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Detroit Red Wings Introduce New General Manager Steve Yzerman

In Red Wings Land

Steve Yzerman | Midseason Conversation | DetroitRedWings.com

Ken Kal sits down with Red Wings Executive Vice President & General Manager Steve Yzerman for a midseason conversation on the state of the Detroit Red Wings.

Custance: Let’s talk about Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill’s future | The Athletic ($)

Interesting note in this one:

Blashill declined to comment when asked about his contract by The Athletic, but according to an NHL source, after the regular season ends, the Red Wings have seven days to pick up Blashill’s option for next year. If they don’t, he gets a $300,000 buyout and the search for his replacement begins.

Jeff Blashill won’t have to wait too long once the season ends to learn his fate.

Around the League

Bold second-half predictions for all 31 NHL teams | ESPN

Detroit Red Wings

GM Steve Yzerman uses his Jedi powers to manipulate the lottery balls, earning the Red Wings the top pick in the draft and a franchise player in Alexis Lafreniere.

The prediction above isn’t that bold... but I’d happily take the outcome.

Q&A: CapFriendly’s founders on signing trends, building an online giant | Sportsnet

“That was the way to know more about these guys. And then time went on and things evolved and sites like CapGeek came out, and introduced us to new ways to fall in love with our favourite game, with our favourite clubs and our favourite players,” says Dominik of the late Matthew Wuest’s seminal cap-focused site.

“That was just like candy for me — I soaked it all in.”

Cool interview here. Worth a read if you’re a fan of CapFriendly.