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DeKeyser Is Day-To-Day, Kronwall Wants To Play

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

Danny DeKeyser, who did not finish Tuesday night's game in Dallas due to a lower-body injury, is a question mark.

"Danny is day to day right now, so we'll see (Thursday) morning," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "He didn't skate (Wednesday). We'll see (Thursday) how he feels. It's going to be a thing where it's pain tolerance for him."...

Blashill said they will decide Thursday whether Kronwall can play against the Coyotes.

The other concern is the Wings are scheduled to play their first set of back-to-back games Thursday in Arizona and Friday in Las Vegas.

"I think that's something that I'll have conversations with our training staff, with Nik about," Blashill said. "He's not necessarily 100 percent prohibited. It's not necessarily the best thing that you always want to do when a guy comes back after not playing for a long time. But let's see."

Naturally, if Kronwall is cleared to play Thursday, his preference would be to play in both games.

"I'd love to play back to back," Kronwall said. "Once you're going again, you want to play every game. And of course, you talk to the medical team and see what their thoughts are. But if you're healthy, you want to play as many games as possible."

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Haha. Listen to Blashill speaking about Witkowski…

“When he’s in the lineup, if you run short on D, you can slide him back there,” Blashill said. “The hard thing is getting him enough practices at both positions. I don’t want him to be so far in between that he’s not comfortable with either. That’s something that we’ve got to manage.”

Hmm, can I ask you a question Blash? Dekeyser got hurt last game and you were down to 5 d-men. Perfect chance to slide Witkowski back there, as you’ve just explained. Yet you didn’t do that. You ran 5 d-men the rest of the game and worked Green, Ericsson, and Daley to the bone. So this versatility of Witkowski that was used to justify his signing actually ended up being a total FAIL.

And your rationale is you wanted him to be practicing at both positions. Hmm, so then he’s really not that versatile then is he…you know…since you apparently can’t just slide him back there in an emergency and instead need to practice for that. Also, since this practice was so crucial, can you explain why he played the entire pre-season as a forward? We had several meaningless games where he could have “practiced”, yet you squandered that opportunity. And here we are in Game THREE, Game THREE, and he’s too rusty to play defense.

What a joke. Truly a clueless coach. And obviously a GM who refuses to address that…

Posted by fatsavage on 10/11/17 at 06:18 PM ET

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Maybe, just maybe the coaching staff is taking into account that he’s new to the team and to the system and that it takes time to learn and gel with other players and they want to make sure the player is in the best possible situation to succeed. Throwing him out there on D immediately when he’s played almost exclusively forward in the preseason (because we had open forward positions and about 9 defensemen to evaluate) is not in his or the team’s best interest at the current moment. We’ll see him flexed more often as the season develops and he actually has some time to acclimate to the system/new teammates, but practice time is limited. Of all the legitimate gripes to have about Blash/Holland, not using him on D for a period after an injury in just the team’s 3rd game is pretty low on the list.

Posted by Brilith Ruin on 10/11/17 at 06:37 PM ET

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Maybe, just maybe the coaching staff is taking into account that he’s new to the team and to the system and that it takes time to learn and gel with other players and they want to make sure the player is in the best possible situation to succeed. Throwing him out there on D immediately when he’s played almost exclusively forward in the preseason (because we had open forward positions and about 9 defensemen to evaluate) is not in his or the team’s best interest at the current moment. We’ll see him flexed more often as the season develops and he actually has some time to acclimate to the system/new teammates, but practice time is limited. Of all the legitimate gripes to have about Blash/Holland, not using him on D for a period after an injury in just the team’s 3rd game is pretty low on the list.

Posted by Brilith Ruin on 10/11/17 at 06:37 PM ET

We may have had 9 d-men to evaluate but it’s clear the decision was pre-determined. Hicketts outperformed almost all of them. Surely in 1 or 2 of those meaningless games we could have used Witkowski as a d-man.

Is throwing Witkowski on defense ideal - of course not. But finishing the game with 5 d-men, which was essentially just 2 pairings that were run ragged was a worse option. In the end, we barely touched the puck in that 3rd period as our d-men were worked to the ground by the bigger Dallas forwards. People are quick to criticize Green for his giveaway in the final seconds, but this is what happens when you ask a guy to play 26 minutes, while Blashill’s hyped-up versatile Witkowski sat on the bench for 56 out of 60 minutes.

Posted by fatsavage on 10/11/17 at 06:44 PM ET

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I propose kk starts a pool to guess how many games Kronwall actually plays this season. My guess is 25.

Also, given that Nick now has very limited on ice mobility, maybe the more games missed - the better.

Posted by Down River Dan on 10/11/17 at 07:10 PM ET

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No sense to play on one leg imo.
More importantly without somebody going on LTIR we cannot sign AA to even $1.9 contract?

Posted by VPalmer on 10/11/17 at 07:22 PM ET

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Solid retort, BR. I didnt consider that. Makes sense to me.

Posted by ilovehomers on 10/11/17 at 07:51 PM ET

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I propose kk starts a pool to guess how many games Kronwall actually plays this season. My guess is 25.

Also, given that Nick now has very limited on ice mobility, maybe the more games missed - the better.

Posted by Down River Dan on 10/11/17 at 07:10 PM ET

$.25 on 19 games.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 10/11/17 at 09:59 PM ET

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I propose kk starts a pool to guess how many games Kronwall actually plays this season. My guess is 25.

Posted by Down River Dan on 10/11/17 at 07:10 PM ET

I’ll take the under on that all day long!

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 10/12/17 at 08:11 AM ET

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My guess is 25.

I think Kron will play 55 games this season, but in 75% of those game he would look like he should not have played.

Posted by VPalmer on 10/12/17 at 10:48 AM ET

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I can imagine if Mantha, Larkin, AA said publicly they want to play as Kronner and DeK have done.

Do the players (Vets only) decide when the want to play or sit?

Blashill gets no respect from most Wing players especially some Vets.

Odds are Kronner will reinjure some part of his body, sadly soon. Excellent D man before his health sent signals that he should retire.

Lids chose a good time to retire but he did everything right.

Please retire, LTIR soon, Kronner!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 10/12/17 at 01:25 PM ET

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Please retire, LTIR soon, Kronner!

If he retires, the Wings are on the hook for the rest of his contract, as far as the cap hit goes (this year and next at $4.75). He has to show he’s at least trying to come back and play before they put him on LTIR. Please don’t retire yet, Kronner!

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 10/12/17 at 02:21 PM ET

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If he retires, the Wings are on the hook for the rest of his contract, as far as the cap hit goes (this year and next at $4.75).

Uh, nope. He isn’t on a 35+ contract.

If he retires they’re on the hook only for the cap recapture. If he retires after this season then next season’s cap recapture would be $3M.  I’m not sure how it works in mid-season (ie. if he retired today) but if he retired this past summer the Wings’ cap his this year and next would’ve been $2.125M each. I assume if he retired today it would be something similar, $2.?M this year and next.

https://www.wingingitinmotown.com/2016/4/25/11487900/red-wings-cap-recapture-penalties-zetterberg-kronwall-and-franzens

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 10/12/17 at 03:30 PM ET

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Ah, for some reason I thought he was on a 35+ contract. My bad! But it’d still be nice to avoid the recapture penalties… Ergo, better if he goes LTIR than if he retires, which was my basic point.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 10/12/17 at 03:42 PM ET

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