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Yesterday HSJ tweeted Raymond won't be playing in the WC too.
Helene St. James@HeleneStJames·Apr 17Red Wings' Lucas Raymond headed to Worlds. Did you misread this Paul or is there another subsequent tweet?
I must have misread it Ukey, thanks for chasing it down.
In once Detroit related news.
He's the type of player who can make a contender a true threat. As much as I hate the B's, I'm rooting for Tyler. I know he's playing for his next contract and hope it works out well for him.
from Max Bultman of The Athletic,.
Here’s what’s atop Yzerman’s to-do list as the offseason begins.
Find a scorer (or 2)
There’s no secret here. All involved with the Red Wings know the team needs to find a way to score more goals next season. And though it’s clear part of Steve Yzerman’s hope is that much of it will come by way of internal improvement, the most impactful approach would be to add a scorer either via free agency or trade.
The free-agent market is thin this year, though. Names like Alex Killorn and Jason Zucker would help if they could be had on short-term deals — maybe even Michael Bunting at the right dollar figure. But all three are coming from situations in which they’re playing next to some of the sport’s elite players, and Detroit would have to carefully consider how the scoring might translate to a very different circumstance....
Add a right-shot D
The other obvious need for the Red Wings is on the right side of the blue line — a nice change of pace after “left-shot D” was the theme of last offseason.
At that time, the right side’s top four felt secure for the foreseeable future, with Moritz Seider and Filip Hronek locked in and both under the age of 25. But Hronek was traded in the middle of a breakthrough season, netting the Red Wings some serious draft capital, but opening up a big hole at one of the sport’s hardest-to-fill positions.
You can probably forget about trading for a top-four RHD. Half the league has learned that lesson.
But the good news is there are some solid candidates in free agency — if that is, the Red Wings are willing to pay the price. The Islanders’ Scott Mayfield stands out as a potential fit, and he’s already playing a 21-minute-per-night role on a playoff team. He’ll be 31 in the fall, though, and the Red Wings would need to be careful on term. A bit younger is Damon Severson, who will turn 29 this summer and might be the biggest prize of free agency — but, accordingly, will likely be compensated as such. There’s also Matt Dumba, who is coming off a down year in Minnesota.
Or, perhaps the Red Wings look in the direction of Radko Gudas or Connor Clifton...
maybe even Michael Bunting at the right dollar figure.
Ah, no thanks on Bunting. The guy is a crybaby diver, and the entire group of refs have him marked as as such. Any production he has comes from having Matthews and Marner on his line. If he scored 50 goals last year--I still wouldn't want him on the Wings.
wait till wings find out Fabs is done (and I sincerely hope that I’m wrong) – giving away V will hurt even more.
JV due for breakout season, 15 G’s?
SY overdue to find that diamond in the ruff, especially after putting blind faith in Z (who’s gone)
gotta admit, Bert looks great in that B’s uniform, go grab that Cup brother!
I honestly hope Veleno can be packaged to Ottawa as the beginning piece to pry Debrincat from them and bring the Cat home to Detroit. Veleno has been almost as big a disappointment as Zadina
I still think Veleno will find the scoring touch- he certainly gets alot of chances.
Hard no on Bunting- he's an idiot.
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