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Taro Hirose Gets A One-Year Deal

 

added 2:47pm, Press release is below.

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today agreed to terms with left wing Taro Hirose on a one-year contract extension.  

Hirose, 25, skated in six games with the Red Wings during the 2020-21 season, recording two assists, two penalty minutes and a plus-two rating in 14:22 average time on ice. The 5-foot-10, 162-pound winger also suited up in 29 games for the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins last season and led the club with 23 assists and finished second on the team with 28 points (5-23-28).  Originally signed by the Red Wings as a free agent on March 12, 2019, Hirose has appeared in a total of 42 NHL games since turning professional, tallying 16 points (3-13-16) and eight penalty minutes. After making his NHL debut at the end of the 2018-19 campaign and recording seven points (1-6-7) in 10 games, Hirose split his first full professional season in 2019-20 between the Red Wings and Griffins, recording seven points (2-5-7) and six penalty minutes in 26 NHL games along with 27 points (5-22-27) and 12 penalty minutes in 35 AHL contests. In all, Hirose has totaled 55 points (10-45-55) and 16 penalty minutes in 64 games with the Griffins.

A native of Calgary, Alberta, Hirose appeared in 106 games at Michigan State from 2016-19, totaling 116 points (33-83-116) and 39 penalty minutes. As a junior in 2018-19, Hirose led the nation in points (50), points-per-game (1.47), assists (35), multi-point games (15) and three-point games (9) en route to being named the Big Ten Player of the Year. Prior to his collegiate career, Hirose played two seasons (2014-16) with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the British Columbia Hockey League where he totaled 121 points (33-88-121) in 116 games. During the 2015-16 campaign with the Silverbacks, he ranked 13th in the BCHL in points (71) and fourth in assists (56), both of which led the team. Hirose also led the Silverbacks in scoring (18-32-50) in his first season with the club (2014-15), while being named the team’s Rookie of the Year.

 
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Paul's avatar

$850K

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/27/21 at 01:17 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

It’s a two way deal, per this guy:

John Matisz
@MatiszJohn
Taro Hirose’s new 1-year, 2-way deal with the Red Wings is for $850,000 at the NHL level, according to a source.
1:17 PM · Jul 27, 2021

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/27/21 at 01:33 PM ET

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I like it and I hope he breaks out this year.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 07/27/21 at 02:14 PM ET

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He looked really good on the PP in the handful of games he played for Detroit last season.  I’d love for them to find a spot in the lineup for him, their PP needs all the help it can get.

Posted by MikeO on 07/27/21 at 02:38 PM ET

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Cool! Great kid and good hockey sense.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 07/27/21 at 03:58 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Good deal. Would like to see him play more in Detroit.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 07/27/21 at 04:05 PM ET

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Like this deal. Time to move on from Helmer and Gagner and create some space.

Posted by cigar_nurse from On LTIR for the Greenville Pylons on 07/27/21 at 04:33 PM ET

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I like this deal too. If SY had to pick between Hirose and Svech, I’m glad he picked Hirose. He could be a good bottom 6, league minimum type guy for us.

Posted by Shanny_Fan on 07/27/21 at 04:46 PM ET

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He could be a good bottom 6, league minimum type guy for us.

Posted by Shanny_Fan

I guess that all depends on how Hirose sees it. Is he willing to change his game and become a “grinder” (with some scoring potential) or does he still he himself as the guy who arrived in Detroit with the hopes of becoming a player more like Fabbri (a 2nd-line player)?

I like the kid so I hope that he finds some way to make himself into a player that fits into what the Wings need (at least in the short term). The question is this: How much time will he get in Detroit to prove himself?

In GR, he’s not going to play that role. He’s going to be at least a 2nd-line guy, just the way Smith was. As a player, it’s a tough position to be in.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/27/21 at 06:25 PM ET

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Time to move on from Helmer and Gagner and create some space.

I read somewhere earlier today that Yzerman has offers prepared for Glendening, Gagner and Ryan. I don’t know how accurate it is but I expected it.

Posted by godblender on 07/27/21 at 07:06 PM ET

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The one thing I remember most about our stretch of greatness was our top lines played like grinders.  Hirosi needs to force himself into the play more.  He’s got great agility and vision but almost never in an advantageous spot to capitalize on it.  Almost like he’s dodging traffick vs baiting in the opp.  He could be faster too, especially for his size.  At least at the NHL level.

Posted by ThatGuy on 07/27/21 at 08:27 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Like this deal.

He still has a chance to impress. cheese

Posted by bigfrog on 07/27/21 at 09:49 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

If Hirose was right hand shot he would have a spot for sure. The other contacts mentioned are for that reason. I wonder what other UFAs are right shot that might fit with the Wings.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 07/27/21 at 10:38 PM ET

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I guess that all depends on how Hirose sees it. Is he willing to change his game and become a “grinder” (with some scoring potential) or does he still he himself as the guy who arrived in Detroit with the hopes of becoming a player more like Fabbri (a 2nd-line player)?

Yeah, totally fair. I feel like he was way grittier when the wings first signed him than he was last year or even the year before. Seems like he may be stuck in that spot where he’s more skilled than the average grinder but not good enough to be a top 6 guy at the NHL level. I hope he can figure it out, and I hope he gets up with the wings enough to have his shot.

Posted by Shanny_Fan on 07/27/21 at 11:58 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

OK deal .  Had a great first 6-10 games with the Wings then largely became invisible at the NHL level.  Wings need scoring and maybe he could be effective in the right combination but doesn’t seem he is effective if paired at top or second line against the best D.  Good luck, hope he becomes effective for the Wings.

Posted by RWBill on 07/28/21 at 10:38 AM ET

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