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05/13/2023 at 12:26pm EDT

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Carter Mazur keeps making the right impressions for the Detroit Red Wings.

In an admittedly brief stint this spring with the Grand Rapids Griffins, the prospect from Jackson averaged a point a game. On Friday, in his first game at the World Championship, he set up the tying goal to help propel the U.S. to a 4-1 victory over host Finland at Nokia Arena in Tampere, Finland. Mazur is among multiple Wings at the event, and faced off in the group state opener against a roster that featured veteran Red Wings defenseman Olli Määttä.

The U.S., which has Red Wings head coach Derek Lalonde as part of the coaching staff, scored four unanswered goals.


from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Florida Panthers’ unexpected run to the Eastern Conference finals has benefitted the Detroit Red Wings ever so slightly.

The Panthers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 Friday in Game 5 of their second round series, on Nick Cousins’ goal at 15:32 of overtime. Florida advances to face Carolina in the conference finals.

That means the Panthers’ first-round pick, which was traded to Montreal, falls from 17th (based on their position in the standings) to the bottom four (anywhere from 29-32).


from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Boston Hockey Now columnist Joe Haggerty wrote Friday that the Bruins need to prioritize the re-signing of Tyler Bertuzzi before he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Haggerty’s logic isn’t complicated: The former Red Wings player was among the few Bruins who distinguished themselves during their failed postseason. Plus, his gritty approach fits well with how the Bruins want to play.

That would keep Bertuzzi in the Red Wings’ division.

The re-signing of Bertuzzi will be no easy task for the Bruins who went all in on their ill-fated attempt to win the Stanley Cup this season. They don’t have much cap room left to sign Bertuzzi who led Boston with five goals and 10 points in the seven-game loss to the Florida Panthers.


from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

What Does His Detroit Future Hold?

Chiarot, 31, will be with Detroit for at least two more seasons. He’s signed through the 2025-26 campaign. Assuming the club continues to trend upward, in all likelihood Chiarot will eventually be slotting down into a third-pairing role on the Red Wings defense.



Seems to me that Bertuzzi fits the Boston Bruins character and their fans’ expectations.

I don’t know what his agent will be asking for and how it would compare to Larkin’s new contract, but not likely SY would sign Bert for more than he just signed Larkin.

I don’t know the two teams’ salary cap implications and not going to bother to look it up.  I’mma just wait and see what happens but certainly do not expect Bertuzzi to sign with the Wings.  

For a competitive SOB like him who has now had a taste of winning and playoff hockey, I can’t see him going to a rebuild if at all possible to sign with another contender. 


Boston has to make a cap decision. but it looks like among their UFA's Bert may be a top priority for them.


They’re going to make a huge mistake with Bert, just watch. Either too long or too much money, or both! Maybe a NTC to just really screw themselves? 


from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

    Though best remembered by hockey fans for his tenure with the New York Islanders, Gerry Hart began his NHL journey with the Detroit Red Wings. Hart, who died Friday at the age of 75, played 730 NHL games, the first 71 with Detroit.

    Undersized at 5-foot-9 and 178 pounds, Hart was nonetheless a tough as nails defenseman who gave no quarter and asked none. “I don’t hesitate checking anyone who is heavier than me,” Hart told Detroit Free Press writer Jack Berry in 1970.

    With Fort Worth of the CHL in 1969-70, the season prior to Hart cracking the Red Wings lineup as a regular, he collected 226 penalty minutes.

    “He’s stronger than hell, very aggressive,” said former Detroit defenseman and coach Doug Barkley, who was Hart’s coach. “He won’t back down from anyone.”


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