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Your Calder Trophy Finalists

NEW YORK (May 11, 2022) – Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Michael Bunting, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider and Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras are the three finalists for the 2021‑22 Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Calder Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winners of the 2022 NHL Awards will be revealed during the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final, with exact dates, format and times to be announced.

Following are the finalists for the Calder Trophy, in alphabetical order:

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Jonatan Berggren Won’t Play In The World Championship

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Last year, Detroit Red Wings prospect Jonatan Berggren was feeling the devastation when he was among the last cuts from Sweden’s roster for the IIHF World Championship tournament.

This year, the cut was even unkinder. Sweden is making the decision of dropping Berggren from the country’s roster after his testing positive for COVID-19.

“Jonatan Berggren has tested positive for COVID-19 and must be quarantined for five days,” Swedish coach and former Red Wings forward Johan Garpenlov told Aftonbladet.se. “After that, he must show two negative tests to get to the World Cup.”

Garpenlov simply felt the downtime Berggren was facing would be too much to overcome in order for him to be able to contribute to the Swedish cause.

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The NHL Draft Lottery Starts At 6:30pm ET Tonight

from Mike G. Morreals of NHL.com,

The 2022 NHL Draft Lottery will set the order for the first 16 picks of the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft when it is held at NHL Network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey, on Tuesday (6:30 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN+, SN, SN NOW, TVAS).

The 2022 draft is scheduled to be held at Bell Centre in Montreal. The first round will be held July 7, with rounds 2-7 on July 8.

There will be two lottery drawings, one for the No. 1 pick and one for the No. 2 pick. Once the top two picks have been established, clubs will be slotted in the order of their finish in the regular-season standings.

Additionally, teams only can move up 10 selections if it wins one of the lottery draws, a change announced by the NHL on March 23, 2021. Only the top 11 teams in lottery are eligible to receive the No. 1 selection in the 2022 draft.


Below is a graphic with the draft odds.

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All About The Draft Lottery

from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,

The Montreal Canadiens carry the best odds this year after finishing a league-worst 22-49-11 only one season after a trip to the Stanley Cup Final. The Canadiens have held the No. 1 pick an NHL record five times, however all those instances occurred between 1963 and 1980.

The last time a Canadian franchise besides the Edmonton Oilers or Toronto Maple Leafs had the top pick was in 1996 when the Ottawa Senators used it to take Chris Phillips.


The draft lottery underwent a couple tweaks to its format in 2021. Not only was there the addition of a 32nd franchise, the Seattle Kraken, but the NHL downsized to two lotteries instead of three. There had been separate draws held for each of the top three picks from 2016 to 2020.

Two new changes go into effect this year and the main alteration is a big one. Teams will now be restricted from moving up more than 10 spots in the pre-draft order. This means that unlike in the preceding years, not all teams participating in the lottery are eligible to win one of the top two picks. The main purpose for this change was to ensure the team that finishes last in the standings in the regular season won’t be slated to pick any worse than third overall.

Also going forward, no team can win the top pick in the draft lottery more than twice in a five-year span. Whichever team wins the No. 1 pick on Tuesday will only be eligible to do so one more time between 2023 and 2026. The Oilers, Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils each won the draft lottery multiple times over the past decade.


I'll have a post going up at 5:45pm so you folks can discuss the lottery picks.

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Nick Lidstrom On The Coaching Search

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Detroit Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman is promising to leave no stone unturned in his search for the next coach of the team. They will be taking all qualified applicants under consideration.

Evidently, they are preparing to span the globe in pursuit of the next bench boss. Red Wings vice-president of hockey operations Nicklas Lidstrom offered indications that European coaches will be in the mix for the position.

Swedish coaches Rikard Grönborg of Swiss club Zurirch and Roger Rönnberg of Frölunda have been mentioned in speculation regarding the Detroit job. Canadian Cam Abbott, who coaches Rögle in Sweden, is another who has been connected to Red Wings coaching rumors.

“We will try to find the coach who is best suited for the Red Wings’ development going forward and who can help us get better,” Lidstrom explained to Swedish media site Aftonbladet.se. “Then we will see where that coach comes from.”...

“The process has not really started for us yet with candidates for a new coach for Red Wings,” Lidstrom said. “I do not really have any comments about the name of the coach yet. There will of course be a lot of speculation on possible candidates.”

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Barry Trotz Could Be A Fit For The Wings

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

The New York Islanders’ decision to fire Barry Trotz could alter the look of the Detroit Red Wings’ coaching search.

First, the Red Wings could be interested in a proven coach like Trotz. Second, one of the Islanders’ possible Trotz replacements is Lane Lambert. He is a plausible Detroit coaching candidate because he is a highly respected assistant coach. Also, Yzerman knows Lambert from their days together as Detroit Red Wings players. Lambert has been Trotz’s right-hand man.

Trotz’s dismissal comes as a shock.  GM Lou Lamoriello said he believed the Islanders needed a new voice.

GM Steve Yzerman indicated he will be open-minded when it comes to choosing a replacement for Jeff Blashill. He’s not looking for a specific type of coach. However, one of the team’s priorities is improving the team’s defensive ability. Last season, the Red Wings ranked last in dangerous scoring chances given up. They were second-to-last in with a 3.78 goals-against average.


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Season Ending Grades

Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News with his season ending grades including the GM and the coach.

GENERAL MANAGER Steve Yzerman continues to grind away at a rebuild that is proving to be painstaking and difficult. The deals at the trade deadline were low-key this season, and the roster Yzerman put together — after a promising first half — faltered late. Yzerman's draft picks are beginning to arrive, and certainly Moritz Seider and Lucas Raymond were outstanding. But much work remains. GRADE: C

COACH It's already been announced Jeff Blashill will not return next season. The difficult second-half schedule certainly played a part, but the Wings' collapse was more than just the schedule. The team defense was porous most nights and the special teams, for another season, were alarmingly ineffective. Blashill did a credible coaching job during the rebuild and got as most as he could out of his lineups. But it was likely time for a change. GRADE: D

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Player Grades And Elmer At The World Championship

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Beyond coaching, there were players who turned in mediocre performances, too, especially in the second half. Let's examine who got what grade, and why:

Tyler Bertuzzi: A
Age: 27.

Status: Signed through 2022-23 at a $4.75 million salary cap hit.

Stats: 30 goals, 32 assists, minus-11 in 68 games.

The buzz: He reached career highs in goals and assists, provided energy and grit and was missed in the nine games he couldn’t play in Canada because of his vaccination status.

Adam Erne: D
Age: 27.

Status: Signed through 2022-23 at a $2.1 million salary cap hit.

Stats: Six goals, 13 assists, minus-22 in 79 games.

Grade: Erne wasn't as productive as last season (11 goals, nine assists in 45 games) and didn’t provide energy on a consistent basis; had no power play points despite averaging nearly a minute per game on man advantages.

Filip Zadina: D
Age: 22.

Status: Expiring contract with $894,167 salary cap hit; restricted free agent.

Stats: 10 goals, 14 assists, minus-24 in 74 games.

Grade: Showed sporadic signs of productivity but went long stretches where he barely was noticeable; was given a chance to play in the top six and regular power play time and didn’t make much of it.

more (paid), all the dmen received C or D besides Seider A and Stall B+.

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

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Possible UFA Targets For The Wings

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

The Red Wings won’t do a deep dive into free agents. It is too soon. But Steve Yzerman knows his team needs to be more competitive than they were last season

But here some potential unrestricted free agent forwards the Red Wings could look at:

Center Vince Trocheck, Carolina Hurricanes

He has Michigan roots. Born in Pittsburgh, moved to Detroit when he was 13. Played in the Little Caesars program. His Ontario Hockey League career was spent in Saginaw and Plymouth. Most importantly, he registered 51 points this season. He has scored 20 or more goals four times. Trocheck also registered 185 hits this season. Would be a significant upgrade over Pius Suter at No. 2 center. Trocheck offers grit and fire. Very good on faceoffs. He has been at 54.4% for Carolina over the past three seasons. Quality defensive player. Hard to play against. The negative is he turns 29 this summer.

Center or wing Andrew Copp, New York Rangers

Grew up in Ann Arbor. Played quarterback for Ann Arbor Skyline.

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