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In Red Wings Land

Ken Holland: Red Wings will play prospects, with cap freedom | Detroit News

“Over the course of the year, we’re going to be moving more and more younger people on to our team, and the hope is that they are going to develop and we are going to become more and more competitive,” general manager Ken Holland said at an annual lunch with Detroit Sports Media, formerly known as the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, at Sinbad’s Restaurant & Marina.

More young players, more fun.

Is it just me... or is anyone else really excited for this season to start tonight? Easily the most excited I’ve been for the beginning of a season since the Red Wings were actually competing for a real chance to make a playoff run.

What’s not to like about this year? We’ve finally gotten the youth/rebuild we’ve wanted for the last few seasons. There aren’t really any expectations either. If any success in the standings happens, it’s gravy. This team probably isn’t going to be very good (and it’ll be frustrating at times), but it’s likely going to be fun to watch the Wings play more often than not. We get to see Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha take over the role of top guys, Dennis Cholowski and Michael Rasmussen cut their teeth at the NHL level, and plenty more during the 82-game roller coaster that begins tonight.

Around the League

Capitals raised their banner and whopped the Bruins. I always enjoy seeing a Boston team get beat.