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Goalie Questions And Compete Level

02/28/2022 at 7:48am EST

Ansar Khan of Mlive opens his mailbag,

Q: Who’s going to be paired with Nedeljkovic in net next season? Any chance they fast-track (Sebastian) Cossa or (Victor) Brattstrom? Re-sign Greiss?

A: Brattstrom isn’t anywhere close to being NHL-ready, as his statistics in Grand Rapids show (4-7-2, 3.72 GAA, .885 save percentage). Cossa is playing well with WHL Edmonton (26-6-3, 2.34 GAA, .913 save percentage), though he has taken a step back from the 2020-21 season, which would be virtually impossible to replicate (17-1-1, 1.57 GAA, .941 save percentage).

Cossa, 19, will need a couple of years of development time in Grand Rapids. It’s difficult for any goalie, even the 15th overall pick, to make the jump from juniors or college right to the NHL. Among previous Red Wings goalies, Jimmy Howard needed four years with the Griffins and Petr Mrazek two-plus seasons in the AHL before reaching the NHL full-time.

It’s doubtful they’ll re-sign Greiss, 36. Unless Yzerman can pull off another Nedeljkovic-like trade, they’ll need to sign a veteran free agent this summer. Options might include Ville Husso (St. Louis), Pavel Francouz (Colorado), Anton Forsberg (Ottawa), Braden Holtby (Dallas), Casey DeSmith (Pittsburgh) and Joonas Korpisalo (Columbus).

more goalie quesionns plus this...

Q: Where does Jakub Vrana slot into the lines when he returns? If everyone stays healthy, it’ll be interesting to see who gets bumped out of the top six.

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings had worked their way within six points of a wild-card spot, but as teams have made up games in hand, the Wings now sit 13 points behind Washington. Making the playoffs was unlikely all along, but it was an encouraging sign for the rebuild that the Wings were in the conversation. Then came a stretch vs. the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers, and then the Colorado Avalanche and Leafs, during which the Wings have gone 1-3. This week offers the Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers, all teams inside the playoff picture.

"These games are all a litmus test for us and we better understand how much more we’ve got to compete and work and sacrifice," coach Jeff Blashill said.

The Wings got back into the Toronto game when they finally started competing, but both the Leafs and the Avalanche scored in the opening minutes, making for hard nights. Neither Alex Nedeljkovic nor Thomas Greiss has played their best the past two games, with Saturday's goalfest an especially forgettable outing for both.

"I don’t want to compare the two games," Blashill said. "Last game, we gave up 12 chances. It was a bad first shift. This is a different animal.

"We have a hell of a team coming in here on Tuesday, we better figure it out fast."

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