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Wings Extend Contract Of Brian Lashoff

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Detroit, MI…Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President/General Manager Ken Holland today announced that defensemen Brian Lashoff has been re-signed to a three-year contract through the 2015-16 season.  In keeping with club policy, additional terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Lashoff, 22, has appeared in 15 games for Detroit and 36 games for the Wings American Hockey League affiliate Grand Rapids this season.  Lashoff’s Detroit totals include his first career goal in his first NHL game during Detroit’s season-opener at St. Louis on Jan. 19, 2013 along with two assists for three points and four PIMs.  In Grand Rapids this season, he tallied six points (2G-4A) in addition to 23 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of +4.

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SYF's avatar

Whooo hooo!

Love it.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/25/13 at 03:36 PM ET

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Good signing! I like the way he plays so early in his NHL career !

Looks might have found another FA/Tryout Gem in GR D Man Chad Billins also.

Prospects looking pretty good!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 02/25/13 at 03:42 PM ET

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Does this impact what happens as soon as Smith, Colo, and Q are healthy?  That is, does this signing mean one of either Colo, Q, Huskins or Kindl are gone?  I gotta say that the Kindl-Huskins pair has been not bad the last few games.  Hopefully Lashoff doesn’t go back to GR, but that means someone else has to go.

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/25/13 at 03:47 PM ET

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That is, does this signing mean one of either Colo, Q, Huskins or Kindl are gone?

I don’t think so.  Lashoff is still on a two-way contract this year, so he can still be sent back down I would think.  Having said that, it would be nice if they could/would get rid of Quincey and keep Lashoff around.

Posted by Garth on 02/25/13 at 03:49 PM ET

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A Stuart with no outside connections. Me like it.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 02/25/13 at 03:50 PM ET

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applaud applaud!

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 02/25/13 at 03:53 PM ET

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Maybe the question is who is trade-able.  The guy has fit in pretty good.  Plays within himself much more than Q.  If Kenny is considering value irt contract size, Q would have to be out.  Even Kindl might be better per dollar, although he may be the trade piece.

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/25/13 at 03:54 PM ET

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Oh and Ben Marshall from the Minnesota Gophers?  19, you’re gonna like him a lot, too.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/25/13 at 03:57 PM ET

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Posted by MoreShoot on 02/25/13 at 03:54 PM ET

It would be nice if they could find someone who would take Quincey’s contract…

Posted by Garth on 02/25/13 at 04:01 PM ET

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So the pessimist in me asks: will this make Lashoff too comfortable now, and as a result his game falters a bit?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 02/25/13 at 04:01 PM ET

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it’s weird, because i never thought he was up to much in the OHL, or a Grand Rapids, but he’s been damn solid since he got a chance here…

great signing..

Posted by Pharazon from England on 02/25/13 at 04:02 PM ET

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yeah, this was a no brainer. he’s been rock solid, couldn’t ask for more.

i would sure send him down if everyone got healthy. we’d still be one too many bodies. 

here’s the bodies we’d have if everyone we’re healthy:

Kronner, White, Big Rig, Lash, Colo, Smith, Quincey, Kindl, Huskins

that’s 9. we could keep 8 dmen, but generally seem to keep 7. I think the focus would be on keeping as many of these guys as possible for the playoffs. If Lash is the only one who can be sent down, that would allow us to keep one extra guy on the roster and then he can be brought back up for the playoffs. Huskins has been solid enough that I feel like there’s a good chance he’d be claimed if we waive him. Throw in the fact we probably want to upgrade at the trade deadline and we definitely could have a logjam in the back. I think Kindl’s days are numbered, but he’s an upcoming FA and it seems unlikely anyone is going to trade for him.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 02/25/13 at 04:18 PM ET

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Outstanding! smile

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 02/25/13 at 04:20 PM ET

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. I think Kindl’s days are numbered, but he’s an upcoming FA and it seems unlikely anyone is going to trade for him.

Even with Lashoff in GR—sigh—that still leaves 8, and with Kindl, as you say, an unlikely trade, that, to me, says waive one of Kindl or Q?

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/25/13 at 04:35 PM ET

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Even with Lashoff in GR—sigh—that still leaves 8, and with Kindl, as you say, an unlikely trade, that, to me, says waive one of Kindl or Q?

I doubt it.  They’re going to need as many warm bodies on defense as possible, especially with the way that injuries have gone this year.  And Ialso think, the way things are going this season, the day they waive a defenseman is the day that one gets a long-term injury.

On the unlikely occasion that the whole d-corps is healthy I would assume they’re going to keep 8 defensemen on the roster.

I think Kindl’s days are numbered, but he’s an upcoming FA and it seems unlikely anyone is going to trade for him.

I don’t know.  If he continues to play well he should stick around, but of course he appears not to be on Babcock’s favoured list, so who knows.

He is, however, going to be an RFA instead of a UFA at the end of the year, so if he plays well enough he might have some trade value.

Posted by Garth on 02/25/13 at 04:42 PM ET

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I don’t know.  If he continues to play well he should stick around, but of course he appears not to be on Babcock’s favoured list, so who knows.

I think Babcock needs to stop trying to tell him how to play in a way that doesn’t suit him.  Kindl can be physical, but I don’t think it’s his game.  I think Babcock gets him all fired up about hitting and he forgets how to skate and handle the puck smartly, which strike me as his best assets.  I also noticed in the Vancouver game that he appear to be one of only 3 Dmen we have that can shoot a puck from the blue line to the goal without hitting someone every time.

Posted by MoreShoot on 02/25/13 at 04:49 PM ET

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Lashoff’s Detroit totals include his first career goal in his first NHL game during Detroit’s season-opener at St. Louis on Jan. 19, 2013

Pretty sure we got shut out in the season opener, he did score his first goal against Cbus though.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/25/13 at 05:07 PM ET

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which was the first goal by a Red Wing this year.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/25/13 at 05:08 PM ET

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Slash - rocks(!)

Disco Stu, Jr.  - - Big, stays home.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 02/25/13 at 05:21 PM ET

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Three games into his career I found myself saying, “I’d buy a Lashoff jersey. That kid plays with heart.”  So I approve of this extension.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 02/25/13 at 05:39 PM ET

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What a great surprize he has been.  And as long as we have Coliocovo (sp) we are always going to need an extra quality guy.

Posted by Colquhoun on 02/25/13 at 05:44 PM ET

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Kudos to the Wings organization.
They recognized his value, and rapidly promoted hm through the organization.

Lashoff did not cost a draft pick, and at age 22 he has a lot of upside.
He will never be an “offensive” defenseman, but you do not need or even want all your D to be offense-oriented.
You need the big guys to protect the crease, knock people down, block shots, kill penalties, and intimidate people.  Think: Brad Stuart and/or Vlady Konstantinov.

Besides his size and skill, Lashoff appears to be a very intelligent guy, which is important.  A defenseman needs to think 2 or 3 moves ahead (ala Lidstrom) to anticipate and stop the scoring attempt.

Another thing:  He appears to be durable!  And just like a Ram-tough pickup truck, the Wings need guys like that.

Keep up the good work Lash!

Posted by w2j2 on 02/25/13 at 05:49 PM ET

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Garth, a player having a two- or one-way contract has no bearing on whether or not the team can send him down. It’s all about when he started playing pro and how many games he has under his belt. When we’re talking waivers, that is.

Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 02/25/13 at 06:16 PM ET

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Congrats Lash. You deserve it to come up from not being drafted, play in the AHL, and perform so well when brought up as an emergency call up. As Mick says ” you made hay when vthe sun was shinin”. Who will go when and if we ever have 9 healthy d-men? Q for starters IMO. but we shall find out soon. Is the trade deadline March 9th? Time to earn your pay Kenny.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 02/25/13 at 06:22 PM ET

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Capgeek has it at 3yrs, $750k per.  Two thumbs up for this deal!

Posted by maltby18 on 02/25/13 at 06:40 PM ET

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Q won’t get waived. that’d be TWO first rounders holland burned to TWICE let him go for nothing. stuff like that costs GMs their jobs.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 02/25/13 at 06:41 PM ET

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stuff like that costs GMs their jobs.

If the owner OKs you trading away a first, then re-signing the guy for too much, I think he might have a bit of slack on his leash…

Posted by Garth on 02/25/13 at 06:52 PM ET

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I’m guessing that this is to soften the blow for when he gets sent down if the Wings defense ever gets healthy.

Posted by Garth on 02/25/13 at 07:17 PM ET

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To all those numb-nuts who talk about waiving or trading Q… That is pretty crazy… I know he is not #5, but he has a team leading +10. His offensive production is currently 0, but he is still a solid D-man. Let’s stop bashing him and give credit where credit is due.

Posted by alukacs on 02/25/13 at 07:47 PM ET

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credit where credit is due.

OK fine, he’s good at being on the ice when the Wings score.

Posted by Garth on 02/25/13 at 07:57 PM ET

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For 3 years at 750k this is about as low a risk signing as there is.  If Lashoff develops anything it can be a huge steal.  If he remains what he is (6th dman/AHL guy) then he’ll be a decent asset.

And if the wheels fall off, nothing lost.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 02/25/13 at 08:11 PM ET

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Garth - Yes, he is good at being on the ice when we score (he does not have any points so far) and also good at being on the ice when the opponent does not score 5 on 5. I like a player who does that, even if his name is Quincey and we gave up a first rounder for him.

Of course, +/- is not everything (look at Kronwall), but let’s not give Quincey away for a bag of pucks.

Posted by alukacs on 02/25/13 at 09:22 PM ET

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That is pretty crazy… I know he is not #5, but he has a team leading +10.

Posted by alukacs on 02/25/13 at 07:47 PM ET

Ok, this just CANNOT be right…  I refuse to believe this!

Posted by Zqto on 02/25/13 at 09:27 PM ET

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I know he is not #5, but he has a team leading +10.

That just blew my mind….

Posted by cainer4wingsglory on 02/25/13 at 11:13 PM ET

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The +10 part that is.

Posted by cainer4wingsglory on 02/25/13 at 11:14 PM ET

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what’s more is that as of his injury, Quincey was also leading the team in blocked shots, an important stat this day and age and one he deserves credit for. It is strange that to my eye, like most of you, Quincey has looked pretty average at best. But to lead the team in +/- AND blocked shots has to be worth something (like maybe he’s not as bad as he looks????? i say sheepishly…)

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 02/26/13 at 03:02 AM ET

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Lashoff has been one of the few consistent bright spots for the club this year. He never projected to be a star, and certainly still doesn’t, but if he progresses along the lines of what he is now, he could be a real good, affordable, #4 or #5 D for a lot of years.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 02/26/13 at 08:09 AM ET

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Quincey was also leading the team in blocked shots

Blocked shots and most-likely shot attempts blocked.  Maybe that’s Kyle Quincey’s lot in life, to both offensively and defensively make sure that shot attempts hit shinpads.

We could call him Fenwick.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/26/13 at 10:45 AM ET

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From TMR:

Brian Lashoff #23: Lashoff still makes occasional defensive gaffes, and he made a big one on Friday, getting caught up ice and witnessing a goal being scored on his goalie as a direct result, but as he said yesterday, he understands that even a Brad Stuart II in the making has a ways to go before he’s ready for prime time.

But he’s close, and he is generally impeccable and admirable defensively, solid and sound as can be as a shot-blocker, penalty-killer, physical and sometimes nasty defenseman and a natural leader, the level-headed Lashoff can also man a power play point when necessary, take long shifts and gobble up ice time if necessary, fire off superb outlet passes and hard shots, and if he’s asked to play an offensive role, he can more than get the job done on an interim basis. He’s just best suited to a #3/4 defenseman’s spot as a mobile Swiss Army Knife, and he’s still all of 22, going into his second full season with the Griffins. He needs to keep gaining experience, keep building up an already professional fitness level and just put in his time as he slowly works his way toward earning a full-time spot on the Wings’ blueline.

That, and you might not meet a better human being. Hide your daughters.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 02/26/13 at 11:36 AM ET

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