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Why Filip Zadina should spend less than 10 games in the NHL in 2018-19

After this morning’s news of sixth overall pick Filip Zadina signing an entry-level deal with the Detroit Red Wings, and The Athletic’s Craig Custance reporting the NHL ruling he was on loan to Halifax, a number of things went through my head. Firstly, I selfishly hoped the Red Wings would leave Zadina in the AHL for…

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The good and the bad of the Vanek, Green signings

The Detroit Red Wings were not quiet on the free-agency front. Granted there was no big John Tavares-esque signing, but the Red Wings added a few pieces that could affect younger players. First, they brought back winger Thomas Vanek with a one-year, $3-million deal. Vanek had 17 goals and 24 assists in 61 games for…

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Should Red Wings make a push for Ilya Kovalchuk?

With the NHL season officially over, we now are in the speculation season when everyone attempts to determine where free agents will sign and what trades will be made at the draft. Early Tuesday morning, TSN insider Darren Dreger tweeted something that caught my eye.

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WATCH: Todd Nelson gives final interview as Griffins coach

With the news of the Dallas Stars hiring Todd Nelson as an assistant coach Thursday, the 49-year-old gave his final interview earlier today inside the Grand Rapids Griffins locker room. He’ll join first-year coach Jim Montgomery, who Nelson played with for one season as a member of the Hershey Bears during the 1995-96 season.

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Wings Nation 2017-18 Player Review: Frans Nielsen

The Detroit Red Wings paid a hefty price for Frans Nielsen when they signed him to a six-year, $31.5 million deal two summers ago. He hasn’t lived up to that $5.25 million cap hit, and at 34 years old, it’s unreasonable to expect him to be anything other than a third-line center who can chip…

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Todd Nelson’s impact goes beyond hockey for Griffins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — There were a lot of emotions running through the Grand Rapids Griffins locker room Monday night after being eliminated from the Calder Cup playoffs. Disappointment, chief among them, but also sadness as the coach could be moving on to the next level. Of course, the players are happy Todd Nelson could…

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A look at some of Red Wings’ draft options at sixth

The Detroit Red Wings fell one spot from fifth to sixth during Saturday’s NHL draft lottery presentation. So, you can kiss the Rasmus Dahlin dreams goodbye. The Red Wings had an 8.5 percent chance to win the No. 1 pick and a 26.1 percent chance to pick in the top three. However, there still are…

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Veterans breathe life into Griffins to stave off elimination

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Griffins came into Game 4 of the Central Division semifinals best-of-five series Thursday down 2-1 to the Manitoba Moose and needing a win to continue defending their Calder Cup title. It was a game that lent itself to the Griffins coming out guns a-blazing. Their backs against the…

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Griffins undeterred by opening-round playoff format

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Some might say it would have been in the Grand Rapids Griffins’ best interest to lose their regular season finale on Saturday against the Cleveland Monsters. The Griffins already knew their first-round opponent would be the Manitoba Moose. However, a loss on Saturday could have bumped them down to third place…