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Updated 3x at 10:33 AM: Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. The NHL Awards will be held tomorrow night in Las Vegas, and the Las Vegas Sun's Robin Leach (yes, that Robin Leach) states that the NHL will hold a tribute to Gordie Howe during the awards, with Mark, Marty and Murray Howe in attendance;
3. The Free Press has published a new book about Howe:
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Why he would interest the Red Wings: They need to replace the offense they lost with Pavel Datsyuk's departure and Ladd has proven to be a consistent scorer. He would provide more size up front on a team with several smaller forwards. He has championship experience, something only two Red Wings under contract (Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall) possess.
How he could fit in with the Red Wings: He would play the left wing on one of the top two lines, with either Zetterberg or Dylan Larkin, who the club might move to center. Ladd would play on the power play and could be used on the penalty kill if needed.
What it might take to get him: Perhaps a five-year deal for around $5 million to $5.5 million a season.
If you're interested...
Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on The Fan 590's Hockeycentral at Noon today, discussing his attempts to move Pavel Datsyuk's contract, possibly operating with the cap hit on his salary cap figure, his reluctance to move Jimmy Howard (in what is no longer a seller's market for goaltenders) and more over the course of a 20-minute interview. Holland did address Petr Mrazek as the team's #1 goaltender and he did state that he's "kicking tires" regarding moving Datsyuk's deal:
Update: Sportsnet also posted a video of about 4 minutes' worth of the interview:
Pavel Datsyuk, as far as I can remember, is the only hockey player whose last name was turned into an adjective to describe his feats. What a Datysukian Deke that was!! It was Red Wings’ announcer Ken Daniels who coined that phrase, and there may not be a more fitting string of words to hang above Datsyuk’s name. It caught on, in part, because of its mellifluous sound, because of the way those words – Datsyukian deke – rolled off the tongue. But more than that, the phrase was necessary. Datsyuk’s innovation with the puck demanded it.
When the Magic Man skated in alone against the Stars’ Marty Turco, faked to his forehand, dipped his right shoulder, hid the puck on his backhand while dragging it into his skates, delayed long enough for Turco to collapse in a heap of his own confusion and then flipped the puck underneath the bar, it was…what? Marvelous? Incredible? Stunning? Well yes, but no. Those words didn’t do it justice. There had been marvelous dekes in the past. There had been incredible fakes and stunning maneuvers. This was different. This was new.
This was Datsyukian.
The Red Wings' home opener will take place against the Ottawa Senators on Monday, October 17th:
Detroit will also open the Tampa Bay Lightning's 16-17 season on Thursday, October 13th:
Updated with an Ansar Khan radio interview @ 10:52 AM: Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. Today's Slapshot's Chris Nichols took note of comments made by TSN's Bob McKenzie on TSN 690 Montreal this morning:
"We’ve still got the Pavel Datsyuk thing hanging out there. The Detroit Red Wings are going to try and trade this guy. It’s just a matter of to whom and when and for what. The sense seems to be out there that Tomas Jurco and Teemu Pulkkinen, or maybe a draft pick, would be required to go with Pavel Datsyuk to a team that can afford to take the cap hit. There’s no financial penalty involved, other than assuming the cap.
“So for teams that are trying to get up to the floor, like Carolina or Arizona or others, taking on a $7.5 million cap hit isn’t a big deal at all. And it’s a hell of a way to give yourself maybe a guy like Jurco or Pulkkinen or a draft pick.
“So we’ll wait to see how that one goes, but that was a case too where Carolina wanted to make a move as much as Chicago did, and there are all sorts of teams that are in that mold right now.”
Update: Here's the interview from TSN 690:
Ansar Khan of Mlive when asked about Steven Stamkos coming to Detroit...
It would probably take a max deal (eight years) at between $9 million and $10 million a season to land Stamkos.
The Red Wings' selling points: He'd be the No. 1 center for the foreseeable future on a tradition-rich Original Six team in a hockey town, one that's riding a 25-year playoff streak and always committed to spending to the cap. He could form a strong 1-2 punch in the middle with Larkin. Stamkos might be the next captain after Zetterberg retires. He would be close to his Toronto home without the intense media spotlight he would be under in Canada's largest city.
I don't think that will get it done, but crazier things have happened.
They should have a good idea if he's interested during the free-agent interview period prior to July 1. I wouldn't worry about losing out on other targets while waiting for Stamkos. I'm guessing Stamkos will make his decision first and then the dominoes will fall.
Khan answers more questions, mostly on the expansion draft and Datsyuk's contract...
Update: TSN's Darren Dreger weighed in on the Stamkos sweepstakes on TSN 1050 Monday, as noted by Today's Slapshot's Chris Nichols:
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. In a rather ironic bit of timing, DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose penned an article discussing Darren Helm's desire to have a better-defined role on his 2016-17 season employer while looking back at Helm's 15-16 campaign "By the Numbers":
“It was definitely a different year,” he said. “I think a lot of other guys experienced the same issues. It was something I’ll have to decide. I know there are a couple guys I need to talk to, Blash and Kenny (Holland), and see where everything is headed and where I see myself fitting into this organization or where they see me fitting into this organization then I’ll have to make some tough decisions.”
Team success also matters for the 29-year-old.
“Winning is a big part of it. I want to win,” Helm said. “I really don’t mind playing on the bottom lines as long as there’s that respect factor. You get opportunities in different situations. If that looks like that’s the case that I’ll get to play in those situations that I feel that I can play in then I’ll be happy. If not and they tell me right away that’s not going to happen then I may not want to stay.”
Roose continues, and while the Free Press's Helene St. James reported that Ken Holland is attempting to re-sign Helm, MLive's Ansar Khan also reported that Helm will go into the free agent interview period minus a contract so that he can survey his "market value" as other teams assess it to be;
2. MLive's Khan also noted that Ken Holland had kind words for Pavel Datsyuk despite the contract pickle that Datsyuk leaves the Wings in as he returns to Russia a year early, with Holland praising Datsyuk's legacy...
I told Kevin Larkin that this year, his famous son should be improving upon his Father’s Day gift-giving game. After all, he does have a hockey celebrity for a son now.
“Maybe I’ll get something a littler nicer than the traditional socks and T-shirts,” Larkin said with a laugh.
When I suggested that Dylan purchase his dad a new boat, he certainly liked the idea.
“A boat? Really? Put it in there, maybe if he reads this and gets that idea…” he said with another laugh.
I’m willing to bet there was no “here are the keys to your new boat” moment within the Larkin household this Father’s Day, though when it comes to Dylan Larkin, nothing surprises anymore.
“It’s been a fantastic year – way beyond our expectations,” Kevin Larkin told MiHockey in a recent interview about his son’s NHL success and his new celebrity status. “To think this time last year, he was just returning back from the World Championships, he had a good tournament but we were still contemplating whether he should turn pro or stay in school. Talking to various parties, and Kenny Holland being one of them, and our advisor, we decided it was time for him to turn pro – we had no idea that he would have such success so early into his career.”
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