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A pair of interesting ‘late night Red Wings listens’ from The Fan 590

I was about to call it a night when I stumbled upon some very intriguing interviews that The Fan 590 didn't post until after Sportsnet carried the Red Wings' 3-2 win over Toronto. Prior to the game, Wings GM Ken Holland made some intriguing comments about the "Kid Line" making some decisions for the team regarding the shape of the 2014-2015 Wings' roster, the peramaters of the David Legwand trade, and at least some inklings as to what's going to happen with the team's defense...

And Kris Draper made some similar statements regarding the injuries, the youngsters and what the Wings need to do to earn their way into the playoffs this spring:

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d ca's avatar

Sounds to me like the predictions of the Wings going out and getting a top 3 d-man this off-season isn’t going to happen….did I detect a hint of re-signing Quincey??? I never expected the playoffs given the free agency class…but who knows what will happen around the draft with all the crazy trades that seem to come out of no where…

At this point I think losing a top pair d-man is the straw that broke the camel’s back in regards to playoffs. I hope I am wrong; and if so, Alfredsson should be hailed as a great leader as much as Stevie Wonder, The Perfect Human, or Z are.

Let us hope the Tigers don’t catch anything by using the same aircraft…

Posted by d ca on 03/19/14 at 04:54 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

I still believe that the Red Wings will pursue a top-pair defenseman during the off-season—put bluntly, it’s time to reinforce the ranks, even if a Timonen or Boyle are inked to a one-year deal, and the cap compliance buy-out market might throw a happy curveball the Wings’ way (that, and Alex Edler’s been so terrible in Vancouver that he’s not worth the whole first-round-pick-2-top-prospect-and-roster-defenseman package anymore)...

But the team won’t make a move if they don’t feel that the market’s got what they want. That’s how the Wings have rolled over the past couple of years, and it’s a bit odd, but with the kids doing well in Grand Rapids, the sense is that Quincey, Lashoff and Kindl are kind of playing for their lives right now, but the team doesn’t want to do anything that would place a roadblock in front of Sproul, Ouellet, Jensen, Marchenko, Backman and possibly Almquist long-term, because the team’s bound to get at least one NHL defenseman out of that sextet.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/19/14 at 05:04 AM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Sproul, Ouellet, Jensen, Marchenko, Backman and possibly Almquist long-term, because the team’s bound to get at least one NHL defenseman out of that sextet.

I’d make Oullett and Marchenko my third pair next year, but that’s just me.

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/19/14 at 08:05 AM ET

tekjansen's avatar

The stratification of the current group of forward prospects is immeasurably helpful, to where we can without much hesitation say goodbye to some of the old dogs like Bertuzzi and Cleary (with Samuelsson and a Tootoo buyout), while valuing the RFAs-to-be.

Exactly how the Wings shake out up front is of great interest, especially with the potential re-signing of Legwand and who would play at center.

Top sixers: Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franzen, Nyquist, Tatar, Weiss
Third liners: Sheahan, Helm, Abdelkader, (Legwand, Alfredsson)
PKers: Miller, Ferraro, Glendening, Andersson

...with Pulkkinen probably not yet ready for primetime, and Jurco on that Tatar-esque level of top six skill but maybe not yet an opportunity. Cory Emmerton gets the Jan Mursak treatment.

And that’s without a possible/likely additional signing of a free agent, because as we’ve seen the last 2-3 years, Holland has (to his credit) oversigned up front for depth for situations half as bad as this season.

On the back end…

1/2: Kronwall
3/4: Ericsson, DeKeyser
4/5: Quincey
5/6: Smith
6/7: Kindl, Lashoff

I feel like the issues of the last 2-3 seasons up front will now be the same with contracts and relative-veteran status giving way towards preference for Lashoff, Kindl, and Smith to retain spots over the AHL kids, particularly Ouellet and Sproul. But regardless of prospect development or jumping another player, the Wings need to add another legitimate top-four piece.

Posted by tekjansen on 03/19/14 at 08:57 AM ET

Leo_Racicot's avatar

I continue to be baffled by Illitch and Devallano’s acceptance of the slipping standards associated with how this team’s roster has been managed over the past 5 years.

If they are going to continue to replace Lidstrom, Rafalski and Stuart’s spots on the roster with AHL-capable defenders for yet another season, fans best get used to the sustained mediocrity that is creeping into this franchise’s m.o. regardless of how spry and youthful the forwards are or how much Jimmy Howard can play to the level he is paid.

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 03/19/14 at 12:36 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

I continue to be baffled by Illitch and Devallano’s acceptance of the slipping standards associated with how this team’s roster has been managed over the past 5 years.

Illitch has but one object of his affection right now: a World Series. If you want the Wings roster to improve, root very hard for the Tigers to win it all.  And it has to be this year cause Scherzer is at the end of his contract.

Posted by MoreShoot on 03/19/14 at 03:10 PM ET

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