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The overnight report: Red Wings-Flames set-up—Callahan’s chance in Calgary

The Detroit Red Wings open their post-trade deadline schedule with back-to-back games in Alberta, battling the Calgary Flames this evening (9 PM EST on FSD/Sportsnet West/97.1 FM) and Edmonton on Saturday (10 PM on FSD/CBC/97.1 FM).

Tonight's opponent has played surprisingly well--Calgary has a 36-24-and-4 record, they've won 5 straight games, and most recently took a 2-1 OT decision over Los Angeles on Tuesday--and the Wild Card Spot-holding Flames spoke with the Calgary Herald's Kristen Odland regarding their push for a playoff spot:

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‘Two Things’: On the Sheahan conundrum and a Chris Ilitch speech

I'd normally place these "two things" into larger hockey entries, but they'r'e intriguing on their own, but not quite strong enough for stand-alone entries:

So:

1. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman penned a post-trade deadline version of "30 Thoughts," and he offered this "thought" about Riley Sheahan:

6. Detroit had a lot of activity on Riley Sheahan, maybe about 10 teams. The Red Wings pulled him back, deciding to try to figure out themselves what has happened this year. It’s a fair question: if so many others see value, what are we missing? It’s been a nightmare for Sheahan, 0 goals in 59 games. He’s had a lot of different wingers, been moved out of the middle himself. But, big centres aren’t easy to replace. Sometimes the best thing to do is fix your own problems, hope to reap the benefits later. That’s the plan with Sheahan.

2. And Chris Ilitch spoke for 20 minutes at the Detroit Economic Club on Thursday, as noted by the Detroit News's Christine Ferretti...

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Prospect news: SHL round-up and a Cholowski profile

Of prospect-related note:

In the SHL, Christoffer Ehn sat as the 13th forward in the Frolunda Indians' 3-2 OT win over Brynas;

Axel Holmstrom had an assist and won 60% of his faceoffs in Skelleftea AIK's 3-1 win over Linkopings HC;

In the Finnish Liiga, Julius Vahatalo played 12:18 in TPS Turku's 3-2 loss to Ilves;

In the QMJHL, Adam Marsh had an assist and finished at +1, taking 5 shots in the Charlottetown Islanders' 3-0 win over Rimouski;

And the Saint Cloud Times' Mick Hatten penned a profile of Dennis Cholowski, a defenseman who's still something of a project defenseman after growing half-a-foot two years ago:

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Wings’ Practice In Calgary

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Mitch Callahan,  wearing No. 57 on helmet, at practice prior to second NHL game tomorrow

Jimmy Howard at practice. Not sure yet if he'll be ready for conditioning stint

RedWings practice in Calgary. Mrazek in starter's net as expected.

RedWings have no extra players for tomorrow at @NHLFlames 12 F, 6 D as Nyquist serves final game of suspension.

power-play units:
Athanasiou-Nielsen-Abdelkader (net front), Kronwall-Zetterberg
&
Tatar-Helm (net front)-Larkin, Martha-Geeen

added 4:42pm, Khan again...

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Ken Holland appears on 97.1 the Ticket’s Jamie and Stoney Show

Updated 2x at 2:06 PM: Red Wings GM Ken Holland appeared on 97.1 the Ticket's Jamie and Stoney show this morning...

And CBS Detroit's Will Burtchfield took note of Holland's remarks:

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Morning news: Krupa on ‘salary dumps,’ the Chicago Tribune on LCA and Tweets of note

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa suggests that the Red Wings still need to "dump salaries" to continue their "rebuild on the fly," and he doesn't name names, but I get the feeling that he's talking about Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm, Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist, Jonathan Ericsson and Jimmy Howard:

Between the two entry drafts, the two trade periods coming up this June and the one before the 2018 Entry Draft, the Wings hope to stock considerable assets for the reconstruction of their lineup, and a return to playoff prominence.

If they decided to dump salaries, by definition their return would be slight for players once considered integral to their future. The point would be to acknowledge the disappointment and sustain the harsh cost of jettisoning players to create salary cap and roster space to rebuild.

Beyond the potential salary dumps are the high risks of both the trade market and the entry draft. It is the route the Red Wings must travel to become Stanley Cup contenders, and they clearly began the initiative in a far more earnest way, this week.

The process is likely to include a significant number of roster moves over the next two years, and may not bear full fruit for several seasons

“We’re trying to stay in the mix with the teams in our division,” Holland said of his desire to compete while rebuilding. “At the same time, I am hoping that with these picks, it’s going to tee the franchise up for the next six, eight, 10 years. Now, obviously, it depends what we do with these picks.”

Krupa continues...

2. MLive is asking fans to grade the Wings' trade deadline moves;

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The overnight report: Ken Holland’s post-deadline narrative vs. ‘the truth’

I'd suggest that Ken Holland and the Red Wings' management team earned a solid "B-" for their work at and around the trade deadline this year. Brendan Smith yielded 2nd and 3rd round picks, which was good;

Tomas Jurco yielded a 3rd round pick, which was better than a waiver claim;

Steve Ott for a 6-rounder feels like a favor made to Ott to get him a playoff run, and then there's the big one:

Thomas Vanek yielded a 3rd round pick and a big, angry warm body in Dylan McIlrath, which was about what the analytics crowd felt Vanek was worth but still less than expected, especially given that the Wings are retaining 50% of Vanek's salary.

After the trade deadline passed, Ken Holland gave a conference call to Wings' press corps, and I'll try to work a little narrative together, starting with the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...

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Kulfan: Wings won’t mail it in

The Red Wings spent last night's post-game media availability making one thing clear: the team has no intention of "mailing it in" over their final 21 games, as the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan noted:

“Coaches are coaching to win and players are playing to win every single game,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “Management makes decisions in terms of how they approach it from a managerial side, and from a coaches’ side we’re trying to win every game and we’re also trying to maintain this culture of work ethic and attention to detail. We’ll continue to approach every game and have the very best record we can. That’s our job as coaches and our jobs as players.”

Justin Abdelkader scored the game-winning goal in overtime — the Red Wings’ second power-play goal in the game — after Vancouver tied the game with just under three minutes left in regulation time. The Red Wings understand where they sit in the standings and the obstacles ahead of them. But despite the sell-off from the last two days, players feel the roster is good enough to be competitive.

“It’s not a fun position to be in,” Abdelkader said. “We have to look at ourselves, we put ourselves in this position. It’s been a challenging year and we’ve had a lot of injuries and a lot of different things come our way. But at the same time, we’re not going to lay down. We know what the standings look like and we’re not out of it by any means. We’ve got to take it one game at a time and whatever 20 guys that are in the lineup, we have to find ways to win.”

Kulfan continues...

Update: The Free Press's Helene St. James penned a similar article:

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Ken Holland trade deadline conference call Tweets

Red Wings GM Ken Holland gave a press conference to the media after trade deadline day concluded, and here are the Tweets from said conference call, per the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa...

holland:

standings and schedule, had some decisions, UFAs, needed draft picks.

opportunity to acquire draft picks, picks for trades

...

holland:

11 picks this year. that was my thinking going in.

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Ken Holland weighs in on the Thomas Vanek trade

The Red Wings traded Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers for a 3rd round pick and Dylan McIlrath today, and the Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Red Wings GM Ken Holland regarding the deal:

The Wings sent Vanek to Florida today for a conditional third-round draft pick in 2017 and a depth defenseman in Dylan McIlrath. The Wings retain 50% of Vanek’s $2.6 million salary, but if the Panthers make the playoffs, the pick becomes the one the Panthers hold from a trade with Arizona, which would be considerably higher.

“I worked the phones, I got the most that I can,” general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press. “Every deal I made over the last week, that is the best I could do, the best that was out there.”

St. James and Holland continue:

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