6 More candidates Steve Yzerman should consider for Red Wings head coach

Following the news that the Detroit Red Wings will not be renewing the contract of head coach Jeff Blashill for the 2022-23 season, we released an article suggesting three candidates Steve Yzerman should consider as Blashill’s replacement.

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You can click here to see the candidates we have already suggested and Prashanth Iyer of The Athletic has now given a list of six candidates that he would consider. As you can see below, one of the candidates Iyer would consider is Sergei Fedorov.

Those candidates are as follows:

– Roger Rönnberg (Frölunda)

– David Carle (Denver U)

– Nate Leaman (Providence)

– Ryan Warsofsky (Chicago Wolves)

– Sergei Fedorov (CSKA)

– Jason Payne (Cincinnati Cyclones)

Nation, who would you like the Detroit Red Wings to hire to be their next head coach?

NHL Betting: 2022 Stanley Cup Sleeper Teams

Betting can be very unpredictable once playoffs start. I understand the want to bet on the favourites to win the Stanley Cup since it’s a little more likely, but great odds can be found in some sleeper picks who are strong teams.

Edmonton Oilers – 2nd in Pacific Division (+1800)

On paper, the Edmonton Oilers have possibly the easiest opponent in the first round of this season’s playoffs. The Los Angeles Kings are tied for the highest Cup odds (+5000) heading into the postseason and they have their top defenceman, Drew Doughty on the sidelines.

He plays a shutdown and agitator role against opposing top players while also adding a big offensive element. The Kings will miss that and the Oilers’ high-flying offence will pounce all over that. The Oilers have also gotten the best goaltending over the past month from Mike Smith, tying the Oilers’ record set by Grant Fuhr by winning 10 consecutive starts.

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The forward group of the Oilers is deeper than any team they’ve assembled in over 20 years, led by the four-time Hart Trophy winner Connor McDavid, and the first player to record 55-plus goals and assists in the same season since 1995-96 in Leon Draisaitl. With offensive talent and depth like the Oilers have, scoring can and has come from everywhere, making it very hard to defend.

Possible second-round opponents include the Calgary Flames or Dallas Stars. The Oilers went 2-2 this season against the Flames while going 1-2 in games vs the Stars. Neither will be easy if the Oilers get past the Kings, but both are doable considering Edmonton has the third-best record in the NHL since Jay Woodcroft took over Feb. 10. The stars will have to continue to produce, the depth is a factor, and the goaltending has to hold up if the Oilers want to make a run. It’s definitely possible when looking at the roster and the team turnaround and they could be a good sleeper option to come out of the West and stun a powerhouse in the East.

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