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Detroit Free Press 22 July, 2021 - 03:41pm 25 views

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Detroit Red Wings lose defenseman Dennis Cholowski to Seattle Kraken

Detroit Jock City 22 July, 2021 - 04:00pm

The Detroit Red Wings are being forced to part ways with one of their defensemen, a holdover from the Ken Holland era here in Hockeytown. In the NHL Expansion Draft that took place, the Seattle Kraken selected defenseman Dennis Cholowski as the player to take from the Red Wings.

The Detroit Red Wings are losing out on a defenseman who never quite got things going here in Detroit. It was a fitting announcement for the Kraken who deployed help from another underwater friend, an octopus who helped announce the new NHL franchise’s selection.

It’s a fresh start and a new home for Cholowski, who is headed out to the Pacific Northwest. He’s a Langley, British Columbia native. It is about a two-hour drive to Seattle, which is even closer than Troy Stecher, who seemed like he was the pick with the most intrigue for Seattle.

Apparently, Ron Francis, the general manager of the Kraken, seems to think that he will be able to inject some new life into Cholowski, who has not been able to break out as the player that most Red Wings fans would have expected.

He’s played in three seasons for the Red Wings since being drafted in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

In his first season in the NHL back in 2018-19, Cholowski was able to show some offense in his 52 games played. He scored seven goals and added nine assists for 16 total points.

The issue was that Cholowski was a minus-20 on the season, which is less than ideal but speaks to the holes in his defense. An offensive-minded defenseman, Cholowski has had to iron things out in the defensive zone.

It was not that easy for Cholowski, who logged 36 games in 2019-20, where he dropped his offense to two goals and six assists for eight total points while being minus-26 which was even worse than the year before.

He did make quite the improvement in 2020-21, but his sample size was much smaller. Last season, Cholowski played in 16 games where he had one goal and assist while being only a minus-one on the season.

The issue with Cholowski is there have still been holes in his game defensively, and the offense was drying up. The Red Wings should be more than happy with the Kraken’s decision to take Cholowski off their hands. Frankly, Cholowski did not seem like he was going to pan out here in Detroit or last too much longer.

Leaving Stecher is a good thing and leaves the Red Wings to see what Stecher can do in year two of his two-year contract. While Cholowski may still have some upside, being closer to home and the change of scenery might do the trick.

Either way, Red Wings fans should be more than okay with Seattle’s selection during the NHL Expansion Draft. That being said, the attention turns to this Friday when the 2021 NHL Entry Draft kicks off.

Best of luck to Cholowski in his new home with the Kraken. Red Wings fans, let’s lock-in and enjoy the Yzerplan unfolding in the upcoming draft!

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Nedeljkovic traded to Red Wings by Hurricanes for Bernier

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Alex Nedeljkovic was traded to the Detroit Red Wings by the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday for Jonathan Bernier.

Carolina also received a third-round pick (No. 94) in the 2021 NHL Draft.

Nedeljkovic, who could have become a restricted free agent July 28, agreed to a two-year contract with Detroit. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 25-year-old goalie was 15-5-3 with a 1.90 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in 23 games for the Hurricanes this season. A finalist for the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year, Nedeljkovic ranked first among goalies in GAA and save percentage (minimum 20 games) and tied for the rookie lead in shutouts (three) with Ilya Sorokin of the New York Islanders.

Nedeljkovic allowed two goals or fewer in 16 of his 23 starts and helped the Hurricanes finish first in the eight-team Discover Central Division. He was 4-5 with a 2.17 GAA, .920 save percentage and one shutout in nine Stanley Cup Playoff games, his only NHL playoff experience. The Hurricanes lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games in the second round.

Bernier, who will turn 33 on Aug. 7, can become an unrestricted free agent July 28. The goalie was 9-11-1 with a 2.99 GAA and .914 save percentage in 24 games (23 starts) for the Red Wings this season.

Selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round (No. 11) of the 2006 NHL Draft, Bernier is 161-159-39 with a 2.77 GAA, .913 save percentage and 18 shutouts in 394 regular-season games (355 starts) with the Red Wings, Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Kings. He is 2-5 with a 3.35 GAA and .885 save percentage in nine playoff games (five starts) and won the Stanley Cup with Los Angeles in 2012.

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Canes trade goalie Nedeljkovic to Red Wings

ESPN 22 July, 2021 - 01:01pm

The Hurricanes acquired the rights to unrestricted free-agent goalie Jonathan Bernier and a 2021 third-round pick for the 25-year-old Nedeljkovic, who went 15-5-3 and led the NHL with a .932 save percentage and 1.90 goals-against average this season. He was a finalist for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie, finishing third in the voting.

The Red Wings promptly signed Nedeljkovic to a two-year contract with a $3 million cap hit annually.

Nedeljkovic was a restricted free agent and was eligible for arbitration, which was likely the catalyst for his departure.

The Hurricanes saw him play extremely well for the last three months of the season. He also fared well in the playoffs, with a 4-5 record, .920 save percentage and 2.17 goals-against average.

But they're also the team that sent him through waivers in January of last year, where he cleared them with a minimum salary. It's possible they saw his success as fleeting.

Given the goalie market in the NHL, and with several options available in unrestricted free agency, the Hurricanes had options and decided that paying Nedeljkovic based on his limited work history wasn't one of them, especially considering the ripple effect it could have had for other deals on their roster.

The acquisition of the 32-year-old Bernier, who has played for five NHL teams, means the Hurricanes still do not have a goalie under contract for next season. Petr Mrazek and James Reimer are unrestricted free agents as well.

Red Wings sign Michael Rasmussen to three-year deal

MLive.com 22 July, 2021 - 12:24pm

The Detroit Red Wings have signed center Michael Rasmussen to a three-year contract extension.

Rasmussen, 22, made progress this season while adapting to a full-time role at center, though his statistics didn’t reflect that (three goals, 12 points in 40 games).

Coach Jeff Blashill called the club’s top pick in 2017 (ninth overall) one of the team’s most-improved players. His skating was better, and he used his 6-6 frame more effectively in battles down low and at the net front, where he also was positioned on the power play.

The deal has a cap hit of $1.46 million.

Rasmussen has appeared in 102 NHL games over parts of two seasons, picking up 11 goals and 19 assists.

He will still be a restricted free agent when this deal expires in 2024.

The Red Wings have many other restricted free agents to sign, a list that includes forwards Jakub Vrana, Tyler Bertuzzi, Adam Erne, Givani Smith and possibly Evgeny Svechnikov, and defensemen Filip Hronek and Gustav Lindstrom.

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