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Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

The Detroit Red Wings haven’t said specifically that they intend to play Pius Suter as their No. 2 center.

But that’s his plan.

“That should be my goal and is my goal,” the Swiss forward said Thursday in his introductory press conference with the media. “I have to, in the training camp and games, perform.  I have to make sure the coach gives me a chance and then I have to prove myself.”

The Red Wings have Dylan Larkin coming off injury, and there has no information of where he is at in his recovery. Michael Rasmussen is penciled in as the No. 3 center. Before the Red Wings persuaded Suter to sign a two-year deal for $3.250 million per season, the plan for the No. 2 center was either Joe Veleno stepping up, or perhaps Robbie Fabbri, Vladislav Namestnikov or a combination of all three.

But now they have added a center who netted 13 even-strength goals last season for the Blackhawks. His 14 total goals makes him the Red Wings top returning scorer. His goal-scoring total over the abbreviated 56-game season projects to 21 goals over an 82-game schedule. Suter is comfortable at both center and wing.

If Larkin isn’t ready by the start of the season, or if he has another subpar season, it’s not unthinkable that Suter could end up as the team’s top center.

continued ($$$)

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/29/21 at 11:34 AM ET

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capfriendly shows Detroit $10,000,000 under the Salary Floor at $50M, with a roster of 17.

So they do need to sign some players, a couple with substantial salaries.

Posted by RWBill on 07/29/21 at 11:42 AM ET

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Posted by RWBill on 07/29/21 at 11:42 AM ET

They should have no trouble spending that $10m between their 4 big RFA’s Bertuzzi, Vrana, Erne and Hronek

Posted by MZ2215 on 07/29/21 at 11:46 AM ET

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His 14 total goals makes him the Red Wings top returning scorer.

LOL. Sad.

Posted by RWBill on 07/29/21 at 12:43 PM ET

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Nice that he speaks German, Seider will have a buddy

Posted by VPalmer on 07/29/21 at 08:50 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Nice that he speaks German, Seider will have a buddy

Posted by VPalmer on 07/29/21 at 08:50 PM ET

Very good point.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 07/30/21 at 08:01 AM ET

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