In Red Wing Land
Rasmus Dahlin is the prize of the next NHL draft, but I wouldn’t mind Andrei Svechnikov as a consolation prize. The Red Wings could probably use elite prospect on the blue line, but if you don’t get the top pick then just take the best player available. Detroit needs talent. Svechnikov is talented.
Around the League
The Votes Of No Confidence
GMs that are feeling the heat because their teams were incredible for like a decade, got old and entered inevitable decline.
Stan Bowman, Chicago Blackhawks
Ken Holland, Detroit Red Wings
Bowman’s handled down cycles for the Hawks before, in between Cup wins, but this one seems like a bit of a steeper climb due to the age of the core (and the fact that there are so many no-trade clauses). Holland has somehow crafted a roster that’s kissing the cap ceiling but is a complete also-ran. Does he return next season?
No, he does not return.
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