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by George Malik on 07/23/12 at 11:13 PM ET
Red Wings GM Ken Holland was bound to say something more than he offered the Free Press’s Helene St. James regarding what was all but certainly a better offer for Rick Nash than what the New York Rangers ended up giving Columbus, which declined doing business with Detroit…
#RedWings GM Ken Holland: “I talked to Scott Howson a number of times, we did make an offer for Rick Nash.”— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 23, 2012
And he did just that while speaking to the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness, albeit while keeping what I can best describe as that strangely dichotomous party line going—cue the “happy with our team” versus the team will move aggressively to improve itself spiel. First, Pleiness confirms that the Wings offered the Blue Jackets More than the Rangers did….
Detroit’s offer generated zero conversation. It’s not known what the Wings offered, but the source said it was “four pieces.”
Howson was looking for at least two proven NHL forwards in return for the six-time 30-goal scorer. That’s a pretty steep asking price for any team, including the Wings, who would more than likely have to part with proven talent like Johan Franzen or Valtteri Filppula and perhaps even throw in an up-and-coming star like Darren Helm or Gustav Nyquist.
But Holland says he has no regrets regarding pursuing Ryan Suter or any other free agent in vain while adding Damien Brunner, Jonas Gustavsson, Mikael Samuelsson and Jordin Tootoo instead, being turned down by the Blue Jackets and being turned down by Shea Weber’s party when inquiring as to whether Weber would sign a massively front-loaded offer sheet from another “arch-rival” team…
“I feel fine with how free agency has gone,” Holland said. “We went in with a game plan. We’re very happy with what happened on July 1.”
And while Pleiness couldn’t confirm Shane Doan’s agent, Terry Bross’s interest in perhaps bringing Shane Doan’s grand tour to Detroit, where Holland told MLive’s Ansar Khan he’d be quite happy to meet with Doan and show him around the rink and the Metro Area, he did get Holland to, well, do the single-person good cop/bad cop routine:
“As I look at our team today, we’re real excited about our goaltending. We’ve got a 27-year-old guy in Jimmy Howard, who has three years of NHL experience under his belt. We have a 28-year-old guy in Gustavsson that’s got a couple of years in Toronto in him. I believe as a goaltender your best years are probably from 27 and 28 years of age all the way up to 34, that’s when you’ve got your combination of skill and experience. As I look at our team upfront we’re happy with the addition of Tootoo and Samuelsson,” Holland added. “If (Gustav) Nyquist was on any other NHL team in the league they’d give him a chance. We’re going to give him a chance.”
“We made a decision to target some high profile players, we pursued them and unfortunately we weren’t able to make it happen,” Holland said. “There were circumstances involved. We’re going to continue going forward drafting, developing and expecting to be a playoff team. We’ve got to give some young kids an opportunity.
“We’re going to explore, either through trade or free agency, making a move or two between now and training camp,” Holland continued. “We’re going to see over the next six weeks if we can make something else happen.”
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