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What Will The Wings Do With Their Two First Round Picks Tonight? What Do You Want Them To Do?

Detroit has the 6th and 22nd pick in the 1st round of the NHL Draft tonight, 8pm ET on ESPN2, SN, SN NOW, and TVAS.

So this is a two part question, feel free to answer one, both or none.

What will the Wings do with their first round picks tonight and/or what do you want them to do?

No rules to this, have some fun and let's drop the puck (in 83 days).

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Why The Carolina Hurricanes Moved Alex Nedeljkovic

from Sara Civian of The Athletic,

Nedeljkovic was in a unique situation as a 25-year-old pending RFA goalie with only so many NHL games under his belt. The way he swooped in during Petr Mrazek’s injury and excelled had potentially earned him a big payday. He was arbitration-eligible and asking for a contract with a $3.5 million average annual value. That was already high from the Hurricanes’ perspective, and if they went to arbitration, there was some risk of the salary being set even higher.

The lack of comparables to point to — goaltenders who had made it to the NHL on similar paths — made it hard to predict the outcome.

“We tried to get a contract done with Ned, and we couldn’t get one done. The agent was playing very hard,” Hurricanes GM Don Waddell said in an exclusive interview with The Athletic on Thursday. “He’s got an arbitration case that (could have paid him) somewhere around $3, $4, $5 million....

But why couldn’t the Hurricanes have avoided arbitration by just paying the $3.5 million he was seeking?

While Nedeljkovic has tons of potential and is coming off a great season, the Canes weren’t ready to take a big-money chance on a player with a relatively small sample of success.

Let’s remember that Nedeljkovic has only played 29 regular-season NHL games. Yes, he has a .928 save percentage over that span and was in the top five in goals saved above expectation this past season, but he also has a .904 save percentage across a concerning larger sample: 154 games in the AHL. And in his only NHL season with more than one game played before 2020-21, he had an .887 save percentage and 3.05 GAA.

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The Draft And The New Goalie In Town

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

"It's going to be an interesting day and an interesting weekend," general manager Steve Yzerman said Thursday....

"In some cases you're talking about players that didn't play this year," Yzerman said. "For our scouting staff, it was a challenge for them to see some of the players and travel to get to certain locations was challenging, interesting.

"But Kris (Draper, the Wings' director of amateur scouting) and his staff have been very diligent and thorough and done the best they could. Ultimately, this draft class, moving forward, is the most unpredictable, generally, of a very unpredictable process."...

The Wings have been linked with Swedish forward William Eklund, Michigan forward Kent Johnson, junior forward Mason McTavish, or defensemen such as Luke Hughes (United States National Team Development Team) or Simon Edvinsson (Sweden).

And the pool of players who could go to the Wings at 22 is even wider and deeper.

Yzerman and his scouting staff are ready.

"I don't want to say we have no clue (of how things will shake out), we have somewhat of a clue, but that remains to be seen," Yzerman said. "It's going to be very unpredictable. I don't know what other teams, what their lists, are (like)."

With the Wings still in the midst of a rebuild, expect them to go after the best player available, and not for need at a particular position.

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

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Regular Season Schedule For The Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings today released their schedule for the 2021-22 season and the team's 96th overall in the National Hockey League. The Red Wings will open the season at home on Thursday, Oct. 14 versus the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Little Caesars Arena will host 17 weekend home games (four Fridays, 10 Saturdays and three Sundays), spanning through the regular-season finale on April 29 on the road at the New Jersey Devils.

This season's 82-game slate, which includes a 20-day break spanning from Feb. 3-22 for the NHL All-Star Game and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, features 26 games against Atlantic Division rivals, three games against the eight teams in the Eastern Conference's Metropolitan Division (24 games) and two games against all 16 Western Conference foes (32 games).

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Steve Yzerman The Trader

from Kevin Alen of Detroit Hockey Now,

One of Steve Yzerman’s strengths as a general manager is a willingness to be creative and varied in his problem-solving. While Detroit Red Wings fans were debating whether the Red Wings should draft a goalie with the sixth pick in the NHL draft Friday, Yzerman was busy hammering out the final details of acquiring goalie Alex Nedeljkovic from the Carolina Hurricanes.o

Nedeljkovic is 25 and was a Calder Trophy Finalist last season. He was 15-5-3 last season with a 1.90 goals-against average.

“We are pretty excited about it,”  Yzerman said. “He did very well this year and everyone within our organization is familiar with him because of his local ties.

The Red Wings gave up a third-round pick, and the rights to UFA Jonathan Bernier.

It’s not Yzerman’s way to gush, to be overly effusive in his praise. But this deal is another reason for fans to celebrate Yzerman’s skill as a trader and mover and shaker. This is Detroit’s goalie for today, and it’s possible he is the goalie for the future, a guy who will grow with this rebuilding team.


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Live- Steve Yzerman Today

I'm join late, but you can rewind and when it is complete, it will be indexed and you can start at the beginning if you wish.


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Goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic Headed To Detroit


added 2:51pm, Highlight package for Alex Nedeljkovic added below.

added 4:28pm, Watch below as the NHL Networks breaksdown the trade.

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A Three-Year Extension For Michael Rasmussen

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings today signed center Michael Rasmussen to a three-year contract extension.

Rasmussen, 22, skated in 40 games with the Red Wings in 2020-21 and recorded 12 points (3-9-12) and 26 penalty minutes. As a third-year pro and second-year NHLer, Rasmussen ranked among team leaders with nine assists (T5th), 26 penalty minutes (T3rd), 72 hits (2nd) and 28 blocked shots (9th). After spending the entire 2019-20 campaign with the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins, Rasmussen racked up six points (2-4-6) in seven games with Grand Rapids last season before earning a promotion to the NHL. The 6-foot-6, 229-pound center also saw his average time on ice jump from 12:50 over his first 20 games of the season to 16:46 for the final 20 games, marking the fourth-most by a Red Wings forward over that span. Rasmussen also logged 18 points (5-13-18) in 18 games with the Graz 99ers of Austria's IceHL in the fall prior to returning to North America for the start of Detroit's training camp.

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One Less Left Handed Defenseman For The Wings

from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

In Detroit, meanwhile, the selection has two ripples: First, it means Troy Stecher is staying put. The 27-year-old right-shot defenseman signed a two-year deal with the Red Wings last fall but had been considered the favorite for Seattle to pick due in part to his favorable advanced-metric profile. The Kraken front office has an analytics-driven reputation, so the thought was that Stecher would have made for a natural pick, and that belief only amplified throughout the day as Seattle’s defense picks leaked and many were tilted toward left-handed shots.

Instead, though, he’ll stay with the Red Wings, leaving Detroit with a deep right side between Stecher, returning minutes leader Filip Hronek, young defender Gustav Lindstrom and top prospect Moritz Seider, who is expected to make his NHL debut this season.

Cholowski’s departure does leave a hole on the left side, though, with just Danny DeKeyser and newly acquired Nick Leddy under contract for this season.

Detroit certainly could opt to play one of the four right-shot defensemen on their off-hand if those six are the players they want in the lineup, but they also have room (and the cap space) to sign at least one free-agent defenseman, whether it be for depth or as a projected regular.

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Open Post- NHL Expansion Draft For The Seattle Kraken

The Expansion Draft for the Seattle Kraken begins at 8:00pm ET on ESPN2, Sportsnet ONE, SN NOW and TVA Sports in Canada.

Next important date is Thursday at 1pm ET when the trade freeze is lifted.  NHL Draft starts at 8pm ET on Friday, July 23rd.

Let the discussion begin even though all the players headed to Seattle were leaked throughout the day.  View that list below along with what Seattle is required to do.

I actually had much more on the expansion draft but since names were leaked earlier today, no need for all that extra reading.


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