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Center Mitchell Stephens Acquired From Tampa

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today acquired center Mitchell Stephens from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.

Stephens, 24, has appeared in 45 games for the back-to-back Stanley Cup-champion Lightning over the last two seasons, totaling seven points (3-4-7) and 10 penalty minutes. In 2020-21, Stephens was limited to seven NHL games due to injury, logging one assist. He also appeared in four games for the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch, racking up eight points (1-7-8). The 5-foot-11, 190-pound center also skated in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games in Tampa Bay’s first run to a championship, scoring one goal and adding two penalty minutes. Stephens has logged four professional seasons, appearing in 135 AHL games with the Crunch and totaling 84 points (37-47-84), a plus-29 rating and 45 penalty minutes, in addition to seven points (1-6-7) and six penalty minutes in 14 AHL postseason games. He was also selected to the 2018 AHL All-Star Game as a first-year pro.

Originally drafted by the Lightning in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Stephens previously spent four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (2013-17) with the Saginaw Spirit and London Knights. In 209 OHL games, Stephens logged 160 points (73-87-160) and 92 penalty minutes. The Peterborough, Ontario, native has also played extensively for Canada on the international circuit, combining for seven points (3-4-7) over back-to-back IIHF World Junior Championship appearances and winning a silver medal in 2017, captaining Canada to a bronze medal at the 2015 IIHF World Under-18 Championship while racking up 10 points (5-5-10) in seven games, and winning a gold medal at the 2014 Hlinka Gretzky Cup with six points (4-2-6) in five games.

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Im guessing AHL/Taxi squad move

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/30/21 at 10:56 AM ET

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today agreed to terms with defenseman Brian Lashoff on a one-year contract.

Lashoff, 31, will begin his 12th professional season in 2021-22 after originally signing with the Red Wings prior to the 2008-09 campaign. Lashoff appeared in 13 games for the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins in 2020-21, logging three points (1-2-3), a plus-five rating and six penalty minutes. He returns to the organization after he was involved in a three-team trade with Columbus, Detroit and Tampa Bay on April 10 that saw him end up with the Lightning, although he was loaned back to Grand Rapids by Tampa Bay and missed the remainder of the season due to injury. Lashoff was named captain of the Griffins prior to the 2020-21 season and sits second in franchise history in games played, appearing in 513 games and compiling 109 points (26-83-109), a plus-32 rating and 269 penalty minutes. He’s also added 20 points (5-15-20), a plus-three rating and 34 penalty minutes in 75 AHL postseason games, helping Grand Rapids to Calder Cup championships in 2013 and 2017.

The Albany, N.Y., native has also played parts of seven seasons with the Red Wings, totaling 15 points (2-13-15) and 65 penalty minutes in 136 NHL games since 2012-13. Prior to turning professional, Lashoff logged four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League and recorded 91 points (20-71-91) and 186 penalty minutes in 215 games with the Barrie Colts and Kingston Frontenacs from 2006-10. He also won a gold medal for the United States at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Saskatchewan, picking up two assists in seven games.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/30/21 at 11:10 AM ET


Wouldn’t surprise me if Stevens locks down a spot on the fourth line.  He could easily be better as a grinder than Nielsen, Hirose, or Pearson. 

Witkowski and Lashoff seem like taxi squad signings.

Posted by captaineclectic on 07/30/21 at 11:23 AM ET

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With how unsure Yzerman seemed in yesterday’s media scrum about the idea of Pearson taking over the 4C role,  I could see this kid filling that spot.

Posted by Hootinani on 07/30/21 at 11:30 AM ET


Looks like a potential 4th line center. Yzerman looks determined to have a battle for some of the openings.

Although I’m eager to see Raymond, Veleno, Seider and Lindstrom as regulars in the lineup, it won’t surprise me if they get relegated to the AHL or elsewhere for all/part of the season. Adding the depth gives Yzerman options.

Posted by evileye on 07/30/21 at 12:03 PM ET


I expect Seider to win a regular job in camp.  Hard to believe he’s not better than the worst of DeKeyser/Staal/Oesterle. 

Veleno and Lindstrom I feel are in the old “need to be #12/#6, not #13/#7” dilemma.  Veleno might need to be #9—he might need to be better than Namestnikov and skate a regular shift on the third line with Ras to avoid the AHL But any significant injury opens the door to either guy. 

Same with Raymond, but I just think it’s super-unlikely and he’s more than one injury away.

Posted by captaineclectic on 07/30/21 at 12:58 PM ET

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Best case ontario maybe he turns into another Erne type player. Worst case ontario it only cost a 6th rounder

Posted by SauceBoss on 07/30/21 at 01:58 PM ET

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Are Best Case, Ontario and Worst Case, Ontario near each other?

Probably have a great hockey rivalry.

Posted by Hootinani on 07/30/21 at 02:35 PM ET

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osted by Hootinani on 07/30/21 at 02:35 PM ET

Hilarious.all in fun! Damn Autocorrect!

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 07/30/21 at 03:03 PM ET

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Posted by Hootinani on 07/30/21 at 02:35 PM ET

Its a trailer park boys reference… if I have to explain it you missed the joke

Posted by SauceBoss on 07/30/21 at 03:31 PM ET


Vrana Larkin Zadina
Fabbri Suter Bertuzzi
Veleno Rasmussen Erne
Namestnikov Stephens Smith
Hirose Gagner

Leddy Hronek
Staal Stecher
DDK Seider
Osterle Lindstrom


Somethings still gotta give. I’m beginning to think that DDK is going LTIR. Not many of those guys are waiver exempt. Thinking there’s a good chance that SY starts Veleno and Seider in Grand Rapids and let’s this thing play itself out and let those kids get a bunch of reps together kicking ass.

Posted by beantownredwings on 07/30/21 at 10:04 PM ET

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DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today agreed to terms with defenseman Brian Lashoff on a one-year contract.

Or as he’s known by The 19, “Jesus Lashoff”.  Not because he makes miraculous plays, rather some jittery turnovers, evoking the phrase, “Jesus, Lashoff!”

But seriously, well, that was serious, he’s been a good guy in GR to have around.

Posted by RWBill on 07/31/21 at 12:47 PM ET

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