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In Red Wings Land

Thumbs up or thumbs down on Red Wings’ 2017-18 outlook?

Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News proposed a list of five reasons that Red Wings fans should be both optimistic and pessimistic about the upcoming 2017-18 NHL season. Kulfan’s list consists of many valid points and plausible situations , but a few of the reasons for optimism border on too much hope and assumption.

3. They shouldn’t lose as many man-games to injury

5. The Eastern Conference is down

Assuming that the Red Wings wont suffer as many injuries and that the Eastern Conference competition will be weaker sets up the perfect jinx situation to arise later in 2017. Obviously, I’d prefer the Red Wings to remain healthy as fatefully possible, but I’d also prefer not banking on weaker competition to be something to look forward too, the playing field is too even in the modern NHL.

Around The League

Ilya Kovalchuk will not play in NHL this season

It appears that Kovalchuk will wait one more year to possibly return to the NHL. Unable to strike a mutually agreeable deal with the New Jersey Devils, Ilya opted to wait until 2018-19 when he will become an unrestricted free agent.

The forward reportedly wanted to return to the NHL. The New Jersey Devils hold his rights, so to do so Kovalchuk would have had to sign and play with New Jersey, or sign and then be traded to another team.

The New York Post said, "In end, it was Kovalchuk's decision to return after [the Devils] made attempts to make trades. Just did not work out."