What losing Dennis Cholowski in expansion draft means to Detroit Red Wings

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Detroit Free Press 22 July, 2021 - 07:27am 19 views

Who did the Red Wings protect?

General manager Steve Yzerman decided to protect goaltender Thomas Greiss, defensemen Filip Hronek, Nick Leddy, Gustav Lindstrom and forwards Dylan Larkin, Robby Fabbri, Tyler Bertuzzi, Jakub Vrana, Adam Erne, Michael Rasmussen and Givani Smith. Sports IllustratedIs Red Wings Defenseman Dennis Cholowski a Bust?

When is the NHL Draft 2021?

The Tampa Bay Lightning are Stanley Cup Champions, meaning the offseason can officially begin. The Seattle Expansion Draft is underway and the new team will have their roster announced on Wednesday, July 21st. Once that's done, the 2021 NHL Draft will get underway on July 23rd and 24th. Pension Plan Puppets2021 NHL Draft Order: all seven rounds and where the Leafs pick

What time is the Kraken expansion draft?

The Kraken expansion draft is set for 5 p.m. PT at Seattle's Gas Works Park, which sits at the north end of Lake Union in the middle of the city. The AthleticNHL Expansion Draft: Live mocks, picks, predictions, start time, leaks as Seattle Kraken add to their roster

Detroit Red Wings: Nate Schmidt another left-hander to consider

Detroit Jock City 21 July, 2021 - 08:10pm

The Detroit Red Wings should consider taking on the contract of Nate Schmidt. He does a couple of things for the Red Wings, brings in a nice trade return on a sweetener deal, and also fills the role of another left-handed defenseman for the team’s top-six, something they need.

Full disclosure on this article. Thanks to this tweet from @JPhoenix7 on Detroit Red Wings Twitter, it got me thinking.

Nate Schmidt to DET and take on that $5m+ salary for VAN 2021 1st and Nils Hoglander. Not sure if that works but I’d certainly love both! #LGRW https://t.co/y5AdoVOqsq

— James Veleno (@JPhoenix7) July 16, 2021

Based on some discussion with Co-Site Expert Bob Heyrman, it’s agreed, the Red Wings need to add another left-handed defenseman. A recent topic surrounding the Red Wings making sweetener deals similar to that of last year with Marc Staal, what about doing it again?

Heyrman recently offered his take on three players the team should be targeting and looking at. Yzerman opted to go with Nick Leddy to kick things off, trading Richard Panik and a second-round pick to the New York Islanders to the left-handed shooting defenseman.

The Red Wings are not done; they can easily absorb more salary and manipulate cap space to bring in another left-handed shooting defenseman. Schmidt would be a perfect get for the Red Wings organization.

Now, this move is quite the ask. General Manager (GM) Steve Yzerman needs to make a long-term commitment to Schmidt for this deal. Something that might be too far out of Yzerman’s plans, but it’s worth the idea.

Currently, Schmidt has four years left on his contract with a $5.95 million cap hit in each of those seasons. This would mean that Schmidt would be on the team’s backend for the next four seasons. This may turn into another showing of someone like Trevor Daley, who was a pylon at the end of his tenure in Detroit.

There are always buyouts, though! Personally, Schmidt is a solid middle to third pairing guy; he can fill a role and be serviceable. While he is not a $5.95 million AAV player, it’s better than Dennis Cholowski or Jonathan Ericsson.

In 2020-21, Schmidt took a significant step back with the Vancouver Canucks. He played 54 games with the Canucks where he scored five goals and added 10 assists for 15 total points. In each of the last three years, while with the Vegas Goldenknights, Schmidt would muster beyond 30 points.

It seems like Schmidt can still be that player; sticking him in the Red Wings defense core would be solid. However, that’s not all that matters with this deal.

Here’s the deal I proposed with a little help from the tweet above:

The suggestion of Nils Höglander would make him the focal point of the return. Giving up a fourth-round pick in which the Red Wings have three of should not be worrisome. Taking on the salary frees up space for the Canucks who are looking to do so.

Höglander is still on his rookie deal. He’s slated to make $891,667 over the next two seasons before becoming a restricted free agent.

The young Swedish forward could bring some scoring to the offense, and it’s clear how much the Red Wings love their Swedes.

In his first NHL season, Höglander logged all 56 games, scoring 13 goals and adding 14 assists for 27 total points. In a full season, Höglander might just be able to creep over a 20-goal threshold.

The Red Wings could drop him into the team’s middle-six and hope to pair him with Lucas Raymond when the time comes.

Not to mention, if the team scoops up Swedish forward William Eklund in the quickly approaching draft, Höglander would be able to be another Swedish forward, tearing it up for the Red Wings offense.

Höglander might be too much to get, and the Canucks may be unwilling to part ways with the young Swede, but it’s a fun trade to dream up. If the Red Wings want to make a longer-term commitment to net a nice asset hopefully, then this move for Schmidt should be considered.

As the NHL Entry Draft continues to creep closer, maybe the Detroit Red Wings will make another move!

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Detroit Red Wings: Throwing it back to the summer of 2012

Detroit Jock City 21 July, 2021 - 08:10pm

It’s a hot summer day in the summer of 2012 leading up to July; Michiganders are out and about living the dream. The Detroit Red Wings are on the verge of becoming big spenders in free agency before the 2012-13 season.

I remember those days leading up to the Fourth of July that summer pretty well. Enjoying time on the lake, thinking about how the Detroit Red Wings were going to be a powerhouse for years to come. Not a bad way to spend the week of the Fourth of July.

The reason for all the Red Wings’ thoughts when the team was not even on the ice?

The Red Wings were all over free agency rumors to be in the mix to sign a dynamic duo. The team had reportedly been in on Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. The forward and defenseman combination would have been lethal for the team’s future, or so many thought.

Parise and Suter, both heading into 2012-13, being 28 years old, were thought to be creating a dynasty wherever they went. Parise was coming off of seven strong seasons with the New Jersey Devils organization and was looking to become a scoring threat wherever he wound up.

Suter, his counterpart, was coming off of seven years with the Nashville Predators organization, where he was a steady number two with Shea Weber running things down in Tennessee. Everything seemed set; the two were each going to get mega-deals to play in Detroit and become the new strongholds of the franchise to help them make some deep postseason runs.

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Red Wings reportedly lose Dennis Cholowski to Seattle in expansion draft

MLive.com 21 July, 2021 - 06:28pm

The Seattle Kraken chose untapped potential over the more proven commodity Wednesday when selecting a player from the Detroit Red Wings in the expansion draft.

The Kraken took defenseman Dennis Cholowski, according to Mark Spector of Sportsnet.

The Red Wings selected Cholowski 20th overall in 2016 because of his mobility and offensive ability. His defensive deficiencies, however, have prevented him from maintaining a spot in the lineup.

The Red Wings opted to protect Gustav Lindstrom instead of Cholowski.

Cholowski split the 2021 season between AHL Grand Rapids and Detroit, where he played in 16 games near the end of the year (one goal, two assists).

Cholowski earned a roster spot with a strong training camp and preseason in 2018-19 and again in 2019-20. But defensive mistakes and a lack of assertiveness promoted the Red Wings to send him to Grand Rapids midway through each season.

The Kraken passed on Stecher, a five-year veteran of 330 NHL games, who could have stepped into their lineup right away. He appeared in 44 games for Detroit last season (three goals, eight assists) and played a key role on Canada’s gold medal-winning World Championship team.

Stecher, 27, has one year remaining on his contract ($1.7 million), which might have influenced Seattle’s decision. Cholowski is under club control for a few more years.

Stecher and Cholowski are both Vancouver natives.

This leaves the Red Wings with five NHL defensemen on their roster – right shooters Filip Hronek, Stecher and Lindstrom and left shots Nick Leddy and Danny DeKeyser. Top prospect Moritz Seider, a right-handed shot, is expected to step into the lineup at the start of the season.

The Red Wings are in the market for another left-shooting defenseman and would like to re-sign Marc Staal.

The Kraken also passed on, among others, DeKeyser and forwards Vladislav Namestnikov, Evgeny Svechnikov and Frans Nielsen.

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