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More Coaching Candidates And Plans For Pius Suter

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Who are some of the leading candidates that are available, or have become available after being let go by other teams?

Spencer Carbery- 

- Pros: Carbery, 40, has been successful at every level he's coached in the minor leagues and is currently an assistant with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Carbery was in charge of the Leafs' successful power play, and has been praised for his communicative skills.

- Cons: Carbery doesn't have much NHL coaching experience, and for that matter, only four years in the AHL. Could be a big payoff, but the lack of NHL experience is somewhat worrisome.

David Carle

- Pros: Carle coached Denver to the NCAA championship this season, and two Frozen Fours in the past four seasons. Carle has three Wings draft picks on his current roster, the development staff is extremely familiar with him, and is a great tactician.

- Cons: Carle is only 32, and has only been a head coach for four years (assistant at Denver four years prior). It would seem like too little experience for a position like head coach of the Red Wings.


from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

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The Game Has Started Clicking For Michael Rasmussen

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

...he finished with an NHL career-high 15 goals, including seven over the final 16 games. In his last five games of the season, Rasmussen scored three goals, had one assist and put 16 shots on net.

The 6-foot-6, 210-pound center played with a purpose on both ends of the ice, and he was the type of physical force opponents will, or could, have difficulty matching up with in the future.

"(The season) was positive overall,” Rasmussen said during a season-ending media call. “I took a lot of strides in the right direction, got better at some stuff I needed to get better at. I just gained more experience, so individually it was good for me.”

Larkin talked about the confidence Rasmussen was playing with, and it was apparent. Completing this third NHL season, and only being 23, the NHL game was beginning to become natural and he was able to slow it down.

"It just kind of comes with confidence and with figuring things out," Rasmussen said. "Maybe I just started to kind of figure it out, maybe got some luck. I can't really put a finger on it. I try to play the same kind of way, play hard the right way.

"But maybe it's just kind of me slowly understanding it and stuff clicking for me."


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The Search For A Coach

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The list of potential coaching candidates for the Detroit Red Wings is long, including familiar faces who have had success with multiple NHL teams, some with a Stanley Cup championship on their resume.

Or maybe general manager Steve Yzerman will hire an up-and-coming NHL assistant coach, an AHL head coach ready for the next level, or a promising college or major junior coach....

If there is a most-compelling candidate, it’s Barry Trotz, the long-time Nashville coach who won a Stanley Cup with Washington in 2018 and was fired by the New York Islanders two weeks ago.

But Trotz has several options, including Vegas, Dallas, Winnipeg, Chicago and Philadelphia, other teams with coaching vacancies. Trotz, who turns 60 in July, has one year remaining on his contract with the Islanders at $4 million and might opt to take a year off and return in 2023-24, when there will be other, possibly more desirable destinations.

The same could apply to former Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, 59, the other high-profile coaching free agent who has one year remaining on his contract with Toronto at $5 million.

Wherever Trotz and Babcock go, it’s probably not going to be for a short-term deal at a team-friendly price.

The list of available names includes many others with NHL experience: Pete DeBoer, Paul Maurice, John Tortorella, Joel Quenneville, Claude Julien, Dave Tippet, Alain Vigneault, Rick Tocchet, Kirk Muller and Jim Montgomery.


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The Future Of Lucas Raymond And Suter vs. Seider In The WC

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Eighteen of Raymond’s goals came at even-strength. “Raymond does have good vision,” Blashill said. “He’s got real goopoise with the puck. I think where he’s gained through the course of the season is his confidence level in those situations that he can spend a little more time with the puck and make some plays and he’s got real ability to do that. He’s just going to continue to grow. He’s got a great competitiveness. He wants to be a great player and he wants to win and those are great qualities.”

Nobody on the Red Wings speculates about how many goals Raymond will average when he’s in his prime. All we know for sure is that he has a high ceiling.

more (I could not do any more Blashill quotes)...

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Detroit Red Wings players are filling key roles on both sides as Switzerland and Germany are facing off on Tuesday for first place in Group A at the IIHF World Championship.

Red Wings center Pius Suter and the Swiss are atop the group with a perfect 6-0 record. Detroit defenseman Moritz Seider and Germany are 5-0-1. The difference in the standings is that the Swiss beat Canada 6-3, while the Canadians handled the Germans 5-3.

“It’s a special duel,” Calder Trophy favorite Seider told German website n-de.tv.


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Coaching Fit For The Detroit Red Wings

from Scott Burnside of the Daily Faceoff,

To be clear, no one will balk at getting an NHL head coaching job. There are just 32, after all. But these openings are not created equally, so let’s have a look at how the current vacancies size up, with some pros and cons and who might be good fits....


The Red Wings have all kinds of shiny young assets starting with Moritz Seider, who should be the rookie of the year in our books. And they have the eighth-overall pick in this summer’s draft. And you are in a relatively new arena in an Original Six market where ownership has been nothing but supportive of the team for decades. What’s not to like so far? In spite of that, expectations are relatively modest, which isn’t to say coaches look for an easy path, but having realistic expectations that are in sync with management and ownership is critical to a long and healthy relationship....


The cons are pretty much all on the ice. The defense is still a mess. The goaltending is, well, fluid at best and marginal at worst. You had a talented player in Tyler Bertuzzi who thought so little of his team and teammates that he wouldn’t get vaccinated and thus couldn’t travel to Canada when the Red Wings crossed the border....

Who Fits?

Again, expect the unexpected from Yzerman. What about David Carle, coming off an NCAA championship in Denver, and a young but accomplished coach who could grow into a contender with this Red Wing team? Top non-North American coach Rikard Gronborg has been at least given some consideration by a number of NHL teams in recent years and, given the strong Swedish connection that has long been part of the Red Wings’ DNA – Yzerman recently promoted Hall of Fame defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom to a management position – if Yzerman feels Gronborg can take this team where it needs to go, he would have no hesitation in hiring him. I’ll continue to advocate for a tandem of DeBoer and Maurice, both of whom have strong connection to the Detroit area and, well, it would be a ton of fun plus they might just be able to get the Red Wings back to contender status in short order.

more plus other teams in need of a coach...

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Wings At The World Championship And The Status Of A Former Prospect

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

A pair of Detroit Red Wings, and someone who would like to re-sign with the team next season, are flourishing at the World Championship in Finland as pool play nears completion.

Center Pius Suter has seven points (two goals, five assists) for surprising Switzerland, the only unscathed team in the tournament (6-0-0-0, W-OTW-OTL-L; 18 points). Suter is tied for third on his team and tied for fifth among all players in points.

Suter will face Red Wings teammate Moritz Seider on Tuesday when Switzerland faces Germany (5-0-0-1, 15 points) in a battle between the top teams in Group A, which concludes pool play.

Seider, coming off an outstanding rookie season that earned him a Calder Trophy nomination, has a goal and five points in six games, leading German defensemen in scoring.


from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Not so long ago, the billing was displaying Filip Larsson as the goaltender of the future for the Detroit Red Wings. Today, he is a goaltender facing an uncertain future.

The final year of the three-year entry-level deal he signed with the Wings done, Larsson was recently given his release by HV71. He was among 11 players dropped from the squad that earned promotion to the Swedish Hockey League from Hockey Allsvenskan, the Swedish second division.


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Wings Sign Veteran Defenseman Steven Kampfer To A One-Year Deal

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today signed defenseman Steven Kampfer to a one-year contract.

Kampfer, 33, spent the 2021-22 season with Ak Bars Kazan in the Kontinental Hockey League, recording 30 points (11-19-30), 49 penalty minutes and a plus-seven rating in 46 appearances, in addition to four points (2-2-4) in six postseason games. The 5-foot-11, 198-pound defenseman has skated in 231 NHL games with the Boston Bruins, Minnesota Wild, Florida Panthers, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, compiling 39 points (15-24-39) and 110 penalty minutes. Originally selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the fourth round (93rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Kampfer was a Black Ace on Boston’s Stanley Cup-winning team in 2011 as a first-year professional. He has also appeared in 271 American Hockey League games between the Providence Bruins, Houston Aeros, Iowa Wild, San Antonio Rampage, Hartford Wolf Pack and Providence Bruins, totaling 119 points (31-88-119) and 211 penalty minutes.

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Gustav Lindstrom’s Future With The Wings

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Taking into account his second-half slump, coupled with the presence of a new coach, and the 2022-23 NHL season has the feeling of a make-it-or-break-it campaign for Lindstrom. Based upon his first-half showing, Lindstrom appeared to have a bright future in Detroit as a reliable, stay-at-home defender. His dramatic slide that ultimately led to a lengthy spell as a healthy scratch certainly is leaving that notion in question.

“Lindy’s had moments where he’s been a good player for us,” Blashill explained late in the season. “He’s had moments where he’s had some struggles. He’s not alone in that. I think the biggest thing with Lindy will come down to this offseason and can he push his feet to get quicker? It’s something he’s worked on but he’s really got to put the work in. If he does that, then I think he’s a good NHL defenseman. But he’s got to make sure he puts that work in this summer and he knows that and hopefully he can have a great summer.”

With a litany of young defensive prospects working their way up the Detroit prospect, Lindstrom’s window of opportunity to establish a foothold as an NHL regular is closing. It may be now or never for his future with the Red Wings.


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Video- Dylan Larkin Season Highlights

via awood40's YouTube page,

Dylan Larkin highlights from the 2021-22 regular season.

Watch the 41 minute video below and by clicking th link above, you get a timeline of the video including month to month, goals and assists.

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Adam Erne’s Future With The Wings

from Nate Brown of Detroit Hockey Now,

Though he didn’t meet expectations, Erne is a solid and dependable forward for a team that needs some muscle up front. The caveat, of course, is that Erne is making just a hair over two million AAV, and with that comes the expectation that he’ll find his name on the scoresheet more.

According to Evolving-Hockey, Erne’s Individual Expected Goals (ixG) clocked in at 10.27. It lends credence to Blashill’s comment that Erne was often on the wrong side of puck luck. His Goals/60 cratered from 1.04 to 0.34, while he saw a 32 second dip in his average time-on-ice.

His lack of scoring certainly played into this, and as late as April 9th, Erne had a season low 10:22 of ice time.

Erne is entering the final year of his contract and will have his chance to show last season was an anomaly following 2020-21. With Yzerman sure to add more talent both on the blueline and amongst his forwards, Erne stands to benefit.

Though it will be crowded up front, Erne doesn’t seem like a forward Yzerman would flip to another team–yet.


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