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Xavier Ouellet’s Summer Plans

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Ouellet's not a fighter but he had three fighting majors and showed a willingness to stick up for teammates.

"I think my hockey sense and my compete level allowed me to play all these games this year," Ouellet said. "I obviously got to keep working on a lot of things on the ice but one thing I'm going to do for sure is complete every night."

Ouellet said his off-season objectives will be different this time.

"My goal last summer was to get a little bigger, a little stronger, which I did," he said. "I'm happy about. But I think moving on now, I need to work on speed, maybe get a little lighter, but stay as strong. I'm going to try to get a little faster, a little quicker on the ice."

Despite taking strides this season, Ouellet's future with the organization is in doubt because he's a candidate to be selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the June 21 expansion draft.

Chances are, the three defensemen the Red Wings opt to protect will be Danny DeKeyser, Mike Green and Nick Jensen.

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Primis's avatar

It’s really too bad DET cant swap a protected d-man for an extra protected forward.

Because truthfully, whoever that third d-man protected with Green and DeKeyser would probably be better spent using that spot to save another forward.

That’s the sad state of the d. corps right now.  Some teams will consider protecting 4 d-men.  DET probably doesn’t even have 3 worth doing it for.

Posted by Primis on 04/20/17 at 08:38 AM ET

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It will be sad to lose XO, at times he has been our best dman this season.
Is he really worse than DK? Is he $3-4 mil per year worse than DK?

Posted by VPalmer on 04/20/17 at 09:28 AM ET

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Because truthfully, whoever that third d-man protected with Green and DeKeyser would probably be better spent using that spot to save another forward.

Wow, you’re hilarious!  Which forwards do Detroit desperately need to protect that they can’t?

Let’s check the list: Z, Nielsen, AA, Mantha, Tatar, Nyquist.  Detroit doesn’t even have seven forwards that deserve to be protected.  Abdelkader?  Helm?  Glendening?  Sheahan?  Give me a break.

It would be better for the Wings if they could protect those six forwards plus Green, Jensen, XO and Sproul.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 04/20/17 at 09:33 AM ET

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It would be better for the Wings if they could protect those six forwards plus Green, Jensen, XO and Sproul.

I would protect XO ahead of Abby too, but it will never happen

Posted by VPalmer on 04/20/17 at 09:53 AM ET

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Chances are, the three defensemen the Red Wings opt to protect will be Danny DeKeyser, Mike Green and Nick Jensen.

Or, you could protect Green, Jensen and XO.  let DDK get taken.  Then trade Nyquist plus a pick to Nashville for Ekholm, who they likely will not be able to protect.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/20/17 at 10:16 AM ET

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I’m not worried about losing a forward unless Holland is a total moron and doesn’t protect AA or Mantha.

I’d like to keep XO but have a feeling he’ll be exposed and picked unless Holland is willing to expose DDK. I think he’ll want another season to prove that signing correct. Exposing DDK and the right combination of forwards is the best way to rid one bad contract. That would be my approach.

Posted by evileye on 04/20/17 at 11:55 AM ET

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at times he has been our best dman this season.
Is he really worse than DK? Is he $3-4 mil per year worse than DK?

Posted by VPalmer on 04/20/17 at 09:28 AM ET

What times would those be the seconds where he’s the first dman on the ice for warmups?

I like X’s pontential and I don’t want to lose him, its been said, and I agree it takes a solid 3-4 years to know what an NHL DMan is, but he was not that good last year, he played protected 3rd pairing minutes, and Jensen flew right by him.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 04/20/17 at 12:35 PM ET

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Jensen flew right by him.

Defensively (at least positionally) XO is much better than Jensen imo.

What times would those be the seconds where he’s the first dman on the ice for warmups?

is this the best way to express your opinion that you think DK is a better dman than XO?

Posted by VPalmer on 04/20/17 at 12:42 PM ET

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Posted by VPalmer on 04/20/17 at 12:42 PM ET

Not surprisingly, the team disagrees with your assessment based on minutes and match-ups.

I think XO last season was our 6th best defensemen, maybe as high as 5th when Russo was in the lineup, tops is pretty funny, and comparable to saying Nosek was our best forward.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 04/20/17 at 12:46 PM ET

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Not surprisingly, the team disagrees with your assessment

And that’s perfectly fine with me. As far as I can see, the team (KH and Blashill) are making all the right decisions and led our team to 25th place in the league and one playoff series win in the last 6 years.

Posted by VPalmer on 04/20/17 at 12:57 PM ET

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As far as I can see, the team (KH and Blashill) are making all the right decisions and led our team to 25th place in the league and one playoff series win in the last 6 years.

BOOM goes the dynamite! And didn’t make a passive-aggressive personal affront about another poster.

#WINNING

Posted by ilovehomers on 04/20/17 at 01:07 PM ET

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I’m cool with protecting Danny DeKeyser, Mike Green and Nick Jensen. Would you rather protect Ericsson? If DK is left unprotected and he’s picked up do we really have another D-man with as much experience or is that much better to take his minutes? I don’t think so.

I like keeping Green because 1. He has more time to mentor players like Jensen and possibly Sproul. 2. He has trade value at the trade deadline if the Wings are out of the playoff hunt as opposed to losing him for nothing.

Nick Jensen looked great for a player with virtually no NHL experience. He was also the go-to defenseman during the Griffins’ cup run.

XO seems solid, but not spectacular.

For those saying the Wings should only protect 2 defensemen or 4 defensemen or 2 goalies (like HSJ), remember, if you don’t go with the 7-3-1 option then you only get to protect 8 players if you want to pick and choose.

Posted by SnarkinLarkin on 04/20/17 at 01:25 PM ET

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Nick Jensen looked great for a player with virtually no NHL experience. He was also the go-to defenseman during the Griffins’ cup run

What I like most about Jensen is that he owns his mistakes, and seems capable of identifying specifically what his shortcomings are.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/20/17 at 02:02 PM ET

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I like the tactic of forcing LV to take a bad contract (exposing Dekeyser rather than XO) though one of the reasons it won’t happen is linked to one of the reasons I would like to see it happen (I don’t think Holland is capable of moving out a big, long-term contract otherwise, such as in a trade).

It would also be nice to see Nyquist moved as part of a deal for better long-term help in defense,
but that’s a trick Holland hasn’t been willing or able to pull off, even when Nyquist looked like
a more impactful scorer.

If Dekeyser really has so much more long-term value in general (to a currently better team, over Ouellet) than he has for us, given where the Wings realistically are and at his age and price, then explore trades for him.

But I doubt Holland can or will be able to effectively do that either.

The Wings aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. The maximum leverage we have with LV and best chance to
reshape the team is to force them to take a bad deal or, to at least offer us something, instead of having to select a bad deal or a completely unproven fringe player.

But if Holland really thinks he should and can make deals with the idea of getting back to the playoffs next season, then we’re not even talking the same strategy, let alone best tactics to implement it. 

There was a lot of back and forth debate yesterday that seemed to revolve around whether Holland was competent to do a rebuid/reshape. Well, antecedent to being able to, doesn’t he have to first agree that it’s necessary and desirable to? That’s the whole issue. He doesn’t appear to think it’s necessary or desirable and is instead going to try and get back into the playoffs next season. He keeps saying so every time he’s interviewed. Forget about anonymous sources, Holland himself was quoted as considering using the Wings extra picks to get an established player to try and help win now. That’s how I read that quote anyway.

Posted by Lefty30 on 04/20/17 at 02:03 PM ET

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“Buffalo Sabres fire Dan Bylsma, Tim Murray in stunning housecleaning”
When do we have ours?

Posted by 1718 on 04/20/17 at 02:19 PM ET

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We would look at Buffalo and see: higher expectations for even a younger, recently rebuilding team.

But, based on his many recent interviews, Holland might simply see the shakeup in Buffalo
as more reason to stay the course (because, see, rebuilds can go nowhere; and, because
a young rebuilding team can get the GM fired).

Wonder what he would say about the firings in LA?

That that’s the price of too much winning?

I doubt he could criticize the
long-term expensive deals for fading players like Brown and Gaborik,

Posted by Lefty30 on 04/20/17 at 02:28 PM ET

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Chances are, the three defensemen the Red Wings opt to protect will be Danny DeKeyser, Mike Green and Nick Jensen.

NOOOOO!!!!!!!!

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 04/20/17 at 03:09 PM ET

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If DK is left unprotected and he’s picked up do we really have another D-man with as much experience or is that much better to take his minutes?

Why would we need that?  This team shouldn’t be trying to be competitive.  That cap space would be more valuable if it’s used to acquire future assets.

The Wings aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. The maximum leverage we have with LV and best chance to
reshape the team is to force them to take a bad deal or, to at least offer us something, instead of having to select a bad deal or a completely unproven fringe player.

But if Holland really thinks he should and can make deals with the idea of getting back to the playoffs next season, then we’re not even talking the same strategy, let alone best tactics to implement it.

^This

 

Posted by EthrDemon on 04/20/17 at 03:38 PM ET

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I am not excited protecting DeK and Nyquist.  Nyquist is another overpaid , small forward.

Vegas has said they want to go young. I wonder if they have to take some bad contracts to get to the Cap Floor??

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 04/20/17 at 07:10 PM ET

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I would protect XO and leave DDK unprotected, XO was putting up a good net front presence harassing opposition players trying to part in front of our goalie. playing tougher along the boards. DDK isn’t playing at a level to justify his contract.

Posted by stateofmifan on 04/20/17 at 07:44 PM ET

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Vegas has said they want to go young. I wonder if they have to take some bad contracts to get to the Cap Floor??

If they do, they’ll be expecting to get assets packaged with them.

Posted by EthrDemon on 04/20/17 at 07:48 PM ET

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We need to hoard as much cap space as possible for the next 2 seasons. There’s a HUGE free agency year coming up in 2019:

Drew Doughty
Erik Karlsson
Logan Couture
Artemi Panarin
Tyler Seguin
Jeff Skinner
Blake Wheeler
Matt Duchene
Ryan McDonagh
Max Pacioretty
Jake Gardiner
Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Posted by Colin on 04/21/17 at 11:41 AM ET

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Posted by MurrayChadwick from Hey Hey Hockeyfart on 04/20/17 at 12:46 PM ET

Goodbye!!!

Sorry not Sorry, Fart

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 04/21/17 at 01:36 PM ET

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