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Mel Pearson Facing Accusations

from Katie Strang of The Athletic,

In responses to an anonymous survey of the University of Michigan men’s hockey program’s players and staff, coach Mel Pearson was accused of telling players to provide false information on COVID contact-tracing forms, of misleading recruits about how much scholarship money they would receive, and of allegedly calling one player a “Jew.” Pearson also displayed an “inability or unwillingness” to hold the team’s director of hockey operations accountable for conduct that included the “mistreatment of female staff members,” according to a separate investigative report.

In the survey and the investigative report, the latter of which was compiled at the behest of the university by law firm WilmerHale, several individuals said that they believed that Pearson forced Strauss Mann, a 2021 team captain and starting goaltender, to leave the program.

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Mel Pearson Facing Accusations

from Katie Strang of The Athletic,

In responses to an anonymous survey of the University of Michigan men’s hockey program’s players and staff, coach Mel Pearson was accused of telling players to provide false information on COVID contact-tracing forms, of misleading recruits about how much scholarship money they would receive, and of allegedly calling one player a “Jew.” Pearson also displayed an “inability or unwillingness” to hold the team’s director of hockey operations accountable for conduct that included the “mistreatment of female staff members,” according to a separate investigative report.

In the survey and the investigative report, the latter of which was compiled at the behest of the university by law firm WilmerHale, several individuals said that they believed that Pearson forced Strauss Mann, a 2021 team captain and starting goaltender, to leave the program.

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Get Your Detroit Red Wings Tickets

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced the promotional calendar and exciting fan giveaway items for the upcoming 2022-23 season. Red Wings fans are encouraged to sign up for a presale at DetroitRedWings.com/Presale, which runs from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4. Tickets for the entirety of the 2022-23 season will then go on-sale this Friday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m.

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Keeping A Rookie Or Two

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

The Red Wings expect 6-foot-6 defenseman Simon Edvinsson to make his presence felt in training camp. It would be a surprise if he doesn’t make the team.

This is how his fellow Red Wings draft pick Theodor Niederbach describes Edvinsson: “He’s a great D. He has size, skill and speed. He can play O-zone, D-zone, anywhere. I would say he’s almost a complete D-man.”

Is it probable there will be multiple rookies make the team? That word is probably too strong. But it is possible that Jonatan Berggren shines bright enough to break camp with the Red Wings. The Red Wings certainly appreciated the growth he made at Grand Rapids this season.

Berggren Will Get a Look

He is more of a playmaking winger than a scorer. But Raymond was also considered a better playmaker than scorer before he got to the NHL.

The Red Wings are also very excited about Elmer Soderblom’s potential.

“He likes to score goals,” Edvinsson says about Soderblom “He’s a good goal-scorer, a great protector of the puck. He’s a great skater. In general he’s had tremendous development last year. When you see him here for the first time you’re going to recognize him. He’s a really great player.”...

But if there are no injuries or trades, an experienced player or two could lose his job. Some fans might see Filip Zadina on this list, but he’s only 22. You can still see some potential. Doesn’t seem like the Red Wings are ready to give up on Zadina.

Here are some vulnerable players:

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Video- Chatting With Andrew Copp

Daniella Bruce and Art Regner sit down with Andrew Copp.

 

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Detroit’s Left Wing Depth

from Travis Yost of TSN,

Starting today, we will unveil a multi-piece series grading every team’s lineup across the positional groups in tiered fashion. We will analyze the depth charts across all positions and create talent tiers for all 32 franchises. For the opener, we will start at left wing. A few housekeeping notes before we get into the piece:...

Tier 3, Average: Tampa Bay Lightning, Detroit Red Wings, Washington Capitals, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets, Vegas Golden Knights, Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers...

On a brighter note: two Atlantic division teams in Ottawa and Detroit have made huge investments at this position. The Senators bringing in 41-goal scorer Alex DeBrincat gives them a ferocious top-six, whereas Detroit has four reliable left-wing options, including Tyler Bertuzzi, Jakub Vrana, Dominik Kubalik, and Adam Erne that head coach Derek Lalonde will surely play with. I think this is a very intriguing group and, with some improvement at the centre position, could surprise to the upside next year.

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Signing Klingberg Would Have Meant Trading Hronek

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Had Yzerman signed Klingberg, it would have meant jettisoning Hronek, and Yzerman made it clear on July 14 that he wasn't interested in being put in such a situation: "What I wouldn't want to do is go and sign another free agent, a significant free agent, and put myself in a position where I have to trade somebody, because that's not a good time to do it."

Hronek is coming off a subpar season in which he struggled to adapt to losing his spot as the Wings' top defenseman to Seider. But Hronek is five years younger than Klingberg, and has a respectable 118 points in 245 games on a team that, since Hronek entered the NHL in 2018-19, has not had as much talent as the Stars.

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Filip Hronek passes the puck during the first period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Little Caesars Arena, April 23, 2022.
Since being named GM in April 2019, Yzerman has been careful about the contracts he has given to free agents.

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The Talk Around Tyler Bertuzzi And It Just Wasn’t Hockey For Andrew Copp

via Nate Brown of Detroit Hockey Now,

Speculation swirled a year ago before, during and after the Detroit Red Wings re-signed Tyler Bertuzzi to a two-year, $9.5M extension this day a year ago. Even after signing, rumors of where the team and Bertuzzi really stood continued to swirl. Some of that involved his vaccination status. Some of it includes the value he is holding that could be useful in acquiring other pieces in the midst of a rebuild.

Bertuzzi simply scored 30 goals and posted 62 points in 68 games, giving the team a nice return on their investment. What happens a year from now?

Bertuzzi is well liked within the Red Wings Locker Room

He’s been called a “little hillbilly goofball” by Oskar Sundqvist. Bertuzzi seems to be the one fetching the puck after a teammate’s milestone. Even former head coach Jeff Blashill was a big fan of what Bertuzzi brought to Detroit. Though he had a stellar year, questions still swirl about whether Bertuzzi will still be a Red Wing a year from now.

from Mick McCabe at the Detroit Free Press,

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Video- Leafs/Wings In 20 Minutes

awood40 picked a very entertaining game foe tonight.

Leafs/Wings from 1/3/92.  

Make sure to check out awood40's link above for all the stats, etc.

Watch below.

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Any Interest In Patrick Kane?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

It increasingly looks and sounds as if the Blackhawks will move longtime franchise pieces Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, each about to enter the final year of their megadeals that carry $10.5M cap hits. Of the two, the 33-year-old Kane remains the most vital and productive (92 points last season), and maybe a team like Detroit (young stars evolving) or Anaheim (winters a touch warmer than both Detroit and Chicago) would entertain the idea of offering a two- or three-year extension at a decent dollar.

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