We don’t know where Detroit Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde does his impulse shopping, but we do know that he likes what 7-11 has to offer to his team. On Tuesday, the Red Wings were making the decision to send veteran forward Zach Aston-Reese to the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins. The move is leaving the club with just 22 players on the NHL roster, 12 of them forwards.
Derek Lalonde has put a lot of emphasis on the fact that this roster has 7 NHL caliber defensemen on it. Won’t hesitate to go 11 and 7 in certain situations.
— Daniella Bruce (@daniellabruce_) October 9, 2023
So what happens if a forward gets hurt? Well, that’s when Lalonde might go to 7-11 – as in seven defensemen and 11 forwards.
“I’m still not opposed to 7-11 on Thursday (in the season opener at New Jersey) also,” Lalonde said. “It’s what we are right now post-camp.”
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Boston: Forward Patrick Brown, the son of former Red Wings player Doug Brown, was among those assigned to the AHL Providence Bruins by the Boston Bruins.
Buffalo: If you’re Red Wings impending RFA D Moritz Seider, this is big news. On the eve of the regular season, the Buffalo Sabres were signing defenseman Rasmus Dahlin to an eight-year contract with an AAV of $11 million.
Montreal: Jaroslav Slafkovsky, the first player chosen in the 2022 NHL entry draft, was enjoying a productive preseason for the Montreal Canadiens.
Florida: Here’s what the opening-night roster for the Florida Panthers is going to look like.
Toronto: Veteran defenseman Jake Muzzin is retiring as a player to become a pro scout for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Ottawa: The Ottawa Senators released veteran forward Josh Bailey from his PTO.
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Chicago: Goaltender Arvid Soderblom, brother of Red Wings prospect Elmer Soderblom, cracked the roster of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Colorado: Seeking help between the pipes, the Colorado Avalanche were claiming goaltender Ivan Prosvetov on waivers from the Arizona Coyotes.
Nashville: Looking at how the Nashville Predators might navigate player movement this season.
Vegas: Predictions on how things may play out this season for the Vegas Golden Knights.
San Jose: Third-generation NHLer and former Michigan Wolverine Thomas Bordeleau was among those making the roster of the San Jose Sharks.
Pittsburgh: There’s nearly a 50% turnover on the opening-night roster of the Pittsburgh Penguins from a year ago.
Philadelphia: Four rookies will be starting the season on the roster of the Philadelphia Flyers.
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I’m told that the @Canes are loaning G Kochetkov to @TBLightning @TheAHL Affiliate @SyracuseCrunch while Vasilevskiy is injured . Very interesting move, given Canes don’t have an AHL Affiliate of their own, and Syracuse is Tampa’s 👀 . #HockeyTwitter pic.twitter.com/BEn7zVnbBo
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Carolina: The top goaltending prospect in the Carolina Hurricanes, Pyotr Kochetkov, will be playing for the Syracuse Crunch, the top farm club of the Tampa Bay Lightning, because the Hurricanes don’t have an AHL affiliate.
Washington: The Washington Capitals are down to the NHL limit of 23 players, but coach Spencer Carbery said to expect more moves will be made prior to Friday’s season opener against Pittsburgh.
Islanders: The New York Islanders waived forward Ross Johnston as their final cut to get down to 23 players.
New Jersey: Red Wings forward Lucas Raymond could be facing his buddy Alexander Holtz when Detroit opens against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.