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In Red Wings Land

Red Wings reportedly part ways with Chris Chelios, who could join the NHLPA
The headline says it all, if you missed it, Chris Chelios will not return as an assistant coach this coming season.

Chris Chelios and the Detroit Red Wings have reportedly parted ways.

Chelios had been working on Jeff Blashill’s coaching staff as an assistant. However, according to Darren Dreger of TSN, his contract, which was expiring at the end of June, has now been terminated.

Dreger says that he will likely join the NHLPA as an ombudsman, and he can’t do that as an employee of the Red Wings.

Around the NHL

Flames GM talks NHL Expansion Draft, goalie plans, Ovechkin rumour -
Calgary Flames General Manager Brad Treliving was interviewed about many topics, one of which has been a topic of great interest here at Winging it in Motown.

With the expansion draft fast approaching, it’s interesting to see what GM’s are saying, although they obviously don’t want to show all their cards.

“There’s a bunch of teams that either have room to add players or have protection issues. Where Vegas is spending a lot of their time is with those teams, to be perfectly honest,” Treliving explained.

“The thought that a team is just going to give a player [with a bad contract] away for a seventh-round pick in 2024 — that’s not reality.”

So while there’s plenty of chatter between teams right now, most trades are in a holding pattern until after Knights GM George McPhee selects his 30 skaters. (Treliving noted that “parking” players — shuffling them to another team and back again in effort to skirt Vegas — is prohibited by the NHL.)

“There’s going to be moves made,” the GM assured.

If you remember, a short while ago Mike, Kyle, each did a mock expansion draft. It’s interesting to see Treliving make the same observations we made in our article.

“They’re going to have a wide range of goaltenders available,” he said. “They’re going to get some good defencemen. They’re hard to find in this league.”

Plenty of No. 4, 5 and 6 D-men will be available to McPhee. His centres will be flawed, and we should see “higher salaries” on the wings.

Another point he made is that you have to remember that they may have reasons for making some selections other than having that player in the lineup on opening night.

“The players Vegas drafts, not all of them are going to play for Vegas. It’s not so much an expansion draft for them as it is an accumulation of assets,” Treliving said.

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I looked without success for an article on this, so if someone finds this, please put in the comments, but....

Elliotte Friedman said on the radio this morning that he believes Vegas has an agreement in place to take Marc Andre-Fleury in the expansion draft.

For the last couple weeks, Greg Wyshynski has been saying that everything he’s heard is that Fleury will end up in Vegas. I know Wysh is not everyone’s cup of tea, but he does have good connections. If both of them are saying that, that tells me that it’s pretty likely that it’s true.

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Flyers sign Shayne Gostisbehere to multi-year extension -

Philly signed their young defenseman to what I feel to be a team-friendly contract.

It takes him through 3 UFA years, and he will be 30 when it’s time for a new deal. It seems like it should be a good, if not great cap hit for the length of the deal.

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers have signed defenceman Shayne Gostisbehere to a $27 million, six-year contract extension.

The 24-year-old Gostisbehere had seven goals and 39 points in 76 games this season, a dropoff from a sensational rookie season that saw Flyers fans chanting for "Ghost."

He’ll have a salary cap hit of $4.5M and earn $6 million in salary each of the first two years of the deal. He’ll get $5.5 million in 2019-20 and $3.25 million in the final two years of the contract.

Because of my love for YouTube videos featuring people eating ridiculously hot foods, I tried to get people to call him Ghost Pepper, but Ghost Bear makes too much sense. I don’t know why I’m telling you that, I guess it’s likely recap withdrawals.