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Oskar Sundqvist’s Role With The Wings

from Nate Brown of Detroit Hockey Now,

Sundqvist is inked for another season and has been a nice addition to a Red Wings roster Yzerman is building with guys he sees as building the new culture.

From the small sample size already, Sundqvist leaves nothing on the ice, and having experience on a Stanley Cup-winning team is another reason Yzerman brought him into the fold.

Former Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill pointed to his team-first effort in the final game of the season.

“I think what’s impressive is a guy like Sundqvist blocks a shot last night, is clearly hurt, limps to the bench,” Blashill said. “He’s won Cups and he didn’t feel great today, he was in pain today and he still puts his gear on makes sure he goes out and plays really hard, good hockey.”

Sundqvist stands to be an important role player as the Red Wings approach respectability. As Yzerman adds to the roster, Sundqvist will likely add even more to the team.

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Wings Sign Pontus Andreasson

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today signed right wing Pontus Andreasson to a one-year contract.

Andreasson, 23, recently completed his first season with Lulea HF in the Swedish Hockey League, ranking among the SHL’s rookie leaders with 18 goals (2nd), 20 assists (T1st), 38 points (2nd), five power play goals (2nd), 13 power play points (2nd), 22 penalty minutes (2nd), a plus-19 rating (1st), and 15:30 average time on ice (6th). The 5-foot-10, 183-pound forward also recorded 13 points (8-5-13) in 13 postseason contests, helping Lulea reach the SHL playoff finals.

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Paul Coffey And Nick Lidstrom On Mo Seider

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

In a Detroit Hockey Now exclusive, we sought out both of these NHL defensive legends and the only living Red Wings rearguards to win the Norris while playing for the team to gauge their impressions of Seider....

“I’m really impressed with him,” Coffey said. “He can do it all.

“He can run a power play, he can kill penalties, he can skate with the puck, he makes plays, he’s strong in his own zone and he’s a big, imposing physical presence.

“It’s that last part that’s really something, because usually you get one or the other – the smooth skater and puckhandler, or the physical play. You don’t don’t often get both of them together in one player.”

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added 10:57am, Wings profile Donovan Sebrango, watch below.

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Alex Nedeljkovic Out Of The WC

Kevin Weekes reporting via Twitter that Alex Nedeljkovic injured and out of the World Championship.

I am blocked by Weekes so any additional information you may have would be appreiated.

added 8:31pm, via Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Former NHL goalie Kevin Weekes, who works for ESPN and the NHL Network, is reporting that Nedeljkovic is out of the tournament due to a lower-body injury. T

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Options With The #8 Pick For The Wings

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

There's little consensus in six national NHL mock drafts when the Detroit Red Wings make the eighth overall pick in the first round of the draft in Montreal on July 7.

Six players were selected from Finland, Sweden, Russia, Canada and the United States, including Mount Clemens native Frank Nazar of the National Team Development Program based in Plymouth.

The other players are: Winnipeg center Matthew Savoie, Sweden right winger Jonathan Lekkerimaki, Finland right winger Joakim Kemmel, Russia right winger Dani Yorov and USA Hockey right winger Jimmy Snuggerud.

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Albert Johansson Ready To Challenge For A Defensive Spot With The Wings

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

The Swedish Hockey League title secured, a gold medal dangling from his neck, Albert Johansson was already setting his sights on another objective – cracking the lineup of the Detroit Red Wings.

“I feel ready and want to go over this autumn and test my luck over there,” Johansson told Expressen.se after helping Farjestad to a 3-0 victory over Lulea in Game 7 of the SHL championship final.

The Red Wings selected Johansson 60th overall in the 2019 NHL entry draft. Signed to an entry-level contract with Detroit, he spent the past two seasons on loan to Farjestad.

This season, Johansson, 21, counted career-high 5-20-25 totals in 52 regular-season games. Posting 2-6-8 numbers in 19 playoff games, he was helping Farjestad to a surprise SHL title.

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Video- You Want Some Lucas Raymond Highlights?

via the YouYube page of awoos40,

Lucas Raymond highlights from the 2021-22 regular season.

Watch the 42 minute video below.

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Danny DeKeyser’s Future With The Wings

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

After Dekeyser played in the last home game at Little Caesars Arena this season, he admitted to trying to soak in the atmosphere.

“Anytime you’re in a situation like this where your contract’s up, you never really know what’s gonna happen,” Dekeyser said. “Definitely you have thoughts that go through your head if it is your last home game or not. That stuff will take care of itself in the summer. There’s not a whole lot to worry about right now.”

Dekeyser had to know then that he wasn’t coming back to the Red Wings. His performance level has declined. As much as the organization may appreciate that he’s a Michigan native who gave 10 years of service, the Red Wings are moving in a different direction. In addition to wanting Dekeyser’s $5 million cap space, the Red Wings need roster spots for young defensemen such as Simon Edvinsson and Albert Johansson. Eemil Viro may also be close to ready.

Dekeyser hopes he’s not at the end of his career.

“I would love to keep playing if I can,” He said. “I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen. That stuff will play itself out in the summertime.”

Dekeyser said his back was feeling good at the end of the season.

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World Championship Starts Now

Usually I receive an email from the NHL Network, but not this year.

So here is the IIHF site and below are informative tweets.

USA takes on Latvia righ now and the NHL Network is picking up the TSN feed.

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Video- Options For The Wings With The #8 Pick

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