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by George Malik on 06/28/12 at 12:00 AM ET
Updated 3x at 10:35 PM: Crap. According to the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan, the Wings will have to go all out for Ryan Suter, Jay Garrison and, if he makes it to the market, Matt Carle, especially now that the Flames have locked up Dennis Wideman, because…
Red Wings officially out of of the D Justin Schultz sweepstakes
Losing out on Schultz a minor blow - only makes UFA chase beginning Sunday that much more important
Sure looks like Schultz will be heading west..Western Canada that is…Vancouver?
Or Edmonton? The kid would fit right in with that young group.
MLive’s Ansar Khan confirms:
Red Wings informed today that they are not on Justin Schultz’s list of desired destinations, Ken Holland tells M-Live.
Update: The Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness also confirms:
Wings officially out of bidding for defenseman Justin Schultz.
Schultz, who turns 22 on July 6 and played three seasons at Wisconsin, was drafted by Anaheim in 2008, 43rd overall, but couldn’t reach a deal with the Ducks, who had until Sunday before he could begin talks on a contract with any other team.
Money wasn’t an issue in the negotiations since the maximum entry-level contract for a 22-year-old is two years for $925,000 per season with a standard 10-percent signing bonus, it’ll be if he’ll be guaranteed a spot on the roster.
Schultz is a two-time Hobey Baker finalist and WCHA defensive player of the year. He totaled 40 goals and 73 assists in 121 games over three seasons with the Badgers.
Schultz (6-2, 185 pounds) is a highly skilled offensive defenseman that analysts say has good hockey sense. He’s a good skater, has the ability to move the puck and has a tremendous shot.
I’m sorry about my absence today, folks. I’m feeling very, very ill and need to get better by Sunday so I’m trying to just rest. Sorry :(
Update #2: From Khan:
he Detroit Red Wings are no longer in the running for highly coveted collegiate free-agent defenseman Justin Schultz. Schultz’s agent, Don Meehan, gave Red Wings general manager Ken Holland the news on Wednesday.
“He (Meehan) informed me today we are not one of the teams on his list he wants to sign with,’’ Holland said.
Almost every team in the NHL was pursuing the highly skilled right-handed shooting defenseman from Wisconsin. The Red Wings made their pitch earlier this week. They were prepared assure him of a roster spot at the start of the season, which is what any team that pursues him must do.
“He became officially free on Monday,’’ Holland said. “We expressed to his agents we have interest in signing him. Don Meehan expressed to me that he would go through the process.’‘
Holland added, “I don’t know if we were ever in it.’‘
Update #3: Holland reiterated his points of emphasis to Pleiness:
“I don’t know if we were ever in it,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a phone interview Wednesday. “He became officially free on Monday. We expressed to his agents we have interest in signing him. Don Meehan expressed to me that he would go through the process.
“(Meehan) informed me today we are not one of the teams on his list he wants to sign with,” Holland ended.
Again, it doesn’t necessarily matter whether the Wings were “ever in it.” The team’s been incredibly aggressive in attempting to improve itself, swapping out Jeff Blashill, pursuing Damien Brunner and now going after Schultz with all the guarantees he desired. This is how the Wings “sell themselves” to free agents—by acting, not talking themselves up.
Update #3.5: There is some good news regarding the Wings’ other targets, per ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:
[S]tar captain Zach Parise of the New Jersey Devils is represented by Meehan and Arnott of Newport Sports. Parise spent most of Monday chatting with his agents, and more conversations need to take place this week as he remains undecided about his future, with free agency opening July 1.
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told me Tuesday that he would continue with his best efforts to retain Parise. Lamoriello has had a running dialogue with the folks at Newport. At this point, all remains possible: an 11th-hour deal to re-sign with the Devils; hitting the July 1 market and then circling back to the Devils to re-sign; or going to July 1 and finding a new NHL home. Meehan said no decision has been made yet.
Shane Doan has never tested the free-agent market, playing his entire NHL career with one franchise.
But with the ownership situation still unsettled in Phoenix, the Coyotes can’t re-sign their longtime captain. So when Sunday comes and the UFA market opens, Doan surely will get attention from other NHL teams.
“Shane has some concerns about signing a term contract with us given the uncertainty of our ownership situation,” Coyotes GM Don Maloney told ESPN.com via email. “In addition, he is not overly excited about signing a one-year contract. I am confident we will ultimately sign Shane to a new contract. However, it may not happen prior to July 1.”
D Ryan Suter and his agent, Neil Sheehy, met again Monday to discuss their plans. Nothing has changed; he remains bound for free agency while keeping the Nashville Predators very much in the mix.
Times two from LeBrun:
I would not have predicted months ago that Matt Carle would be headed to free agency, but that’s indeed going to be the case.
A source told ESPN.com Wednesday that the Flyers know the pending UFA blueliner will head to market Sunday while very much keeping his current team in the mix.
Notice a trend here? That’s what Ryan Suter has decided to do, and likely Jason Garrison as well.
The Flyers remain very much interested in retaining Carle’s services, so all is not lost. But it appears fairly certain that Carle, a terrific puck mover and offensive blueliner, will at least take a peek out there come Sunday.
LeBrun says that the Caps may try to trade Alex Semin’s right,s too:
A source told ESPN.com the Caps would be willing to do the same with pending UFA winger Alexander Semin if a team wanted to sign him before Sunday.
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