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‘Three Things’: An assistant coach ‘off the board,’ a Larkin feature and talkin’ bout Tyson Barrie

Updated 3x at 1:51 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Tampa Bay Lightning hired Todd Richards as an assistant coach, and that narrows the field that the Red Wings are talking to. Dave Cameron, John Torchetti and Marc Crawford Mike Yeo may be the facorites for the job--I think that the Wings will go with Torchetti--but the Lightning let Steve Thomas go in order to hire Richards, and Thomas would be a fine addition to the power play.

In any case, the beat writers have reported that the Wings will name an assistant coach sometime this week.

2. Michigan Hockey's Michael Caples penned a fine feature article about Dylan Larkin:

3. And ESPN's Matthew Collier suggests that the Red Wings could be one of the teams that target Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie:

Detroit Red Wings

Key returning defensemen:

Red Wings Player Age Contract expiration Even-strength points per 60
Mike Green 30 2018 0.64
Niklas Kronwall 35 2019 0.55
Jonathan Ericsson 32 2020 0.82
Brendan Smith 27 2017 0.79
Danny DeKeyser 26 RFA 0.68

Hockey Town is severely lacking in talent on its blue line. Last offseason, the Red Wings went to the free agent market to improve their struggling defensive group and spent $6 million per year through 2018 on former Washington Capital Mike Green. The move fell mostly flat in the first season, as Green only added 35 points -- a far cry from his 70-point days with the Caps.

Four of Detroit's seven established defensemen are over the age of 30, including 32-year-old Jonathan Ericsson, who is under contract through 2020. It would take some finagling with the salary cap, but the Red Wings' talented young forwards -- starting with dynamic star-in-the-making Dylan Larkin -- could be a terror in the East if they had some help on defense, and one of the non-Larkin pieces could be part of the package heading back to Colorado.

Collier continues in an Insider-only piece, and Barrie, who's only 5'10" and 190 pounds, is still an intriguing target. He posted 13 goals, 36 assists and 49 points this past season.


Update: Chris Osgood appeared on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM on Tuesday morning, mostly discussing the Stanley Cup Final with "Sean, Maz and Marc":

Update #2: One never knows about the Fourth Period because they cite no sources:

The Minnesota Wild attracted interest in defenseman Jonas Brodin this past season, prior to the trade deadline, and further inquiries are expected to be made this month.

Brodin, 22, has five-years remaining on his contract, which comes with an annual salary cap hit of $4.167 million.

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher wasn't shopping Brodin, but he did receive plenty of interest in him during the season and with the NHL Draft quickly approaching, trade talks could intensify in the coming weeks.

The Edmonton Oilers, Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers have reportedly expressed interest in Brodin.

Update #3: Here's even more from the Fourth Period:

The Winnipeg Jets aren't actively looking to ship 22-year-old defenseman Jacob Trouba out of town, but they are willing to listen to what other teams have to say about possibility acquiring him.

Trouba, a pending restricted free agent, is in line for a big raise following his entry-level contract.

The Jets certainly value what Trouba brings to their team, but with other holes on the roster, primarily up front, Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff could explore moving Trouba for a top-line talent.

The Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Los Angeles Kings are among the teams to be believed to have expressed interest in Trouba.

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Dave Cameron, John Torchetti and Marc Crawford may be the facorites for the job

Crawford took the Sens associate coach job.

Posted by Garth on 06/07/16 at 12:14 PM ET


The move fell mostly flat in the first season, as Green only added 35 points—a far cry from his 70-point days with the Caps.

Nobody- that is NOBODY- expected that he was going to put up 2009-10 numbers.

Posted by Garth on 06/07/16 at 12:16 PM ET

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I believe the Red Wings need to look very carefully at Ben Lovejoy.  He has been very close to great in the playoffs and I suspect his skill package is very close to what my beloved Red Wings need.

I can live with any of the potential assistant coaches.  Let us get this completed.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 06/07/16 at 12:20 PM ET

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Nobody- that is NOBODY- expected that he was going to put up 2009-10 numbers.

Posted by Garth on 06/07/16 at 12:16 PM ET

Yup. We may have preferred he put up a few more points for that contract. We hoped he could turn around the power play. Those things didn’t happen the way we had hoped, but he also saw a lot of second PP time, and fit in with the overall team offensive struggles.

But, to point 3, the Wings should absolutely be in the mix for Tyson Barrie. Yes he’s 5-10. So was Rafalski, He’s very talented. Great at moving the puck and putting up points. Plus all that is on a really bad Colorado team that doesn’t seem to value his talents. If Detroit can land Barrie or Shattenkirk this offseason, I would be thrilled.

Posted by nEgativezEro on 06/07/16 at 12:38 PM ET

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We hoped he could turn around the power play.

Posted by nEgativezEro on 06/07/16 at 12:38 PM ET

He might have, had he actually gotten more PP opportunities than he did.

Posted by Primis on 06/07/16 at 12:47 PM ET

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but the Lightning let Steve Thomas go in order to hire Richards, and Thomas would be a fine addition to the power play.

Bring back Stumpy!!!!

I’d be happy if Kenny somehow lucked into trading for Brodin or Barrie.  Both solid, young defensemen.  Obviously, I’m holding out the most hope for Trouba, but either/both of those kids would be an upgrade to our D-corps.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 06/07/16 at 02:36 PM ET


I think we need to get both. Ship away some of our assets and and sign two of these D men. Then have Erricson ride the bench or trade Smith so these guys fit in. D65/Brodin. Green/Berrie or Smith/Kron/Marachenko. We need a new look.

Posted by Pasha1277 on 06/07/16 at 02:38 PM ET

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Tyson Barrie has been brutal defensively. Jonas Brodin’s numbers didn’t stand out this season - 2G, 5A, -5. Jacob Trouba, however, 6’ 3”, Righty from Rochester…me like.

Posted by SnarkinLarkin on 06/07/16 at 05:06 PM ET

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Give me Trouba, or give me a Caps sweater!

I like Barrie, Brodin not so much. Trouba is perfect for this team though. Immediate top pairing guy to play with DK.

DeKeyser gets to be more offensive (a part of his talent pool I think that has a lot of untapped potential) because he has a partner that can actually play D. Not to mention we get some physicality and who wouldn’t want a top pairing with the reach of two 6’2”+ guys on it?

Kronwall can still be a 2nd pairing guy, so can Green. Give Kronwall an offseason for rehab, he’ll be okay. If there’s a skating issue, I’d be thrilled to see the Brendan Smith from the Tampa series playing alongside Green. Either way I think that’s a solid and BALANCED #2 pairing.

As for your #3 pick one of Smith/Kronwall and your best GR kid. The other GR kid is the 7th man, and as with all of my prospective DRW offseason plans, Ericsson will be shot out of a cannon into the sun.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 06/08/16 at 08:37 AM ET

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