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It makes sense for Detroit Red Wings to explore Andreas Athanasiou trade market | Freep

Andreas Athanasiou assessed his giveaway bobblehead doll with a critical eye, deeming it to be “all right.”

The more intriguing question is whether a contender assesses and deems him worth trading for by Monday’s deadline. The Detroit Red Wings are in rebuilding mode and Athanasiou is a 25-year-old forward who can play wing and center and who scored 30 goals last season. That might entice a return of a high-round pick and prospect.

I like Athanasiou, but the Red Wings should absolutely trade him if the price is right. Steve Yzerman should be calling old friend Kenny Holland so they can make plans to head to the car dealership and kick some tires.

Thousands of children empowered with lasting life skills through hockey | DetroitRedWings.com

Through community partnerships with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, the Detroit Parks & Recreation Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), EverFi and the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University, over 30,000 youth in the city of Detroit will experience the sport of hockey through a distinctive array of events and engagements over the next two years. The Red Wings are working with several metro Detroit and national organizations to coordinate on the exclusive programming, curriculum and operation of the program.

This is great. The more opportunities for kids to play hockey, the better.

Around the League

31 Thoughts: Making sense of Toffoli trade for Canucks | Sportsnet

No Wings trade thoughts in this one. Smh. Yzerman keeps his cards close to the vest, eh?

USA hockey hotbed heat check: What’s the center of the American hockey universe? | ESPN

Detroit is apparently in decline, but still ranked 3rd on the ‘Center of the Hockey Universe’ list.