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Warning, warning, this entry includes a clearly-visible four-letter word!
The general manager, in the last year of his contract, made a "loyalty-based" re-signing so unpopular that it caused me to lose my pretend cool. The coach, who is in the last year of his contract, is losing both of his assistant coaches, albeit with the support of both the head coach and management.
Some folks are wondering who's minding the store, who's in charge here (Chris Ilitch and Tom Wilson; as for the management, it appears that Kris Draper and Ken Holland have filled Jim Nill's role[s]), and whether we're witnessing the end of the general manager or coach's regime, with the same speculatory vein wondering whether the organization's going to tread water until the new rink's completed in 2016(?).
I have no idea whether the personnel shuffles in the front office have anything to do with the unpopular moves made over the past two summers and autumns, and I frankly don't know if a potential ownership-in-flux situation is another one of those, "UFA-no-want-to-sign-here" bugaboos, but I do know that the Red Wings' decision to re-sign Daniel Cleary for loyalty's sake makes little to no sense in terms of furthering the careers of the productive players who "stole" his job.
Via RedWingsFeed, well now we know why we haven't heard about any extensions for Mike Babcock or the Mad Hatter yet. The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness reports that the Red Wings' coach may have to hire two new assistant coaches:
According to Wings general manager Ken Holland, Tom Renney is in the final stages of landing a position with Hockey Canada. Renney spent two years as a coach with Hockey Canada, serving as the head coach of the Canadian National Team that went on to capture a silver medal at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway.
“Mike (Babcock) has been talking to a number of people,” Holland said during a phone interview.
Renney is up for the vacant position as president and chief executive officer, which was formerly held by Bob Nicholson.
One of the candidates the Wings have interest in is also interviewing with a few others teams before making his decision. According to a source, one person Detroit has interviewed is Tony Granato.
Updated 3x at 9:10 PM:
Dear Ken Holland,
On behalf of my fellow Wings fans, we've had it. We are fed up, we are fed up with you, and we are angry. Why?
Because the concept of loyalty to players and alumni has, in our eyes, clouded the Red Wings management's judgment.
Spending the kind of money that a statistically superior, younger and right-shooting defenseman in Anton Stralman got from the Tampa Bay Lightning to re-sign Kyle Quincey was bad enough to "compromise" with a "known quantity." But the Daniel Cleary signing (a one-way deal, no less)?
It's ridiculous. Utterly ridiculous.
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that they have re-signed left wing Daniel Cleary to a one-year contract. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.
Updated 3x at 9:52 AM: Because I'd rather post a set of articles instead of sitting on them, you'll have to pardon my burnt-out-bluntness. However:
Aside from the whole concept that the Washington Capitals might not want to trade Mike Green to begin with--and it doesn't sound like Capitals coach Barry Trotz is packing Green's bags--never mind the Wings' historical tendendies to not make deals in the summer, the complications that Green's addition would present the Wings cap-wise (if Washington doesn't want a defenseman in return, what do you do with Jakub Kindl and his $2.4 million cap hit when there are Del Zottos available for free?), the possible return (Anthony Mantha or Gustav Nyquist are certainly what a Buffalo would demand for Tyler Myers and a Washington would ask for to be convinced to move a player they don't need to trade--and there is no way in hell that the Wings should trade the most talented prospect I've seen since Brendan Smith and the future captain, respectively)...
Well, the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness has waded into the Green situation this evening, and my biggest gripe with the hundreds of comments I've read over the past few days involves the fact that the Wings have an "organic" option in their attempts to find a top-four offensive defenseman, and the Wings don't need to move a Mantha, Nyquist, Jurco, Tatar or anyone else to simply figure out whether their close-to-graduating quartet of Griffins defensemen can at least partially address the situation (until closer to the trade deadline?) for free:
Updated 2x at 5:53 PM: The Grand Rapids Griffins picked a good day to hopefully shift your focus away from the incessant trade talk, posting the first of their "Between the Benches" videos chronicling the Griffins' attempt to defend their 2013 Calder Cup Championship...
And they were at the Red Wings' summer development camp as well, so they've posted an interview with Jared Coreau...
The Wings' summer development camp was a grind-and-a-half, but it was also a fascinating experience, and the Red Wings' prospects have been Tweeting "heading home" Tweets which thank the most important people in Traverse City--the volunteers at Centre Ice Arena, who donate a week of their summer vacation and their July 4th holiday to showing up at the rink at 6 AM and faciliating the prospects' needs until 9 or 10 PM.
Regardless of whether we're talking about the summer camp of the fall prospect touranment, the volunteers treat every attendee as if they're Henrik Zetterberg or Pavel Datsyuk, and they treat schulbs like me like I'm an MVP, too. I always leave camp profoundly moved by how hard they work for free.
In terms of this afternoon's Red Wings-related news stories...
Amongst this morning's crop of Red Wings stories from a very tired and sore blogger:
This is the song that never ends, well, erm, songs (I will post the interview when it's up...more or less...
The thrust of the balance of this morning's entry involves more "outside takes" on the final day of the Wings' summer development camp. MLive's Brendan Savage took note of Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill's end-of-camp remarks...
Okay, so there was one thing left in my notebook, because it wasn't in my notebook: when I was in the locker rooms after the Red Wings' summer development camp wrapped up, there was one noticeable change that reflected its significant up-tick in NCAA-playing particpiants: piles of equipment.
Under NCAA rules, the players who participate have to not only pay their way to camp, but they also have to return anything that the team lends them to participate in the camp. While the Major Junior and European-playing prospects got travel bags packed with Wings hats, t-shirts, etc. in addition to taking their equipment home with them, the NCAA players were tossing their hockey pants (or shells), gloves, helmets, jerseys, socks, absolutely everything that they hadn't brought with them into bins. The players were quite thorough as something as simple as a t-shirt can negate your NCAA eligibility.
The last entry that I posted, my wrap-up of the Red Wings' summer development camp, is the first entry in which I've officially maxed out the blog's content-or-character count on writing--ever. We've had our "new software" for over two years now, but that's the first time I've "broken the blog" based upon nothing but writing. That's pretty cool.
While I was writing that entry, other folks chimed in on the development camp. Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer spoke with the NHL on XM/Sirius Radio's Scott Laughlin, giving a 13-minute interview...
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