Red Wings: Five Predictions and One Wild Speculation for 2022-2023

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Detroit Red Wings, Alex Nedeljkovic
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Detroit Red Wings Head Coach Derek Lalonde is a Coach of the Year Candidate

Derek Lalonde will be a Jack Adams finalist. He is joining the team at the exact time that the rebuild will show major results. A 20-point improvement from last year is a coach-of-the-year-worthy season.

Wild Speculation: The Detroit Red Wings will trade Alex Nedeljkovic

Signing Alex Nedeljkovic was a steal by Yzerman. But his contract expires at the end of this season, when he will become an unrestricted free agent.

He will likely want a significant raise. With Husso, Cossa, Olkinuora, and the rapidly improving Jan Bednar ready to step up, quality cheaper options than Ned are available.

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Many teams desire a quality goalie in the prime of their career as a rental going into the playoffs. I have little doubt that Yzerman will be able to squeeze the best possible deal for Nedeljkovic.