Of note from Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts:
1. Regarding the draft…
I don’t think Detroit is moving, barring an offer that gives them great assets for their rebuild. After that sixth pick, teams willing to move are Vancouver (at seven), Edmonton (at 10) and possibly the Islanders (11 and/or 12).
2. Regarding the Wings’ assistant coaching search…
There are rumblings Dan Bylsma may return somewhere as an assistant coach if he’s not on the Islanders’ radar. A logical spot would be Detroit, since he and Jeff Blashill just worked together at the World Championships.
3. And regarding managerial news:
It’s believed assistant GM Mike Futa — linked to almost every job opening in existence — signed an extension with Los Angeles.
Mark Hunter, involved in almost as many rumours, has been linked to Detroit, Montreal and the Islanders. We’ll see. He’s (officially) unavailable until July 15.