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Outlook For The Detroit Red Wings

from Scott Burnside of The Athletic,

Here is a look at the questions facing every general manager in the Atlantic Division and what options are available to them....

Possible Free-Agent Targets: Ryan Dzingel, Micheal Ferland

Best Fit: Micheal Ferland would be a nice complimentary player for some of Detroit’s rising young offensive stars, providing some sand up front while still capable of 20 to 25 goals.

Outlook: Here’s the hard part for a Red Wings team now three years into the hockey hell known as the rebuild: No one really knows how many stages of said hell there are. Did the Red Wings take a step forward by repatriating Steve Yzerman as the team’s new GM? Most certainly the answer is yes. Yzerman brings with him instant credibility and a familiar name in Pat Verbeek, who was an important part of Yzerman’s team during his almost decadelong run in Tampa. But credibility wasn’t the issue before Yzerman returned home to take over for his old boss Ken Holland. What has been in short supply in Detroit is successful drafting and developing of players, as the Red Wings inked underperforming veterans to onerous contracts while the team slid further out of sight....

One thing seems certain: Without much cap room and really not particularly close to anything, the Red Wings won’t be spending willy-nilly in free agency as they must still bide their time waiting out onerous contracts bestowed on Frans Nielsen, Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Danny DeKeyser, Jonathan Ericsson and Mike Green. There is also the unknown of whether captain Niklas Kronwall will return for the coming season. “There’s a lot of dead wood there,” the source said of the Red Wings’ contractual obligations. One of the first things that Yzerman did in taking over the GM post was to confirm that coach Jeff Blashill will return. The clock is ticking with the change in management but there are signs this remains a very good fit. Perhaps the biggest challenge facing Yzerman in returning to his hockey home, a place where he is a virtual god, is managing the expectations for this once great franchise.

more (paid subscription) plus a look at the other Atlantic Division teams...

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“Captain Niklas Kronwall”

Yup I’m done with this article. What a clown.

Posted by Robert on 05/16/19 at 08:43 AM ET

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I would prefer to pass on either of those suggested targets.

Posted by Squarewheels from The Land of Unhealthy Scratching on 05/16/19 at 08:49 AM ET

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These UFA contracts are out of hand on either the money side or the term side. So why not just ride out with what you have unless it is a deal you can’t refuse or you can make a hockey deal that makes financial sense.

Realistically the Wings have a bunch of potential LTIR players:
For Sure: Franzen and Zetterberg Possibly: Green, Ericsson, Daley.

If that works it gives you lots of room on the roster as well as the salary relief.

Posted by Chris4Wngs on 05/16/19 at 08:58 AM ET

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Wait it’s a paid subscription to read an article by a guy who thinks Kronner is the captain of the Red Wings? Wow.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 05/16/19 at 09:06 AM ET

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One thing seems certain: Without much cap room

Not much cap room? The Wings are going to have over $20 million in cap space, maybe much more once Zetterberg, Franzen and maybe Mike Green go on LTIR.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/16/19 at 09:11 AM ET

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“Captain Niklas Kronwall”

Yup I’m done with this article. What a clown.

Posted by Robert on 05/16/19 at 08:43 AM ET

Wait it’s a paid subscription to read an article by a guy who thinks Kronner is the captain of the Red Wings? Wow.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 05/16/19 at 09:06 AM ET

OMG he left off the word “alternate” after a season where nobody wore the C! Burn him at the stake!!

Really though, pretty basic stuff that we’ve already known and read 20 times since the wings ended their season. Agree that Dzingel and Ferland would make the team better, but don’t think now is the time to go after either with the number of guys in the pipeline that will need to see some time and be evaluated.

Posted by MZ2215 on 05/16/19 at 09:22 AM ET

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Yup I’m done with this article. What a clown.

What an utterly reasonable response.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/16/19 at 09:28 AM ET

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Posted by MZ2215 on 05/16/19 at 09:22 AM ET

I’m sorry….any you are?

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 05/16/19 at 09:57 AM ET

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Really though, pretty basic stuff that we’ve already known and read 20 times since the wings ended their season. Agree that Dzingel and Ferland would make the team better, but don’t think now is the time to go after either with the number of guys in the pipeline that will need to see some time and be evaluated.

Posted by MZ2215 on 05/16/19 at 09:22 AM ET

But Yzerman wouldn’t make either of those moves in a vacuum.  If he, for instance—and this is a complete fabrication for the sake of discussion—had an offer to move Mantha with another asset to acquire a defenseman, then acquiring someone like Ferland would make a lot of sense.  Or if he felt Dzingel was a legit option at C and he could make some combination of moving/releasing Neilsen or AA.

Posted by duhduhduh on 05/16/19 at 10:21 AM ET

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...the Red Wings won’t be spending willy-nilly in free agency as they must still bide their time waiting out onerous contracts bestowed on Frans Nielsen, Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Danny DeKeyser, Jonathan Ericsson and Mike Green.

If DeKeyser plays like he did in the second half of last season and if Green can stay healthy, I wouldn’t call either of their contracts “onerous.” The other four definitely are.

As for Dzingel and Ferland, neither have been effective in the playoff games they’ve been in. And their regular-season stats weren’t good enough to justify the contracts they’re probably going to be looking for this summer. So, as others have said, why bother with them when the Wings have prospects who need playing time?

At this point, I’m putting 100% of my trust in Yzerman to do the right thing for the Wings long-term.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/16/19 at 11:06 AM ET

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What has been in short supply in Detroit is successful drafting and developing of players

I don’t understand where this narrative comes from. What constitutes a successful draft? Are they expected to draft seven NHL regulars per draft? I believe a reasonable expectation should be to add a regular each draft class, anything after that is a bonus.

Using that metric, lets look at Red Wings draft picks since the retirement of Lidstrom in 2012:

2012 - Athanasiou, Frk (not quite a regular, but borderline)
2013 - Mantha, Bertuzzi
2014 - Larkin, Ehn
From here on, you’re in unproven prospect territory, but lets continue
2015 - Svechnikov, Saarijarvi
2016 - Cholowski, Hronek
2017 - Rassmussen (first top 10 pick since 1991)
2018 - Zadina, Veleno

So the’ve been drafting mostly in the middle of the rounds, and have managed to add a player that has become a regular (or potentially) in each year of the draft. They’ve had and used all of their first round picks since 2013.

The narrative that they don’t draft and develop is false. The habit of trading picks for runs at the cup hasn’t been happening for the last six drafts. Things change with time, and using these old tropes to base your arguments/articles on is lazy and uninformed IMHO.

 

Posted by aaron in phoenix from Section 102 on 05/16/19 at 12:19 PM ET

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Posted by aaron in phoenix from Section 102 on 05/16/19 at 12:19 PM ET

You are exactly correct, and it’s a tired and inaccurate story line.  Draft quality during the Nill-era was poor.  When he left and took some scouts, there was a noticeable improvement in Detroit’s picks.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/16/19 at 02:04 PM ET

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I somewhat understand the rules that make a player that is bouncing between NHL and AHL available at expansion but let’s start playing our future in the lineup, not our or anyone else’s past unless they will help SIGNIFICANTLY.

Posted by stateofmifan on 05/16/19 at 02:11 PM ET

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Didn’t Ferland’s agent supposedly want like 6M/yr or something?

Wasn’t exactly easy to re-sign for the team that acquired him.

Useful in demand player.

But is he a 20-25 goal scorer riding shotgun and forechecking
- or is he a 15 goal guy at most who is hurt too often.

Beware of power forwards regressing after big UFA deals.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/16/19 at 02:21 PM ET

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And yeah…it’s a digital world with instant posts and no copy editors to be found.

But it doesn’t hurt to slow down and check your copy or ask someone’s else to.

I’ve felt that way myself just making a comment here about my own posts.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/16/19 at 02:23 PM ET

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“dead wood”...

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 05/16/19 at 02:47 PM ET

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Aho was probably just throwing shots off Ferland’s tush.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 05/16/19 at 03:16 PM ET

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