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ESPN's Craig Custance penned an Insider-only entry in which he examined Steven Stamkos' "fit" with the Lightning, Canadiens, Leafs, Sabres and Red Wings, and here's his case "for" Detroit (I can't share the "against" as well):
The case for: This is a franchise with a long history of winning, and Stamkos would be continuing a long line of superstars -- including his current GM in Yzerman. With Pavel Datsyuk's return to Russia and the trade with the Coyotes, Detroit now has the necessary salary cap space to take a serious run at Stamkos.
They have a need at center with Datsyuk gone, and Stamkos would plug right in to a talented forward group that would include youngster Dylan Larkin and veteran Henrik Zetterberg.
Like the Sabres, the Red Wings offer the ability to play close to home without all the pressure that comes with it. The Red Wings have an owner in Mike Illitch who has been aggressive and successful -- both with his hockey and baseball teams -- of landing the big star in free agency, although more of his recent successes have come on the baseball side.
The Red Wings' playoff streak should give Stamkos confidence that if he joins the Red Wings, he’s joining a franchise that will always be in the hunt for a Stanley Cup.
Smart snag by "No Name" on Twitter and Cap Friendly:
Red Wings prospect and recent draftee Filip Hronek has been selected in the CHL's Import Draft, and it sounds like Hronek will play for the OHL's Saginaw Spirit next season:
Of Red Wings-related note this morning:
1. NHL.com's Amalie Benjamin listed the top 10 free agents from the Atlantic Division, and two of them are Red Wings players:
6. Darren Helm, C, Detroit Red Wings: Speed, speed, speed. That's how the Penguins won the Stanley Cup, and that's what Helm offers to teams bidding for his services. Helm, 29, scored 13 goals this season and 15 in 2014-15. That's generally what a team can expect from the center, along with the aforementioned speed, penalty-killing ability and an above-average faceoff winning percentage. The Red Wings are on record as saying they would like to retain Helm.
Potential suitors: Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes
9. Kyle Quincey, D, Detroit Red Wings: Quincey is on record saying that he would like to return to Detroit, but it seems unlikely the Red Wings will have the salary cap space to sign him; they also have a crush of young defensemen ready to potentially jump to the NHL. The 30-year-old missed time this season due to a concussion and ankle surgery; he had four goals and seven assists in 47 games but was a steady defender.Potential suitors: Detroit Red Wings, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers
2. I believe we call this, "Your rent is due," or something close to it. The St. John's Telegram reminds us that the Red Wings are very likely to re-sign Daniel Cleary to some sort of contract...
The Toledo Blade's Mark Monroe reports that Dan Watson will be named the Toledo Walleye's next head coach:
Longtime Toledo Walleye assistant coach Dan Watson will be named the next head coach of the team today, according to a source.
Watson, a 37-year-old native of Glencoe, Ontario, has been on the organization's coaching staff since its inception in 2009-10.
Watson was an assistant the last two seasons under former Walleye head coach Derek Lalonde, who accepted the job with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League earlier this month.
Watson was elevated to the position of “associate coach” after helping Lalonde lead the Walleye to a regular season championship in the duo's first season behind the bench together in 2014-15. Toledo went 50-15-7 to win the Brabham Cup and reached the Eastern Conference finals in the Kelly Cup playoffs that season.
From the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix's Phil Tank:
Saskatoon city council unanimously endorsed renaming the city’s newest bridge after hockey icon and favourite son Gordie Howe.
Howe, who died June 10 at the age of 88, was known as Mr. Hockey for his long and successful professional hockey career, and retired as the NHL career leader in goals, assists and points. The Saskatoon native still holds the NHL record for most games played.
Coun. Darren Hill brought forward the motion to rename the Circle Drive South Bridge; he needed unanimous approval to discuss the matter at Monday’s city council meeting.
Part of the motion endorsed Monday includes getting approval for the move from the Howe family.
“He was truly a great spokesperson for the city of Saskatoon, even when he didn’t live here,” Hill said.
The Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner reports that the Grand Rapids Griffins will not retain the services of captain Jeff Hoggan:
Jeff Hoggan, captain of the Grand Rapids Griffins the past four seasons and the leader of the team's 2013 Calder Cup championship playoff run, will not return. Hoggan, in a text exchange with MLive, said late Monday he is "coming to terms with the confirmed reality of not coming back" to the Griffins.
The 38-year-old said he received a call from the Red Wings organization informing him of the decision. Hoggan hopes to play next season, saying "it's still in me" and that he has received notice there should be interest from other AHL teams.
If that happens, it will be difficult for fans in Grand Rapids who have come to associate the veteran with success as a member of the Griffins.
The team is in a crunch up front with a number of veteran along with younger players who need playing time to develop. The veterans include Mitch Callahan and Louis-Marc Aubry, who have received qualifying offers, Martin said, along with promising young forwards such as Tyler Bertuzzi and last year's top pick, Evgeny Svechnikov.
"I reached out to Jeff last week after our pro scouting meetings had ended to let him know that, unfortunately, we would not be in a position to offer him a contract this year because of those two things," said Ryan Martin, the Red Wings assistant general manager. "But, without question, his leadership has been tremendous down there."
Wallner continues at length...
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Q: There seems to be a lot of buzz around the Wings and the only real marquee superstar out there this year: Steven Stamkos. The Leafs will probably back up a truck full of money for Stamkos, and there has been talk that they can also offer around $3.5 million in non-contract endorsement money. How do the Wings beat a deal like that? It's going to take in excess of 10 million per year, and the max term to get Stamkos, at a minimum. Is he worth it? ... What about looking at guys that fill a need for less money that are either RFA's, less hyped-up UFA's or buyout casualties? Thomas Vanek? Matt Martin? Eric Staal? Dan Hamhuis? Mikkel Boedker? – Saskatoon Wingnut
A: I can't speak to endorsement money. The Leafs might be able to offer more in salary, but it probably wouldn't be that much more than the Red Wings' offer. And no teams except Tampa Bay (eight years) can sign him for more than seven years.
Is he worth it? The Red Wings could use an established star, a marquee player to build the team around and create buzz heading into their new arena in 2017. His age (26) makes him more enticing.
You could argue that they would be a better team if they spent that money on, for example, Milan Lucic and Kyle Okposo. But it would be difficult to land either of those players and virtually impossible to get both. These players have many other options.
If Stamkos wants to come here and isn't commanding much more than $10 million a season, the Red Wings must make that deal.
I don't see them pursuing any restricted free agents. I doubt they'll look to sign a defenseman in free agency, since it's a thin crop. Better to keep options open for a possible trade later this summer or during the season.
I heard they're interested in Martin. Not sure about the others you mentioned.
read on for more UFA questions and other topics...
You may or may not agree with the Red Wings' decision to re-sign Drew Miller to a 1-year, $1.025 million contract, but it's hard to question Miller's commitment to being a Red Wing. Miller spoke about his pride in wearing the winged wheel in a conversation with the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:
“I think a lot of people look at that role and think a younger guy can fill it,” Miller said. “I think my experience and what I bring to the team contributes night in and night out. It’s not always the easiest to play on the fourth line and kill penalties but it’s one I definitely like doing and take pride in. I want to get better at that as well.”
Miller has spent seven seasons with the Wings, who claimed him off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2009. He has appeared in 449 games with Detroit, putting up 49 goals and 51 assists and posting a minus-18 rating.
"When you first come to the Red Wings you got (Nicklas) Lidstrom, (Tomas) Holmstrom, (Kirk) Maltby, (Chris) Osgood, (Kris) Draper, all these guys that won Cups, and you want to be a part of that,” Miller said. “You learn from those guys, how to do it the right way, what winning is all about. We haven’t won a Cup in my time here but you learn from those guys, you carry that tradition on. I think being a Red Wing is something special.
“We just lost one of our best Red Wings in Gordie Howe,” Miller continued. “To say you know him because you’re a Red Wing, those are the special things you get from being part of the Red Wings family. For me, being from Michigan and watching the Red Wings when I grew up and being on the team as long as I have been, I didn’t want to go anywhere else.”
From the Langley Times' Gary Ahuja:
Just because Dennis Cholowski has been drafted — by one of the premier National Hockey League franchises no less — does not mean he will rest on his laurels.
The Detroit Red Wings selected the 18-year-old from Langley in the first round, 20th overall, during the NHL entry draft on Friday at Buffalo’s First Niagara Centre.
“It is very exciting thing to get drafted in the first round but what it really means is the hard work starts now,” Cholowski said on Monday, the day after returning from Buffalo. “I have to get in the gym and get bigger and stronger and continually working on my game and be better on the ice. The hard work is not over, it is just starting.”
At the NHL Combine earlier this month, 29 of the 30 NHL clubs — all except Pittsburgh — spoke to Cholowski.
But he had no idea who might draft him — or when — but he said [coach Jason] Tatarnic suspected the Wings were interested. And after they acquired the 20th pick, the Chiefs coach came and sat beside Cholowski and his family.
“That kind of gave me suspicion and sure enough, it turns out to be them,” Cholowski said.“It was a blur. Just so exciting for me and my family. Jumping around and screaming. It was a surreal experience for sure.”
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