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Coaching Fit For The Detroit Red Wings

from Scott Burnside of the Daily Faceoff,

To be clear, no one will balk at getting an NHL head coaching job. There are just 32, after all. But these openings are not created equally, so let’s have a look at how the current vacancies size up, with some pros and cons and who might be good fits....

Pros

The Red Wings have all kinds of shiny young assets starting with Moritz Seider, who should be the rookie of the year in our books. And they have the eighth-overall pick in this summer’s draft. And you are in a relatively new arena in an Original Six market where ownership has been nothing but supportive of the team for decades. What’s not to like so far? In spite of that, expectations are relatively modest, which isn’t to say coaches look for an easy path, but having realistic expectations that are in sync with management and ownership is critical to a long and healthy relationship....

Cons

The cons are pretty much all on the ice. The defense is still a mess. The goaltending is, well, fluid at best and marginal at worst. You had a talented player in Tyler Bertuzzi who thought so little of his team and teammates that he wouldn’t get vaccinated and thus couldn’t travel to Canada when the Red Wings crossed the border....

Who Fits?

Again, expect the unexpected from Yzerman. What about David Carle, coming off an NCAA championship in Denver, and a young but accomplished coach who could grow into a contender with this Red Wing team? Top non-North American coach Rikard Gronborg has been at least given some consideration by a number of NHL teams in recent years and, given the strong Swedish connection that has long been part of the Red Wings’ DNA – Yzerman recently promoted Hall of Fame defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom to a management position – if Yzerman feels Gronborg can take this team where it needs to go, he would have no hesitation in hiring him. I’ll continue to advocate for a tandem of DeBoer and Maurice, both of whom have strong connection to the Detroit area and, well, it would be a ton of fun plus they might just be able to get the Red Wings back to contender status in short order.

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Wings At The World Championship And The Status Of A Former Prospect

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

A pair of Detroit Red Wings, and someone who would like to re-sign with the team next season, are flourishing at the World Championship in Finland as pool play nears completion.

Center Pius Suter has seven points (two goals, five assists) for surprising Switzerland, the only unscathed team in the tournament (6-0-0-0, W-OTW-OTL-L; 18 points). Suter is tied for third on his team and tied for fifth among all players in points.

Suter will face Red Wings teammate Moritz Seider on Tuesday when Switzerland faces Germany (5-0-0-1, 15 points) in a battle between the top teams in Group A, which concludes pool play.

Seider, coming off an outstanding rookie season that earned him a Calder Trophy nomination, has a goal and five points in six games, leading German defensemen in scoring.

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from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Not so long ago, the billing was displaying Filip Larsson as the goaltender of the future for the Detroit Red Wings. Today, he is a goaltender facing an uncertain future.

The final year of the three-year entry-level deal he signed with the Wings done, Larsson was recently given his release by HV71. He was among 11 players dropped from the squad that earned promotion to the Swedish Hockey League from Hockey Allsvenskan, the Swedish second division.

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Wings Sign Veteran Defenseman Steven Kampfer To A One-Year Deal

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today signed defenseman Steven Kampfer to a one-year contract.

Kampfer, 33, spent the 2021-22 season with Ak Bars Kazan in the Kontinental Hockey League, recording 30 points (11-19-30), 49 penalty minutes and a plus-seven rating in 46 appearances, in addition to four points (2-2-4) in six postseason games. The 5-foot-11, 198-pound defenseman has skated in 231 NHL games with the Boston Bruins, Minnesota Wild, Florida Panthers, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, compiling 39 points (15-24-39) and 110 penalty minutes. Originally selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the fourth round (93rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Kampfer was a Black Ace on Boston’s Stanley Cup-winning team in 2011 as a first-year professional. He has also appeared in 271 American Hockey League games between the Providence Bruins, Houston Aeros, Iowa Wild, San Antonio Rampage, Hartford Wolf Pack and Providence Bruins, totaling 119 points (31-88-119) and 211 penalty minutes.

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Gustav Lindstrom’s Future With The Wings

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Taking into account his second-half slump, coupled with the presence of a new coach, and the 2022-23 NHL season has the feeling of a make-it-or-break-it campaign for Lindstrom. Based upon his first-half showing, Lindstrom appeared to have a bright future in Detroit as a reliable, stay-at-home defender. His dramatic slide that ultimately led to a lengthy spell as a healthy scratch certainly is leaving that notion in question.

“Lindy’s had moments where he’s been a good player for us,” Blashill explained late in the season. “He’s had moments where he’s had some struggles. He’s not alone in that. I think the biggest thing with Lindy will come down to this offseason and can he push his feet to get quicker? It’s something he’s worked on but he’s really got to put the work in. If he does that, then I think he’s a good NHL defenseman. But he’s got to make sure he puts that work in this summer and he knows that and hopefully he can have a great summer.”

With a litany of young defensive prospects working their way up the Detroit prospect, Lindstrom’s window of opportunity to establish a foothold as an NHL regular is closing. It may be now or never for his future with the Red Wings.

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Video- Dylan Larkin Season Highlights

via awood40's YouTube page,

Dylan Larkin highlights from the 2021-22 regular season.

Watch the 41 minute video below and by clicking th link above, you get a timeline of the video including month to month, goals and assists.

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Adam Erne’s Future With The Wings

from Nate Brown of Detroit Hockey Now,

Though he didn’t meet expectations, Erne is a solid and dependable forward for a team that needs some muscle up front. The caveat, of course, is that Erne is making just a hair over two million AAV, and with that comes the expectation that he’ll find his name on the scoresheet more.

According to Evolving-Hockey, Erne’s Individual Expected Goals (ixG) clocked in at 10.27. It lends credence to Blashill’s comment that Erne was often on the wrong side of puck luck. His Goals/60 cratered from 1.04 to 0.34, while he saw a 32 second dip in his average time-on-ice.

His lack of scoring certainly played into this, and as late as April 9th, Erne had a season low 10:22 of ice time.

Erne is entering the final year of his contract and will have his chance to show last season was an anomaly following 2020-21. With Yzerman sure to add more talent both on the blueline and amongst his forwards, Erne stands to benefit.

Though it will be crowded up front, Erne doesn’t seem like a forward Yzerman would flip to another team–yet.

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Michael Rasmussen Next Season

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

What Does His Detroit Future Hold?

Rasmussen is among the Detroit players who made the most progress this season. After his slow start, he started to grown more comfortable in his role as third line center. Over the course of the season, he became more physical. a better defensive forward and ultimately an improved scorer.

“I think (the season) was positive overall,” Rasmussen said. “I took a lot of strides in the right direction, got better at some stuff I needed to get better at. Just gained more experience. Individually it was good for me.”

The Red Wings would like to keep him at center, but haven’t ruled out playing him on wing. Rasmussen said he has no preference for wing or center. The expectation is still that he could become a valuable net-front presence on the power play.

But if he stays at No. 3 center and contributes 16-20 goals and is difficult to play against the Red Wings would be satisfied. By the end of the year, Rasmussen was playing a Jordan Staal-style game. In the last month of his season, when he was playing his best hockey, it was fair to wonder whether he might be able to be a second line winger or even a middle six forward who slides between lines depending upon the competition or situation.

With a new coach coming aboard, Rasmussen has a blank slate to expand his opportunity.

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Detroit’s Options At #8

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Wings are deep in defensive prospects, but if a defenseman that they like falls, they will gladly select him. But the Wings are comparably slimmer in the amount of quality forward prospects they possess, so a center or wing is possibly where they go.

Here are 10 forwards who have been linked to the Wings, make sense for where the Wings are drafting and are suited for what the Wings are looking for or need in their depth chart.

This is a first look at this process. Don't be surprised, given the fluidity of the draft process and likely rises and falls of certain players, if this list changes in the weeks ahead.

Possible Wings targets

Cutter Gauthier: center/left wing, 6-foot-3, 194 pounds, United States National Team Development Program: If Gauthier falls to the Wings, you would think they'd grab him, being that he is projected to go in the top five or six selections. With his size, Gauthier is projected to be an NHL power forward and he has a dangerous shot, as evidenced by his 53 goals in 76 games between two teams last season. Gauthier can play either wing or center, which the Wings would love. Gauthier is committed to Boston College.

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Would Kevin Fiala Be A Fit For The Wings?

Kevin Fiala will have RFA status this summer and the Wild may have diffculty signing him.

He'l  be 26 in July, is 5' 10' and hade 33 goals and 85 points this year.  Any interest?

 

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Oskar Sundqvist’s Role With The Wings

from Nate Brown of Detroit Hockey Now,

Sundqvist is inked for another season and has been a nice addition to a Red Wings roster Yzerman is building with guys he sees as building the new culture.

From the small sample size already, Sundqvist leaves nothing on the ice, and having experience on a Stanley Cup-winning team is another reason Yzerman brought him into the fold.

Former Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill pointed to his team-first effort in the final game of the season.

“I think what’s impressive is a guy like Sundqvist blocks a shot last night, is clearly hurt, limps to the bench,” Blashill said. “He’s won Cups and he didn’t feel great today, he was in pain today and he still puts his gear on makes sure he goes out and plays really hard, good hockey.”

Sundqvist stands to be an important role player as the Red Wings approach respectability. As Yzerman adds to the roster, Sundqvist will likely add even more to the team.

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