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Not A Rosy Picture For The Wings

from Brandon Schlager of Sports Illustrated,

Detroit has a salary cap mess of epic proportions on its hands thanks to more than a few ugly contracts given to aging or underperforming assets, all of which won't come off the book for at least two years. In 2017-18, the Red Wings have more than $45 million committed to players over 30. Only Mike Green's $6 million cap hit will disappear before next season. And in a head-scratching move, they handed 33-year-old Trevor Daley a three-year, $9.5 million deal this summer.

For a team coming off a 79-point season, this is a poorly managed situation bound to blow up in Ken Holland's face, if it hasn't already.

Henrik Zetterberg, the last bastion of the Red Wings' championship era, is 36 and already faces rumors about retirement. There's gobs of potential in players like Anthony Mantha, who's been itching to break out as one of the NHL's best young goal-scorers, and Dylan Larkin, who is almost certainly better than last season indicated, but they're shackled by the veterans in a league that increasingly favors youth and speed. 


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Toinight’s Wings’ Game Will Be Joined In Progress

Also from Khan...

goalies tonight in Chicago Mrazek, Coreau

added 11:00pm, Dettroit's projected lineup for tonight is below...

added 11:58am,

Caution, low hanging scoreboard...


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Recap Of Preseason Game 2 Against The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Arthur J. Regner of the Wings' website,

In a back and forth affair, the Red Wings dropped a 6-5 overtime decision to the Penguins Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

Gustav Nyquist scored twice with Darren Helm, Ben Street, and Matt Lorito each scoring a goal for Detroit.

With the loss, the Wings drop to 0-2 for the preseason.

They get a chance for their first victory of the preseason Thursday night in Chicago against the Blackhhawks.

1. Power play begins to click: When Detroit head coach Jeff Blashill decided to essentially keep the Red Wings together as one team (Team Delvecchio) during training camp in Traverse City, he wanted the Wings specialty teams together from day one. Last season, Detroit's power play was erratic at best. After going 0-for-4 with the man-advantage Tuesday night in Boston, the Wings turned it around a bit on Wednesday, going 3-for-6 with the extra attacker against the Penguins.


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Another Night, Another Preseason Game For The Wings

No Detroit radio or TV coverage, Pittsburgh broadcast information is below.

Puck drops just after 7:00pm ET.

via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Here are the Red Wings' anticipated lines for tonight:

Tomas Tatar-Ben Street-Gustav Nyquist

Evgeny Svechnikov-Frans Nielsen-Darren Helm

David Booth-Axel Holmstrom-Matt Lorito

Colin Campbell-Corey Elkins-Dylan Sadowy

Luke Esposito (extra)

On defense:

Danny DeKeyser-Trevor Daley

Dan Renouf-Xavier Ouellet

Joe Hicketts-Robbie Russo

Filip Hronek (extra)

In goal:

Jimmy Howard (starting)

Tom McCollum

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Frans Nielsen In A Comfortable Spot

from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,

 So far, this preseason is shaping up to be a great one for Frans Nielsen.

Not only are the Wings in their swanky new digs at Little Caesars Arena, Nielsen is feeling far more at home in Detroit than he did a season ago.

"To be honest, it wasn't easy coming in from the World Cup and basically knew a couple guys in the room and the puck was dropped a week later in Tampa," Nielsen said. "It almost felt like getting traded, coming in and it's a completely new team.

"So absolutely, it was good, even training camp helped me a lot this year to really get away with all the guys and really get to know them. I for sure wish I had that last year. So everything is just more comfortable."

Nielsen also said he had a good offseason of preparation.

continued with a few more topics too...

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Evgeny Svechnikov Working On Being Quicker

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Exhibition season provides a perfect time for Detroit Red Wings prospect Evgeny Svechnikov to work on areas in which he needs to improve: Speeding up and slowing down simultaneously.

The 20-year-old first-round pick from 2015 is entering his second season of pro hockey on a comfortable and confident note after reaching 20 goals last season with the Grand Rapids Griffins. He spent the offs-eason working on his skating.

“I needed to get quicker and get my feet moving,” Svechnikov said Wednesday. “I was working a lot to get my feet moving and those areas where I need to get quicker, especially neutral zone. I was trying to work on that.”


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The Wings Are Practicing

I will put up another open post for tonight's game.

George is heading home from Traverse City today so he should be back in a day or two.


more Khan tweets,

likely lines tonight:

 likely defense pairs tonight:

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Why No Offer Sheet For Andreas Athanasiou?

Dan Rosen of NHL.com answered some questions from the fans...

Why hasn't anyone given Andreas Athanasiou an offer sheet and where does he go? A second-round pick for compensation is cheap as far as I'm concerned.

It's not that simple.

The Detroit Red Wings have offered Athanasiou a two-year contract worth $1.9 million per season, according to the Detroit Free Press. As you noted, the Red Wings would receive compensation in the form of a second-round draft pick if they don't match an offer sheet between $1,877,615 and $3,755,233. Giving up a second-round pick for a 23-year-old player who scored 18 goals in 64 games in his second NHL season. But if the Red Wings don't want to pay Athanasiou more than $1.9 million, what would make anyone assume the other 30 teams are interested in doing so and giving up a second-round pick in the process?

That's what people tend to forget when they discuss offer sheets and wonder why GMs don't use them. The offer sheet is an enticing option, but there is a risk/reward that includes guaranteed compensation to the other team. For example, if a general manager wants to give Athanasiou an offer sheet with, for argument's sake, a $2.7 million average annual value, he would have to believe Athanasiou is going to provide greater value than $2.7 million to make it worth giving up a second-round pick in the process. In addition, if the Red Wings don't match it the other team would be giving Athanasiou a contract that essentially would set a precedent for future players like Athanasiou. That could have an impact on a team's salary structure.

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Video- Recap Of Detroit’s Loss To Boston In The First Preseason Game Of The Year

from Kirkland Crawford of the Detroit Free Press,

Anthony Mantha had a goal and an assist and Dylan Larkin scored but the Detroit Red Wings fell in their exhibition opener, 4-2, to the Boston Bruins Tuesday night at TD Garden.

Petr Mrazek got the start in goal and stopped 19 of the 21 shots he faced. Around the midpoint of the second period, Jared Coreau replaced Mrazek. He made 11 saves on 13 shots, including all five he saw on the power play.

With the Wings trailing, 3-0, Mantha scored with just 4 seconds left in the second period on a pass from Brian Lashoff.


Watch the game highlights below...

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