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Quick Hits: The 1989 Edition

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In Red Wings Land

Red Wings draft picks: 10 biggest hits | Detroit News

This right here is just a reminder of how amazing the Red Wings 1989 draft class was.

My only argument with Ted’s list here are his choices at #8 and #9. I would’ve gone with Slava Kozlov over both of them.

Around the League

Kotkaniemi surges into top five of TSN Draft Ranking

I’m still #TeamHughes all the way, but I think I’ve come around on the idea of drafting Jesperi Kotkaniemi if he’s there at #6 and Hughes is gone. You can never have too many good centers.

How things fell apart between Barry Trotz, Capitals | Sportsnet

Would you fire Jeff Blashill if it meant Trotz would be the next coach in Detroit?

Destination Tavares: Where the star center could land | ESPN

Why it could work: The Wings haven’t had a Steve Yzerman-like player since, well, Yzerman retired. Tavares would instantly become the face of the Winged Wheel. Despite some recent managerial missteps, Detroit remains a gold-standard organization from ownership down. Tavares would have a friend and former linemate in Frans Nielsen. If uncertainty about an arena deal forces Tavares out of New York ... well, there’s no such concern in Detroit, where shiny, new Little Caesars Arena just opened.

This will never happen, but it’s fun to think about.

NHLPA shelved concussion support program over privacy concerns | TSN

The latest about the ongoing concussion issues in the NHL.