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This has slid under the radar of late, and as so many Red Wings fans tell me that the Joe Kocur Foundation's annual charity softball game(s) every August are almost as much fun as training camp--because Kocur does a remarkable job of recruiting a cavalcade of former Wings, NHL alums and celebrities past and present to take part--you ought to know what's taking place on August 23 in Highland, MI. I hear it's absolutely wonderful, and pre-sale tickets cost all of ten bucks:
Generally I don't do the Paul-posted-it-and-I-post-it-too thing, but this issue has me particularly aggravated. As the New York Post's Larry Brooks reported, the NHL and NHLPA set the upper limit of the salary cap at $69 million on Friday, and I really do wonder whether Gary Bettman giggled while stating as much to the media.
The mid-season estimates suggested that the salary cap would rise from $64.3 million to $71.1 million for the 2014-2015 season, and while the Canadian dollar dipping below equivalency with the U.S. dollar complicated the situation, it certainly appears that many general managers and player agents--especially the ones who were allowing general managers to "wine and dine" their unrestricted free agent-to-be clients this past week--were assuming that the NHL's massive deal with Sportsnet would allow the cap to at least hit $70 million (the most optimistic estimates in May suggested a $72-73 million cap).
Updated 11x at 6:21 PM: The Red Wings' pair of days at the NHL draft are over.
The team picked Waterford, MI's Dylan Larkin on Friday, and then the Wings went forward-heavy in the third through seventh rounds, trading up to pick Portland Winterhawks forward Dominic Turgeon in the 3rd round, Frolunda Indians forward Christoffer Ehn in the 4th round (Hakan Andersson's on Frolunda's board of directors) a big college-bound (Colrado College) goalie in Chase Perry in the 5th round, massive stringbean and TPS Turku forward Julius Vahatalo in the 6th round (Wings scout Ari Vouri is TPS Turku's GM), and the Wings went with some wild cards in the 7th round in Skelleftea AIK's Axel Holmstrom and 20-year-old Atlant Mytishchi center Alexander Kadeykhin.
That's 6 forwards (5 centers and a left-wingerin Vahatalo), 1 goalie and no defensemen for the Wings, as well as 3 Americans, 2 Swedes, a Finn and a Russian.
The Wings' managerial and scouting staff have probably already made, "Come to our summer development camp in Traverse City" pitches to players who weren't drafted, and the Wings' prospects who attended the draft will head to the Philadelphia Phillies' game this evening.
The Red Wings' YouTube channel posted a cool video of Dylan Larkin's first moments as a Wing, and they posted a draft photo gallery, too...
Updated 4x at 2:11 PM: The Wings have a Holmstrom again. They drafted 6'0," 190-pound forward Axel Holmstrom from Skelleftea AIK's system 196th overall...
The Red Wings picked massive 6'5" but super-skinny 163-pound winger Julius Vahatalo, from TPS Turku's junior system, with the 166th overall pick. Vahalato was unlisted in draft rankings. [edit: EliteProspects has him listed at 191 pounds]
Updated 5x at 2:01 PM: The Red Wings have made four picks now, and after grabbing Dylan Larkin, Dominic Turgeon and Christoffer Ehn, three centers, the Wings picked goaltender Thomas "Chase" Perry. Perry was the 8th-ranked North American goaltender by NHL.com, and the 6'2," 176-pound goaltender played for Wentachee of the North American Hockey League this past season.
Updated 7x at 2:05 PM: The Red Wings made a trade to get a higher third-round pick...
And the Wings selected Pierre Turgeon's son Dominic:
Quoting the Hockey News regarding their 94th-overall ranked prospect: Dominic Turgeon, 6'1," 198, Portland (WHL): Pierre's kid is smart, skilled and plays a two-way game.
NHL.com ranked him 97th overall among North American skaters:
I'm going to be updating the Red Wings' pick-by-pick selections during day 2 of the NHL draft--the Wings pick 76th overall in the 3rd round, 106th in the 4th round, 136th in the 5th round, 166th in the 6th round, and 196th and 201st in the 7th round, and Paul's going to have a NHL Network stream link up shortly--but if you want to "live blog" the Wings' selections, here's a handy-dandy place to do so.
NHL.com, TSN, the Sports Forecaster and RedWingsCentral will all be following the draft on pick-by-pick bases, and the Wings have a special "Extended Coverage Blog" available for your enjoyment; Kukla's Korner's own Monica McAlister is also at the draft and she'll be Tweeting details.
Also, FYI from DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
The Wings' first-round pick will be paying his own way to go to Traverse City so that he can retain his NCAA eligibility. He will literally have to his skates, jerseys, sticks, gloves, helmet, etc. back to the Wings at the end of the summer camp.
Here's the live stream of NHL.com's coverage, from Paul:
Friday evening yielded an utter mess's worth of Red Wings-related stories regarding particularly disparate news categories--with the bulk of said news hitting just before the first round of the NHL Draft began (though the Wings made the Jonas Gustavsson signing official a little earlier in the day).
The Red Wings picked Waterford native Dylan Larkin with the 15th overall pick, and they'll be picking 6 more players in rounds 2-7 this morning (10 AM EDT on the NHL Network in the U.S. and Canada and streamed on NHL.com)--76th overall in the 3rd round, 106th in the 4th round, 136th in the 5th round, 166th in the 6th round, and 196th and 201st in the 7th round.
In attempting to make sense of Friday's news, however, I'd prefer to go in "alphabetical order," and the first item explains why Mike Babcock made those mysterious comments about Daniel Alfredsson's back at the NHL Awards.
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