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Waiting On Derek Lalonde?

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Given how much time he has had to interview available candidates, Yzerman may be waiting for the Stanley Cup Final to end so he can talk to Derek Lalonde, who has been an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning since Yzerman's last year with the team. Lalonde, mentioned early on as a candidate by the Free Press, was an assistant at Ferris State early in his coaching career, and has been a head coach at the USHL and ECHL level. He coached in the latter with the Toledo Walleye from 2014-16, before Yzerman's return to Detroit but during Toledo's affiliation with the Wings. During his first season, Lalonde led the Walleye to a 50-15-5-2 record, claiming the Brabham Cup as the ECHL's regular-season champion. Before being hired in Tampa in 2018, Lalonde was head coach for two seasons in the AHL with the Iowa Wild.  During his tenure (69-58-17-8), the Wild posted team records for wins, home wins, road wins, fewest losses and total points in a season.

Yzerman plucked coaches from the AHL the two times he hired head coaches in Tampa: Guy Boucher in 2010, and, after firing him in 2013, Jon Cooper, the former Lansing Catholic coach who has the Lightning competing for a third straight Stanley Cup. Yzerman may see a situation in Detroit ideal for doing so again: The Wings are in a transitional stage, ready to take the next step in the rebuild but not yet at contender status. Lalonde, 49, doesn't have the leverage or salary demands of high-profile coaches such as Quenneville or Barry Trotz. Lalonde could be hired on a two- or three-year deal, giving Yzerman an opportunity to see if he can improve the Wings defensively, which was one of the chief criticisms Yzerman leveled at Blashill in announcing the coaching change.


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Lidstrom On Seider

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

“He’s got the right attitude,” Red Wings vice-president of hockey operations Nicklas Lidstrom said. “I saw him play in Sweden the year before and I saw the same things. When he was playing as a junior player, he was one of the best players in the Swedish League two years ago.

“He took steps to become the rookie of the year this season. I’m really looking forward to what he can accomplish down the road.

“He’s got that great attitude of wanting to be better, wanting to become better, wanting to learn from other players. I’m really anxious to see what he can do for the Wings.”


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Video- Another Vote For David Quinn As The Next Coach For The Wings

First it was Larry Brooks, now Sean McDonough too.


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A ‘Crazy’ Night For Moritz Seider

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

"It's crazy," Seider said on a Zoom call with Detroit media afterward. "But you're thankful and honored. I'm very happy to bring something back to Detroit. I know it's been a while."

Seider's teammate Lucas Raymond was fourth overall with 499 points. Raymond had one first-place, 10 second-place and 40 third-place votes....

"The locker room," said Seider, saying his teammates were a key reason for his rapid development. "Once you gain confidence, it's a lot easier to go out there. Every single night teammates were pushing me hard and I just enjoyed every single moment, so it was very easy to come to the rink and try to get better."...

Chris Ilitch, governor, president and chief executive officer; Steve Yzerman, executive vice president and general manager; alternate governor Jimmy Devellano, and Dylan Larkin were among the Red Wings representatives who flew to Tampa for the presentation.

"Real cool surprise," Seider said. "The whole organization flew (down) here and it's real cool to see not only your captain and teammate has your back, but the whole organization. I'm very happy Larks sat next to me. It's real cool to have him."

Said Ilitch in a statement: “Congratulations to Moritz Seider on his well-deserved Calder Memorial Trophy as the National Hockey League’s Rookie of the Year. Mo immediately became an impact player and set numerous Red Wings rookie records this year, and I’m proud to join our team, fans and the NHL in saluting his accomplishments.

"We’re thrilled for Mo and his family, and look forward to his bright future as we all work towards our goal of bringing the Stanley Cup back to Hockeytown.”...

“Moritz had a tremendous season for the Detroit Red Wings and is very deserving of the Calder Memorial Trophy," Yzerman said in a statement. "He played his way into the role of a top-pair defenseman in the National Hockey League as a 20-year-old which is extremely difficult to do.  He had a profound effect on our team during his rookie campaign and we look forward to his continued development.”


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Video- Moritz Seider On Winning The Calder Trophy

14 minutes to watch.


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Your All-Rookie Team

TAMPA, Fla. (June 21, 2022) – The National Hockey League announced today the 2021-22 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players voted as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s top rookie: defenseman Moritz Seider of the Detroit Red Wings as well as forwards Michael Bunting of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Trevor Zegras of the Anaheim Ducks.

Also named to the 2021-22 NHL All-Rookie Team are goaltender Jeremy Swayman of the Boston Bruins, defenseman Alexandre Carrier of the Nashville Predators and forward Lucas Raymond of the Red Wings.

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Moritz Seider Awarded The 2022 Calder Trophy

added 7#5pm, videe of Seider winning the award is below.  added 8:40pm, longer vesion way below...  added 8:43pm, one last video below, Seider's path is the last video below...  added 8:48pm, I lied, one more, congrats from his teammates below...

TAMPA, Fla. (June 21, 2022) – Defenseman Moritz Seider of the Detroit Red Wings is the 2021-22 recipient of the Calder Memorial Trophy, presented “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Detroit’s first Calder Trophy finalist since 2009-10 (Jimmy Howard), Seider is the sixth player in franchise history to win the award and first since Roger Crozier in 1964-65.

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Sweden’s Junior Team Will Have Three Detroit Prospects

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

The Detroit Red Wings will be well represented on the Swedish roster for this summer’s IIHF World Junior Championship. Three Detroit draft picks are among the Swedish squad that was officially unveiled on Tuesday.

Expectations were that defenseman Simon Edvinsson and center/right wing Theodor Niederbach were going to be part of the lineup. Both were also with the Swedes in the winter. Organizers ended up halting play mid-tournament due to an outbreak of COVID-19.

However, defenseman William Wallinder wasn’t part of that club. He will be the second time around, though. The Rogle defenseman and Red Wings draftee was included when the new edition of the team was announced.


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Give Moritz Seider The Calder

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Prediction: Seider. To do what he did largely at age 20 (he turned 21 April 6) as a defenseman is phenomenal. Seider had poise with the puck, didn't back down physically (remember when he got in Sidney Crosby's face during a game in January), and played in all situations. No matter how much was asked of him, he delivered. Zegras (who turned 21 in March) had the goal-scoring highlights, but excelling as a young forward isn't the same challenge as excelling as a young defenseman. Bunting paced the rookie scoring race with 63 points, but he played on a high-scoring team and he's 26.


Below, find the NHL's press release for tonightg's awards show.

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Jeff Petry - Yes Or No

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Why Acquiring Petry Makes Sense

Veteran Presence
The Red Wings’ defensive play was ugly last season. Petry is a 12-year veteran with 803 regular-season games on his resume. When he’s playing well, he’s a poised two-way defenseman. He has been a consistent performer for a very long-time. Although he finished with reduced production last season, he played more like himself after the Habs switched to Marty St. Louis as coach.

Filip Hronek Might Be Moved
Since Detroit’s season has been over, there’s been a rumbling around the NHL that GM Steve Yzerman may move Filip Hronek in a deal to land a No. 2 center or another proven scorer. With Seider instantly playing like a No. 1 defenseman, Hronek seemed unsettled by his new role last season. If Hronek is moved, the Red Wings will need another defenseman who can move the puck. Petry totaled six goals last season, but had 56 over five seasons coming into last season.

Why Acquiring Petry Doesn’t Make Sense

Not a Long-Term Fit
He’s 34, and turns 35 this December. He is 11 months younger than Marc Staal. Petry’s best years are behind him. Petry will likely be retired when this Detroit team is ready to contend.

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