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The Daily: Copp Believes Red Wings on Right Track; Golden Knights Marchessault on Panthers – ‘We Know we Have Them’

Copp expects Detroit to upgrade via offseason moves

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Forward Andrew Copp believes the Red Wings are heading in the right direction.

A year ago, Andrew Copp was heading into unrestricted free agency, a journey that would see him end up with the Detroit Red Wings. Although his initial season with Detroit didn’t result in a playoff appearance for the team, Copp is certain that the Red Wings are trending upward.

“From where our team is, I really feel we’re heading in the right direction,” Copp said. “I like the core that’s been solidified. You saw three really big resignings throughout the season (Jake Walman, Dylan Larkin, Olli Maatta) that give us just a little bit more of this group that’s gonna be here moving forward. I think everybody’s really excited about that. And then it’ll just be adding in a few more new faces to hopefully freshen up the group, get a little bit more offense and get us going from there.

“I think everyone’s really excited about the start of next year. I think everyone felt steps this year – maybe not as many as we would’ve hoped. But I think it’s more just the surrounding atmosphere and the culture that we felt like took a step forward. Obviously there was improved play on the ice in terms of points overall and specific areas. I think the next step is right there for us.”

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Red Wings Offseason

Always wanted to own a piece of the Red Wings? Well, here’s your chance. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the club is holding their annual equipment sale at the UVM Garage next to Little Caesars Arena.

Among the items available for purchase will be game-worn jerseys, equipment, and memorabilia. Phone orders will be accepted starting at 1 p.m. by calling (313) 462-8418 or (313) 471-7782.

Hockey Now Network

Vegas: Assessment by Vegas Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marcessault of the Florida Panthers, two games into the Stanley Cup final: “We know we have them.”

Florida: Florida Panthers forward Matthew Tkachuk has as many misconducts (two) in the Stanley Cup final as the Vegas Golden Knights have victories.

Pittsburgh: Why buying out the contract of forward Mikael Granlund makes sense for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Boston: How much will it cost the Boston Bruins to sign RFA forward Trent Frederic to a new contract?

Philadelphia: Defenseman Ivan Provorov is leaving from the Philadelphia Flyers. Philly is trading him to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Islanders: It would appear that the New York Islanders are preparing to sever ties with veteran forward Josh Bailey.

Montreal: For the first time in franchise history, the Montreal Canadiens are undergoing a legitimate rebuild.

Fucale Shut Out Detroit

Washington Capitals: Two years ago, Zach Fucale shutout the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Next season, the former Washington Capitals goalie will be playing for Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL.

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Colorado Avalanche: Depth defenseman Wyatt Aamodt and the Colorado Avalanche are in agreement on a one-year contract.

San Jose Sharks: Revisiting the trade that saw Adin Hill leaving the San Jose Sharks.

Nashville Predators: Barry Trotz, GM of the Nashville Predators, is advising to take some swings on players at the NHL entry draft.

Buffalo Sabres: Kyle Okposo is talking about the number of former Buffalo Sabres playing in the Stanley Cup final.

Chicago Blackhawks: Connor Bedard is already endearign himself to Chicago Blackhawks fans.

Los Angeles Kings: The Los Angeles Kings are shedding some $5.6 million in cap space by moving Cal Petersen and Sean Walker. This was done via in a three-team deal also involving the Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets.