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Predicting Detroit’s Opening Lineup

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press answered a question from a fan regarding Detroit's openng lineup...

On defense, I think Moritz Seider will be in the lineup on opening night. The 19-year-old defenseman is currently with his former team, Adler Mannheim in Germany, part of a group of Wings loaned to European teams until the NHL gives the go-ahead on camps. Seider did well playing for the Griffins last season, and would have been called up to play a few games had the pandemic not interfered. Danny DeKeyser or Patrik Nemeth can serve as his partner, with Filip Hronek completing the top four.

Gustav Lindstrom showed he can play a safe, dependable game. So did veteran Alex Biega, who Yzerman acquired last October in a trade with Vancouver, flipping underachieving prospect David Pope. Those are front-runners to form the third pair, though Madison Bowey, if he is re-signed, should challenge for one of the spots.

Dennis Cholowski started last season with the Wings but he didn’t make a strong impression and finished in the minors. His fate may be partially determined by whether minor leagues are operational, which they aren’t likely to be without fan attendance.


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Needed: Talent

from Corey Pronman of The Athletic,

I took a glance at all 31 teams’ depth charts to get an idea of what is the most glaring organizational need heading into the 2020 NHL Draft. These needs may not be the No. 1 priority to address, as it depends on how the board plays out, but something I think is worth considering.

Detroit Red Wings: Talent

Detroit had 23 fewer points than the second-lowest team in the league. It had a strong albeit not incredible farm system. It has some good players, like Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Filip Hronek, Filip Zadina and Moritz Seider. Even though the Red Wings have some great pieces, they need a lot more – at every position. The pressing need for this organization is good players.

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Video- Tyler Bertuzzi Highlights

From the 2019-20 season, 30 minutes to watch.


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Do You Agree?

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Live Stream- Steve Yzerman Will Appear On ‘The Word On Woodward’

via the YouTube page of the Detroit Red Wings,

The Word on Woodward is all new with your Red Wings and Tigers updates!

Stick around for our Downtown Hockeytown segment because today features an exclusive Q&A with Red Wings EVP & GM Steve Yzerman!

They have different segments so no idea at this point when Yzerman will appear.

It will be archived too later today.

Watch below starting at 11am ET.

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What Kind Of Goalies Do The Wings Need?

from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,

I count as many as seven teams that could have a new starting stopper when the puck drops to start next season. Who stays and who goes?I count as many as seven teams that could have a new starting stopper when the puck drops to start next season. Who stays and who goes?

DETROIT RED WINGS: More tanking, or a push for a real No. 1 goalie?

A tandem of veterans Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Bernier has, ahem, been just right for what the Wings have wanted to do. Per naturalstattrick.com, this past season, among 54 goalies who played at least 1,000 minutes at 5-on-5, Bernier ranked 27th in goals saved above average per 60, while Howard graded out dead last. Howard departs as a UFA and could probably use a fresh start after being shelled on the worst NHL team of the past two decades, so GM Steve Yzerman needs to bring in a partner for Bernier, especially since the Wings have no top-tier netminding prospect who is knocking on the door of NHL duty. Filip Larsson spent most of this past season in the ECHL, while Keith Petruzzelli hasn’t turned pro yet.

Would the Wings take a run at a higher-end UFA like Braden Holtby? I strongly doubt it. This team is still in scorched-earth rebuild mode and is better off adding a wily vet who can split time with Bernier on a short-term pact. That could mean signing a stopgap like Cam Talbot. It could also mean acquiring a starter on an expiring deal – such as Frederik Andersen, who could be a flippable piece at next season’s trade deadline should he have a rebound season.

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More Torey Krug Talk

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

There are only a few potential “marquee” unrestricted free agents, with center Taylor Hall of Arizona and defensemen Alex Pietrangelo of St. Louis and Krug topping the list.

If the Red Wings were to make a splash in free agency, Krug likely is the only high-end player they would have a chance of signing.

The salary cap will remain flat at $81.5 million for 2020-21. Uncertainty about revenues moving forward (how many games will be played next season, and whether fans will be in attendance) could prompt some clubs with cap space to avoid pursuing higher-priced free agents, limiting the market.

The Red Wings have plenty of cap space and need help everywhere, particularly on defense and in goal. Despite finishing with by far the worst record in the league and being in the middle of a rebuild, they surely will make a pitch for Krug if he hits the market. He is from Livonia and played at Michigan State, which could help their cause. He played for Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill in 2008-09 with the USHL Indiana Ice, winning the Clark Cup championship....

My guess is Krug remains in Boston, forcing the Red Wings to pursue one or two second- or third-tier free-agent defensemen, or perhaps use some of their draft picks to trade for one.


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The Wings Could Have Had

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Vegas advanced with a Game 7 victory over the Vancouver Canucks, a series that prompted reader Alex M.’s question to be the subject of this Detroit Red Wings mailbag: “What’s the bigger miss — Wings drafting Svechnikov instead of Boeser or Zadina instead of Hughes?”

The Wings selected forward Evgeny Svechnikov at 19th in the 2015 draft, four spots before the Canucks chose forward Brock Boeser at 23rd. Two years ago, the Wings drafted forward Fiiip Zadina at sixth, and the Canucks pounced on defenseman Quinn Hughes at seventh. The Wings’ picks were made by former general manager Ken Holland and Tyler Wright, who was the chief of amateur scouting. General manager Steve Yzerman holds the fourth pick in the 2020 draft, which is scheduled for Oct. 9-10.

Boeser and Hughes have established themselves as significant players for the Canucks.

Boeser, 23, has 75 goals among 161 points in 197 career games. He scored 29 goals as a rookie in 2017-28, 26 the following season, and was on pace to top 20 again when the season was paused March 12. Svechnikov, on the other hand, has appeared in just 20 NHL games (two goals, two assists) and has yet to show where he fits into the rebuild, if at all.

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What To Expect From The Detroit Red Wings

Scott Burnside of The Athletic on what to expect from all 31 teams in the short offseason.

On the Wings..

So many holes in this lineup that somehow managed to compile a minus-122 goal differential in just 71 games. But you’ve got to start somewhere, right? Let’s start with the premise that this team is three or four years away from legitimately returning to playoff contention. So, this isn’t about signing a flashy free agent to plug a particularly gaping hole along the blue line or in goal, although both positions are woefully thin. Instead it would seem that with an abundance of salary cap space GM Steve Yzerman has to be amenable to making that cap asset work for the Red Wings in the hopes of at least incrementally speeding up the rebuild process. A year ago Carolina nabbed a first-round pick from Toronto in order to take on Patrick Marleau’s contract. Yzerman has to ferret out the kinds of deals that cap-strapped teams will be looking to make to free up space to stay in the playoff and/or Stanley Cup hunt. For instance, would Detroit take on Nino Niederreiter or Jake Gardiner if the Canes sweetened the deal with picks and/or prospects? What about Kyle Turris’ onerous deal in Nashville? Or Brent Seabrook in Chicago? There is hay to be made here for a Detroit team that is still deep in the rebuilding tunnel.

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