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by George Malik on 07/25/12 at 02:23 PM ET
Updated 3x at 2:25 PM: Fabian Brunnstrom’s headed back to Sweden to play for the Frolunda Indians: Given a news cycle that’s consistently drawn the ire of Red Wings fans because the Red Wings’ management team has yet to make a significant post-July 1st move to improve the team beyond adding Jordin Tootoo, Mikael Samuelsson, Jonas Gustavsson and associate coach Tom Renney—mostly because it appears that the team’s waiting for Shane Doan to make up his mind before perhaps pursuing Alex Semin, and because the free agent “band-aid” defensemen are still likely asking for the kind of compensation “Plan B” defensemen tend to command despite the remaining free agent crop’s statuses as plans “C” or “D”...
Maybe it’s a good thing that this crop of mid-day news has very little to do with the strikeouts in terms of pursuing Suter, Nash or Weber. The Wings’ Twitter account took note of its youth camp starting today before encouraging fans to take part in a Q and A with equipment manager Paul Boyer…
Red Wings Head Equipment Manager Paul Boyer is with us today. To ask him a question, use #AskPaulB— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 25, 2012
In legal news, well, WWJ Newsradio 950 reports that Darren McCarty’s attempting to keep a Personal Protection Order in place against a former ex-girlfriend;
And in the inevitable news category, MLive’s Ansar Khan discusses the reasons why the Wings simply don’t believe in tossing off restricted free agent offer sheets—because those offer sheets tend to be matched by the players’ initial rights-holders—while answering readers’ questions in another “Ask Ansar” column:
Q. Since trying to trade for a top defenseman will be costly, why not look at the RFAs? I know Ken Holland has said multiple times that he doesn’t like making offer sheets to RFAs, but what does he have to lose? Unless the other team doesn’t match and they would lose draft picks. P.K. Subban and John Carlson are on that list. They are both young, have good offensive skills and log a bunch of minutes. Why not offer either of them a five- or six-year deal at $4 million-to-$5 million per year? If the current team matches, it was worth a shot and the Wings don’t lose anything.—Aaron.
Ansar Khan: I think if Holland thought he had a legitimate chance to get either of those players, he might send one an offer sheet, since they desperately want to add a quality defenseman. But, I have to believe those teams would match. And there’s not many GMs who want that kind of negative reputation with their peers.
Q. There is a lot of stirring going on in Winnipeg regarding Evander Kane. I know Holland has never made a pass at a restricted FA, but could this be his first? It seems as though the Jets organization/city and Kane have grown tired of each other. If the Wings put a substantial number up to get Kane, would the Jets match? If so, is there any room to negotiate a trade? He would most likely cost less than Nash or (Bobby) Ryan and is younger (21 on Aug. 2). He’s more the type of player the Wings need—tough in the corners, physical, and plays a little defense (I think of a younger Shane Doan without the leadership skills). I know the Wings’ main focus is improving the blue line, but I think this could be a once-in-a-decade type of opportunity. –-Bill.
Khan: According to the Winnipeg Free Press, Kane might be closing in a six-year, $29 million contract with the Jets. In any event, again, I don’t see any team letting a young player of this caliber get away for just draft picks. If Kane’s relationship with the Jets further deteriorates, I could see him being traded down the line. And, I agree, he would be a terrific acquisition for the Red Wings.
Q. You’ve talked about the possibility of Jarome Iginla being available in some of your previous articles. Do you think there’s any potential a conversation between GMs may take place that introduces the idea of a package deal of (Jay) Bouwmeester and Iginla? JayBo isn’t my first choice for a defenseman to add, but he still wouldn’t be that bad an addition, even if there are better options.—Greg.
Khan: After spending $42.25 million on free agents Dennis Wideman and Jiri Hudler, the Flames aren’t going into any rebuilding mode and trading Iginla, the face of their franchise. Had they not spent that money and struggled next season, maybe they would have moved Iginla, who’s in the final year of his contract, by the trade deadline. I could see Calgary moving Bouwmeester. But, he has two years left at a hefty cap hit of $6.68 million. That’s a lot to pay – not to mention the asset you’d have to return to Calgary – for a player whose offense has diminished during three seasons in Calgary, someone who has never appeared in a playoff game. But, I wouldn’t dismiss the possibility of Detroit dealing for him, considering its need for a top-end defenseman.
Q. Would the Red Wings be willing to trade (Valtteri) Filppula and maybe a prospect for Ryan. –John.
Khan; That’s a tough one. I don’t think so. They view Filppula as a key building block, someone with a lot of upside, and hope to sign him to a long-term extension early in the season. Ryan has scored more than 30 goals in each of the past four years and is three years younger, so there is that lure. But, I think it’s a moot point, because Anaheim’s not going to deal Ryan for a guy who can bolt as an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Q. Which player is most likely to be acquired by the Wings via trade? We’ve heard names like Nash (since traded to the Rangers) and Ryan, but who’s most likely headed to Hockeytown? And what are the chances of Sergei Fedorov playing in the (Winter Classic) Alumni Game?—Luke.
Khan I don’t really have a good feel for who they might acquire by trade. I think they’re more apt to deal for a defenseman than a forward. If Phoenix opts to move Keith Yandle, he’s certainly someone who would interest Detroit, but the cost would be high. Bouwmeester, as previously stated, could be a possibility. The Red Wings would love to have Fedorov play in the alumni game, but I doubt he’ll come, especially after taking the job as the GM of Russian club CSKA Moscow.
Fedorov might play, but the lingering bad blood between the Wings and Fedorov regarding the circumstances of his departure for Anaheim make things…complicated.
Update: I’m always amused by the takes on goalie fights, and in mentioning two scraps involving Wings goalies, the Hockey News’s Liz Bevan may show a wee bit of bias...
3. Patrick Roy (Colorado) vs. Chris Osgood (Detroit): The vicious rivalry between Colorado and Detroit began in the 1996 Western Conference final and on April 1, 1998, it came to a head – again. Avs tough guy Warren Rychel dropped his gloves and started after Bob Rouse. In a heartbeat, the ice was covered with blurs of maroon, navy, red and white. It didn’t take long for Roy to join the fray. Osgood and Roy skated to center ice. After a bit of jawing, Roy approached his opponent, turned his hands into fists, and started grappling. Osgood got the first punch in. They went shot-for-shot before Roy landed several in a row and Osgood was on the ground.
2. Patrick Roy (Colorado) vs. Mike Vernon (Detroit): Peter Forsberg of Colorado started things off March 26, 1997, when he took a swing at Detroit’s Igor Larionov, but this massive brawl was all about retribution for Claude Lemieux’s hit from behind on Kris Draper in ’96. Darren McCarty went ballistic on Lemieux. The goalies got involved, too. Roy entered the scuffle and eventually found Vernon and Brendan Shanahan teaming up on Adam Foote. Roy took Vernon’s head, cupped it in his glove and started wailing on Vernon’s face. The crowd went bananas at Joe Louis Arena.
Yes, but who ended up bloody in the Vernon-Roy bout again?
Update #2: Via RedWingsFeed:
• DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose reports that Notso E Money, the Wings-backed entry in the 2012 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, won the Pro Team Challenge;
• And it appears that the Production Line is gearing up for H2H3 donations.
Update #3: Via Matt Saler from On the Wings:
Expressen’s Mattias Ek broke the news.
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