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Who To Protect?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

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Protected: Tyler Bertuzzi, Adam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Dylan Larkin, Michael Rasmussen, Givani Smith, Jakub Vrana.

Notable available players: Mathias Brome, Frans Nielsen, Vladislav Namestnikov, Richard Panik, Evgeny Svechnikov.

Notable exemptions: Joe Veleno, Filip Zadina, everyone drafted in 2018 or later.

Analysis: Six protection slots were obvious, and really, even the seventh spot, Smith, was a no-brainer. Smith is young (23) and under club control for several more years. He is big (6-2, 210), physical, forechecks hard, goes to the net and fights, providing a different dimension.

Defensemen

Protected: Dennis Cholowski, Filip Hronek, Gustav Lindstrom.

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from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

Without getting too deep into rumor-land, if a trade were to happen this summer, it would obviously be a substantial development for the Red Wings. Bertuzzi is not only one of Detroit’s best players, but he’s also a heart-and-soul, playoff-style player of whom coach Jeff Blashill once said, “as this team gets better and we’re in position to have way more meaningful games, whether it’s during the regular season or playoffs or whatever, he’s going to be an even bigger piece.” And at the end of the 2021 regular season, Dylan Larkin said Bertuzzi was “someone I kind of count on when things aren’t going well personally and you don’t have confidence.”

Those things matter. They’re also the reasons it’s not surprising teams, and especially contenders, would be interested in him should he indeed be available. He’s wired for playoff hockey and has thrived in postseason play in the OHL and AHL.

Back injuries are scary, though, especially considering Bertuzzi’s fearless, physical style of play. One executive raised that concern in March, wondering if Bertuzzi could reasonably stay healthy considering the way he plays. That may be relevant when it comes to his trade value, especially when he hasn’t yet returned to game action.

For what it’s worth, two weeks ago, Blashill said Bertuzzi had “been able to do a little bit more lately, and I think he’s getting to the stage where he can start to get out of just pure rehab and get into strength training trying to build his body back up.”...

Trading a player at the deadline and then re-signing him the following offseason is a far more widely speculated concept than actually tends to occur. But for what it’s worth, it is believed defenseman Jon Merrill would be interested in a return to Detroit if that opportunity presents itself. Merrill will likely have other suitors, too, and Montreal (with whom Merrill went on a long playoff run this summer after the Red Wings traded him there) is believed to be interested in bringing him back.

4. As of now, the Red Wings are not expected to buy out any players in the current buyout window, after going that route last offseason with Justin Abdelkader. That’s not surprising, considering the only real candidate might have been Frans Nielsen — who is set to count $5.25 million against the cap next season and played in just 29 games in 2021. He has only one year remaining on his contract.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/15/21 at 10:25 AM ET

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Merrill has 4 girls (or 3?). Not sure how much longer he wants to be a 1 year contract, trade deadline fodder guy

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/15/21 at 11:00 AM ET

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Unprotected:
Frans Nielsen-F

Evgeny Svechnikov-F

Richard Panik-F

Vladislav Namestnikov-F

Danny DeKeyser-D

Troy Stetcher -D

Kaden Fulcher-G

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 07/15/21 at 11:06 AM ET

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The big question is whether SY protects Statcher or not

Posted by VPalmer on 07/15/21 at 01:24 PM ET

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The big question is whether SY protects Statcher or not

Posted by VPalmer on 07/15/21 at 01:24 PM ET

Over Cholowski?  Maybe so.  Still young and Cholowski apparently hasn’t overwhelmed the Wings’ braintrust.

Posted by RWBill on 07/15/21 at 01:55 PM ET

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Over Cholowski? 

Or over Lindstrom or if I understand the rules correctly could be over Smith too.

Posted by VPalmer on 07/15/21 at 02:02 PM ET

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Posted by VPalmer on 07/15/21 at 02:02 PM ET

Good point VP. Yzerman could protect 3Dman and only 6 forwards.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 07/15/21 at 02:37 PM ET

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“Bertuzzi is a pending restricted free agent, and according to a source this week, there have been no developments so far between him and the Red Wings on a new contract. But I get the sense that’s not uncommon among Detroit’s major pending RFAs right now.”

From the Bultman article

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 07/15/21 at 05:10 PM ET

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Or over Lindstrom or if I understand the rules correctly could be over Smith too.

Posted by VPalmer on 07/15/21 at 02:02 PM ET

it’s either 7F 3D 1G 11 players total -or- 8 F/D + 1G 9 players total so he can’t protect Dman for a forward without exposing others.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 07/15/21 at 05:14 PM ET

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Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times says Stretcher would be a good fit.  He picks one player from the 30 other teams, (VGK)  gets a bye on this draft.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/15/21 at 07:06 PM ET

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Over Cholowski?  Maybe so.  Still young and Cholowski apparently hasn’t overwhelmed the Wings’ braintrust.

Stecher is already better than what Cholowski is going to turn out to be.

Posted by beantownredwings on 07/15/21 at 09:13 PM ET

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And Stecher has trade value.

Posted by beantownredwings on 07/15/21 at 09:14 PM ET

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Cholowski HATES contact, and it’s never going to change.
If the Wings think they can prevent him getting hit, then it might be ok to protect him.

Seriously- let him go.

Posted by pnwwing on 07/15/21 at 09:21 PM ET

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It’s pretty tough to choose an odd man out between Cholowski, Lindstrom and Statcher, but honestly in the big picture of things it will not matter 3 years from now. When we have a competitive team, neither of these guys should be near out top 4.
I do think Cholowski still has higher ceiling than Lindstrom, who to me is a bottom pair dman at his best. Very solid, but boring. I would keep Statcher if I knew we can resign him next year to a reasonable deal. Trade value? Maybe a third rounder, not excited.

Posted by VPalmer on 07/15/21 at 09:30 PM ET

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Trade value? Maybe a third rounder, not excited.

He has potential to get at least that next year. He just played pretty solidly at the worlds and helped Canada win gold. And if I’m not mistaken his fancy stats looked decent and best on this team. He’s not just a top 4 D for the wings he gets slotted there on a heck of a lot of teams in this league.

Posted by beantownredwings on 07/15/21 at 10:05 PM ET

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Maybe a third rounder

And the wings are in no position to be turning up their noses at extra 3rd round picks lols

Posted by beantownredwings on 07/15/21 at 10:06 PM ET

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I don’t think Stecher has much trade value honestly, he’s not a guy I’m comfortable putting on the ice in the 3rd period of a playoff series. Provides some offensive punch in the regular season, can skate the puck up etc. etc. but for a team looking to add pieces to round out a SC contending team, unsure he fetches much in return.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 07/16/21 at 09:15 AM ET

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And the wings are in no position to be turning up their noses at extra 3rd round picks lols

To me a 3rd rounder is a 10% chance of getting a bottom 6 NHL forward in 5 years.
I prefer having Statcher instead.

Posted by VPalmer on 07/16/21 at 09:20 AM ET

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To me a 3rd rounder is a 10% chance of getting a bottom 6 NHL forward in 5 years.
I prefer having Statcher instead.

Personally I’m more interested in setting this team up to be incredibly successful
In 5 years than I am in ensuring mediocrity for the next year or two. I also have more confidence in the abilities of SY to draft well and want to give him as many lottery tickets now so that we’re a better team in 3-5 years.

Posted by beantownredwings on 07/16/21 at 10:06 AM ET

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unsure he fetches much in return.

Teams always overpay for middle pit D at the deadline.

Posted by beantownredwings on 07/16/21 at 10:07 AM ET

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Merrill and Nemeth returned a 4th rounder. Statcher might be a round better.

Posted by VPalmer on 07/16/21 at 10:20 AM ET

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When Holland finally got the light to start selling off parts, he got rid of our actual good pieces (Nyquist, Tatar) that wouldn’t be part of the core for some valuable draft capital.

Yzerman is stuck with middle of the road players and getting middle of the road picks.

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/16/21 at 10:42 AM ET

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That’s not meant to discount the Mantha/AA trades, just making a point that Holland was already emptying the cabinet before Stevie got here.

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/16/21 at 10:46 AM ET

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The move Stecher pulled off in the world Championships isn’t one you get with Nemeth. Just sayin..

I think it was the world championships.. anyway..

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 07/16/21 at 03:26 PM ET

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I think it was the world championships.. anyway

It sure was, but people like to overlook his play in the worlds as well as his fancy stats. Not to mention the team he played for last season.

Posted by beantownredwings on 07/16/21 at 03:36 PM ET

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