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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

Final written 32 Thoughts blog of the season. Thank you as always to the editors. This is not an easy piece to handle, and I’ve already driven at least one of them into retirement....

There’s a ton of stuff flying around out there, and I don’t want any fan base to feel left out. The easiest way is to do something quick on every team, and we’re going to do it by draft order.

Detroit: Now that coach Derek Lalonde’s in place, the focus turns to the roster. (Under-the-radar coaching interview: Calgary assistant Ryan Huska. Not sure if he had one or two there). The Red Wings are believed to be working on an extension with Dylan Larkin. One thing to know: the final season of Larkin’s current contract has a no-trade clause that kicks in July 13. It’s not like Steve Yzerman (Lamoriello Lite) to tell us anything, but it wouldn’t be a shocker if he’s told Larkin he needs an answer before that kicks in. Detroit has room to do almost anything it wants, but there’s not a lot of intel that escapes. I did wonder if the Red Wings would be Jack Campbell’s next home, but they don’t seem to be the favourite.

Chicago: A few months ago, I refused to believe DeBrincat would be traded. Now, with each passing day, the scales tip more in favour of it happening. One player made a good argument. “He’s two years from unrestricted free agency. If this rebuild is going to be as painful as we think, is he going to want to stay there? He wants to win.” Chicago has to know that, too. If it does happen, the bigger question might be how Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews feel. The Blackhawks have not made them available, preferring that if they wish to be moved, they come forward and make it known. There’s a way to manage this, but a DeBrincat trade for futures might just do it — although I hesitate to speak for them. There is also a lot of research being done on Kirby Dach.

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Paul's avatar

Friedman on the Canes,.

Carolina: Not sure anyone else does business like the Hurricanes. Ethan Bear has permission to shop his services, and so does Tony DeAngelo. They’re not afraid of letting players or coaches do that. Last I’d heard, they were not close on an extension with Martin Necas. Nino Niederreiter is going to test free agency and so is Trocheck. The thing about Tom Dundon is he has Jerry Jones thoughts. They don’t always happen, but he likes to be around anything that could be big. This purely a guess, but it wouldn’t be unlike him to poke around on say, Malkin. Could it happen? No idea. Would he think about it? Sure. (I always thought if Malkin ever left Pittsburgh, it would be for Florida. Don’t know the Panthers could make it work). Other than that, the Hurricanes will try what they do best — under-the-radar moves that nicely fit.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/03/22 at 08:54 AM ET

d ca's avatar

I am hearing and reading SY is going to be very active this summer as he was embarrassed by the way the club competed in the 2nd half of the season. I would not be surprised if their is significant movement of players in the middle six along with picks for talent.

I would also not be surprised if Tyler Bertuzzi is moved. He’s at his peak value: his age (and where the rebuild is at) combined with his style of play/injury history (both in terms of re-injury and age/style risk) and his past contract difficulties add to this idea. People here are not going to get the contract difficulties issue and how it will cause a fan favorite to leave—but it is probably the #1 issue.

Overall, I really think they try to add a 2nd line centre in free agency and trade for a top 4 LHD.

The next few days are going to be busy or it’s not going to be a pleasant year in Detroit.

Posted by d ca on 07/03/22 at 04:41 PM ET

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