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The Wings Will Need A Healthy And Productive Michael Rasmussen

05/19/2023 at 2:45pm EDT

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

"It was frustrating," Rasmussen said during his season-ending Zoom call with media last month. "It was tough with where things were at with the team and how well everyone was playing. To be removed from that was really tough. It was upsetting to watch and not be out there with the guys, tough to watch some losses and games where I would have liked to be a part of.”

The Wings were 7-15-2 after the date of Rasmussen's injury....

But losing Rasmussen, and the versatility he’s developed in his repertoire, didn’t help.

"That stung," coach Derek Lalonde said of Rasmussen's absence. "Ras was a huge part of our team. He was part of our top-six (forwards), part of our penalty kill, and that physical push back we talked about that we missed, he was a big part of it.

"We're excited to get a healthy Ras back next season."

Rasmussen found some chemistry playing with veteran forward Andrew Copp during the season, with both players capable of playing a rugged, stifling defensive game, while contributing effectively in other areas. Copp felt the Wings weren't the same without the 6-foot-6 Rasmussen in the lineup.

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"We're excited to get a healthy Ras back next season." I concur and hope he continues to improve and becomes an increasingly valuable member of the team.

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