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A2Y- Nice To See Some Pushback

04/03/2023 at 11:15am EDT

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

The Detroit Red Wings’ future had a moment in the present Sunday night during their 5-2 win against the Toronto Maple. First-round picks Moritz Seider (2019), Simon Edvinsson (2021), Lucas Raymond (2020) and Marco Kasper (2022) were all on the ice together.

A scrum broke out and each of the young Red Wings had their belligerence showing. Even after officials thought they had order restored, Detroit’s big defensemen Seider and Edvinsson were still trying to get the last word in with their Toronto counterparts.

It wasn’t a major event. The Maple Leafs are a Stanley Cup contender and the Red Wings will miss the playoffs for a seventh consecutive season. But if you are a Red Wings fan, for a brief moment, you might have thought “Maybe, this Red Wings group is starting to get somewhere.”

Pushback. Competitiveness. Being hard to play against. Edginess. Those are traits that general manager Steve Yzerman and coach Derek Lalonde want in their rebuilding team. Seeing four Detroit first-round prospects standing up for each other seemed almost symbolic. All four should be with the Red Wings next season.



I did notice that incident.  I think Copp was the fifth player.  Edvin and Seider were pushing Bunting out off the ice.  Not sure what the bench issues with Bunting are, or the stated rep for diving.


A closer look.  The Regulation Wins (RW, ironically) is becoming a huge factor.  Unless Pittsburgh claims an extra point over NYI or FL they’ll be on the outside.

On the surface Florida faces a tougher final week. If Toronto and Carolina have locked up home ice for their series maybe they will be slacking off.  

Pittsburgh finishes with two of the worst teams in the league, and should be highly motivated. 

Florida’s last three games - Washington, Toronto, Carolina.

Pittsburgh’s last three games - Detroit, Chicago, Columbus

Islanders’ last three - Philly, Washington, Montreal

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Nice to see Kasper's hands to the face, this team needs an instigator. 

Walman's treatment of Bunting was key also, with the latter sent off w a misconduct penalty. Looked to me like Jake got in his head.


Sheldon Keefe cried about this a bit in the post game, poor rat boy Bunting, boo hoo.  

That was the most physical I've seen Seider in a scrum, he usually stands his ground, but doesn't really engage, he was dishing it out, and nobody on the Leafs had their plates ready for some. I wonder if being the big body elder statesmen (at 21) had something to do with it. 


via Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

Forward Michael Bunting had a rough night, and Keefe came to the feisty winger’s defence afterward.

The agitating Bunting was cross-checked to the ice by Wings defenceman Jake Walman in the second period, but went to the box as well when he was called for embellishment.

With two seconds to go in the second, the lone penalty that came out of a skirmish that involved most of the players on the ice was a 10-minute misconduct assessed to Bunting.

Was Keefe surprised by that?

“Surprised?” Keefe said. “Based on the way that he has been officiated of late, no. I’m not surprised at all. That’s part of it.

“Bunts has got to do his best to stay on the line. In terms of how he has been officiated, (general manager) Kyle (Dubas) will deal with that with the league.

“(Bunting) eats three cross-checks and he gets taken to the box. He had four or five punches in the face in the scrum and he ends up with a 10-minute misconduct. It’s tough for him. He has to find his way through that. Like I said, Kyle will deal with the other stuff and see what we can get done there. Bunts has got to be able to stay focused and keep playing.”


Steve Ellis of The Daily Faceoff,

So we’re seeing a lot of quality prospects turning pro and getting into NHL or AHL action to finish off the season. We’re mainly seeing that with teams further down the standings with extra depth spots, but it’s an excellent opportunity for fans to see what their prospects are capable of without the pressure of playing a full-time role.

We’re kicking things off today by looking at a few players with some memorable debuts:

Before the Detroit Red Wings selected Marco Kasper in the first round in 2022, the team lacked a high-impact offensive threat in the pipeline. The blueline depth was stout, and they had a top-flight goaltending prospect in Sebastian Cossa. But Kasper gave the team some serious hope, and he made his NHL debut on Sunday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, registering one shot in 14:59 of ice time. It was a decent start, and the Wings hope to get him up to speed down the stretch before he makes a case to go full-time in 2023-24. The Austrian winger had a solid season with Rogle of the SHL, scoring eight goals and 23 points in 52 games. It’s tough for young prospects – especially those signed to NHL entry-level contracts – to get much playing time in Europe, but he didn’t look out of place against the Leafs over the weekend. Kasper will turn 19 next week, so there’s a ton of time to prepare him for full-time duty. For now, enjoy the show, Wings fans.

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According to some (hello Steve Dangle) in the TO media, Bunting is 'marked' by the refs, and in their minds and on a very short leash. The refs are on to his antics, and seem to be quick with the calls on him, i.e, the 'embellishment' call in his spat with Walman. Good for Walman--it was enjoyable seeing some of the Wings stick up for their buds and not take any of the crap from the likes of a Bunting. Now I'd like to see similar pushback against the likes of Marchand.


With Mazur and Rock Me Amadeus coming up, this team should have a little bit more snarl to it. That has been grossly lacking for too many years. 

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