A year ago, things were looking so promising for the future of Detroit Red Wings defenseman Filip Hronek. Coming off earning best defenseman recognition at the world championship, Hronek led the club in scoring last season.
The 2021-22 campaign has proven to be one of regression for the defenseman, however.
“I think with Fil, he’s a good player,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “He competes hard. I think taking what’s given is an important part of his game.
“Sometimes he’s always looking for the home-run play. Even when you have the ability to make a home-run play, sometimes you look for it too much.”
Moritz Seider has usurped Hronek’s role as Detroit’s number one defenseman and quarterback on the club’s first power-play unit. There’s talk that he’s not happy in his reduced role.
While it wouldn’t be correct to suggest that the Wings might be actively shopping Hronek, they certainly would listen to offers for the defenseman if some team were to come calling.
Red Wings Raymond Back On Track
Who’s Hot: Forward Lucas Raymond has scored five goals in the past nine games.
Who’s Not: Defenseman Nick Leddy was acquired to add offense. But he’s collected just two assists over the past 16 games.
In Case You Missed It
- There’s a good chance that forward Jakub Vrana may see his first action of the season on Tuesday against the Arizona Coyotes
- Danny DeKeyser’s days with the Red Wings could be done. The team placed the veteran defenseman on waivers on Monday
DeKeyser (DET) on waivers
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 7, 2022
- Claiming defenseman Olli Juolevi on waivers from the Florida Panthers represents a no-risk proposition for the Red Wings
Around The League
Boston: The Boston Bruins lost to the Los Angeles Kings and also lost defenseman Matt Grzelcyk to injury.
Washington: The Washington Capitals are turning to Axel Jonsson-Fiallby to fill in for the injured Carl Hagelin.
Florida: Whipping the Buffalo Sabres 6-1 on Monday was the good news for the Florida Panthers. Losing rookie forward Anton Lundell to injury in the game was the bad news.
San Jose: Forward Tomas Hertl is getting the full-court press as the San Jose Sharks try to sign the pending UFA prior to the March 21 NHL trade deadline.