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Custance: Wings need some wiggle room after signing Booth to two-way deal

The Athletic's Craig Custance reports that the Red Wings need to make a move or two to get under the cap now that they've signed David Booth to a two-way contract:

The Red Wings still have work to do in order to get their team under the salary cap in time for the season, even with Johan Franzen headed to long-term injured reserve. While there has been trade talk involving the Red Wings, one source indicated on Monday morning that the most likely path to cap compliance will come through waivers, with Detroit expected to waive at least one player today. On Sunday, the Red Wings waived defenseman Dylan McIlrath, goalie Jared Coreau, LW Matt Lorito, C Ben Street and D Brian Lashoff.

I'm guessing that the Wings will waive Luke Witkowski as Booth's probably taking Witkowski's 4th line spot, though I wouldn't be surprised if the Wings waive Booth, either.

Custance continues, reporting that there's nothing new regarding the Athanasiou situation...

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A One-Year Deal For David Booth In Detroit

added 9:47am,

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The overnight report: On ‘iffy’ Wings, potential waiver claims, David Booth, AA and prospects

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa spoke with Red Wings GM Ken Holland about a team that the general manager describes as "having ifs"...

“I think it’s a league with a lot of teams that have ifs, ifs, ifs,” Holland said. “We’re one. There’s many, many of us.”

But Holland tells Krupa that the Red Wings should be able to at least battle for a playoff spot if the many players who took steps backward last season have rebound campaigns, and the team's younger players step up, and the Red Wings' power play rises from the dead:

“We missed the playoffs for the first time in 25 years,” Holland said. “We fell way out of it. In November and December, I think we won three games at home out of 15 in regulation. Then we got into January and we had to make up a bunch of ground on the road. It’s hard to make up ground on the road.

“You’ve got to stay with it.“We’ve got to be in the race until U.S. Thanksgiving,” he said. “You’ve got to be within two or three points. It’s important that, the first 20, 25 games, we get out of the gate and we’re in the race.”

The roster, little-changed since last season, had trouble scoring then, and looked discombobulated for the second and third periods against Mike Babcock’s young, talented team, Friday.

Holland said some players clearly need to rebound from off seasons.

“We’ll see,” he said. “I believe they can bounce back and play better. Now, are they all going to do it? I don’t think so.”

Krupa continues at length, and in all honesty, the most interesting parts of the interview with Holland involve his takes on Dennis Cholowski, Michael Rasmussen, and the concept that over-ripeness is dead in a more meritocracy of a Red Wings developmental system...

But the regular season is coming, and the present-day Red Wings are, for better or worse, the focus coming into Thursday's game against Minnesota.

2. The Grand Rapids Griffins open training camp today at Van Andel Arena, ahead of Friday's AHL-season-opening, Calder Cup Championship Banner-raising game against the Manitoba Moose, and there is some question as to whether Jared Coreau will be among them.

The Athletic's Jonathan Willis duly noted that Coreau is the most interesting of the Wings' waiver-claim-eligible players...

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More Wings cuts

From the Detroit Red Wings:

The Detroit Red Wings today assigned forwards Axel Holmstrom, Dylan Sadowy and Dominic Turgeon; defensemen Joe Hicketts, Dan Renouf and Vili Saarijarvi; and goaltender Tom McCollum to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins. The team also released forwards Colin Campbell, Matthew Ford, PA Parenteau and Dominik Shine from their tryout contracts and assigned forward Michael Rasmussen to the Western Hockey League's Tri-City Americans.

After finishing preseason play with a 3-2 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night, the Red Wings will begin the 2017-18 campaign on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. against the Minnesota Wild in the first-ever regular-season game at the state-of-the-art Little Caesars Arena. The Red Wings' roster currently includes 18 forwards, 11 defensemen and four goaltenders.

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St. James on the exhibition season

The Free Press's Helene St. James penned a list of five observations regarding the Red Wings' exhibition season. Among them:

Good goaltending: Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek both have looked good in their exhibition games. Each played two full games and parts of two others. It’s good to see how well Mrazek has looked given his mediocre 2016-17 season. Both have looked efficient and confident.

Entertaining trio: The young trio of Dylan Larkin (21) with Anthony Mantha (23) and Martin Frk (23) has been fun to watch. The three have used the exhibition season to develop chemistry, and they could be a really good line. Mantha has played to his size, and Frk has a shot opponents must respect. Larkin looks so much better than last year - that experience as a go-to guy at Worlds - was the shot of confidence he needed after the struggles of his sophomore NHL season. Larkin and Mantha both sound and look ready to take on bigger roles, and Frk is doing everything right to earn a full-time job.

St. James continues...

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HSJ: Rasmussen heads back to the WHL

From the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Per the NHL-Canadian Hockey League agreement, 18 and 19-year-old players with their rights held by CHL teams can only play in the NHL or CHL, not the AHL, so Rasmussen was either going to make the big club or head back to the Tri-City Americans for the entirety of their Major Junior season. The Wings clearly decided that Rasmussen would benefit from being the Americans' captain and first-line center as opposed to a 3rd or 4th-line player in Detroit.

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LeBrun: Red Wings waive Coreau, Lashoff, Lorito, McIlrath, Street

The Red Wings placed several players on waivers today, per TSN's Pierre LeBrun...

Tom McCollum also cleared waivers:

Update: The Free Press's Helene St. James confirms:

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The Detroit Red Wings On The Passing Of Dave Strader

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings are saddened to learn of the passing of Dave Strader, who served as the team’s television broadcaster from 1985-96. Strader passed away on Sunday at the age of 62 after battling a form of bile duct cancer.

Strader first served as a broadcaster for the Red Wings’ American Hockey League affiliate in Adirondack from 1979-85 before beginning his 11-year tenure as the television broadcaster for Detroit. Alongside close friend Mickey Redmond, Strader handled the play-by-play duties on WKBD and PASS Sports, the Red Wings’ television broadcast partners prior the launch of FOX Sports Detroit. Strader quickly rose through the ranks and began working national hockey broadcasts in 1996 for ESPN, and later ABC and FOX. He also called games for the Florida Panthers (2005-07) and Arizona Coyotes (2008-11) before accepting a full-time job calling games nationally for the NBC Sports Group in 2011.

The Glens Falls, N.Y., native spent the last two seasons handling the play-by-play duties for the Dallas Stars, continuing to call games both locally and nationally following his cancer diagnosis in June 2016. In honor of over three decades of contributions to hockey as a broadcaster, it was announced in April that Strader was the recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, and he will be honored on Nov. 13 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto when his plaque goes on display.

“The loss of Dave will certainly be felt throughout the hockey community,” said Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland. “I have known Dave since my days as a goaltender with the Adirondack Red Wings, and always considered him a great friend. He was one of the most iconic play-by-play announcers of his time and a true gentleman. He was a devoted husband and father, and his presence will be sorely missed in arenas throughout the league.”

The Red Wings organization would like to offer its sincerest condolences to Dave’s wife, Colleen, his children, Christopher and Casey, and his three grandchildren, as well as the Dallas Stars and all in the NHL hockey community who worked alongside him over the past 32 years.

added 11:47am, Adirondack Thunder on Dave Strader....


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P.A. Parenteau Released From PTO, David Booth Will Know His Status Tomorrow

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All Quiet On The Andreas Athanasiou Front

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