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from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,
The Red Wings exited the annual free-agent derby last week with a raft of forwards filling the roster, and general manager Ken Holland agreed Wednesday the circumstances might help the hunt for one of the big needs — a top defenseman.
But as he watched the first day of development camp with all seven of the 2016 draft picks participating, along with 16 from 2013-15 as well as several other prospects at Centre Ice Arena, Holland also said acquiring a No. 1 or No. 2 defenseman is a high priority for many NHL teams. And, while there is not an ample supply, such a trade — if it is made — likely would come closer to the end of the summer.
“Let’s see,” Holland said, of his plans.
“You know, hopefully we’ve got an excess of forwards. You’d love to get a top three defenseman. I don’t know if one is ever going to be available via trade.”...
Holland said he hopes players like re-signed eight-year-veteran Darren Helm and 2013 first-round pick Anthony Mantha have better seasons.
“Part of this might be let’s get to September and see,” Holland said. “I’m hoping we’ve got 15, 16 NHL forwards and we’re positioned to do a deal.
“If some of the kids come to camp and they haven’t taken a step forward and they can go back to the American league, then they’ll go back to the American league.
“We’ll make a decision in September.”
From the Plymouth Observer's Tim Smith:
Spending hours inside a hockey arena isn’t what most people put at the top of their to-do list for late July or early August.
But they might want to make an exception, with Plymouth’s USA Hockey Arena poised to host an evaluation camp that will feature 42 top under-20 American players battling for a spot on the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team.
USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp is set to take place from July 30 through Aug. 6 at the arena on Beck Road just south of Five Mile Road. There will be doubleheaders nearly each day of the camp, pitting games between the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden.
“These are absolutely our top under-20 players in the country,” said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey assistant executive director for hockey operations. “These guys are one or two years removed from stepping on the ice in the NHL in a couple cases, it’s exciting hockey. This is the camp that Dylan Larkin was playing at last year.”
Continued with more details about the event...
Alexey Marchenko gave a particularly long interview to Sport-Express's Alexey Shevchenko, and here's a very rough translation thereof:
Alexey Marchenko: "The new contract is better than the former one, but I'm already 24."
This year, defenseman Alexey Marchenko played nearly 70 games for Detroit, made his debut for the Russian national team, was named to the World Cup roster and recently signed his first one-way contract with the Red Wings.
On the national team--after a hand injury and concussion.
Your hand has a bandage. What is it?
"I had an operation. I'm already okay, soon I'll be recovered completely and will begin to train in Moscow."
Of Red Wings-related note this evening:
2. This photo gallery from the Red Wings...
The Detroit Red Wings' summer development camp got off to a slightly belated start on Wednesday. Students from Grand Rapids' Grand Valley State University monitored the players' fitness tests, the players received their annual pre-camp speech from Ken Holland, and...we waited.
A scheduled 10:45 AM practice time came and went, and it took until 11:24 for six goaltenders to emerge with goaltending coach Jeff Salajko, prior to a split session in which the forwards (roster below) worked with Toledo Walleye coach Dan Watson, Grand Rapids Griffins assistant coach Ben Simon and a coach I was unable to recognize at the West Rink; the defensemen headed to David's Rink to work with Griffins coach Todd Nelson, assistant coach Bruce Ramsay and Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer.
At that point, I had to make a choice as to whether I'd stick with the forwards or the defensemen, and I stuck with the forwards.
The Hockey News's Ken Campbell got it right:
According to the Hockey News's Ken Campbell, the Red Wings will elect to file salary arbitration with Petr Mrazek by the 5 PM deadline today to help facilitate a contract:
The most notable exclusion from the 24 players who filed for salary arbitration Tuesday was Petr Mrazek, but that doesn’t mean the Detroit Red Wings goaltender won’t be included in the process. Sources have told thn.com that the Red Wings will take Mrazek to arbitration before teams are required to file at 5 p.m. (eastern time) Wednesday.
This is a bit of a chess game here. Had Mrazek filed for arbitration, the Red Wings would have been able to choose either a one- or two-year reward. With the Red Wings filing, Mrazek will now have the choice of a one- or two-year award. Regardless, it means Mrazek is guaranteed to have a deal with the Red Wings for at least one season and will be available to the Red Wings for the start of the season. Mrazek is expected to be the Czech Republic’s No. 1 goaltender for the World Cup of Hockey.
I'm not sure where Campbell's heading given that the Wings are apparently leaning toward a 2 or 4-year contract with Mrazek, but Campbell believes that the Wings will actually go through the arbitration process instead of coming to a contract agreement beforehand:
Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
1. Sports Illustrated's Allan Muir weighed in on the "trends" for Atlantic Division teams, and he has the Wings neither rising nor falling:
3. Detroit Red Wings
In: Frans Nielsen, Steve Ott, Thomas Vanek
Out: Pavel Datsyuk, Brad Richards, Kyle Quincey
The trade that sent the final year of Datsyuk's contract and the 16th pick in this year's draft to Arizona for the 20th and a second rounder will go down as one of the finest swaps in the storied career of Red Wings GM Ken Holland. Masterful. Although he couldn't use the cap space to sign Steven Stamkos as hoped, Holland managed to tread water with the acquisition of Nielsen. The UFA center will slot in on Detroit's second line and soak up the all-situation minutes that Datsyuk vacated.
Vanek was a reasonable gamble on a one-year deal. Though he was branded a disappointment in Minnesota, he still potted 18 goals. He can help a team that ranked 23rd in scoring and 13th on the power play.
2. In the multimedia department, part 1, from Michigan Hockey:
From the Red Wings, there's confirmation that the team re-signed Jared Coreau to a 2-year contract:
RED WINGS RE-SIGN GOALTENDER JARED COREAU TO TWO-YEAR EXTENSION
... Netminder Ranked Among AHL Leaders Last Season in Grand Rapids …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today re-signed goaltender Jared Coreau to a two-year contract extension.
Coreau, 24, ranked among American Hockey League leaders last season with 29 wins (5th), a 2.43 goals-against average (10th), a 0.922 save percentage (T-4th) and six shutouts (3rd) in 47 games played for the Grand Rapids Griffins. Coreau also suited up for three postseason games for the Griffins, posting a 2-1-0 record, a 1.89 goals-against average and a 0.949 save percentage. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound netminder strung together 11 straight wins last season from Nov. 18 to Dec. 26 and was named the CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month for December, going 9-2-0 with a 1.92 goals-against average and a 0.938 save percentage in 11 games. In all, Coreau owns a 45-27-3 record, a 2.44 goals-against average, a 0.921 save percentage and nine shutouts in 77 appearances with the Griffins.
The Red Wings' prospects took part in the first day of their summer development camp today, and afterward, there was quite the media push to interview the Wings' prospects.
Here's what I managed to snag:
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