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McKenzie: Wings to sign FA Matt Lorito. Does he replace Miele in GR?

Lorito would be a replacement for Andy Miele--he's 5'9" and 181 pounds, and he posted 18 goals, 36 assists and 54 points in 71 games with Albany.

MLive's Brendan Savage also confirms:

The Detroit Red Wings signed minor-league free agengt forward Matt Lorito to a two-year, two-way contract Friday worth a potential $1.2 million

The deal is worth $575,000 if he plays in the NHL next season and $250,000 if he's with the Grand Rapids Griffins. In 2017-18, he will make $650,000 and $275,000.

Lorito ia a 5-foot-9, 170-pound left winger who played for the AHL's Albany Devils last season.

In 71 games with the Devils, Lorito had 18 goals, 36 assists, 26 penalty minutes and a plus-26 rating. In 11 playoff games, he had three goals and four assists.

That left him 28th in the AHL scoring race, 14th among all rookies.

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Datsyuk signing with SKA waiting on paperwork

This Tweet from John Shannon explains why Pavel Datsyuk has yet to officially sign with SKA St. Petersburg:

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Ward: Marchenko re-signs

Updated 6x at 2:38 PM: Some GOOD news:

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Darren Helm Re-signed By Detroit

The Free Press's Helene St. James confirms...

His speed and versatility was too good to let go.

At the 11th hour, the Detroit Red Wings came to terms with Darren Helm, preventing him from becoming an unrestricted free agent at noon.

Helm came in on a five-year deal worth $3.85 million annually. The Wings still have room to target another forward on the free agent market, and are believed to have the inside track on center Frans Nielsen.

The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness and EESPN's Craig Custance also confirm.

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Hunches And Expectations From The Hockey Insiders

 

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No Doubt, It Will Be An Interesting Period For Ken Holland

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Should The Wings Target David Backes?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Why he would interest the Red Wings: He would fill their need for a top-two center who can provide offense and their desire for a big, physical forward.

How he could fit in with the Red Wings: He would be their second-line center and play in all situations (power play, penalty killing).

What it might take to get him: Term could be the sticking point. The Red Wings would be hesitant to give more than three years and he probably wants four or five, perhaps at between $5 million and $5.5 million per season.

Three key questions: 1. How risky is it to sign a 32-year old with a lot of hard miles on him to more than three years? 2. He stepped up in the playoffs, but how concerning is his decline in production during the regular season? 3. Is it a red flag that the Blues didn't re-sign their captain – at least not yet?

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‘Three Things’: Free agency talk and promotional chatter

Of Red Wings-related note this evening:

1. Via RedWingsFeed, hockey was on the 6 PM news this evening as WXYZ's Brad Galli wondered what the Wings should do after not landing Steven Stamkos...

There is no free agent close to Stamkos' skill set, but the Red Wings must find alternative, secondary ways to improve.

On Thursday, I ran a Twitter poll to see which free agent people thought Holland should pursue.

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Wings Should Focus On Defense

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

A difficulty presented by the Red Wings roster last season was too many players featuring similar skills. Holland and Blashill have talked about a more diversified group, hence the pursuit of big, tough forwards like Okposo and Troy Brouwer.

Similar players on a roster provides opportunities for trades.

While the cost of Kevin Shattenkirk of the Blues and Cam Fowler of the Ducks is high, some patience might bring it down.

The Bruins, Canucks, Flyers, Oilers, Rangers and Sabres all have expressed an interest in Shattenkirk, who moves the puck with aplomb, shoots well, scored 43-45 points in three of the past four seasons, and plays 20 minutes per game.

Edmonton reportedly offered Jordan Eberle or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins — and was told it was not enough.

Fowler has similar skills, although he is not quite as sound defensively. The Ducks reportedly are looking for a top-six forward or a top-nine and perhaps a mid-draft choice.

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Detroit Sports 105.1 FM never got the chance to get off the ground floor

As a hockey fan, I had high hopes for Detroit Sports 105.1 FM, and they were mostly fulfilled--at least when Drew Lane was on the airwaves interviewing Mickey Redmond on a weekly basis, and when Sean Baligian landed a show and made hockey a priority--so it was disappointing to hear that the station dropped its sports-talk format last night...

Most disappointing because the good folks at the station never really got their chance to establish themselves as a true alternative to the Flagship Station. The Detroit Free Press's Carlos Monarrez spoke with Baligian and Tom Mazwey about the station's struggles:

[Tom] Mazawey said he heard rumblings Tuesday about an imminent change. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, the station’s full-time staff gathered for the formal announcement from WMGC vice president and market manager Steve Chessare.

“He felt bad. He honestly felt bad,” Mazawey said. “And they just told us that (Greater Media) pulled the plug on us maybe five days ago and he was trying to fight for us, but couldn’t talk them into it to save us. Said we lost some $2 million, I think he said, the first couple years. This year, I don’t know.

“We were showing some growth. We really were and you could tell. I’ve been in the radio business 20 years. You can tell between the texts and the tweets and the phone calls, people listened, people were talking about the shows. There’s always the combustible few haters that are out there, but you can’t pay any attention to them. I can’t tell you how many hundreds — hundreds — of e-mails and texts and stuff I’ve gotten. I can’t even keep up with people wishing us well.”

They did a helluva job in my opinion, but between canning Drew Lane and shifting their hosts around, they were mismanaged.

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