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by George Malik on 05/21/12 at 11:34 PM ET
On a day when none other than the Wall Street Journal’s Mike Sieleski quotes the CBC’s Gord Stellick as stating that the Red Wings are going to be the prime suitors for Zach Parise, should he choose to leave New Jersey…
One intriguing possibility is the Detroit Red Wings. “He is their guy,” former Toronto Maple Leafs GM Gord Stellick said. “[The Red Wings are] never going to go after an unrestricted free agent as hard as they’re going to go after Zach Parise.”
It’s no wonder: Parise said in an interview earlier this season that it was important to him to play for a team with a realistic chance of winning a championship. The Red Wings have won four Stanley Cups over the previous 15 years and have not finished with a losing record since the 1990-91 season, and they built their success around players such as Steve Yzerman and Pavel Datsyuk—elite two-way forwards with impeccable leadership credentials. They could make Parise into their latest incarnation of that tradition.
The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan spoke to Wings GM Ken Holland about his take on the World Championships as they applied to the Wings…
“Great tournament, really good, every team had at least a few NHL players,” Holland said. “It was a great experience for our young players who competed in this tournament.”
Holland noted [Tomas] Tatar and forward Justin Abdelkader (United States) as two players who fared well playing against some of the top players in the world.
“They played regularly against top competition and didn’t look out of place at all,” Holland said.
And then Holland offered everyone a heads-up as to when the next big Wings news not involving signing Tomas Jurco, Calle Jarnkrok and Teemu Pulkkinen to contracts will drop;:
In other news, Holland doesn’t expect any sort of decisions regarding Nicklas Lidstrom, Tomas Holmstrom, Brad Stuart and Jiri Hudler — all potential unrestricted free agents — until after the Wings’ pro scouts meetings June 2-4.
Lidstrom and Holmstrom both are considering retirement and aren’t anywhere near a final decision. Holland said he’d like a decision from Stuart before the June 22-23 draft. Stuart has expressed his desire to play on the West Coast, closer to his family in northern California. Holland met with Hudler during exit interviews and talked briefly with Hudler’s agent, but still is waiting to hear back about further talks.
Until the organizational meetings, don’t expect to much activity.
“I’d like to get to June 2,” Holland said. “Get all of our scouts, get Jim Nill (assistant general manager), Jimmy Devellano (executive vice president), (coach) Mike Babcock, Ryan Martin (assistant general manager), get all of them into the room and talk about how we make our team get better.”
And no, via RedWingsFeed, I’m not even gonna comment on Puck Daddy’s Harrison Mooney’s report of Chris Chelios-related karaoke antics with his buddy Eddie Vedder in Chicago. Chelios was already spotted attending Kid Rock’s officially-sanctioned cruise in the Caribbean, so he’s allowed to do what he wants when he’s not on the clock…
Update: This has nothing to do with nothing, but DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose reports that New York Mets manager Terry Collins is a big Pavel Datsyuk fan.
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