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Update: Wish TMR reader Kevin good luck on his proposal to his girlfriend today, and...
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After more "rumblings" and "insider" talk than anything else at the draft (the Wings' 18-for-20-and-58 swap was more indicative of the day's events than any other trade), I'm not thrilled starting this overnight report discussing the Red Wings' courtship of one marquee cap compliance buy-out player and their own unrestricted free agents-to-be instead of talking about the Wings' own 8-player draft haul, but you're probably more interested in Vincent Lecavalier than you are in Hampus Lindholm, so let's get the Le-cav-al-scoop from ESPN's Pierre LeBrun...
The Red Wings have drafted Anthony Mantha, Zach Nastasiuk, Tyler Bertuzzi, Mattias Janmark-Nylen, David Pope, Mitchell Wheaton, and Marc McNulty, and as TSN's Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun suggested that Vincent Lecavalier will narrow down his list of teams to 4-5, will visit some of them, and is asking for $5 million a year for 5 years...
The Wings wrapped up the part of team building that they have a say in by picking Hampus Melen...
He's a 6'2," 148-pound forward who played for Tingsryds AIF J20 this past season.
Updated 2x at 9:30 PM: First, congrats to Alan Quine at getting a second chance...
And then, welcome to the Red Wings..
6'6," 185-pound defenseman from the Prince George Cougars, 52 games played, 15 points, 70 PIM.
Big big big big big:
Updated 3x at 8:27 PM: Oh, by the way...
Updated 4x at 8:07 PM: Here's the Swede:
Updated 6x at 8:50 PM: The Detroit Red Wings have picked Todd Bertuzzi's nephew, Tyler Bertuzzi, with the 58th overall pick. And Bob McKenzie stated, "He makes David Bolland look like a Lady Byng Trophy winner."
Updated 5x at 8:42 PM: The Red Wings' first second-round pick is an intriguing one:
Via Paul, here are some highlights of Nastasiuk:
Mr. Hockey is attending the draft in New Jersey this Sunday, and the Free Press states that Michiganders have decided that "Mr. Hockey" is the best sports nickname out there:
Detroit sports fans have been having this debate for years now: Howe or Yzerman.We helped settle at least one aspect of the discussion.
The finals of our latest online voting tournament for the best nickname in Detroit sports history featured No. 9 vs. No. 19. While some may think the Internet is for the "young kid," everyone still respects the 85-year-old legend.
Mr. Hockey won with 68% of nearly 2,800 votes.
Updated 15x at 8:24 PM:The Detroit Red Wings picked Anthony Mantha with their 1st round draft pick, 20th overall, after making a swap with the Sharks.
With a wise man looking on...
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