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What’s Happening: The Detroit Red Wings are looking ahead to a season filled with uncertainty after a year when they won just 17 games. Here’s an update on what’s happening with the storied franchise embarking on a rebuild under GM Steve Yzerman.
Tell Me More: 2019 6th overall pick Moritz Seider is off to a hot start in Sweden where he plays in the Swedish Elite League. The Detroit Free Press writes “Wings general manager Steve Yzerman originally assigned Seider to his old German team, Mannheim, but when it became clear he’d have a better chance of playing in the SHL, Yzerman loaned Seider to Rögle. It has been a good solution: The 6-foot-4, 207-pound defender played a season-high 21:04 in his last game, registering one assist and four shots on goal and four hits.”
The prospect pool playing in Europe doesn’t stop with Seider. “Filip Zadina, Filip Hronek, Michael Rasmussen and Joe Veleno also are among those who are in Europe. Zadina and Hronek are expected to be recalled when the NHL gives the go-ahead for training camps.”
Free agents like Bobby Ryan, Thomas Greiss, Michigan native Jon Merril and Troy Stecher replace the departure of veterans Jimmy Howard, Justin Abdelkader, Jonathan Ericsson and Trevor Daley in Detroit.
The Bigger Picture: The hodge-podge of players Yzerman has assembled should make them more competitive than last season, but his exact vision for the future remains unclear.
Bonus Read: Abdelkader wrote a heartfelt goodbye to the Red Wings in the Players Tribune. The Red Wings bought out the remaining three years of his contract in October.
Insider Updates & Analysis
Breaking: A former race car driver will spend a decade in prison after stealing from multiple NHL players, Newsday reports.
Update: The NHL is considering a regionalized alignment for the upcoming season, ESPN reports.
Rumor: Patrick Kane could play until he’s 50-years-old, according to his trainer Ian Mack.
A Question for the Peanut Gallery
Will the Red Wings make the playoffs next season?