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Tweets and articles from practice: Bertuzzi’s sticking around (for now); Rask vs. Howard on Wed

The Detroit Red Wings hit the ice at Little Caesars Arena just before noon on Tuesday, preparing for big match-ups against the Bruins (on Wednesday) and Maple Leafs (on Friday).

The Wings have won only 1 of their past 10 games (1-5-and-4), including last night's 2-1 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers, but the team insists that its "process" has been good for the past two games.

As the Wings hit the ice at their practice facility, the Free Press's Helene St. James Tweeted this about Tyler Bertuzzi...

The Griffins may need Bertuzzi more than the Wings do at this point. At 9-13-and-3, the Griffins sit next-to-last in the Central Division, some 18 points behind the division-leading Manitoba Moose.

This should also come as no surprise, per MLive's Ansar Khan:

Meanwhile, in Boston...

As the Red Wings' practice continued...

 

In the complementary article category, The Athletic's Craig Custance compared the Panthers and Red Wings...

The Red Wings are embarking on a rebuild, in whatever form it’s going to take over the next few years, and on the ice opposing them was a franchise that got the hardest part right. They hit the lottery and landed a franchise defenseman in Aaron Ekblad. Tallon wisely grabbed Aleksander Barkov with the No. 2 overall pick in 2013, a player who fulfills the much-needed No. 1 center spot in a rebuild. If the Panthers ever get good, Barkov will be a player the hockey world falls in love with. Jonathan Huberdeau has grown into a point-per-game player.

The Panthers swiped Vincent Trocheck right out from under the noses of the Red Wings, grabbing him in the third round while he was playing in Saginaw. Detroit passed on him three times in the second round. That’s another good, young center on the team.

These are the toughest moves to make. These are the kind of players the Red Wings desperately need. And yet, when the two squared off, there was no discernible difference between the two teams. Yes, you’d trade the Red Wings roster for the Panthers roster tomorrow in the name of long-term building, but on the ice in the moment, Detroit was every bit as competitive.

So why haven’t the Panthers taken the leap? And what can the Red Wings and other rebuilding teams learn to avoid the same mistakes?

Custance continues (paywall)...

Elsewhere, Orono, Maine's WABI profiled Red Wings prospect Chase Pearson, who has yet to score a goal this season for the University of Maine Black Bears...

If you want to buy a Toledo Walleye "Chewbacca Jersey," the Walleye's official store is selling them...

In Ottawa, Canada's World Junior Selection Camp is getting underway, so Dennis Cholowski will begin competing for a spot on Canada's World Junior Championship roster...

In Plymouth, the Michigan State University Spartans will be playing against the NTDP this weekend...

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ilovehomers's avatar

Well, the lines are sticking together.  Blash didn’t have to make a declaration about it this time, though.

The MO about Hicketts was that he wont come up for just one temporary call up.

Yet, here is lil’ bert, getting a call up that could be permanent based on an open roster spot. But it doesn’t look like it will be. There is simply no room on the roster for any more kids to earn a “full time” spot when the team is healthy.

Maybe Lil’ Bert is just another Mitch Callahan.

Posted by ilovehomers on 12/12/17 at 01:38 PM ET

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How dare Custance question the Wings drafting?? Captain Hindsight at its finest. Total cherry-picking.

I mean, when your roster included an ageing Lidstrom, Rafalski, and Chelios…you would think that one way to plan for their departure would be to draft lots of d-men leading up to that. But the FACT is, the Wings drafted FEWER d-men during those years than every other NHL franchise. And in most cases, the d-men we did select were in late rounds. It’s like, we drafted Kindl and Smith, and that should be good enough, right guys? But it’s taboo to even question that philosophy.

It’s apparently taboo to ask why we continued to draft skilled wingers - Nyquist, Tatar, Jurco, Pulkinnen, Svech, etc…when we had no 1C anywhere in the system. Fans during the 2010 draft were begging for Kuznetsov. But we played it safe and took Sheahan. How is that hindsight when fans were saying that right then at the draft?

In 2011, it was mentioned that Trochek played right in front of us in Saginaw. Richard Rakell was a stud at Plymouth. As fans are we not allowed to ask why we prioritized yet another soft, skilled winger like Jurco?

Were the lessons of 2009 not in the back of the Wings mind, when they passed on the beast centre named Ryan O’Reilly to select, yet another undersized winger in Landon Ferraro? Why wasn’t that 2009 mistake on top of their minds in 2011, when they made the same mistake?

I’m not naively saying we should be the ones finding every gem and being infallible at the draft. I’m not naive. But it’s just as naive to bury your heads in the sand and claim any critique of our drafting strategy is just Captain Hindsight. Sorry. In a lot of cases, the actual draft philosophy is very flawed. An absence of d-men, wasting 1st rounders on goalies, skilled wingers rather than anyone that could develop into a 1C or even a 2C. Terrible strategy.

Posted by fatsavage on 12/12/17 at 02:16 PM ET

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They hit the lottery and landed a franchise defenseman in Aaron Ekblad. Tallon wisely grabbed Aleksander Barkov with the No. 2 overall pick in 2013

And they were still behind us in the standings as of yesterday and our current highest draft pick is #15. Two top picks (3 and 4 years ago) and still nothing to show for and I mean nothing. Shows that much more is needed than just hitting a lottery.

Posted by VPalmer on 12/12/17 at 02:58 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

much more is needed than just hitting a lottery.

Absolutely this.

....but starting there doesn’t hurt. smile

Posted by ilovehomers on 12/12/17 at 03:04 PM ET

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How dare Custance question the Wings drafting?? Captain Hindsight at its finest. Total cherry-picking.

Paul, I thought you wanted this to stop?

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 12/12/17 at 03:10 PM ET

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They hit the lottery and landed a franchise defenseman in Aaron Ekblad. Tallon wisely grabbed Aleksander Barkov with the No. 2 overall pick in 2013

And they were still behind us in the standings as of yesterday and our current highest draft pick is #15. Two top picks (3 and 4 years ago) and still nothing to show for and I mean nothing. Shows that much more is needed than just hitting a lottery.

Posted by VPalmer on 12/12/17 at 01:58 PM ET

Yes I think the Panthers had fortunate places to draft, but also mismanaged a number of assets, and obviously had to “restart” their rebuild with new management. Then came a meddling owner that removed Tallon and Gallant, gave full authority to Rowe, who was a complete disaster. So now they had to re-set again. I believe they would have been much further along if the owner stayed out of it and let Tallon do his thing.

But at this point they have many good building blocks for the future, with superior talent to us. Anyone would take Barkov over Larkin, Huberdeau over say Mantha, Ekblad over Dekeyser or whatever trash we call a blueline. Their core is also locked-up to long-term deals so their cap is pretty healthy. Will just need more patience to turn them around.

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

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Heard a rumour that the Oilers are finalizing a deal for Hutchinson. So Mrazek not being moved. Although it was one of those…I know a guy who knows a guy type of rumours. If we aren’t going to play Mrazek, nor qualify him, then we might as well get whatever we can for him.

Posted by fatsavage on 12/12/17 at 03:18 PM ET

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An absence of d-men, wasting 1st rounders on goalies, skilled wingers rather than anyone that could develop into a 1C or even a 2C. Terrible strategy.

Posted by fatsavage on 12/12/17 at 01:16 PM ET

This reminds me of the Lions in the past i.e. drafting wide receivers and linebackers instead of offensive linemen. You know, the cornerstone of a winning football team. Also, I find it interesting that the Tigers are trying to move contracts and are embracing a full rebuild and yet the Wings are trying to hang on. For some reason.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 12/12/17 at 05:05 PM ET

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Heard a rumour that the Oilers are finalizing a deal for Hutchinson.

You’d think the Oiler’s blogs would be lit up if this rumor had any real validity…....

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 12/12/17 at 06:22 PM ET

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