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Season Ending Grades

Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News with his season ending grades including the GM and the coach.

GENERAL MANAGER Steve Yzerman continues to grind away at a rebuild that is proving to be painstaking and difficult. The deals at the trade deadline were low-key this season, and the roster Yzerman put together — after a promising first half — faltered late. Yzerman's draft picks are beginning to arrive, and certainly Moritz Seider and Lucas Raymond were outstanding. But much work remains. GRADE: C

COACH It's already been announced Jeff Blashill will not return next season. The difficult second-half schedule certainly played a part, but the Wings' collapse was more than just the schedule. The team defense was porous most nights and the special teams, for another season, were alarmingly ineffective. Blashill did a credible coaching job during the rebuild and got as most as he could out of his lineups. But it was likely time for a change. GRADE: D

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The Sporting News lists the top 5 coaching candidates for the Flyers which also means the same for the Wings.

A profile of…

Rikard Grönborg

If the Flyers are looking for a fresh face to add not just to the organization but also to the NHL coaching tree, then Grönborg could be the one.

Among NHL coaching candidates, his has been the most popular name to out of Europe the past couple years. The Swede is currently the head coach of the ZSC Lions in Switzerland’s National League.

After playing for St. Cloud State in the 1990s, Grönborg started his coaching career in the United States. He has experience coaching Sweden’s national teams, ranging from the U18s and U20s all the way up to the Olympics.

It’s expected that the 53-year-old Grönborg will make his way back to North America at some point. Perhaps the destination will be the City of Brotherly Love.

more names, most names have been mentioned too when it comes to the Wings…

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/09/22 at 04:10 AM ET

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from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Back in Sweden, seeking to earn a spot on the Swedish national team for the upcoming IIHF World Championship, forward Jonatan Berggren is expressing sadness over the fact his strong rookie season with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins didn’t earn him a look with the Detroit Red Wings during the 2021-22 NHL campaign.

“I have not tried to think so much about it but shut it out a bit,” Berggren told Expressen.se. “When you think about it, hockey can usually stink a little. I tried to take it day by day, have as much fun as possible and improve what I need.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/09/22 at 04:13 AM ET

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from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Detroit Red Wings forward Filip Zadina won’t be suiting up for Czechia at the upcoming world championship.

While still admitting that it was an unlikely scenario, former NHLer Petr Nedved, the general manager for Czechia’s world championship team, was keeping a spot available on the roster in case Zadina regained his health in time for the tournment.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/09/22 at 08:25 AM ET

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A day ahead of time, I’m certain the NHL will once again only televise a Draft Lottery “Reveal” program, not the actual bingo ball drawing process.  I don’t know why the NHL is afraid of showing the live drawing process, it would be a lot more exciting than the prepackaged reveal program they always show.

Posted by RWBill on 05/09/22 at 11:15 AM ET

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Islanders fire Barry Trotz in stunner; would Red Wings be interested?

Yes, they should be.  Trotz has a history of making teams better than they should be, tough to score against.  At first view he has shown an ability to fix many of the things that the Wings are broken.  Should be a finalist for sure.

Posted by RWBill on 05/09/22 at 11:36 AM ET

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I guess I understand the low grade for Stevie, but it’s hard to fathom what would have gotten him an “A”. Getting two NHL players and a pick for Leddy was remarkable, and he took what he could get for other expiring contracts. There’s not a lot you can do when other teams don’t want the players you have, and you are reluctant to give up your own picks. The Wings need a steady hand on the tiller, not someone who’s trying to make blockbuster deals everywhere. Holding steady in heavy weather is admirable, and the moves aren’t there right now to jump-start the Wings into a playoff team. If ppl are impatient with the rebuild, then they’re not paying attention.

Posted by Steeb on 05/09/22 at 12:17 PM ET


It’s quite possible SY already knew Trotz would be fired. I believe this makes Lambert a favourite to ne a head coach for the Islanders and Trotz should be a #1 choice to come here.

Posted by VPalmer on 05/09/22 at 12:30 PM ET

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