Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman posted two Red Wings-related “thoughts” in his 31 Thoughts column:
17. Detroit seems confident Henrik Zetterberg is coming back for 2018-19, although he’s been careful to point out it depends on his back. For the third straight year, he played 82 games, but, as one teammate said, “You have no idea what he goes through to play.” I think there were some who thought this was it. He is 40 points shy of 1,000. That’s a worthwhile target.
18. Red Wings GM Ken Holland announced Tuesday that Jeff Blashill will be back next season. I really liked something the coach said to Daren Millard before a late-season game against Ottawa. Daren asked how hard it must be to get up for those games.
“Every time you play a National Hockey League game, it’s special,” Blashill replied. “Every one of our guys, when their careers are over, will want to come back and play one more game, even in the situation that we are in being out of the playoffs. This isn’t perfect but it’s a National Hockey League game.”
2. If you missed it, the NHL will premiere a film about Joe Louis Arena at the Freep Film Festival, and the Red Wings have both posted a teaser and have a link to the ticket page for the festival:
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) April 11, 2018
Update: Ken Holland and Daniel Cleary earn a couple of paragraphs’ worth of comments in a Sportsnet article about “How to Build a Perennial Contender,” and Gare Joyce’s article is very solid.