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Game Wrap And Questions Answered

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Suddenly the Red Wings can’t lose.

For two games anyway. But the Red Wings will gladly enjoy this after having lost 12 consecutive games

Saturday they won again in what used to be an arena where they enjoyed very little success over the years, defeating the Montreal Canadiens 2-1.


from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens had lots of shots in Bernier’s direction — they also had 16 shots blocked and another 18 were off target — but there were two major problems. Two many shots came from outside — defencemen produced 16 of the shots and there was no concerted effort to take advantage of rebounds.

“There were some guys that went to the front of the net, but we had a lot of guys that didn’t want to get on the inside there,” said coach Claude Julien. “I thought we played a little bit soft tonight at times. We weren’t finishing, we weren’t in the battle and we just kind of looked to play an easier game than we should have and because of that we got burnt.”

“We’re disappointed because we got over 40 shots and we were unable to find a way to beat the goalie in the end,” said Tomas Tatar, who ended Bernier’s shutout bid when he scored his 12th goal of the season with less than a minute remaining in the game.


Below, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press answers her fan mail and watch extended game highlights from the win over Montreal.

St. James when asked about Frans Nielsen,

Yzerman placed veteran defenseman Jonathan Ericsson on waivers in October, but I doubt Nielsen will be put on waivers this season. Maybe he gets bought out this summer, but he is signed through 2021-22 at a salary cap hit of $5.25 million, so doing so would ding the Wings for four years. According to CapFriendly, this is the breakdown: $3.4 million in 2020-21, $4.4 million in 2021-22, and $666,667 each of the last two years. Buying him out in 2021 would count $4.25 million in 2021-22, but only $500,000 in 2022-23.

Comparatively, if a player on a one-way NHL contract is assigned to the minors, teams receive a measure of salary cap relief. This season and next it’s $1.075 million, so if Nielsen was assigned to the AHL next season, he would count $4.175 million against the salary cap. With $1.125 million relief in 2021-22, Nielsen would count $4.125 million against the cap in the final year of his contract.

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Hank Scorpio's avatar

I am 100% in agreement with burying Nielsen in the minors for the last two years of his contract.  He’s useless at this point, but I’d rather take $4 mil of dead cap space for the last two years of his contract than $2.5 mil for 4 years, which would theoretically get us into our playoff contender years.

Posted by Hank Scorpio on 12/15/19 at 12:17 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

there was no concerted effort to take advantage of rebounds.

Sometimes like last night, Bernier had good rebound control.  Not going to score much when the rebound goes into the corner or into the Netting.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 12/15/19 at 07:50 PM ET

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