The Detroit Red Wings haven’t yet sorted out how the 2022-23 season will unfold. Will they make the playoffs? Or will GM Steve Yzerman end up with a small percentage shot at Connor Bedard?
Both are still possible.
But Yzerman clearly has a vision about how the Detroit defense will look in 2023-24. The recent signings of Olli Maatta and Jake Walman suggests the defense will look a lot like this season’s defense. Moritz Seider, Ben Chiarot and Filip Hronek are also still under contract.
The Walman-Seider defensive pairing has worked extremely well. Since Walman and Seider were put together on Dec. 31. Since then, Seider has 2 goals, 16 assists and a plus-5 rating in 26 games. Before the switch, Seider had 2 goals, 10 assists and a minus-13 rating in 34 games with Chiarot.
The biggest change on next season’s seasons likely will be Simon Edvinsson joining the group. The Hockey News recently named Edvinsson one of the seven best players outside the NHL. The story is in their Future Watch. Edvinsson has shown continuing improvement for the Grand Rapids Griffins, particularly in the second half of the season.
— Bob Duff (@asktheduffer) March 1, 2023
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
GM Steve Yzerman re-signed Jake Walman as he continues to do work on the 2023-24 Red Wings. He also re-signed Olli Maatta recently.
Bob Duff wrote that the Red Wings showed in back-to-back losses to the Ottawa Senators that they are not quite ready to take the next step in the rebuild. The two games in Ottawa were lost opportunities.
Detroit Hockey Now’s Trade Tracker will keep readers informed about every move before the deadline. Each time a trade is made our tracker is updated.
Red Wings’ Next Game
The Red Wings (28-24-8) are home to face the Seattle Kraken on Thursday. They lost 4-2 to the Kraken in Seattle 11 days ago. It was the Red Wings’ only loss on a five-game road trip. The Red Wings are currently in the midst of playing six games in nine days. They are in a three-game losing skid and have scored a total of three goals in those three games.
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Colorado: Defenseman Cale Makar could “possibly” be ready to play against the Devils. Colorado Avalanche.
Florida: The Panthers needed the win against the Tampa Bay Lightning very badly. Florida Panthers.
Los Angeles: The Jonathan Quick era is over in Los Angeles. He’s now on the Columbus Blue Jackets. Los Angeles Kings .
Montreal: Canadiens sign Xavier Simoneau to entry level contract. Montreal Canadiens.
NYI Hockey Now: The Islanders acquired Pierre Engvall from Toronto. New York Islanders trade.
Philadelphia: GM Chuck Fletcher weighs in on the trade market and the Flyers future. Philadelphia Flyers.
Pittsburgh: Are the Penguins setting up for a big trade? Dan Kingerski lays out what their salary cap will look like later this afternoon. Pittsburgh Penguins.
Washington: Caps traded Marcus Johansson to the Minnesota Wild. It was the first Capitals trade. The Capitals acquired Rasmus Sandin for a first-rounder and Erik Gustafsson. The second Capitals trade cwas Washington acquiring Rasmus Sandin for a first-rounder and Erik Gustafsson Third, the Capitals pulled Nick Jensen from the NHL trade block and re-signed him. And if you’re curious, here’s how the Washington room is handling the craziness. Washington Capitals.