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Updated with an Ansar Khan radio interview @ 10:52 AM: Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. Today's Slapshot's Chris Nichols took note of comments made by TSN's Bob McKenzie on TSN 690 Montreal this morning:
"We’ve still got the Pavel Datsyuk thing hanging out there. The Detroit Red Wings are going to try and trade this guy. It’s just a matter of to whom and when and for what. The sense seems to be out there that Tomas Jurco and Teemu Pulkkinen, or maybe a draft pick, would be required to go with Pavel Datsyuk to a team that can afford to take the cap hit. There’s no financial penalty involved, other than assuming the cap.
“So for teams that are trying to get up to the floor, like Carolina or Arizona or others, taking on a $7.5 million cap hit isn’t a big deal at all. And it’s a hell of a way to give yourself maybe a guy like Jurco or Pulkkinen or a draft pick.
“So we’ll wait to see how that one goes, but that was a case too where Carolina wanted to make a move as much as Chicago did, and there are all sorts of teams that are in that mold right now.”
Update: Here's the interview from TSN 690:
Ansar Khan of Mlive when asked about Steven Stamkos coming to Detroit...
It would probably take a max deal (eight years) at between $9 million and $10 million a season to land Stamkos.
The Red Wings' selling points: He'd be the No. 1 center for the foreseeable future on a tradition-rich Original Six team in a hockey town, one that's riding a 25-year playoff streak and always committed to spending to the cap. He could form a strong 1-2 punch in the middle with Larkin. Stamkos might be the next captain after Zetterberg retires. He would be close to his Toronto home without the intense media spotlight he would be under in Canada's largest city.
I don't think that will get it done, but crazier things have happened.
They should have a good idea if he's interested during the free-agent interview period prior to July 1. I wouldn't worry about losing out on other targets while waiting for Stamkos. I'm guessing Stamkos will make his decision first and then the dominoes will fall.
Khan answers more questions, mostly on the expansion draft and Datsyuk's contract...
Update: TSN's Darren Dreger weighed in on the Stamkos sweepstakes on TSN 1050 Monday, as noted by Today's Slapshot's Chris Nichols:
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. In a rather ironic bit of timing, DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose penned an article discussing Darren Helm's desire to have a better-defined role on his 2016-17 season employer while looking back at Helm's 15-16 campaign "By the Numbers":
“It was definitely a different year,” he said. “I think a lot of other guys experienced the same issues. It was something I’ll have to decide. I know there are a couple guys I need to talk to, Blash and Kenny (Holland), and see where everything is headed and where I see myself fitting into this organization or where they see me fitting into this organization then I’ll have to make some tough decisions.”
Team success also matters for the 29-year-old.
“Winning is a big part of it. I want to win,” Helm said. “I really don’t mind playing on the bottom lines as long as there’s that respect factor. You get opportunities in different situations. If that looks like that’s the case that I’ll get to play in those situations that I feel that I can play in then I’ll be happy. If not and they tell me right away that’s not going to happen then I may not want to stay.”
Roose continues, and while the Free Press's Helene St. James reported that Ken Holland is attempting to re-sign Helm, MLive's Ansar Khan also reported that Helm will go into the free agent interview period minus a contract so that he can survey his "market value" as other teams assess it to be;
2. MLive's Khan also noted that Ken Holland had kind words for Pavel Datsyuk despite the contract pickle that Datsyuk leaves the Wings in as he returns to Russia a year early, with Holland praising Datsyuk's legacy...
I told Kevin Larkin that this year, his famous son should be improving upon his Father’s Day gift-giving game. After all, he does have a hockey celebrity for a son now.
“Maybe I’ll get something a littler nicer than the traditional socks and T-shirts,” Larkin said with a laugh.
When I suggested that Dylan purchase his dad a new boat, he certainly liked the idea.
“A boat? Really? Put it in there, maybe if he reads this and gets that idea…” he said with another laugh.
I’m willing to bet there was no “here are the keys to your new boat” moment within the Larkin household this Father’s Day, though when it comes to Dylan Larkin, nothing surprises anymore.
“It’s been a fantastic year – way beyond our expectations,” Kevin Larkin told MiHockey in a recent interview about his son’s NHL success and his new celebrity status. “To think this time last year, he was just returning back from the World Championships, he had a good tournament but we were still contemplating whether he should turn pro or stay in school. Talking to various parties, and Kenny Holland being one of them, and our advisor, we decided it was time for him to turn pro – we had no idea that he would have such success so early into his career.”
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Darren Helm very much remains on the Detroit Red Wings’ radar.
Wings general manager Ken Holland said over the weekend that the team is in negotiations with the forward’s camp.
“I talked to Helm, and will reach out to them again this week,” Holland said.
Pat Caputo of 97.1 The Ticket with a few suggestions of players the Wings should target.
How about Subban, Trouba or Vesey?
The Piano-Puller always appreciated the maestro tickling the ivories...
He wasn't alone...
And while Sportsnet paid tribute to Datsyuk at his best...
From the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix's Kevin Mitchell:
Temporary pilgrims arrived last week with flowers, cards and curious fingers.
They’re still trickling in, touching Gordie Howe’s upraised elbow and feeling the imagined heft of his bronze, unmoving stick.It’s nice, this attention. Beautiful, even, because so much of Bronze Gordie’s life has been a lonely sort of thing.
He was birthed at studios in Eston and near Saskatoon, then abandoned by the group that first commissioned him, because they ran out of funds. The sculptor loved him, though, and because of that love, he finished the job using his own money — laboriously casting straight-bladed stick, old-fashioned gloves, sharp elbow.
Bronze Gordie stood on a prairie field for a while, lonely in limbo.
The real Gordie Howe visited the statue, out on that field, and told sculptor Michael Martin that while great, its “head is too fat” — it looked more like his brother, Vic.
So off came Bronze Gordie’s head, and on came a closer likeness, and he stood on that field a while longer while the City of Saskatoon rejected his very presence — “no artistic value,” said the city’s visual arts placement jury; “no enduring quality.”
The decision by Pavel Datsyuk to play next season in Russia is no surprise but the Detroit Red Wings are going to have to clear off his $7.5-million cap hit if they want to take a serious run at Tampa Bay Lightning UFA winger Steven Stamkos. While the belief is Stamkos wants to stay with the Bolts, the talking period for UFAs will begin soon and he’ll get plenty of interest. Detroit is among those expected to talk.
“The Wings are really going to have to sweeten the pot to move that cap space,” a league executive said Saturday. “Cap space is a valuable asset.”
There has been talk about Detroit moving prospects, but they may have to also unload a roster player.
Does anybody want a slightly used Johathan Ericsson? I think the Free Press's Helene St. James had it right:
While low-budget teams such as Arizona and Carolina are possibilities, options expand if the Wings agree to take a smaller contract in return, such as somewhere in the $2 million range.
If the asking price is young Anthony Mantha, Holland said the answer would be a hard no. "If it's going to be one of our top young players or a top draft pick, I don't know that it make sense. We are going to give Anthony Mantha every opportunity to make our team out of camp."
I can't see the Wings trading away a top prospect to move Datsyuk's deal, but I can see the Jurco-or-Pulkkinen situation happening...and St. James' theory that the Wings may have to eat a marginally bad contract to move most of Datsyuk's $7.5 million cap hit seems more realistic.
Sad news for Toledo Walleye fans from the Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe:
Update: Here's Monroe in text form:
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