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Caputo’s concerned about the Wings’ moves to come

The Oakland Press's Pat Caputo feels that the Red Wings are "stuck in the middle" between needing a few tweaks to restore the roster and a total rebuild (and tear-down) to re-set the franchise, and he's concerened that Ken Holland will whiff on his opportunities to add to the team's assets:

A total rebuild is not as ideal as has often been suggested.

Yet, the notion the Red Wings are a tweak or two away is equally ridiculous.

The trade market is going to be particularly active this off season because of the addition of the Las Vegas Knights and, subsequently, the expansion draft. It could make it easier to reshape the organization.

Where people get it wrong is suggesting the method. It’s more about being right. The right draft pick. The right trade. The right contract signing, internally and via free agency.

The Red Wings have gotten to this point because general manager Ken Holland has gotten it a lot more wrong than right lately.

If he and the Red Wings don’t wise up, they will be the mirror image of the Avs again.

Only this time, for all the wrong reasons.

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Helm has a ‘lower-body injury’

I didn't like this hit on Darren Helm by Colorado's Erik Johnson, and I'm disappointed to hear that Helm's been hurt by it:

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Red Wings-Avalanche quick take, take 2: Detroit’s revenge

The Red Wings hoped to build upon their win over Arizona as they hosted the Colorado Avalanche in a Saturday matinee game. The recollections of Wings-Avs games past were certainly on the media's minds, but the Red Wings themselves could only focus on today's game.

The Wings and Avs had a mediocre 40 minutes, but the Red Wings pulled away in the 3rd, scoring 4 goals en route to a 5-1 win over the Avs, and it FELT GOOD for the Wings to win for old time's and old times' sake against an Avalanche team that will forever be a rival.

It counts, it matters, it was fun, that's wonderful at this time of year.

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Through the photographer’s hole, no spilled beer

A gentleman didn't lose his beer despite being struck by a stray puck through the photographer's hole:

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Al Sobotka shares his memories of the Joe, take 2

MLive's Emily Bingham posted a video in which Al Sobotka shares his memories of Joe Louis Arena:

Working his way up from the midnight shift at Olympia Stadium, where he swept floors after hockey games, concerts and circuses for $3.25 an hour, Sobotka eventually became the Wings' sole Zamboni driver -- a job he won't let anyone else touch. A fairly invisible role at most arenas, it's one that Sobotka has elevated to legendary status through his own obsession with perfection. The ice in Detroit has long been revered as some of the best in the league.

"All my [training] about the ice was all on the job -- watching, asking questions," he said. "I observe it, study it. I never leave anything that's not supposed to be there. It's not just driving."

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The Detroit Red Wings Recall Tomas Nosek


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Scotty Bowman With Memories Of The Joe

from Adrian Dater of BSN Denver,

Bowman won three Stanley Cups as coach of the Red Wings (1997, 1998 and 2002), winning a Cup in his final game as a head coach, at “The Joe”, in ’02 against the Carolina Hurricanes. So, there were lots of other great memories here.

“We had a lot of success as a team, but what I’ll probably remember as much from my time working there was how it was a real family atmosphere in the building among all the people who worked there. It wasn’t just the players and coaches, but the whole staff who worked at the arena. I got to really know many of them. They felt like they were part of the team too, not just hired hands,” Bowman said. “It was a good place to work. The parking lot was right next to the office. You’d just park, walk in the door and make a quick left and you were sitting down.

Bowman will also well remember the double-overtime goal Steve Yzerman scored to beat St. Louis in Game 7 of a 1996 Western playoff series, but also a Game 7 loss at home to San Jose in 1994.

“That loss to San Jose was a real tough one,” he said.


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Dylan Larkin Doing Just Fine At Center

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

“Dylan Larkin was excellent, Andreas Athanasiou was excellent,” coach Jeff Blashill said after the Arizona game. (Today is a day off.) “Those two guys did a real good job on the second night of a back-to-back. They have the young legs and they did an excellent job.

“Justin played excellent. He adds physicality, adds net presence, can make a play.”

Where Abdelkader creates space with his physicality, Athanasiou serves as a good emergency option if needed.

“Playing with a guy like Andreas is huge,” Larkin said. “It makes myself, as a centerman, worry less about how we are going to get up the ice. In the Colorado game, a few times, I just threw it to his wing, where he was flying. You know he is going to get the puck in the other zone and then we are going to have chances to play offense.

“We have been focusing on holding on to pucks more and trying to create off the cycle. We got some puck luck tonight -- the puck kind of seemed to follow us around. But we did a good job of stopping on pucks and hanging on to it and trying to make some plays down low.”


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TMR morning line: Blashill on the Wings’ ‘hard times’

MLive's Ansar Khan penned a late-breaking recap of the Red Wings' 5-4 shootout win over the Arizona Coyotes, and Khan found a near-perfect summation of the Red Wings' situation from Wings coach Jeff Blashill:

"These are obviously not easy times, these are hard times and they test your character and I think the one thing we've been blessed with - I've said this lots - is great character," coach Jeff Blashill said. "We got to keep grinding and making sure we're playing the right way and I thought our guys did a real good job of that."

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The overnight report: Red Wings-Coyotes wrap-up—that was a little odd

The Red Wings won a strange game on Thursday night/Friday morning, taking a 5-4 shootout decision from the Arizona Coyotes. In a derby between a pair of the league's worst teams (among the league's worst, anyway), the Red Wings may have actually hurt themselves by winning--in fact, Detroit's 8-and-0 on the shootout--but it's incredibly hard to ask players or coaches to give less than their best, or at least close to it.

The emphasis for Thursday is "at least close to it," because neither team was on top of their respective games. The Red Wings and Coyotes ultimately gave fans an entertaining and sometimes terrifying experience very specifically because both teams played slightly sloppy hockey, and both team's young players made the kinds of mistakes that end up in the back of one's net.

For the Coyotes, coming out on the bottom of an affair that was less than elegant was quite the disappointment, as Arizona coach Dave Tippett told Arizona Sports' Craig Morgan:

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