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Mid-day Stamkos rumor chatter

From TSN's Frank Seravalli...

Ken Holland did not mention Steven Stamkos by name, but that wasn’t exactly necessary anyway. The Detroit Red Wings will unequivocally be among the handful of teams making a significant play for hockey’s youngest superstar ever to hit the market, if he makes it there on July 1.

Holland cleared the salary cap space required to enter the Stamkos Sweepstakes on Friday night when he flipped retired forward Pavel Datsyuk’s $7.5 million-contract to Arizona.

“We’re going to go into free agency,” Holland said. “We’ve got a goalie. We’ve got six NHL defencemen. I’m sure we’re going to exploring the forward market. I don’t know what that means until the dust settles.”

Stamkos and his representatives the Newport Sports Group could begin meeting with potential suitors just hours after the first round of the NHL draft wrapped up at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday.

Detroit is expected to join at least a half dozen teams, including the Maple Leafs, Sabres, Rangers, Canucks and Canadiens, to size up the prospect of signing Stamkos. The courting period, which can include visits to prospective cities, lasts five days until Thursday.

For now, Stamkos remains Tampa Bay property. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman still seemed optimistic about his chances to retain his captain.

“I wouldn’t rule anything out,” Yzerman said Friday night.

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And Sportsnet's Luke Fox:

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Red Wings pick Jordan Sambrook 137th overall

With the 137th overall pick, the Red Wings picked Erie Otters defenseman Jordan Sambrook:

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Red Wings select Alfons Malmstrom 107th overall

With the 107th overall pick, the Red Wings have selected defenseman Alfons Malmstrom:

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Red Wings select Filip Hronek 53rd overall

Updated 3x at 11:55 AM: The Red Wings have selected defenseman Filip Hronek with the 53rd overall pick:

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Red Wings select Givani Smith 46th overall

Updated 4x at 12:05 PM: The Detroit Red Wings have selected Givani Smith with the 46th overall pick.

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‘Roughly Translated’: Datsyuk’s agent on the contractual trade to Arizona

Sovetsky Sport's Elena Korsun quotes the TASS News Agency, which spoke with Pavel Datsyuk's agent regarding the Wings' trading of Datsyuk's contract to the Arizona Coyotes:

"Before leaving, Pavel signed the document in his contract [approving] a trade to another team. He always wanted to help Detroit," said [agent Dan Milstein] to TASS. "He also signed his retirement papers before his departure, and tomorrow we'll send those out to Arizona, and after tomorrow he can sign a contract with a KHL team."

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Enticing Steven Stamkos

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings have several selling points to Stamkos:

-- He could be their franchise player, filling their No. 1 center spot for the foreseeable future.

-- Stamkos can form a strong 1-2 punch in the middle with soon-to-be 20-year-old Dylan Larkin, who they have talked about moving to center.

-- He would be playing in a new building in 2017-18 when Little Caesars Arena opens.

-- He would be close to his Toronto home without the intense media spotlight of Canada's largest city.

-- The franchise has qualified for the playoffs 25 consecutive seasons.

-- The club is committed to spending to the cap every year.

-- They have young talent in the pipeline.

-- He could be their next captain after Henrik Zetterberg retires.

If Stamkos leaves the Lightning he'll have other suitors. The Maple Leafs are expected to make a big pitch. Some reports say the Buffalo Sabres could offer as much as $12 million a season. The Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks also have been mentioned as possible suitors.


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Was the Datsyuk trade worth it? It depends on what Holland does, and what Jacob Chychrun becomes

Updated 6x at 2:07 AM: Ken Holland's ability to trade Pavel Datsyuk's cap hit and ultimately Jacob Chychrun to the Phoenix Coyotes for a likely LTIR-bound Joe Vitale and the 20th and 53rd overall draft picks opens up at least $7.5 million in cap space, assuming that the Wings don't end up LTIR-ing Johan Franzen's $3.95 million and Vitale's $1.16 million (Vitale, as the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau noted, is still battling back from a concussion suffered in a fight with Boston's Kevan Miller)...

But it's about what Holland does with that cap space, be it pursuing Steven Stamkos, Milan Lucic, Alexander Radulov or another free agent forward who can help fill the gulf in the Wings' lineup that Datsyuk's departure for Russia leaves in the Wings' lineup.

The Hockey News's Ken Campbell believes that the Wings may very well land Stamkos for the cost of whatever Chychrun turns out to become:

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Roose: Wings’ coaches build chemistry

From DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:

While the Red Wings’ amateur scouting staff prepared for this weekend’s NHL draft at First Niagara Center, coach Jeff Blashill took the opportunity to assemble his staff, including new assistants Doug Houda and John Torchetti.

“(We) all went to dinner on Wednesday night and that’s just a good start to getting a feel for each other personally,” said Blashill, who was also joined by staffers Dave Noel-Bernier and Pat Ferschweiler. “I think sometimes that’s more important than getting into the details of hockey. We’ll do that later on. Right now it’s been more socially and trying to get comfortable with each other.”

Houda and Torchetti bring a wealth of NHL coaching experience behind the Red Wings’ bench, but more importantly they will help out Blashill, who is entering his second season as an NHL head coach. So just getting together as a staff during the off season is a big step in creating chemistry.

“I think the best staffs have chemistry,” he said. “It doesn’t mean you always get along, it doesn’t mean you always agree but you build off each other and you work as a cohesive unit. So I think that’s a real good first step, all being here together.”


Update: From the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

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Detroit selects Dennis Cholowski 20th overall

Updated 15x at 1:07 AM: The Detroit Red Wings take Dennis Cholowski from Chilliwack of the BCHL.

Here's a set of highlights for the St. Cloud State University-bound defenseman:


Here's "Future Considerations" on Cholowski:

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