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Coaches Still Available

from Nate Brown of Detroit Hockey Now,

Ryan Warsofsky

Young and successful, the 34-year-old bench boss for the Chicago Wolves is currently in the Calder Cup Final. The head coach of Carolina’s AHL affiliate could very well be a hot commodity once the Wolves are either champions or runners-up. With the Wolves up 3-1 in the series, he may very well be fielding interview requests.

Any information on whether he’ll be approached or interested is on hold until he’s available.  He’s been successful at every level of coaching, which includes time in the ECHL with South Carolina....

Derek Lalonde & Jeff Halpern

Still in a holding pattern because of the Stanley Cup Final, it certainly feels as if Yzerman is waiting to interview the pair of Lightning assistant coaches.

Lalonde was already popping up in previous iterations of the DHN updates but now Friedman is adding another name: Jeff Halpern. Freidman seems to think both Lalonde and Halpern are the logical picks for Detroit but cautions it by saying: “Until Steve Yzerman closes the book, don’t close the book.”

Either Tampa Bay assistant wouldn’t be surprising as both have ties to Yzerman’s previous organization. Halpern started cutting his teeth shortly after his playing days ended as an assistant with the Syracuse Crunch, the Bolts’ AHL affiliate....

Marc Savard

Savard is currently the bench boss for the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires and got them to the OHL Final in just his first season. Savard was an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues during the 2019-20 campaign. Stepping away in September 2020, Savard then was hired by Windsor in August 2021. Update: Savard recently tweeted this out following a Windsor victory:

more on the first two groups of coaches plus other names...

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Watching E60: Unrivaled

from Nolan Bianchi of the Detroit News,

There will be times when a scene cuts and you realize that your nails are dug into the palm of fist-shaped hands. Assuredly, you will catch yourself smiling at the demise of Claude Lemieux. There’s a decent chance you’ll cry.

No matter which direction it moves you, “E60: Unrivaled” will move you. It will rock you, roll you and rip your Red Wings heart in two.

The Detroit News received an advanced screening of the ESPN documentary detailing the Detroit Red Wings-Colorado Avalanche rivalry, which will air for the first time at a viewing party at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday and nationwide on Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.

Despite the emotional charge this documentary provides, “Unrivaled,” to some degree, feels unfinished. See what we mean in this spoiler-free look, as we give you five things to watch for when it airs this weekend.


added 2:32pm, below watch Mo Seider's day at the NHL Awards Show///

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Red Wings Extend Goaltender Victor Brattstrom For One Year

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today signed goaltender Victor Brattstrom to a one-year contract extension.

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Lucas Raymond Wanted To Play In The WJC

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Detroit Red Wings forward Lucas Raymond was wanting to play for Sweden at the August IIHF World Junior Championship. Swedish coach Tomas Monten was wanting to include Raymond as part of his squad.

According to Monten, it was the Red Wings who were ultimately making the decision to keep Raymond from participating in the event. The New Jersey Devils are also declining to make forward Alexander Holtz available.

“I have had an ongoing dialogue with them but unfortunately Lucas and Alex will not play,” Monten told Swedish wesbite Expressen.se. “Detroit and New Jersey think the tournament is wrong in time to be optimal in their recharge.”


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Waiting On Derek Lalonde?

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Given how much time he has had to interview available candidates, Yzerman may be waiting for the Stanley Cup Final to end so he can talk to Derek Lalonde, who has been an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning since Yzerman's last year with the team. Lalonde, mentioned early on as a candidate by the Free Press, was an assistant at Ferris State early in his coaching career, and has been a head coach at the USHL and ECHL level. He coached in the latter with the Toledo Walleye from 2014-16, before Yzerman's return to Detroit but during Toledo's affiliation with the Wings. During his first season, Lalonde led the Walleye to a 50-15-5-2 record, claiming the Brabham Cup as the ECHL's regular-season champion. Before being hired in Tampa in 2018, Lalonde was head coach for two seasons in the AHL with the Iowa Wild.  During his tenure (69-58-17-8), the Wild posted team records for wins, home wins, road wins, fewest losses and total points in a season.

Yzerman plucked coaches from the AHL the two times he hired head coaches in Tampa: Guy Boucher in 2010, and, after firing him in 2013, Jon Cooper, the former Lansing Catholic coach who has the Lightning competing for a third straight Stanley Cup. Yzerman may see a situation in Detroit ideal for doing so again: The Wings are in a transitional stage, ready to take the next step in the rebuild but not yet at contender status. Lalonde, 49, doesn't have the leverage or salary demands of high-profile coaches such as Quenneville or Barry Trotz. Lalonde could be hired on a two- or three-year deal, giving Yzerman an opportunity to see if he can improve the Wings defensively, which was one of the chief criticisms Yzerman leveled at Blashill in announcing the coaching change.


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Lidstrom On Seider

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

“He’s got the right attitude,” Red Wings vice-president of hockey operations Nicklas Lidstrom said. “I saw him play in Sweden the year before and I saw the same things. When he was playing as a junior player, he was one of the best players in the Swedish League two years ago.

“He took steps to become the rookie of the year this season. I’m really looking forward to what he can accomplish down the road.

“He’s got that great attitude of wanting to be better, wanting to become better, wanting to learn from other players. I’m really anxious to see what he can do for the Wings.”


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Video- Another Vote For David Quinn As The Next Coach For The Wings

First it was Larry Brooks, now Sean McDonough too.


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A ‘Crazy’ Night For Moritz Seider

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

"It's crazy," Seider said on a Zoom call with Detroit media afterward. "But you're thankful and honored. I'm very happy to bring something back to Detroit. I know it's been a while."

Seider's teammate Lucas Raymond was fourth overall with 499 points. Raymond had one first-place, 10 second-place and 40 third-place votes....

"The locker room," said Seider, saying his teammates were a key reason for his rapid development. "Once you gain confidence, it's a lot easier to go out there. Every single night teammates were pushing me hard and I just enjoyed every single moment, so it was very easy to come to the rink and try to get better."...

Chris Ilitch, governor, president and chief executive officer; Steve Yzerman, executive vice president and general manager; alternate governor Jimmy Devellano, and Dylan Larkin were among the Red Wings representatives who flew to Tampa for the presentation.

"Real cool surprise," Seider said. "The whole organization flew (down) here and it's real cool to see not only your captain and teammate has your back, but the whole organization. I'm very happy Larks sat next to me. It's real cool to have him."

Said Ilitch in a statement: “Congratulations to Moritz Seider on his well-deserved Calder Memorial Trophy as the National Hockey League’s Rookie of the Year. Mo immediately became an impact player and set numerous Red Wings rookie records this year, and I’m proud to join our team, fans and the NHL in saluting his accomplishments.

"We’re thrilled for Mo and his family, and look forward to his bright future as we all work towards our goal of bringing the Stanley Cup back to Hockeytown.”...

“Moritz had a tremendous season for the Detroit Red Wings and is very deserving of the Calder Memorial Trophy," Yzerman said in a statement. "He played his way into the role of a top-pair defenseman in the National Hockey League as a 20-year-old which is extremely difficult to do.  He had a profound effect on our team during his rookie campaign and we look forward to his continued development.”


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Video- Moritz Seider On Winning The Calder Trophy

14 minutes to watch.


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Your All-Rookie Team

TAMPA, Fla. (June 21, 2022) – The National Hockey League announced today the 2021-22 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players voted as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s top rookie: defenseman Moritz Seider of the Detroit Red Wings as well as forwards Michael Bunting of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Trevor Zegras of the Anaheim Ducks.

Also named to the 2021-22 NHL All-Rookie Team are goaltender Jeremy Swayman of the Boston Bruins, defenseman Alexandre Carrier of the Nashville Predators and forward Lucas Raymond of the Red Wings.

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