The Detroit News’s Gregg Krupa, DetroitRedWings.com’s Dana Wakiji and Wings play-by-play announcer Ken Kal live-Tweeted as Ken Holland, Kris Draper and Ryan Martin spoke with the Detroit Sports Media Association’s annual luncheon today.
This evening, Krupa offers an article discussing the comments made by the trio of Wings executives:
The Red Wings will make use of their young players and some rare salary-cap space this season to move young players into the lineup, the team’s top managers said Wednesday.
“Over the course of the year, we’re going to be moving more and more younger people on to our team, and the hope is that they are going to develop and we are going to become more and more competitive,” general manager Ken Holland said at an annual lunch with Detroit Sports Media, formerly known as the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, at Sinbad’s Restaurant & Marina.
Entering his 36th season with the Wings and 22nd as general manager, Holland has made good on his vow at the end of last season to put two or three more young prospects into the lineup.
Some injuries among defensemen have allowed him to add a few more, temporarily.
The Red Wings will could have four players, defensemen Dennis Cholowski, Libor Sulak and perhaps a third, along with the forward Michael Rasmussen, debuting in the NHL against the Blue Jackets on Thursday at Little Caesars Arena.
It would be the first time since Oct. 10, 1985, that the Wings started a season with that many players in their first career games.