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The Daily: What’s Up With Red Wings Goalies; Florida Cup Frenzy

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Sebastian Cossa, Red Wings prospect
Grand Rapids Griffins-signed goalie Jan Bednar

Bob Duff’s story about John Lethemon heading to Finland to play next season further supports the notion that the Red Wings are probably looking for a veteran goalie, preferably with NHL experience, to play with Sebastian Cossa in Grand Rapids next season.

We can guess Carter Gylander will start in Toledo with the Griffins-signed Jan Bednar as his tandem partner.

Lethemon’s departure isn’t a surprise. He is 27, meaning he is beyond the age when he could be considered a prospect. The Red Wings signed him last year when they were looking to stabilize their goaltending top to bottom in the organization.

But signing of Gylander, coupled with the anticipated arrival of Trey Augustine (maybe at the end of his sophomore season), made it clear that Lethemon won’t be in the Red Wings plans. It makes perfect sense for Lethemon to explore more lucrative offers in Europe.

Meanwhile, we can expect the Red Wings to add a goalie after July 1. They could bring back Michael Hutchinson, but it would seem he might look for a greater opportunity elsewhere. It’s likely that Cossa is going to play the majority of games. But the newcomer, if he has NHL experience, might be viewed as the Detroit No. 3 goalie. Thee Red Wings still want Cossa to get more AHL experience.

 

Red Wings In Case You Missed It

Detroit’s Director of European scouting Hakan Andersson probably will have difficulty finding a Swedish player to grab in the first round this season. But never say never with Andersson.

Former Red Wings defenseman Robert Hagg wants to stay in the NHL, but he is weighing his European options.

Paywall story: Six-foot-4 prospect goalie Carter Gylander has similarities to 6-foot-6 prospect goalie Sebastian Cossa. Could they end up being an entertaining tandem for Detroit some day? If you want to subscribe, click here.To receive a $10 discount on a yearly subscription, use the promocode kevin10.

Red Wings Offseason

Yesterday was the 27th anniversary of the Red Wings Stanley Cup-clinching triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers. Darren McCarty scored the game-winning goal to complete the sweep in 1997. That 1997 victory ended a 42-year championship drought for the organization.

 

Hockey Now Network

Florida: What we thought we would never see: “People talking everywhere about hockey in southern Florida.”

Philadelphia: Jonathan Bailey writes that the lack of Flyers updates on Matvei Michkov’s situation is good news. Philadelphia Flyers

Pittsburgh: Defenseman Erik Karlsson recently bought a stake in an English soccer team. Pittsburgh Penguins

San Jose: Macklin Celebrini explains why he wears No. 17 and also says he’s done cheering for the Vancouver Canucks. San Jose Sharks.

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