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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:
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings have named Brian Mahoney-Wilson as their goaltending development coach. In this role, Mahoney-Wilson will work with the Grand Rapids Griffins and the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, as well as other Detroit prospects.
Mahoney-Wilson, 30, spent the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach at Notre Dame (Hockey East) and helped the Fighting Irish reach the NCAA Tournament with a 19-11-7 record. Working with the special teams and goaltenders, he saw Irish netminders post a 2.28 goals against average and a 0.925 save percentage, both fourth-best in the conference.
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. Sportsnet's Luke Fox penned a set of "offseason power rankings"...
8. Detroit Red Wings: The Red Wings found a buyer for Pavel's Datsyuk's cap hit (bravo), re-upped with veteran Darren Helm, landed one of the best UFA centres in Frans Nielsen even though they might regret his no-move clause down the line, and took modest one-year gambles on Thomas Vanek ($2.6 million) and Steve Ott ($800,000). Ken Holland still must re-sign Danny DeKeyser and Petr Mrazek.
2. Yahoo Sports' Ryan Lambert isn't particularly happy with the Wings' contractual moves or re-signing of Darren Helm...
Pretty easy to make fun of the Blue Jackets for having one of the worst and most expensive salary structures in the NHL. Lots of money going to some not very good players. But in some ways I’m starting to think Jarmo Kekalainen has his team better-positioned for the future than does his counterpart in Detroit.
The Red Wings have about $4 million in cap space free, but entered the free agency period with one of the largest spending budgets in the league. Tough to say they’ve handled it any sort of wisely.
3. And the Saint John's Telegram's Brandon McCarthy reports that legendary Newfoundland hockey coach Dick Power, Daniel Cleary's mentor, has passed away.
Among NHL.com's Dan Rosen's mailbag questions:
Will the Detroit Red Wings acquire a defenseman before the season? -- @RyleyChinn
It's possible, but the Red Wings have $4.082 million in salary cap space available, according to General Fanager, and they still have to re-sign defenseman Danny DeKeyser, a restricted free agent. The Red Wings could go into this season with DeKeyser, Niklas Kronwall, Mike Green, Alexey Marchenko, Brendan Smith, Jonathan Ericsson and Xavier Ouellet as their seven defensemen. That's not the prettiest picture, in my opinion, but it's where the Red Wings are right now in part because they haven't drafted well at that position. If they have the room, I would expect Holland to try to add a veteran defenseman, but it's going to be a cheap option and nobody that will significantly alter the Red Wings' depth at the position.
The Red Wings have much more cap space due to Johan Franzen and Joe Vitale's LTIR space ($4.082 million + $5.114 million in LTIR space), but the Red Wings' defense remains...a work in progress.
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