (point).

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ilovehomers's avatar

Whenever Helm scores, he moves up. It’s like it’s in his contract. Haha

Posted by ilovehomers on 03/15/19 at 12:27 PM ET

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Abdelkader not skating.

Copy and paste this for your next game recap.

Posted by rogerrab on 03/15/19 at 12:40 PM ET

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Blashill says Abby day to day, won’t play tomorrow, Kuffner will play.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/15/19 at 01:16 PM ET

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Khan mentionsin a tweet the same as my last comment plus this.

Taro Hirose will make NHL debut Tuesday at @NYRangers

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/15/19 at 01:23 PM ET

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Wings likely promised both Kuffner and Hirose that they will get an NHL look THIS season if they signed. Which is fine. Its a free asset. Our games are meaningless so we can promise that, whereas other organizations wouldn’t have been able to make the same promise. Some guys in the organization might be bitter about this…David Pope never got a look, but maybe they don’t care about his feelings since he doesn’t appear to have much of a future. A guy like Matt Puempel might be pis5ed off. Puts in 2 solid seasons in Grand Rapids and never gets a sniff. But again, maybe they see no future and don’t care if he’s butthurt.

Posted by rogerrab on 03/15/19 at 01:48 PM ET

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Well, new guys playing is always exciting. Let’s hope they hit a jackpot with these signings.

Posted by George0211 on 03/15/19 at 01:49 PM ET

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maybe they see no future and don’t care if he’s butthurt.

Posted by rogerrab on 03/15/19 at 01:48 PM ET

This is my thinking. This was a lost season from the start, it’s not like they started the year hot and thought the playoffs may be in play and ran out of time before they could rotate a couple GR guys in.

Posted by MZ2215 on 03/15/19 at 03:40 PM ET

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This is my thinking. This was a lost season from the start, it’s not like they started the year hot and thought the playoffs may be in play and ran out of time before they could rotate a couple GR guys in.
Posted by MZ2215 on 03/15/19 at 03:40 PM ET

I think Matt Puempel would have been a more useful bottom 6 winger than guys like Abby, Rasmussen, the 25 games that we wasted on Frk, the 11 games we wasted on Wade Megan, etc…From day one I said to send Rasmussen back to the CHL for an entire season playing at center. Not saying Puempel is something special. He’s not. But he can’t be happy that after 2 years he didn’t get a sniff while we sign Kuffner and Hirose and they get a look a few days later.

Posted by rogerrab on 03/15/19 at 04:52 PM ET

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Puempel seems to be a good minor league goal scorer, in multiple organizations, but maybe not too much more. I have nothing against a player like that getting another look, but isn’t he like 25-26 now?

Pope was a mid-round pick who had a good senior year.
I know nothing about whether he’s gotten a fair look in Grand Rapids but he hasn’t produced in the time he’s gotten and he’s like 24 already. He has one more year under contract to make an impression.

The Wings have never been big on filling their roster with mostly younger guys especially those who haven’t produced at the next level down. We all know this.

Kuffner and Hirose were obviously not picks and had to be courted. They could have signed anywhere.
So I’m sure having the chance to experience a bit of the NHL asap was something they valued. In sure the Wings who have never seen them play pro hockey don’t mind seeing how they look in a small sample when the team is already near the bottom.

Did Vancouver want Quinn Hughes to burn a year of his ELC by joining the team for a few games? Probably not as much as Hughes and his agent did. If they’d said “wait til next year” they might have said: we’re going to back to college and maybe I’ll choose my own NHL team. I’m not saying Vancouver didn’t want to get a look at Hughes now so he can work all summer based on how he looks. But these situations and the interests and leverage involved vary.


Posted by lefty.30 on 03/15/19 at 06:50 PM ET

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Posted by lefty.30 on 03/15/19 at 06:50 PM ET

Two thumbs up on this

Posted by ilovehomers on 03/15/19 at 07:20 PM ET

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Thanks Lefty. That’s totally how this thing works.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 03/16/19 at 11:41 AM ET

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