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I don't need to do anything more than check my email to know that Red Wings fans are a frustrated bunch right now. The last two entries alone have produced almost a hundred comments, and most of them have little to do with the Red Wings' eight draft picks on Sunday.
Instead, Wings fans are voicing their displeasure with the team's inability to pawn Valtteri Filppula's rights at the draft (hint: there was a reason that so few teams flipped signing rights--because they had six days to wait until they could sign players for only the price of their contracts), the team not alleviating its roster crunches up front or on defense, and because Vincent Lecavalier hasn't already made his post-cap compliance buy-out decision (and yes, given that the entire management team and coach Babcock were at the draft, you can be assured that Babcock and Ryan Martin were in the room when Lecavalier headed to the Marriott Millennium to kibits with the Wings on Sunday morning) , I keep on reading that this is somehow the management's fault as opposed to Lecavalier taking his time and apparently continuing to meet with and/or be entertained by the 15 teams he's being courted by.
Updated 4x with more Lecavalier talk at 3:14 PM: We can't have one without the other, as noted in the overnight report, so, while Red Wings GM Ken Holland told the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness that he was going to do what most GM's are doing this Canada day--going home and catching up on some sleep after four marathon days (starting with Thursday's Board of Governors meetings; KH and crew can place any of their cap compliance buy-out candidates on waivers as late as 5 PM on Thursday)--he has a to-do list, as the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan notes:
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland met with the agents for potential unrestricted free-agent forwards Damien Brunner, Valtteri Filppula and Daniel Cleary over the weekend, but progress on new deals was slow.
All three can become unrestricted free agents on July 5.
Update: Wish TMR reader Kevin good luck on his proposal to his girlfriend today, and...
Beware, Wings fans, auto-play clips lurk within:
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:
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