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In Red Wings Land

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JONATHAN BERNIER, DETROIT RED WINGS

As he enters the final season of a six-year contract with the Red Wings, it can safely be said that the writing is on the wall for veteran netminder Jimmy Howard. Long considered as a trade chip for Detroit, albeit one that they’ve been unable to move, the Red Wings went out and brought in some insurance for the oft-injured keeper this summer when they inked Bernier to a three-year, $9-million pact. And while Bernier might not seem a sizeable upgrade over the incumbent Red Wings netminder, the numbers suggest differently.

I believe it and I probably wouldn’t mind if Jonathan Bernier took over. If the Red Wings really want to make the playoffs this upcoming season, they’re going to need him to play at a starter level.

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There is one member of the Red Wings on this list and I would love to see him take someone’s job during training camp.