In Red Wings Land
They don’t want to risk either player being injured in case they are traded by Monday’s 3 p.m. deadline.
Despite losing to the Flames, this was the correct decision by Steve Yzerman & co (and let’s be honest, the Wings probably lose to Calgary even with those two in the lineup).
Now, we just wait and see what kind of rabbits Yzerman can pull out of his hat today!
Nearly four decades after they lived together as rookies in a riverfront apartment in downtown Detroit, Lambert and Yzerman may reunite as Detroit Red Wings cohorts. In his first year as general manager of the Wings, Yzerman has backed coach Jeff Blashill even as the team has plummeted to the bottom of the NHL standings, mostly because the descent reflects the lack of marquee players in the lineup. This will be the fourth straight year the Wings miss the playoffs under Blashill, though, and that could lead Yzerman to make a coaching change when the season ends.
If so, Lambert will be a top candidate.
Lane Lambert as the next head coach of the Red Wings?
Yay or nay?
Names You Should Know
Athanasiou and Green are the only Detroit players in this one (and Green was traded overnight)
Athanasiou is ranked 8th on the “Trade Bait” list. The Wings’ cap space is 26th
and Green is 34th.
Around the League
Detroit Red Wings – 2012
To Detroit: Kyle Quincey
To Tampa Bay: First-round pick in 2012 (Andrei Vasilevskiy)
The Red Wings have a history of moving first-round picks to acquire help. For reference, the Red Wings had just four first-round picks from 2001 until 2012, with Jakub Kindl proving to be the best selection. But this deal in particular turned out awful. Quincey did little to spark a fire in Detroit and the Red Wings failed to make it out of the first round that season. The pick the Wings moved turned into Vasilevskiy, the 2019 Vezina Trophy winner. Detroit could really use his goaltending services right now.