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The Daily: Walleye 8-0 in Playoffs; Kyle Dubas to Pittsburgh?

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The Toledo Walleye needed the broom again Friday night when they downed the Cincinnati Cyclones 9-2 to complete their second sweep in the ECHL’s Kelly Cup playoffs. Red Wings prospect goalie John Lethemon made 23 saves to raise the Walleye record to 8-0 in the postseason.

The Walleye, using five Red Wings’ prospects, are having a remarkable run. Sebastian Cossa is rotating with Lethemon in net, while Seth Barton, Donovan Sebrango and Eemil Viro are playing on the Toledo defense.

Barton, 23, (drafted 81st overall in 2018) had two assists in the game to give him nine points in the Walleye’s eight playoff games. He will be a restricted free agent this summer.

Toledo’s coach Dan Watson seems like a good candidate for the vacant Grand Rapids Griffins’ coaching job.

The Walleye will play either the Allen Americans or Idaho Steelheads in the conference final. The Americans are an affiliate for the Ottawa Senators.

Red Wings’ Offseason

Because the Florida Panthers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs to qualify for the Eastern Conference Finals, they moved down in the draft order. That means Red Wings’ second first-round pick goes from No. 18 to No. 17. The Red Wings picked up that pick from the Vancouver Canucks in the Filip Hronek deal. The Canucks had acquired it from the Islanders in the Bo Horvat deal.

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

  • Red Wings prospect Carter Mazur picked up a meaningful assist in USA’s 4-1 win against Finland at the World Championships. He earned the primary assist on a second period goal that tied the game 1-1.
  • Red Wings’ 2022 draft pick Owen Mehlenbacher (picked 201st overall)¬† is playing for the Fargo Force in the USHL’s Clark Cup Final.
  • Bob Duff takes a look at how defenseman Ben Chiarot performed in his first season with the Detroit Red Wings.
  • Former Red Wings player Sergei Fedorov says he has no desire to coach in the NHL.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: Jimmy Murphy looks at whether long-time Bruins goalie coach Bob Essensa could be out in Boston. Boston Bruins.

Buffalo: Sabres forward Alex Tuch scored twice for USA in its impressive win against Finland at the World Champions. The Finns are the defending champion. Buffalo Sabres.

Chicago Blackhawks: In his Blackhawks’ Amused or Confused feature, Nate Brown looks at the NHL Draft Lottery and playoff results. Chicago Blackhawks.

Colorado: Evan Rawal walks us through Josh Manson’s injury-plagued and penalty-filled season. Colorado Avalanche.

Florida: The Panthers are in the conference finals for the first time since the Miami Arena days. George Richards takes a look at the upcoming series against the Carolina Hurricanes. Florida Panthers.

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Philadelphia: Chuck Bausman explains how Keith Jones and Danny Briere ended up as the Flyers’ new management team. Philadelphia Flyers

Pittsburgh: Dan Kingerski writes why Kyle Dubas should be the Penguins’ next general manager. Pittsburgh Penguins

Vegas:  No Pietrangelo, no problem. The Golden Knights win Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead over the Edmonton Oilers in their playoff series. Vegas Golden Knights.

Washington: Our new Capitals writer Jared Serre has some potential candidates for the vacant Capitals coaching  position. Washington Capitals.