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Get To Work Derek Lalonde

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are some priorities for Lalonde:

1. Improve team defense

This is the biggest issue. A late-season collapse including multiple blowouts cost Jeff Blashill his job. Their 3.78 goals-against average ranked second from the bottom in the NHL and was their worst since 1989-90. It was due to a combination of poor defense and substandard goaltending.

Lalonde must instill a defensive mindset and implement a system where the team doesn’t allow as many scoring chances. Blashill tried, but it didn’t work. Personnel changes on the blue line will help, including adding 2021 No. 6 overall pick Simon Edvinsson. Alex Nedeljkovic must be more consistent after being outstanding some nights and pulled due to ineffectiveness on several occasions. They need a dependable backup in free agency or through trade.

2. Solve special teams

Amazingly, the Red Wings rank last in both the power play and the penalty kill cumulatively over the past seven seasons (excluding Seattle, which has played only one season), and it has cost them countless games. Lalonde needs an assistant who can infuse a shooting mentality and devise schemes to utilize their skill on the power play, whether that’s Alex Tanguay, who remains on staff, or someone else. The penalty kill often boils down to hard work, commitment and sacrifice -- which seemed to be lacking during the late-season swoon -- and of course, a team’s best penalty killer, its goaltender.

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Derek Lalonde It Is

DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman today announced that the team has named Derek Lalonde the 28th head coach in franchise history.

“I’m very pleased to announce Derek as our new head coach,” Yzerman said. “He has proven himself as an excellent coach at every level and has spent the last four seasons in the National Hockey League as part of a very successful program in Tampa Bay. We feel he is ready to take the next step in his career as the head coach of the Detroit Red Wings.”

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Pavel Datsyuk Plans To Announce His Retirement

from Cam Lewis of The Daily Faceoff,

Set to turn 44 years old in a few weeks, it appears Pavel Datsyuk is ready to hang up his skates.

The Detroit Red Wings legend is in Krasnoyarsk, Russia for a charity farewell game being hosted by former NHLer Alexander Semin. Datsyuk told the media at the event that he plans to announce his retirement from professional hockey in the near future.

“Everything is logical, I just haven’t officially announced it yet,” Datsyuk said. “Everything is logical, everyone understands. I will definitely announce, with great pleasure and respect for the fans, for everyone who helped me.”

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Detroit Red Wings Release Preseason Schedule

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced their 2022-23 preseason schedule. <>  

The 2022-23 Red Wings will take to the ice for the first time on Tuesday, Sept. 27 with a road game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:00 p.m. at PPG Paints Arena, before making their Little Caesars Arena season debut on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Red Wings will close out September with a home contest against the Washington Capitals on Friday, Sept. 30 at Little Caesars Arena at 7:30 p.m.

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A Coaching Announcement Over The Holiday Weekend?

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

He appears to still be contemplating who the next head coach of the Detroit Red Wings should be, nearly nine weeks after the position opened. Connect the dots and they draw a picture of either Derek Lalonde or Jeff Halpern, assistant coaches with the Tampa Bay Lightning who became available for interviews Monday, the day after the Lightning lost in the Stanley Cup Final to the Colorado Avalanche. Lalonde and Halpern both have been assistants since 2018-19, Yzerman's last year as GM of the Lightning....

Conventional practice is to make the announcement and then hold a news conference. A new coach certainly could be introduced virtually; the pandemic has facilitated that, but given what a big deal it is, it's likely the Wings will want to have the event in person at Little Caesars Arena. The upcoming holiday weekend isn't likely to deter Yzerman's decision....

There's no rush to make a decision, but after this weekend, the business of running an NHL team cranks up: There's the draft, followed by development camp, and then free agency begins July 13.

Yzerman has been searching for a new coach since April 30, when he informed Jeff Blashill his contract would not be renewed. There has been a cornucopia of candidates, but several have been snapped up by other teams:  The Vegas Golden Knights hired Bruce Cassidy, the Dallas Stars hired Peter DeBoer, the Florida Panthers hired Paul Maurice, and the Chicago Blackhawks hired Luke Richardson. That leaves the Wings, Boston Bruins and Winnipeg Jets with vacancies.

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Report- Derek Lalonde Interviewed With The Wings On Tuesday

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Tampa Bay Lightning assistant coach Derek Lalonde was in Detroit Tuesday to interview for the vacant head coaching job, according NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes....

Joe Smith of the Athletic profiled Lalonde after he temporarily became Lightning head coach. Cooper was in COVID-19 protocol.

Lalonde a Colorful Character
The gifted writer said Lalonde possesses an outgoing personality and self-deprecating humor that helps him connect to player. He often starts speeches with a joke. His fashion faux pas are legendary. Mismatched socks. Tie-shirt coordination that doesn’t work. Old man shoes. He often faces ribbing about his wardrobe.

“Lalonde can take it,” Smith writes, “as the short-and-stocky, bald coach notes his resemblance to Uncle Fester from “The Addams Family.” He’ll tell players that he was a Division III goalie back in the day, but he’s still got issues skating crossing over to his left.”

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Oskar Sundqvist On Steve Yzerman

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

“I was still nervous talking to him at the end of the season (during exit interviews),” Sundqvist said. “I was super scared. It’s kind of nerve wracking. People are scared when he walks in. But I think that’s how a GM should be.

“He has very high expectations for everybody. You can sense that he’s a successful GM. How he talks to you about his plans. He was very straight with me. He was very up front with me.

“You can see that he has goals in what he wants. He has a plan and he follows it and he doesn’t give a shit what anyone else thinks about it.”

more from Sundqvist on Seider and Bertuzzi too...

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Who’s The Prospect?

(Prospect's) career has been marked by continued improvement. He’s 6-foot-1 and change and already 200 pounds. He gives off the aura of a player who will find a way to make it to the show. He can help a team in a variety of ways.  You could expect he would play at least two seasons at (...), although how he plays and how the Red Wings feel about him will make the final determination.  You may not see him turning pro until 2024. He will be 22 then.

Who is it?

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Video- Darren McCarty Thinks The Next Coach May Be Jeff Halpern

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