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The Daily: Red Wings Prospects Learning Life Lessons; Hagg Signs with Ducks

Nutrition, sleep patterns and high finance on the agenda

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Axel Sandin Pellikka
Red Wings prospect Axel Sandin Pellikka was learning how to invest at development camp.

As they put their top prospects through the paces, the Detroit Red Wings were evaluating each player’s skill level. There was also intense physical testing to determine areas in need of addressing. But it wasn’t just hockey sense that was being taught.

Off the ice, the young players were getting schooling in what to eat, how to rest and recover and even how to invest their money.

To say it was an eye-opening experience to the young players would be a massive understatement.

I’m starting to think about financial stuff, like if I sign a contract or something like that,” 2023 Detroit first-round pick Axel Sandin Pellikka said. “I’m learning about how I invest my money and use it in the future.”

For someone like 2021 first-round draftee Sebastian Cossa, he was able to put these lessons into practice as he made his pro debut thus season with the ECHL Toledo Walleye.

Yeah, 100%,” Cossa said. “Sleep tracking. They talk a lot about diet and hydration here and that’s huge. It’s just making sure you’re eating right and sleeping right. It’s little things away from the rink that are big.”

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Red Wings Offseason

One member of the 2022-23 Red Wings who was opting for UFA has found himself a new home. Defenseman Robert Hagg agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Anaheim Ducks. The pact has an AAV of $775,000.

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Pittsburgh: Defenseman Will Butcher was agreeing to a two-way deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Washington: Defenseman Martin Fehervary was signing a three-year contract extension with the Washington Capitals.

Boston: GM Don Sweeney shouldn’t be shouldering the blame for the fact that the Boston Bruins weren’t able to keep Tyler Bertuzzi.

Buffalo: The Buffalo Sabres were re-signing defenseman Kevin Clague on a two-way deal.

Florida: The Florida Panthers were signing defenseman Nikko Makela as a UFA.

Montreal: Top Montreal Canadiens draft choices David Reinbacher and Lane Hutson are finding chemistry as a defensive pairing in the club’s development camp.

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Chicago: How soon until Kevin Korchinski is cracking the lineup of the Chicago Blackhawks?

Colorado: Trying to make sense out of the lengthy contract the Colorado Avalanche gave to Miles Wood.

Nashville: Players are bonding and learning at the development camp of the Nashville Predators.

Los Angeles: Goaltender Cam Talbot is excited to reunite with Los Angeles Kings coach Todd McLellan.

San Jose: Do the San Jose Sharks have a Kevin Labanc for Tyler Myers deal in the works?

Vegas: What to watch for next from the Vegas Golden Knights during the NHL offseason.