Helene St. James Detroit Free Press Published 2:42 PM EDT Oct 15, 2018 MONTREAL — The decision to scratch Michael Rasmussen was painted as a learning opportunity for the rookie. Rasmussen was not on the Detroit Red Wings’ lineup sheet for their Monday game against the Canadiens at Bell Centre, getting the hook even as a handful of veteran forwards have had rough starts to the season. Coach Jeff Blashill pointed to Rasmussen’s performances against Boston and Toronto as the reason. “He’s had a tough last couple games, so we are going to give him a chance to take a little breather, watch from up top,” Blashill said Monday. “See what he can learn from watching and then get back at it on Wednesday and fight his way back into a good spot. With all our young players, we are extremely cognizant of what’s best for their long-term development.” Rasmussen, 19, was disappointed. “I want to play, help the … [Read more...] about What benching means for Detroit Red Wings’ Michael Rasmussen
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Ted Kulfan The Detroit News Published 2:16 PM EDT Oct 11, 2018 Detroit – Niklas Kronwall returned to the Detroit Red Wings lineup Thursday and he wasn’t expecting to exit from it this season anytime soon. Kronwall, 37, returned after missing the opening three games with a lower-body injury. Heading into what generally is being considered Kronwall’s final season – he’s admitted on several occasions it could be – Kronwall doesn’t expect to take any time off to heal any aches or pains. “I’m going into his with no plan but to play as many games as I possibly can,” said Kronwall, who has dealt with chronic knee problems for most of his career. “Same thing with practices. I don’t how many practices I missed last year but I don’t think it was very many. “I feel good right now and I have no plans to take any extra time off, because I feel when I practice more and play more, my body just feels … [Read more...] about Detroit Red Wings’ Niklas Kronwall healthy, eager to begin what could be final season
Jamie Samuelsen Special to Detroit Free Press Published 11:00 p.m. UTC Aug 16, 2018 Jamie Samuelsen, co-host of the "Jamie and Stoney" show at 6 a.m. weekdays on WXYT-FM (97.1), blogs for freep.com. His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the Detroit Free Press nor its writers. You can reach him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @jamiesamuelsen. If you were able to advise Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg, what would you tell him? I’m not in the business of telling people when they should retire. First of all, it’s none of my business. Secondly, I’d never want someone to tell me when I should retire. Henrik Zetterberg doesn’t seem to be seeking advice on what his next move should be. Or more to the point, he’s not listening to voices as much as he’s trying to listen to his body. And by all accounts, his body is telling him that his hockey career is over. Zetterberg has been dealing with back issues ever since … [Read more...] about Do we want Detroit Red Wings’ Henrik Zetterberg to look like V-Mart?
Helene St. James Detroit Free Press Published 11:54 p.m. UTC Aug 1, 2018 Time for a Detroit Red Wings mailbag. Thanks as always for the many great questions. HSJ: In talking to people in the organization, there’s recognition that the Wings are paying now for all those years of making the playoffs, which rendered them without a high-end draft pick for decades (when they picked Filip Zadina at sixth overall in June, it was the highest they’d picked since Keith Primeau at third overall in 1990). Expectations are measured against that. The Wings lack an elite defenseman, lack an elite scorer. They don’t have the superstars-in-their-prime that populate Stanley Cup champion teams. As I’ve written before, I expect they’ll miss the playoffs again in 2019; the upside to that is, they’d be in the lottery and thus potentially have a shot at Jack Hughes, younger brother of Quinn Hughes and early front-runner to go first overall next June. If Jeff … [Read more...] about Detroit Red Wings mailbag: Is coach Jeff Blashill on the hot seat?
Helene St. James Detroit Free Press Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Jul 22, 2018 The Detroit Red Wings are two months away from training camp, which promises extra intrigue as it will include high-end prospects. The Wings haven’t had many of those recently, but two years of missing the playoffs have led to top 10 draft picks in Filip Zadina and Michael Rasmussen. Are they both NHL ready? Wings head coach Jeff Blashill shared his thoughts on that topic and more with the Free Press this week. HSJ: What are your thoughts on Filip Zadina’s NHL readiness after watching him at development camp? JB: It’s hard to say definitely without watching him play against other guys that are going to play in the NHL. At development camp, there are a lot of young prospects, very good young prospects, but young prospects and until you get a player like Zadina where he is going up against other NHLers, it’s hard to say anything definitely about where he is at. What I like from … [Read more...] about Detroit Red Wings’ Jeff Blashill: Time to play prospects over veterans