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The Benching Of Filip Hronek

10/25/2021 at 5:50pm EDT

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

The media does not know why Hronek has been benched, nor do we know when he will play again.

What else we do know is Hronek is 23 and a player who is considered to be part of the rebuild. This summer, the Red Wings gave Hronek a three-year deal worth an average of $4.4 million.

Blashill wouldn’t bench Hronek without discussing this with general manager Steve Yzerman. They talk daily about what’s happening with the team.

That’s important to factor in when you analyze what is happening. Some fans believe that Danny Dekeyser should have been benched before Hronek because he was playing worse. Dekeyser has a 33.6 Corsi and has been a minus player for four consecutive games. The team has an .870 save percentage when he is on the ice.

But when analyzing this situation keep in mind that Dekeyser is 31 and isn’t considered a player who will be with the team when it is ready to contend. Dekeyser is also part of the Red Wings’ leadership. He contributes off the ice as well as on the ice. He’s going to be an unrestricted free agent and may not be with the team even next season.

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