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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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Will Henrik Zetterberg Get A Call Today From The Hockey Hall of Fame?

via Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News ($),

Henrik Zetterberg had a memorable and outstanding NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings.

Will it be good enough to immediately land Zetterberg a spot in the Hall of Fame?

Zetterberg, in his first year of eligibility, will find out Monday afternoon, as the Hockey Hall of Fame reveals its newest inductees at 3 p.m.

Zetterberg led the Wings to the 2008 Stanley Cup, earning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the postseason Most Valuable Player.

Henrik Zetterberg lifts the Stanley Cup after the Red Wings defeated the Penguins in 2008.
Zetterberg finished with 337 goals, 623 assists and 960 points (all fifth-most in organization history) over 15 seasons in 1,082 games with the Wings. Zetterberg is one of 30 players in the Triple Gold Club — winners of a Stanley Cup, men's world championship and Olympic gold medal (both of his with Team Sweden).

You can watch the announcements today on the NHL Network or TSN.

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E60 Unrivaled

I posted this a few days ago in the comment section but here it is again.

from the ESPN Press Room,

ESPN+ To Have Extended Version with Exclusive Content On-Demand After Initial Airing

One of the most intense rivalries in sports history will be relived in Unrivaled, a new, two-hour ESPN E60 program debuting Sunday, June 26, at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN. The program is hosted by Jeremy Schaap.

The Colorado Avalanche, currently playing in the Stanley Cup Final, and the Detroit Red Wings became heated rivals 25 years ago. Since that time, the landscape of the National Hockey League has changed through a series of events that would impact players and their cities forever.

After Sunday afternoon’s initial airing, an extended version of Unrivaled with exclusive content will be available for on-demand streaming on ESPN+. The TV version will re-air in prime time on Monday, June 27, at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 and at 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 30 on ESPN, and re-air on Sunday, June 26, at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.


If you are watching or plan to, feel free to chime in.

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A Bigger Simon Edvinsson Putting His Work In

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

“The goal is to make the same journey that Lucas Raymond and Moritz Seider did last winter,” Edvinsson told writer Johan Rylander of gp.se....

Edvinsson was chosen sixth overall in the 2021 NHL entry draft. In between, Detroit tabbed Raymond with the fourth overall choice in 2020. Edvinsson signed an entry-level deal with the Red Wings in April. He was a finalist for SHL rookie of the year and EHC Young Player of the Year.

The summer training appears to be paying dividends. He’s reporting that he is now carrying 210 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame.

“I can feel it,” Edvinsson says of the additional strength. “It feels like I’m on the right track.

“A lot has happened in a summer.”


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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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