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Two Detroit Prospects Once Did Not See Eye To Eye

from olan Bianchi of the Detroit News,

There was a time when Carter Mazur and Redmond Savage hated each other.

But that was before Mazur, a Jackson native, and Savage, who was born in Arizona but moved to Michigan when he was in the eighth grade, were both selected as middle-round draft picks by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2021 NHL Draft.

"Carter and I used to have some battles in our U15, U16 years; our teams were pretty big rivals. I was on Compuware and he was on Little Caesars," Savage told The Detroit News.

"Mr. (Kris) Draper was coaching their team and Kienan (Draper, a fellow Red Wings prospect) was on that team. We had a pretty stacked team ourselves ... and it got pretty heated a lot of the times, so I actually grew up hating (Mazur). But now that he's on my team, I'm a pretty big fan of him."

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from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

This is the newest file in The THN Hot Seat series, a continuing series of THN.com columns where we pick out a member of every NHL team facing significant pressure in the 2021-22 season. The person we put on the Hot Seat person will be either an NHL player, team owner, GM, or head coach. On this day, we’re looking at the Detroit Red Wings.

RED WINGS HOT SEAT: VILLE HUSSO, GOALTENDER
WHY: Detroit will begin the 2022-23 season on an optimistic note, after GM Steve Yzerman infused the lineup with free agent veterans, including forwards Andrew Copp and David Perron, and defenseman Ben Chiarot. But their biggest free agent acquisition is goaltender Ville Husso, whose negotiating rights were acquired by St. Louis in early July, and who subsequently signed a three-year, $14.25-million contract to become the Red Wings’ starting goalie.

To be sure, there were stretches last season with the Blues where the 27-year-old Husso looked like a legitimate No. 1 threat in net, and he did finish the regular season with career-highs in games played (40), Goals-Against Average (2.56) and Save Percentage (.919). However, Husso ultimately lost the starter’s job to veteran Jordan Binnington by the end of the season, and his seven playoff appearances in 2022 for St. Louis were not ideal (2-5 record, 3.67 G.A.A., .890 SP). If he were better than Binnington, the Blues wouldn’t have traded Husso.

Nevertheless, Wings GM Steve Yzerman had to improve on his team’s abominable goaltending performance last season, and he clearly saw Husso as the best option available to him this summer. He paid the price of a third-round draft pick to St. Louis to get ahead of his competitors and sign Husso before he hit the free agent market. And then he gave Husso a hell of a raise from the relatively paltry $750,000 he made in 2021-22. A $4-million raise, in fact.

So, now. Husso is “The Man” in Detroit, but that comes with highly-raised expectations.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/15/22 at 05:34 PM ET

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Nah.

It’s a tandem until proven otherwise.

And it’s hard to compare Ned’s performance
which varied widely and overall numbers on last
season’s team to Husso’s in St. Louis.
Even Binnington is not necessarily better.
He’s proven he can be great in stretches, including in the playoffs,
but he’s also inconsistent and has a cumbersome contract.

We really don’t know. It’s just a reasonable bet that two talented, still fairly young
goalies who have been good for stretches can continue to improve and complement and spell each other behind a better lineup. The cost of the deal was all about UFA leverage and a suddenly thin goalie market with plenty of other teams possibly interested in Husso.

Posted by lefty.30 on 08/15/22 at 07:33 PM ET

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