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Red Wings Will Not Give Up Futures To Protect Extra Players In Expansion

Red Wings Will Not Give Up Futures To Protect Extra Players In Expansion
Published On: Wed, Jun 14
Mar 6, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) with the puck during the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. Chicago won 4-1. Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland was on Sportsnet 960 radio this morning and revealed that his team would be going with the 7-3-1 protection scheme and would not give up any prospects or draft picks in order to make a deal with Vegas to protect any extra players. While other teams have been discussing deals with Vegas to give them some assurance of who they will lose, Holland admitted that after missing the playoffs for the first time in more than two decades, he cant afford to give up any future assets.

A 7-3-1 protection scheme is interesting for the Red Wings, as there was at least some speculation that they would need to protect four defensemen. Instead, theyll likely focus on protecting any and all young assets in their system, and try to rebuild for the future. That future looked pretty good last night when the Grand Rapids Griffins took home the Calder Cup, though AHL success doesnt always translate to the big club.

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