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The Athletic’s Strang on Ken Holland’s future

Red Wings GM Ken Holland is 62 years old. He's seen his chlidren through college and mostly through marriages, and his summer home in his hometown of Vernon, BC is within close proximity to the Predator Ridge golf course.

If "Tick Tock" wanted to retire after completing the final year of his contract, this spring would be a fine time to bid adieu to NHL team management, but Holland has stated and reiterated the fact that he wants to see the Wings' "rebuild on the fly" through, and given that Jimmy Devellano is 74, there is no real ceiling on Holland's career other than when his desire to manage an NHL team wanes.

The Athletic's Katie Strang answered a mailbag question as to what Holland and coach Jeff Blashill's futures might involve, and here's what she had to say:

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About last night, Sacre Bleu version

The morning after the Red Wings' 10-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens (a loss that Canadiens fans suggest was 22 years in the making), I woke up a couple of times wondering, "What the hell was that?"

I haven't seen such a bad loss in terms of the scoreboard and scoresheet in all my years as a Red Wings fan, but I've seen worse losses in terms of the Red Wings' play and level of engagement.

This team has quit on Blashill, Babcock, even Bowman in similar fashion, and you can look at Thursday's loss to Montreal as the most recent example thereof.

There's no doubt that the Red Wings are a thoroughly mediocre team. This is not a Stanley Cup contender that we're talking about. But the Wings' youngsters and even some of their veterans have shown enough promise to suggest that this season might not be another futile non-playff endeavor--assuming that the team heeds its 7-game losing streak and gets its shit together.

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Canadiens wrap-up—‘embarrassing’ doesn’t cut it

The Detroit Red Wings humiliated themselves over the course of a 10-1 drubbing by the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. The Red Wings did their best to elucidate their embarrassment after the game, as noted in video form by the Red Wings...

But being beaten by a combined score of 16-4 over the course of two very difficult losses to the Canadiens staggered the players, baffled an a fan base already having witnessed 6 losses and now a 7th, and there were points that even the Fox Sports Detroit crew didn't seem to know how to encapsulate the magnitude of Detroit's dumbassery.

In the land of ridiculous irony, the Red Wings might want to look to the Canadiens, who had an absolutely horrific (albeit mostly Carey Price-less) start to this season, for some inspiration, as noted by Sportsnet's Eric Engels:

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Prospect news: Griffins split Fri/Sat games; Walleye win pair and Thu-Fri-Sat round-up

Of prospect-related note over the past three evenings:

In the AHL, on Friday, Turner Elson had a goal and an assist, Matt Puempel, Tyler Bertuzzi and Matthew Ford scored goals and the Griffins built 3-1 and 4-2 leads, but Grand Rapids lost 5-4 in a shootout to the Texas Stars. The Griffins' website posted a recap:

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Red Wings-Canadiens quick take: As thorough an embarrassment as embarrassment can yield

The Detroit Red Wings attempted to snap a 6-game losing streak against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night, venturing into a Bell Centre which rarely grants Detroit the luxury of leaving its confines with a 2-point effort (i.e. a win).

As it turns out, the Red Wings were thoroughly embarrassed over the course of a 10-1 loss to the Canadiens in Montreal, and Detroit was out-scored 16-4 over the course of 2 games against the Canadiens.

I do not believe that the coach or GM will be fired by Tuesday's game against Winnipeg, but I believe that there will be jobs on the line come Wednesday, and if things are not better by mid-month (say, after the Bruins game on the 13th or Toronto game on the 15th), ownership may have to step in.

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Evening news: On Frk’s promotion, ‘playing a full 60’ and the Wings’ Game Day Preview video

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. The Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Martin Frk ahead of tonight's Red Wings game against the Montreal Canadiens, discussing Frk's promotion to Henrik Zetterberg's wing:

“I was very surprised when I see that,” Frk said after the morning skate at Bell Centre. “Henrik play in this league for long time, so I have to learn as much as I can every shift I am with him on the ice. Definitely I want to enjoy it, too. It’s not every time I have a chance to play with him, so I am really excited.”

Frk had missed the previous eight games because of a tweaked groin, and the Wings missed Frk. He has the hardest shot on the team, if not the most accurate, and is one of the few who shoot right.

The hope is Frk can help trigger the line’s production, with Zetterberg entering Saturday’s game without a goal in his previous 19 games, and Nyquist seven. Frk is a fierce forechecker, and can finish chances.

“Marty is not known necessarily for his speed in a pure sense, but he plays so hard that his speed is a factor,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “He works so hard on the forecheck and he works so hard on the track that it helps whoever he is with.”

St. James continues, and she posted a video of comments from Frk, Tomas Tatar and coach Blashill:

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Red Wings-Canadiens game-day articles: Weber a game-time decision; Frk skating with Zetterberg

Updated 2x at 2:31 PM: The Detroit Red Wings will attempt to snap a 6-game losing streak when they take on the Montreal Canadiens this evening (7 PM EST on FSD/Sportsnet/TVA Sports/97.1 FM), and the Canadiens' lineup may be bolstered by the return of Shea Weber this evening:

The Montreal Gazette's Stu Cowan penned a morning skate article...

Shea Weber and Jonathan Drouin took part in the Canadiens’ morning skate Saturday in Brossard but coach Claude Julien said they will both be game-time decisions on whether they’re in the lineup Saturday night at the Bell Centre against the Detroit Red Wings (7 p.m., SN, TVA Sports, TSN Radio 690).

It seems likely that Weber will return to the lineup after missing the last five games with a lower-body injury. Weber took a regular turn with Jordie Benn as the No. 1 defence pair during the morning skate. It seems more unlikely that Drouin will play after he rotated in at centre on the fourth line with Byron Froese during the morning skate. Drouin has missed only one game with his lower-body injury and the Canadiens beat the Red Wings 6-3 Thusday night without him and Weber in the lineup.

“Weber is a game-time decision,” coach Claude Julien said after the morning skate. “He skated this morning, he’s feeling pretty good. Once he visits the medical staff tonight before the game we’ll know more. Drouin is questionable. Not necessarily out, but questionable right now.”

The Canadiens 12-12-3 will be looking to extend their season-high four-game winning streak when they face the Red Wings (10-11-5), who are winless in their last six games (0-3-3).

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Chris Chelios to be inducted into IIHF Hall of Fame

From the IIHF's Andrew Podnieks:

The [IIHF's] Historical Committee has voted to induct into its Hall of Fame four Players and two Builders, all of whom have shown great leadership over long careers.

Inducted as Players are Daniel Alfredsson, Rob Blake, Chris Chelios, and Jere Lehtinen. The two Builders are Philippe Lacarriere and Bob Nadin. As well, Jesper Damgaard will receive the Richard “Bibi” Torriani Award and Kirovs Lipmans will get the Paul Loicq Award.

The induction ceremony will take place in Copenhagen during the final weekend of next year’s 2018 World Championship in Denmark.

“This is our 22nd year of inducting those who have given so much to the game, and you’d be hard pressed to find a more deserving group of Players and Builders,” said IIHF president Rene Fasel, who just recently finished contacting each inductee by phone to give them the good news.

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Another defenceman who had success in so many ways, Chris Chelios was the face of USA Hockey for a quarter of a century. His first tournament for his country was the 1982 World Juniors, and the last was in 2006 at the Turin Olympics. In between, he played in the NHL for 26 years, tying Gordie Howe for most seasons, and his 266 playoff games in the most by any player in the league’s history.

Although he won a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1986, surely the crowning glory of his career came with Team USA, when it defeated Canada in the third and final game of the 1996 World Cup finals. The win can be put alongside the 1960 Olympic gold medal and the “Miracle on Ice” team of 1980 as the three greatest triumphs in the nation’s history.

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Red Wings-Canadiens morning skate Tweets and articles: Weber likely to return for Habs

The Detroit Red Wings will attempt to snap a 6-game losing streak and rebound from a 6-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens as they skate at the Bell Centre this evening (7 PM on FSD/Sportsnet/TVA Sports/97.1 FM).

The respective teams held morning skates this morning, with the Canadiens skating at their practice facility in Brossard, noted by the Canadiens' Twitter account...

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From The Montreal Side

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Here are five things you should know about the Canadiens-Red Wings game at the Bell Centre on Saturday:

Opening a gap: Ten days ago, the Canadiens were five points behind the Red Wings in the standings, but their decisive 6-3 win at Little Caesars Arena Thursday allowed Montreal to move two points ahead of Detroit in the Atlantic Division race and they can widen that gap with a win in this game. The Canadiens have reached the .500 mark (12-12-3) for the first time since the second game of the season. The Canadiens are third in the Atlantic Division, but their one-point edge on Boston is a bit of an illusion because the Bruins hold four games in hand.

The other guys: Age seems to be catching up to the Red Wings, who used to view a post-season appearance as a regular rite of spring. After missing the playoffs last season, the team made only one major change during the off-season, adding 34-year-old Trevor Daley to shore up the defensive corps. The biggest bright spot for the Red Wings has been Anthony Mantha, a 23-year-old winger from Longueuil. The former Val d’Or junior star scored his team-leading 12th goal Thursday. Henrik Zetterberg, showing every one of his 37 years, has scored only four goals this season, while power forward Justin Abdelkader is also stuck on four goals.

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