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‘Three Things’: On Mike Green, Dennis Cholowski and more mid-season grades

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. Hockeybuzz's Bob Duff duly noted that Mike Green may be the Red Wings' disposable All-Star as he may be traded at or before the trade deadline:

Green is also experienced enough to understand the realities of the game. He’s in the last year of his deal with the Wings and would prove invaluable to a contender as a rental player, meaning he will be highly sought after at the NHL trade deadline. The Wings should be able to command a high price for his services.

“Yeah, I’ve been in the league for a while,” Green said. “I understand. I’m day-to-day. I don’t think about it. The chips will fall where they fall.”

Until that day comes, Green intends to focus on how he can help the Wings while he’s still here.

“We have the ability to be fast and when we play fast, I think we create a lot of confusion for the other team,” Green said. “Not only that, I think we have some skill players up front that can create a lot of offense, as long as we sustain pressure in the O-zone and we don’t sit back on our heels and let the other team come to us.”

Duff continues; I'm happy for Green being picked, but I was very surprised that Dylan Larkin didn't get the ASG nod;

2. After the WHL's Prince George Cougars traded Dennis Cholowski to the Portland Winterhawks, the Cougars' front office spoke incredibly highly of Cholowski's leadership and play, as noted by the Prince George Citizen:

Through 37 games, Cholowski was second in team scoring with 39 points and had 13 goals. He led the Cougars with 26 assists, a plus-9 rating and also had a team high 15 power-play assists. He ranked sixth in scoring among WHL defencemen, second in goals and eighth in assists. Not bad for a 10th round bantam pick.


“When Dennis came here in the summer, (the question was) can he get to the promised land and the playoffs and I don’t think that’s far off, he got us pretty close and we’re not done,” said Harkins. “I think with these young guys when they get settled down in the dressing room I think we’ll have a push here to catch one of these teams and make the playoffs.”


Cougars head coach Richard Matvichuk, a Stanley Cup-winning defenceman for the Dallas Stars in 1999, said Cholowski established himself immediately as an impact player, on and off the ice, and said he will be missed.

“Dennis is an NHL’er without a doubt, he’s made a commitment that he really wants to play pro hockey and the way he carries himself, the things he does on and off the ice, like no other, it’s just a matter of time before he’s in a Red Wings uniform,” said Matvichuk.

“His leadership where he brought the kids along - the (Cole) Mobergs, the (Jack) Sanders - and they just followed him. It was great to have him here. It’s chance for us to rebuild and a chance for him to go be successful and play in some big games, playing some big minutes, which is what he’s going to need once he gets to Detroit.”


3. The Athletic's Prasanth Iyer issued his player grades this morning:

Dylan Larkin: Quarter Grade (A-) | Midseason Grade (A)

Larkin continues to be Detroit's best player on a nightly basis. He leads the team with 28 assists and 34 points and has not gone more than three games without recording a point. He also leads the team with a 52.62% 5v5 score-adjusted Corsi For percentage. He's a zone entry monster on the power play and is a major part of the success of Detroit's second power play unit. I could probably scrounge up another three or four stats that further strengthen my case for giving Larkin an “A” but I don't think I need them. There's very little to criticize with Larkin's game this year.

Iyer continues (paywall)...

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TreKronor's avatar

I guess I don’t get the frustration with a Larkin snub.  He may be our best producing forward right now, but he’s 56th in Points in the league among forwards, while Green is 20th among dmen. 

The Wings are only going to have one player represented because no one is having an All Star season, so it makes sense to me it would be Green.

Posted by TreKronor on 01/11/18 at 10:48 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

The only issues I have with Green being an All-Star are as follows:

1. No Larkin vs. McDavid fastest skater competition;

2. Green probably won’t be a Red Wing in a month.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 01/11/18 at 11:13 AM ET


I’m excited to see what Cholowski can do with some talent around him.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 01/11/18 at 11:19 AM ET


I really don’t pay that much attention to the all star bs. Doesn’t do much for me.

Posted by SlimChance on 01/11/18 at 11:20 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Rumor is, if you’re in the All Star game your trade value goes up 3-fold.

*I just started that rumor to raise his trade value*  Shhhhhh…. wink

Posted by TreKronor on 01/11/18 at 11:57 AM ET


I wouldn’t call my feelings on Larkin “frustration”. I was just very surprised. He’s been our best player by far this year and for the last two months, Green has been ice cold.  Like George, I also really wanted to see him in the fastest skater competition. I won’t be losing any sleep over it, but it certainly caught me off guard.

Posted by Brilith Ruin on 01/11/18 at 12:11 PM ET


I’m happy Larkin didn’t make it for the sole reason that this team is in salary cap hell and him making the ASG would only driver his RFA price up even further next year.

Posted by Charles1986 on 01/11/18 at 12:52 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Cholowski’s playing in my back yard?  Sweet!

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 01/11/18 at 02:35 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 01/11/18 at 02:35 PM ET

Please give us your scouting reports!

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/11/18 at 10:25 PM ET


Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 01/11/18 at 02:35 PM ET

Me too. See you at the games….

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 01/12/18 at 01:11 PM ET

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