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The Daily: Red Wings Reside in East But Are Still Best of West; Could Landeskog’s Career be Over?

Red Wings won six West titles between 1995 and 2009

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Detroit Red Wings 2008 Stanley Cup

It’s been a decade since the Detroit Red Wings made the move from the NHL’s Western Conference back to the East. Yet the Wings remain the best of the West over the past 20 years.

A list of Western Conference champions since 1993 is showing the Red Wings with a leading six times. Detroit won the right to represent the West in the Stanley Cup final in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2008 and 2009. In four of those season, the Red Wings would carry on to win the Stanley Cup.

That’s more Cup titles than conference titles for any other team over that two-dccade span. The Chicago Blackhawks (2010, 2013, 2015), Los Angeles Kings (1993, 2012, 2014), Colorado Avalanche (1996, 2001, 2022) and Dallas Stars (1999, 2000, 2020) are second to the Wings. Each has won three Western Conference championships since 1993.

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Red Wings Offseason

In the 2018 NHL entry draft the Red Wings made the selection of Swedish goaltender Jesper Eliasson at 84th overall. The club ended up opting not to offer him a contract and it appears to have been a prudent decision. Eliasson will play the 2023-24 season with Troja-Ljungby of Hockeyettan, the Swedish third division. He is transferring there from Norwegian club Stjernen Hockey.

Hockey Now Network

Vegas: Bruce Cassidy, coach of the Vegas Golden Knights, was making apologies to the Arizona Coyotes.

Florida: Defenseman Gus Forsling is an unsung hero for the Florida Panthers during their run to the Stanley Cup final.

Boston: It’s unlikely the Boston Bruins will have the salary cap space to sign pending UFA and former Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi.

Buffalo: The Buffalo Sabres are building a future from the club’s mistakes of the past.

Montreal: A loophole in the NHL CBA is going to allow the Montreal Canadiens to maintain their rights to goaltending prospect Joe Vrbetic.

Pittsburgh: Are the Pittsburgh Penguins overrating the talent of former Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas?

Washington: A look at new Washington Capitals coach Spencer Carbery.

Philadelphia: Coach John Tortorella doesn’t agree with the critcism of the Philadelphia Flyers for hiring ex-Flyers to fill front-office positions.

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Chicago: Ryan Greene is a solid center propsect for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Nashville: The hiring of Andrew Brunette as head coach is a full circle moment for the Nashville Predators.

Colorado: A worrying sign for the Colorado Avalanche? It appears the career of NBA player Lonzo Ball may be over. He underwent the same knee cartilage transplant surgery as Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog.

Los Angeles: These three Los Angeles Kings players have a lot to prove next season.

San Jose: The Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks got into it on social media.

Calgary: Craig Conroy, new GM of the Calgary Flames, plans to talk to Jonathan Huberdeau about bringing the swagger next season.